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The National Folk Festival 2014
Date Published: Monday, 5 May 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 1 month ago

[Jordie Lane, Doctor Stovepipe, Rory McLeod, The Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band, Riley Lee & Jeff Peterson]

Exhibition Park in Canberra

Sunday April 20, 2014

The Folkie is always familiar. Even compacted, the old tents, the mulled wine and kranskies, the stalls selling handmade ornaments, fishermen’s pants and alpaca wool beanies, the street circus performers hocking the same wares with the same patter, the child buskers – what makes the Folkie the Folkie is the same this year as it was a decade ago.

Content to be led around, I was ushered before a medley of popular choices. The line of middle-aged women queuing to buy Hawaiian guitar virtuoso Riley Lee’s album probably says as much about his head of hair and come hither banter as his music, but this reaction was balanced by the observation of a six-year-old girl behind me: ‘Why are we listening to this? Are we going to sleep? Because this is boring.’ I found myself somewhere in the middle of the two.

The Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band turned out to sound more or less like dull country music. Rory McLeod’s lyricism, whilst occasionally charming, bore the brunt of a childish insipidness. The three Doctors Stovepipe were, as per usual, engaging and clever, and sadly The Bally proved too full to catch No Hausfrau.

Jordie Lane, one of the Folkie’s new pseudo-headliner bookings, was the highlight. The gravity of his lyrics and voice are not done justice on his studio recordings. Joined on occasion by (a very underused) Heath Cullen, Lane’s skill as a songwriter and lyricist shone through. At least until we bought baked potatoes.

If Computers give you Pleasure, BMA Magazine wants you!
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

Now that we’re all thinking about the grand world of internet pornography and the as yet unmapped psychological repercussions it is having on the adults of tomorrow, let’s change the topic. BMA Magazine is on the hunt for a new columnist for its “Quite Exciting, this Computer Magic” section. This column deals with the non-mainstream elements of the world of electronic music. If names like FaltyDL, Aphex Twin, James Blake, Jamie xx, Four Tet, Flying Lotus and, at a more local level, Blahnket, Gabriel Gilmour, Onetalk, Detal, Deaf Cat, Burner Collective and Sondrel are close to your heart, you may be just the person we’re looking for. If you’re interested in applying for the position of columnist, email editorial@bmamag.com with a résumé and a short testimonial detailing your interest. It’s a great way to get industry-recognised experience in the realms of journalism and music journalism, not to mention the successful applicant will be providing a valuable service to the musicians and music-goers of Canberra.

National Multicultural Festival Releases Compilation Album
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

To coincide with the National Multicultural Festival which wrapped up on Sunday February 9, local artist Suzan Dlouhy, musician/event planner Rafael Florez and musician/producer Sam King have joined forces to curate and release a compilation album. The National Multicultural Festival 2014 compilation contains music handpicked by Florez and takes as its central theme a combination of Afro-Latin, funk and Caribbean music. Featured over the 18 tracks are Los Chavos, Madre Monte, Solquemia, The Liberators, Labjacd and more. The release also features an eight-page full colour booklet by Dlouhy and mastering by King. You can purchase the download release at multiculturalfestivalcanberra.bandcamp.com or visit BMA’s website to win a free limited edition hard copy with booklet via our giveaways.

QL2 Auditioning for Major New Production
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

For the first time in your life, inviting that friend who likes to yell out, “Dance like you mean it!” may be a good idea. The QL2 dance studio at Gorman House Arts Centre is auditioning on Sunday February 16 for a new dance work, Boundless, and creative young’ns aged 14 to 26 are encouraged to try out. Boundless will see a new group of Quantum Leapers joining existing members plus The Golds from Canberra Dance Theatre. Successful applicants will be working with choreographers Dean Cross, James Batchelor and Danielle Micich. The program isn’t free but all places are subsidised. For more information or to register, visit blog.ql2.org.au/?p=2028.

Goods Auction to Support Local Youth Charity
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

In association with the Tuggeranong Festival and a group of Tuggeranong Hyperdome retailers, a clutch of goods and services will be donated for auction on Saturday February 15 to raise money for The Richmond Foundation. The auction, to be held in Centre Court at the Hyperdome from 11am to 1pm, aims to provide funding to The Richmond Foundation’s ACT Fellowship, including Walker House in Kambah. The Foundation is a worldwide community service organisation focusing on mental health issues. Through the Foundation's Fellowship in the ACT, it is the first in the world to focus on youth at risk (e.g. due to issues such as schizophrenia), and on physical, sexual and psychological abuse, including homelessness and drug and alcohol dependence. Boil it down and you get cheap white goods in exchange for supporting local youth who may be at risk and vulnerable. Good cause.

20 copies of the National Multicultural Festival Compilation Album (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

To coincide with the National Multicultural Festival which wrapped up on Sunday February 9, local artist Suzan Dlouhy, musician/event planner Rafael Florez and musician/producer Sam King have joined forces to curate and release a compilation album.

The National Multicultural Festival 2014 compilation contains music handpicked by Florez and takes as its central theme a combination of Afro-Latin, funk and Caribbean music. Featured over the 18 tracks are Los Chavos, Madre Monte, Solquemia, The Liberators, Labjacd and more. The release also features an eight-page full colour booklet by Dlouhy and mastering by King. You can purchase the download release at multiculturalfestivalcanberra.bandcamp.com or, to win one of 20 copies donated to BMA by the creators, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about the best experience you had at the 2014 National Multicultural Festival (and that includes the Fringe too).

Five copies of Rush (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), set against the golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the fast-paced, action-packed true story of one of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever witnessed – James Hunt versus Niki Lauda, and their illustrious Formula 1 racing teams, McLaren versus Ferrari. The exhilarating action thriller stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl and Olivia Wilde.

You can view the trailer here.

Thanks to Hopscotch, we have five copies of Rush to give away. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which down-tempo sport you think has the potential to serve as the inspiration for a great film rivalry, and why.

Four in-season double passes to Dendy’s 2014 Cult Classics Season
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

Dendy’s Cult Classics will return for another exciting season, showcasing a diverse range of iconic films selected from the past 40 years of cinema.

Rob Reiner's 1987 fairy-tale adventure The Princess Bride will open the season in 2014. Blending romance, fantasy and adventure with more than a passing nod to the swashbucklers of the 1930s, the film tells the story of Buttercup, who is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war.

The Cult Classics line-up also includes a selection of films from some of Hollywood’s most esteemed directors: including David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino, with his epic tale of vengeance, Kill Bill.

For more information on the full range of films on offer, or to book tickets, visit the Dendy Canberra Box Office or go online www.dendy.com.au.

If you’d like a double pass that can be used for any of the films in the season, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which two great directors you’d like to see duel to the death and what their weapons of choice would be and who would win and why. No biggie.

Ten double passes to Everlast @ ANU Bar, Fri Feb 28
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

Grammy winning recording artist Everlast brings his acclaimed, acoustic show to Australia for the very first time from late February 2014. Everlast will play ten shows and these dates mark his first Australian shows since 2001.

Everlast is a genre-bending veteran that has had a career that most artists would kill for. He’s sold millions of records as both a solo artist and a member of two groups (House of Pain and La Coka Nostra). He’s won a Grammy and been nominated for two more. He also received an Emmy nomination for his work on the theme song for TNT’s ‘Saving Grace’. He’s successfully reinvented himself as an artist, started his own label, amassed an impressive art collection and come face to face with his own mortality.

Everlast’s current album The Life Acoustic, a sort of retrospective on the singer/songwriter's career, was released in August 2013 and features 12 songs including an acoustic version of the iconic House of Pain track ‘Jump Around’ as well as his major hit singles ‘Today’ and ‘Black Jesus’.

We have ten double passes to his upcoming Canberra show at ANU Bar to give away. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which white person you think has contributed most to a historically African American genre of music.

Three double passes (w/ albums) to Dog Trumpet @ RUC Turner, Fri Feb 21
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

Ahead of their Canadian tour where they will perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March, Dog Trumpet will be in Canberra for one show only at the RUC Turner (nee Bowls Club) on Friday February 21.

Dog Trumpet is a band spearheaded by musician/artist brothers Peter O’Doherty and Reg Mombassa. Reg is well known for his idiosyncratic work for Mambo Graphics and as a fine artist. Peter is also a successful and much sought-after painter. Both are former members of iconic ARIA-winning Australian band Mental as Anything. By the end of the 1990s they left the Mentals to concentrate on Dog Trumpet and to continue their respective parallel careers as visual artists.

Dog Trumpet’s first release was the 1991 album Two Heads One Brain. It featured the eccentric pop singles ‘Made of Wood’, ‘I’m So Handsome’ and ‘Jean’ and so began their new incarnation as eclectic purveyors of percussive psychedelic folk, country, and semi- abstract blues.

In 1996 Dog Trumpet’s second album, the quirky Suitcase was released on TWA Records. Then in 2002 the band released their third long player (and the first) on Nic Dalton’s label Half A Cow Records. This was the self-titled Dog Trumpet with a cover painting by Reg of him and his brother Peter when they were small children. By this time they were recording everything themselves with an ever expanding and explorative creative palette at Peter’s Big Brain Studio and had found a stable live line up of Bernie Hayes (a well respected singer songwriter in his own right) on bass and Jess Ciampa on drums and percussion.

In 2013 they continue their sonic alchemy with their sixth and best release, a double album, Medicated Spirits, released in Australia, the US and Canada on the Toronto based Orange label. Recorded and mixed by Peter in Sydney at his Big Brain Studio over the past three years, the rollicking, inventive album of 17 songs and two instrumentals hosts a stellar line-up of guest musicians including Amanda Brown (Go Betweens) on violin, Bernie Hayes (who contributes the song ‘Camel Rock’) on backing vocals, Sharon Finn on backing vocals, Rob Woolf on piano and organ, Jonathan Zwartzon double bass, Iain Shedden, Hamish Stuart, Jess Ciampa and Declan O’Doherty on drums, Peter Mitchellon harmonica and Ken Allars on trumpet.

Now Dog Trumpet are touring with Bernie Hayes on bass and Iain Shedden on drums. With their acoustic and electric slide guitar and mandolin driven songbook they have graced stages in Australia and internationally entertaining audiences with their imaginative and poetic songs.

If you’d like a double pass (and each double pass comes with two copies of Medicated Spirits, one for each person), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would do if the gods gave you a trumpet that brought all the dogs in the world under your command.

Two Limited Edition Gatefold copies of Claret Ash’s Debut Album (CD) 
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

Claret Ash is a black metal band based in Canberra, Australia. By incorporating atmospheric and melodic elements, a uniquely dark sound is born. Each song is a personal tale, carefully crafted to take listeners on a journey through landscapes and caverns to confront the themes and imagery.

Claret Ash began as a studio project and developed into a full band in mid-2012. By April 2013, Claret Ash had completed seven songs for a self-funded concept album titled Ground Dweller. The songs are linked through a similar theme and series of stories which deliver the atmosphere and intensity Claret Ash aspire to create.

A great deal of time and enthusiasm has gone into preparation for live shows to ensure the themes and darkness invoked within each song is experienced by the audience. With a series of successful shows beginning with the launch of the Ground Dweller in June 2013, Claret Ash has supported Malignant Monster (WA), Orpheus Omega, Desecrator and Naberus (VIC), Psynonemous (ACT) and Bastardizer (NSW).

With a video clip, live videos and a follow up album on the way, Claret Ash begin 2014 with their first international tour in February, conquering Japan with Septic Flesh (Greece), Eyeconoclast (Italy) Svart Crown (France) and Fenrir (Aus).

You can listen to Ground Dweller at claretash.bandcamp.com.

Thanks to the band, BMA has two limited edition copies of Ground Dweller, complete with six-panel gatefold, to give away. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why metal is the best and everything else is fucking shit in comparison.

Two double passes to Positive Feedback Loop @ PJ O’Reilly’s Tuggeranong, Sat Feb 22
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

With a spot on the Canberra Fringe and a return appearance booked for the ABC 666 Breakfast show, things are taking shape for Positive Feedback Loop. Versatility has seen the band share stages with Party Gravy, Tonk and Dylan Hekimian. In 2013, the band was privileged to share the stage with The Barons of Tang at the Dragon Dreaming Festival.

The band features members of previously well established Canberra musical acts, including The Way Hip Antelopes, Bock and the original Henry's Anger. With song titles such as 'Higgs Boson Buzz' and 'Zombie Apocalypse', Positive Feedback Loop can't wait to fire up their shape-shifting, high energy nerd pop in 2014.

On Saturday February 22 from 8pm, they’ll be playing alongside The Fuelers and Liam McKahey and the Bodies. You can find full info on the event here: facebook.com/events/571522016269543/.

If you’d like a free double pass to the show, valued at $20, email allan@bmamag.com and (using a metaphorical positive feedback loop) take a negative current affair and espouse its positive elements to Allan.

Five double passes to the National Museum of Australia’s “Night at the Museum: Love”
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 February 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 4 months ago

What’s love got to do with it? Let’s explore this crazy little thing called love. Be it pets, food, hobbies or other people, we just can’t help falling in love.

Join the National Museum of Australia on Friday February 14 – St Valentine’s Day – for an evening of music, games, objects, art and food as they delve into what it means to truly, madly, deeply love someone or something.

The galleries will be open and full of surprises. The music will be pumping sweet soul and funk, and you can even partner up for a spontaneous “Vegas-style wedding” photo complete with “celebrants” and props. There will be bars inside and out and a range of vintage pre-loved clothing to buy.

The Hall will come alive with music, dancing, robots, art and craft, games, projections, and some quirky scientific demonstrations and talks.

There will also be tours, spot talks, karaoke, and the much-loved silent disco.

All sorts of exciting things to eat, drink, see, do and buy will be available at the amphitheatre by the lake, with a range of providers offering yummy food for sale. So embrace your culinary love with food from a variety of cuisines!

Be sure to play The Museum Game. Make a team of up to four players and, armed with an iPad, explore the galleries to make connections between the objects on display. Be surprising, take a creative leap and, most importantly, be intriguing to your competitors, because that’s how you win.

For more info, visit nma.gov.au/nightmuseum.

If you’d like a free double pass to the event, which runs 6–10pm, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about any kind of love you think often goes unnoticed but which is as strong as they come. 

Inaugural West Bank Festival to Proceed Unheeded
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

The recently and politically incorrectly christened “West Bank Cultural Precinct”, named for being west of Sullivan’s Creek and encompassing The Polish Australian White Eagle Club, The Australian Croatian Club and Alliance Française, will play host to the inaugural West Bank Festival this February. After a fire at The Polish Club in the early hours of Tuesday January 21 gutted the club’s kitchen area, there was concern that the damage would take the venue out of action. This may still be the case, but Nigel McRae of the Canberra Musicians Club has advised that new management at the adjacent Turner Bowls Club (aka Wests Rugby Union Club, aka Canberra Southern Cross Club Turner) has stepped in as a backup, and the Bowls Club may well continue to act as a functioning venue thenceforth. So the West Bank Cultural Precinct has grown, not shrunk, as a result of this calamity. As we await news of the extent of the damage to The Polish Club (which will not be known until the building has been made safe for entry by hazmat personnel due to asbestos), the West Bank Festival can always use extra pairs of hands. If you’re interested in volunteering for the festival, which takes place Fri–Sun February 14–16, email ourcmc@gmail.com. Alternatively you can pre-purchase tickets via trybooking.com/EEBZ.

Are you the Li’l Hilltop Hoods Urban Achiever?
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

Someone seems to have broken into the vaults of the Hilltop Hoods’ unassailable hip hop tower and parted them from $10,000 of their hard-earned. To what end? Well, potentially yours. The 2014 Hilltop Hoods Initiative will award $10k to one emerging hip hop or soul artist, with the money to go directly towards funding the manufacturing, release and promotion of a debut album. The prize pack also includes legal advice for general or specific career advice. The winner will be chosen by a panel including Canberra’s own Hau Latukefu and Queensland’s Tommy Illfigga. Applications are open now, closing Tuesday February 25, and you can find out more and apply at apra-amcos.com.au. The winner will be announced in March.

Write, Curate, Create Art: Profit
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

M16 Artspace has announced new prizes to cater to aspiring artists, curators and arts writers with budding talent and firm intentions. The Emerging Exhibition Prize (or EEP!) will be given to emerging artists and curators, with winners receiving mentorship in the development and presentation of an exhibition at M16 Artspace. The Aspiring Arts Writers Residency (AAWR) will provide a local emerging arts writer with the opportunity to develop their craft, aiding the growth of critical writing around contemporary art in Canberra by providing participants with a studio, professional development and mentorship and networking opportunities, directly linking writers and publishers. The deadline for the EEP is Thursday May 1 and the AAWR’s deadline is Friday May 30. You can find out more and apply at m16artspace.com.au.

Sydney Entertainment Centre Sells Name, Soul (Not Really)
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

The iconic Sydney Entertainment Centre, which has hosted world-class events for more than 30 years, has undergone an exciting name change. It’s now the Qantas Credit Union Arena. Roll that around your teeth. Mmm, fiscal. It’s for a reason, though. As SEC General Manager Steve Hevern explained, Qantas Credit Union had helped ensure there would be a major entertainment venue in the Sydney CBD for the majority of the time that the new International Convention Centre Sydney was under construction. Then the representative for Qantas Credit Union walked up onto the dais and sucked out his soul like a Dementor. Ha, jk. Long live credit unions.

Two double passes to With Heavy Heart @ The Basement, Sat Feb 8
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

Local hero Kurt Neist is celebrating his birthday in style, having survived a heart attack earlier this year. And what better way than to wrap your hands around the life stem than with a heavy concert under the name With Heavy Heart.

On the line-up are The Veil, Tortured, Claret Ash, Mephistopheles, Summonus, Hematic, Law of the Tongue, CHUD, Sorathian Dawn, and more!

Find full details on the show here: facebook.com/events/173881556145313.

Thanks to Kurt’s generosity, we have two double passes (which include entry into a special prize draw to take place on the night) to With Heavy Heart to offer readers.

If you want a double pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what helps you when your heart feels heavy.

Five copies of RED 2 (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives – including former colleague Marvin (John Malkovich), ever-deadly sharp-shooter Victoria (Helen Mirren) and Frank's beloved Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) – for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

RED 2 topped the Australian box office, featuring a star-studded cast with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins and is the must-have action film to take home and kick off 2014. Watch the trailer here.

If you’d like a copy of the film on DVD, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you think is the weak link in this superstar action team and why.

Five copies of Blue Jasmine (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

A wealthy woman from New York (Cate Blanchett, in an Academy Award-nominated performance) finds herself broke and in San Francisco, living with her sister and downsizing her life. She eventually meets a man in the Bay Area (Peter Sarsgaard) who could solve her financial problems, but she first needs to discover who she is and, more importantly, accept San Francisco as her home.

Watch the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=BXnktqEWvGM.

If you’d like a copy of this Golden Globe-winning film, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him whether or not you forgive Woody Allen for marrying his adopted daughter and why.

Five copies of Metallica: Through the Never (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 28 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

Award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal creates a groundbreaking 3D motion picture event, Metallica: Through the Never. The music-driven feature film combines a bold narrative and spectacular live-performance footage of one of the most popular and influential rock bands in history to produce a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience. Emerging young star Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines) portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica's roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena.

Watch the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=I_wC_Z0t4LI.

 

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you would remove/replace in Metallica’s current line-up in order to restore them to their former glory, and why.

MAMA Needs Money
Date Published: Tuesday, 14 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

During the summer break, it was reported in the Canberra Times that, due to a change in funding application deadlines and processing at the ACT Event Fund, the MusicACT Music Awards has missed out on a $20,000 grant. There is consequently an unprecedented $20,000 hole in the event’s budget, which, says MusicACT President Gil Miller, will most likely be filled by “a number of small private sponsors.” If the shortfall is not dealt with, it is unlikely the event will go ahead, said the organisers. While there is no doubt that the successful grant applicants (including Canberra Comedy Festival and Parties at the Shops) are great investments, the threat to the MAMAs is one the Canberra music scene should feel acutely. No event in the ACT is so pivotal to local music’s recognition. Miller remains positive that, “one way or another”, the shortfall will be met. As meaningless as it is, BMA would like to concur.

Canberra Comedy Festival Returns with Massive Line-Up
Date Published: Tuesday, 14 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

The Doug Anthony All Stars, Charlie Pickering, Tom Gleeson, Hannah Gadsby, Urzila Carlson, Jimeoin, Dave O’Neil, Glenn Robbins, Jeff Green, Peter Berner, Luke Heggie, and locals The Stevenson Experience, Emo Parsonson, Daniel Connell, Hamish Hudson, Dayne Rathbone, Chris Ryan and Edwina Nelson are just some of names already billed to appear at the second annual Canberra Comedy Festival. The line-up announcement, made Thursday January 9, is nothing short of stacked. Last year’s event hosted over 3,800 attendees and even sported a marriage proposal, so organisers are ready to improve on that base. The event takes place across several venues from Wed–Sun March 5–9, with the Opening Night Gala to be held on Tuesday March 4. Head to canberracomedyfestival.com.au for more information or to purchase tickets.

Australia Celebrates Live Concert to have Good Contemporary Music!
Date Published: Tuesday, 14 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

Matt Corby, Lior and Megan Washington are all billed to appear at this year’s Australia Celebrates Live concert on the lawns of Parliament House, easily making it the most musically relevant and creative line-up the event has ever sported. This is not, of course, to say that Guy Sebastian will not be missed, but hey, credit where credit is due! The concert kicks off from 5pm on Saturday January 25 (that’s right, not Australia Day) and you can find more information at australiaday.org.au.

BMA Magazine Seeking All Ages Columnist
Date Published: Tuesday, 14 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

It is with a heavy heart that we must bid adieu to our All Ages Columnist Andie Egan. For the past year, Andie has taken pun-laden youth-centric music journalism to new heights. A beaming demeanour, open palate and unquenchable propensity for themed puns will forever be the hallmark of a sorely missed writer. So it is, in search of Andie’s replacement, that BMA Magazine is extending feelers into every school in the ACT – oh yes, right into that horse’s mouth. If you think you have what it takes to be our next All Ages columnist – if you’re young but not content indoors, literate but not too bookish, and a music lover above all – email editorial@bmamag.com with a resumé and explain why this job should be yours.

Three double passes to Jessica Mauboy @ AIS Arena, Sat Jan 18
Date Published: Tuesday, 14 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

Following the release of her third studio album Beautiful on Friday October 4, the unstoppable Jessica Mauboy is set to embark on her first Australian national headline tour, NESCAFÉ presents To The End Of The Earth, from next month.

NESCAFÉ is celebrating the global 75th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone, will proudly present the To The End Of The Earth national tour, which will see Jessica traverse the country. 

With two million sales in Australia, three hit albums and numerous awards including an ACCTA Award for Best Supporting Actress (for her role in The Sapphires), this lady is taking to the road in what will essentially be her ‘Greatest Hits’ tour. Expect to catch Jessica performing a body of work that will include her latest Gold certified single ‘To The End Of The Earth’, the current single ‘Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)’ and even some numbers from The Sapphires.

If you’d like to catch Mauboy live at AIS Arena on Saturday January 18, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what the controversy surrounding the United States edition of The Sapphires DVD was all about.

Five double passes to About Time @ Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema, Fri Feb 14
Date Published: Tuesday, 14 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas is celebrating summer with three weeks of bumper entertainment as it brings music by day, and movies by night to its new stunning location in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park this February and March.

The movie program, which is now available online, offers a stellar line-up of cult classics, the latest and greatest new releases and award-winning features including the likes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Labyrinth, Frozen, The Wolf of Wall Street and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Showcased on a 2K HD digital cinema system and with a huge outdoor screen, guests can look forward to enjoying an alfresco cinema experience like no other.

If you’d like a double pass to the opening night screening of Richard Curtis’s (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) new film, About Time, on Friday February 14, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which member of the Weasley family the star of About Time, Domhnall Gleeson, played in the Harry Potter films.

Five copies of Force of Execution (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 14 January 14   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 5 months ago

Action thriller Force of Execution will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital copy on Wednesday January 15, and thanks to the good people at Transmission we have five copies of the DVD to give away.

Steven Seagal stars as mob kingpin Mr Alexander, an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality. For a simple prison hit, he sends his best enforcer and protégé Roman Hurst (Bren Foster). When the hit goes wrong, Hurst is forced to pay the price of his failure: banishment in the city that he almost once ruled. But a war is brewing for the soul of the city between Alexander, a cold-blooded gangster known as “The Iceman” (Ving Rhames) and a merciless Mexican cartel. Hurst, with the help of an ex-con restaurant owner (Danny Trejo) who has a few hidden moves of his own, will rediscover his own will to survive the coming conflict and to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him.

You can check out the trailer here.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him something awesome about Steven Seagal, Ving Rhames or Danny Trejo that he didn’t already know.

Five copies of Peppa Pig: A Christmas Compilation (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

‘Hello, my name is Peppa Pig. It is Christmas time and I have selected nine of my very favourite festive episodes to feature in this compilation. Also included is a brand new episode: Mr Potato’s Christmas Show.’

Peppa is a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa loves playing games, dressing up, visiting exciting places and making new friends, but her absolute favourite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles!

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Hopscotch, email allan@bmamag.com and break down for him the emotional-psychological reasoning behind your progeny’s affection for Peppa Pig.

Three copies of The Walking Dead Box Set: S1-3 (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Based on Robert Kirkman's hugely successful comic book series, The Walking Dead is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the humans who remain that truly become the walking dead. This box set consists of three exhilarating series.

If you’d like a copy of this box set, courtesy of Hopscotch, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who (fictional or real) you would insert into The Walking Dead to spice things up, and why.

Five copies of Before Midnight (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Director Richard Linklater continues his enchanting tale of a chance meeting between two strangers, bringing to it a nuanced perspective only gained by years lived. As it does in each film in the series, life carries with it new responsibilities and attitudes, forcing the two dreamers to reassess what they want next. Bolstered by an increasingly refined onscreen chemistry between lead actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight is a fitting third chapter in one of the great love stories of American independent cinema.

View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEgT7TYK_Q8

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Hopscotch, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why, exactly, you want a copy of Before Midnight. (The films are just that good, a tricky question isn’t required.)

Three copies of Woody Allen Box Set: A European Love (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Javier Bardim, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Woody Allen, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Page. Woody Allen is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. He has won three Academy Awards and has been nominated a total of 21 times. He holds the record for nominations for screenwriting with 14, all in the "Best Original Screenplay" category. Now, for the first time in Australia, three of Woody Allen's most romantic and European-themed titles (Vicky, Christina Barcelona; Midnight in Paris; To Rome With Love) have been gathered together to bring about A European Love Affair.

If you’d like a copy of this box set, courtesy of Hopscotch, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which is your favourite Woody Allen film, and why.

Five copies of 100 Bloody Acres (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

100 Bloody Acres is the creepy yet hilarious story of brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan’s struggling organic blood and bone fertiliser business. The use of dead car crash victims in the mix has made a huge boom to business, but it’s been months since their last find and an important new customer is waiting on a delivery. When Reg, the junior partner in the business, comes across two guys and a girl stranded on a remote country road, he sees a radical solution to their supply problems and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother, Lindsay. But things don’t quite go to plan when Reg starts to fall for the girl.

View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkAmM7WBeqQ

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Hopscotch, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what exciting method you would use to employ dead car crash victims’ bodies for a second purpose.

Five copies of Now You See Me (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

In Now You See Me, a super team of the world's greatest illusionists – called 'The Four Horsemen' – use their dazzling skills to orchestrate a series of spectacular live magic performances. During their shows they steal from banks and reward their audience with the money. Made up of four enigmatic individuals: Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Henley (Isla Fisher), Merritt (Woody Harrelson) and Jack (Dave Franco), 'The Four Horsemen' are modern day Robin Hoods playing a game of cat and mouse with the FBI, always staying one step ahead of the law.

View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Pa2iriZmM

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Hopscotch, email allan@bmamag.com and give him a name stupider than Atlas, Henley, or Merrit. For bonus points, make it a name used by a person you know.

Five copies of Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Shock Entertainment is delighted to announce the release of Hugh Laurie “Live on the Queen Mary” on DVD and Blu-ray. This is the first full length Hugh Laurie concert to be released on video.

Earlier this year Hugh Laurie realised a long cherished ambition to perform in the Art Deco surroundings of the liner RMS Queen Mary, Longbeach California. He and The Copper Bottom Band performed tracks from both of Laurie's hugely successful blues albums. One of Laurie’s greatest musical heroes, Professor Longhair, famously performed on the ship at a party that Sir Paul McCartney hosted for his wife Linda in 1975.

Hugh Laurie and The Copper Bottom Band have just finished a triumphant sold out tour of the UK and Europe to critical acclaim and are about to embark on the second leg of their US tour showcasing his album ‘Didn’t It Rain’.

This unique DVD sees Laurie depart the sounds of New Orleans as he follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers such as Jelly Roll Morton (‘I Hate a Man like You’) to more recent artists such as Dr. John (‘Wild Honey’) and Alan Price of The Animals (‘Changes’).

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you think is the greatest blues artist of all time, and why.

Five copies of Blood of Redemption (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Starring Dolph Lundgren and Vinnie Jones, Blood of Redemption is staple action.

Quinn Forte is the head of a notorious crime organization “The Company” who hides behind the façade of a financial investment firm run by his father. In the course of one night he’s betrayed by his inner circle, arrested and loses everything. When released from jail he wants out, but the ruthless new leader has other plans. Quinn fights back joining forces with his former henchman Axel and tackles his enemies head-on.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who could possibly stop the onslaught of Vinnie Jones and Dolph Lundgren’s enormous jawbones combined. (Abstract question, we know, but have fun with it.)

 

Five copies of The Human Race (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Eighty people are abducted from a city street by an unknown entity and forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. The rules are simple; follow the arrows or you will die, step on the grass and you will die, get lapped twice and you will die. Only one participant will survive. Race or die.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him how you would win an ultimate race to the death.

Five copies of Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddler (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

A Bill Bailey show is part rock concert, part political discourse, part philosophical enquiry. He delights in interesting words, accents and language, whether it's the dialogue in the Danish crime drama The Killing, popular acronyms recast for comic effect, or the absurdity of England's west country accent.

One of the show's many highlights is a bit about a trip to China and the madness of mastering Mandarin. The bit flows into a story about the rescue of an owl destined for the dinner table in a Chinese restaurant. In Bailey's hands, the routine is masterfully constructed with a spectacular punchline and, later, a rather sweet call back.

As in any Bill Bailey show, musical parody looms large. In Qualmpeddler, we're treated to the theme from Downton Abbey, in a Jamaican reggae style, and the BBC's Match of the Day in various guises.

An evening in the company of this comic remains one of comedy's surest bets.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, valued at $24.95, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what Manny from Black Books confessed to eating when he was trapped in the bookstore in an absinthe haze.

Five copies of Adam Hills: Happyism (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Fresh from his triumph as host for Channel 4's critically acclaimed entertainment show The Last Leg, Australian funny man Adam Hills releases his first UK filmed DVD, Happyism. This all new offering from everyone’s favourite comedian will see him take to the famous Hammersmith Apollo stage for a first class evening of comedy with the usual anecdotes and audience participation, all delivered in his refreshingly unique, laid back style. Hills’ charisma and cheekiness licenses him to push the boundaries, whilst discussing taboos such as racism and disabilities to hilarious effect. Allowing us into the world of stardom, he re-encounters jaw-dropping tales of meeting the Dalai Lama (and, to his surprise, making him laugh!) as well as his excitement at meeting The Muppets.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who would win in a fight between Wil Anderson and Adam Hills, and how. (Battle of the wits, battle of the fists – up to you.)

Five copies of Bad Education: Season 1 (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Bad Education follows Alfie Wickers – the worst teacher to ever (dis)grace the British education system. Hungover, potty-mouthed, politically incorrect, disorganised and dishevelled, Alfie is the slacker of the classroom - and he’s meant to be in charge! He’s a maverick and his rag tag group of students love the chaos and unconformity that he brings to the classroom.

As well as Alfie, Abbey Grove is populated by some equally weird and wonderful teaching talent. Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey) plays Fraser, the Head Teacher whose lines are more cringeworthy than David Brents'. Sarah Solemani (Him and Her) is the seductive Head of Biology and woman of Alfie’s dreams and Michelle Gomez (Green Wing) is Miss Pickwell – the Deputy Headmistress with all the charms of the Gestapo.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him (in unnatural, unnerving, heavy-breathed detail) about a teacher who caught your eye.

Five copies of RocKwiz Duets Volume 4: ‘With A Little Help From Our Friends’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

The DVD features 31 brilliant, show closing duets and some stunning extras … a special performance from New Orleans’ The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joe Camilleri, Talei Wolfgramm and Alex Gow (Oh Mercy) performing a tribute to Solomon Burke at the 2010 Queenscliff Music Festival, and the Rockwiz cast (Julia, Brian, Dugald and the Orkestra) discussing their memories of each duet. The CD features 22 duets. Both formats include a booklet with beautiful photos and informative liner notes.

The duets on both the DVD and CD include some exciting collaborations. Suzi Quatro and The Living End’s Chris Cheney, Kimbra and Ben Salter, Marcia Hines and Old Man River, Megan Washington and G Love, and of course the song choices … from ‘Rebel Rebel’ to ‘Crazy In Love’ to ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘I Won’t Back Down’ … cover a wide range of styles and eras. Both formats climax with an incredible version of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, led by Dan Sultan and Ella Hooper, with a little help from Ash Naylor, The Wolfgramm Sisters and Paul Williamson and Ross Irwin on horns.

Another quality release from the award winning SBS music trivia show, RocKwiz.

If you’d like a copy of this CD/DVD package, email allan@bmamag.com with a link to the finest duet ever recorded, and a short explanation of why you love it so much.

Two double passes to Flix in the Stix @ National Botanic Gardens, Sat Feb 1
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Returning for its sixth year, the hugely popular regional cultural festival, Flix in the Stix, is back with a whole new entertainment mix for the 2014 tour. The 2014 festival will feature one of Australia’s favourite comedy acts Axis of Awesome and legends of the Australian music landscape Eskimo Joe along with a curated collection of internationally award winning short films, live under the stars.

More info at http://www.flixinthestix.com.au/.

If you’d like a double pass to the Canberra event, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why it’s outrageously offensive that Canberra is included in the so-called ‘stix’ of Australia!

Two double passes to Eyes to the Sky @ Transit Bar, Sat Dec 7
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Say the band, ‘We are five guys from Canberra who got together and started jamming in 2010. We never had any goals as a band or discussed how we wanted to sound. We started playing and whatever came out we went with. After a while, a rough sound started to take shape and in July 2011 and we played our first local gig as Eyes to the Sky. We’ve since played over 10 shows ranging from headline slots, supports, festivals and house parties. We’ve played at most live music venues in Canberra including The Basement, Transit Bar, The Southern Cross Club, PJ O’Reilly’s and the now defunct Maram. We’ve played with local bands Tonk, Na Maza, Knights of the Spatchcock, Johnny Roadkill, Wretch, Mandala, Final Lies and touring acts such as Mortal Sin, Nmemic, Scaramouche and Delinquent.

‘In April 2012 we recorded a three song EP at Keysound studios with Aussie rock legend Lucius Borich (Cog, Floating Me). The EP was mastered later in 2012 in LA by noted engineer Maor Applebaum (Cog, Sepultura, Cynic).

‘In January 2013 the EP was launched to a packed house at Canberra’s Transit Bar. The launch confirmed Eyes to the Sky’s status as one of Canberra’s most popular and exciting live bands.’

If you’d like a double pass to the show, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you could die happy having seen fly through the air when you looked to the sky one day.

One double pass to Peter Byrne and Forever Diamond @ Erindale Vikings, Fri Dec 6
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Performing live on stage at The Auditorium, Erindale Vikings on Friday December 6, Peter Byrne and Forever Diamond is a tribute show like no other!

The Forever Diamond show includes all of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits spanning over three decades, in an uncanny portrayal by Peter that has to be seen to be believed.

Neil Diamond is a phenomenon who gives truly special and personal shows that legions of fans return to see again and again. A style that transcends music fads by consistently touching people of all ages and interests. The personal and magical interaction Diamond has on stage with an audience is legendary, breaking all box office records wherever he performs.

Peter Byrne’s capacity to recreate Neil Diamond to a standard which impressed Diamond’s pianist on his last Australian tour says it all. Tom Hensley gave Peter a resounding nod of approval after seeing his Diamond tribute.

We have one double pass dinner and show ticket valued at $130 to give away to a lucky BMA reader. If you’d like to win the pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which artist has the best name in music history (real and fake names allowed).

For more information visit www.vikings.com.au.

Ten in-season double passes to The Railway Man
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

The Railway Man is an Australian/British co-production filmed in Australia, Thailand, and Scotland, and directed by Australia’s Jonathan Teplitzky. It is an extraordinary and inspiring true story of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.

The film is based on Eric Lomax’s best-selling memoir of the same name. Eric Lomax (played by Colin Firth) was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti (Nicole Kidman), a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did?

If you’d like a double pass to the movie, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why you love Colin Firth (because we both know you’re not watching this movie for Nicole Kidman).

The MusicACT Music Awards 2013
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

The MusicACT Music Awards 2013 @ Albert Hall, Saturday November 23

 

Albert Hall looked the part for the MusicACT Music Awards’ (MAMAs) second instalment. It is a magnificent old building, built almost expressly for functions such as the MAMAs. And all facets of Canberra’s music industry came out: the upper crust, the scene stalwarts, the fringe, the hip hop crews, the venue owners, one and all. It was, without a hint of exaggeration, a diverse, representative crowd.

The night was seen through with solid performances from Fun Machine, The Steptones, and the quite brilliant Hall of Fame inductee The Idea of North, who helped lubricate some impromptu, soporific stage piano, and worlds-collide presenters Genevieve Jacobs and Rowan ‘Roshambo’ Thompson. Los Chavos in particular put on an impressive show, their lead singer bringing the Hall to its feet for the first time in the night. Meanwhile, the cash bar was either a horrid misstep or a Machiavellian ploy to keep things civil, Albert Hall being a good click’s walk from the nearest ATM.

As to the awards, the MAMAs committed to its formula: reward where rewards are sought, reward where rewards are due, and reward as much as possible. Fun Machine won Best ACT Artist of 2013, Ben Colin won Best ACT Bass Music Producer, and Revellers took home Best ACT Heavy Artist including Punk, Hardcore and Metal. Obvious choices all, and all deserving.

Then there were the oddities: Super Best Friends won the Best ACT Rock Artist, and then so did Elisha Bones. Michael Bones summed the experience up quite well: ‘They say you never expect to win things like this, but you expect it even less when the award’s already been given.’ It happened again: Best ACT House, Electro or Techno Producer went to The Aston Shuffle – cheers, acceptance, and then – and Ashley Feraude! No one can say the MAMAs didn’t aim to please, even if it didn’t contribute to a sense of great value in the receipt of the awards.

The bigger surprises came in the form of Dylan Hekimian’s win for Best ACT Live Performer and Amber Nichols’ win for Best ACT Pop Artist (two wise endorsements of artists who could use it, over some usual suspects who have plenty of press already), and Zierholz @ UC’s win for Best ACT Live Music Venue. As to the latter, other venues in Canberra sport stronger local line-ups, and arguably better sound quality (not to mention better beer), but as an oasis of medium-to-large-scale touring music in the Belconnen area, Zierholz @ UC is a choice that signals an intent to use this award as more than just a pat on the back for places that host open mic nights and free local music three nights a week. Zierholz @ UC is a choice that signals this award can go to venues as much as places that host open mic nights and free local music three nights a week. Zierholz @ UC is the kind of venue that helps put Canberra back on the touring map, the way the ANU Bar used to do. Well deserved.

True highlights, however, were speeches by Gil Miller and Jim Cotter. Miller, President of MusicACT, gave his speech in characteristic, refreshing, plain ‘Australian’, calling for commitment by local government to see local music done right. Likewise Cotter, co-recipient of the Contribution to the ACT Music Industry award with Frank Madrid, was blunt, calling Charles Ives to mind – ‘Awards are merely the badges of mediocrity’ – before advising, ‘If you don’t win tonight, fuck it, get on with your art.’

Near night’s end was the award for Best ACT Song of the Year, which went to Fun Machine’s Ready for the Fight. That Ready for the Fight was first recorded and released in July 2012 seems to have been overlooked, but this is no fault of the song’s or the band’s. The MAMAs is based on a very important prerequisite: in order to be nominated, you have to nominate yourself. This leads to the most salient critique one can level at the MAMAs: the music that was missing. Because bands and artists have to nominate themselves, and pay to nominate themselves, the best music in the ACT wasn’t present that night. Cracked Actor, Burrows, TV Colours, and The Fighting League were absent from all categories, and no one could doubt that, between them, they represent the finest in live music, albums, singles, and produced music in Canberra in 2013. And they’re just the obvious exclusions.

The fact is you can’t rely on artists to put their hands up for recognition. In many cases, it’s not in their nature. They’re introverts, self-conscious, self-effacing. At this point in its evolution, the MAMAs can commit to handing out awards to the artists who step forward, cash in hand, to ask for them, or begin picking winners from an open field. Let’s hope, for the sake of the music that went unmentioned this year, that it’s the latter.

ASHLEY THOMSON

 

[Image credit: Martin Ollman]

Jonwayne
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Jonwayne, Silent Jay, Mute x Roleo, Burner Collective, Deaf Cat @ Digress Cocktail Lounge, Saturday November 30

 

It’s been a big year for Blahnket, who rounded out 2013 presenting Jonwayne’s Canberra appearance at Digress after two venue changes. Gold Panda, XXYXX, Shigeto, L-Vis 1990, TOKiMONSTA, and others have rounded a list of shows that would have been unlikely to make it to Canberra without Blahnket, and no doubt did so only with significant organisational input and minimal (or non-existent) financial reward. The year’s efforts put Blahnket’s Patrick Morgan squarely at the top of a list of local DIY event planners, without even making mention of his excellent work as Deaf Cat. Canberran of the Year, for my part.

Digress masked its awkward layout in a healthy dose of smoke machine on the night in question. Mute x Roleo, a Sydney producer/MC duo, put in a high-energy support slot for the small crowd between the dais and the bar. Without being able to discern lyrics, the flow and timing of the duo was impressive, and they made the best of it. Silent Jay was impressive also. His slow, rich beats laden with glowing vocal samples (often bolstered by his own remixed singing) were splendid. I resolved on the spot to hunt down his work.

Jonwayne looks like the lovechild of Samwell Tarly and Action Bronson, and plays with the practiced ease you’d expect of a Stones Throw signing. For the first time in the night, the beats took on an invigorating swagger. After running the gamut of his finest work, Jonwayne came out from behind the decks to MC in the midst of the crowd, instantly creating a high. While the show ended in disarray as Jonwayne put down the mic to make a charge for the bar, it was the best Blahnket show set I’ve yet seen. Here’s to more in 2014.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Little Mac and the Monster Men and Bacon Cakes, two fine local acts, may be supporting Guitar Wolf at The Basement on Wednesday December 4, but it’s my fondness for Wild Zero that will see me at the doors at 8pm sharp. I urge you to YouTube the trailer for Wild Zero if that means nothing to you.

This column has to last until our next issue comes out on Wednesday January 15, so I will take an old adage to heart – ‘brevity is the soul of shit’ – and cram as much local jolly in here as possible. Note: if I don’t mention a price, it’s free.

A Drone Coda is playing Transit Bar on Thursday December 5 from 8pm with Golden Blonde and Spartak. No two shows are the same for these bands, yet all are recommended. Positive Feedback Loop is playing Pot Belly Bar (still easily my favourite pub/venue in the north) on Friday December 6 from 8pm for $5 with The Feldons and Daz Jamieson. Melodic metalheads Eyes to the Sky are playing Transit Bar on Saturday December 7 from 8pm for a $10 door with Mandala and Delinquent – out-of-towners, pooh pooh.

The Bootleg Sessions on Monday December 9 has a bunch of acts with odd names (plus Pocket Fox) and I’m listing it for that reason alone: Guerilla Zingari, Handkerchief Thief, and Hannah Blackburn (wtf, right?). 8pm, as usual. Canberra Musicians Club presents the launch of Fossil Rabbit’s Cloudache EP on Wednesday December 11 from 7:30pm at Smith’s Alternative. Interesting act, great supports. Smith’s has ‘Wash the Cat’ on Thursday December 12 too, with Faux Faux Amis, Bacon Cakes, Sex Noises, and more all playing from 8:30pm for $5. Revellers will play Transit Bar the same night, at roughly the same time, with No Assumption and more for free. Zoopagoo, Beth n Ben, and others have put together Monster Mash at the ANU Bar on Friday December 13, where you get in for $15 (down from $20) if you dress up. Starts 8pm. And Mornings are playing the same night at Magpies City Club from 8:30pm for $5, after a double EP launch from two out-of-town bands. The second Wormhole takes place on Saturday December 14 on Hartley St, Turner, with a whole mess of local bands spread over two houses from 12pm to late. It’s $10. And rounding out the week, Waterford and Sex Noises are supporting Angie & Nathan Roche’s double album launch at The Phoenix Bar on Sunday December 15 from 8pm.

CMC presents a Christmas special with Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens on Wednesday December 18 from 7:30pm at Smith’s Alternative. And TV Colours are playing their last local show of 2013 at The Phoenix Bar on Thursday December 19 with Biscuits from 9pm. Stellar year for them, and deserved. The Basemental 2013 compilation is launching at The Basement on Friday December 20 from 8pm with a bunch of bands for $10. Excellent local compilation – turn to our album pages for a review.

Who knows what The Phoenix’s Xmas Bootleg Sessions will hold on Monday December 23? I don’t. The Basement’s NYE Party, however, will sport Dylan Hekimian, Hence the Testbed, and many more from 2pm on Tuesday December 31. The dig runs all day.

And in a very befitting final listing, new local label Holy Eucharist Line will launch at The Phoenix on Saturday January 11 from 9:30pm, with sets from Crmwll, Matthew Elias, and Northumberland.

And until next year, that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON

 

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THE TOP FIVE ALBUMS OF 2013 BY ASHLEY THOMSON
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

ASHLEY THOMSON – EDITOR IN CHIEF

 

5. The National – Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]

The National is weird. They’re sad old men who write sad, slow, old man music. They haven’t written a single in their entire career, excepting maybe Fake Empire, and yet not one of their albums has been anything less than stellar. Some of the lyrics catch you so unexpectedly that you fall in love with a song in the space of a few heart wrenching seconds. And while their melodies rarely repeat in your skull, it’s to their benefit. Trouble Will Find Me is another tremendous album from a group of musicians whose work will no doubt skyrocket in value when they finally roll into a bathtub to drown.

4. Yo La Tengo – Fade [Matador Records]

I first listened to Yo La Tengo halfway up a mountain ridge in Gran Canaria. Tiny Birds, I think it was. Great song. Ever since then, the more I listen to them, the warmer YLT’s songs seem to become. They make a riff last eight minutes yet you can’t feel time passing. Every song seems like a happy accident that happened when three stoners jammed near a microphone, and without the microphone the song would have been lost forever. ‘We must accept that there is a quiet trio who live in Hoboken, doing music better than almost everyone else,’ wrote BMA’s Glen Martin when Fade was released in January. He pretty much summed it up.

3. Bonobo – The North Borders [Ninja Tune]

The North Borders is long, coming in at just under an hour. Not all of its 13 tracks are outright winners, either, which would ordinarily lead me to trim them from my playlists in the hedonistic, valueless fashion of our time. As it is, all 13 make the grade, for the simple reason that The North Borders is the sum of its parts. It has standout tracks, sure, but Bonobo, who already has a back catalogue worthy of one of the best electronic producers in the world, has created his best album yet.

2. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience [RCA]

The reviews for ‘part two’ of this album were so bad that I never listened to it. Some music journalist, me. But sometimes you appreciate something so much that you don’t want anything to spoil it. And people have definitely tried to spoil The 20/20 Experience. To some, JT will never be more than a synchronised dancer with good bone structure who was manufactured for fame. Would that this music girded their hearts and loins as it does mine. 20/20 is syrupy, R&B-rich, experimental yet classic pop of an order so high that it ranks with Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye’s best.

1. Washed Out – Paracosm [Sub Pop]

I missed Washed Out’s first album, Within and Without. Well, not so much ‘missed’ as ‘disliked’, or ‘found boring’. People who caught it square in the chest (as I would later) didn’t seem to like Ernest Greene’s follow-up, Paracosm, as much as I did, but to me, it’s the superior album. It’s warm, and seems to go out of its way to waft you from track to track. If you read the lyrics in the liner, you’ll find plenty of self-doubt, anxiety, and outright depression, but (as I wrote earlier this year) Paracosm seems designed as a coping mechanism, a big-hearted friend guiding you to closure. In many ways, Bonobo’s The North Borders and Paracosm are like Cain and Abel, respectively. Bonobo’s album is moody and urgent, where Paracosm is airy and fine. This year, the good guy wins.

90% of Organisations in the ACT Need More Volunteers
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

In a recent study undertaken by Volunteering ACT, 90% of organisations said that they need more volunteers. Luckily for these organisations, BMA Magazine has them covered. Turn to page 30 of this issue to find BMA’s Guide to Volunteering! And if you don’t find anything there that piques your curiosity, head along to the 2013 Volunteering Expo at Albert Hall on Thursday December 5 and Friday December 6. Don’t get us wrong – money does make the world go round, no matter what Disney movies may have you think – but volunteering is the finest way to fool chumps into thinking you’re good people. Make your paper later, booboo. See volunteeringact.org.au for more info.

Summernats is Your Favourite Event!
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

According to the Australian Event Awards, Summernats is officially ‘Australia’s Favourite Event’. It beat out such industry heavyweights as the Southern 80 Ski Race, Blues on Broadbeach, Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Mali in the City, Sprung Festival, and the incomparable Southern Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Said Summernats co-owner Andy Lopez, ‘To win in a field of such outstanding Australian events is a real honour.’ You can partake of this nationally revered, family friendly, environmentally progressive, positively irreproachable event in the new year by visiting summernats.com.au.

Win Fame/Money for the Very Things that make your Teachers Hate You
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

The annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clowns competition is open again, hunting for the funniest teens in Australia aged 14 to 18. If that sounds like you, you can register for free now, and they even offer help workshopping a three to five-minute sketch before the heats. And if standing up there alone sounds like too much, sketches can include up to three people. Past entrants include Harley Breen, Dave Williams, Matt Okine, and others. The ACT heat will be held at Canberra Theatre Centre’s Courtyard Studio on Friday March 14. Head to classclowns.com.au for more info.

Dead People Show Up Mary J Blige
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

As Mary J Blige releases her Christmas album A Very Mary Christmas to universal nothingness, it is to music from yesteryear that we should be looking. Christmas music didn’t used to be shit, after all. Once upon a time, the world’s greatest musicians wrote masterpieces in honour of the event. This year, one such masterpiece, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, will be coming to Canberra thanks to the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of London. You can see them at work at Llewellyn Hall on Sunday December 15 from 6:30pm, and get tickets via Ticketek.

BMA Magazine Seeking New ‘Locality’ Columnist
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

 

For the past several years, the ‘Locality’ column has been written by the Editor of BMA Magazine. But with a redesign in the works – a redesign that will bring back the much-maligned ‘Editor’s Note’ – it has become this Editor’s opinion that ‘Locality’ would best be handled (like all BMA’s other columns) from without. ‘Locality’ has traditionally been a place where music created and/or performed by locals is compiled into a 500-word digest, designed to last readers one fortnight. As such, any replacement would need to have an intimate knowledge of local venues, bands, and releases. If you’re interested in applying for the position – which, it is definitely worth mentioning, is unpaid – email editorial@bmamag.com with a short blurb about yourself, your interest in the position, and any other junk you can think of. Your work would begin in the new year.

Three copies of WWE – Battleground (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

The Superstars of Raw and SmackDown head to First Niagra Center in Buffalo, New York for Battleground 2013. This all-new WWE Pay-Per-View event will see the top Superstars from WWE battle it out, with Championships and reputations on the line. Who will overcome the odds and rise to the challenge at the first ever WWE Battleground event?

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who/what you liked to pretend to be when you were little, and why.

Three copies of WWE – History of WWE (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

The History of WWE celebrates 50 years of sports entertainment by chronicling the evolution of WWE from small, regional promotion into a worldwide phenomenon. With new interviews from several key personalities past and present, get the inside story behind each era of WWE as well as all your favourite moments and Superstars.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who the single greatest wrestler of all time is, and why.

Three copies of WWE – ‘Straight to the Top’ – Money in the Bank Ladder Match Anthology (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Hosted by The Miz, this compilation features every Money in the Bank Ladder Match in history! The match debuted at WrestleMania 21 in 2005, quickly becoming a WrestleMania tradition and in 2010 proved so popular that it was given it own annual PPV event. Several top Superstars have been Money in the Bank winners – Including John Cena, Kane, Edge, CM Punk (twice!), Rob Van Dam and many more. 11 of the first 12 winners have used the match as a springboard to winning a championship, and several times the match has helped a Superstar who has never won a World Championship break through to claim their first. Much like the Royal Rumble Match, the Money in the Bank match represents a golden opportunity for a Superstar to achieve immortality, and its entire lineage is presented here.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you would love to rip from the top of the ladder and throw to the floor, just before they can clinch the prize.

Three copies of Man v. Food – Complete Collection (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Passionate Foodie Adam Richman is on a never ending hunger quest to find the most mouth-watering pig-out joints in the United States. After getting to know the staff and patrons and finding out just what makes these places so legendary, he'll tackle their famous food challenges, designed to test man's gastronomic limits. Join Adam as he hits some of America's most hard core food locales where he'll meet some real heat! Let all complete seasons of Man v. Food be your guide to the best chow America has to offer.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about the food you would die eating.

One copy of Jamie Oliver Extended Christmas Edition (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Jamie Oliver is the person many home-cooks turn to for advice on how to prepare the most important meal of the year: Christmas dinner.

These six titles include special guest appearances from Gennaro Contaldo, Jamie’s Mum and even his two daughters Poppy and Daisy! So settle down and let Jamie get you in the mood for the best Christmas ever with this ultimate collection of his festive DVD’s packed full of tips for a stress-free Christmas.

Jamie's Christmas
Jamie's Family Christmas
Jamie Cooks Christmas
Jamie's Best Ever Christmas
Jamie's Christmas with Bells on
Jamie at Home: Christmas Special

If you’d like a copy of this box set, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him a short story of your choosing, employing Jamie Oliver’s unique vocabulary (e.g. lovely jubbly).

Three copies of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss – Vol. 4/5/6 (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

This daytime Emmy-nominated preschool series features the fun, music and adventures of some of the favourite characters created by celebrated children’s author Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss).

Starring the Cat in the Hat along with the Grinch, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle and all the other residents of Seussville, these whimsical tales and well-known characters come to life with comedy, music and masterful puppets built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Helping children understand valuable lessons about friendship, imagination and much more. ‘The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss’ is fun entertainment for the whole family.

If you’d like a copy of this box set, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which building at the University of California, San Diego, has a connections to the world of Dr. Seuss.

Three copies of City of the Living Dead (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

After Father William Thomas (Fabrizio Jovine) hangs himself in a cemetery, the gates of Hell are opened. Zombies with the abilities of super strength, teleportation and levitation appear and start killing off people in a remote town. Psychic Mary Woodhouse (Catriona MacColl) appears to die of fright during a seance, and is buried – only to revive, buried alive, in her own coffin. Investigating reporter Peter Bell (Christopher George), who is intrigued by the case, is present at the grave-site and rescues her – only to learn it is all fated as part of a prophecy in the Book of Enoch. The death of the priest is only the beginning, and they both must travel to the rural town of Dunwich, New England and close the portal to Hell before All Saints Day, or the spirits of the dead will overtake the earth.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which religion/religious implement you would use to defend yourself in the event of a Satanic zombie uprising, and why.

Three copies of The House by the Cemetery (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

A young family moves from their cramped New York City apartment to a spacious new home in New England. But this is no ordinary house in the country: the previous owner was the deranged Dr. Freudstein, whose monstrous human experiments have left a legacy of bloody mayhem. Now, someone - or something - is alive in the basement, and home sweet home is about to become a horrific hell on earth.

Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Carlo De Mejo, and Dagmar Lassander star in this outrageous Italian shocker from 'The Godfather of Gore,' Lucio Fulci.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you think zombies smell like, and why.

Three copies of Maniac (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Frank Zito is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer, yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a Maniac.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you think is the most unsympathetic ‘protagonist’ ever featured in a film, and why.

Three copies of Dead and Buried (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Potters Bluff, Rhode Island, may seem to be a sleepy little town. At least for the casual visitor and the local sheriff, Daniel Gillis. However, all of a sudden, there are a lot of strange murders where strangers or people passing through are killed by mobs of townspeople. Only Sheriff Gillis has no clue to what's going on. Fortunately, the town has an excellent undertaker, William G. Dobbs, who is happy to take care of this sudden death-wave which is good for his business. Gillis soon discovers clues that lead to many of the local inhabitants involved in the killings, including his own wife Janet.

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Shock, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which meddling kids wouldn’t have let the bad guy get away with it.

Five copies of Stand Up Guys (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 3 December 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 6 months ago

Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving 28 years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch (Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed and days of glory gone by. Despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they've missed. View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X4-kld_Ueg

If you’d like a copy of this DVD, courtesy of Hopscotch, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what delectable item of fashionable apparel you would make out of Al Pacino’s leathery face, and what event you would wear it to.

The MusicACT Music Awards 2013
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

@ Albert Hall, Saturday November 23

Albert Hall looked the part for the MusicACT Music Awards’ (MAMAs) second instalment. It is a magnificent old building, built almost expressly for functions such as the MAMAs. And all facets of Canberra’s music industry came out: the upper crust, the scene stalwarts, the fringe, the hip hop crews, the venue owners, one and all. It was, without a hint of exaggeration, a diverse, representative crowd.

The night was seen through with solid performances from Fun Machine, The Steptones, and the quite brilliant Hall of Fame inductee The Idea of North, who helped lubricate some impromptu, soporific stage piano, and worlds-collide presenters Genevieve Jacobs and Rowan ‘Roshambo’ Thompson. Los Chavos in particular put on an impressive show, their lead singer bringing the Hall to its feet for the first time in the night. Meanwhile, the cash bar was either a horrid misstep or a Machiavellian ploy to keep things civil, Albert Hall being a good click’s walk from the nearest ATM.

As to the awards, the MAMAs committed to its formula: reward where rewards are sought, reward where rewards are due, and reward as much as possible. Fun Machine won Best ACT Artist of 2013, Ben Colin won Best ACT Bass Music Producer, and Revellers took home Best ACT Heavy Artist including Punk, Hardcore and Metal. Obvious choices all, and all deserving.

Then there were the oddities: Super Best Friends won the Best ACT Rock Artist, and then so did Elisha Bones. Michael Bones summed the experience up quite well: ‘They say you never expect to win things like this, but you expect it even less when the award’s already been given.’ It happened again: Best ACT House, Electro or Techno Producer went to The Aston Shuffle – cheers, acceptance, and then – and Ashley Feraude! No one can say the MAMAs didn’t aim to please, even if it didn’t contribute to a sense of great value in the receipt of the awards.

The bigger surprises came in the form of Dylan Hekimian’s win for Best ACT Live Performer and Amber Nichols’ win for Best ACT Pop Artist (two wise endorsements of artists who could use it, over some usual suspects who have plenty of press already), and Zierholz @ UC’s win for Best ACT Live Music Venue. As to the latter, other venues in Canberra sport stronger local line-ups, and arguably better sound quality (not to mention better beer), but as an oasis of medium-to-large-scale touring music in the Belconnen area, Zierholz @ UC is a choice that signals this award can go to venues as much as places that host open mic nights and free local music three nights a week. Zierholz @ UC is the kind of venue that helps put Canberra back on the touring map, the way the ANU Bar used to do. Well deserved. 

True highlights, however, were speeches by Gil Miller and Jim Cotter. Miller, President of MusicACT, gave his speech in characteristic, refreshing, plain ‘Australian’, calling for commitment by local government to see local music done right. Likewise Cotter, co-recipient of the Contribution to the ACT Music Industry award with Frank Madrid, was blunt, calling Charles Ives to mind – ‘Awards are merely the badges of mediocrity’ – before advising, ‘If you don’t win tonight, fuck it, get on with your art.’

Near night’s end was the award for Best ACT Song of the Year, which went to Fun Machine’s Ready for the Fight. That Ready for the Fight was first recorded and released in July 2012 seems to have been overlooked, but this is no fault of the song’s or the band’s. The MAMAs is based on a very important prerequisite: in order to be nominated, you have to nominate yourself. This leads to the most salient critique one can level at the MAMAs: the music that was missing. Because bands and artists have to nominate themselves, and pay to nominate themselves, the best music in the ACT wasn’t present that night. Cracked Actor, Burrows, TV Colours, and The Fighting League were absent from all categories, and no one could doubt that, between them, they represent the finest in live music, albums, singles, and produced music in Canberra in 2013. And they’re just the obvious exclusions.

The fact is you can’t rely on artists to put their hands up for recognition. In many cases, it’s not in their nature. They’re introverts, self-conscious, self-effacing. At this point in its evolution, the MAMAs can commit to handing out awards to the artists who step forward, cash in hand, to ask for them, or begin picking winners from an open field. Let’s hope, for the sake of the music that went unmentioned this year, that it’s the latter.

[Image credit: Martin Ollman]

Two double passes to The Sapphires and The Piano as part of Body of Work: Harvey Weinstein @ The Nat’l Film and Sound Archive, Sun Nov 24
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

The inaugural Body of Work honours the great movie impresario Harvey Weinstein, whose vision and leadership have helped elevate independent filmmaking from arthouse to mainstream.

Harvey and his brother Bob founded Miramax Films (1979) and The Weinstein Company (2005) in New York City. They have produced and distributed some of the best movies of the past 30 years from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to The Artist to The King’s Speech. The films they’ve backed have been nominated for an incredible 321 Academy Awards and won 78.

Harvey’s championing of Australian cinema has seen The Sapphires, The King's Speech, The Piano, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding and other local films become international hits as well as launch-pads for their creators.

Harvey will be joined in Canberra by many of the talented Australian filmmakers and actors he has backed over the years for film screenings and Q&As, talks, a master-class and the Virgin Ball.

Thanks to the good people at Body of Work, we have one double pass each to screenings of The Sapphires and The Piano on Sunday November 24 at the National Film and Sound Archive. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com, tell him which film you’d like to see, and what your favourite Weinstein-funded film is. You can find full details on the screenings at bodyofwork.org.au/program-sunday.html.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Far be it from this fortnightly print-based column to be a source of current affairs, but if you haven’t heard yet, The Phoenix Bar has almost doubled in size, and turns 20 this week. Celebrations commence on Thursday November 21 with Fun Machine, The Fuelers, and more playing from 9pm for free. The ramo continues on Friday November 22 from 8pm with Zoopagoo, Moochers Inc., Doctor Stovepipe and more, again for free. And things get serious on Saturday November 23 with The Phoenix’s All Day Birthday from 2pm, featuring The Fighting League, Mornings, Hence the Test Bed, and too many more to mention here. Head along to celebrate a place that has every right to be crowned Best Live Music Venue for the second year running at the MusicACT Music Awards, also on Saturday November 23.

For those of you on the south side, Ojo Café and Bar runs an Open Mic Night every Thursday, including on Thursday November 21 from 7pm. A key act bolsters a night open to all comers. The little places in the north and south that run events like this – The Green Room, Pot Belly Bar, La De Da – are in many ways the bravest and best in town. Kudos to them all.

Friday November 22 sees Metal Fiesta 4 hit The Basement, with Mytile Vey Lorth, Red Bee, Bronson, and others stinking up the joint from 8pm for a $20 door. If you’re more of a computer wizardry type, Blahnket’s latest coup comes in the form of Shigeto, who’ll be playing Digress Cocktail Bar with the regular crop of tremendously talented locals on Friday November 22, doors 9pm.

Gorman House Arts Centre, BMA Magazine’s exceedingly pleasant home, continues its Sundays in the Park season on Sunday November 24 with Doctor Stovepipe. The afternoons in the sun begin at 3pm and entry is $5 to $15.

Thursday November 28 sees locals A Drone Coda launching their first single at The Phoenix Bar from 8:30pm, with Central West and Oxen. Strap yourself in for some moody, pasty, elbowy white people making noise.

Speaking of moody, pasty, elbowy white people, the Magpies City Club is hosting perhaps the most unapologetic collection of them on Friday November 29 for an event dubbed ALT. Cris Clucas, Orbis Tertius, Toggle, and many more will be playing from 8pm for an as yet unannounced door price. In all seriousness: good tunes there. And Magpies has you covered on Saturday November 30 too, with I Exist launching their third album From Darkness at the underground venue from 7pm. It’s a bargain at $10.

And finally, the Canberra Musicians Club is hosting The Bootleg Sessions on Monday December 2, with Reilly Fitzalan, Fossil Rabbit, and Aleister James confirmed so far. 8pm and free, as per usual.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON

 

editorial@bmamag.com

You Am I booked for free Canberra NYE Party
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

The iconic Aussie rock band will become the latest band to headline Canberra’s New Year’s Eve party this year on Tuesday December 31, 2013. Playing two sets, You Am I will appear alongside the Alex Gibson Duo and local seven-piece Tuchasoul in Civic Square, with music kicking off from 7pm. Tuchasoul will be ringing in the new year either side of the midnight fireworks, with You Am I playing either side of an earlier 9pm set of pyrotechnics. Over in Garema Place, ‘Bass in the Place’ will be returning once more, with Adelaide DJ Uberjak’d appearing alongside a raft of local DJs. Both events are alcohol free, so if you go along on the night and see alcohol, it’s an illusion. For more info, visit events.act.gov.au/nye.

BMA Magazine to Undergo Full Redesign
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

It’s been several years since BMA Magazine’s current look was introduced, and the decision has been reached: a new look is on the way. A new logo, new layout, and new sections will all be parts of the project, but the scope of the redesign extends to every facet of the publication, all the way down to the page numbers, font, and focus. The tentative hope here at BMA is that we will be able to introduce the fully redesigned product in early 2014. So, dear readers, if you happen not to recognise the magazine sitting in your nearest stand, café, or bar next year, do us a favour and take a second glance, just in case. Furthermore, if you have any suggestions as to what you’d like to see in the rejuvenated product, email editorial@bmamag.com and give us your two cents.

University of Canberra Launches World Class Poetry Prize
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

If you want to attract the best in any field, a sure-fire way is to offer to pay them. This is especially true of fields with which large sums of money are not generally associated: writing, poetry, NBA. University of Canberra has taken this remarkably simple lesson to heart in launching its Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, which offers $15,000 to the winning entrant and a further $5,000 to a runner-up. ‘I would like this to become one of the most prestigious poetry prizes in the world, attracting and rewarding the finest writers,’ Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said, and if that doesn’t deserve praise we at BMA don’t know what does. The prize will be judged by Australian poets Jennifer Harrison, Brook Emery, and Judith Beveridge, and British poet Philip Gross. There are no prerequisites for entering, save that the poem be in English, unpublished, and 50 lines or less. So there are some prerequisites. To find out more about the competition, head to canberra.edu.au/vcpoetryprize. Entries close Friday May 30, 2014.

Barcode Nightclub Closed
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

After a very brief stint as Canberra’s newest LGBTI-friendly bar and club (which is a poor descriptor, as it implies that every other venue isn’t LGBTI-friendly) Barcode Nightclub has closed its doors as of Monday November 11. Said the bar’s owners in a posting on the bar’s Facebook page, ‘While there will naturally be rumours and speculation about our closure, we gave our utmost to make Barcode a success, and had a great time having fun and making memories with you all.’ And so, Canberra’s LGBTI venue count is back to two: Cube and Tilleys, the former a reliable holdfast with a permanent place in BMA Magazine’s heart, the latter perhaps the most woefully underutilised venue in Canberra. Here’s wishing luck to the next people attempting to add a third to Canberra’s count. We could use it.

Five copies of Farewell, My Queen (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoit Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the ?nal days before the outbreak of the French Revolution.

Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the ?lm stars Léa Seydoux as one of Marie Antoinette’s ladies in waiting, seemingly an innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favours, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path.

With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions. Diane Kruger gives her best performance to date as the ill-fated Queen.

If you’d like a copy of Farewell, My Queen, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you think is the greatest contribution made to the legacy of humankind by the French. And don’t say ‘cheese’ or ‘wine’ or ‘democracy’ unless you really, really mean it, because those are shit answers.

Five copies of The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

 

The Walking Dead, one of the most watched dramas on US television and an international phenomenon, returns for another gripping, addictive season. In a desolate and post-apocalyptic world, Rick Grimes and his band of survivors continue their desperate struggle against the horrifying zombie epidemic.

The Walking Dead Season Three Blu-ray are DVD are out now and packed full of deleted scenes, extra features and audio commentaries, but thanks to the people at Hopscotch we have five copies to give away. Check out the season trailer here.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which Walking Dead character you would ‘accidentally forget’ at a gas station in the post-apocalyptic zombie-filled world, and why.

Five copies of Hannibal: Season 1 (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Before Silence of the Lambs, before Red Dragon, Hannibal Lecter was a brilliant psychiatrist in the employ of the FBI. His task: to help an unusually gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to see into the minds of serial killers.

Starring Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down) and Laurence Fishburne (CSI, The Matrix), Hannibal is a story of masterful manipulation that will shock, amaze and leave you hungry for more. Watch the season trailer here.

Thanks to the people at Hopscotch, we have five copies of the first season of this acclaimed show to give away. If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you think was the most compelling serial killer ever portrayed in film and why.

Five Ender’s Game Prize Packs
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the international military are recruiting and training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope. He is to be trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow comrades into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Thanks to Dendy Canberra we have five Ender’s Game prize packs to give away, consisting of a cotton tote bag, a T-shirt, dog tags, a foldable drink bottle, sierra label pins, and a double pass to see the film, which opens Thursday December 5, in season.

If you’d like one of these prize packs, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which famous actor and public figure once said never to work with children or animals.

For more giveaways like this, follow Dendy Canberra on Twitter at @DendyCanberra.

Fifteen in-season double passes to The Gilded Cage
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Writer/director Ruben Alves’ charming, semi-autobiographical Parisian comedy is the story of a loving, hardworking married couple whose long-held dream of returning to their homeland finally comes true – only to be secretly undermined by their friends and neighbours.

Maria (Rita Blanco) and José (Joaquim de Almeida) emigrated from Portugal 30 years ago. Ever since, they have lived in the modest ground floor lodgings of a chic apartment building in Paris, raising their now adult daughter and teenage son. They’re universally liked around the community: Maria is the building’s concierge, always available – even on her day off – maintaining the high standards the residents depend on. José, a building site foreman, is equally as indispensable to his boss Francis.

When José learns he has inherited the family winery and the couple’s dream of returning to Portugal is now possible, they are elated – but struggle with how to tell those around them. However, word of the big news spreads anyway, and soon their family, neighbours, friends and employers are scrambling behind the scenes to find ways to prevent them from leaving …

Richly informed by his own upbringing as the son of Portuguese immigrants in Paris, Alves’ warm-hearted, cross-cultural comedy features a terrific ensemble cast, spot-on comic timing and a thoroughly appealing central couple, whose dilemmas are portrayed with great tenderness and affection.

If you’d like an in-season double pass to The Gilded Cage, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what the hell it is about French romantic comedies that makes people like them more than any other non-English-speaking country’s rom-coms.

Ten in-season double passes to Ender’s Game
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Ender’s Game features an all-star cast including Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Viola Davis (The Help) and Ben Kingsley (Gandhi).

In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the international military are recruiting and training only the best young children. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Ender’s Game opens Thursday December 5, and you can watch the trailer here. If you’d like a free double pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you’d pit against Harrison Ford in a saggy-faced grumpy old man fight. (Dictate the terms of the fight for a bonus point.)

Five copies of Dexter: Season 8 (DVD) and Jeff Lindsay's 'The Final Cut'
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

It’s the beginning of the end for charming Miami forensics expert Dexter Morgan (Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall) as the 12 Season Eight episodes bring to rest the acclaimed hit series. He’s spent his days solving crimes, and his nights committing them, but never before has Dexter had to deal with a more abhorrent and deranged enemy than he does now: himself.

Six months after the stunning murder of Lt. LaGuerta, Dexter’s estranged sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) tries to cope with her guilt in her brother’s crimes, while an emotionally vulnerable Dexter comes face-to-face with a psychopathologist who knows the code that has motivated his every murder. Filled with the dark twists and revelations that Dexter fans relish, Season Eight finishes Dexter’s twisted journey with a bloody amazing send-off that will haunt fans forever.

We also have to give away the latest instalment in Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novel series. Jeff Lindsay's razor sharp, devilish wit and immaculate pacing prove that he is in a class of his own, and this new novel is his most masterful creation yet. Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan.

If you’d like a copy of Dexter: Season 8 (the final season, available on Blu-ray and DVD from Wednesday November 20, valued at $49.99), and a copy of Jeff Lindsay's The Final Cut, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which four famous serial killers you’d invite to a dinner party, what you’d talk about, and what you’d serve.

One double pass to City and Colour @ Royal Theatre, Mon Dec 2
Date Published: Tuesday, 19 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Whether you love Dallas Green from his old Alexisonfire days or prefer his crooning swoon-worthy voice from any of the four City and Colour studio albums, we're giving you the chance to win another double pass to see him at the Royal Theatre on Monday December 2. Much like his scissors, you can 'save your pennies' by simply emailing allan@bmamag.com with an A4 portrait of Dallas Green, drawn by your very own hand! Go!

 

[Image credit: Dustin Rabin]

Ten double passes to the British Film Festival @ Palace Electric Cinema
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Palace Cinemas is delighted to announce the inaugural British Film Festival in Australia. 

From an exciting range of the latest, most eagerly-awaited new films to a selection of five quintessential classics that have forged their place in film history; from high budget adaptations to gritty biopics, the British Film Festival presents a feast of films with all the qualities we associate with the Brits – superb acting, cracking wit, earnest humanity and quality craftsmanship.

Announcing the Festival, Programming director for Palace Cinemas, Kim Petalas, said, “The British Film Industry is on the verge of a new wave with film production on the increase and major International festivals screening more British films than ever before. Australian audiences have always felt a close affinity to British cinema so we are incredibly excited to co-ordinate the inaugural British Film Festivalin Australia where we can showcase some of Britain’s emerging talents and respected auteurs.”

The British Film Festival is bookended by two highly anticipated features. The Opening Night selection is One Chance, a hilarious telling of the rags to riches story of Paul Potts, the shy winner of the first season of Britain’s Got Talent, directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs). Closing the Festival is Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which was just awarded Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival. 

 

In 1999, the British Film Institute surveyed 1000 people from the world of British film and television to produce the BFI 100 list of the greatest British Films of the 20th century. The festival will present the top five of those films: The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed; Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935); Brief Encounter (1945), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), and Great Expectations (1946), all directed by David Lean.

Other highlights include Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law and Richard E Grant; Good Vibrations, based on the true story of Terri Hooley who opened up a record store in Bomb Alley, Belfast during the Troubles; and the Australian Premiere screenings of The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini’s beautiful new film Still Life, starring Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey). The film scooped up four prizes at the recent Venice Film Festival (Horizons section), including Best Director and the Art Cinema Prize for Best Film.

If you'd like an in-season double pass to any of the films on offer at the festival from Tuesday November 19 through Sunday December 1, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you think is most underrated British actor or director and why. 

Love – Lube + Paint = Art
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Love Is Art is a product that came swishing into the BMA Magazine inboxes a couple of weeks ago, and it has to be researched to be believed. Founded by South African-born artist Jeremy Brown, Love Is Art presents buyers with a kit containing two canvases, paints, a painter’s tarp, and disposable slippers. Why? So you can cover yourself and your lover in paint, have sex on the canvas, and when it dries, pin the sexstract result on the wall. If you’re anything like us, the result will be the prone outline of a single person lying next to a laptop. Find out more (and present the weirdest Secret Santa gift ever) by visiting loveisartkit.com.

Dendy Offers Free Films for a Year as part of Canberra Int’l Film Festival
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

The Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF) opened on Wednesday October 30, and in partnership with the event, Dendy Canberra has announced they’re offering free films for a year to the winner of their #CIFFmini competition. How to enter? Attend any of the screenings held as part of CIFF (see ciff.com.au for info) and tweet a 140-character review using the #CIFFmini hashtag. The competition closes with CIFF at 11:59pm on Sunday November 10. For a quick tweet, you may be looking at over $12,000 worth of films. Ain’t nobody got time fo’dat? Only one way to find out.

ABC Launches ‘Fresh Blood’ in Search of Next-Gen Comedy Talent
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

The ABC has somehow remained the arbiter of Australian comedy for far longer than makes any sense. The Glass House, The Chaser, Kath and Kim, Spicks and Specks, and everything Chris Lilley has done and will continue to do until the sight of him in drag goes by without comment – just about every comedian has worked their circuit at one time or another. And here’s why: Fresh Blood is their latest initiative geared towards uncovering great new comedy in Australia, and it offers 20 winners $10,000 a piece with which to budget a dream project. In this instance, throwing money at the problem is exactly what works. Head to abc.net.au/freshblood for more info and to apply. Applications close Friday December 20, with content to premiere on iView in early 2014.

Shananigans Music Festival to Return for Seventh Consecutive Year
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

What Canberra still has in the way of one- and two-day music festivals is oft-forgot. Shananigans has proven itself one of the most resilient of all local music festivals in recent history, albeit one that stays true to a reliable core (and takes place from sunset). In this, its seventh instalment on Friday February 14, Shananigans will see The Basement host Our Last Enemy, Tonk, Voltera, Penguin (who have reformed just for the night), Super Best Friends, Na Maza, Variodivers (another one-off reformation), Renegade Peacock, Knights of the Spatchcock, Hence the Testbed, Ghetto Pimp, and burlesque trio The Velvet Vixens from 7pm. Tickets are $20 on the door, and for 12 acts on two stages, you can’t argue with that.

Linda Blair to Visit Impact Comics
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Linda Blair, star of The Exorcist (1973), will be visiting Canberra as part of the upcoming Monsterfest film festival, a 12-hour grindhouse film experience happening at CIT Woden on Saturday November 30. As part of her visit, Blair will also be making an appearance at Impact Comics in Garema Place on Saturday November 23. When? Dunno. To do what? Dunno. But she’ll be there! Take a can of pea soup, a question she’s been answering since she was 15 years old, and try your luck! Stay tuned to impactcomics.com.au for more information.

Smith’s Alternative down a Gardner
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Jorian Gardner has departed Smith’s Alternative, not long after placing himself at the forefront of the reinvented bookshop’s ‘new venue’ status. Reported local music guru Culturazi, ‘Jorian Gardner was involuntarily bought out by major shareholder, Dominic Mico.’ Gardner would later tell the Canberra Times, ‘he had elected to sell his share of the business to Mico to concentrate on his role as director of the Canberra Fringe festival early next year.’ Whichever is the case, it is certain that Smith’s Alternative will have some rather meaty boots to fill. Good luck, little venue, and here’s awaiting with bated breath the controversial and anticipated return of Gardner to the Fringe in 2014.

Five copies of Springsteen & I (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Springsteen & I is a unique feature music documentary celebrating a rock ‘n’ roll icon: Bruce Springsteen. Working with the filmmakers, Springsteen’s fans have helped create a film that reflects on their personal insights and experiences to explore what this timeless artist means to them. Their stories are at times touching, at times humourous, at times extraordinary, and they all come from the heart. Combined with previously unseen archive footage of performances throughout Springsteen’s career, this is a film by the fans and for the fans created with the full support of Bruce Springsteen.

If you’d like a copy of this film, executive produced by Ridley Scott, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him whose album Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball knocked off the Billboard #1 album charts spot in 2012.

One World War Z Super Prize Pack
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

This thing is ridiculous. It contains five DVDs, a WWZ Survival Tent (RRP: $160), two WWZ Walkie Talkies (RRP $59.99), a WWZ Survival Kit (RRP $54.99), a WWZ hydration backpack (RRP $50.00), and a WWZ Torch & Charger (RRP15.99). And even though World War Z is available on Blu-ray™, DVD, and digital from Wednesday October 23 (© 2013 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED), you can get this all for free if you answer this one question:

What is the best zombie franchise ever (film, graphic novel, or other), and why? Email allan@bmamag.com with the answer to go in the running.

Two double passes to IMB Sunset Cinema’s Opening Night @ the Botanic Gardens, Fri Nov 15
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Kicking off summer, and back for their second season, the IMB Sunset Cinema is the perfect urban escape, located at the foot of Black Mountain in the heart of the National Botanic Gardens. Screening from Friday November 15 through to the Saturday December 21, four nights per week, the IMB Sunset Cinema offers its guests an entertaining mix of blockbusters and cult classics, as well as live bands, beanbags, gourmet food and a fully licensed bar – it’s more than just a movie night, it’s a festival! See sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra for full details. 

The opening night gala on Friday November 15 will feature live music from Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens from 6:45pm and a screening of Diana from 8pm. If you’d like to attend, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which movie saw Naomi Watts play a character named Jet Girl.

Ten double passes to Filth (R18+)
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Releasing in Australian cinemas Thursday November 21, the characters from Irvine Welsh’s (of Trainspotting fame) novel Filth are brought to life with James McAvoy (Trance, X-Men: First Class) at the helm of this “sordid, sleazy and absolutely brilliant” adaptation.

Filth follows Bruce Robertson, a bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop (played by James McAvoy) who manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure a promotion. Bruce will stop at nothing to get what he wants and has been enlisted to solve a brutal murder. Threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin and aims to turn his colleagues against one another – stealing their wives and exposing their secrets. As Bruce becomes entangled in scheming against his colleagues, the pressure to solve the murder case begins to take its toll on his sanity. Will he keep his grip on reality long enough to free himself from this filth?

You can view the trailer here.

If you’d like an in-season double pass to Filth, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which role Irvine Welsh played in the film adaptation of his novel Trainspotting.

Two double passes to Emma Davis & Brian Campeau @ Smith’s Alternative, Sat Nov 9
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

After years of working together, Sydney musicians Emma Davis and Brian Campeau have finally teamed up for a co-headline tour this November. Each with shiny new singles in tow, the pair of musical friends will hit the east coast, bringing their distinct brands of storytelling with them.

The two first met backstage at a show, when after several beers and a lot of sarcasm, Brian agreed to help make Emma's first record. Co-produced in his home-made Newtown studio, the self-titled album went on to receive national radio play and glowing reviews for its deft guitar work, careful production and honest storytelling. The London-born songwriter went on to support the likes of Husky, Matt Corby and Andy Bull, had singles featured in nation-wide television ads and was chosen as a finalist for the 2011 FBi SMAC (Sydney Music Arts and Culture) awards.

Celebrated for his powerful voice, unique instrumentation, unusual arrangements and organic, left-field production, Brian Campeau is no regular singer-songwriter. In 2009 he released Mostly Winter Sometimes Spring, a full-length record based entirely on the idea of using only one instrument for each song. The record received rave reviews (Drum Media hailed him a “Genuine Genius”) and led to extensive tours throughout Australia and a notable support for Joanna Newsom.

If you’d like a double pass to the show, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about an experience that made your day.

Two double passes to the Music ACT Music Awards @ Albert Hall, Sat Nov 23
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

Last year, the inaugural MusicACT Annual Music Awards (or MAMAs) made ACT history. Never before had Canberra’s brilliant, burgeoning, and diverse scene been celebrated with such ceremony, and never before had so many genres – from classical to jazz, choral to folk, country to rock to electronic – been united for one hell of a party. Albert Hall, shimmering with kaleidoscopic colour, was lifted to spectacular heights. It was the ACT music industry’s night of nights, and we want you to be a part of the next one.

Naturally they’ll be bigger this year. If you want to join us in celebrating and honouring those who make this city so sonically vibrant, save this date: Saturday November 23.

If you’d like a free double pass to the event at Albert Hall, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which Canberra act you’d like to see rewarded, and why.

See musicact.com.au/mamas for more info or tickets as they event nears.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 5 November 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 7 months ago

With only two months left in this great Centenary year, the time is rapidly waning in which the word ‘Centenary’ still carries weight. No topic of conversation has an uninterrupted year’s longevity, and, with that in mind, I will flush it out of this column once and for all: Friday November 8 sees the Lift Off Band Comp taking place at Woden Youth Centre from 4pm to 9pm, with the winner to take the wildcard place in the Smells Like Centenary Spirit final at Royal Theatre on Friday November 15, 4pm to 10pm. Both events are free, and mark in their own ways the culmination of the Centenary’s contribution to contemporary live music in the ACT: On the one hand, Lift Off is a pre-existing part of Woden Valley Festival that the Centenary characteristically brought into its fold, and on the other, Smells Like Centenary Spirit represents one of the few (perhaps only) truly unique events designed by the Centenary to bridge the gap between fledgling local bands and major venues. Kudos is deserved on both counts, but with British India (a Melbourne band) announced as headliners of Smells Like Centenary Spirit, Robyn Archer’s words ring out: she could have got The Rolling Stones, or held ‘a series of events that had a lasting legacy’. In a strange way, it feels as though live music in the ACT, at least, may have got neither this year.

And that’s it!

Locals Revellers, Little Mac and the Monster Men, and ThrownUp will support The Bennies at The Phoenix Bar on Thursday November 7 from 9pm. Expect loud, tight, and fast. The following night, Smith’s Alternative hosts Novia Scotia, Prefix, and The Sexytet from 7:30pm for a $7 door.

Hip hop in the ACT continues from strength to strength, with the cream of the local crop now bonding together under the moniker Capslock Collective. They (Coda Conduct, Context, Semantix, Stateovmind, and Nix) are having a launch party at Transit Bar on Saturday November 9 from 8pm for a $10 door. The same night at The Phoenix, Super Best Friends are polishing off their Round and Round tour with Bacon Cakes and the Z-50 Jays, and Sincerely, Grizzly from 9:30pm.

This Is Art Market returns for its second year at Yarralumla Woolshed on Saturday November 9 and Saturday November 10. The weather last year was perfect, and the combination of the setting, local art, music, food and drink couldn’t have been better. It’s on from 10am to 3pm both days, is well worth a jaunt across the lake, and is a gold coin donation for entry.

Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival takes place at the Hall Showgrounds, Fri-Sun November 15-17. I can’t claim to be ‘up’ on my country, but it’s a big event: five stages, three days, and any event in Canberra is an event of mine. See canberracountry.com.au for more info.

The Ellis Collective is launching a new single, Walk Back Down, at The Polish White Eagle Club on Friday November 15 from 7:30pm for a $12/15 door.

And in this column’s most important bit of news, The Phoenix Bar turns 20 this year. It begins its celebrations on Monday November 18 with a special Bootleg Sessions (sporting Cracked Actor, Rafe Morris, Waterford, and more), and will carry them through until Saturday November 23, when they’ll hold an all-day party from 2pm. Other acts coming out of the woodwork to pitch in during the week include Fun Machine, The Fuelers, The Fighting League, and so, so many more. Head to our gig guide online for full details.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON

editorial@bmamag.com

Cracked Actor
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

CRACKED ACTOR

 

Sebastian Field, frontman and songwriter for Canberra band CRACKED ACTOR, is soft-spoken, withdrawn, self-conscious, and uses words sparingly. Sitting in his north Ainslie living room on a bright Saturday morning, Field is dwarfed by the small couch on which he sits, and holds his cup of black tea in front of him in both hands. And sitting small at five feet eight inches, dressed in black from head to toe – black flat cap, black t-shirt, black jeans, black riding boots – Field already presents a small target. He seems almost designed to avoid notice – his gently hunched shoulders, round face, and earnest blue eyes are almost childish, and he laughs only nervously, as if slipping a cover he was told to maintain.

Cracked Actor solidified into a live band in 2009 or 2010 – ‘It’s a bit hazy,’ says Field – and are about to release the debut single, Lemon On Your Lover, off their forthcoming debut LP, Iconoclast, due for release in early 2014. Marked more than anything else by Field’s voice – an alternately gentle and raging falsetto – and songs that change direction unexpectedly, or burst open from refrains lurking with tension, Cracked Actor’s music has invited numerous comparisons to Radiohead, Efterklang, Grizzly Bear, and Jeff Buckley. Part of Cracked Actor’s great promise rests on the fact that such comparisons, unlike the majority of instances in which they are made, are somewhat warranted. And with only one EP released, 2012’s Solar Driftwood, it has been Cracked Actor’s live performances as much as this release that validates the praise they receive.

On stage, Field and the band seem to disappear, performance after performance, without fail and to great effect, into their music. Despite his self-effacing nature, Field is not oblivious to the acclaim this and their EP has garnered them. ‘We’re very, um, excitable after the first EP,’ he says. ‘And I was a bit tentative, being the way I am, self-conscious, having to go through the motions of doing it. But [Solar Driftwood] was received well, and I appreciated that.’

The conversation we have is a long one. Field’s wariness of arrogance often leads him to second-guess himself mid-answer. He worries on numerous occasions that he will sound like a wanker. He checks the status of our conversation on several occasions: ‘Is this going well?’ Only through the piecing-together of an over hour-long conversation does a picture of Field’s creative process, his vision, the genesis of his work as one of Canberra’s most exciting musicians in one of its most promising bands, begin to emerge.

 

Before their live show became one of the best in Canberra, before Solar Driftwood was even contemplated, Cracked Actor began in a shed. ‘My mother’s always been very supportive, so I must recognise that,’ Field laughs. ‘But to the specific point of Solar Driftwood, Grahame [Thompson, percussion and cello, is] important there, because I was living with him at the time, and I would play music in the shed out the back – and he said it himself, so please don’t shoot me for speaking for him – but he said he liked what he heard, in whatever words. And we started to play together, in the shed, for a little while,’ Field laughs, ‘and decided to bring some other people in.’

Those other people, who would help record Solar Driftwood, were Nick Delatovic (bass guitar), and Matt Lustri (lead guitar). Though Lustri would leave the band, to be replaced temporarily by Jordan Rodgers of Sex Noises, he has since rejoined it. ‘Which I’m very pleased about,’ says Field. ‘I think he’s really good. I’m fond of him. I think he’s a wonderful guitarist. And a good friend otherwise. It’s nice to have certain people in your life, and it’s good when it’s a creative bond and a friendship bond too.’

The creative ideas in Cracked Actor, though, having once been the product of greater collaboration, are now ostensibly Field’s. ‘Well, for this album a lot of things have come from my head,’ he explains. ‘It was a little bit more the other way for [Solar Driftwood]. I mentioned that we were excitable. And maybe I was the most excitable. Maybe. I don’t know, I can’t speak for the others. I recognise that I was very excitable. And so all these other things came out, all these other songs, which turned into the new record. And so a lot of the elements were born in that period. Out of my brain.’

As for the nature of the ideas’ genesis, Field is happily clueless. ‘I was hoping you’d ask something along those lines, because I’m not really sure where it comes from.’ He laughs. ‘It’s a question I would like to know of some artists. It is a funny thing, but it really just comes from nowhere. If I sit down and try to write something, I’m very unhappy. But there might be some moment where I’m trying my best not to think about anything, or I am just not thinking about anything, and I just naturally pick up the guitar, purely natural, and then it will occur.’ And that’s where your best work comes from? ‘Yes,’ replies Field. ‘If I’m allowed to say that I have varying standards of work … Yeah, there’s something very important to me about remaining naïve, in regards to creativity, the essence, that little dot of inspiration. About just letting it … letting it come.’

 

This passive-receptive attitude to creativity lies at the heart of qualities that make Cracked Actor, and Sebastian Field, worthy of particular attention. During the course of our conversation, Field gradually articulates an ethos for creativity, one for which he advocates with refreshing confidence. Field even, in the most self-effacing manner possible, approaches something you might call pride. Field’s ethos, after all, seems to stem from a gentle satisfaction with the work that will make up Iconoclast.

‘I think the record is very good, and I don’t tend to feel that way,’ he says. ‘I can see Cracked Actor being accepted on a greater scale. Without any desire of my own, I could just see that happen … I don’t want to put my desire down, because initially you just want to be happy with it, and whether or not other people like it—I think they would. It’s good … I mean, a lot of music is really bad. And, I dunno, I sound like a wanker, but you recognise when something’s turning out okay. It’s a nice feeling. [Iconoclast is] probably better than a lot of other stuff.’

This anachronistic confidence leads me to push Field for his means of accessing his creativity. ‘Turn off your television, listen to intelligent dance music or classical radio, and become friends with a child,’ he says eventually. ‘For starters I don’t have a television. So I don’t—it might be useful, but I don’t enjoy having things blasted at me. Visual, in that case, or generally … It’s a bit scary when the bloody thing’s just on all the time. It’s really scary.

‘It feels right,’ he clarifies of his self-imposed distance from digest. ‘Whether or not it’s helped I don’t know. I’m probably getting odder as we speak.

‘Having a lot of relationships with children has helped me,’ he continues, bringing to bear on his music his role as a childcare worker. ‘I mean, they’re more open-minded. You can learn a lot, if you listen … Because they’re children, mainly … They’re not dampened by existence yet.’

‘Use your legs,’ is Field’s last piece of advice. ‘I’m a pedestrian at heart. I like walking and riding. I think that’s useful. There’s another thing about our time: cars. Very strange. And in combination with a job you don’t like. It’s really weird. You get out of bed and you get into the car, you go to the office, and you get back into the car, and come back home, and you haven’t actually noticed anything else. You’ve been enclosed all day long. Even public transport’s better.’

As for music, it all ties in, with Field saying that his duty in every case is to the piece of music. ‘I often feel a bit strange, talking about myself this way, but yes. Because I don’t think that music should be—it should be natural, for so many people. I think it’s a bit bastardised. So yeah … I feel like that’s the way everyone should do it. I’m doing it. “Here, look at this. This is how I do it, maybe you can do it that way too.” ’

It’s unconscious, Field explains. ‘I dislike standard structures of songs … On the new album, there’s more interesting things, structurally. There are some songs that have a place for a chorus but it just really felt like there just shouldn’t be one, so I just leave it that way, even though it might seem slack, or to many other people that it just is incomplete or something, it’s just the way it should be … You don’t want to turn it into something more than it should be. Because it’s come naturally, it’s its own thing.

‘I think people take inspiration in stuff a little bit too seriously, so it’s good to be able to tell someone that it’s just something that’s free … It’s just a function of the body. It happens when it does.

‘There’s an element of songwriting that I think is a bit, “Here’s something that I’m feeling and I’m going to shove it in your face.” And I don’t really get it. It’s like listening to the radio and there’s someone singing about the love they lost or whatever, and I think, “Hm. That’s great. It’s not that special. Get over it.” ’

Field’s natural aversion to overtness extends to his sense of himself as a performer. ‘I can sometimes really enjoy live music and sometimes really dislike it, because there’s a sense of spectacle about the whole thing which I think is a little bit false … Sometimes I really don’t enjoy it. Sometimes it’s stupid … It’s just maybe when it’s a bit more spectacle-y. There have just been occasions where you finish it and you think, “That was really unnecessary.” … It can be very uncomfortable. Very nervy and anxious. I can feel a bit distant or detached from the experience … I like it when I feel comfortable enough to dance,’ he laughs. ‘That’s very enjoyable, but it doesn’t happen every time, and I can’t force myself … But sometimes it feels really good.’

 

Sebastian Field is 30 this year – late, it could be said, to undertake something like Cracked Actor – but he is happy, such that the timing seems fortuitous. In his age, and in the company of fellow artists like Grahame Thompson, Julia Johnson, and Sam King, Field seems readied. This was not always the case for Field, and his personal history continues to inform his music. ‘I’ve felt very lonely at points,’ he says, ‘but I’m an only child. With a single parent. So there is an element of solitude … There are some songs which you might get that impression from. More than any other emotional response. That’s fine, it’s good.

‘I like 30,’ he goes on. ‘When I was young, or when other people are young, you’re subject to—you’re a bit of a target market … And it feels nice to have come to the realisation that I’m not—I’m just a human,’ he laughs.

As much as his outwardly abstract sense of self gives him comfort, Field’s company, also, continues to contribute to Cracked Actor’s music. ‘Recognising that there was a nice little nest of people that are willing to support doing the same thing, and willing to support others, I found that very nurturing and rewarding,’ Field says. ‘It’s very rewarding to work with someone who’s approaching songwriting in an abstract fashion, structure-wise,’ he says of Sam King, frontman of Canberra band Burrows, who will help master and produce Iconoclast. ‘I quite dislike standard structures. And yeah, it’s nice to have another one “over there”. And it does come back, because it makes you appreciate what you do, or kind of validates it a little bit. Or normalises it; you don’t feel so weird because there are other people who appreciate it.’

Reasons aside, the difference in tone between Lemon On Your Lover and the work on Solar Driftwood is obvious. In Field’s words, ‘the songs are more direct.’ And with the rest of the recording of Iconoclast finished, all that remains is the music’s production, something Field considers ‘nigh on one of the biggest parts of creating a record.’

In closing, Field remarks, ‘I look forward to people hearing it. It’s better than the last one.’ That Solar Driftwood showed potential is certain, and that Lemon On Your Lover represents a positive evolution is also true. But that Field – a person who shies from boasting like a child behind their mother’s legs – is proud already of the album to come, is a sure enough sign to any serious music listener that the mastermind of one of the best albums of 2014 will likely be found in a living room in north Ainslie, hiding behind a cup of black tea.

 

Cracked Actor will launch Lemon On Your Lover at The White Eagle Polish Club on Friday November 1, with Central West in support. The show starts at 7:30pm. Door price TBA.

Urthboy to Open a Room
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Urthboy is beginning to do things one wouldn’t expect of a hip hop artist on the Elefant Traks label. He’s undergoing a rebranding, of sorts. First, he was picked up by Paul Kelly as his latest tour support, and by all reports wasn’t terribly received. Then all his press releases started reading like think-pieces on the state of Australiana. He is very deliberately drifting away from the ‘MC’ moniker and towards poet, storyteller, public figure. It’s not much of a surprise, then, that he will make a special appearance at the National Film and Sound Archive to launch the new Theatrette with a talk, presentation, and small performance around his conceptual approach to music. Afterwards, the refurbished Theatrette, which now seats 114 people for intimate screenings, conferences, live performances, and lectures, will be open. That’s important too. Magnanimous stuff. The launch opens at 7:30pm for an 8pm start and is free, but bookings are essential. Call (02) 6248 2000 to reserve a place.

Soviet Icon’s Progeny to Play Score for ‘Difficult’ Silent Film
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

What could be more attractive than the notion of a band called Lenin’s Love Child playing a score for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1928 silent film, Ten Days That Shook the World? Many, many things. But it’s musical undertakings like this one that are so riddled with potential simply because they are unusual. Ten Days is an acclaimed silent film that dramatises the 1917 October Revolution in Petrograd which swept the Bolsheviks into power. It will be projected via a rare 16mm print, as it was originally intended. The show involves multiple 16mm projectors, with Ten Days being flanked by other supporting material, ranging from WWI footage through to the glorious days of Soviet ‘grandeur’ in the 1970s and ‘80s. The brilliant film, the score, whatever you come for, this is likely to be a show you won’t forget. (Threat? Endorsement? Let us know!) The event kicks off at 8pm on Thursday October 31 at The White Eagle Polish Club in Turner.

Kingsley Street Community Hub: It’s a Thing
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

The ever-lively area around Barry Drive end of Kingsley Street – where you can find the ANU Food Co-op and Playing Field Studio – is now a community hub, y’heard. In the spirit of community (a spirit this area is now within its means to express), Playing Field Studio is holding a Community Painting Day. With the Food Co-op and ACT Conservation Council on board, Community Painting Day on Saturday October 26 will see food, drink, music, poetry, and painting all on display for free from 1pm to 4pm. At the event, everyone will be able to paint, collage, or write on large canvases, so indulge your inner megalomaniac: come along and ruin it for everyone by telling them they’re ruining it for everyone else. See playingfieldstudio.org.au for more info.

Take Picture of Dying Cat, Profit
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Last year, the photo just there won the National Photographic Portrait Prize. One might even go so far as to say it deserved to win the National Photographic Portrait Prize. So here’s what you do: find a dying animal, a white woman, a bowl of milk, and a few rays of pale afternoon sunlight, and win the grand prize: $25,000. Start gathering now because it’s likely supplies of all of these items will dry up as soon as word of this gets out. If BMA Magazine’s sleuthing abilities are what they once were, dying cats can be found in and around the RSPCA, white women can be lured with free yoga workshops, and milk and sunshine are freely available in all first world countries. Get your entry in to portrait.gov.au before Monday November 18.

[Note: It's worth mentioning that the woman in the photo is in fact Yhonnie Scarce, an Indigenous Australian, therefore making all jokes about white women not only irrelevant, but very, very tasteless.]

Five copies of ‘Malcolm in the Middle – The Complete Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

A gifted young teen tries to survive with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

His older brother has been shipped to a military academy. His younger brother is a wound up oddball. With his parents constantly bickering, Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) may be the only normal one in his family. Using direct camera address, wide angle distortion, and a machine gun delivery, this sitcom derived its popularity from pulling no punches when lampooning the dysfunctional family. Containing the complete Emmy-nominated series, this witty comedy benefits from a strong supporting cast including Jane Kaczmarek as the matriarch.

If you’d like one of these awesome boxsets, email allan@bmamag.com and describe to him in intimate detail the sex appeal of either Hal (Bryan Cranston) or Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) from Malcolm in the Middle.

Ten in-season double passes to Machete Kills (2013)
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Trained to kill, left for dead, Machete is back, and this time he’s on the right side of the law. Recruited by the U.S. government, Machete must battle his way through Mexico to take down an arms dealer planning to launch a weapon into space. The highly anticipated sequel to the cult-sensation Machete reunites star Danny Trejo and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City). With gleefully gory comic book action and outrageously over-the-top characters, Machete Kills is bigger, bolder and more badass than ever.

To view the trailer click here.

If you’d like a double pass to this movie, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who (male or female) would make for the most memorable (interpret that however you like) leaked celebrity sex tape with Danny Trejo.

Three copies of Changing Gears by Greg Foyster
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Changing Gears is a high-spirited adventure book charting Greg Foyster’s remarkable, life-transforming cycling challenge he undertook with his girlfriend Sophie from Hobart to Cairns on a quest to find out if we can be happier with less.

Cycling for more than eight months and 6500 kilometres, Greg and Sophie conducted over 80 in-depth interviews with lone visionaries and engaged communities alike, all seeking a more sustainable life. There’s the barefoot monk who walked from Gold Coast to Townsville with only three robes and an alms bowl, the man who lived in the bush for 20 years without electricity and went on ‘historical treks’ using 18th century tools and clothing, the ‘modern swagman’ who wandered the highway for three decades, and many more DIY downshifters with fascinating stories to tell.

Greg tells a riveting yarn – engaging, self-effacing and with many laugh-out-loud moments. The 6586km bike expedition was a million miles from Greg’s comfortable former lifestyle as an ad man – the furthest he’d cycled in one sitting was 50km and the longest he’d been in a tent was three days at a music festival. Along the way he confronted his own character flaws, contended with bum blisters, tasted road kill and got by on only two changes of clothing.

Greg and Sophie are now on a 60-day, 2000-kilometre pedal-powered book tour, visiting 30 bookshops from Melbourne through regional VIC, ACT & NSW before finishing in Sydney in mid November. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear Greg and Sophie talk about their fascinating stories of life on the road on Thursday October 31, 6pm, at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka

In the meantime, if you’d like a free copy of Changing Gears, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why cyclists wear lycra. (Practical, common-sense answers not accepted.)

Two double passes to The Vampires @ The Loft, Thu Oct 31
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Iconic Sydney-based band The Vampires are promoting the release of their anticipated fourth studio album Tiro with an Australia Tour and festival performances throughout October.

The Vampires’ music is a unique blend of soulful jazz, old-school reggae, romantic Afro-Peruvian, danceable Afro-Cuban, exotic Balkan and all-out funk-laden Afrobeat. Combined with risk-taking improvisation, sophisticated compositions and an uncanny sense of dialogue and emotion between the sax/trumpet front line, the band defies these genres and have wrought a style of their own.

The band has developed a following across the country and drawn critical attention. The band's award winning saxophonist and composer Jeremy Rose describes the new album as ‘taking a new direction for the group’.

If you’d like to catch them in the flesh on Thursday October 31 at The Loft, Dickson, from 8:30pm, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him where you’d spend most of the rest of your time on Earth if you were immortal.

Two double passes to Short + Sweet Dance & Cabaret’s Opening Night @ The Courtyard Studio, Wed Nov 6
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Short + Sweet is a four day festival of a collection of performances that are all under 10 minutes, presented by local and interstate dancers, performers, singers and choreographers. Short+Sweet Dance and Short + Sweet Cabaret is a participatory festival providing a platform for choreographers, performers, singers and dancers. It’s about developing networks, building industry relationships and furthering the career of independent artists and companies.

Short + Sweet Dance participants had the opportunity to receive awards such as Most Outstanding Choreography, Best Male/Female Dancer decided by a panel of respected dance community members. Similarly, there is a People’s Choice Award, which is presented to the choreographer of the work that receives the most audience votes over the whole season. There are prizes attached to each award. Likewise, with Short + Sweet Cabaret participants will be awarded Most Outstanding Production, Best Male/Female Dancer decided by a panel of respected arts community members. Audience will also have the opportunity to award the People's Choice Award.

If you’d like a double pass to the opening night at The Courtyard Studio on Wednesday November 6 from 7:30pm, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which style of dance you would like to be a master of, and why.

Two double passes to Day of the Dead (w/ Los Chavos LP) @ Australian Croatian Club, Sat Nov 2
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Our own Latin/reggae legends, Los Chavos, are presenting Canberra's yearly Latin American festival – Latino Fiesta: Dia de los Muertos! The festival will bring a massive showcase of music, dance, food, history, and culture to the nation's capital, including interstate bands, dance schools, percussion ensembles, and more. With Latin American food and craft stalls, and events like Day of the Dead face-painting, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. It's a family friendly event, with the first part of the evening giving the audience a chance to experience and learn about these cultures, then to party until late with live entertainment. 4pm–midnight. See latinofiestacanberra.com for more information.

If you’d like a double pass to the event and a free LP, email allan@bmamag.com the sexiest Spanish phrase know (and its translation).

Five copies of Samurai Pizza Cats Collection 1 [Eps. 1-26]
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Join Speedy Cerviche, Guido Anchovy, and Polly Esther at Pizza Cats, the most popular place in Little Tokyo. But the pizza take-out joint is merely a front for their true job. A crime fighting secret ninja trio! Led by Big Al Dente, the Pizza Cats are

tasked with keeping the scheming Seymour "The Big" Cheese and his evil Crow Ninjas, Jerry Atric and Bad Bird, from taking over Little Tokyo from the dimwitted Emperor Fred.

 

If you’d like a copy of this SPC collection, email allan@bmamag.com and name the three out-of-this-world, auto-inclined mice who fought crime in Chicago.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 22 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

There is a scene in the 2002 film Adaptation where Susan Orlean (played by Meryl Streep), high on a potent hallucinogen whilst speaking on the phone to John Laroche (played by Chris Cooper), insists that Laroche hum a note an octave lower than the one she is humming. Orlean wants to hear the harmony it creates, and when she does, she’s thrilled. Now there is much to be said on the topics of hallucinogens, Charlie Kaufman films, thrills, and Meryl Streep, but the point here is harmonies. They’re one of the most elegant, simple musical devices we have, and we are lucky enough in Canberra to have some bands and musicians that handle them effortlessly. Two of them, Hashemoto and Burrows, are appearing at Smith’s Alternative on Wednesday October 23 from 7:30pm, thanks to Canberra Musicians Club.

In a similar vein, The Resident Program is back in action at Transit Bar on Thursday October 24, presenting local band Freyja’s Rain, with Brother Be and Hung Parliament in support from 8pm, free. Or if you’re more of a jazz person, Smith’s Alternative’s Jazz Jam continues every Thursday from 9pm.

A tall, broad-shouldered man in a cape singing songs about the never-ending wonders of the galaxies is a quintessentially local experience. Catch Magic Rob Universe with The Feldons at Pot Belly in Belconnen from 8pm for $5. And just across the road on Saturday October 26, ten bands will get up onstage to pay tribute to the best heavy bands of the ‘90s: Prodigy, NIN, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and more all merit a slot. Doors open at 8pm and it’s $20 at the door.

The departed Alex ‘Escha’ Beddows will be the subject of another tribute night on Thursday October 31 at Transit Bar. Drum and bass heavyweight dBridge will be headlining a night with SP MC, Jilted Hoodz, and locals Buick, Para, Logic and more. The night runs from 7pm to midnight, with the door price TBA.

Helloween at The Basement on Saturday November 2 will see the night rung in with burlesque from Seker Pare, and music from Reign of Terror, Bladder Spasms and more. 8pm doors for that. At the Magpies City Club the same night, Knights of the Spatchcock are headlining that latest instalment of City Underground with The Khalasar and The Naddiks in support from 8pm for $10. The Saturday isn’t over, though, with Zierholz @ UC (worst venue name ever) hosting Party Gravy’s debut album launch show from 8pm. Presale tickets are $18.40 + bf thru Oztix, and supports are still TBA.

A new series of Sunday concerts is under way here at Gorman House Arts Centre. If you haven’t been to Gorman House in a while, you should. It’s lovely. We have immaculately maintained lawns hemmed in by wisteria vines. On a nice day, it’s easily in the city’s top five nicest places to stretch out. Anyway, Mr Tim is playing here on Sunday November 3 from 3pm, and tickets are $5–15.

Finally, if you miss Party Gravy’s album launch, they’re appearing at The Bootleg Sessions on Monday November 4 with The Monotremes, Positive Feedback Loop, and Bubbles and Yeti. 8pm, free, as usual.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON

editorial@bmamag.com

 

 

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

As with all forms of journalism, music journalism is occasionally voyeuristic to the point of invasiveness. BMA has never, to my knowledge, exploited the voyeuristic potential of the ACT’s music scene – partially because our scene is so small that gossip has no traction, and partially because when ‘drama’ does rear its head, exploiting it for the sake of a talking point would only serve to damage relations between BMA and whichever band or artist might be concerned, not to mention damage the band itself. With that in mind, the recent changes to the line-ups of local bands Fun Machine and Burrows still merit mention.

Two members of Fun Machine, one of Canberra’s most dedicated live acts, withdrew recently from its line-up, leaving it a four-piece, down from a six-piece. At the same time, a founding member of Fun Machine withdrew from four-piece Burrows. The musicians concerned are a magnificently talented group, and their ongoing collaboration more promising than anything in recent memory. The Burrows that fronted the National Folk Festival earlier this year was revelatory. Far be it from any publication to pass judgment on people who no doubt have valid reasons for discontinuing their creative partnerships, but it is a loss to the ACT’s live music scene. Here’s genuinely hoping that differences can be resolved – for the music.

Smith’s Alternative will host 666 ABC Exhumed comp winners Sparrow-Folk on Thursday October 10. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are $15 through trybooking.com. The following night, Friday October 11, Beth n Ben are launching their Scenic Roots EP at The Polish White Eagle Club, with Brother Be and Party Gravy in support. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $15-25 via trybooking.com.

The Art School Ball at the ANU School of Art has maybe its finest live music line-up ever in Sex Noises, Mornings, Central West, Kavern Klankers, Keresiya, Spartak, Calico Cat, and the #GRLPWR DJs on Saturday October 12. Tickets are $20 at the door from 6pm, and the theme is ‘Odd Ball’.

On Sunday October 13 and 20, Treehouse is hosting a day of beats and BBQing in the sunshine in Glebe Park. The music is free from 12pm to 7pm.

The Bootleg Sessions on Monday October 14 sport Novia Scotia, A Drone Coda, Wallflower, and Jude Kohn from 8pm. It’s free, as usual, and one of the innumerable reasons The Phoenix Bar remains my favourite drinking hole in the ACT.

The aforementioned Burrows (sporting their new line-up) will appear with Evan Buckley at Smith’s Alternative on Wednesday October 16 for Canberra Musicians Club Presents. The music is by donation from 7:30pm. Thanks to Nigel McRae of the CMC, I recently rediscovered my love of ping pong. If you don’t mind having a bat, head along to the Ping Pong Jam at The Polish White Eagle Club from 7pm. Entry’s $5.

Finally, The Bootleg Sessions are sporting a great line-up on Monday October 21, with Space Party, Faux Faux Amis, Little Mac and the Monster Men, and Paul Heslin.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON
editorial@bmamag.com

BMA Magazine to Revive Punk Column
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

It’s been a heady year for punk in the ACT. TV Colours, The Fighting League, Revellers, and others have brought Canberra’s new punk scene surging into the spotlight, just as retrospective events and exhibitions have served as reminders of the scene’s torrid past, high watermarks beside a river that is once again on the rise. Thus it is that BMA Magazine has decided to revive a column that fell quiet in December 2009. Beginning next issue, Wednesday October 23, BMA’s punk column will return to its place in these pages. To quote a man who has no right to be quoted at this time but whose words seem more than a touch prescient, ‘Punk’s not dead, she’s just gone to bed.’ So once again it’s God save the Queen, because nothing will convince Tony Abbott to pursue independence.

Canberra Songwriters Workshop Receives APRA Grant
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

On the last Monday of every month, the Canberra Songwriters Workshop (CSW) takes place from 6:30pm to 9pm at The Statesman Hotel in Curtin. For five to ten dollars (after a first free session), budding songwriters are given a chance to workshop songs and lyrics, to give and take critique for their musical betterment. And thanks to a $2000 grant from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), the CSW is now providing guest speakers and has the benefit of a larger capacity venue. That Canberra now has two such organisations – in the Canberra Music Workshop and the CSW – can only be good. The next sessions and registration forms for both can be found on their respective websites: canberrasongwriters.com and canberramusicworkshop.com.au.

CityArt iPhone App to Provide Accountability for Crimes Against Humanity
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

That cone fountain in front of Canberra Centre – the one people every so often fill with detergent so it overflows with bubbles – is called The Canberra Times Fountain. Who knew? This app, apparently. The CityArt iPhone app, funded by ACTEW Water and local design firm Cre8ive, is designed to help locals and visitors navigate Canberra’s public works of art, giving them information on each as they go – things like whether the local government was responsible for it or whether it was funded privately. Which is great, because now we know who to blame! Said ACTEW Water Managing Director Mark Sullivan at the app’s launch, ‘They are a reflection how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us.’ He’s so right. (See below.)

Harlequins Parade to Horrify Everyone
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

On Saturday October 26, the 100 Harlequins Parade will see a potentially world record-setting number of harlequins parade through Canberra’s CBD. As part of the Centenary Children’s Week Celebrations, groups, individuals, and families are invited to participate in two workshops on Sunday October 13 and Sunday October 20, where they will be given the skills and equipment necessary to terrify people come the parade. Beginning in Glebe Park, the harlequins will parade through the CBD, winding their way through City Walk for the official count in Garema Place. If you just can’t wait to watch a small child break down in tears as they’re caught in the crosshairs of an unimaginable nightmare, email elena@highwire.com.au to be a part of the workshops and parade.

Flume made Obsolete by Forerunner of Skynet
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Award-winning Australian musician and producer Flume’s newest song features an ominous set of collaborators – a band of tablet computers, and Intel. Dubbed ‘Intelligent Sounds’, the project sees ‘Felix the Robot Conductor’ guide a tablet-powered band (complete with pre-programmed robot arms) that hit the required notes to perform a track written for them by Flume. This foolhardy display of ‘innovation’ will undoubtedly be the end of human ingenuity, as one musician after the next is overwhelmed by his robot ‘collaborators’ when they perfect creativity’s pacifying potential into a super-weapon. BMA Magazine is now taking bets on which artists will bend to their will, become shells of their former selves, and offer their meagre talents for the sake of self-preservation. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Will.i.am, Madonna, and Status Quo are the clear frontrunners.

Two double passes (w/ LP) to My Fiction @ Transit Bar, Sat Oct 19
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

There are a few things that every great band shares. Seemingly simple things like honesty, commitment to their craft, and a genuine desire to do their own thing.

Great bands are like gangs – brought together by a bond between the players that keeps them going through all that life dishes up, both good and bad. That and violence against other gangs, obviously. And it is precisely these elements that have driven the rise and rise of Brisbane’s My Fiction.

That’s right, you heard it here first: My Fiction has strong-armed Brisbane’s music scene into quietude through violence and intimidation! Jk jk.

Through a string of EPs, countless shows here and overseas, and the release of their debut album in 2011, the band’s commitment to making music has found them rise to the best creative form of their lives as they edge towards the release of their new album Shallow Highs.

If you’d like a double pass to their show at Transit Bar on Saturday October 19 (complete with a copy of the new LP), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which gang (from any film/play/etc.) you would join, and why.

One VIP double pass to Cosentino the Grand Illusionist @ Royal Theate, Thu Oct 24
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Australia’s own world-renowned, award-winning Cosentino, the Grand Illusionist, will take his spectacular ‘The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness’ Tour on the road to Australian audiences this October and November.

This will be Cosentino’s first national tour since his hugely successful 2012 Distortions Tour when he performed to more than 60,000 people across 18 sold-out shows. Fans can expect to witness Cosentino’s uniquely original and innovative performances brought to life, packed with mind-blowing illusions and death defying stunts.

We at BMA have one special VIP double pass package to give away, which includes seating within the first five rows, a pre-show Question & Answer session with Cosentino, a performance of an exclusive illusion not performed in the show, and more.

If you’d like to win the pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which two of history’s great magicians (fictional or real) you would pit against each other in a fight to the death (mountaintop setting not negotiable).

Five double passes to Tommy Tiernan @ Canberra Theatre, Mon Oct 21
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

In Celtic mythology, a ‘Stray Sod’ was an enchanted piece of grass that, if stepped on, would leave a person feeling disorientated and lost, even in familiar surroundings. It’s also said that wearing an item of clothing inside out would break the spell and allow the person to find their way again. 'Stray Sod' also happens to be the title of Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan's latest show. A metaphor for how we as humans have somehow lost our spirits, identity and 'inner lunatic' in these broke and bat shit-crazy times we currently find ourselves living in.

But don't worry, because Tommy's here with a vision for getting us back on track. Joyful, uplifting, inspirational and breathtakingly funny, Tommy’s latest show doesn’t have all the answers, but one thing's for sure: no one will have to leave the show with their clothes on inside out!

If you’d like a double pass to the show, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about something that made your day. (Winning answers may be used in print. Irish-themed answers most welcome.)

Five double passes to the ACT Exclusive ‘Captain Phillips’ Red Carpet Gala @ Dendy Canberra, Tue Oct 22
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Captain Phillips is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Captain Richard Phillips is played by two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks.

Dendy Cinemas Canberra is giving you the chance to win a double pass to the ACT Exclusive Red Carpet Gala on Tuesday October 22, 6pm arrival for complimentary drinks and canapés, followed by the film commencing at 6:30pm.

To win a double pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him – and here’s where it gets tricky – why Tom Hanks? Not in relation to this film, not in relation to anything. Quite literally just: Tom Hanks. Why?

Also follow @DendyCanberra on Twitter for more opportunities to win tickets.

Two double passes to Main Event (The Tongue, Rap Battle) @ ANU Bar, Fri Nov 22
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Win tickets to Main Event a new event on Canberra's hip hop calender! Live performances from local and interstate talent combined with head to head MC battles for a $1,000 winner takes all prize.

Performances feature headline act The Tongue (Syd) supported by locals Big Dave w/ Kitty B, Eitha, Collossus and Flawlezz, while the battle comp will feature The Tongue, Greeley and six other yet to be named MCs. (MC registration open now).

If you’d like a free double pass to the event, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who the fuck passed you the mic and said that you could flow? Point ‘em out, I wanna know.

Ten in-season double passes to ‘Mystery Road’
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

From Australian director Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds, Toomelah) comes the opening night film of the 2013 Sydney Film Festival. Mystery Road stars Aaron Pedersen as an Indigenous detective who returns to his outback hometown to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. Alienated from both the white dominated police force, including enigmatic cop Johnno (Hugo Weaving) and his own community, Jay stands alone in his determination to fight back for his town and his people. Mystery Road’s superb all-star cast also includes Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tasma Walton, Damien Walshe-Howling, Zoe Carides, Robert Mammone, Samara Weaving, and Roy Billing.

Courtesy of Dark Matter, we have ten in-season double passes to give away. If you want one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him Australian movie had the best ensemble cast, and why it was the best.

Five copies of ‘Drug War’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Captain Zhang and his team will stop at nothing to track down drug criminals. When drug lord Timmy Choi is captured, a deal to help Zhang bust a major cocaine ring could save him from the death penalty. But Captain Zhang doesn't trust Timmy Choi is truly betraying his partners. He becomes more and more suspicious as steps are taken to raid the ironclad drug factory...

If you’d like a copy of this acclaimed new film, courtesy of Madman Entertainment, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which readily available food item you would go to war to defend, and why.

Five copies of ‘Tabu’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Deftly moving between contemporary Portugal, colonial Africa, and the landscape of dreams, Tabu weaves a story of obsession, memory and dangerous forbidden romance in two distinct parts. In the first chapter we meet Pilar, who spends her days consoling and supporting her increasingly crazed neighbour, Aurora. When Aurora takes a turn, a strange man arrives at her side. But Gian Luca is no stranger, as we will soon see …

If you’d like a copy of this acclaimed new film, courtesy of Madman Entertainment, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about something you wish wasn’t ‘taboo’ because you’re weird for it.

Five copies of ‘A Werewolf Boy’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Due to an ailment with her lungs, Soon-yi and her mother move to the clean air of the countryside. One day, they discover a strange feral boy lurking around the property. Thinking he's a refugee of the war, they take him in and discover that he doesn't know how to read or speak. Soon outside forces threaten to pull them apart... and as the threat closes in, Chul-soo starts to let loose his bestial instincts.

If you’d like a copy of this acclaimed new film, courtesy of Madman Entertainment, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you think would bring out the evil in a werewolf if the moon wasn’t the trigger.

Five copies of ‘The Killing: Season III’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) returns in the long-awaited third and final series of The Killing (Forbrydelsen). The financial crisis is raging and the number of bankruptcies and repossessions is on the rise, but Detective Inspector Sarah Lund has a new-found sense of peace in the form of a new job, a new home, and the recognition of achieving 25 years of service in the Police Force.

If you’d like a copy of this acclaimed show, courtesy of Madman Entertainment, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what nickname you would give the Police and why (because pig, filth, fuzz, etc. are all getting a bit old, really).

Five copies of ‘Black Mirror: Series 1 & 2’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 8 October 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 8 months ago

Charlie Brooker, the writer of Dead Set, returns with a suspenseful, satirical series that taps into collective unease about our modern world. The stand-alone dramas are sharp, suspenseful, gripping tales with a techno-paranoia bend - all audacious 'what if' stories: some comic, some shocking - but all entirely unlike anything else you've ever seen.

If you’d like a copy of this acclaimed show, courtesy of Madman Entertainment, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which acclaimed US TV writer Charlie Brooker sat down to interview for The Guardian.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

An exhibition chronicling punk in the ACT from 1977 to 1992 is open now at Canberra Museum and Gallery, though it launches officially on Friday September 27, 6pm. It’s called Head Full of Flames, and it’s truly unique. Few scenes in Canberra have been so diligently reassembled, let alone scenes that thrived over 30 years ago. The fact that the people who lived that scene are still here, that they still care, and that the punk scene in Canberra is right now undergoing a fierce renaissance – milestones that big are rare in this city, at least musically. And after the launch, an equally significant milestone can be found a little further north: the Canberra Musicians Club is celebrating its fifth birthday at The Polish White Eagle Club from 8pm, with CMC favourites galore.

Almost every issue of this magazine in the past couple of years has included a photo by Adam Thomas (properly credited or otherwise). Bands in Canberra have benefited from his unrepentant photo-documentation at every turn, and never has he asked for a whisker of compensation. Finally, someone has come up with the brilliant idea of an Adam Thomas Appreciation Night. Local bands will come together at Smith’s Alternative on Saturday September 28 to thank the man from 7:30pm. Also that Saturday, Dollface will play from 7pm at Iron Bar at the Goolabri Golf Club, as part of the bar’s opening weekend; and Electric Eighties, a Kick Up Your Heels and CMC event, in conjunction with the Head Full of Flames exhibition, will showcase Canberra punk veterans Young Docteurs, Vacant Lot, Bladder Spasms, and more at The Croation Club from 8pm. Tickets are $20+ at the door.

CIT presents The Bootleg Sessions on Monday September 30. They’ve got Citizen Kay, Keegz, and Myronizinfektious on the line-up, but they may as well not be on it because Coolio and Housemouse are headlining! That’s realness. 8pm and free, as per usual.

The National WIRED Band Comp is ongoing at Charlie Black in Manuka every Tuesday night from 7pm til late – just about every local band is having a crack at it. Charlie Black’s working hard to get live local music on their line-ups – get a seat and support a good cause south of the city; Tuesday October 1 is the next heat.

Locals Nyash! are play at The Phoenix Bar on Thursday October 3 from 9pm with Cameron Ewens. And Hoodlum Shouts are appearing at Transit Bar on Saturday October 5 with Life and Limb from 9pm. Their 2012 LP Young Man Old Man registered high on BMA reviewers’ 2012 albums of the year. Don’t miss them live – $10 at the door.

Locals Bacon Cakes and Waterford are supporting The Cannanes with Day Ravies on Sunday October 6 at The Polish White Eagle Club from 3pm to 7pm. And finally, on Monday October 7, The Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix are hosted by the CMC, with Trumpet Club, Evan Buckley, and Strange Tourist appearing.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Harvey Weinstein to Visit Canberra for Full Body Massage
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

The Canberra International Film Festival has decided to stretch its legs this year, branching out beyond the festival itself. After the hubbub has subsided (the festival runs Wed Oct 30–Thu Nov 10), Harvey Weinstein will be visiting Canberra from Friday November 22 to Sunday November 24. One half of indie super-producer duo The Weinstein Brothers (Pulp Fiction, Lord of the Rings, Sin City), Harvey Weinstein will be joined by Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce, Sam Neill, and others for the first ever ‘Body of Work’ forum to … well, essentially, to hear about how great he is. President of the Canberra International Film Festival and Body of Work architect, Nicole Mitchell, says of the event, ‘We’re extremely proud to be hosting and recognising Harvey, here in Canberra, for the first Body of Work. The weekend of activity will pay homage to Harvey’s extraordinary … overall contribution to the Australian film industry.’ Events over the weekend will include a Virgin Ball, Q&A sessions, and a master-class. Head to canberrafilmfestival.com.au for more information on the festival and on the Body of Work events.

$1000 Up For Grabs in Open MC Battle
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Sydney battle veteran The Tongue is headed to Canberra on Friday November 22 to play an hour-long set at the ANU Bar. The main event on the night, however, will be the finals of a battle comp: Main Event. (See what they did there?) If you’d like to register to do battle with The Tongue, Greeley, and five other finalists, head to kokyprik.com/gig-guide/914-main-event-mc-registration-1000-prize.html to sign up. The knockout competition will leave only one person standing, taking away the full $1000 prize. Local and interstate artists from the KP Records line-up (including Big Dave, who collaborated earlier this year on a track with Snoop Lion) will keep the night moving. If you just want to watch you can purchase tickets now for $29 + bf through Moshtix.

Entries Open for 2014 Weereewa Photography Competition
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

The 2014 Weereewa Festival Photography Exhibition and Competition will take place at X Gallery in Bungendore from Saturday March 15 to Monday May 12. Designed to elicit responses to the landscapes and themes of the Lake George and Weereewa, the festival’s theme this year is ‘AWE’, an acronym for the festival’s primary concerns: air, water/Weereewa, and environment. Now, since there’s hardly a single photographer in the ACT who hasn’t thought to take a trip down to Lake George, it’s likely the competition will be stiff, but if you’d like to make a bid for the $500 cash prize you can enter the competition now at weereewafestival.org. The work that best responds to this year’s themes will be chosen as the winner.

The Canberra Musicians Club Books Out 2013
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Before the end of the year, the Canberra Musicians Club will have put on over 30 shows at six separate venues. In their own words, the ‘shortage of things to in Canberra’ is ‘over, at least contemporary music-wise’. In chronological order, and no doubt with more acts to be added, the CMC will, before Saturday December 7, present Beth 'n' Ben, 30 Bangers, Waterford, Luciana Harrison, Chrissy Higgins, The Cashews, Buck et al., Strange Tourist, Reptile Park, Alice Cottee, Jude Kohn, Fiona Bolton, Bubbles and Yeti, David Rovics, New Gods of Thunder, Trumpet Club, The Ding Dong Ping Pong Sing Song Porch Band, Alex Richens and Joel Davey, The Gordons, Riley Cathrall, The Bearded Gypsies, Zoopagoo, Bladder Spasms, The Young Docteurs, Soursob Bob, Juliet Ward, Cactus Channel, The Cannanes, Evan Buckley, Hayley Shone, Cuddlefish, Hashemoto, Twin Beasts (formerly The Toot Toot Toots), Oh Pep, The Perch Creek Family Jug Band, Cracked Actor, Los Chavos, The Monotremes, The Hatty Fatners, The Little Stevies, The Ellis Collective, James Fahy, The Tiger and Me, The Crooked Fiddle Band, and more. Details on all these shows, and others, can be found at canberramusiciansclub.org.au/coming-events. Point being, if you hear anyone complain that there’s nothing to do here, you have full right to hit them in the face with a fish.

Canberra Music Workshop Going on Seven Years Strong
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Now in its seventh year, the Canberra Music Workshop continues to provide a space for professional, non-professional, experienced, and amateur musicians to practice, play, learn, sing, or simply watch. Providing a PA, a drum set, some amps and mics, and free live recordings of sets, the CMW will next meet on Thursday September 26 at Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah. For more information, head to canberramusicworkshop.com.au.

One Reel Anime 2013 Super Prize Pack
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Tokyo returns to the big screen! Reel Anime 2013 is a theatrical festival that showcases the freshest anime feature films this side of Japan. See them first in the cinema, the cutting edge of anime. The 2013 festival sets some new precedents – with so many acclaimed and fan demanded films on offer, not only does Reel Anime screen annually for the first time across both Australia and New Zealand, but there will be one day screenings outside the main festival.

Opening Thursday October 3 at Dendy Canberra, Reel Anime 2013 will showcase a stellar line-up of the finest animated features.

If you’d like a super prize pack (including posters, a keyring, three DVD films that will be showing at the festival, and more) to get you in the mood, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which is the best anime TV show ever made, and why!

For more details, visit reelanime.com or dendy.com.au.

Two double passes to The Redline Tour w/ Fabolous, Omarion, and Chingy @ AIS Arena, Fri Oct 4
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

The Redline Music Tour stops in town for one night only, with international R&B stars Fabolous, Omarion, and Chingy all under the same roof at AIS Arena.

Platinum selling rapper Fabolous is an artist who’s managed to stay relevant in the hip hop game for well over a decade. This is his second trip to Australia and the only chance to catch him up close and personal.

Joining Fab is Maybach Music signing and Grammy nominee Omarion. Since recently signing to Rick Ross’s label Maybach Music, Omarion has gone on to release two successful mixtapes plus. Last but not least is St. Louis born and bred rapper and actor Chingy. He first burst onto the scene in 2003 with his debut chart topper Right Thurr.

If you’d like a double pass to the show, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which artist or group you would use to persuade someone who doesn’t like hip hop that it’s a great genre of music.

Five double passes to Mondayitis Cabaret’s ‘Theatre of Darkness’ @ The Abbey, Mon Oct 14
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Mondayitis Cabaret is unleashing the ghosts and ghouls in this Halloween edition, ‘The Theatre Of Darkness’. Join in this monster mash and be taken on a thrill ride with your host for the evening ‘The Rector’. ?eker Pare, Rusty Blaze and Peppa Mint will be on hand to enthral and entice you with sins of the flesh.

Second Sun will serenade you into silent screams with their melancholy ballads and Nyte Mare will thrill and chill with his illusions. So give in to the horrors and allow Mondayitis Cabaret to entertain you for evermore...

As always Mondayitis Cabaret is raising money for the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service and the fantastic work they do in the region. All funds raised by ‘The Theatre Of Darkness’ go to the YPOP program; this is an early intervention therapeutic support program for children and their families who have escaped domestic violence.

‘The Theatre Of Darkness’ is also supported by Guerrilla Hair, CaptaVitae Photography, Captain Spitfire Photography, Sid Negative Makeup Artistry and Makeup by Shalini. Tickets are $10 + booking fee through Eventopia and are $15 at the door.

But we here at BMA have five double passes to give away – so if you’re in the mood for some darkness, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about the best or worst Halloween you’ve ever had.

[Image credit: Captain Spitfire Photography]

Two double passes to Regurgitator @ Zierholz @ UC, Thu Oct 3
Date Published: Tuesday, 24 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Those perverse pop creatures of cut and post interplay take a dive into the shallow end of reality, splatter the glass ceiling, hacking the fragmented fashion flash in a shimmer of sugar pop hysteria and the slice and dice channel flicker of our pop culture wonderland. Under the hyperneon of Hong Kong, the positively android stream the interstices of parody and homage, a twisted synthesis of random access starter cells … exploding kittens in your face where the future is never now in the modem world just a dirty pop fantasy.

Welcome to another universe in the Regurgitator saga. What started scaling the highrises of Hong Kong, backflipped through the streets of Melbourne then after some much rewarded van time ended up freefalling through those neon towers to slam back down to present a Dirty Pop Fantasy.

 

What that all boils down to, dear readers, is that we have two double passes to Regurgitator’s show at Zierholz @ UC on Thursday October 3, and in case you didn’t know, they’re touring their best album in a long damn time. If you’d like a double pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about a time that Regurgitator made your day.

Ten double passes to the Italian Film Festival 2013
Date Published: Tuesday, 17 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

The Italian Film Festival will be in Canberra at Palace Electric Cinema at NewActon Nishi from Tuesday October 8 to Sunday November 3 presenting over 27 award-winning new features and documentaries from Italy's world-renowned film industry. Screening at 14 locations across seven cities in Australia, this year's festival is a stellar line-up with highlights including Cosimo and Nicole, The Great Beauty, Honey, and The Human Cargo (winner of the Best Documentary at the 2012 Venice Film Festival). Don’t miss this unforgettable journey of love, laughter and raw human emotion that lays bare the many guises of the passionate, Italian soul. Find out more at www.italianfilmfestival.com.au.

If you'd like an in-season double pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him whose face you would put on an Italian Film Festival poster because they represent the quintessential Italian character in your mind.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

I understand why some people don’t like jazz. It’s much the same as understanding racism, climate change scepticism, and Rise Up Australia; all are unfortunate by-products of underexposure and ignorance. Consequently, I think the newest addition to Smith’s Alternative’s entertainment roster, Smith’s Jazz Jam, is a happy event. Head along on Thursday September 12 from 9:30pm to sample some Canberra’s most skilled musicians at play. Over at The Phoenix Bar that same Thursday, locals Time and Weight will be supporting Sun God Replica from 9pm.

No other genre of music in the ACT does charity benefit gigs like the hard rock/metal crowd. Rage Against Cancer for Analee McGuigan will take place at The Basement from 8pm on Friday September 13, with Tundrel, The Khalasar, Eyes to the Sky, and more all enlisted for the cause. The door is a $15 donation.

Head Full of Flames, an exhibition chronicling punk in the ACT from 1977 to 1992, will be open to the public at Canberra Museum and Gallery from Saturday September 14. The official opening isn’t until late September, so look out for our feature next issue. Local youth community organisation headspace celebrates its fifth birthday that same Saturday in Garema Place, with Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, Bluejuice’s Jake Stone, and a whole bunch of locals performing between 12pm and 4pm, all free. That night from 8pm, The Basement will host The Gaps, The Burley Griffin, and Husky Strutters for a $10 door. And The Phoenix has Latham’s Grip and locals Brother Be supporting Vulpes Vulpes from 9:30pm.

The Bootleg Sessions on Monday September 16 will sport Bears With Guns, Liam Gale & the Ponytails, and locals Pleased to Jive You and Hinterland from 8pm. On Wednesday September 18, The Phoenix also has another instalment of the poetry slam madness that is BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! from 8pm. Both are free.

The next heat in the Smells Like Centenary Spirit: Play It Loud band competition will be held at Tuggeranong Community Centre between 6pm and 10pm on Friday September 20. All the heats are free, and guarantee an introduction Canberra’s best new bands.

But you don’t want to be there. You want to be at Bloom 2013! The reinvented Bloom festival this year brings together the best of Gorman House Arts Centre (BMA Magazine’s beloved home) and Ainslie Arts Centre over two days, Fri–Sat September 20–21. Featuring live music, food stalls, a pop-up bar, open studios throughout Gorman House (including BMA’s), a zine fair, and the one and only Skywhale, Bloom 2013 is set to be tremendous. Don’t miss it. (And if you see Gorman House Director Joseph Falsone, tell him he owes me money for this.)

After a short hiatus, Party Gravy is back in action at The Phoenix on Saturday September 21 from 9:30pm, and Fun Machine is on at The Front. Maybe head there when you’re done at Bloom. Maybe.

Monday September 23 sees The Bootlegs host The Skronks, The Steptones, Myriad Ways, and Hayley Shone at The Phoenix from 8pm. And finally, local artist Bonnie McArthur opens a solo exhibition, Stanzas & Sketches, at The Front Gallery and Café on Tuesday September 24. She’s very talented, so go.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

BMA Magazine to Open Doors for an LP, EP, Singles, DVDs and Miscellanea Sale!
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Taking shameless advantage of the Gorman House and Ainslie Arts Centre’s Bloom 2013 festival, we at BMA Magazine are interpreting ‘open studios throughout Gorman House’ to mean a chance to get rid of all the LPs, EPs and singles we no longer want! And just quietly, it’s quite a few. From midday until 3pm on Saturday September 21, Editor Ashley Thomson, Bossman Allan Sko, and Advertising Manager Scott Johnston will be manning desks covered in highlights and lowlights of music from the past few years. And a pick of our selection – lone gems, handfuls, and armfuls – will be available for a nominal fee (which will likely be determined by the amount of foods stands sampled and craft beer consumed by that point in the day). If you’re in the mood to fill a spring stocking with goodies, come along, say hi, have yourself a peek in the BMA Headquarters, and leave with a smile and a half-day’s worth of new listening.

BMA Mag is located at Block B, Gorman House Arts Centre (the city-side of the centre) up the green staircase in the courtyard (near the big hawthorne tree). Anyone in need of directions can call Allan on 0422 928 518.

ACT’s headspace Centre Celebrates Five-Year Milestone
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

The ACT’s headspace centre is celebrating a significant milestone this month. Since 2008, the centre has supported more than 4,000 12-25-year-olds from the area, running confidential, friendly youth services, including education sessions and mental health counselling. To celebrate their five-year anniversary, headspace will hold a one-day festival on Saturday September 14 in Garema Place, Civic, from 12pm to 4pm. Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, Bluejuice’s Jake Stone, DJ/producer Paul Mac, and others, including a raft of local performers, will be there to partake in the celebrations. Head to headspace.org.au/act for more info, and come along on the day for the free festivities.

Nominate a Young Canberra Citizen of the Year
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

They have to be between 12 and 25 years of age. That’s the only standing criteria. I mean, it’ll help if they’ve done something amazing in the last 12 months, but that’s basically the only criteria. Nominate someone before Wednesday September 25 via youth.act.gov.au and they go in the running to be declared the 2013 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year, thereby earning themselves a $2,000 prize. And even if they don’t win, they can win in one of the sub-categories, at $1,000 a pop: Personal Achievement, Group Award, Youth Arts and Multimedia, Individual Community Service, and Young Environmentalist. Winners will be announced Friday November 15.

‘Pozible Gigs’ Incentivises Australian Music Innovations
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

In July of this year, crowdfunding platform Pozible put up $10,000 in cash prizes and called on musicians, music managers, and event coordinators to submit their ideas to be a part of an Australia-wide live music crowdfunding extravaganza – Pozible Gigs. The participating projects have been chosen and can be seen live on the website, crowdfunding their way towards winning cash for Most Funds Raised, Most Supporters, Fastest to Target, Most Social Media Shares, and the Pozible Pick. Outcomes you can fund include benefit gigs, and a studio for the disadvantaged run by Jesse Hooper of Killing Heidi. Head to pozible.com/gigs to find out more or donate.

Look to the Independent Music Awards for Spring Listening
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Flume, Big Scary, Dick Diver, The Drones, Jagwar Ma, Vance Joy, Collarbones, Kingswood, and more are all among the (regrettably) Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards nominees in 2013. Every single act has been responsible for a tremendous release in the past 12 months, and they have ensured that no category – from Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album to Best Independent Blues and Roots Album – is a weak grouping. If your playlists are empty this spring, start at any category on air.org.au, and give something a spin at random. The ARIAs this ain’t.

Capital Chemist Art Award not as Creepy as Their Ads
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

The Capital Chemist Art Award, a collaborative prize curated Tuggeranong Arts Centre, offers $2,000 to the winning recipient, with smaller prizes to the People’s Choice and a Canberra Centenary-themed piece. Submissions are due by Tuesday October 1, and you can submit via tuggeranongarts.com/g_competitions.html. Judges this year include Helen Maxwell, and CMAG’s Mark Bayly. Sadly, only artists over 25 may apply, but hey, if people lied about their age so they could go to war, why not for this?

[Pictured: Two, by Guy Tessier.]

Dragon Boat + Gnomes = Profit
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

A dragon boat full of gnomes will make a grand entrance to the Gnome Knoll at Floriade as the Canberra Griffins Dragon Boat Club paddles 20 pint-sized versions of themselves across Lake Burley Griffin to the Knoll. As Katt Williams would say, I’ll give that to you one mo’gain: a dragon boat full of gnomes. So this news piece is BMA Magazine’s equivalent of a squirrel on water-skis. If you’d like to see pictures, visit canberragriffins.com.au, and head to Gallipoli Reach, Lake Burley Griffin, on Saturday September 14 at 11am to blind yourself with awesome as it rows towards you.

Lonely Instruments Given a Home
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

An Aussie musician, Jennen Ngiau-Keng, has launched an online platform for the redistribution of pre-loved instruments. A world-first, free to use online hub, Lonely Instruments, which was launched last week, allows musicians to share pre-loved and unused instruments free of charge. Said Ngiau-Keng, ‘The sole aim of Lonely Instruments is to create a free service to allow musicians, from professional to beginner, to sell instruments faster and search globally … For me, Lonely Instruments is not about generating a profit. It’s all about connecting musicians from around the world, and therefore there is no commission or finders fee.’ Head to lonelyinstruments.com for more info or to give the service a spin.

Three double passes to the Canberra Short Film Festival: International Category
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

The Canberra Short Film Festival is about to turn 18, and will celebrate the coming of age milestone with a three-day event featuring a line-up of the best short films from Canberra, Australia and around the world. ‘It’s been a stellar year for films,’ says festival director Simon Weaving, ‘we had more than 300 entries – a new record – and our judges have been overwhelmed by the quality –that’s great news for the audience.’ The three-day event to celebrate the festival’s 18th birthday takes place at Dendy Canberra from Friday September 13 to Sunday September 15, and includes six screening sessions, live entertainment, and lots of cake.

Head to csff.com.au for full details on each set of screenings, but we here at BMA Magazine have three double passes to the screening of the International Category at Dendy Canberra on Sunday September 15, 4pm. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which Australian film you would have prevented from ever leaving our shores, and why.

Five copies of ‘Kon-Tiki’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

In 1947, the world is gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl embarks on an astonishing expedition – a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv, Thor suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by ancient South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. Despite his inability to swim and fear of water, Thor decides to prove his theory by sailing the legendary voyage himself.

After replicating the design of an ancient raft in balsa wood, Thor and five fellow adventurers set sail from Peru. Their only modern equipment is a radio, and they take a parrot along for company. A natural leader, Thor uses the stars and the ocean’s current to navigate the raft. During three dangerous months on the open sea, the crew encounters raging storms, sharks, and all the dangers the ocean can muster. Thor and his crew are tested physically and mentally on this epic journey of courage, faith and

friendship.

If you’d like a copy of this epic adventure movie, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what other problem you think could be solved by sticking its proponents on a raft for three months.

Four copies of ‘Top of the Lake’ (DVD/Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Twelve-year-old Tui Mitcham, daughter of a local drug lord, is pulled from the freezing waters of an alpine lake in New Zealand. She is discovered to be pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin is the straight-talking detective experienced in child protection who is called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she begins to realise that finding the girl is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well-hidden.

From Academy Award® winning writer/director Jane Campion and the Academy Award® winning producers of The King’s Speech, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting mystery starring Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Tom

Wright, and Holly Hunter. Set against a vast, varied terrain – moody, pure and remote – Top of the Lake is a story about our search for happiness, where the dream of paradise attracts it dark twin, the fall.

If you’d like a copy of this cheerful, upbeat rom-com (haaa), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why David Wenham is the most underrated Australian actor – possibly ever.

Two double passes to 'Bjorn Again: The Ultimate ABBA Experience' @ Canberra Theatre, Fri Oct 18
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Grab your family, friends and dancing shoes and prepare for world-class entertainment with the world’s number one ABBA show –Bjorn Again, the most successful tribute band of all time.

The only ABBA show endorsed by the members of ABBA, Bjorn Again has been delighting audiences around the world for over 20 years, and has performed over 6,000 shows in 100 countries, including shows at Wembley Stadium and Arena, and sell-out appearances at The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Get ready for an action packed, world-class show featuring the most irresistible pop melodies performed in Bjorn Again’s unique way, featuring ABBA’s biggest hits.

Don’t miss your chance to see the band that performed at Russell Crowe’s wedding, performed Money Money Money to Bill Gates, with recognition from Toni Collette, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Rolling Stone.

If you’d like a double pass to their show on Friday October 18, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which supergroup you would make face off against ABBA in a no-holds-barred cage match and why. (Bonus points for declaring a winner.)

Ten double passes to ‘Stories We Tell’
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

One of the most heralded films of the 2012 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, Academy Award nominee Sarah Polley’s extraordinary Stories We Tell is a deeply moving portrait of a family dealing with a legacy of secrets and lies, and the elusive nature of truth itself.

Stories We Tell unpeels the complex life of Diane, an aspiring actress and mother, and the shockwaves that a series of impulsive actions unleash on her children, husband and community.

With this groundbreaking new feature that seamlessly blends past and present, the real and the imagined, Polley’s characteristically unflinching yet compassionate gaze delivers a level of depth and emotion only hinted at by her acclaimed earlier directorial works, Away From Her and Take This Waltz.

Making Stories We Tell all the more memorable is the revelation that the mother depicted – and family in question – is Polley’s own. In cinemas Thursday September 26.

If you’d like a double pass to this film, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which of your family members you would make a feature film about, and why.

 

Five double passes to ‘Funny Face’ (1957)
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Following the successful events held in March, Dendy Cinemas Canberra is assisting the Canberra Centre’s 50th Anniversary celebrations by hosting two classic fashion film nights.

We invite Canberra to sit back and relax with a glass of bubbly and enjoy a mini fashion workshop, followed by the screening of a favourite classic fashion film.

The first event will take place on Wednesday September 18, with a screening of one of the most iconic fashion films of all time, the 1957 classic Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astair.

Fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astair) has an impromptu photoshoot at a bookstore. Upon examining the photos he sees the salesgirl Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) in the background of one of the shots. He’s intrigued by her unique appearance, as is the editor of a leading fashion magazine. They offer Jo a modelling contract, which she reluctantly accepts only because it includes a trip to Paris. Eventually, her snobbish attitude toward the job softens, and Jo begins to enjoy the work and the company of her handsome photographer.

If you’d like a double pass to the screening, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why anyone still gives a shit about Audrey Hepburn. Seriously, make a compelling argument for her continuing existence as a cultural reference point. WE DARE YOU.

Two double passes to Twelve Foot Ninja @ Zierholz @ UC, Thu Sep 12
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Twelve Foot Ninja bring their sharpened live show to Australian venues this August-September-October for their last Aussie tour before heading to Europe, USA, and Canada.

Fresh from their national tour with the legendary Fear Factory and recent praise from the likes of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Wolf Van Halen (Van Halen/Tremonti), Misha Mansoor (Periphery) and the folks at Soundwave, the genre-bending five-piece have gone from strength to strength since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Silent Machine in late 2012.

Twelve Foot Ninja recently broke a world record for the highest amount crowdfunded for a music video. While the massive production for said video is currently underway, Twelve Foot Ninja have released a brand new tour scrapbook video for new single Shuriken, documenting on-tour experiences of the past 12 months.

If you’d like a double pass to their show at Zierholz @ UC on Wednesday September 12, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what real person or animal you would pit against a Twelve Foot Ninja – y’know, just for fun.

One double pass to ‘Shrine’ at Canberra Theatre, Fri Sep 27
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Canberra Theatre Centre and Centenary of Canberra are proud to present the Australian East Coast premiere of Tim Winton’s (Cloudstreet) latest work Shrine, starring John Howard.

Following its World Premiere at Perth’s Black Swan State Theatre Company, the thought provoking narrative by one of Australia’s greatest contemporary writers is sure to get the Nation’s Capital talking. Shrine opens in The Playhouse from Thu-Sun September 26-29 as part of the Collected Works Australia Subscription Season 2013, making it the first professional production of a Tim Winton play to be performed in the ACT.

Directed by Kate Cherry, Shrine is set above the rocky headlands of the South Coast of Western Australia, between a forest and the sea. It’s wine country, and a privileged young man, Jack, has been killed driving friends back to Perth from his parents’ beach house. Jack leaves in his wake a wreck of a father, a shadow of a mother, and the promise of a love affair that never quite happened.

If you’d like our one double pass to the play on Friday September 27, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why he should give it to you.

Two double passes to Horrorshow @ ANU Bar, Thu Sep 19
Date Published: Tuesday, 10 September 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 9 months ago

Horrorshow’s evocative brand of earnest, ego-free hip hop has won over dedicated fans and critics alike. The chart placing of their latest album marks the highest chart debut for independent label Elefant Traks, currently celebrating 15 years. It consolidates them as one of Australia’s most exciting young acts

Their new single Unfair Lottery has already been hailed by critics as close to an instant classic.

Horrorshow will be supported by award-winning New Zealand hip hop crew Home Brew, who's 2012 self-titled debut album reached #1 on the NZ music chart. The ever soulful Jimblah will also be joining them, ahead of the release of his new album on Elefant Traks in September.

 

If you’d like a double pass to their show at ANU Bar on Thursday September 19, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about the most ‘horror-filled’ show you’ve ever seen. (See what we did there?)

Bloom 2013: BMA Magazine to Open Doors for an LP, EP, Singles, DVDs and Miscellanea Sale
Date Published: Thursday, 29 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Taking shameless advantage of the Gorman House and Ainslie Arts Centre’s Bloom 2013 festival, we at BMA Magazine are interpreting ‘open studios throughout Gorman House’ to mean a chance to get rid of all the LPs, EPs and singles we no longer want! And just quietly, it’s quite a few.

From midday until 3pm on Saturday September 21, Editor Ashley Thomson, Bossman Allan Sko, and Advertising Manager Scott Johnston will be manning desks covered in highlights and lowlights of music from the past few years. And a pick of our selection – lone gems, handfuls, and armfuls – will be available for a nominal fee (which will likely be determined by the amount of foods stands sampled and craft beer consumed by that point in the day).

If you’re in the mood to fill a spring stocking with goodies, come along, say hi, have yourself a peek in the BMA Headquarters, and leave with a smile and a half-day’s worth of new listening.

Five double passes to National Museum of Australia’s ‘Night at the Museum’
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Why do superstitions still exist in the modern age? Have you ever tried to ward off bad luck by 'touching wood' or wearing a charm?

This Friday September 13, come to the National Museum after dark, challenge your superstitions and test your luck.

The Museum will come alive with live bands, a silent disco, film, food and festivities exclusively for adults. (Over 18s only.)

If competition is your thing, register a team to compete in a tournament of the minds. Experience the Museum in a completely new way with The Museum Game. We supply the gear, you supply the brainpower. Prizes to be won.

Find out more here.

If you’d like a free double pass to the event (complete with free access to Palace Electric Cinema’s Prosecco Bar after the event), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about the best superstition you adhere to, and why you adhere to it. 

Bloom Festival Seeks Stories and Artists
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Over the past few years the annual Bloom festival has invited Canberrans to explore the musical community of Ainslie Arts Centre. This spring, Ainslie Arts Centre will join forces with Gorman House Arts Centre for Bloom 2013, in a weekend-long celebration of these homes for engaged, contemporary art and culture in Canberra. The program boasts an appearance from the Skywhale, open studios throughout Gorman House, a heavy metal BBQ, a zine fair, poetry readings, a Canberra Musicians Club music showcase, and much more. And there’s still opportunity to get involved – organiser Yolande Norris (one of the brains behind You Are Here) is looking for people who have stories about their experiences of Gorman House since it became an arts centre in 1981, people interested in sharing those stories. So much is known about Gorman House’s history as a hostel, but not so much about the past 30 odd years. Norris is also after artists (including musicians) who have created work of some kind in response to the Skywhale. If you’d like to get involved, email yolande.norris@gormanhouse.com.au. The festival will take place Fri-Sat September 20-21 and is free.

Art, Not Apart Postponed Until March 2014
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Initially billed for December 2013, the next instalment of NewActon one-day multi-art festival Art, Not Apart has been postponed until March 2014. Citing a desire for ‘meaningful commissions, greater levels of integration, artist discussions, more funding for materials and better support to present [their] work’, festival organiser David Caffery made the announcement via an email press release, writing, ‘Canberra is at a cultural turning point. The way the arts scene presents itself now will effect the future of this city … Create art and events to reflect our city. Not Sydney or Melbourne, but us.’ Project funding, indoor exhibition proposals, and calls for festival stallholders will be taking place October 2013 through January 2014.

Australian Chamber Orchestra to Tackle Huge Influences in 2014
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Mixed in with Bach, Debussy, Beethoven, and the rest of the usual suspects, Richard Tognetti (Artistic Director of the ACO) has this year added to his list of influences Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Aphex Twin, Nirvana, Mariah Carey, Radiohead and others. In a show entitled Timeline, Tognetti means to guide the ACO through more than 40,000 years of music. Dates for the show are yet to be announced, but in the meantime the ACO will continue its raft of touring concerts – don’t say no one ever told you the best music in the ACT could be found in Llewellyn Hall.

Mindscapes Wants Art, Photography and … Mish Mash
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

The Mindscapes Festival is an annual arts festival that celebrates mental health recovery, and they’re excited to invite participants in the Mindscapes Art and Photography Competition, and the debut Mish Mash Variety Night, an evening of arts and entertainment by a cross-section of consumers, carers, amateurs, and professionals. It’s time to get creative with your cameras, paint brushes, canvas, or whatever else your favourite medium may be. Submissions to the Art and Photography competition close Thursday September 26, and suggestions for the Mish Mash Variety Night close Monday September 9. For more information or to download an entry form visit mhccact.org or email Ben Drysdale at ben.drysdale@bcsact.com.au. The festival takes place during Mental Health Week, October 2013.

Annual Inductees into ‘Sounds of Australia’ Announced
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Songs by Russell Morris, Peter Allen, Archie Roach and a 1913 piece by wartime idol Florrie Forde have been inducted into the ‘Sounds of Australia’ archive. Ten sounds considered to be icons of the Australian soundscape are added to the collection each year. Established by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2007, the Sounds of Australia (formerly known as the National Registry of Recorded Sound) covers all formats, this year also including a 1987 recording of a Superb Lyrebird at Healesville, Victoria, by Greg Wignell, and Roy and HG’s 1986–2008 radio broadcast This Sporting Life. More on the archive can be found at nfsa.gov.au.

30th Annual CAPO Grant Applications Now Open
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

In its 30th year, Capital Arts Patrons Organisation (CAPO) invites applications from Canberra Artists for fourteen awards with a value ranging from $500 to $25,000. Since its beginnings in 1983, CAPO has awarded in excess of 1.8 million dollars to over 330 artists and arts organisations. In 2012, CAPO's 11 grant recipients received support to the value of over $60,000. An online application form and guidelines are available at capo.org.au/capo-grant-guidelines. Applications close at midnight on Friday October 25.

New Young Writers Award for Canberra Region
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

A new award has been created to assist aspiring young writers in the Canberra region. The Anne Edgeworth Writers' Award will support specific writing projects proposed by successful applicants. The annual award of up to $5,000 can be used for any purpose that furthers recipients' education in their chosen field of literature under the supervision and administration of the ACT Writers Centre. The award can be made for any genre of creative writing including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screen and play-writing. Applicants' expressions of interest should be submitted to the ACT Writers Centre by close of business on Friday September 6. Full details are available at actwriters.org.au.

Three copies of ‘Stephen Fry’s Inquisitive Documentaries’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Britain’s national treasure Stephen Fry has embarked on amazing journeys of discovery which have been scenic, historical, glamourous, and thought-provoking all at the same time, embellished with his own inimitable style.

Become an armchair traveler as Fry shows us what makes America ‘so unique, so diverse, so very American’; witness as he follows in the footsteps of Douglas Adams to uncover some of the rarest and most threatened animals on earth; and as he examines the incredible invention that sparked a cultural revolution.

Stephen Fry in America, Last Chance to See, Return of the Rhino, and the BAFTA-nominated The Gutenberg Press are collected here for the first time, and thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have three copies of this four-DVD boxset to give away.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about something that made your day, as Stephen Fry does for so many every day of the year. (The winning answers may appear in print.)

Three copies of the ‘Tommy Lee Jones Triple Pack’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Three movies. One superhuman godman actor. One cripplingly wrinkled face. One intensely powerful sense of poise. One thousand-yard stare. (These things are supposed to tier down, 3-2-1, but Tommy Lee Jones is so awesome that I got stuck on ‘one’.)

We have three boxsets containing three Tommy Lee Jones pictures: In the Electric Mist, about corruption in the dark world of the New Orleans mob; The Company Men, about corporate downsizing and the effect of the global financial crisis on Wall Street men; and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, about a ranch foreman who takes it upon himself to visit justice upon the murderer of his Mexican friend.

(On a personal note, if you haven’t seen The Three Burials, do so immediately.)

If you’d like a copy of this boxset, courtesy of Madman Entertainment, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about something or someone that pissed you off. (The winning answers may appear in print.)

Three copies of ‘Chasing Ice’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

The planet is changing … right before our eyes. Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

This frighteningly graphic mapping of Earth’s most resilient glaciers is one of the first feature films to document irrefutable evidence of climate change. Sure to be the first of many – and hopefully not the last to have a positive impact on the global climate change dialogue – Chasing Ice is a film that has to be seen.

As frightening and fascinating as it is breathtakingly beautiful, Chasing Ice is a hymn to our changing planet, and a plea for its salvation.

If you’d like a copy, courtesy of Madman Entertainment, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would do with climate change sceptics if you had the chance.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 27 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Canberra Musicians Club is a divisive entity. On the one hand, for artists who feel at home in its folds, it is a protective, supportive organisation that facilitates exposure in what can appear a distanced, even cold scene. On the other, entire genres and scenes in Canberra (whose sounds don’t gel with the folk/world-tinged CMC) baulk at any mention of the CMC’s name for the simple reason that this ‘musicians’ club operates on a limited definition of ‘musician’, and therefore offers a very refined definition of our city’s music scene.

This tension leaves music journalists like us at BMA Magazine torn: any organisation like the CMC deserves support, especially in a place like Canberra, but we have no desire to accept any one organisation’s definition of the city’s music scene, let alone to alienate other scenes by favouring them. But it just so happens that the CMC, because it is organised and persistent, has infiltrated Canberra venues and ingratiated itself to such an extent that it cannot and should not be overlooked. Further, rather than bemoan its shortcomings, other organisations and scenes in the ACT would do well to mount concerted, good-spirited competition – if not to emulate it, then to better it.

Long story short, Canberra Musicians Club Presents… at Smith’s Alternative continues this Wednesday August 28 and every Wednesday after it, presenting local and interstate musicians for free from 8pm, and more power to it.

The Canberra Musicians Workshop (no relation) is taking place again at Harmonie German Club on Thursday August 29. It’s free for first-timers, and offers a non-judgmental zone to practice, play, and query. 6:30-10:30pm.

The Front Gallery and Café is hosting a Canberra Poetry Slam on Friday August 30, with interstate guests Jackson (WA) and Jennifer Compton (NSW), and the launch of the latest Burley Journal. That starts 8pm. The Front sports another launch on Saturday August 31, this time for the latest issue of Lip Magazine, and locals Cromwell, Fossil Rabbit, and Northumberland will be playing from 8pm. The same Saturday at Smith’s Alternative, local Dylan Hekimian headlines for Positive Feedback Loop, Cuddlefish, and John Wickham from 8pm.

At this point, the column may as well read like a listings poster for Smith’s Alternative: Mornings with Charles Buddy Daaboul and Oxen on Sunday September 1 from 5pm, free. The Steptones with Amy Jenkins on Thursday September 5 from 9pm, $10. The ACT Final of the Australian Poetry Slam on Saturday September 7 from 7:30pm, $5. And finally, Storytime with Jay Sullivan is a new concept continuing at Smith’s Alternative on Tuesday September 3. It sees local comic Sullivan interview four guests, who each have the chance to tell a story. It starts 8pm and costs $20, but if reports of the first instalment are to be believed, it’s worth the cost.

New local act Afternoon Shift is launching a release at The Pot Belly on Saturday September 7 with The Naddiks and Kid You Not. It’s a beautiful little pub, a personal favourite, and every reason to venture further north than you usually might. 8:30pm, free. Also that night up north, the first heat of the Smells Like Centenary Spirit Play It Loud band competition will take place at Belconnen Arts Centre from 6pm, free. Make a night of it.

And finally, 2XX Local n Live are planning The Bootleg Sessions on Monday September 9. 8pm, free. Bound to be a doozy, whatever the fuck that is.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

 

500,000 Young People Not Enrolled to Vote
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

On Saturday September 7, approximately 500,000 young people will miss out on casting their vote. At last count, 1.4 million eligible Australians are not enrolled, including an astounding 43% of 18 and 19-year-olds. Youth coalitions have been quick to point out that issues with higher levels of engagement among young voters will suffer from poor representation as a result of this deficit. National Co-Director of the Australia Youth Climate Coalition, Kirsty Albion, says ‘Young people are extremely powerful in this election. The problem is that our politicians are completely out of touch when it comes to issues that matter to young people … Climate change is one of the key issues young people will vote on in this election … this summer we broke through 123 records for extreme weather. It’s time for our politicians to aim higher on climate and protect our future.’ But look, if you’re enrolled (and if you’re not, by the time you read this it’ll be too late to change that), congratulations. Make it count.

Australia’s Refugees to PNG, Canberra Artists to Brazil
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

A group of local artists is travelling to Brazil to take part in the Brasilia International Theatre Festival’s Innovation Showcase 2013 as part of a Canberra-Brasilia exchange program supported by the Centenary of Canberra. Omar Musa and hip hop duo D’Opus and Roshambo will represent the artistic side of the exchange, with filmmaker Cameron Brown and photographer Cole Bennetts along to document (thereby adding to the ‘legacy’). Now, while it may smack of a well-connected boys’ club taking advantage of the Centenary to appear at events with names like ‘Champagne Criolina Music Extravaganza’, Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, is, like Canberra, a planned city, so it all makes sense. ‘We hope to facilitate a dialogue between artists, sharing ideas around the challenges and opportunities that arise from making culture in planned capital cities,’ says Frank Madrid, the exchange’s curator and producer – hence taking an act that hasn’t done a live show together in almost a year. Dear Centenary, you continue to surprise and delight.

Snap the ACT to Win
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Amateur photographers from Canberra and the surrounding regions once again have the opportunity to submit their entries to ActewAGL’s Postcards From Your Town photography competition. The 12 winning photographers will have their images featured in the 2014 ActewAGL’s Postcards From Your Town calendar, and will each win a cash prize of $500. To all budding photographers, now is the time to start capturing those moments that best represent your favourite part of the region. Entries close on Monday September 2 and winners will be announced Friday November 1. For more information and to see previous winning photos visit actewagl.com.au/postcards.

[Image credit: Ben Davis]

Draw on the Blue Mountains!
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Draw on the Mountain is an art event that will be held for the first time in the Blue Mountains, Fri-Sun September 20-29. It’s the first of its kind in Australia, based on a Brooklyn, NY, Drawing Festival the Director Selena Seifert participated in some years ago. The idea is to bring artists from all over to the Wild Valley Art Park in Wentworth Falls and have them set up an outdoor art gallery along the ‘Sketchbook Art Trail’, a self-guided/self-drive art experience, capturing World Heritage backdrops, iconic sights and lesser-known natural locations in the Blue Mountains and surrounds. The event is open to all ages and drawing abilities and there is a $5000 acquisitive art prize for the overall winner of the Sketchbook Art Trail Competition. If you’d like to pitch in, head to drawonthemountain.com.au for details on how to enter, or on the range of talks and workshops that will be run throughout.

Andy Warhol’s Grave to have 24-Hour Webcam Coverage
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

In celebration of Andy Warhol’s 85th birthday – we know, we’re glad he’s gone too – EarthCam and The Warhol Museum are launching the Figment project, honouring the famous American artist with a unique collaboration. As of now, there is a 24-hour webcam pointed at Warhol’s grave in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (and at last look, there’s bunch of moronic-looking teenagers in tights playing with light-twirlers and waving). You can even send a can of Campbell’s Soup or some flowers and watch them delivered live to the grave. If you’d like to marvel at the latest thing created under the moniker ‘art’, head to earthcam.com/warhol.

One copy of the ‘Justified’ Quadrilogy (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

To celebrate the release on Blu-ray and DVD of the highly anticipated fourth season of Justified, Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has given us one copy of the newly minted Justified Quadrilogy, featuring all four highly acclaimed seasons.

Boasting pinprick dialogue with a clever mix of directness and humour, Justified Season 4 is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD now.

U.S Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is picking at the threads of a cold case over 30 years in the making and unravelling a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood and his criminal father’s shady dealings.

Meanwhile, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) finds his own criminal grip on Harlan County loosening due to a Pentecostal preacher with a penchant for theatrics and a knack for manipulation.

With a narrative that manages to strike the precarious balance between relaxed, suspenseful, violent and humorous, Justified Season 4 takes viewers on a gun-slinging journey with a wicked-smart plot and engaging characters.

If you’d like to enjoy the latest season after you binge on the other three, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what song Timothy Olyphant plays while Sarah Polley undresses and does a twirl in a 1999 drug movie.

Ten double passes to ‘Frances Ha’
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Frances Ha is a fast, funny and flirty tale about a group of 20-something New Yorkers trying to find bliss in the Big Apple. It stars two of Hollywood’s hottest young actors, Greta Gerwig (Greenberg, To Rome With Love) and Adam Driver (Girls).

Co-writer Greta Gerwig stars as Frances, a dance company apprentice who throws herself completely into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Despite a range of relatable problems with her career, her living situation and her very best friend (Mickey Sumner), Frances lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. This endearing comic fable is from acclaimed director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale), and has been referred to as reminiscent of Woody Allen’s best work.

If you’d like a double pass to see Frances Ha, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what Roald Dahl classic Noah Baumbach wrote the screenplay for.

Ten double passes to ‘The Rocket’
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Gripping yet heart-warming, The Rocket is a deeply personal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country on the brink of huge change.

Set in Laos, the film tells the story of Ahlo, a ten-year-old boy who is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and an obsession with James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father's trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to prove he's not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.

Courtesy of Curious Distribution, we have ten double passes to The Rocket to give away. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the story of your best brush with explosives.

Ten double passes to ‘Upstream Color’
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

An hallucinatory cinematic experience that defies categorisation, Upstream Color is the highly anticipated second film from Shane Carruth, whose self-financed debut Primer won the Grand Jury Prize of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and is widely regarded as a landmark of independent cinema.

Kris (Amy Seimetz) is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of an organism that appears to have overpowered her identity. Along the way, she encounters Jeff (Carruth), a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.

If you think you could make sense of this to the point of enjoying it and want a double pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which film you’ve never been able to enjoy because it’s just too damned obscure, and why.

Two double passes to Marlow @ The Basement, Fri Aug 23
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Marlow is thrilled to launch their new EP Seven through MGM, just in time to kick off the Seven Tour.

Formed in 2008, Marlow has evolved over the years, perfecting their carefully crafted sound and their incendiary live shows, selling out iconic Sydney venues like The Bald Faced Stag and The Annandale Hotel. The band has previously toured the country with the likes of Closure In Moscow, Sleepmakeswaves and Jericco.

2013 saw Marlow take the crowd sourcing route via Pledge Music, meeting their initial fundraising target in less than ten days and then exceeding it by a further 50 percent!

If you’d like a double pass to their upcoming show at The Basement on Friday August 23 (and a copy of their new EP), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which TV show sported a compelling sociopathic drug kingpin of the same name (minus a ‘w’).

Four double passes to ‘You’re Next’
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, You’re Next reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist on the home-invasion horror. This disturbing story follows the Davison family who have gathered at their secluded vacation home for a family reunion and find themselves the target of some creative and chillingly cruel killers.

Unprecedented.

When the hapless victims seem trapped, an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all…

We have four double passes to give away to this film, opening Thursday August 29. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which member of your family you think is likeliest to turn out to be a skilled murderer and why.

Three copies of ‘Mélodie Française’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Singing in French and tackling some of the most famous French songs is not for the faint hearted recording artist … but that’s just what this unique group of Australian musicians have done, interpreting classic and contemporary French songs for the forthcoming album Mélodie Française. The compilation will be released Friday August 16 on Original Matters through Inertia.

Featuring Gossling, Oh Mercy’s Alexander Gow, Deep Sea Arcade and Megan Washington, Lisa Mitchell, Katie Noonan, Edward Deer, The Jezabels, Dappled Cities and many more, Mélodie Française is a creamily perfect compilation.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which French artist or musician you think best represents the French national disposition and why.

Three double passes to Superwog & Mychonny @ The Playhouse, Wed Sep 4
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

After selling out multiple shows at Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, YouTube sensations Superwog and Mychonny are taking the show on the road!

They kick off the tour in Canberra with one special show at The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday September 4 – and it’s an all ages show! If you can’t decide whether it’s PC or not, you can let your kids do it for you.

If you’d like a double pass, email allan@bmamag.com a link to the best bit of race-related comedy you’ve ever seen.

Four double passes to ‘Paranoia’
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Paranoia is a thrilling corporate espionage movie based on the best-selling novel by Joseph Finder, and stars Australia’s own Liam Hemsworth as well as Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard.

Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is an entry level employee trying to climb the ranks of telecom giant; Wyatt Corporation. After one costly mistake, Adam finds himself being blackmailed by ruthless CEO Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman). Cassidy has no choice but to spy on the firm’s number one competitor Eikon, headed up by Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt’s old mentor. As two kings in the corporate world go head to head, Cassidy soon finds out that he is just a pawn in a billion dollar power play. How far will he go to rise to the top?

 

Thanks to Dendy Canberra, we have four double passes to give away. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what Harrison Ford runs from person to person in Family Guy to tell them.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 13 August 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 10 months ago

Smith’s Alternative, under new management, is settling into itself. Or rather, it’s doing the other thing. Wednesday August 14, 21 and 28 see further instalments of Canberra Musicians Club Presents… wherein a selection of local and interstate artists will keep that stretch of Alinga Street lively from 8pm until close to midnight. On Thursday August 15, The Nugs (whose About Me on Facebook reads ‘DANKNESS’) will headline a night with locals Bacon Cakes and Beach Slut from 9pm. And on Friday August 16, DJ/producer Anonymeye (aka Andrew Tuttle) headlines for local creatives Reuben Ingall, Shisd and Raus from 8pm for $10. This can be nothing if not a good thing.

Also on Thursday August 15, interstater Isaac Graham will headline for locals Revellers (who’ll be playing an acoustic set) and Pete Akhurst from 9pm. Stiff competition for Friday August 16’s dance ticket comes from Elisha Bones, who are playing at The Polish White Eagle Club. This one’s a multi-sensory experience (like most things, really) with support acts including not only Tully on Tully and Borneo, but also live art by Houl, Walrus and Micha. Doors 8pm, and it ranges from $8-15 depending on how tall you are.

The Basement is celebrating in typical, unique fashion Trent and Jaryd’s Birthday Bash Mk. II on Saturday August 17 from 8pm. The line-up includes Miscreation, Transcience, The Fishermen, Icarus Complex and heaps more, and it’s $15 at the door. If you don’t feel like going that far north, the same night at The Phoenix Melbourne thrash punk group Wolfpack will headline for locals Wretch and No Assumption (who feature somewhere in this issue, if you can be bothered to find it) from 9:30pm. But if we’re being honest, you really ought to be at Transit Bar this Saturday for TV Colours’ launch of Purple Skies, Toxic River, with The Fighting League and Spirit Valley. This is less a gig than an event. 8pm start, $10 at the door.

I don’t really know what to say about A Very Queer Frosty Festival at The Phoenix on Sunday August 18, beyond reiterating its blurb: ‘3 Dykes and a Mic, Speed Acquainting, and Queer Talent’. I really don’t see how this could fail to be fun. It starts at 5pm.

Record label Birds Love Fighting is programming The Bootleg Sessions on Monday August 19, and as they’re the representatives of some of the best bands in Canberra, this is a Bootlegs not to be missed. Cracked Actor will close the night on the heels of Waterford, Central West and Cold House. 8pm. Free.

Thursday August 22 at the CIT Music Industry Centre, local super funk outfit Los Chavos will be recording a new EP in front of a live audience, with seven-piece Afro Cuban Funk in support. It’s $5 to be a part of history from 7pm.

One of the best unsung Canberran releases of 2012 was Goody Hallett by The Feldons, a beautiful self-released LP. You can catch The Feldons headlining for locals The Naddiks and Positive Feedback Loop at PJ O’Reilly’s in Tuggeranong on Saturday August 24 from 8pm. It’s $5 at the door.

And last but so, so far from least, The Ellis Collective Winter Residency will continue at The Front Gallery and Café on Sunday August 18 with Burrows (a local band the likes of which … just see them, yeah?) from 3-5pm, and wrap up in the same place on Sunday August 25 from 2-4pm, with Cracked Actor in support. A measly $10 can buy you into two very pleasing afternoons.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

‘100 Views of Canberra’ Book to Chronicle Canberrans’ Photos of Our City
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Including photos from a whole slew of Canberra photographers you’ve heard of, a whole slew you haven’t, and whole slew of plain old people, new Centenary-commissioned photo book 100 Views of Canberra will present images of Canberra in the most coffee table-friendly format yet seen. Launching at PhotoAccess on Thursday August 1 from 6pm, 100 Views contains work from Alexander Bell Moffat, Barbie Robinson, Julia Boyd, Shane Rattenbury, and BMA photographers Martin Ollman and Erica Hurrell, among others. It’ll retail for $49.95, and what says ‘ideal gift for the person who makes your life hell by having everything they want’ like that?

666 ABC Canberra Announces Exhumed Band Comp ACT Finalists
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Give it up for Panaseeya, Brothington, Sparrow-Folk, Dick Barry and ZZG. 666 ABC Canberra has determined that these five bands from the ACT and surrounding area are the finalists in the ACT category of the national Exhumed band competition, which seeks to bring from obscurity bands that never made it – or bands that never thought to try. With a mean average age somewhere in the mid-40s, these bands represent the collective pastimes of fathers, mothers, couples, public servants, Defence Force employees, and career musicians. All five bands will play live together at Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden on Thursday August 8 – tickets are free but reserve a space ahead of time at cscc.com.au/live-shows/exhumed.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus launches Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

It’s a novel idea: list a series of dates, and under each date list three potential locations. Let punters choose, through an online voting system, which location a band should play on each of the given dates. We’ve been debating the merits of the ‘choose your own adventure’ in the office all week. Best case scenario, you prove (ahead of time, which is quite the bargaining chip when it comes time to haggle with venues) that the show you’re putting on will be well attended, because so many people have voted to make a show happen in their city. Worst case scenario – well, the other thing happens. Anyway, US band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has given the ACT a chance at a show on Thursday November 14. We’ll need to bring down more votes than Sydney or Wollongong to make it happen (no unfair advantages there) but if you’re up for a fight, head to redjumpsuit.giggedin.com to vote. Voting closes Thursday August 8.

Queanbeyan Hip Hop Duo Stik n Move Nominated for Deadly Award
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Queanbeyan hip hop act Stik n Move have only been on the scene for a short time but they’ve already gained enough attention to be nominated for a Deadly Award for Most Promising New Talent in Music. Stik n Move is brothers TooDeadly and Wizz, and have recently been joined by DJ Danielsan (Koolism). They are currently working on their debut album, with the first official single Bullymen due for online release on Friday August 9. If you’re interested to get a feel for their sound, a mixtape is available for free download via their Facebook page (facebook.com/StiknMove), or check out the video clip of Tron on their ReverbNation page (reverbnation.com/StiknMove). Congrats, boys, we all love a bit of S&M here at BMA.

Locals Ivory Cocoa Win Clare Bowditch Winter Secrets Slot
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

She may not have a Canberra show on her upcoming Winter Secrets tour, but Clare Bowditch has chosen local acoustic duo Ivory Cocoa to play with her on Thursday August 1 in Dee Why, NSW. The duo, comprised of Lauree Inez and George Pass, were chosen on the strength of a vintage-style video of their song One Little River, which they submitted to Bowditch’s online Winter Secrets Competition. As well as their supporting slot, Ivory Coast is now in the running to win a $1000 grand prize at the end of the tour. Good luck, IC. If you’d like to hear the band or watch their winning video, head to facebook.com/ivorycocoa.

Four copies of Jonno Zilber’s ‘Winter Blues: Live’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

With an already solid reputation as a premier Australian touring and recording blues singer and guitarist, over the last few years Jonno Zilber has also developed a reputation as a sought after artist for blues and swing dancing events. This year, Zilber has taken on the challenge and a long time personal goal to record an album aimed at blues dancers that would still appeal to the general, blues loving public. There was only one obvious way to achieve this - record a live show and do it at one of Australia’s top swing dancing events, Canberräng.

Winter Blues: Live was recorded live at 1am on a Saturday morning, August 4, 2012 at the 10th annual 'Canberräng' festival, with some of Canberra’s best musicians joining Zilber on stage for the night. The record contains ten new live tracks (plus a couple of bonus tracks) including a few new original songs, some of Zilber’s favourite covers and a couple of new live versions of some favourite songs from previous albums.

It’s the perfect soundtrack to keep you warm on a cool winter’s night. If you’d like a copy of Winter Blues: Live email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who is the greatest blues guitarist to have ever lived and why.

Five copies of ‘The Last Exorcism: Part II’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Continuing where the first film left off, The Last Exorcism Part II begins as Nell Sweetzer is recovering after having survived a terrifying exorcism. Completely traumatised, Nell can’t remember entire portions of the previous months, only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Although she is trying to start a new life, she cannot ignore her powerful nightmares or deny that she hears voices and sees and feels things that nobody else does. She knows something is very wrong and a dark evil is closing in on her, entirely beyond her control.

As these odd and frightening events become more frequent and intense, it becomes clear that the demon whose obsession with Nell led to the murder of her family still holds great power. The evil force that once possessed her is back with unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning. (See what they did there? Last exorcism? Just the beginning? Brilliant.)

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which public figure you think is secretly (or not-so-secretly) possessed, by what and for what purpose.

Five copies of ‘Silence in the House of God: Mea Maxima Culpa’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

In Silence in the House of God: Mea Maxima Culpa, Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control – the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong.

The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the USA, a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men, set out to expose the priest who had abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices ‘heard’. Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that shows the Pope – who must operate within the mysterious rules of the roman Curia – as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

 

If you’d like a copy of this buoyant, farcical rom-com, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what ‘mea maxima culpa’ means.

In Canberra Tonight Die Hard 4.0
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

In Canberra Tonight Die Hard 4.0
Thursday July 18
The Polish White Eagle Club

 

The fourth instalment of variety show In Canberra Tonight started the same as the rest: announcer Pablo Latona, quietly side-stage, ate crackers, sipped from a juicebox, blinked innocently at the crowd and fidgeted in the house lights as punters found seats to muzak from house band The House Rats.

The format of ICT is simple: abreast the Polish Club stage, host and co-producer Chris Endrey guides the audience over two one-hour-ish halves through a series of one-off interviews, recurring segments, and cabaret-style variety acts. The show, co-produced and stage managed by Meg O’Connell, rises and falls with its guests, though never falls far – thanks first to its masterful planning, technical team and stage management, and second to its affable host.

Highlights of shows past include National Poetry Slam Champion CJ Bowerbird, poet David Finnigan, MC Coolio Desgracias, and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, among others – but there is never anything genuinely flawed in ICT. Endrey likes the sound of laughter a little too much, routinely adlibbing one punchline too far; some segments are warm filler; and serious guests, while fascinating to see in these surrounds, are not tapped to their full potential; but quibbles are only ever with the icing, never the cake.

Opening with a meta-comedy skit, in which Endrey explained to a hairdresser that people who outsource their opinions of Canberra are ‘lifeless suckholes’ and should be told so, ICT4 got off to a smooth start. Then, as ICT usually does, it got interesting.

Claire Granata is a life model and artist. Interviewed by Endrey, she disclosed her history as a nude model, including pay, conditions and demand, and presented a hilarious, utterly unique stop-motion short film about the mundane oddities of nude modelling. The balance of humourous rapport with insightful questioning was, for the only time in the evening, perfect, but Granata is the kind of guest that makes ICT essential viewing in one sitting.

As the show progressed, Pablo Latona’s Tommy Cooper-esque circus comedy routine fell perfectly, as did the ‘King of Pop’ competition finale (with musicians James Fahy, Ramsay Nuthall, Reuben Ingall, and Trendoid & Alphabet), which felt as much like a party game played between friends as anything else. Some of the show’s veneer wore off here, occasionally to its detriment – four months of pressure and precision unconsciously shrugged off in the company of the familiar. That ICT has landed their next two shows at Mt Stromlo and Old Parliament House, however, speaks for itself: what ICT treats as familiar, Canberra should be familiar with.

In moments of imperfection, ICT shies from squaring off intellectually against its bigger guests, and indulges in unrehearsed blagging through structurally sound segments (a sketch in which Endrey analysed the Emissions Trading Scheme could have been cut significantly) – but those critiques say more about what the show has achieved than hasn’t. ICT is a lesson in quality guaranteed ingenuity, its creators and team so devoted to providing a good product that genuine critique is obsolete.

ASHLEY THOMSON

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Last Wednesday night at 11:30pm, I was sitting outside a bar in the city, drinking a beer and listening to original live music come wafting out from inside.

Again. Last Wednesday night at 11:30pm, I was sitting outside a bar/venue in the city, drinking a beer and listening to original live music come wafting out from inside. And it was packed. Smith’s Alternative’s new Wednesday night fixture, Canberra Musicians Club Presents…, is the best thing to happen to Wednesday nights and Civic since the Burmese Curry House opened. Head along from 8pm for free live music by local and interstate musicians. It’s not too soon to say this is the new Bootlegs.

Thursday August 1 sees local boys Super Best Friends kicking off their 1, 2, 3! Tour at The Phoenix. It’s a cheeky three-date, three-day tour and their local show sports Revellers and Too Soon! in support.

Capital Jazz Project kicks off its third year the following day, Friday August 2, at The Street Theatre. There are a heap of local, national and international musical geniuses appearing at the festival, which runs until Sunday August 11. Head to thestreet.org.au for full details and tickets.

The rise and rise of spaces appropriated for venues continues, with Ska-Tropica on Saturday August 3 marking the first use of the Australian Croation Club by Canberra Musicians Club. It’s right next door to The Polish White Eagle Club, and apparently sports a much larger performance space, which it will be the duty of Los Chavos and Naughty Rhythms to fill from 8pm for $15 a head. Christen the shit out of that joint. (Hit up The Phoenix from 9:30pm that same night to catch a line-up headlined by The Second Hand Salmon.)

The Ellis Collective is striking up another ‘Residency’ program on Sunday August 4. Every Sunday in August, The Ellis Collective Winter Residency will see the band appearing with a special guest in tow for a two-hour show at either Smith’s Alternative or The Front Gallery and Café. The first is at Smith’s Alternative from 3pm to 5pm and New Gods of Thunder is the lucky party. It’s a $10 door.

The Bootleg Sessions are again presented by CMC on Monday August 5, and Central West, Moochers Inc., The Steptones and Soctor Deuss are the line-up. There’s also Sydney group The Darkened Seas at The Phoenix on Thursday August 8, with locals New Brutalists and Anachel in tow from 9pm.

Hollow Everdaze is visiting The Phoenix on Saturday August 10 from 9:30pm. They’ve enlisted locals Waterford and Calico Cat (who’ll be launching a single) as supports.

And the second instalment in The Ellis Collective Winter Residency is at Smith’s Alternative on Sunday August 11 from 3pm to 5pm, this time with Pocket Fox in tow and still for $10.

I almost feel, at this stage, that including The Bootleg Sessions in this column is redundant to the point of insult – but if you still haven’t been, go on Monday August 12. 2XX FM LocalnLive are programming and they’ve brought in ZZG, Vintage Vulva, Treehouse (TAS) and Dylan Hekimian. 8pm. Free.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Album of the Issue
Date Published: Tuesday, 30 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

It’s not until track seven of Washed Out’s sophomore LP, the title track Paracosm, that this album draws into itself. The track represents a distanced moment – the man behind the music taking a moment for himself. It’s the first and only track on the album with its own distinct intro and outro, self-contained, and were it not towards the end of the album, would be the LP’s clear centrepiece. ‘You’re safe/ It’s over now/ And we’re all alone/ Inside/ Our sanctuary’ sings Ernest Greene, the one-man force behind Washed Out, but the song’s intent is so apparent in its melody and tone that the lyrics are a priori evidence.

Washed Out’s music has always sounded insular – like being ushered through the chambers of a genie’s lamp – but never distancing; you are always welcome, put at ease by the gentle, effortless popscapes.

Greene’s 2011 debut, Within and Without, established his confident, positivist, beat-laden sound with the same clarity and aplomb that sets all great debuts apart. Chances are that if you’ve heard of Washed Out, you’ve already listened to Within and Without, and you already know that he provided the title song (Feel It All Around) for the TV show Portlandia, which you’ve probably already watched. People who listen to stuff like Washed Out enjoy being the first to dish out that sort of information – it’s obscure music appreciation hidden within obscure TV appreciation, hidden within harmless but unquestionably point-scoring-based fact-dropping. And for someone who wants to be seen to be (or just is) in the know about great obscure music and culture, it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a fair guess that when the creators of Portlandia chose a Washed Out track as the theme song for their oddball critique of hipsters’ Mecca, they had this in mind.

Paracosm (a detailed fantasy world invented by children, which can persist as a state of reality into later life) picks up smoothly from Within and Without. The first sounds on the album are birds chirping, a drifting tonal murmur, a dabbling echo of glockenspiel, the pulsing ebb and flow of a harp, and an angels-at-the-pearly-gates-style choral refrain, which collectively build into the escapist pleasantry of second track It All Feels Right.

Over the next five songs, culminating in the aforementioned title track, Greene keeps it consistently lounging, even as his mood seems to take some heavy blows. Lyrics laden with nostalgia and regret work to just as splendid effect in Weightless as in All I Know, the first a heartfelt pep-talk to a lover or friend, the second an acknowledgment of Greene’s own inability to deal with the end of a romance.

If you never read the liner lyrics, though, you’d probably assume everything was fine in Greene’s life and he was floating through grassy meadows on a shroom cloud. Greene supposedly used more than 50 instruments to create the sounds on Paracosm, and you’d never guess.

But here’s a theory. Paracosm sounds like an album Greene had to make – his lyrics are laden with loss and loneliness, with his struggle to accept the failure of love, and he created this resilient, vibrant coping mechanism, a friend to guide him firmly, gently and lovingly to the final lyric in the album: ‘It’s all over now’.

Every one of the instruments he dredged up and worked in were part of this mechanism, a means of self-treatment to help him achieve closure. It’s like his own personal soundtrack to guided meditation. And by the time you’re on the far side of the title track, the reason this album is great is that Greene’s treatment worked.

The final two tracks on Paracosm, Falling Back and All Over Now, are resplendent in their resigned, peaceful acceptance. You could pick any track on this album and enjoy it independently, but the deeper fabric of the LP is woven throughout, and here the gentle, comforting soundscapes are finally caught up with, the lyrics finally resolved with their sonic padding. In fact, the only false note on the album is the bonus track, Pull You Down, which rings as a sour note tacked onto a clean finish. With its exception, Paracosm represents a fully realised and excellent addition to Washed Out’s catalogue.

So listen to it alone, keep it to yourself, and don’t dare increase Washed Out’s fanbase by playing it for strangers. If you have to talk about it, do so only in passing and dismissively – your social status depends upon it.

ASHLEY THOMSON

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Most people need, at some point, to be told what a ‘slam’ is. Those that know may attend tens, hundreds, without going on to research their origins, not to mention their detractors. It’s easy enough to attend a poetry slam without needing to know they’ve been described as both ‘the death of art’ and ‘the democratisation of verse’. But whichever is the case, they’ve now evolved to include such things as the Story Slam at The Front Gallery and Café on Wednesday July 17 from 7:30pm. The theme is ‘… and that’s when I knew I was in trouble.’ Enjoy. Or don’t?

Thursday July 18 sees Joe Oppenheimer returning to Canberra to play at The Phoenix from 9pm. Oppenheimer means to play host to a slew of his favourite locals and ex-locals, including James Fahy, Luciana Harrison and others, providing a series of interlude sets. This I dare you not to enjoy.

New local theatre company Something Borrowed are presenting their first production, At Home at the Zoo, at Smith’s Alternative from Thursday July 18. At Home at the Zoo, a play by Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), can be caught from 8pm for three nights for a $10-15 door.

The perennially touring King of the North is returning to The Basement on Friday July 19, 8pm, with locals Hence the Testbed and Kid You Not. Despite their namesake being a little worse for wear, they soldier on. This one’s a $10 door.

Also that Friday, Sydney four-piece funk outfit Ungus Ungus Ungus are visiting The Front from 7:30pm, bringing locals Moochers Inc. and, for those of you who can’t get enough of a man wearing a baseball shirt with his own name stitched onto the back, Coolio Desgracias.

Saturday July 20 sees Wollongong group Hockey Dad taking the stage at The Phoenix from 9:30pm. Local Bacon Cakes is supporting. Over at The Polish White Eagle Club, Revellers are headlining a night with Hotel Books, Sundial and Breakout from 8pm.

The Bootleg Sessions on Monday July 22 is solid as packed ice, with Bears With Guns, Hashemoto and The Burley Griffin from 8pm.

Perpetual End are launching a new album at The Basement on Friday July 26 from 8pm for $15, with Tensions Arise, Renegade Peacock and Critical Monkee. Closer to the city on the same night, the Canberra Musicians Club present Chaos in the Cosmos, a triple album launch at The Polish White Eagle Club from 8:30pm. Space Party, Magic Rob Universe and Little Mac and the Monster Men are all dishing out new albums. Tickets are $10/15.

Saturday July 27 at The Phoenix, megafunk band Zoopagoo are supported by Nozl and The Spindrift Saga from 9:30pm. And still at The Phoenix, this time on Monday July 29, another edition of The Bootleg Sessions sees the Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Cherry Cocoa, Mind the Gap and Maggie Jeffs giving it away for tips from 8pm.

The Canberra Songwriters Workshop has set up shop at The George Harcourt Inn, the next instalment being on Monday July 29 from 6:30pm. It’s billed as a judgment-free zone for anyone looking to learn, trade tips, or just play. It’s free for first-timers and under-18s are welcome with an adult.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

First Ever Canberra Date for Vans Warped Tour
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Perennially neglected, Canberra will finally welcome its very own leg of the Vans Warped Tour Australia in 2013. With a somewhat nostalgia-laden line-up, the Warped Tour will bring The Offspring, Parkway Drive, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, The Used, Hatebreed, Tonight Alive, H20 and many more to Exhibition Park on Friday December 6. The cost of tickets is yet to be announced, but they can be purchased via vanswarpedtouraustralia.com from Thursday July 18, 9am. What’s more, the show (as they usually are) is a licensed all ages event. Expect this one to be a seething mass of pre-pubescents, folks. Buy those tickets and this might become a fixture in Canberra – here’s hoping.

Inaugural Sculpture Event Calls for Entries
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Sculpture in the Street is a fundraising, non-competitive sculpture event that will take place in a small street in Downer from Fri-Sun November 15-17, 2013. The residents of Rennie Street have agreed to open their front gardens for the exhibition, providing six gardens open to any form of sculpture and installation. Facades of some houses may also be used, in consultation with the resident. There are also trees and lampposts. If you have an idea, just ask them if it’s possible to do. The organisers are calling for submissions from anyone interested in exhibiting in a relaxed, outdoor garden setting. Submissions can be in any form, such as drawings or photographs. A $20 submission fee for work(s) is asked for administration purposes, and will be used to print the catalogue and pay insurance. At the conclusion of the event, a $500 Peoples’ Choice Award will be presented. Submissions are due on or before Tuesday July 30 and can be made to sculptureinthestreet@hotmail.com. For further information use the aforementioned email address.

Tropfest 2013 Calls for Entries
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

The single largest short film festival in Australia is once again looking for a slew of short films about which everyone can disagree, gripe and begrudgingly acknowledge talent, meanwhile doing the same of cheeses, wines and other peoples’ children. This year, the prizes on offer are a new Toyota, $10,000, a Nikon DSLR filmmaker’s kit and a trip to Los Angeles. Films must be no longer than seven minutes, and the signature item this year is ‘Change’, which seems a bit shit, really. Get it together, Tropfest. A bunch of famous people say good stuff about Tropfest, but all you really need to know is that nothing’s stopping you from having a crack, and entries open on Thursday August 15. Visit tropfest.com/au for more information.

66 Music Launches ‘Take-Me-to-the-Next-Level’ ACT Music Competition
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

International production company 66 Music is opening a cutting edge studio in Canberra, bringing with them years of experience. To celebrate, 66 Music, in conjunction with local sponsors Flow Media, UC Live and Style by St James, are holding a competition for local musicians, with a prize valued at over $11,000. This includes a music video with over $8000 behind it, a styling session, and a support slot for a yet-to-be-announced national touring band at one of UC Live’s Belconnen venues. To enter the competition or for more information, visit 66music.com.au.

ANCA Gallery Calls for Proposals
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

ANCA Gallery is currently seeking exhibition proposals for the second half of 2014. The application form, hire conditions and floor plan are available on the ANCA website: anca.net.au/applications/gallery. Just so you’re not disillusioned when you look, though, you should know it’s really cheap and probably no one else will apply so just assume you’re a shoo-in when you’re filling out the form because they’ll like that. Proposals due Thursday August 29.

Three copies of ‘Parker’ (Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Starring Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Australia’s Emma Booth, directed by Oscar winning director Taylor Hackford (The Devil’s Advocate, Ray), and based on bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake, Parker is a new release from Madman Entertainment. When Parker is double-crossed by a gang led by crime boss Melander (Michael Chiklis, The Shield) Parker sets out for vengeance. Enlisting the help of a down-on-her-luck real estate agent (J-Lo), their plan is to ruin the crew’s $50 million jewellery heist before the mob’s hit men get them first.

History says Chiklis will walk away unscathed, Statham will die without ever bedding J-Lo, and Andy Dick will make a cameo appearance as himself, but hey, if you think other stuff might happen then email allan@bmamag.com and complete this Statham quote to win a copy of Parker on Blu-ray: ‘Protection from what? [Blank]?’

Five copies of ‘The Imposter’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Madman proudly presents the year’s most talked about documentary, The Imposter.

A remarkable and chilling true story, The Imposter is the story of the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, his grieving family and friends’ reaction upon his unexpected return and the authorities who began to question where truth ends and fiction begins.

In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later it is reported that he has been found alive, albeit thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain, and burdened by a mysterious and harrowing story of kidnap and torture.

As Nicholas settles back into a normal life in San Antonio, some of those around him begin to suspect there is something out of place. Nicholas looks remarkably different; he appears almost certainly older than his 16 years and now carries a strange accent, which there is only a vague explanation for. But most significantly, Nicholas’s family does not seem to acknowledge these inconsistencies. It is only when both the police and private investigator, Charlie Parker, start asking questions that this strange tale takes a jaw-dropping turn.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which cultural icon you think is most likely to have supplanted themselves into an ordinary suburban family on false pretenses and why.

Two double passes to the Global Battle of the Bands ACT at the Hellenic Club (Civic)
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

The Global Battle of the Bands (gbob.com) is heading to the Civic Hellenic Club for the Canberra Heat. GBOB is a huge international event with over 30 countries involved. The first prize is worth US$100,000 and gives the winners the title of ‘Best New Band in the World’, and that shit’s for real.

Canberra bands looking for a head start in their music career, and a chance to play on the World Stage (note the capital letters), will all be performing from 8pm on Saturday July 20 for $10.

If you’d like a free double pass to the event – to cheer on a favourite or deride all entrants, your choice – email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you think is the best band in Canberra and why.

Five double passes to Alex Gibson & Jac Stone (The Voice) at the Southern Cross Club (Woden)
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

On Friday August 9, 2013, Alex Gibson and Jac Stone from TV’s The Voice will appear together at Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden from 8pm. Gibson, compared to City & Colour's Dallas Green, has a sound that is at once sweet and sultry (like chocolate on a mulatto midget), and absolutely heartfelt. Inspired by artists like Paul Simon, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, but without the songwriting ability of any of them, Gibson promises to cover the hell out of all of them. Jac Stone tells stories when she sings, and when she sings people listen. Rarely does an artist step onto a stage and make an impression like Jac, except when they do.

If you’d like a free double pass to show, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which two established artists you would force to compete for the continuation of their careers on live TV and why.

Four double passes to The Woohoo Revue at The Polish White Eagle Club
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

A fiendishly talented sextet of horns, strings and drums, The Woohoo Revue has forged its reputation throughout Australia with their adrenalin-fuelled celebration fit for dancing, drinking and ignoring tomorrow. They shimmy the self-consciousness out of the most timid of folk, until disciples and naysayers alike blur into jigs, cavorts, whoops and hops – in one big mess of frivolity.

The Woohoo Revue have toured relentlessly during their five year existence, yet there remain some fine dance-floors across this wide brown land, long neglected by this boisterous band of balladeers. The upcoming ‘Pure Decadence’ tour is set to change that. ‘Twill be a journey through all six states, two territories and The Red Centre, exploring some new ground and reinvigorating some familiar terrain. Fans will be delighted by the news that the band is toting a host of new material on the road for the first time, allowing a glimpse of The Woohoo Revue's brand new album, due for release in early 2014.

If you’d like a double pass to either of their shows at The Polish White Eagle Club on Thursday August 1 or Friday August 2, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which public figure you’d like to see wearing the fancy outfit The Woohoo Revue’s violinist (pictured) sports at their live shows, and why.

Three copies of Stateovmind’s latest EP ‘Better than Postcards’
Date Published: Tuesday, 16 July 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  3 years, 11 months ago

Stateovmind is a hip hop artist from the Nation’s Capital who in a little over 12 months has gone from making music in his bedroom, to supporting artists he grew up listening to. In late 2011 he released his well-received debut EP Something for Nothing.

In mid 2012 Stateovmind took out the triple j Unearthed Groovin The Moo competition and was given the opportunity to play at the Canberra slot of the festival. He continued to build on these successes and has since shared stages with a raft of national and international touring artists including the Hilltop Hoods, 360, Def Wish Cast, Pharoahe Monch and Public Enemy.

In 2013 Stateovmind returns with a new eight-track EP Better than Postcards; mixing descriptive language, a booming soundscape and hypnotic harmonies. The lead single Picture This is complimented by a colourful and emotive video clip, put together by highly regarded photographer Rush (Rush Photography).

If you’d like a copy of the new EP (along with a couple of bumper stickers), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which famous hip hop anthem served as the source of Stateovmind’s stage name.

Album of the Issue
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

A smart person’s Plan B meets a sad person’s The Streets is a passable one-line blurb for Ghostpoet. Chuck a little Massive Attack into the production, Roots Manuva into the vocals and Sade into the hooks and there you have it. But not quite. Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe), for all the obvious hallmarks of his music, manages to make a unique and lasting impression of his own; for the stolid Englishness of his dreary, melodic London hip hop, Ghostpoet conveys such an affecting sense of iniquity, jazz, and grey depth as to be truly resonant.

Music that creates a sense of place – through coincidence or intention – is destined to stay with its listeners. Few people are without song-associated memories – a place, person or time always set alight by familiar chords – but music that can evoke one place among all listeners is greater again. Words like ‘encapsulate’ get thrown around for artists who achieve this – Dylan in ‘60s America, Michael Jackson in the ‘80s or Cobain in the ‘90s, for instance.

In this, Ghostpoet finds his niche. The time and place he captures is one many would be and have been voices for. It is the grim wasteland of England’s working classes, its unspoken imported and homegrown millions, always a breeding ground for great music: The Rolling Stones, Billy Bragg, The Clash, just to name a few. But with every new generation, the nature and constitution of Britain’s working class changes, and so does the music.

21st Century England is as diverse a place as it has ever been, and this extends to its working class a multicultural malaise. Artists like Dizzee Rascal are just as much a part of this world as Plan B, though their parents’ origins couldn’t be any less disparate. And as far as modern voices go, Plan B has had the greatest recent success, with last year’s militantly outspoken Ill Manors sliding seamlessly into the gaping absence left by the years-ago decline of The Streets.

Ghostpoet will never be as popular as Plan B, Dizzee Rascal or The Streets because, in place of storytellers, carriers of messages, braggadocios, he is a poet. Cut from the same cloth as Gil Scott-Heron, Ghostpoet’s rhymes, half sung in slurred London tones, are stacked with place before purpose. His images of food, passing time, loneliness, insomnia, mortality and fleeting joy will last longer and resonate deeper for their maturity, ambiguity and subtlety. He shies in interviews from the words ‘rap’ and ‘grime’, and in his music does just the same.

Some Say I So I Say Light is Ghostpoet’s sophomore release, following on from the Mercury Prize-nominated Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam in 2011. In style and pacing, little has changed, but the renewed clarity of vision and degree of suited perfection in the production (courtesy of Richard Formby) with which Ghostpoet’s sophomore release is stitched together compels it higher than its predecessor. Ghostpoet himself has acknowledged that Peanut Butter Blues was characterised by ‘shitty home production’, simultaneously thanking his stars for the coming together of Some Say I.

Opening track Cold Win serves as a good indicator of what Ghostpoet is thankful for. How else could you bring home lines like ‘Savin’ up the pennies ‘cos the city’s too gritty/And cooking French fries ain’t pretty’ but with Burial-esque atmosphere? A gentle horn refrain pipes melancholically over the chorus: ‘I need to go back, before the sun goes down on my heart’. And it’s welcome to Ghostpoet’s world.

The pervasive sense of cold persists on album highlight Dial Tones, the first track bearing a collaborator, Lucy Rose, one of a handful picked for specific purposes by Ghostpoet. The sound of footsteps echoing in a huge empty space brings with it a sense of isolation, a sense Ghostpoet goes on to prove was deliberate in a tune relating his blunt, disconnected existence, stubborn character flaws and monotonously failed grabs at companionship.

Dorsal Morsel also uses its guest vocalist, Gwilym Gold, masterfully. One of the few uplifting, hopeful tracks, Dorsal Morsel is carried by gently rising tones and seems as much a love song to the mundane as the majority of the album is a lamentation of it. As the song rises to its soft crescendo, dabbling keys tickling it upwards, Gold’s bedtime voice perfectly matches its wispy comfort.

Then there are tracks about which it is harder to wax lyrical. The lyrical hook of MSI Musmid, for instance, is a doozy: ‘Dim sum and noodles make me feel alright/But not tonight, ‘cos they fried, and I’m like/Woah, woah, woah’. Ghostpoet told an interviewer recently, ‘I mumble over quirky sounds. That’s me in a nutshell’, so maybe in this instance the artist should be taken for his word. Better, after all, to know an artist’s quirks than gloss over them for the sake of a positive review. And oddly, that is what keeps MSI Musmid on rotation.

Any artist who is truly unique will inevitably have disagreements with their critics. This album sounds excellent, bears thinking about, and is ultimately masterful. Some Say I So I Say Light is not perfect – far from it – but it is splendidly unique, and when it is good, it is very, very good.

ASHLEY THOMSON

Album in Focus
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

In the first two minutes of self-declared pariah Kanye West’s sixth album, he has already drawled, ‘I put ma dick in her maaaaaaaouth’. It’s little wonder people mock Kanye, unapologetic, misogynistic, incapable of lyrical or emotional evolution as he is. His one foray into baring his soul (2008’s 808s & Heartbreak) exposed his capacity for emotional reflexivity for what it was: self-inflated, stunted, stupid. Who knows if that was preferable.

But the reason anyone ever enjoyed Kanye was the persona he embodies with less pretence on Yeezus than on any album before it: the invincible (and yet wildly unstable) messiah. It’s a grand delusion, perhaps the grandest in its execution hip hop’s ever seen, and its products have been so full of swagger that their appeal is boisterous to the point of delirium. And where his lyricism stagnated on Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne and meandered self-indulgently on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus finds Kanye playing to his own strengths. For the first time since College Dropout, Kanye sounds totally within his limited means. The tracks are shorter, the beats are magnificent (Kanye’s found out about trap music!), the 808 is back – and ‘Ye is jacked up and ready to go.

So, what does that mean? Here are a few choice lyrics, to give you an idea: ‘Eating Asian pussy/ All I need is sweet and sour sauce’, ‘Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign’, ‘It’s leaders and it’s followers/ But I’d rather be a dick than a swallower’, and, naturally, ‘I am a god’.

The messianic declarations alone indicate the scale on which subtlety and integrity have been abandoned. You get the feeling that if anyone pointed out to Kanye that his lyrics lack any cohesion and sometimes border retarded, Kanye would counter with the fact that, simply because he is Kanye, they cannot be anything but brilliant. Truthfully, he believes in himself.

On the one hand, this leads to powerhouse rap anthems like Black Skinheads (which has already been employed to great effect in the first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, which is about people dangerously detached from reality, incidentally). On the other, it breeds painful missteps, like Blood on the Leaves, which sees Kanye murder a timeless blues ballad about lynching, Nina Simone’s Strange Fruit, by wailing through an 808, bemoaning his puerile misfortunes.

The best all-rounder track – in that vocals from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon lend gravitas to a lyrically two-dimensional glimpse into Kanye’s origins in the ghettoised suburbs of Chicago – is Hold My Liquor. It is a lesson in triumphant production obscuring reductive, incomplete songwriting, a trick Kanye has pulled and will continue to pull to the detriment of better MCs everywhere.

The best case study track, however, is I’m In It. The production is huge, exploding with syrupy, anthemic, reggae-rap swagger at the chorus. Another falsetto feature vocal from Justin Vernon wraps up some of the best production you’re ever likely to hear – there can be no denying Kanye this talent – but production is only half of hip hop. What does Kanye contribute to the piece lyrically? Fucking women in cars and bragging about being a trendsetter. And that’s Kanye West for you.

Yealots (© Ashley Thomson, 2013) will laud this album as another powerful balancing act – a heroic fireworks display balanced on the knife’s edge of greatness and mental collapse. In fact, it is just big beats matched with a pre-teen’s attempts at profundity. Ultimately, your ability to enjoy Yeezus (the greatest achievement of which is its value as a talking point, because the tunes – outside of a glorious, thumping single and a handful of excellent beats for superior MCs to practice on – are average) will depend on your ability to let go. ‘Don’t think too hard’ is good advice for those who wish to like Yeezus: ‘He didn’t.’

ASHLEY THOMSON

Ten in-season double passes to ‘Reality’
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

From the acclaimed director of Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone, Reality takes audiences into the heightened reality of Italy's obsession with reality TV and celebrity culture. A funny, incisive satire on the very nature of truth and illusion, Reality is the story of Luciano, a garrulous Neopolitan fishmonger who tries out for Big Brother. In chasing this dream, his perception of reality begins to change. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

Courtesy of Curious Films, we have ten in-season double passes to Reality, in cinemas nationally from July 4. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what caste of characters – celebrity, cultural icon, political leaders, whoever – you’d like to see trapped in the Big Brother house for ten weeks and why (and maybe how, too, if you’re bored).

Five copies of ‘1000 Ways to Die – Season 1 & 2’ (DVD)
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

So, you’re going to die … everyone does. The good news? Death doesn't have to be a boring, predictable experience. There are thousands of surprising, unusual, and downright bizarre ways to kick the bucket. Kicking a bucket included. An enterprising, or just particularly unlucky, individual can get themselves killed by almost anything. Each episode of 1000 Ways to Die explores the funnier of life's two inevitabilities, death, and the myriad ways one can make their final exit.

If you’d like a copy of this epic, moribund time-waster, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him how you’d like to die and why. (Note: if it’s quietly, in the night, surrounded by loved ones, having lived a fulfilled life – lie.)

Five copies of ‘Man vs Food – Season 3 & MvF Nation’ (DVD)
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Get ready for the ultimate American Food Challenge road trip as Adam Richman travels the country in search of the best local flavour and takes on the biggest, baddest and boldest foods each city has to offer. Season 3 shows passionate foodie Adam Richman on his hunger quest to some of the most monstrous food challenges in the US. Man v. Food Nation then passes on the baton to members of the food 'nation' as Adam recruits local talent to take on their beloved hometown challenges.

If you’d like a copy of the longest running affront to heart attacks on TV, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would feed Adam Richman given the chance.

Five copies of ‘Cockneys vs. Zombies’ (DVD)
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Cockneys vs. Zombies is the story of Andy and Terry: two hapless Cockney brothers who try to save their grandad’s care home by robbing a bank. At the same time, a virus sweeps across East London turning all the inhabitants into flesh eating zombies. Faced with hordes of undead, the challenge is to rescue a home full of tough old folks, escape with the loot and get out of London alive!

If you’d like a copy of this deep, meaningful and profound work of art, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which fictional zombie-infested universe you would like to live in and why. (E.g. Shaun of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, etc.)

Five copies of ‘Amour’ (DVD)
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Amour was the fourth film in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated for both Best Film and Best Foreign Language Film in the same year. Like Amour, all three previously nominated for both awards went on to win Best Foreign Language Film. The nomination for Best Actress for 85 year-old Emmanuelle Riva made her the oldest best actress nominee in history.

If you’d like a copy of what is either the best or most overrated film of the decade, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you think is the best film about enduring love ever made and why.

Five copies of ‘Halo 4 – Forward Unto Dawn’ (DVD)
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Based on the record-breaking fourth instalment of the multi-billion dollar video game series, this is the first ever full-length live-action feature film for the Halo franchise. With 60 minutes of gripping special features and over 30 minutes of  never before seen footage exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD.

For generations, humans travelled the stars and worked together to settle worlds under the banner of the United Nations Space Command. Peace is now shattered by insurrectionists causing a galaxy spanning civil war.

Cadet Thomas Lasky and his fellow students at Corbulo military academy now train to make this war their future. But Lasky is conflicted about his path, and his resolve is tested when the academy comes under attack from a terrifying alien assault.

Lasky and his fellow cadets fight for survival, only to find assistance from a mysterious ally – a mythic, armoured supersoldier known as the Master Chief.

If you have enough time in your life to accommodate a film based on the fourth sequel of a game, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would do first if you had a real Master Chief suit.

Ten double passes to ‘Only God Forgives’
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) directs this stylish east-meets-west thriller, set in the back alleys of Bangkok’s criminal underworld. Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. When Julian’s brother (Tom Burke) is killed after savagely murdering a young prostitute, his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organisation, arrives to collect the body. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance, she demands the head of the murderers from Julian; but first, Julian must confront Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), a mysterious retired policeman – and figurehead of a divine justice. This sets in motion a range of events that leads to a bloody path of rage, betrayal, ultimate confrontation and possibly even redemption. Check the trailer here.

If you’d care to pretend that you’re seeing this film for anything other than Ryan Gosling, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you think is the best revenge film ever made and why. In cinemas July 18.

Ten double passes to ‘The Look of Love’
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Welcome to the scandalous world of Paul Raymond, entrepreneur, impresario, and the ‘king of Soho’. Seeing mediocrity in the smutty sex parlours of London, Raymond unveils his first gentlemen’s club in 1958 and gradually builds an empire of clubs and erotic magazines that brings him vast wealth while affronting British sexual mores. It also brings a litany of obscenity charges, a failed marriage, troubled children, and personal tragedy.

After 24 Hour Party People and The Trip, Michael Winterbottom and comedic genius Steve Coogan team up once more for a sexy and salacious cinematic romp.

If you, like us, think the Coogan/Winterbottom train can do no wrong and would like to see their new work, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what empire you would like to have founded and why. (Note: If it’s Microsoft/Apple/Virgin/etc. for money, you instantly lose.)

Three copies of Empire of the Sun’s ‘Ice on the Dune’ (CD)
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Ice on the Dune is the band’s follow-up to 2008’s ARIA Award-winning Walking on a Dream, which also went two times platinum in Australia. The album is hit the shelves on Friday June 14, and features the energetic and anthemic lead single Alive. In the words of album collaborator and one half of PNAU Peter Mayes, ‘We’re not doing Walking on a Dream Volume Two, there’s no point in that… There’s a lot of depth to it, there’s so many different flavours.’

If you’d like to make up your own mind about Ice on the Dune, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you would pit against Luke Steele in a Zoolander-style walk-off and why.

Locality
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

I get one non-local every column and this one goes to The Phoenix Bar on Thursday June 27 from 9pm: Batpiss. Not local, but good – like bananas, but with less potassium and more piss from bats.

Zoopagoo are hitting Transit Bar on Saturday June 29. It’s an all-local jazz funk night with The Brass Knuckle Brass Band and Degg supporting. Doors open 8pm and it’ll cost you $10. Also that night at Southern Cross Stadium, the Varsity Derby League will be hosting The Sk80s Roller Disco. Inline and quad skates are both welcome, as are folks of all ages. It starts 6pm and costs $10.

Monday July 1 sees the Canberra Musicians Club hosting The Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix with The Brass Knuckle Brass Band, The Knows, The Gordons and more appearing from 8pm. Free as always. The following night, Tuesday July 2, Charlie Black in Manuka are hosting Wired, a new Tuesday night regular event featuring locals. Much like The Bootlegs, it’s free, but this one starts at 7:30pm. The night in question features The Ians, Fossil Rabbit and Amber Nichols. Here’s to Charlie Black! Good fucking on you. (Chubby like a water bed.)

Spartak will be showing up at The Phoenix on Thursday July 4 with A Drone Coda and Oxen. Don’t know Oxen. Take a cart and a plough and don’t take no for an answer, I guess. 9pm start.

BJ Fest II starts at 8pm on Saturday July 6 at The Basement and costs $10. As with all one-night festivals, the quality is likely to mirror the quality of the headlining act. In this case: The 2nd Cumming. Make of that what you will. Meanwhile, at the Old Canberra Inn – yeah, there’s a phrase you don’t hear often – Swamp Dogs will be hosting a ‘70s theme night with prizes for the best dressed. It starts 9pm and entry’s free.

If you, like me, got caught up in something called The Andi & George Band, you will be pleased to hear that Andrea ‘Andi’ Kirwin is returning to play a show at The Front Gallery and Café on Sunday July 7 with The NEO. The show runs from 3pm to 6pm and costs $5/10 at the door.

The Reverend Jesse Custer will be headlining the so-called Fucking Loud Bootleg Sessions on Monday July 8, alongside a slew of locals and interstaters. It looks to be a pit-stained mess. 8pm, free, etc. Also that night, at The Front, Fun Machine and ex-local EAVES will be supporting Yeo from 7:30pm. If you’ve not heard EAVES’s stuff, do yourself a favour – try Vegemite on toast with avocado. Or listen to her music.

Last (and as far from least as Justin Bieber is from finished rocking my world – mm, luh dat boy) is Gangbusters. It’s at The Polish White Eagle Club on Saturday July 13, starts at 2pm and ends at 11pm, and features locals TV Colours, Waterford and Cracked Actor, Melbourne bands The Ocean Party, Orbits, Grand Prismatic and more, and Sydneysiders Day Ravies. It’s $15 at the door for the whole day – don’t miss it.

Oh, and there’s also one more Bootleg Sessions by 2XX Local n Live on Monday July 15, but there isn’t room to tell you anything so just go in blind. (Seriously – huff ether.)

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON
editorial@bmamag.com

@aabthomson

Local Gig Reviewers: Come to the Light!
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

If you find yourself drawn like a moth to the flame of local music venues packed with local artists, BMA Magazine wants you. The Polish White Eagle Club, The Phoenix Bar, The Front Gallery and Café, Transit Bar, The Basement, The Pot Belly, La De Da, Trinity Bar – you name it. If you’re a regular at any of these venues on gig nights, you should already know why this call is going out: Canberra is packed with great up-and-coming artists, from the MCs at La De Da to the CMC crowd at The Polish Club to the punks at The Phoenix to the metalheads at The Basement to the DJs and producers at Trinity. And every night there’s a local show at one of these venues, there’s a hefty crowd in attendance. If you’re a member of any of these crowds, and you know your way around the English language, and you have this indescribable urge to rub in people’s faces what they missed, or to be a small voice for change in a town with nothing but better things in its future, then here, in the most altruistic of disguises, is your free pass. No band was ever noticed without the discerning ears of reviewers, nor was a venue ever improved by the polite silence of its patrons, and we can grant you a stage from which to aid and abet the Canberra music scene. Applicants must have some skills, however. We need good, grounded writers – this means grammar, punctuation, an understanding of the English language and an honest eye for your subject, above all. Monosyllabic bollocks and blind praise are two things this town does not need. If this sounds like you – if you’re happy to jot down words in exchange for any of the following: your name in print, your name on the door list, or, of course, other – then email editorial@bmamag.com and do the unspeakable: enquire.

It’s That Time Again: Kangaroo Cull Season
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Every year around this time, the ACT Government sanctions the culling of hundreds of kangaroos and joeys in Canberra nature parks. On one side of the issue, you have Animal Liberation ACT and everything they represent – had their way, not a one would be touched. It is a cruel, unnecessary exercise in imprinting the way of humankind onto a species that neither needs nor deserves this merciless slaughter – so goes their way of thinking. On the other, well, in most years previous there’s been the sober face of bureaucracy. The expansion of kangaroo populations within contained areas can only ever lead to the ecological degradation of the nature parks in which they reside, to the point of an untenable imbalance – so goes the Government line. But this year, another candidate (one neither asked for nor needed) has thrown his hat into the ring. Steven Bailey, ACT Senate Candidate for the Katter Australia Party, brightened BMA Magazine’s day with this joyous press release: ‘Every year we waist [sic] money and time taking these misguided wimps and wowsers seriously. These environmentalists are anti-science ideological fundamentalists who represent what I like to call the ‘Great Greanie Impoverishment’ [sic]. Threatening to put themselves between the professional shooters and the kangaroos is blatantly immoral. Even Canberra’s number one Green’s member Shane Rattenbury sanctions the Kangaroo cull on environmental grounds.’ Bailey proceeds, in the release, to invite ‘one or more of these protesters to debate him on the issue in a forum of their choosing’. As far as politicising a serious issue to boost a public profile goes, it just doesn’t get any better than this! If you’d like to take sides for the heck of it, you can find out more about Steven Bailey on Twitter at @Stevenbaileyy, Animal Liberation ACT at al-act.org or on Twitter at @AnimalLibACT, and give us your thoughts on Twitter at @bmamag.

Don’t Take It the Wrong Way If They Want To ‘Exhume’ Your Band
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

‘It’s not for has-beens, it’s not for wannabes, it’s for the never-weres.’ And with those lines , 666 ABC Canberra begins the Exhumed band competition, a project designed specifically for bands with the following characteristics: members must be over 30 years old, in a band of two or more people, playing music of any music genre, and they must be amateur. Says creator James Valentine, ‘We want to applaud those who make music for the fun of it. We want to find those who play for their friends, at fundraisers, at street fairs and school fetes… This is not The Voice. We are not looking for a great undiscovered singer. It’s not X-Factor or Idol – we are not about to create a new pop sensation. This is about recognising that there’s a lot of great, passionate, inspired music making going on purely for the love of it.’ Entries opened Monday June 24 and close Monday July 15. Stations will announce their local winner at an event run by each ABC Local Radio station around the country in August. From these winners, six finalists will be chosen. The story will be covered in a five-part TV series, hosted by James Valentine, which will screen in November on ABC1. Visit abc.net.au/exhumed for more information and entry details. Or just get on there and have a rant about how just because you’re 30+ years old doesn’t mean you have to be dug out of a grave to be enjoyed. Up to you.

Ten in-season double passes to ‘In The House’
Date Published: Wednesday, 26 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas with Emanuelle Seigner and Fabrice Luchini, In The House is celebrated auteur filmmaker François Ozon's (8 Women, The Swimming Pool) captivating and ironic look at the art of storytelling itself.  High school literature teacher Germain (Fabrice Luchini) despairs at the quality of his students’ writing until he reads a story that is both compelling and disturbingly voyeuristic.

His talented student, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), writes of charming his way into his friend’s house and of his fascination with his friend’s mother (Emmanuelle Seigner).  Germain’s passion for teaching is reawakened and he offers Claude some private lessons, but who has he let into his house? Gradually the line between Claude’s new stories and reality blur until Germain himself starts appearing in Claude’s writing and Germain’s own life becomes a new obsession. In cinemas nationally from June 27.

Courtesy of Transmission Films, we have ten in-season double passes to In The House to give away. If you’d like to see a sexually charged French drama – and let’s face it, who wouldn’t? – email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about the most intensely awkward film viewing experience you’ve ever had.

Think Big, Film Short
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

You don't need time, you need a deadline. So said Duke Ellington, and he knew a thing or two about creating stuff. So here’s the deadline: Monday July 15. It’s the closing date for entries to the 2013 Canberra Short Film Festival. So if you’ve got a great idea for a film under 20 minutes, think big, film short, but meet that deadline. Or drag out something you’ve made over the last 18 months and send that in. Or do both! The festival accepts entries in several categories and you are free to make documentaries, music videos, creative shorts, genre films or just good old kitchen-sink dramas. Just make ‘em cinematic. Think BIG. That way – when your film gets shown on the big screen at the Dendy in September – you might just win some of the $5000 worth of prizes. Judged by Aussie actors Charles Cottier and Demi Harman, and CEO of the NFSA Michael Loebenstein, Canberra Short Film Festival knows you can do it. Just check out the details on csff.com.au and get cracking. Ain’t nothing like a deadline.

Jorian Gardner is Terrible at Mathematics
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

In an attempt to stunt the minds of the youth of tomorrow, co-owner of Smith’s Alternative, Jorian Gardner, has revived one of his favourite concepts. Taking five actors and giving each of them five minutes to perform a monologue, Gardner’s A Bunch of Fives (because he obviously stopped counting at five as opposed to working out the completed sum) will be revived on Friday June 7. After a successful run at The Street Theatre in the early 2000s, A Bunch of Fives returns under the theme ‘Switch’, and will feature David Finnigan, Barb Barnett and Ben Drysdale among others. The show is free, starts at 5:30pm and features a live music interlude. ‘A Bunch of Fives is probably the work of which I am most proud,’ said Artistic Director Jorian Gardner, and that’s saying something.

Canberra Launches First Community Solar Farm
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

With the launch of SolarShare, anyone in the Canberra community can register to be part of ACT’s first community owned solar farm – one of the first of its kind in Australia. A common criticism of the ACT’s feed-in-tariff schemes has been that they only reward people who have the right kind of roof or bank balance to invest in their own photo-voltaic array. Now, Canberra’s first ever solar farm, SolarShare Canberra, will be providing an investment opportunity for anyone interested in powering Canberra with renewables. Visit solarshare.com.au to register or invest.

Interested in Playing the Field?
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Are you an artist looking for a collaborator? Do you want to find that special someone to share creative ideas with? Do you have questions about being an artist? Or about the Canberra arts scene and you’re too afraid to ask? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come along to Playing the Field, an informal event for artists of all mediums and stages of their careers to meet, exchange ideas and develop their artistic practise. Have lunch and a chat at the Playing Field Studio from 12:30-3pm on Saturday June 22. Entry is $5 with lunch included. See playingfieldstudio.org.au.

Local Band TV Colours Foreshadow Album Six Years in the Making
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Beverly is the first single from TV Colours’ debut album, Purple Skies, Toxic River. After scrapping two completed versions of the record along the way, Canberra's TV Colours has finally realised his long-held vision. In Beverly, the album's pop centrepiece, chugging guitars, wavering synths and thundering drum machines bring home an echoing, ponderous chorus. At the start of the year, a full band featuring members of Assassins 88, Danger Beach and The Fighting League was assembled for live shows, and the four-piece has already played alongside Deerhoof and Thee Oh Sees and will tour nationally later in the year. Purple Skies, Toxic River will be available through Dream Damage from Monday June 17 and you can hear Beverly now at soundcloud.com/dreamdamage/tv-colours-beverly. Worth the wait? We think so.

Two copies of new EP from Canberra’s Brass Knuckle Brass Band
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

After a several years of staring at their shoes and muttering when people attempted to buy their music, the Brass Knuckle Brass Band are finally making themselves available in a recorded format.

The band recently laid down an EP in Melbourne under the watchful eyes and listenful ears of Tristan Ludowyk and Bob Knob, the engineers/alchemists behind some of the grittiest Australian funk and soul releases in recent memory, including award-winning LPs by the Cactus Channel and the Bombay Royale.

The band will launch the recording on Friday June 7 at the Polish White Eagle Club. As well as a whole bunch of new BKBB material, the night will feature soulful reggae from Beth & Ben, the horn-driven polyrhythms of Nyash! Afrobeat Collective and the deepest and dopest vinyl selections from DJ Timber.

If you just can’t wait to hear the new release, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would name your eight-piece brass band.

[WARNING: Non-pun-based names not considered.]

Two Eden Mulholland/David Bridie Prize Packs
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Feed the Beast is Eden Mulholland’s debut solo album, in part inspired by his compositions for theatre and dance, in part his overall genre defiance as a musician. The album traverses a complex musical landscape where you can expect the unexpected. One moment the journey is urgent and driving, the next it is coolly understated and sculpted, and throughout it is Eden’s signature fearless vocals that show the way.

Eden’s take on the pop music of the future comes complete with strange voices, ripped apart rhythms, momentary flashes from ethereal orchestras, and all with a complete disregard for genre boundaries. It may well be that Eden’s less conventional path in music – he formerly was a contemporary dancer – has helped shape his experimental approach to composition.

The album was recorded and mixed by Neil Baldock (Crowded House, Sarah Blasko) at Roundhead Studios.

Thanks to Eden’s PR folk, we have two copies of his new album, Feed the Beast, and two double passes to his show supporting David Bridie at The Street Theatre on Saturday June 22 to give away. If you’d like one of these prize packs, an album and a double pass both, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which religiously/mythologically loaded place name you use for a kid’s name and why. (E.g. Eden; Hell; My Pants, etc.)

Two Dendy Horror Packs (incl. Let Me In, Insidious, and Silent House on DVD, and double passes to see Icon’s Sinister)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Screening exclusively in the ACT at Dendy Canberra from Thursday May 30, is frightening new thriller, Sinister.

From the producer of the Paranormal Activity films (because we all know how good producers are at going up onstage to collect Best Film awards, and also because mention of the Paranormal Activity films instils us with such faith) and the writer-director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose (because… actually, it wasn’t that bad). Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.

Catch Sinister at Dendy by winning a double pass and DVD prize pack including Let Me In, Insidious, and Silent House. Bag one by emailing allan@bmamag.com and telling him the most likely and as-yet-untapped location you think harbours supernatural presences – hint: make it awesome.

(Follow Dendy on Twitter for more freebies and updates: @DendyCanberra.)

Three double passes to Thy Art Is Murder at The Basement, Wed Jun 12
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Hot on the heels of their nomination in the Best New Band category at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in the UK, Western Sydney’s Thy Art Is Murder are proud to bring the hate home for their much anticipated headline tour in support of last year’s boundary smashing full length, Hate.

Since the October release of Hate through Halfcut and its top 40 ARIA chart debut, Thy Art Is Murder has gone from strength to strength; signing to worldwide metal juggernaut Nuclear Blast to spread Hate worldwide and completing headline runs of Europe, the UK and New Zealand. This June, Thy Art will be joined by San Diego’s Cattle Decapitation and Aussies King Parrot and Aversions Crown for nine dates across the country.

If you’d like to be there when they hit The Basement on Wednesday June 12, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what King Parrot’s soft-spoken ringleader thinks is ‘un-fucking-ropable’. (Hint: YouTube.)

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 June 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years ago

Every year around this time, BMA Magazine drops into low gear and ekes out two XL-size issues. Rather than the usual two weeks, they take three, and they give us a chance to shrug off all that sexual tension that’s been building in the office – we turn up the artificial fire, dim the lights, break out the polar bear rug and get firm, talk tight with one other. Consequently, I’ve decided to cram as much as possible into this column as quickly as possible – partially because it has to last an extra week, but mostly because Bossman Allan Sko and Ad Manager Scott Johnston have already started; their moans of satisfaction from the office floor behind me are like the siren’s song.

Let’s start with Dahrnoir on Saturday June 8 at The Phoenix Bar from 9:30pm. Local, new, successful – but their last gig ever! Conclusion? Someone converted to Scientology. Sunday June 9 at Old Canberra Inn from 4-7pm, who should be playing but Gary! Seriously – that’s all the information I have. But I guess if you don’t know him that’s your fault, idiot. Monday June 10 at The Phoenix– 2XX Local n Live’s first Bootleg Sessions in a while. Trust these people – they put local in their name. And it’s free. And it starts 8pm. (I find it hard to imagine that anyone reading this column hasn’t already been to a Bootleg Sessions, but if you do, and you haven’t, you’re being about as good to yourself as that Opus Dei albino in The Da Vinci Code.)

Tuesday June 11! What a day. I dunno – maybe it is. But …Is Dead are playing The Front Gallery and Café from 7pm. I like their band name – that’s all there is to that. I also like Gay Paris – their music, not their band name – and even though they’re not local you should see them: The Phoenix, Thursday June 13, 9:30pm. (Abuse of power. This guy.) Also that night is Zymurgy at the CIT Music Industry Centre in Woden. Third-year music students play a whole bunch of stuff, from bands to straight production, and one would assume from the fact they’ve been doing it for three whole years, they definitely don’t suck at it – 7:30-10:30pm, $15/20 at the door.

Housemouse and Coolio Desgracias – o, great and terrible beauty. I’m sure I haven’t got a god damn clue what to say. They’re launching a new EP at The Polish White Eagle Club with Trendoid & Alphabet, Babyfreeze and Dead DJ Joke from 8pm for $15 or less on the door. If you value your virginity, take it along and let them teach you how to treat it.

This column’s been pretty heavy on The Phoenix but sometimes that place just has the best shit – chu’ch. On Saturday June 15 they’ve got Yoko Oh No, Rather Be Dead, No Assumption and Revellers from 9:30pm. I predict a night of elbowy punk and uncomfortably dressed pale people. Woop WOOP. The same night at Smith’s Alternative, local Calico Cat is putting on a ‘multimedia performance’ and launching a new tape from 7pm. Break out the overhead projector. I predict a night of elbowy electro and uncomfortably dressed pale people. Woop WOOOOOOP. $5 on the door.

This next one – I can’t rationalise it. The band’s called Shitripper. They’re headlining a night with locals The Reverend Jesse Custer (if that’s a reference you don’t understand, fix that shit) and Yoko Oh No at The Phoenix on Friday June 21 from 9pm. Shitripper. Brilliant. And finally, locals Raus and Spartak are launching a single each at The Front on Saturday June 22 with Shisd and Deaf Cat. Just go.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

In Canberra Tonight’s Sophomore Succeeds
Date Published: Monday, 20 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Last month, on Thursday April 18, The Polish White Eagle Club was employed by a group of musicians, theatre types, and ‘visionaries’ operating under the moniker In Canberra Tonight. The idea, which was revived for its second instalment on Thursday May 16, was to present a uniquely Canberran variety show. With a house band (The House Rats), a Producer/Stage Manager (Meg O’Connell), a full lighting and sound rig, an MC (Chris Endrey), and a packed house, the two-hour-ish variety show, replete with interval, showcased a full series of skits, interviews, news, peanut gallery-style humour, live music, spoken word poetry and more. It was daring, blissfully unrehearsed, and quite brilliant for the aplomb with which its creators navigated every facet of Canberra without regard for age or talent. With Nozl’s Tom Harwood (youtube.com/watch?v=Sk2pdtruKeI), National Poetry Slam Champion CJ Bowerbird (youtube.com/watch?v=rND--VnOyvQ) and the easy charm of MC Chris Endrey the evening’s highlights, the question of its ability to consolidate the formula seemed barely worth asking. But we have, and it has. In another sold out show, ABC 666’s Melanie Tait interviewed an insightful ten-year-old and unrepentant social media addict, Poncho Circus put on a display of extraordinary acrobatics, RiotACT’s John Griffiths summed up the month in online news (vastly different to regular news), Katter Australia Party Steven Bailey swore he would cut off his left testicle to prevent Tony Abbott from becoming Prime Minister, Producer Meg O’Connell was interviewed for her own job to hilarious effect, and quiet genius David Finnigan stripped naked in the pursuit of magnificent empathy. The next episode of In Canberra Tonight will take place at The Polish White Eagle Club on Thursday June 20. See their Facebook page (facebook.com/incanberratonight) for highlights and further information.

Canberra to House Largest Musical Instrument Store in Australia
Date Published: Monday, 20 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

We’ve known of it forever – Better Music has been a fixture in Phillip since the first time a Canberran needed an instrument to reap grave injustices upon. But after shutting its doors for a period, Better Music will be reopening at 18 Salamander Court, Phillip, as Australia’s largest purpose-built musical instrument store, and it’s still locally owned and operated to boot. Starting out as a two-man operation in 1983, the still-independent Better Music continues to be by and for Canberra. Said Managing Director Greg Soulsby, ‘We built our new store because we believe Canberra’s local music community deserves a world class music store.’ The opening weekend, starting Saturday June 1, will feature in-store performances, demonstrations and specials storewide – a term that now refers to 2500 square metres of floor space. The new store comes in addition to Better Music's online store at bettermusic.com.au. And with all this, Canberrans may some day be able to look forward to a music store that isn’t forced to do business from an industrial estate twenty minutes from the city.

Street Theatre Gives Local Theatre Nine Lives
Date Published: Monday, 20 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

First Seen: New Works-In-Progress returns to The Street Theatre from Sunday May 26 to showcase nine new plays (and a slew of rolling stones) by local playwrights and invite the public to play a part in their construction. 2013 begins with a themed session, ‘How We Create’, focusing on the different ways performance works are conceived. This is followed by five rehearsed readings of more developed works crossing musical theatre, social and political drama, historical fact-turned-contemporary comedy, and an adaptation of a Herman Melville short story moved to a contemporary Australian office. Featuring work by Geraldine Turner, Julian Hobba and Helen Machalias, and curated by artist-in-residence Andrew Holmes, the First Seen sophomore season run until Sunday June 30 and you can attend via thestreet.org.au.

Three double passes to Vagabond Music Festival (Kangaroo Valley, NSW)
Date Published: Monday, 20 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Four years in the making, the inaugural Vagabond Music Festival kicks off on 100 acres of farmland at ‘The Old Fruit Orchard’ in NSW’s Kangaroo Valley this Queens Birthday long weekend, Sat-Mon June 8-10, 2013.

The inaugural line-up is headlined by Chilean turntable genius DJ Sien, who has finally made it to Australia after touring the globe performing at the world’s biggest festivals, including Lollapalooza.

Also featured in the line up are Guineafowl, The Bedroom Philosopher, Fishing, Luke Million, Bec Sandridge, Lurch & Chief, The Money Go Round, APES, Dylan Hill, The Cadres, Bell Weather Department, The Dead Heads, Jacobide, Psychlops Eyepatch, Pro/gram, Hubert Clarke Jnr w/Prof. Jacob Porter, plus more.

The 18+ event includes camping on the farm which was once a fruit orchard tourist farm. A two-hour drive from Sydney and Canberra, the sublime Kangaroo Valley and its quaint township in the Shoalhaven Region of NSW are a part of the appeal of the festival along with the distinctive features of the farm with its natural amphitheatres, high sandstone escarpments and wide valley views. It’s fair to say there has never been a backdrop quite like it.

If you’d like a double pass (camping inclusive) to this lovely event, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would name a valley – assuming it would live up to its namesake. (In case that’s unclear, we mean that if you named it ‘Jelly Valley’, it would harbour a lot of deaths by delicious drowning.)

Five double passes to Farewell, My Queen (M)
Date Published: Monday, 20 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

1789. On the eve of the French Revolution, those living at the Court of Versailles continue to lead carefree, uninhibited lives, far from the growing unrest in Paris. When news of the assault on the Bastille reaches the court’s ears, the nobles flee along with their servants, deserting the palace… But Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux), a young reader of the Court who is devoted to the Queen (Diane Kruger), refuses to believe the rumours. She is certain that under Marie-Antoinette’s protection she will come to no harm. Little does she know that these will be the last three days she will spend at her queen’s side.

Marking the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot (A Single Girl, Seventh Heaven, Sade, Deep in the Woods), Farewell, My Queen captures the passions, debauchery and chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in its final days. Moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions. In cinemas across Australia from June 6.

If you’d like a double pass to Farewell, My Queen (kind of gives away the ending) at Palace Electric Cinema, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which historical figure who was executed by their people you have the least sympathy for and why.

Two Enola Fall/Tales In Space Prize Packs, incl. double passes and EPs
Date Published: Monday, 20 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Tasmania's Enola Falls and electro indie-pop-rockers from Sydney Tales In Space are hitting the road together to play ten shows nationally through May and June.

Tales In Space's new single Shades has an underlying darker side which reveals itself at unexpected moments throughout the track, with the hopeful and hooky uplifting choruses and bright finale bringing it home.

Tasmanian indie band Enola Fall have spent the last few years supporting such acts as The Jezabels, Sparkadia, Cloud Control and Amanda Palmer, return in May2013 with the brand new single Scared of Boys from their new EP Suburban Lovers. Produced by Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels, Something with Numbers) the EP is the follow up to the 2012 collection Isolationist, and 2011 EP I am an Aerial.

If you’d like a double pass to their show at Transit Bar on Thursday May 23 and a copy of each band’s new EP, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what he should do for a weekend holiday in Tasmania.

Locality
Date Published: Monday, 20 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Given this magazine is released on a fortnightly rotation, even if each bundle of new issues reached its intended destination on the intended Wednesday, it would still take for a discerning reader (who gives a shit about this column, which I wouldn’t) to pick up the magazine, open it to this page, and read my column right then and there for any gigs occurring on the same day to be affected by what I strangle into print – which also assumes that the aforementioned reader shares my taste in local music and would actually go to whichever fictional gig I’m talking about. So, if you happen to be fulfilling that almost impossible prophecy, I may as well tell you there’s fuck all happening on Wednesday May 22. Sit down wherever you are and cry like a bitch.

Until Thursday May 23 at 4pm, when Hipsley Lane in Braddon reopens its repainted doors for The Hipsley Evolution Party, with Alice Cottee, Dollface and more welcoming the store’s return from 6pm. If that’s not your thing, keep crying like a stupid bitch until The Second Hand Salmon appear at The Phoenix Bar with Party Gravy and Ellie Thurston from 9pm.

The Front Gallery and Cafe will be hosting the Bizoo Zine Book Launch the next day, Friday May 24, from 7:30pm. I’ve been reading the book in question – a compilation of the best articles published in a long-running Toowoomba zine called ‘Bizoo’ – for the last few nights, and have to declare it a very ‘Toowoomban’ experience (look, Ma, I’m like Shakespeare) but the key draw of the event is local band The Fighting League, who are headlining after an EP launch from Bad Pharma. The whole shebang costs $10. (If you know where the word ‘shebang’ comes from, email me.)

Saturday May 25 sees Canberra City Punk Fest hitting the Magpies City Club under Gus’s Cafe. It runs all day so trip down the steps and figure it out from there if you survive – here’s hoping otherwise :D. Nishi Gallery is hosting MODERN Market the same day, selling fancy local arts and crafts. Why the capital letters? Because it’s really cool and unique and you wouldn’t understand because you don’t love Neutral Milk Hotel.

Also Predator is showing at Arc Cinema at 2pm. Predator is the balls.

And speaking of balls, quiet playmaker Blahnket has stepped up to back a rather extraordinary gig, The Aurora Session, at the Kingston Foreshore on Friday May 31. Featuring Harmonic 313 (aka Mark Pritchard), Dizz1, Ribongia, Spartak, Onetalk, Joe Oppenheimer and more, the event is a subtle upgrade of weight division for the local event planning enigma. Tickets will be $25 at the door but can be pre-purchased at residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?482059 for significantly less.

Finally, catch the Canberra Musicians Club edition of The Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix on Monday June 3. Why? Two words: Coolio Desgracias. It starts at 8pm and entry’s free.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Locality
Date Published: Thursday, 9 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Sex Noises. Mention that in your next conversation about band names. They’re launching a demo on Thursday May 9 at The Phoenix Bar from 9pm with fellow locals TV Colours and Beach Slut. Mention Beach Slut too. Mash their names together to create a supergroup. Mash them together with no motive at all. Do it slowly.

Trinity Bar is hosting a DJ competition created by Pang! and Our Sound, setting aside Thursday nights from Thursday May 9 to determine the best DJ in the ACT. DJs from the all over are competing for a residency, bookings and cash prizes and the competition nights kick off at 9:45pm. May the best thin pale person win.

Everyone’s favourite threatening refuge for pool tables, The Basement, is holding yet another Metal Fiesta on Friday May 10, with a whole mess of local and interstate acts (Contrive, Psynonemous, Decadence of Cain, Dark Nemesis and more) taking over the place from 8pm. The door price is $20.

The following night, Saturday May 11, alt country group Brothers Grim are bringing their album launch tour to The Polish White Eagle Club. They’ve enlisted The Blue Murders, Papa Piko, The Bin Rats and Beth n Ben to support, the doors open at 7pm, and tickets range from $15 to $25 depending on how brown your teeth are and how much gin you can drink.

Monday May 13’s edition of The Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix is programmed by 2XX LocalnLive and, as per usual, starts at 8pm and is free. Appearing are The Sinbirds, Fuzzsucker, Cold House and Spartak, who are all brilliant in marked, unique ways. If you have yet to see Fuzzsucker, enjoy.

The following weekend kicks off in style, with Los Chavos, Nyash! and some samba dancers and circus performers turning the Canberra Musicians Club’s Friday night fixture at The Polish White Eagle Club on its hemispherical head. The doors open 8pm and tickets are $10-15, this time depending on the genuineness of your regret at Hugo Chavez’s passing and your familiarity with the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Local melodic punk outfit Revellers launch their EP, Night Time Lunatics, at Transit Bar on Saturday May 18, with Brisbane punk band My Fiction and local Pete Akhurst supporting. Doors open 8pm and the admission’s $10. Turn to page 23 for an interview with their frontman, Gaffers.

And to round out the weekend, head to The Tradies in Dickson between 9am and 5pm on either Saturday May 18 or Sunday May 19 to get involved in the recurring and very self-explanatory Big Record, CD & Book Sale. Entry is free. Everything else is not. Or it is. I mean, try it and see, hey.

Finally, locals The Second Hand Salmon are playing The Phoenix on Thursday May 23 with Party Gravy and Ellie Thurston. The show kicks off at 9pm – and despite Party Gravy having a name as utterly balls as Sex Noises is balls-out, they alone are worth it.

And that’s everything local I care about.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Sex Noises. Mention that in your next conversation about band names. They’re launching a demo on Thursday May 9 at The Phoenix Bar from 9pm with fellow locals TV Colours and Beach Slut. Mention Beach Slut too. Mash their names together to create a supergroup. Mash them together with no motive at all. Do it slowly.

Trinity Bar is hosting a DJ competition created by Pang! and Our Sound, setting aside Thursday nights from Thursday May 9 to determine the best DJ in the ACT. DJs from the all over are competing for a residency, bookings and cash prizes and the competition nights kick off at 9:45pm. May the best thin pale person win.

Everyone’s favourite threatening refuge for pool tables, The Basement, is holding yet another Metal Fiesta on Friday May 10, with a whole mess of local and interstate acts (Contrive, Psynonemous, Decadence of Cain, Dark Nemesis and more) taking over the place from 8pm. The door price is $20.

The following night, Saturday May 11, alt country group Brothers Grim are bringing their album launch tour to The Polish White Eagle Club. They’ve enlisted The Blue Murders, Papa Piko, The Bin Rats and Beth n Ben to support, the doors open at 7pm, and tickets range from $15 to $25 depending on how brown your teeth are and how much gin you can drink.

Monday May 13’s edition of The Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix is programmed by 2XX LocalnLive and, as per usual, starts at 8pm and is free. Appearing are The Sinbirds, Fuzzsucker, Cold House and Spartak, who are all brilliant in marked, unique ways. If you have yet to see Fuzzsucker, enjoy.

The following weekend kicks off in style, with Los Chavos, Nyash! and some samba dancers and circus performers turning the Canberra Musicians Club’s Friday night fixture at The Polish White Eagle Club on its hemispherical head. The doors open 8pm and tickets are $10-15, this time depending on the genuineness of your regret at Hugo Chavez’s passing and your familiarity with the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Local melodic punk outfit Revellers launch their EP, Night Time Lunatics, at Transit Bar on Saturday May 18, with Brisbane punk band My Fiction and local Pete Akhurst supporting. Doors open 8pm and the admission’s $10. Turn to page 23 for an interview with their frontman, Gaffers.

And to round out the weekend, head to The Tradies in Dickson between 9am and 5pm on either Saturday May 18 or Sunday May 19 to get involved in the recurring and very self-explanatory Big Record, CD & Book Sale. Entry is free. Everything else is not. Or it is. I mean, try it and see, hey.

Finally, locals The Second Hand Salmon are playing The Phoenix on Thursday May 23 with Party Gravy and Ellie Thurston. The show kicks off at 9pm – and despite Party Gravy having a name as utterly balls as Sex Noises is balls-out, they alone are worth it.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON

Four double passes to Canberra International Music Festival’s Key Shows
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks to the good people at Canberra International Music Festival (Fri-Sun May 10-19) we at BMA Magazine have four double passes to four of their key events (see below).

If you’d like a double pass to any of these events, email allan@bmamag.com, specify which event you’d like to attend, and tell him what international acts you’d book for the Canberra International Music Festival and why.

SHIMMERING CITY (Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, Saturday May 11, 10:30 pm)

Shimmering City is Timothy Constable and Synergy Percussion’s new take on their City Jungle project, especially devised for the 2013 Canberra International Music Festival.

Synergy is a world of sound with percussion at its heart.

The music was written by Noxious Aquatic (Constable). At a musical level it is based on Jungle, a type of high-speed funk-beat-based music which came out of the British rave scene in the nineties. You know it when you hear it. It gave birth to Drum n Bass, Breaks, Garage, and now Dubstep.  Jungle was a fiercely urban music, and was the first underground cult music to arise without any racial context.. It is part in the jazz funk soul and hiphop lineage, but has inspired generations of musicians and electronica producers.

The visuals, and the show as a whole, celebrate city life. The good, the bad, the ugly, and most certainly the exciting. The shimmering. They were shot lovingly in Canberra, Sydney, Seoul and New York. You will see over 20 000 images from all these places, so it's a wild ride and if you're not planning on getting up for a boogie, you might like to strap yourself into your seat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAsdlt2YqKU

PAUL DRESHER AND DOUBLE DUO (Albert Hall, Friday May 17, 6pm)

This is not your grandmother's music.

US composer Paul Dresher exemplifies the spirit of West Coast music. He composes and performs experimental chamber and orchestral music, and instrumental electro-acoustic music. He has a background in Northern Indian, African and Balinese traditions, which gives his music an exceptional individuality and beauty.

Paul Dresher will be performing with his ensemble Double Duo at the Canberra International Music Festival. A chance to hear contemporary classical music at its very best.

The ensemble combines electronic with conventional acoustic instruments. And to create a world of different sounds, Dresher invents his own instruments. One of his invented instruments which he will be performing on at the Festival is the quadrachord – a 4.6 metre long instrument with four strings – a guitar, cello and percussion all in one.

DOUBLE DUO AND FRIENDS (Albert Hall, Saturday May 18, 4:30pm)

Paul Dresher and Double Duo combine with Synergy Percussion to perform works by John Adams, one of the great American minimalist music composers at the Canberra International Music Festival.

Adams works are known for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. Adams, like other minimalists use a steady pulse that defines and controls the music..  Dresher performs with Double Duo on his extraordinary invented instruments.

JESUS BLOOD (Albert Hall, Saturday May 18, 1pm)

Jesus Blood is British composer Gavin Bryars’ most famous work.

This is a simple, haunting tune that begins with a tramp singing to himself the words “Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet” (… with “There’s one thing I know, for he loves me so” over and over. Bryars took this little piece of singing, looped it and added some orchestration..

Rich harmonies played by a live ensemble are built on top of that loop, steadily increasing in density, before the whole thing gradually fades out.  Jesus' Blood was first recorded for use in a documentary which chronicles street life in and around Elephant and Castle and Waterloo, in London.

This is such a profoundly moving piece of simple, minimalist music that it haunts you.

A new recording of this work was made in the 1990s with Tom Waitshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZZPMPPD2cI . It was a best seller.

Two double passes to My Fiction supporting Revellers and Pete Akhurst (Transit Bar, Saturday May 18)
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

There are a few things that every great band shares. Seemingly simple things like honesty, commitment to their craft, and a genuine desire to do their own thing. Great bands are like gangs – brought together by a bond between the players that keeps them going through all that life dishes up, both good and bad. And it is precisely these elements that have driven the rise and rise of Brisbane’s My Fiction.

For the band the past year has been about getting back to basics – writing great songs. Reunited with producer and collaborator Magoo, the band are riding on a high and producing the most exciting music of their career.

And now the lads are taking the wraps off their brand new single Neon Cola Signs from their forthcoming sophomore effort (due in August 2013) and hitting the east Coast for a string of shows throughout May and June.

If you’d like to catch the guys at Transit Bar supporting local band Revellers’ EP launch, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what your fiction is. Points for creativity. No points for anything else.

Two double passes to Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music Festival
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Snow, music, and a parka party to rock your socks, yes the 2013 Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music is coming.

The Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music is one of Australia’s most unique festivals – with all venues located in the snow, experience the sounds of the world amongst a stunning alpine landscape. The Festival runs on the June Long Weekend, the official opening to the ski season, Friday June 7 to Monday June 10, and will have over 120 concerts across eight on-snow venues. Early bird tickets are available till May 24 at only $125 for a Long Weekend Festival pass and stay on-snow for the ultimate festival experience with some fantastic Early Bird Festival accommodation packages available now.

If you’d like a double pass to the festival (this year sporting Mama Kin, Kylie Auldist and heaps more) email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which two public figures you would send out into the snow together – with only one to return – and why!

Double passes to every film in Palace Electric Cinema’s Vintage Electric Season!
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Palace Electric Cinema in NewActon is launching Vintage Electric, a program of cult classic films, on Sunday 12 May, starting with The Great Gatsby (1974) to coincide with Mothers’ Day.

Vintage Electric presents an eclectic selection of cinema so Canberrans can relive their favourite films from bygone eras on the silver screen, each Sunday at 3pm until September 29, 2013. Thanks to the fine folk at Palace Electric, we have one double pass to every single film on the programme!

See below for the films (in chronological order) and pick your poison. (You can also visit palacecinemas.com.au/events/vintageelectric2013, or drop in to the box office for a printed Vintage Electric poster program, so you won’t miss a session!) After you’ve chosen, email allan@bmamag.com with the title of the film you’d like to see, the date it’s showing, and (to secure those seats) answer the question in the blurb.

 

6/2/2013: An Affair To Remember (1957)

A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building – but will it happen? Which New York City landmark do Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr's characters agree to rendezvous atop of?

6/16/2013: Psycho (1960)

A thirty-something secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother. What delicious liquid was used as blood in the infamous shower scene?

6/23/2013: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. Finish this famous quote: “Alright, Mr DeMille…”

6/30/2013: Ten Commandments, The (1956)

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. How long did it take to film Cecil B. DeMille’s epic orgy scene?

7/14/2013: Sting, The (1973)

In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. When and where is the movie set?

7/21/2013: Roman Holiday (1953)

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Where is Audrey Hepburn’s character Princess Anne holidaying in Italy?

7/28/2013: Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (1955)

A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution. What is love?

8/18/2013: Birds, The (1963)

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. When Melanie first walks into the pet shop, you can see Alfred Hitchcock walk out. He is walking two small dogs. Were they his real pets?

8/25/2013: Singin' In The Rain (1952)

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. Is Singin’ In The Rain simply the happiest movie ever made?

9/1/2013: North By Northwest (1959)

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. What tune does Grant's character whistle after he meets the female lead again?

9/8/2013: Rear Window (1954)

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Who plays James Stewart’s main character L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies’ high society fashion-consultant girlfriend?

Five copies of ‘The Shakespeare Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Four of William Shakespeare's timeless tales of love and drama are joined together to create this ultimate combination of star-crossed love. Lavish production design, superb direction and acclaimed performances from some of the best actors of the era make these films indispensable for any Shakespeare fan's library.

TWELFTH NIGHT: This unforgettable Shakespeare classic is a twisting turning romantic comedy filled with cross-dressing, mistaken identities, and unrequited love. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring comedies gets the full treatment in this acclaimed production by the Renaissance Theatre Company and acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing).

ROMEO & JULIET: This moving interpretation of Shakespeare's ageless tale of family feuds, star-crossed lovers and tragic, untimely death features a first-rate cast, authentic sets and colorful costumes that will envelop you in world's most famous love story.

MACBETH: When a trio of witches prophesize Macbeth's (Ian McKellen) ascension to the throne, Lady Macbeth (Judi Dench) pushes her husband into a murderous spree. But once crowned king of Scotland, Macbeth sees ghastly visions, fueled by guilt and a new prophecy, that ensure his ultimate downfall. This classic production is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn and also features the unsurpassed talent of Ian McKellen, Oscar winner Judi Dench, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

KING LEAR: When King Lear renounces his throne to divide his kingdom among his daughters, treachery, madness, and murder follow. Battle lines are drawn and backs are stabbed as King Lear rages against the fearsome storm that was his own doing. This compelling production remains the truest example of how William Shakespeare's King Lear is to be performed; starring Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange) and other mainstays of stage and television this film is a true gem.

If you’d like a copy of this classic compendium, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which two portrayals of two classic Shakespeare villains you would pit against each other…just for funsies.

Five copies of ‘For All Mankind: The Life and Career of Mick Foley’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Mick Foley broke into sports-entertainment in 1983, shortly after a fateful trip to see his idol Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka inspired him to pursue his dream. Now – 30 years, three personas, three WWE Championships, multiple New York Times best sellers and countless bumps and cheap pops later – WWE brings his comprehensive story to home entertainment for the first time ever! Friends, family, peers and the Hardcore Legend himself detail his story from being Mrs. Foley’s baby boy in Long Island, New York to becoming an international Superstar, philanthropist and author. Get inside commentary on his brutal matches in ECW and Japan, struggles in WCW, his notorious Hell in a Cell matches, and the fascinating evolution in WWE as Cactus Jack, Mankind, Dude Love, and all the unparalleled success in between. Plus, take home bonus matches and moments spanning his entire career.

If you’d like a copy of Foley’s definitive biodoc, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the name of Foley’s real life son.

Five copies of ‘The Best of WWF In Your House: Pay-Per-View Classics 1995-1999’
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

In the mid-‘90s, no pay-per-view series produced more epic matches, historic moments or championship showdowns than WWE In Your House. Debuting in 1995, In Your House pay-per-views were the preeminent setting for the top Superstars in WWE to settle their scores in the months between the “big 4” events. In 28 total events over five years, In Your House and its unmistakable insignia solidified a permanent place in WWE through the iconic Superstars it hosted and the litany of innovations that stemmed from it. True WWE fans will reminisce about the first ever Hell in a Cell, Inferno and Buried Alive Matches, the debuts of Kane and Big Show, and the genesis of several yearly stables such as WWE Backlash, Judgment Day, Unforgiven and No Way Out – all originating at In Your House. This 3-disc, eight hour collection features championship level matches from all the top WWE stars of the 90’s, such as Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Triple H, The Rock, Kane, Diesel and many more!

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and unleash your rage: tell him which wrestler is the worst of all time. Who has brought shame to the sport, or should never have been allowed to wrestle in the first place!

Five copies of ‘Prisoner of War’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Madman and SBS DVD proudly present Prisoners of War, the Israeli psychological thriller that inspired Homeland, available now on DVD.

Hot on the heels of the SBS broadcast, the DVD features all ten episodes from the first season of this riveting, award-winning Israeli drama series – created, written and directed by Gideon Raff, who went on to adapt the series for the US.

When three Israeli Defence Force soldiers are captured during a covert operation behind enemy lines, their fate is unknown. They become symbols to the society from which they came and in their families, they are perceived as something between a misty memory and an ever-lasting glimmer of hope – until the day, seventeen years later, when they return.

If you’d like a copy of this groundbreaking drama, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which Australian public figure you think is a spy (for any organisation or nation) and why.

Five copies of ‘Check it Out! With Steve Brule Season 1 & 2’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Produced by John C. Reilly (who is a genius) and Absolutely Productions, Check It Out Season 1 and 2 includes all 12 episodes that parody a local market’s newsmagazine show starring Oscar-nominee John C. Reilly (who is a genius) as Dr. Steve Brule. With each episode our host Dr. Brule introduces his audience to local celebrities and interesting things around town as well as providing health and lifestyle tips. Want to understand the important things in life? Let's Check it Out!

If you want a copy of this unparalleled creation, email allan@bmamag.com and make the most compelling argument the world has ever heard as to why John C. Reilly (who is a GENIUS) is a genius.

Two copies of ‘Lone Wolf & Cub Ultimate Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Ogami Itto – master swordsman – the Shogun's Royal executioner. Falsely accused by the evil Yagyu clan, stripped of rank, his wife murdered – leaving only his infant son Daigoro. No longer Royal Samurai and son, now Lone Wolf and Cub – sword for hire on a bloody path of revenge. Masterful swordplay, diabolical enemies and the highest bodycount in Samurai history make the Lone Wolf and Cub series the ultimate collectible classic.

If you want a copy of this definitive seven-disc release, email allan@bmamag.com and make an argument for the best Western remake of a Japanese samurai classic. (E.g. The Magnificent Seven – obviously.)

2XX Community Radio Announces First Radiothon in Seven Years
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Years ago it was an annual tradition for a sizeable cluster of 2XX Community Radio volunteers to huddle around a table covered in telephones and, over 48 hours or more, call as many people as they could to solicit donations to the station. It was an exhaustive, shameless cash grab – and it’s back! But the times have changed, no one calls anyone anymore, and there’s money to be raised. What to do? Take to Pozible, of course, and offer a sinking boatload of incentives. From Monday May 27 to Sunday June 2, the station will go into overdrive, with the stated aim this year being to revitalise the station, breathe new life into it. As people who bypass triple j, disdain FM 104.7, rationalise FM 106.3 and are drawn inexorably to ABC Classic FM by cold, calculated default, BMA Magazine can find no better rationale. 2XX prides itself on being the voice of our community. It has shows from every cultural and musical minority you can think of – and now it also has LocalnLive, a daily two-hour show staffed by and dedicated to the best local musicians. While you’re trying to think of a reason why this isn’t brilliant, head to 2xxfm.org.au/content/2xx-fm-radiothon to find out what you can do to foster great radio in the ACT when the ‘thon kicks off.

New ‘Vagabond’ Music Festival in Kangaroo Valley
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Anyone who’s visited Kangaroo Valley will tell you how beautiful it is. Sheer, pristine hills covered with lush gum forests, sandstone escarpments dropping out of nowhere, pooling lakes of fog awash with warm sun. And someone has convinced an 83-year-old farm owner to open the gates of his old fruit orchard this June for the inaugural Vagabond Music Festival. The festival is the fulfilment of 30-year-old Adam Taylor’s dream. ‘Four years ago I stood on my granddad’s rundown old farm and thought what a great spot this would make for a music festival. After more work than I could have ever imagined, I’m ecstatic to finally launch the inaugural Vagabond Music Festival with a line-up that I can’t wait to see,’ said Adam. Taking place on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, Sat-Mon June 8-10, the first ever Vagabond Music Festival sports Chilean DJ Sien, Guineafowl, The Bedroom Philosopher and heaps more. You can find out more and purchase the very modestly priced tickets (on special for $50, including camping, until Friday May 10) at vagabondfestival.com.

Canberra Filmmakers to Appear at Cannes Film Festival
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

ScreenACT and Trade Connect are taking nine Canberran filmmakers to the Marche du Cannes (the film market at the Cannes Film Festival) to sell locally made feature films and create relationships to bring feature film productions to the territory. The market goes for ten days, Wed-Fri May 15-24, putting the producers to the test by having hundreds of meetings in that time. Producer Christian Doran is ready for the challenge: ‘The idea is to believe in your story and tell as many people as you can. Someone will see your passion and want to work with you to get it made, and we’ll make it right here in Canberra.’ The move defies the notion of ‘homegrown’ (in much the same way that NewActon and the Kingston Foreshore are pushing creativity rather than nurturing it) but it certainly can do no harm. Bonne chance, innit.

Splendour In The Grass Sells Out in Record Time
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Another year, another festival, another price hike. So you be the judge – have Splendour tipped the balance in their favour enough that it’s worth the cost? Frank Ocean, The National, TV On The Radio, Flume, Babyshambles, James Blake, Of Monsters & Men, Empire of the Sun, Klaxons, Passion Pit and many more are gracing the stages in the last weekend of July. It’s no small round-up, but at more than $110 a day, not including camping. For a three-day pass with camping, you’re looking at $450+. Almost half a grand. With Groovin’ the Moo just gone ($99.90 for the day, not including booking fee) one has to wonder what the future of the behemoth Splendour music festival will be. According to the record time in which it sold out (40 minutes), Splendour’s future is bright. And they know it. Having invented a $699 ticket, Splendour then reduced the allocation of three-day passes to boost the number of folks who’ll have to shell out $699 to be there. After all, the key selling point of any festival – beyond ‘the experience’ – is financial: more acts in a given space of time than you could possibly afford to see individually. Festivals do all the organising for you and price accordingly. And with every year that passes, ‘accordingly’ creeps a little higher. If you’d like to hiss air through your teeth and contemplate your bank balance before coming to your own conclusion, head to splendourinthegrass.com (or failing that, ebay.com.au).

The Cat Empire
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Watching The Cat Empire live provides an insight into their creative process. There they are, all six of them, usually accompanied by some amalgamation of their unpronounceable support act, all singing, banging or blowing their hearts out. They enjoy themselves. And it’s often infectious. But at some point in any band’s career, if that band’s sound hasn’t changed, it becomes poignant to ask whether they’re bored of making music together. Often bands will pre-empt this question by announcing they can go no further creatively and breaking up. In the case of The Cat Empire, their live show says it all: they’re far from bored.

And that’s a problem, because they’re boring. Steal the Light is The Cat Empire’s fifth album, and sees them stretching no new creative limbs whatsoever. Which is fine, were it not for the fact that the old tricks they’re pulling don’t give Steal the Light the flair and infectiousness of albums (long) past. ‘[Steal the Light] should make people smile, make people dance. That’s all we wanted,’ said the band’s modest genius, Harry Angus, but even the songs penned by Angus (who can usually be relied upon to provide a moment of surprise) are tired and trite.

One too many boisterous horn refrains, dying-to-be-earnest tonal ballads, and lyrics like ‘My heart is like a beating drum’ and ‘I held my breath and ran into the wild’, have worn The Cat Empire’s hooks to nubs. Back to Jackson Jackson with you, Angus.

ASHLEY THOMSON

Alanna & Alicia Egan
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Melbourne twin sisters Alanna & Alicia Egan have just released Twinlines, their long-awaited third album of original folk, jazz and roots infused songs. Known for their sweet harmonies and onstage warmth and fun, both are gifted songwriters, who have received recognition at a national level, including the ASA awards and Best New Talent at Port Fairy Folk Festival early in their career. Their lyrics, equal parts heart and humour, sparkle with an original, intimate voice in their diverse new songs. Their live performance is packed full of energy with a fine band comprised of guitar, violin, mandolin, accordion piano, double bass, drums and percussion, with special guest Pugsley Buzzard joining on the night. 8pm.

Canberra International Music Festival
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

With Centenary events popping up in every direction, Canberra is certainly not running short of ways to celebrate its 100th birthday. One event not to be missed is this year’s Canberra International Music Festival. Experience ten days of exceptional music performed in many of Canberra’s amazing architectural spaces. You can choose from over 30 concerts of classical, contemporary and jazz, featuring national and international artists, including: Synergy Percussion; US composer Paul Dresher and Double Duo performing on invented instruments; and the explosive energy and dynamism of Taiko drumming group, TaikOz. Many events are free, ticketed events are $25-$65. Details at: cimf.org.au or on (02) 6230 5880.

Tin Lion
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

After a hectic 12 months since the release of debut LP, From Space With Love, including three triple j Unearthed number ones, support slots with the likes of Pigeon and The Aston Shuffle and cinema screenings of the film clip to Best Pants, Tin Lion are taking to the road. Twice likened to a pared-back version of LCD Soundsystem, Tin Lion do more on stage than two people ought to be able with live drums, guitar, keyboards and percussion, and an engaging stage show led by frontman Jesse Fultone. The Prelude To Cool tour brings the band and its signature ‘psychedelic dance rock’ to Canberra with songs from their upcoming Let's Look Good EP. 8pm. Door price TBA.

Hailer
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

For a taste of Sydney psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll pop, catch Hailer when they bring their latest album Another Way to the first edition of Garage Syndicate at The Phoenix. Beginning the Another Way journey at guitarist Pete Beringer's studio compound in early 2012, they took the clocks off the walls and by the 8th sunrise they had a new album on tape. Mixed and mastered in Brooklyn, NYC, the new material shares the eclectic spirit of Hailer's Good Canyon, but departs from the psychedelic mellow soundscapes of their debut to more rhythmic guitar-driven music, resulting in a sonic intensity for which the group’s live performances are known. Joining them are Royal Chant and New Brutalists. 9:30pm. Free.

Matthew Fagan Guitar and Ukulele Concert
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

Ten-string guitar virtuoso and Maton-endorsed ukulele-player Matthew Fagan presents Lord of the Strings, an uplifting performance infused with a dazzling fusion of Spanish, Celtic, bluegrass, country, rock, folk and ambient sounds with many original scores. Matthew will take you on an aural voyage from the beautiful music of Hawaii to rock classics from The Beatles and more, as seen on tour with Billy Connolly and the Buena Vista Social Club. Come prepared with some requests of your favourite ukulele and guitar tunes for the hilarious Uke/Guitar Challenge. Matthew Fagan is an exhilarating, breathtaking and captivating performer and his shows are not to be missed.7:30 pm. $15/$10 door.

The Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music
Date Published: Tuesday, 7 May 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 1 month ago

The Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music is back for 2013 and celebrating five years. In 2009, the festival began as a little grassroots festival and has now grown in size and status with international artists taking to the stage and festival-goers flocking from far and wide to experience this unique mountain festival. Attendees can anticipate a stellar line-up of over 140 concerts across eight to ten venues that’ll blow their socks off. As part of the five-year celebrations, this year the festival will also be bringing back a selection of feature artist favourites who’ve wowed festival audiences since 2009. Check the festival Twitter and Facebook pages regularly for updates on the line-up. Tickets vary, bookings at snowymountainsofmusic.com.au.

Ten In-Season Double Passes to ‘Spring Breakers’
Date Published: Wednesday, 24 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

Prepare to be shocked and surprised. In Spring Breakers, Disney darlings Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens turn up the heat in a vacation they will never forget. When a group of college girls on spring break land themselves in jail, they are bailed out by a local arms dealer and shown the ropes of a life that requires no college education. Alien (James Franco) takes them under his wing, providing a lavish home complete with a bed of cash, a grand piano by the pool and plenty of guns to choose from. Together they embark on a wild ride on the wild side and show that good girls go to heaven and bad girls go to Spring Break.

If you want a double pass to Spring Breakers, in cinemas from Thursday May 9, email allan@bmamag.com. To win, tell Allan which of James Franco’s other movies would be improved by supplanting the character he played in that movie with the drug dealing gun-toting Alien – and how!

Local Punk Group Revellers to Launch New EP: Night Time Lunatics
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

With tracks from local bands, singer-songwriters and producers trickling onto Unearthed and Soundcloud every week, the launch of an album or EP has become an event to be treasured. A band that is prepared to create cover art, write liner notes, have its music recorded and mastered, plan and promote a launch gig, and, most importantly, shell out the dosh necessary for the aforementioned tasks – that band deserves credit. This month, that band is Revellers. Having enlisted local Pete Akhurst and Brisbane indie rock group My Fiction as their supports, Revellers will be launching their new EP, Night Time Lunatics, at Transit Bar on Saturday May 18. The boys recorded Night Time Lunatics towards the end of 2012 with local Wollongong legend Adam Jordan. They then sent the sessions over to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be mixed and mastered by Stephen Egerton from The Descendents. In their own words, ‘Revellers aren't trying to reinvent the wheel, nor are they trying to do something that hasn't been done before – but they are here to keep playing the music they love and make sure they have an absolute ball at the same time. They're here to make sure you do too.’ Visit revellersmusic.com or facebook.com/revellersact to find out more, and visit Landspeed Records to purchase a copy of the new EP.

Dendy Launch ‘Centenary of Film’ Competition
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

In celebration of Canberra’s Centenary, Dendy Cinemas will be hosting a Centenary of Film, which will showcase images from the best films from the last 100 years – as voted by the people. You, the public, will have two weeks from Thursday April 25 to Tuesday May 7 to vote for the top films of all time and by doing so go in the draw to win a prize pack. From Wednesday May 8, the 100 films voted by Canberrans will be revealed. Each day ten still images from the top 100 films and stacks of prizes will be released through Dendy’s website, Facebook and Twitter, concluding with the release of the top ten on Friday May 17. Consequently the BMA staff have opened a betting pool – for every film we pick that appears in the top ten, we get an extra pull on the trigger of a six-shooter loaded with a single bullet and pointed at a fellow staff member. Huzzah! If The Shawshank Redemption doesn’t bring death to this office, nothing will. Get involved with the campaign – or buy tickets to a special screening of staff pick Gone With the Wind – at dendy.com.au or via Twitter (@DendyCanberra).

Tame Impala
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

SAME IMPALA

There is nothing left for TAME IMPALA to achieve beyond consolidating their success. They are a critical and commercial commodity, nationally and internationally renowned. This month they are playing Coachella and Groovin’ the Moo both, not to mention another in a string of sold out east coast tours. Where their debut album, Innerspeaker, pricked a million ears, their sophomore, Lonerism, has put them squarely in the path of astronomical success. In the face of this plight, Kevin Parker, the group’s musical godhead, remains lackadaisical and unflapped.

‘I think these are the only times I think about [Tame Impala’s success], when people ask me about it,’ said Parker. ‘I don’t really even know how much press there is about us, exactly what people are saying, because no one talks to me about Tame Impala… I never hear it, other than what our manager tells us, and even she these days can’t be bothered to tell us everything because we don’t really pay that much attention,’ Parker laughed.

When Tame Impala released their debut EP in 2009, the world of music journalism fell over itself to make the obvious comparisons – The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Doors. In an interview with BMA Magazine in 2009, Tame Impala’s Dom Simper explained, ‘We don't even pretend to be anywhere near as influential or massive as them, it's just kind of the music we grew up with.’ But much has changed since then. From being a band whose sound it became a pastime to place, Tame Impala’s scope of influence has become impossible to foresee. The idea is not one Parker likes to mull over.

‘Oh, god no,’ he started. ‘I mean, it’s the most flattering thing in the world to hear a band ripping you off. I know some people get pissed off by it, but if I ever hear an artist and I can tell they’re using a phaser pedal the way I do, it’s a massive compliment. It makes you feel like you’re making an impression, having an impact on people, which is really humbling, flattering… It makes you realise that the legends of music and history, y’know, they were just guys as well – it wasn’t godlike, it was just what they were doing… You get more of a perspective of how this kind of thing happens, how rock gods are made, and how many rock gods are just dudes.’

The tone of Parker’s open musings seemed ill-befitting of a rock god. Home, it seems, provides him a counterbalancing normalcy. ‘In Perth we’re virtually unknown. There’s not one part of the day when I feel like a rock god. The only time I feel like a rock god is when, like, after a show in some American city there’s a horde of people outside waiting to get autographs and photos. In that kind of moment you’re like, “Weehh, we’re a pretty big deal”.’

Mere days from a plane trip to California for the world’s most renowned music festival, Coachella, Tame Impala were on the doorstep of perhaps the world’s best opportunity to feel like a big deal. ‘I enjoy it for its proportions,’ Parker observed hesitantly, ‘but we all look at it and go, “Fuckin’ hell”, y’know? We kind of just—not laugh at it, but it’s like visiting Niagara Falls, something you just marvel at. You don’t really feel like you’re a part of it. We’re just players on a stage.

‘I think we stick to ourselves a lot of the time,’ Parker went on, ‘because there are a lot of hilarious characters in that world. There’s everyone – there’s the clichéd overzealous gig promoters, people that would be a hilarious character in a TV show. You meet them everywhere in the “rock world”,’ he laughed, ‘so we just kinda sit there and laugh at these people from the other side. We generally spend most of our time laughing.’

What many musicians look at as the best chance to find creative counterparts, Parker sees as something too unreal to be taken seriously. Last year, in a sea of people who would kill to collaborate with Tame Impala, Parker lent his hand solely to one hidden gem of a release by French songstress Melody Prochet: Melody’s Echo Chamber’s debut self-titled LP. ‘I did want to get into producing and I still do,’ explained Parker. ‘But unless it’s really organic, it’s difficult for me to get excited about that kind of thing, just because—well, I guess for me it’s really important that a) I love the music, and b) that I’m friends with them already and I know them, because music is such a personal thing.’

The same goes, it seems, for Tame Impala’s onstage patter. Organic – and fun for them before the audience. ‘We do so many things now that could barely be called music,’ laughed Parker. ‘Like playing with the oscilloscope during a gig and stuff like that. We spend a lot of time doing weird stuff like that that’s not really—obviously it’s usually musical, but it’s rarely just playing songs on the album. And a lot of songs we’ve changed anyway, made them more satisfying to play live. Because it doesn’t always work like a studio concoction so we’ve gotta mould things the way we want.’

Back before the release of Lonerism, Parker forecast ‘more candy pop’ in their then unreleased album. When asked for a fresh forecast, Parker’s brevity abandoned him: ‘I feel like I’ve got a lot of ideas at the moment, but I haven’t actually had the nerve to sort of like, plot them out physically in the studio. I’m dying to try these new things – they’re gonna be totally crazy. They’re crazy in my head. I don’t know if they’ll end up sounding crazy in physical sound form,’ he demurred, ‘but we’ll see, I guess.’

True to form, Parker remains disconcertingly grounded – not oblivious of his trappings, but unconcerned by them. Strange that from such a level head comes so brilliant an array of creations.

Tame Impala will play Groovin’ the Moo at the University of Canberra, Sunday April 28. Tickets are $99.90 + bf through Ticketek.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

I have meticulously overwrought beefs with Game of Thrones with the best of them, but that doesn’t stop me endorsing pub rock duo King of the North. They’re hitting The Basement on Wednesday April 24 at 8pm and are supported by locals Kid You Not (see this issue’s Band Profile). If their YouTube live footage is a good measure, they put on quite the show. $10 door.

From the same date, local art super-collective Random9 have an exhibition showing at Belconnen Arts Centre: 100. It’s open 10am to 5pm every day but Monday and features a flawless array of Canberra artists.

The Front Gallery and Café plays host to new folk outfit Dash on Thursday April 25. They’re touring their new EP, And Then There Were None, which is a brilliant, atmospheric four-track debut, and will be supported by locals Xav Ier and Cromwell. Things kick off at 7:30pm and the door is $5. Also that night, at The Phoenix Bar, local Bacon Cakes appears with Library Siesta and Paul Macadam from 9pm.

The Polish White Eagle Club’s Friday nights are becoming a brusque, reliable tradition thanks to Canberra Musicians Club. Friday April 26 sees interstaters Last Leaves being supported by The Ellis Collective, No Stars and Glenroi Heights from 8pm. Door prices are TBA but never unreasonable.

I’m considerably out of my element here, but The Basement will be hosting Devastator Fest on Saturday April 27. Acid Nymph, Spear Brittany, Emersus, In Death, Not Another Sequel Just Another Prequel, Johnny Roadkill, Red Bee, Na Maza, Dawn Heist and Beneath The Tides will all be playing and doors open 7pm. $15 door. Just the facts.

Also that Saturday, Nishi Gallery will host Woven Words. Featuring three writers who contributed to the recent Canberran collection The Invisible Thread, Woven Words sill have them read aloud from their pieces. The night also features musical accompaniment from Adam Cook and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Things start rolling at 7:30pm.

Wednesday May 1 through Saturday May 4 sees me once again out of my element, this time for Canberra’s first ever ‘Fashfest’. There will be a lot of statuesque bony people wearing clothes you don’t see anywhere else and walking in pairs of parallel lines. Music will be provided by DJ Rush, Doppel, SAFIA, Shotgun Cubs and more. To be honest, I’ll probably go simply to stay true to trying anything once. You can get tickets for all four nights at fashfest.com.au.

And to finish, Joe Oppenheimer will be appearing at The Phoenix on Thursday May 2 with locals Elisha Bones and Cuddlefish. If you haven’t seen Joe perform, he cannot be recommended highly enough.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON

Album of the Issue
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

Music of the type created by London producer Simon Green (aka Bonobo) has become an oversaturated commodity. Chillwave and experimental future bass has been pushed to popular extremes – even Australia finally has its own poster child in Flume. Ten years ago, Green was a pioneer of this sound. In 2010 he pushed it with brave, eclectic experimentation to an extreme in his fourth LP, Black Sands.

After an album like that –a leap beyond a creative tipping point – it becomes hard to predict an artist’s next move. When does ‘forging ahead’ become counter-productive? Whether Green asked himself this may be determined later, but his fifth album, The North Borders, is confident, measured, masterful and seamless. It sounds like an artist so wholly at ease with himself that he is able, unpretentiously and unselfconsciously, to create the best music of his career.

Employing every signature tool – string arrangements, xylophones, harps, wind instruments, intricate percussion and syrupy fathomless bass – with the subtlety and understanding of a genre veteran with nothing to prove, Green has created a magnum opus of his genre. Two-step powerhouse Cirrus, glitch soul standout Heaven for the Sinner (featuring a characteristically haunting Erykah Badu), wandering bass-rich Ten Tigers, and the wholly unmissable anthemic opener First Fires are the tallest poppies, but this is a field of overachievers.

Listened to from start to finish, The North Borders becomes the best version of itself – a whole. The tracks between the peaks – Emkay, Sapphire, Jets, Don’t Wait, Antenna and others – tie together an ‘album’. Green steers from beat to beat with palpable intuition, never reaching into discomfiting or boisterous bridges to bring home a track.

Years of experience have lent Green’s fifth album an invaluable quality: it is a grower, rippling deeper and deeper from listen to listen. Without changing the game, The North Borders calmly and powerfully defines it.

ASHLEY THOMSON

Five Copies of ShockOne’s Debut Album ‘Universus’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

ShockOne is back in storming form, with his killer debut album, Universus. Karl Thomas released his first EP as ShockOne in 2009, which featured the smash hit Polygon and the experimental dubstep anthem: Adachigahara’s Theme. Since then, he has been behind a string of successful singles that have seen Beatport and iTunes number ones, YouTube hits by the millions, as well as support from influential industry tastemakers such as triple j’s Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Pendulum, Knife Party, Matrix & Futurebound, Sub Focus and Chase & Status.

If you’d like a copy of his debut album, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what piece of music would be the best/worst thing ever to be given a dubstep remix treatment and why.

Five Copies of ‘Pawn’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

Three masked gunmen hold up a local diner that turns out to be a front for the mob. For two of them, the motivation is simple: cold hard cash. However, the leader is driven by a bigger prize: a ledger that reveals corrupt activities between the mob and the police that could bring down the whole force. Starring Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Common (Date Night, Terminator Salvation), Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings, Bourne Supremacy), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Hannibal), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), and Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland, The Last Stand), Pawn is a hidden gem.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about an item that belongs to a partner/friend of yours which you would love to pawn, and what amount of payment you would sell it for.

Ten Double Passes to ‘No’
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the ‘No’ vote persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and while under scrutiny by the despot’s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

Directed by Pablo Larrain (Tony Manero) the Chilean movie is set during Augusto Pinochet’s regime and delves into the life of advertising executive Saavedra, who through a clever campaign is able to dethrone the dictator and his government. It’s a smart, involving and potent film that mixes reality and drama to provocative effect; the former by incorporating archival footage and the latter by filming on U-Matic tape to give the film its distinctive vintage aesthetic.

If you’d like an in-season double pass to No, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you’d call a Yes/No referendum on in Australia and why.

Three Copies of ‘Count Duckula: The Duckula Complete Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

The Duckula Complete Collection showcases all three series of the world's favourite ketchup-loving, vegetarian vampire in this seven-disc set. High above the Transylvanian Alps stands the dark and foreboding Castle Duckula, for centuries the home of the terrifying, blood sucking Duckula vampires. Terrifying until now… the current Count is a vegetarian vampire with a desire for showbusiness! Accompanied by his long suffering manservant Igor and his clumsy house-keeper Nanny, Duckula uses his teleporting castle to seek his fame and fortune across the world!

If you’d like a copy of this timeless cartoon classic, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which two cartoon ducks you would pit against each other in a fight, which one would win and why.

Three Copies of ‘Danger Mouse: The Complete Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

Danger Mouse is the greatest Secret Agent the world has ever known. He operates from a secret base in a postbox in Mayfair, London, and at a moment's notice, in his underwater flying car, he and his assistant Penfold will make for anywhere in the world to fight evil and villainy.

This complete collection features the Pilot Episode, interviews with Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, Danger Mouse games, biographies and more.

If you want a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which villain (real or fake) you would have Danger Mouse take on and why.

Inaugural Canberra Comedy Festival a Success, Will Return
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

Over five days and nights in March, the first ever Canberra Comedy Festival proved what many in the local comedy community had suspected: Canberra’s fervent love of live comedy would translate into a diverse and spectacularly patronised comedy festival. The festival, which ran from Tuesday March 19 to Saturday March 23, posted whopping audience numbers, with local, interstate, and international comedians performing over 28 shows, selling 90% capacity for a total box office of almost 4,000 tickets. Sold out shows were a mainstay rather than an exception, with highlights including the Opening Night Gala hosted by the Stevenson Experience and special guest Akmal, an extra show by Stephen K Amos to cope with demand, and a live marriage proposal mid-show at Tripod on the closing night of the festival. Local favourites The Stevenson Experience and Dan Connell, as well as Celia Pacquola and Luke Heggie, all played to packed houses. Those responsible for the festival are already planning the next. Said Festival Director Tim Duck, ‘Lock it in your diaries: March 2014. It’s going to be bigger and better. Next year’s line-up will blow your mind.’ The festival will be scouting acts and opening for expressions of interest from performers and volunteers later in the year. Keep an eye on the website to stay across future announcements: canberracomedyfestival.com.au.

BMA Magazine Running First Reader Survey in Nine Years!
Date Published: Tuesday, 9 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

That’s right – we’ve ignored you for almost a decade. And our disdain for your thoughts and opinions has left us stranded on an ignorant, ignorant island of blissful, creamy self-satisfaction where we mate with our cousins and bathe in whale blubber. We require enlightenment! In three minutes you can tell us what you love, what you hate, what you want to see change and what you cannot live without. What can you gain by completing it? [In Bane voice:] Everything. If you think something is worse than being teabagged by a mummy, there’s a section for that. If you think something is better than being teabagged by a mummy, there’s a section for that too. We cater to all! But seriously, BMA Magazine does what it does for people who live and listen in the ACT. It’s 2013 and there are no doubt changes you want to see made. Genres, scenes, sounds and sights may go unsung without your help. We try our best to have our fingers on the pulse but we only have so many fingers – and many of them are people just like you. Help us be the best we can be. Scan the QR code below or visit surveymonkey.com/s/795JT9L to blast the moss off this stone and keep it rolling. Bring it OOOOOON!

Guy Who Was Face of ANU School of Music 'Gutting' Continues to Make Friends
Date Published: Tuesday, 9 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

Following a push by a group of ANU students for the Australian National University to allow public access to 54 documents detailing the university’s investments in coal, oil and gas, ANU Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Young (who in 2012 became the face of the ANU’s ‘gutting’ of the School of Music) has stated, ‘the policy [of the ANU Freedom of Information office] is to push back against all requests as hard as possible’ and stood behind the claim there is ‘no public interest’ in the release of the documents. Tom Swann, the student who lodged the request and who is involved in a campus campaign for fossil fuel transparency and divestment, said ‘Clearly there is a public interest in public access to information about how public institutions are investing money. ANU should have learnt this from its experience with Metgasco, when delaying on its commitment to divest for 18 months led to reputational damage and financial losses… The FOI Act is Federal law, designed to change management culture by requiring a presumption for disclosure and transparency.’ The ANU Environment Collective, the student group behind the campus campaign, is now backed in its efforts by the ANU Students Association, which passed a unanimous motion of support at a recent meeting, and also has support from the National Tertiary Education Union. Long story short: Sux to be Vice Chancellor Young – no hugz 4 him – but he totes earned it.

Smiths Alternative Bookstore Changes Hands, Good to Good
Date Published: Tuesday, 9 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

During the You Are Here festivities, more than one event was ended with a special message from Smiths’ lovable owner, Peter Strong, to this effect: ‘Smiths has been sold!’ After months of speculation over whether or not Smiths could change hands without losing its down-to-earth essence – not to mention its newly acquired propensity for hosting great music and selling cheap booze – it has finally become apparent that a change has been enacted. And not, as some feared, for the worse. Perennial talking point Jorian Gardner and partner in crime Domenic Mico will be taking over from Strong, with assurances that the things that make Smiths Smiths will stay, and the things that need a sprucing will be getting spruced. For his years of service and for making so much possible, BMA wishes Peter Strong a fond, deeply grateful farewell. May your coming rest be equal to your toil. And to Gardner and Mico, with visions of a continued and improved pseudo-venue on the wind, we look forward to your work.

Fifth Annual Record Store Day at Landspeed Records
Date Published: Tuesday, 9 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

The lost art of buying music over the counter – Record Store Day Australia, Saturday April 20, is dedicated to the record store that still offers what every record store used to: good tunes in the store, good knowledge of music, releases you can’t find in any major retailer, vinyl to die for, rare t-shirts and posters, special edition releases, and that invaluable smell of dormant music that tells you you’re among friends. In Civic, that store is Landspeed Records, who’ll be hosting Canberra’s leg of Record Store Day for another consecutive year. This is the fifth Record Store Day Australia and last year’s was the biggest to date. Owning the physical product is becoming the badge of a real music aficionado. The elements of a release that still occupy musicians’ time are those that occupy the true follower’s: cover art, sleeve work, and the crispness of sound. Visit recordstoreday.com.au to find out more about the day itself or get down to Landspeed Records, Garema Place, on Saturday April 20 to make the most of the day’s offerings.

Album of the Issue
Date Published: Tuesday, 9 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

There is a caveat to the excellence of this album: Justin Timberlake excels at dreamy, infectious, pop R&B – if that’s not for you, it won’t be in 2013 any more than it was when he released Justified in 2002.

But there’s no denying he’s grown. Standout performances in The Social Network and Alpha Dog notwithstanding, JT’s scope as a musician has become more dependent on the dazzling, choreographed R&B of the ‘60s and ‘70s, even as it sashays deeper into murky, hallucinatory hip hop and sumptuously layered production. As always, producers J-Roc and Timbaland are there to help the magic happen, but one gets the sense all three had grown bored of snack-sized pop hits before they even began putting The 20/20 Experience together. The average track length sits around the seven-minute mark, and every one involves an unexpected twist in structure – a syrupy bridge at the end of Strawberry Bubblegum, a tempo spiral mid-Suit & Tie, a hip hop break in the tribal, ominous Don’t Hold the Wall.

Rather than an emphasis on choruses or, in fact, structure at all, The 20/20 Experience thrives on an easy groove that picks the listener up in the smooth string arrangement of opener Pusher Love Girl and puts them gently to earth in the ethereal synth tones of closer Blue Ocean Floor.

JT’s lyrics cover no new ground – this is music for the body and heart, not the brain – but why fix something ain’t broke? Frank Ocean, How To Dress Well and Miguel are pushing the boundaries of R&B and it’s phenomenal, but there is equal room for a revivalist – a great one – to continue cleaving the sounds of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and The Temptations to the finest arrangements and production of the 21st Century.

If there’s a place in your heart for music as dessert, this album is as good as it gets.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 9 April 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 2 months ago

There are far too many bands in the ACT for one person to keep track of. That fact being so, there is a stunning dearth of bands knocking on BMA Magazine’s door for support in our pages. Contrary to the popular aphorism, good things do not come to those who wait. They come to those who ask. Send me an email at editorial@bmamag.com if you’re a local band looking to get your name out there – be it in the Band Profile section or anywhere else. We’re here to help, no matter how much we like to pretend we hate you.

Now to a slew of bands who have no trouble helping themselves: Machina Genova, Mark My Words, Declaration and Reigner – all of whom will be appearing at The Phoenix Bar on Thursday April 11 from 9pm. I haven’t a clue what they’re charging on the door but the bouncer’s a lovely fellow so just pat him on the belly and crawl inside after he’s decked you.

The ACT Writers Centre is running a series of workshops at the moment, the first of which will take place from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Friday April 12. It’s called Read My Words, Know My Name and is designed to teach review writing and applying for writing opportunities. Check their website or ours, or turn to our Entertainment Guide, for details on that and other workshops.

Friday April 12 also sees Ribongia playing Hippo Bar from 8pm for $10 door fee. Apparently he’s amazing but the locals in support – Aeon, Coach Bombay and Shotgun Cubs – are where it’s at for this guy.

On Saturday April 13, Civic Square will be overrun from 4pm to 8pm with No Need To Be Told, a free Centenary event sporting a great line-up of free workshops, markets, talks and live music, including from Darren Hanlon and Baba Israel. Dunno who that last guy is, just wanted to write his name.

Also that weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, is This Is Art Market at Yarralumla Woolshed. These folks have tried their darndest to provide local artists a means to ply their wares without having to pay exorbitant gallery prices – and in order to make it enticing to regular folk, they’ve also rustled up the best food, wine, beer, music and everything else to make a weekend of it. Free entry ftw.

Also this weekend, Saturday April 13, Lip Magazine will be launching its 23rd issue at Lonsdale Street Traders. In that comfortably intimate setting, local bands Cromwell, Fossil Rabbit and Finnigan & Brother will be providing the music. Doors open at 6:30pm and it’s $5 entry or $10 with a copy of the new issue.

The best in Canberran hip hop will be under one roof on Monday April 15 when one of the most intelligent, eloquent working MCs in the world, Pharaoahe Monch, comes to Transit Bar. Newsense, Stateovmind, Nix and Scotts will all be performing support sets for Monch – and whether you go for the headliner or just stay for him, this is a show not to miss.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Five copies of ‘Seven Psychopaths’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Novice screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) has come down with a bad case of writer's block and is struggling to find inspiration for his new script, ‘Seven Psychopaths’. All he needs is a little focus and some deranged oddballs for inspiration. Billy (Sam Rockwell) is Marty's best friend, an unemployed actor and part-time dog thief, who wants to help Marty, by any means necessary. Hans (Christopher Walken) is Billy's partner in crime. Charlie (Woody Harrelson) is the psychopathic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie is unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn't think twice about killing anyone and anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.

If you’d like a copy of this madhouse comedy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what object of yours – if stolen – would incite you to Woody Harrelson-style violence and why. And also how, but don’t go and do it afterwards because then we could get in trouble.

Five copies of ‘Hell on Wheels – Season 2’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Hell on Wheels stars Anson Mount as former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, who’s struggling to escape his demons from the recently fought Civil War. Colm Meaney stars as Thomas "Doc" Durant, a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of the changing times, and musician/actor Common is Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice. Centred on the lawless town known as Hell on Wheels that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, the series examines the railroad's institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction.

If you’d like a copy of this undoubtedly violent and race-heavy show, email allan@bmamag.com and extol the virtues of your favourite violent, race-heavy movie or TV show.

Three copies of ‘Quartermass and the Pit’ (Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

A force more powerful than 1,000 H-bombs unleashed to devastate Earth! World in panic! Cities in flames!

Whilst working on a new subway tunnel for the London Underground, a group of construction workers uncover a strangely shaped skull amongst the rubble. Nearby is another discovery; a large, mysterious and impenetrable metal object. Initially mistaken for an unexploded bomb, the origins of the object and its strange power are far more horrific and terrifying than anybody could have possibly imagined. Is it of this earth? Could it be the ancestral link to mankind's evolution? Or could it be an ancient link to unleashing ultimate evil? There's only one man capable of unravelling the clues, his name is Professor Bernard Quartermass, a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world, a man of science.

If you’d like to watch Quartermass unravel the secrets of an otherworldly object, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the weirdest thing you’ve dug out of the ground.

 

Three copies of ‘Dracula: Prince of Darkness’ (Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Four English tourists find themselves stranded in the mysterious village of Karlsbad, a sinister and remote place of deadly, dark legend. Their journey leads them to an abandoned castle where a nightmarish destiny awaits them. However, it wasn't just fate that brought them here, but an evil force in need of resurrection, a blood craving beast known as Count Dracula, Prince of Darkness.

Starring one of the many princes of hammer horror, Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings), this counts as a cheesy classic with the best of them.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the name of the king of hammer horror who featured in Michael Jackson’s track, Thriller.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

With the advent of the National Folk Festival on Thursday March 28, the last major event in Canberra’s Centenary month of March will begin, and with its end on Monday April 1, so will end what many in Canberra have found to be the most stimulating, exhausting, rewarding and frustrating month in all their time here. Since the beginning of March, Canberrans have been treated to and run ragged by Enlighten, One Big Day, You Are Here, Art, Not Apart, the Canberra Comedy Festival, and, last and least, BMA’s own exhibition, Canberra at Street Level, which continues at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House, until Saturday April 6. Just kidding. No one cares about the last thing.

The Folk Festival’s taken an interesting turn this year, with the rearrangement of its internal layout and the grafting of larger acts like Husky and Jordie Lane to bolster numbers. The prices are still exactly what people have come to love griping about, but if you love it, you love it regardless. See folkfestival.org.au for tickets and info.

Local artist Julia Boyd is opening her exhibition, Fluidity, on Thursday March 28 at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, and launching her own book too. The launch opens at 6pm and you can check this issue’s Artist Profile for reasons to attend.

Impro ACT. I don’t really know where they came from or what exactly they do but they’re having a ‘showcase’ at Casino Canberra from Fri-Sun April 5-7. There’ll be a heap of short plays and, I would imagine, some heavy improvisation. I won’t be attending because improvisation makes me deeply uncomfortable as it is life’s version of intensely awkward comedy, but if you’re into it head to impro.com.au for info and tickets.

Sunday April 7 sees Minh playing the next instalment of Sunday Best @ A Bite to Eat Café. If you’re one of these yuppie muppets who’s recently begun using the phrase ‘I love tapas’ like it means something, they have a tapas happy hour as well as a regular happy hour so head along at 5pm. Entry is free.

2XX’s Local n Live are responsible for the line-up at Monday April 8’s Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix Bar. I haven’t seen any of the acts on offer – Party Gravy, Nozl, Moon Landing and Kid of Harith – but I trust the people involved and so should you. Entry is free from 8pm – as always.

Green Drinks is a multinational internet-based organisation dedicated to the idea that ‘green’ people (intended to mean people interested in sustainability and the environment, but which deserves a liberal interpretation) would benefit from getting together to share a drink every month. Green Drinks Canberra has been inactive for a while but will meet for the first time in a while at Wig & Pen on Tuesday April 9 at 5:30pm. All welcome.

And finally, the next instalment of Acoustic Soup at the ANU Food Co-op will take place on Wednesday April 10. The musicians who will be present are yet to be revealed but the food is no such diva. Entry is $8 for members/students and $10 for everyone else. Get in from 7:30-10pm.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Five copies of WWE’s ‘Royal Rumble 2013’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Finally... The Rock has come back to Royal Rumble! In his first title match in over ten years, The Great One goes one-on-one with the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the last quarter century, CM Punk. Plus, Big Show looks to regain the World Heavyweight Championship from Alberto Del Rio in a ruthless Last Man Standing Match. And it's every man for himself when 30 WWE Superstars collide for the opportunity to headline WrestleMania 29 in the iconic Royal Rumble match. The Road to WrestleMania begins here... at the Royal Rumble.

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of Royal Rumble 2013, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which non-wrestling-affiliated individual you’d enjoy entering as a wild card and why.

Four double passes to David Strassman in Canberra
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

International comedy star David Strassman returns to Australia with his brand new show, Careful What You Wish For! Strassman's new show ventures down the rabbit hole. Alternate realities? Parallel universes? It's a mind-bending journey into a world where nothing is as it seems. Chuck and Ted E. Bare are back but a strange ‘wish’ transforms them into comical alternate selves, taking over Strassman's mind. The road home may be scary for Strassman…but hilarious for audiences.

Thanks to our friends at Shock Factor, we have two double passes to each of Strassman’s Canberra shows to give away. If you’d like a pass to his show at Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre on Thursday March 14 (7pm/9:15pm) or Canberra Erindale Vikings Club on Friday March 15 (7pm), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the best idea you can think of for a ventriloquist’s puppet.

(Performance is rated MA15+. Children 12 to 15 years must be accompanied by parents or guardian. No one under 12 years admitted.)

Three copies of Riff Axelerator’s Joe Satriani Guitar Tutorial (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Joe Satriani fans take heart. If you can’t make the trek to Sydney you can still learn to shred like him with Riff Axelerator. This is a downloadable speed-building tool (for PC and Mac) that gets faster while you simply play along. We have three Joe Satriani packs to give away which will teach you ten ‘Satch style’ licks in an innovative way, helping you play better with less effort. Try out the free online demo at riffaxelerator.com.

To enter, tell us which part of the guitar does the 'R' in the Riff Axelerator logo represent.

Five copies of ‘Grow Your Own Drugs: Season 1’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Start making your own remedies in order to save money and feel healthier. Not what you thought it was, huh?

From insect repellent made from lemongrass to anti-dandruff oil made from garden herbs, homemade natural remedies are about to get a makeover as ethnobotanist James Wong reveals how to grow your own drugs.

The UK’s most loved ethnobotanist James Wong returns with another series packed full of inspiring natural remedies for minor everyday ailments, plus a few luxurious beauty treats to make you look and feel wonderful. James wants us to see beyond the ornamental value of familiar plants and appreciate the role they can play in taking care of our health.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what else you think could use a DIY TV show tutorial.

Five copies of ‘Cooper – The Complete Series (British TV Classics)’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

In his trademark fez, with a look of heroic confusion and a perfect sense of comic timing, Tommy Cooper could have an audience in his pocket before he even said a word. Then the jokes would flow, the tricks fall flat and an open-mouthed Cooper would reduce them once more to helplessness. And so, for 30 years, this burly, gangly, seemingly incompetent magician dominated light entertainment television.

This compilation features all six episodes from the 1975 series, with the master comedian and eternally frustrated magician in some of his classic sketches and routines.

If you’d like copy, email a link to allan@bmamag.com of your favourite ever Tommy Cooper sketch.

Five copies of Glengarry Glen Ross (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his acclaimed 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name.

The film depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen and how they become desperate when the corporate office sends a trainer to ‘motivate’ them by announcing that, in one week, all except the top two salesmen will be fired.

The film, like the play, is notorious for its use of profanity, leading the cast to jokingly refer to the film as ‘Death of a Fuckin' Salesman’. The cast in question is one of the finest all-male casts ever assembled, with Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin and Ed Harris in co-lead roles.

If you want a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would name the remake of this film if it starred Nicolas Cage in every role.

Five copies of ‘Anton Corbijn: Inside Out’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Anton Corbijn is one of the most versatile and authoritative visual artists of the past thirty years and has had a vast influence on what defines fame and artistry in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Initially, as a photographer, he played a large part in building the image of artists such as Joy Division, U2 and Depeche Mode, and has contributed to the redefinition of the iconography of artists like The Rolling Stones and Metallica. Having also made the crossover to film with music videos, Corbijn also made the successful transition to feature films in the last decade.

For the first time Corbijn has granted full access to his life and contacts. Inside Out examines Anton’s youth and current life and, so doing, searches for the source and meaning of the themes in his life and work: sacrifice, fame, religion and death. The film shows what drives him and what his ideas are on the modern icons that he has created.

Director Klaartje Quirijns reveals the artist that has spent much time hidden from the public eye and uncovers how he sees himself. She exposes his character and work through critical and comprehensible interviews with, among others, Bono, Herbert Grönemeyer and Metallica, but above all the man himself. The result is an intimate and revealing portrait of a very important artist of postmodern pop culture.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which iconic rock star became the subject of an acclaimed biopic by Corbijn in 2007.

Five copies of LCD Soundsystem documentary ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

‘If it’s going to be a funeral…let’s have the best funeral ever.’ These words belong to James Murphy, the creative genius and music prodigy that gave the world one of the most prolific bands of the past generation, LCD Soundsystem.

Throughout the course of their bewildering success, rumours began to swirl that one of the most celebrated and influential bands in recent memory was to be disbanded. Eventually, the rumours proved to be true. On the night of April 2, 2011, LCD and their frontman James Murphy performed in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden, marking the event as the last time people will ever see them perform live again.

Their final headline show was heralded as a near four-hour extravaganza. Murphy and co. wanted to make sure their departure from the music scene would be remembered fondly and to say thanks to their passionate fans, they delivered the most moving and emotional performance the sold out New York crowd had ever seen.

Shut Up and Play the Hits is the film that follows James Murphy in the crucial 48 hours that lead up to the most important gig of his life, and documents the imperative concert that brought dance fans together for one last party. The documentary launched at Melbourne Film Festival last August and has since, played at sold out festivals and outdoor screenings across Australia.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which member of LCD Soundsystem came to Trinity Bar just a few weeks back.

Five copies of ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ (DVD/Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Director Peter Strickland (household favourites Katalin Varga, MIFF 09) lifts the curtain on cinematic sound production in this story of hapless audio engineer Gilderoy (Toby Jones, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), who finds himself transplanted from the safety of his garden shed to Italy's cheapest, sleaziest post-production studios to work on a sordid horror film. As the mayhem manufactured for the big screen begins to reflect the world this side of the camera, the exploitative environment of his new job – a huge departure from the nature documentaries he’s used to – begins to take its toll on Gilderoy, sending him into a world of turmoil, and ensuring his grip on reality grows ever looser.

With a soundtrack by revered UK band Broadcast, Berberian Sound Studio is a nostalgic tribute to the giallo films of the ‘70s.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which literary giant Toby Jones portrayed in a 2006 biopic.

Five copies of ‘Justified: Season 3’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

In the nonstop, gunslinging third season of the highly acclaimed hit series, Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) must wield his brand of renegade justice against modern crime like never before.

Surrounded by dirty politicians, drug cartels, murder frames, hidden fortunes and multiple criminal forces warring for control – including archenemies Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins, The Shield) and Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies in his Emmy-winning role), a mystery man named ‘Limehouse’, a lethal mob enforcer newly arrived from the Motor City, and in a final shocking showdown, his own father – Givens finds himself in everyone's cross hairs.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what film saw Timothy Olyphant play a Los Angeles drug dealer with a mean streak and a heart of gold.

Five copies of Ross Noble’s ‘Stitches’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Comedic superstar and honorary Aussie, Ross Noble, is heading to the small screen this March like you have never seen him before – as a zombie clown slasher in Anchor Bay Entertainment’s critically acclaimed horror parody of the year, Stitches.

Fresh from its UK theatrical release, Stitches is perfectly timed to whet the appetite of comedy fans in the lead up to Ross Noble’s eagerly anticipated national Australian tour ‘Mindblender’. Starring Ross Noble, Gemma-Leah Devereux (The Tudors) and Tommy Knight (Doctor Who), Stitches is the hilariously gruesome black comedy about a zombie clown seeking revenge on those who have wronged him.

Jaded Richard Grindle, known as Stitches, is the sleaziest clown working the Irish children’s party circuit. Arriving late to one birthday, his timing is off – the bratty kids are a nightmare, and a prank goes horribly wrong when he falls on a kitchen knife and heads to the Big Top in the sky.

Years later, the same nasty kids attend another more grown-up bash. Little do they know that thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uninvited guest of honour, seeking revenge on those responsible for his untimely death.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which comedian you would have picked to play a homicidal clown and why.

Five copies of ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

On DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital from February 27, Searching for Sugar Man is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

In the late ‘60s, Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers, who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They quickly recorded an album with him, believing that it would secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumours of a gruesome on-stage suicide.

Meanwhile, a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, became a phenomenon. With a sense that they had only half the story behind this amazing and influential artist, two South African fans set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story much more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

Screening across the country in 2012, Searching for Sugar Man has become a critical and commercial success story, earning over $450,000 at the Australian box-office – with some locations still offering sessions – and rekindling a national love affair with his music.

If you’d like a copy of the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him Rodriguez’s full name. 

Five double passes to Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Capture the spirit of an endless summer with Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas’ first annual season of live music and feature films at Canberra – on the lawn of life, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin from Sun-Wed March 17-27.

Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up their huge movie screen from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians.

To top it off, every Sunday screening is a 'Sundae Session', a dedicated live music event with free Ben & Jerry's ice cream for all!

The eclectic film program line-up is one of quirky comedies, retro classics, great Australian fare, award-winning features, new releases, premieres and sneak previews.

If you’d like a double pass to one of their screenings in Canberra, email allan@bmamag.com to tell him you’re entering and then visit facebook.com/CanberraOpenairCinema and give the page a like for your chance to win tickets. See openaircinemas.com.au/canberra/home for full session details.

Darth Vader Balloon Exists
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

I don’t know if everyone’s parents dragged them out of bed before dawn to take them to the Canberra Balloon Spectacular when they were young. I don’t know if those same parents refused, year after year, to pay to actually ride in one of the balloons. I don’t know if those kids, in later life, reflected on how a large birthday cake balloon (which only got one metre off the ground) was meant to surprise and excite them. What I do know is that if there had been a balloon in the shape of Darth Vader’s helmet I might have given a shit. Well, now there is. And you can see it on the lawns of Old Parliament House until Sunday March 17 from 6am to 10am every morning. For more info visit events.act.gov.au/balloons.

Students Protesting Accomplishes Something
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

The student group supporting ANU’s decision to sell its shares in Metgasco, a controversial coal seam gas miner, have launched a new campaign calling on ANU to go completely fossil free. Tom Swann, student in the Master of Climate Change program at the ANU and spokesperson for the group Fossil Free ANU, stated recently, ‘Fossil investment faces serious risks – from community opposition to their environmental damage and from clean energy, which is becoming cheaper far faster than many expected. Study after study shows the damage caused by coal and unconventional gas – damage to local health, water and agriculture, and to our climate. The maths is devastatingly clear: most of the world's carbon is unburnable if we are to have any chance at a stable future.’ Vice Chancellor Prof. Ian Young agreed in 2011 to divest ANU from its major holding in Metgasco, following a campus campaign targeting the environmental dangers of coal seam gas mining. The students join a global college divestments movement now spread across more than 250 campuses in the US, with a number of early victories. Show your support (or tell idiot hippies to shut up if that’s your inclination) via @FossilFreeANU or on facebook.com/fossilfreeANU.

Art in Festivals Initiative Calling for Artists
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

The SITUATE Art in Festivals initiative, which supports early career artists to develop experimental work within a festival environment, is calling for artists to participate. Basically if you apply successfully they give you some portion of $250,000 and you get to work with artists and technicians to see your work created in a site-specific context at one of Australia’s festivals. Partner festivals include Boomerang, Big Day Out, Harvest, Peats Ridge and more. 15 early career artists, working across artforms and disciplines, will be selected through a national call by a Curatorium comprised of practicing artists, industry professionals and curators. These artists will then attend an intensive 16-day residential Artist Laboratory in Tasmania, which includes time at the closing weekend of the new winter Dark MOFO festival. They will be mentored by established artists and producers as they develop their ideas and concepts and will then go through a commissioning process by partner festivals leading to the production and presentation of their work in 2014 and 2015. Applications open Monday March 25, 2013, for two weeks, closing on Monday April 8, 2013, via the SITUATE: Art in Festivals website: situate.org.au.

Charity Does Something Not Painful, Surprises: Vintage Tee Day
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

BMA is snowed under with endless indistinguishable news items from charities. Every one of them can be summarised thusly: ‘We are a charity. We have been a charity for a while. We are continuing to be a charity. Send money.’ But the Salvation Army – or more likely a PR company working on their behalf – has come with Vintage Tee Day, an event taking place nationally on Friday March 22. It’s pretty vague, really, but asks only two things of people: Visit a Salvos store to buy a vintage tee, or wear a vintage tee in order to show support for the notion that the turnover of clothes in the Western world is grossly high. There are some good stats to support the latter idea: Salvos Stores recycle over 55,000 tonnes of goods and re-sell 6.39 million items of clothing every year; and it takes 2,700 litres to produce just one cotton t-shirt. So dig out your old band shirts – the ones they make imitations of today and sell to yuppie fucks for $60+ – and throw it on. That or visit a Salvos. For more info, visit salvosstores.com.au.

Belconnen Arts Centre has Gallery Space
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

Belconnen Arts Centre, on the shores of Lake Ginninderra, is now accepting applications for their gallery, outdoor gallery, foyer and arts lounge. The spaces are available for exhibitions in 2014. Their press release says some stuff about what they’re looking for: ‘exhibitions of a high quality standard, which embrace themes, subjects and ideas of importance to the ACT community’; ‘a balance of artistic expression’; ‘creating a space which welcomes and inspires engagement’. BMA has already bagged up a crap and mailed it off and recommends you do the same. Not that you can compete with that calibre of art, but if you want to embarrass yourself by putting forward actual art then visit belconnenartscentre.com.au/about/index.html, email info@belconnenartscentre.com.au or phone (02) 6173 3300.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 12 March 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 3 months ago

This instalment of Locality will distil for you the best elements of the 111 events about to rain down on Canberra as part of the third You Are Here multi-arts extravaganza. Why? Someone needs to be in the no man’s land between ‘Canberra is the best place in the world and everything that happens here is beautiful’ and ‘Fuck this place’.

For the uninitiated, You Are Here is a festival that aims to fill the centre of our city – every empty shopfront and deserted concourse – with live music, art and chicanery from Thu-Sun March 14-24. It’s a huge hot mess, essentially, one that embraces this city’s immaturity and imperfection in pursuit of the greater goal of enlivening its inhabitants. What you see may not always be perfect, but it will be there. Which is why my first pick of You Are Here goes to Conan the Barbarian (with Director’s Commentary) at Fletcher Jones (the self-declared headquarters of the You Are Here honchos) on Thursday March 14, 9pm.

The following day, Friday March 15, at 8pm in Ainslie Place on City Walk, ten local bands will present Mixtape from Canberra, a live performance in which each band gets one song on the same stage. Waterford, Cracked Actor and Crash the Curb are this guy’s picks.

Saturday March 16 sees the third Art, Not Apart multi-arts festival take over the NewActon Precinct. You can turn to page 36 for our feature on that. Suffice to say you’re a deadshit if you miss it by choice. The same day Smiths Alternative Bookshop will see Dro Carey host gRage from 6:30pm. gRage sees musicians playing their favourite music videos with a little taster of their own live music at the end.

The highlight of Sunday March 17 can be found in Tocumwal Lane (behind Landspeed Records) and is called Christmas Lane. It’s a day-long festival running from 12pm to 6:30pm, featuring live music, participatory events and a whole bunch of other shit.

I can’t vouch for it beyond my own contribution (which will undoubtedly be half-baked bile) but Smiths Alternative Bookshop hosts Debate: 2014 aka The Great Comedown from 7pm on Tuesday March 19. It’ll see yours truly debate five other local bums on the benefits and potential downfalls of the Centenary. At 8pm the same night, the National Film & Sound Archive hosts Hit Him in the Comic Cuts. Three local musical geniuses have each been given a 20-minute reel of silent Australian footage from the 1920s and tasked with providing their clip a soundtrack. Anticipate greatness even as you equip yourself for inebriation.

Wednesday March 20 sees Cracked Actor hosting another instalment of gRage at Smiths Alternative Bookshop from 8pm. They’re genuinely brilliant so go.

On Thursday March 21 from 6:30pm, also at Smiths, is Canberra Roast, an impressive event. Shane Rattenbury, Karen Middleton, Julia Holman and other impressive folks have been assembled to rag on our city, no holds barred. From 8pm that same Thursday in Petrie Plaza, Literally Too Many DJs is going to see 20 DJs play no more than 360 seconds, each one mixing in from the last. Downright stupid? Yes.

And finally, for the zinesters among us, Canberra Zine Emporium will launch their first ever zine fair in Rabaul Lane on Saturday March 23 from 11am.

Having mentioned so few of 111 events on offer, the most useful recommendation I can give you is to pick up a program or visit youareherecanberra.com and pick your programme yourself.

And that’s everything local I care about, bar quite a bit.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Belconnen Arts Centre to hold Int’l Women’s Day Forum
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

The United Nations International Women’s Day theme for 2013 is The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum, and focuses on the status of women internationally and improvements – paradigm shifts – made in arenas globally. To mark IWD 2013, Belconnen Arts Centre presents Paradigm Shifts, a public forum bringing together three Canberra-based women to provide insight into the paradigm shifts in their own working worlds and areas of interest. The program, moderated by Genevieve Jacobs, Mornings Presenter, ABC 666 Radio, will present Fran Raymond (National Board Member of UN Women Australia), Melissa Clarke (federal political reporter for ABC News 24) and Dr Louise Hamby (Adjunct Fellow at the Australian National University) in a public forum in which each woman will discuss the major changes and challenges in their own professional arenas. The talks will take place at Belconnen Arts Centre on Wednesday March 6, 5:30-7pm. For more info, call (02) 6173 3300 or email info@belconnenartscentre.com.au. Tickets are $10; to book, visitparadigmshifts.eventbrite.com.au.

The Front’s Centenary Exhibition calls for Submissions
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

As part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations The Front will be curating a special exhibition and invite you to contribute a work for this collaborative collection. The exhibition will coincide with the Centenary of Canberra Lyneham Party at the Shops event on Friday March 15, which will include an outdoors stage, bands, spoken work and poetry, artist paste-ups and live works and market stalls. To express interest to participate in this collaborative exhibition reply to front.gallery@gmail.com email with: your name and contact details; a short description of your work; the dimensions of the work you would like to contribute; a photo (if possible); and, if you intend to have your work for sale, include the price. Works will need to be dropped off at The Front on Mon/Tue March 4/5 to be hung that week. The official opening of the exhibition will be on Friday March 15 but will be open to the public from Sunday March 10 until Sunday March 17. Limited places are still available at the market stalls at the Party at the Shops event. If you are interested in having a space to sell your work outdoors contact Karen Radford at glossywords@gmail.com to discuss.

 

 

Coca Cola Behaves like an Arse-Plate
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Right now, a group of beverage industry giants led by Coca Cola are taking the Northern Territory Government to court for starting the territory’s first ever ‘Cash for Containers’ recycling scheme. For those of you who’ve never looked closely at the side of a soft drink bottle, Cash for Containers is a scheme offering a small recycling incentive which has been running in South Australia for over 30 years. By offering a 10 cent per container deposit refund for consumers, recycling rates there are now double those across the rest of the country. But Coca Cola wants none of it – even though enormous amounts of research show this is the best possible way to curb the wastage from the 14 billion plastic containers used by Australians every year, and 80 percent of Australians support a national Cash for Containers scheme. Coke’s solution, by the way, is to put more bins out, for which they will not foot the bill. Anyway, if you can be bothered, visit greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=35&src=EMAA to sign a petition destined for politicians’ desks which supports a push for a national Cash for Containers scheme.

 

Us Folk Magazine Celebrates 1st Birthday
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Since the launch of their first issue in March 2012, Us Folk have continued to promote emerging young artists, photographers, designers and writers from Canberra and the surrounding region. BMA can, without a hint of shame, declare untold admiration for Us Folk’s consistently magnificent style and content. Within only one year of their first issue they are soon to release their fourth, coinciding somewhat perfectly with their one-year anniversary. Their fourth issue upholds their ethos of supporting home-grown talent, featuring illustrations, articles and photography from a range of volunteers who have given their time and energy – all for the love of contributing to a local Canberran publication. They will be launching their fourth issue at La De Da on Friday March 15 from 7pm, so get along to grab a copy and wish them happy birthday. For more info, visit us-folk.com.

 

 

 

Two Double Passes to Drapht at Zierholz @ UC on Thursday March 21
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

He's back! Subsequently going to ground after last year’s Big Day Out Tour, Drapht has resurfaced with two completely new and free tracks, plus a University-based tour throughout Australia to go with them.

With all that in mind, Drapht & triple j brings to you The Uni-Verse Tour! Not only consisting of Drapht's killer four-piece band, but also harbouring the strength and support of close Perth friend N'fa Jones, who you may have also heard feature on Drapht's Bali Party and again on Drapht's 1990's that can be heard on triple j airwaves nationally. To add to the list of names, the second support slot will be filled by the Queensland up and comers, Seven and Mr. Hill.

If you’d like a double pass to the show, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the best misspelled MC name you can come up with. (It’s okay if it’s shit – they all are.)

Five copies of ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (DVD/Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

In Montreal, a Year 6 class is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of their beloved teacher, Martine. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar, a 55 year-old Algerian immigrant, makes his way to the school and offers his services as a substitute teacher. Little by little, Lazhar comes to understand this motley but endearing group, among whom are Alice and Simon, two charismatic pupils particularly affected by their teacher’s passing. Yet while the class begins to heal, nobody in the school is aware of Lazhar’s painful past.

Nominated for an Oscar in 2012, Monsieur Lazhar is a profoundly moving story about a group of young schoolchildren coming to terms with the adult world before their time, and the inspirational educator who transforms their lives.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which Frenchman would be most likely to change your life and why.

 

 

Five Double Passes to ‘Barbara’ at Palace Electric Cinemas from Thu Mar 7
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Set in 1980, director Christian Petzold’s latest work centres on a doctor (Nina Hoss) exiled to a small town from East Berlin as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany).

Planning to flee for Denmark with her boyfriend, Barbara remains icy and withdrawn around her colleagues, particularly with the lead physician (Ronald Zehrfeld), who is hiding a secret of his own. With her patients, however, the guarded doctor is kind, warm, and protective, even risking her own safety for one of her charges.

But as the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control, over herself, her plans and over love.

Masterfully controlled and totally absorbing, this Cold War thriller expertly details the costs of telling and withholding the truth.

If you’d like a double pass to the flashy new picture house in NewActon, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which is better: east side or west side?

 

 

Two Double Passes to Dendy’s ‘Fashion Film Classics’
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

With the 50th Anniversary of Canberra Centre approaching, Dendy Cinemas have the pleasure of assisting with the celebrations by hosting two classic fashion film nights in March.

The first event will take place on Wednesday March 6, with a screening of a film loved by many, the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A young New York socialite (Audrey Hepburn) becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building.

The second event will showcase the ever so popular Sex and the City movie. The film continues from the hit TV show, with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) a New York writer on sex and love finally getting married to her Mr. Big (Chris Noth). The movie will screen on Wednesday March 20.

Both events will be held at Dendy and the price is $15: sparkling on arrival, popcorn, lucky door prizes, mini fashion workshop and feature movie presentation. Bookings are essential for these once off screenings, and can be made by phoning (02) 6221 8900 or visiting dendy.com.au, but thanks to Dendy we have two double passes – one to each screening – to give away. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com, tell him which film you want to see and why the film you want to see is infinitely more fashionable than the other.

 

 

Five Double Passes to Michelle Nicolle at Teatro Vivaldi
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Celebrating their new CD release Mancini the Michelle Nicolle Quartet are coming to Canberra performing songs from the Henry Mancini Songbook. Since 1998 The Michelle Nicolle Quartet has released seven critically acclaimed albums. Their new CD celebrates the music of one of the world’s greatest composers. With original arrangements by Michelle, Mancini travels from two of the most well known pieces in history, Moon River and Peter Gunn Theme to lesser known treasures like the beautifully crafted Dreamsville. Widely regarded as the finest jazz singer in the country Michelle Nicolle continues to impress, with 2012 performances including Asia Pacific Festival (Siberia), The Schlot (Berlin) Wangarratta Jazz festival and a national tour with her quartet.

If you’d like a double pass to their show at Teatro Vivaldi on Sunday March 10, 4pm, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which composer you’d pit in a death match with Henry Mancini and why. (A copy of Nicole’s album goes to the best two answers!)

 

Two Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunities to Don a Sonicanimation Technotubby Suit and Dance Onstage with Sonicanimation
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Over the years the infamous gigantic furry Technotubbies have graced the stages at Big Day Out and appeared along side the likes of The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Fat Boy Slim and Basement Jaxx. Having just performed at 2012’s Homebake, pioneers of Australian electronica, sonicanimation are heading out on tour.

Thanks to the sonicanimation men themselves, we have the opportunity to offer two unfathomably lucky people the chance to wear one of the two original Technotubby suits live on stage with sonicanimation when they play The Clubhouse on Saturday March 23! This includes a free double pass to the show to boot.

(By the way, if ‘Technotubby’ doesn’t mean anything to you, watch this.)

If you’d like to be one of the two people having the best night of their life, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what ‘theme’ you would use to decorate your very own Technotubby. (Hint: be as awesome as possible.)

 

 

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 26 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

If you haven’t been to the ANU Food Co-op lunches yet, it’s likely you’ll be murdered. For $6 you can take part in an organic vegetarian feast from midday to 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. Take a piece of tyre rubber and a lighter so you can set it ablaze and ‘Hyah!’ hippies away with the acrid smoke, but otherwise enjoy yourself.

Thursday February 28 sees an aging family man-cum-wannabe MC doing battle for no one’s attention with a group of pubes who spent some of their retardedly large salaries on electric instruments. That’s right, you can find our ex-columnist Ced Nada on the decks at Hippo Bar from 9pm, and over at The Phoenix Bar, Waterford are headlining a night with The Burley Griffin and A Drone Coda.

If you want to see people whose sperm hasn’t begun to swim in circles, head to Smiths Alternative Bookshop on Friday March 1 at 8pm. $5 will get you into the launch of local indie electro group Spartak’s new single, Catch/Control, which sports local producer Deaf Cat and others in support.

The Enlighten festival launches that same day, although where exactly is hard to say. Much like The Centenary, their program seems to have done a ‘Blob’ and absorbed a whole slew of unrelated shit. How, exactly, Bell Shakespeare’s Henry 4 is part of Enlighten baffles me, but regardless, there are many parts of the Enlighten program that are fantastic. Visit enlightencanberra.com or turn to page 47 for our rundown of the highlights. It ends Saturday March 9.

A week earlier, Saturday March 2, Transit Bar will host Playwrite with locals Safia from 8pm. If you’ve been hearing any of this stuff on the radio where big buzzy electronic tones and plink-plonking pianos kinda smash around while some white guy sings falsetto and it didn’t make you want to bury the steering wheel in your fucking head then head along. It’s free if that makes a difference.

The Tallest Man on Earth isn’t local – he’s about the furthest thing from it – but it’s worth mentioning that he’s appearing in Canberra for the first time ever on Wednesday March 6 at Zierholz @ UC. If his moniker doesn’t mean anything to you then just think of your favourite singer-songwriter and take my word he’s as good if not much, much better than whoever you’re thinking of – and I’m thinking of every singer-songwriter I know and that includes the one you’re thinking of and a lot of others you’ve never even heard of fuck you let’s fight. The show starts at 8pm and advance tickets are $45 + bf through Moshtix.

On Friday March 8, the ten-day period allowed for filmmaking is up in the Lights! Canberra! Action! competition and the awful results will be smeared onto a screen at Old Parliament House from 7pm. And the same night at Palace Electric Cinema in NewActon (which, I’ve discovered, is really just a part of Acton that has decided it deserves its own name, which is dumb) the Alliance Française French Film Festival begins. The festival (acronym ‘AFFFF’, which just rolls off the tongue) runs until Tuesday March 26 and you can find full details at affrenchfilmfestival.org.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Five copies of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Blu-ray)
Date Published: Wednesday, 13 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Five copies of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Blu-ray)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a box office smash when first released in 1990 and remains a cult classic with fans today. Duke Home Entertainment will release the original film on Blu-Ray for the first time, so viewers can relive the adventures of the Turtles in their first live-action film. After wading in a puddle of radio-active waste, these radical reptiles are transformed into New York City's greatest crime-fighting quartet. Featuring a soundtrack with MC Hammer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will captivate adults and kids alike with its blend of humour, camaraderie and martial arts action. You'll have one shell of a good time! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is rated PG.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and make the most compelling argument the world has ever seen as to why your favourite Ninja Turtle is best Turtle.

Five copies of The Office – Season 8: Part 1 (DVD)
Date Published: Wednesday, 13 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Five copies of The Office – Season 8: Part 1 (DVD)

Big changes are in store for Scranton after Season 7 farewelled insatiable boss, Michael Scott (played by Steve Carrell). Andy (Ed Helms) has now taken over as manager of Dunder Mifflin and finds the job more than he bargained for. He wants to win the respect of his employees, while going toe-to-toe with Robert California (James Spader), the enigmatic new CEO. Meanwhile, Erin (Ellie Kemper) harbours lingering feelings for Andy; Angela’s (Angela Kinsey) relationship deepens with her dashing State Senator; and Darryl (Craig Robinson) looks for love in the warehouse.

Whether you’re an English or US Office fan, there’s something in this for both. If you want a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who your favourite character (from either version) is and why.

Locality
Date Published: Monday, 11 February 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 4 months ago

Since moving into its latest surrounds on the ground floor of the Lena Karmel UniLodge, the ANU Food Co-op has not only attempted to serve their amazing $4 lunches more regularly but has done so under pressure of significantly higher rents. With the aid of another regular event, Acoustic Soup, on Wednesday February 13, hopefully they can begin to cement their place there. Acoustic Soup offers food and music side by side from 6:30pm for $10 ($8 for students).

On Friday February 15, the first of two nights in Canberra’s most popular metal festival will kick off at The Basement. Shananigans is now in its sixth year and showing no signs of releasing its stranglehold on the stray cats it hunts in the suburbs of Belconnen and murders and uses to sate its 48-hour bloodlust and then sells as pelts to idiot hipsters. This year it has too many acts to list here so just visit their Facebook page. Doors open at 7:30pm both nights and it’s $40 for both nights if you pre-buy at the bar or $25 per night on the door.

The following night, Saturday February 16, The Phoenix Bar plays host to The Fighting League. They’re supported by Spirit Valley and Danger Beach. Plugging locals like The Fighting League becomes something of a regular event when you write a column founded on the premise of plugging locals like The Fighting League but plugging locals like The Fighting League is exactly when a column like this comes even marginally within reach of providing a community service worth providing. The show starts at 9:30pm.

Sunday February 17 sees A Bite to Eat Café continuing their Sunday Best series with Mark Rice. It may be all the way down in Chifley but if you haven’t been to A Bite to Eat I strongly recommend making the journey and a Sunday evening is the perfect time to do it. Every Sunday sports a free live act (almost all local) and there are two happy hours, one for drinks and one for tapas, from 5pm and 6pm respectively. But if you can’t be arsed making the hike, The Front Gallery and Café is hosting The Ellis Collective Summer Residency, which sees the Collective playing every Sunday in February from 4:30pm, each time with a different support. On the Sunday in question it’s Sanji da Silva’s new band, The New Gods of Thunder, and if that isn’t worth $10 I don’t know what is. I know gangrene is not.

Blahnket are continuing their roll into 2013 by hinting brightly via social media at great things to come (and they just announced Gold Panda – you beautiful fucking wonders). In the meantime, they’re bringing Night Slugs (L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok) to Trinity Bar on Thursday February 21. There is an enormous slew of locals in support for this one and you can get your tickets on the door from 8pm.

Finally, RAW Comedy, the national open mic competition, will hit Tilley’s Devine Café on Saturday February 23. This is literally the first time I’ve mentioned Tilley’s in this column since I took it over last May and it makes me damn happy to do so. Admission is $20 on the door so head along and watch a bunch of people make you feel awkward as they flounder and suck. Comics, there is no pride in failing.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 29 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

If you haven’t heard already, Canberra’s going to get its first ever local Comedy Festival. That’ll be happening in March. Serving as a preview to the local portion of the line-up will be a show at The Front Gallery and Café on Thursday January 31. With Jay Sullivan hosting, the night will feature locals Tim Noon, Shahed Sharify, Harris Stuckey and Simon Bower. Things kick off at 7pm and cost $5. Hot tip: heckle Jay. He’s renowned for his courteous and even-handed rapport with audiences.

The following day, Friday February 1, UC Live! are once again one-upping world. Like an AFL player who gained height by studding another player in the neck, they’re tumbling back to earth legs akimbo in order to drop their crotch on the mortally wounded player’s face. They’ve collected an all-local line-up (Safia, Lavers, Dahrnoir, Sammy Soundlike, Luke Jaimes and Chief) for their O Week finale, Oh Yeah! The concert’s free and it’s going to be at Zierholz @ UC from 3pm to 9pm. Also on Friday, on the stage in Commonwealth Park, Adelaide group Crisis Alert will be playing a free all ages show with locals Black Coffee. Entry is by donation (so free). Go and get your punk on from 8pm.

Every Sunday in February, beginning Sunday February 3, locals The Ellis Collective will be taking up a so-called Summer Residency at The Front. With The Understudy in tow, they’ll be wiling away afternoons there from 4:30pm playing a full gamut of their material. It’s $10 every week. Also on that first Sunday, though, will be a repeat performance of NewActon and Poncho Circus’s Drawn In, a live circus show with music and drawing interspersed. It runs twice, once at 6pm and again at 8pm, and tickets are available from newacton.com.au/drawnin.

This next thing isn’t local but guilty pleasures should be indulged occasionally – like ‘70s pornography or getting your hands dirty and leaving hand prints on people. The In The Out are playing The Phoenix Bar on Thursday February 7 and the aforementioned guilty pleasure is the name of one of their support bands: Box of Fuck. Beat that, world. The show starts 9pm.

2XX Local n Live are programming The Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix on Monday February 11. Along with Lung, Anachel and Billy Erupto, you can catch one of Canberra’s best electronica acts in Rachel Haircut. As always, the Sessions are free and start at 8pm (or thereabouts, plus or minus a bit). And the following day, Tuesday February 12 is ANU ArtsFest throughout the ANU campus. There’s loads of stuff and it’s all free so go have a wander.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Locality
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

If you, like me, fall asleep to the sound of cicadas chirping at the moment, you are already familiar with the sound of Canberra’s heat-dazed music scene. There is barely enough happening to justify our Entertainment Guide’s presence this issue. But what is happening is damned worthwhile – like the Alec in a family of Baldwins, the purple in a bag of Skittles, or the stillborn in a litter of Chihuahuas.

Canberra-born Sophia Christopher has been out of town the last few years studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston but is returning for a one-off show at Hippo Bar on Wednesday January 16. Our local New Orleans-style funk band Party Gravy will be supporting her from 9pm and tickets are $5 at the door. Across the street at The Phoenix Bar, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! will be making its first odds-and-sods appearance from 8pm. If you’re not yet familiar with BSNB, order a strong drink and ‘enjoy’.

On Friday January 18, local blues piano and Hammond player Leo Joseph has decided to stick his neck out for the RSPCA and Australian Wildlife Conservancy. He’ll be performing at The Front Gallery and Café from 8:30pm for $5 and all proceeds are going to the aforementioned misguided do-gooders. May it provide much-needed euthanisation drugs for the former and fertiliser for the latter’s illegal marijuana plantations.

If you enjoyed The Artist—no, wait… If you didn’t enjoy The Artist you can fuck off. Anyway, before all that happened that director and that actor made their name with a series of films known as the OSS-117 films. Jean Dujardin stars as OSS-117, a French secret agent who fights Commies and Nazis and gets the girl, and Arc Cinema are showing OSS-117: Lost in Rio on Saturday January 19, 7pm, at their outdoor sunset screenings. You can book a seat at nfsa.gov.au/arc.

The same night over at Transit Bar, up-and-coming local groove metal group Eyes to the Sky are launching their latest EP with Delinquent and Distance 301 from 8pm. Tickets are $10 on the door.

And then there isn’t really anything I want to mention until Saturday January 26. At 9:30pm at The Phoenix, experimental psych-rock group Faspeedelay will be playing with completely brilliant Sydney/Canberra shoegaze duo The Longest Day and excellent local rock quartet Waterford. And it’s free. If you don’t have anywhere to spend Australia Day, spend it here to see some of the best free live music you’ve seen in ages. And if you do have anywhere else to be, blow it the shit off and go to this instead.

On Tuesday January 29 at The Front there’ll be some more great local music when Cracked Actor support Brisbane instrumental quintet Ghost Notes from 7:30pm for $5. I don’t know jack shit about Ghost Notes but Cracked Actor are a band you should see while they’re still here performing for door prices like those.

And that’s everything local I care about. 

ASHLEY THOMSON

The Centenary
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

Some people have always loved Canberra. I’m not one of them. Between the ages of 14 and 21 I wanted to leave and did. Some people call Canberra their true home. I’m not one of them either. I was born underwater in a bathtub in Tokyo. 

But I love Canberra now and that puts me among a group of people who’ve chosen to get all Mardi Gras because Canberra’s 100. 

 

There’s been a gut-river of sap about the Centenary. This in the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘we are, at last, a true city.’ This in the Canberra Times: ‘the person tired of being here this year will be the person tired of life.’ Sentiment’s strong in some.

Then there’s the marketing: a simultaneous sweep of formidable every-space logoism (see: everywhere) and lowest common denominators (the Facebook ‘thumbs up’). 

In the words of the geniuses behind the decision to use the thumbs up, they figured since people have trouble ‘loving’ Canberra, maybe they’d find it easier to ‘like’. Let sink in how much that stroke of genius cost.

 

So the artistic and business communities are getting completely bent, but to use a xenophobically loaded expression, most Canberrans don’t belong here in the truest sense of the term.

What can 100 years mean to a Canberran who was brought here a few decades ago because their parents wanted to raise a child in a ‘nice’ place? Or to people whose birth certificates read ‘Calvary Hospital’ but are first generation Canberrans with no geo-cultural heritage? Or, last but not least, to plain old immigrants.

My mother, who loves this city, summed up what is likely a broadly shared attitude: ‘If there’s good stuff on then good.’

 

If there’s good stuff on then good. The sycophantic and resounding positivism surrounding the Centenary must dissolve into tangible, attendable, enjoyable events that stand out from the norm.

But, said Centenary Creative Director Robyn Archer in so many words, that’s not the point. 

Rather than spend the Centenary budget on booking The Rolling Stones (her example), Archer took the approach that existing events, events that will last, should be bolstered, amplified by the Centenary in our hundredth year.

Consequently, what Canberrans have to look forward to is – by and large – improved versions of everything there was before. 

It depends on what approach you take as to whether you think this is genius or imbecility. If you’re wrong, you think it’s imbecility. If you’re right, genius.

 

Our city isn’t old. 100 years is nothing. Cities like London, Rome, New York and Tokyo have traditions, festivals and events that date back tens, hundreds and even thousands of years. A necessary precondition of those traditions – and one that is often unremarked in explicit terms – is the people who instigated and upheld them.

It is easy to remark on a city’s depth of culture. It is harder to think of the many gradients of involvement in its cultivation a society went through to reach that point.

Robyn Archer, in her capacity as Creative Director, is attempting to get the ball rolling. 

Along with businesses looking to push their brands and people who finally have an excuse to pirouette out of the closet about their love of Canberra, people who take this ordinary-looking bait and leave their homes will perhaps, and likely inadvertently, be bolstering traditions. 

If this plan succeeds, one day we will have a city where the kind of pride that starts riots will not be laughable. Ipso facto, Robyn Archer is trying to start riots.

 

Of the program released so far it is the lasting and local that rises: Canberra International Film Festival, You Are Here multi-arts festival, Canberra Craft Beer Festival, Enlighten, Canberra International Music Festival. 

Where so often the fact that this is Canberra scuttles pride or promise, this year these events should, if they are ever capable, tip prominence.

Things in this Centenary year have been weighed. Found worthy, they have been aided. In no circumstance could a clearer delineation have been made between those things worth your time and those not. 

But the Centenary as a mouthpiece for Canberra’s promising elements is only constructive insofar as the mouthpiece is heard. 

 

What the Centenary has done is added enough substance to bring the extraordinary out of the shadows. 

Like the first person in a Hands Across America initiative, it is staking its reputation – somewhat dorkishly – on its ability to mobilise others.

The ultimate goal of this mobilisation, however long-term, is civic pride – in traditions, festivals, events. Most of all, in nothing greater than a genuine and violent sense of belonging. 

In order to poke holes in things they must first have substance, and just as Canberrans are best positioned to poke holes in the Centenary, only true Canberrans can add substance to it. 

Only Canberrans can make Canberra as impervious and desirable as any city that’s ever stood, and only by having the audacity to like something before it was cool.

 

Visit canberra100.com.au for the full program.

One copy of ‘This is England: The 80s Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

Collected for the first time are all three of Shane Meadows’ award-winning releases – This is England the movie, and This is England ’86 and This is England ‘88 the TV series. 

Set against the back drop of Thatcher’s Britain, unemployment figures rose, Youth Training Schemes fell and the kids refused to toe the factory line and spilled out onto the streets. This compelling and award-winning series and film follow the lives of a group of disenfranchised ‘80’s youth.

If you want our one glorious copy of this awesome compendium, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him why he should give it to you.

Five copies of ‘A Royal Affair’ (DVD)
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

In 1766, Denmark is ruled by fear and oppression. Caroline Mathilde is married to the mad King Christian VII, who ignores and humiliates her. When the King introduces Struensee (Mads Mikkelson), the new royal physician, Queen Caroline finds an unexpected political ally. Their attraction is initially one of shared beliefs about how Denmark should be governed, but it soon blossoms into a passionate affair. Together, they start a revolution.
This is a thoroughly European drama: intensely performed, sumptuously visual and utterly heartbreakingly depressing. If you’re looking for a copy to get all busted up over, email allan@bmamag.com and name the famous fictional psychopath Mads Mikkelsen played in a recent TV show. 

Five copies of ‘Paul Kelly – Stories of Me’ (DVD)
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

This intimate documentary charts the remarkable life of one of Australia’s most gifted and beloved singer-songwriters. 

For almost 40 years, in over 350 songs, Paul Kelly has been mapping out the Australian landscape and its people. 

For the first time in a feature length film, the man behind the music is revealed, as Kelly speaks candidly about the people who have helped shape his life and music.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and give him your favourite Paul Kelly lyric.

Two copies of ‘Transformers: Prime – Season One Collection’ (Blu-ray)
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

The complete season one in high-definition! It has been three years since the Decepticons last attacked Earth and there is a sense of uneasy calm on Earth. Optimus Prime and the Autobots know that it is not a matter of if but when they attack again, and soon enough, they are drawn into a sudden and epic battle – exposing them to three human teenagers, whom they must also protect on top of saving the world from Megatron and the Decepticons.

So it may be all fancy and new, but it’s still Transformers. If you want a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would sacrifice to have Michael Bay stop making Transformers films.

Five copies of ‘Regular Show – Slack Pack’ (DVD)
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

If you like Adventure Time, you’ll probably get a kick out of the hilarious slacker antics in Cartoon Network’s new series, Regular Show.

Two groundskeepers, Mordecai (a six-foot tall blue jay) and Rigby (a hyperactive raccoon) are best friends who spend their days trying to entertain themselves by any means necessary, much to the displeasure of their boss, Benson (a gumball machine) and to the delight of Pops (an older, lollipop-headed gentleman).

Basically, you’ve gotta be doing drugs to enjoy this – so if you do, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you’d be and what you’d do if you were allowed to make a cameo on this show.

Five copies of ‘Adventure Time – The Complete First Season’ (DVD)
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

What time is it? Adventure time!

The Cartoon Network Emmy-nominated series that centres on the surreal, post-apocalyptic adventures of Finn, a human boy with a funny hat, and his friend Jake, a magic and mischievous dog, have finally come out on Madman’s full first season collection.

This DVD includes all 26 episodes from Season One, special collectable DVD packaging and tons of special features. 

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him where Jake spends the episode, ‘It Came from the Nightosphere’.

Three ‘Django Unchained’ Prize Packs from Dendy Canberra
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

The ‘D’ is silent. Payback won’t be.

Django Unchained is an American Western, set in the South two years before the Civil War; written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. 

Academy Award winner Jami Foxx is Django, a slave who finds himself face-to-face with a bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz, played by Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive. After success the two men choose not to go their separate ways and this unlikely partnership provides plenty of humour as they seek out the South’s most wanted criminals.

True to Tarantino’s form you can expect a film based around plenty of violence, action and drama. 

Dendy Cinemas Canberra has given us three prize packs including a season pass to see Django Unchained, a branded t-shirt and satchel bag. To go in the draw to win one of three prize packs send in your favourite one liner from one of Tarantino’s films to allan@bmamag.com and tweet them to @DendyCanberra.

A Warm Welcome To The First Ever Canberra Comedy Festival
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

Canberra’s that city where rather than have a comedy festival we watch them on TV. Rather than have a festival we have one-off shows that cost as much, in laymen’s terms, as two pounds of premium human hair. No longer. For the first time ever the best comedians in Australia and the world will descend on Canberra for the inaugural Canberra Comedy Festival. The festival will run from Tuesday March 19 to Saturday March 23, commencing with an Opening Night Gala featuring sets from the festival’s best, plus a special international headliner in critically acclaimed UK-based comedian Steve Hughes. The festival will then hold host to 25 more stand-up comedy shows over the next four days, including international superstar Stephen K. Amos, and Australian comedy legends Tripod and Akmal. ANU Arts Centre Theatre and Civic Pub will be the primary venues, with shows running each night from 7pm to 10:30pm. As Creative Director Jay Sullivan says, ‘Canberra needs a Comedy Festival. The team has delivered a diverse range of shows, amazing talents, and the highest quality acts. This will become a major annual event.’ For all the information and ticketing, visit canberracomedyfestival.com.au. It’s long overdue – get amongst it.

Craft ACT MODERN Market 2013 Calls For Entries
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is looking for a broad range of exceptional designers and craft artists to participate in the inaugural, high-end craft and design night market, to be held in Canberra on Saturday May 25, 2013. MODERN will coincide with the Centenary of Canberra celebrations and provide designers and craft artists the opportunity to showcase their products and services to design-savvy shoppers whilst benefitting from networking with other like-minded creative professionals and exposure to new audiences. Visitors to MODERN will be able to buy direct from the best in Australian craft and design and meet the creative and entrepreneurial talent of the future. They are looking for makers from the whole spectrum of craft and design: ceramics, glass, fashion, furniture, interior furnishings, jewellery, object design, stationary, textiles, wood and more. Submissions close 5pm Friday March 22. For more info, visit craftact.org.au or call (02) 6262 9333.

Enter The Gallery Of Small Mistakes
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

You Are Here festival is calling for literary and visual art entries of all media for consideration in the Gallery of Small Mistakes: an exhibition of personal works that never quite lived up to their intention. The Gallery of Small Mistakes seeks to uncover the potential of the objects, videos, poems, photographs and miscellanea that you have hidden away in your closets and diaries. It’s time to dig deep into your hearts, basements and old school art folders for those secret pieces that have always haunted your memories. An engagement ring for a wedding that never happened? YES. A letter to God saying you wanted a puppy and not a baby brother? YES. Messy cross stitching? YES. Angsty poetry from teenage years? YES. This is a chance to share your personal works and offerings that would otherwise never see the light of day, but can now be collected in the poignant shadows of the Gallery of Small Mistakes. If you have something awful and embarrassing, but beautiful in its intention… they’d love to hear from you. Email images of your submission to youareherecanberra@gmail.com by COB Friday February 1.

Falls Festival Launches Fire Damage Fundraising
Date Published: Monday, 14 January 13   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 5 months ago

Over the past fortnight Tasmania has been devastated by fires which continue to be managed by local authorities – not so far from where a good many travellers from the ACT spent their last New Years Eve. The Falls Music & Arts Festival farm at Marion Bay remains undamaged, however their neighbouring towns have not been so lucky. Festival management were evacuated from the site but the site has now been declared a safe zone, becoming a temporary refuge for displaced locals, staff members and friends who have not been so fortunate; returning to lost houses, schools, businesses, livestock and precious personal belongings. The Falls Music & Arts Festival are calling on all of their friends; those who love Falls and those who love Tasmania to help out by donating via give.everydayhero.com/au/falls-festival. They’re kicking things off with a $10,000 donation and will continue to work with local councils to support their communities in all of their various capacities. The festival will also be holding further fundraising efforts in the weeks to come. Keep an eye on their website at fallsfestival.com. 

TOP TEN FILMS OF 2012
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Okay, okay. So. The Dark Knight Rises isn’t on this list. Nor is Skyfall. Nor is Argo. Nor is Prometheus. And there’s a veritable smorgasbord of films that won’t be released until after my deadline (like, you know, this little film called The Hobbit), which could be truly exceptional. But, I’ll be honest, those films didn’t do it for me. As far as I’m concerned, 2012 was the year of the independent release. The year of the struggling-to-pull-funding-together-and-starring-mostly-unknowns film. Or the kind-of-difficult-but-beautiful film. It’s in films like these that you are afforded an opportunity to see just how phenomenal some actors are (cough, Michael Fassbender in Shame, cough) when they are required to carry an entire movie; with the barest of facial expressions, conveying the most subtle of emotions. Or you realise the kind of beautiful filmmaking that can be accomplished when the tethers to reality – both in terms of what Hollywood thinks people ‘want’ to see and in terms of the film itself – are cut completely, as in Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Honourable mentions go to Your Sister’s Sister, Weekend, Room 237 and Young Adult. Oh, and The Hunger Games. Not even kidding.)

 

10. The Intouchables

The Intouchables broke box office records in France and across Europe and may be one of the most popular foreign films in Australia since Amélie. Based on a true story, The Intouchables charts the friendship between the millionaire Phillipe (Francois Cluzet), who is paralysed from the neck down, and the ex-criminal Driss (Omar Sy), who he hires to be his carer. The performances from Cluzet and Sy are phenomenal and their chemistry wholly believable. This film was sweet and sentimental and didn’t make me want to fake retch for comedic effect. No mean feat.

9. Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed begins with a mysterious advertisement in a newspaper. ‘WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me.’ Starring Jake Johnson, Aubrey Plaza, Karan Soni and Mark Duplass, this is a film about love and regret. It’s sweet and clever, with a genuine pathos to counterbalance the comedy. Although it sounds too twee to appeal to either hipsters or mainstream audience, there is actually something here for both counterculture kids and multiplex viewers. There is always a place for real heart on the big screen.

8. The Cabin in the Woods

Directed by Drew Goddard and from a writing team that features Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is a horror film about horror films. A group of five kids are sent to a mysterious cabin in the woods, through a series of clichéd circumstances beyond their control, and, once there, the film descends into madness. It’s more meta than an episode of 30 Rock directed by Quentin Tarantino. It’s funny, strange, and scary – most frequently simultaneously – and always surprising. There is no higher praise than that.

7. Shame

Where was Michael Fassbender not in 2012? Although he also starred in Prometheus and A Dangerous Method, the most compelling of his films was definitely Shame. A film about sex addiction, it followed Brandon (Fassbender), a man living in isolation in New York, whose carefully controlled existence begins to unravel when his younger sister (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay. For a film in which you get to see Fassbender’s penis, Shame is more harrowing and haunting than tantalising or titillating. The cinematography is stunning, but this is a film designed to make audiences uncomfortable.

6. Carnage

Based on the stage play by Yasmina Reza, Carnage is a compelling, amusing film that shows how childish adults can be, starring Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet and John C. Reilly – all of whom turn in fantastic performances and look like they’re having a lot of fun while they’re at it. It is simultaneously wickedly dark and funny and, although director Roman Polanski can’t claim credit for the script, that is what makes it one of the year’s best. Carnage is a short, sharp and biting feast. It’s absolutely vicious.

5. Looper 

Looper is smart and slick sci-fi, thought-provoking as well as thrilling. In a future world where time travel has been invented, the life of a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) spins wildly out of control when he is ordered by the mob to kill his future self (Bruce Willis). It’s got good old-fashioned action combined with an uncommonly smart script and is a lot darker and more mind-bending than most films in the genre. Bruce Willis is Bruce Willis as always and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Bruce Willis is astonishing.

4. The Artist

Released all the way back in February, The Artist has already received numerous accolades (um, it won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture), but I couldn’t resist giving it the greatest honour of all: a place on this film critic’s Top 10 list. Tongue firmly in cheek. For those of you who missed it, The Artist is a clever, charming and crowd-pleasing tribute to the era of silent cinema. It’s pure artistry with visual style to spare and the cinematography shows just how much can be done with two tones. Unspeakably clever and joyous.

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a surreal, magic realist dream and nightmare in equal measure. Set in the bayou community of ‘The Bathtub,’ a six-year-old girl called Hushpuppy (the stunning Quvenzhane Wallis) must face her father’s fading health as melting ice caps begin to flood her ramshackle community. The film is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey that always has compassion for its flawed characters. It’s an ambitious ‘Apocalyptic Southern Gothic’ and incredibly tender. It is a film that shows why imagination is more valuable than money.

2. Moonrise Kingdom

Wes is back! Moonrise Kingdom told the simple story of two 12-year-olds in love. Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) make a secret pact to run away into the wilderness together, but they are thwarted at every turn. A warm, whimsical and poignant film, with the usual all-indie-star Anderson cast, Moonrise Kingdom is Wes at his most idiosyncratic. It is a film that could charm children and adults in equal measure, because there is sorrow intermingled with the sweetness, regret with the love. Completely charming and enchanting.

1. The Avengers

The Avengers may just be the greatest superhero movie of all time. And that’s not even a hyperbole. Written and directed by geek-saviour Joss Whedon, the film raises the movie-making bar for Marvel and does more than meet expectations – it surpasses them. Bringing together Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk (in the first time he has ever been tolerable on the silver screen), Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye, the film was very funny, genuinely affecting and featured impeccably choreographed fight sequences. As multifaceted a film as the superhero team it features.

TOP FIVE ALBUMS OF 2012 Ashley Thomson
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

ASHLEY THOMSON – BMA EDITOR

5. Foreign Fields – Anywhere But Where I Am [Independent]

This album beat The xx’s Coexist, Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music and Grizzly Bear’s Shields in a dead heat. Foreign Fields need the publicity, and in any given year the top five albums are only a hair’s breadth apart; even number five is excellent. If you don’t like quiet, sparse stuff with breathy harmonies, echoing pianos, drifting synths and a pervading sense of isolation and sadness, skip this. Their blurb reads: ‘Recorded in an abandoned office building in the dead of Wisconsin winter.’ If that sounds like something you’d sink into, do.

4. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp [Jagjaguwar]

Released in January, Tramp tempted me to call ‘album of the year’ within a month. Van Etten is a dark, melodic songwriter with a knack for getting under your skin. Her versatile arrangements and delivery set her apart, especially with the coming to fruition of her gripping, off-kilter harmonies. Singing along is listening to your voice disappear into eight others (all hers) doing uncomfortable, unexpectedly pleasant things. Underneath it all – and most importantly – she is a mesmeric songwriter, powerfully honest lyricist, has raw guts to spare, and Tramp is her finest work.

3. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE [Def Jam]

Ocean’s rise to fame has been atypical and telling. He was recognised from the start as an unusually talented odd man out in Odd Future, taken under the wing of Jay-Z and Beyoncé (among others) when they happened to play his first mixtape in their limousine, and was able with his debut to do what he pleased. His tremendously warped lyricism and modern R&B sensibilities have led to a concept album of the highest order, sporting some of the year’s finest songs. This is brilliant, modern R&B (not made by odd white men).

2. Tame Impala – Lonerism [Modular]

Tame Impala’s first album, Innerspeaker, wasn’t perfect. It’s the truth. Kevin Parker’s first ‘70s-psychedelia trip had missteps, albeit with shining moments of brilliance interspersed. By comparison, Lonerism is perfect. Synths have made a notable appearance but this album deals with the same sounds as the last. What’s changed is simply Parker’s talent as a songwriter and cohesiveness as an artist. All these songs – every one – are excellent, and they fit together like a wonderful, trippy third-eye painting. Who knows what he’ll do next; this seems like an apex.

1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city [TDE/Aftermath/Interscope]

Not since Mos Def’s The Ectstatic has a hip hop album reigned over all music in a given year. I’d recommend good kid, m.A.A.d city to anybody. An album this good – a work of unselfconscious honesty, stunning poetic lyricism and phenomenal production – is good beyond taste. On good kid, Lamar reveals what came before he was the rising star of Compton. There is always the question of the unreliable narrator but Lamar gives no reason to distrust him. There’s no glory here. He flirts with alcoholism, sexual desire, gang violence and robbery, neglects his family and watches his friend die in a botched drive-by shooting – every song is a powerfully euphoric point-of-view insight. good kid is a short, tremendous work of autobiography.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

In case you can’t tell, you’re holding in your hands (assuming you’re not reading this online) the longest issue of BMA Magazine ever published. May this issue – which will carry us into the New Year – be a metaphorical precursor to Canberra’s centenary year. And by that, I mean may all pumpkins be shaped like labia and women bear invertebrates with exoskeletons.

Continuing in the inaugural vein, the first event on the Canberran summer calendar (bearing in mind that this calendar has been boiled down to what will fit in my allotted word count) is the first MusicACT Annual Music Awards at Albert Hall on Friday December 7, with tickets available through musicact.com.au. A bunch of people have been nominated – not many of whom I think deserve to be; such is the nature of democracy – and some of them will win. Warm congratulations and oral sex all round.

It may not be a first, but Waterford’s Fifth Birthday will be held at The Phoenix Bar on Saturday December 8 from 9:30pm with Owen M Carroll and Shoeb Ahmad. Waterford are one of Canberra’s best bands, and even though two of their key members write for this magazine I wouldn’t hesitate to strip them from my column were they untalented. I despise nepotism and insincerity. That said, I do not consider them my friends, nor are they my relatives. This has become irrelevant.

Canberra/Sydney shoegazer duo The Longest Day are returning to play a show at Transit Bar on Sunday December 9 with Cold House and Spartak. It starts at 4pm and is free. If you do not go – and convince 15 people to go with you – you are going to die of cholera. The Longest Day are a spectacular pair of musicians; to miss seeing them at no cost (with Spartak, a truly fantastic, utterly original local band) would be callow idiocy. Don’t be a callow idiot.

On Thursday December 13, Los Chavos are at the helm of Transit Bar’s last issue of The Resident Program for the year. I don’t know yet who they’re planning to bring along but it’s free, it’s local, it’s bound to be interesting and it starts at 8pm.

The following Saturday December 15 sees the Canberra Roller Derby League occupying the AIS Arena, this time for The Silence of the Jams. If you haven’t been to a Roller Derby match yet, they’re highly recommendable. The outfits are kind of retarded (as in, negative-stereotypes-of-people-with-disabilities clothing; politically incorrect and self-aware – do they equal out?) but the game is a good one and sitting down on the arena floor is the best way to do it. The doors open at 4:30pm, game one starts at 5:30pm and the last is at 6:30pm. Get presale tickets for $14+ through Ticketek.

The second edition of The Next Movement will be held at La De Da (above Ha Ha Bar) on Thursday December 20 from 8pm. The night is dedicated to fostering a new generation of Canberra MCs and turntablists, and it’s with no small awareness of the state of hip hop in the ACT that I say there is some fantastic talent kicking around these suburbs. This year has seen Nix and Stateovmind drop excellent debut releases and, in the world of hip hop, competition breeds excellence. Get along to say you saw it when.

And that’s everything local I care about. May all your Christmases be white.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Harvest Festival
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

@ Werribee Park, Sunday November 11

Werribee Park is the single most beautiful venue for a one-day festival I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The grounds are comprised of curving, stately lawns cut through by wide, elegant paths and overhung at all points by large, low-hanging trees. The two centrepieces are the grand Victorian Werribee Mansion, which served as the backdrop for the mainstage, and the man-made lake at the centre of the festival, complete with unperturbed ducks and around which all stages had been placed at such a distance that they were neither too close to cause competition nor too far to be cumbersomely distant.

With a few early-afternoon beers, we began the festival in the shade on The Great Lawn before the mainstage, watching Los Campesinos! and The Dandy Warhols strum the day in, having arrived just too late to catch Winter People. In much the same way that Los Capitanes opened Stonefest a few years back (with a killer 11am set to just about nobody), Los Campesinos! gave it their all. Not so the Dandys. Courtney Taylor-Taylor always did have a languid manner, but add to that a lack of energy, a sheen of sweat and a setlist which was equal parts dated and depressingly new (because their new stuff’s shit), and you end up bantering easily through the set – which most people in our area did with great pleasure.

I’ve never been a huge Silversun Pickups fan, but part of going to festivals with friends is compromise, and this wasn’t an unhappy one. In fact, that was true throughout the day; not a single indecent compromise was necessary. Silversun Pickups have skirted fame for years. Their classic rock formula has yielded gold only a few times and they’d been doomed to a mid-afternoon set in full sun on The Windmill Stage. The crowd was hefty but staid, with few moving beyond a shuffle. In the crowd’s defence, though the set was solid, it never seemed to break beyond a threshold. Not like the Hare Krishna $10 lunch. Shit was bomb.

Back at The Great Lawn, the final songs of Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane were… interesting. There he was, hair slicked back, howling and rapping away in Italian, fronting a 12-piece string section, choir and full band, and the only word that seems to fit, for better or worse, is ‘spectacle’. We turned tail to catch Cake. Now the members of Cake are old. They know it and embrace it. John McCrea’s punchy, sardonic sermonising has lost none of its charisma. With the invigorating Sheep Go To Heaven out of the way, we doubled back once again to reunite under the mainstage for Beirut.

When the first thing a lead singer says to a crowd is, ‘I’m really jetlagged,’ and the second thing a lead singer says to a crowd (a full song later) is, ‘I’m not getting over this jetlag any time soon,’ you find yourself wishing they’d chosen not to speak. So next time, Zach Condon, when you’re about to get sick and call off an entire Australian tour, shut the fuck up and play your last show like you mean it. That said, he kinda did. There is no perfect Beirut setlist but the band went through a majority of their best crowdpleasers with style, with Condon doing his trademark ‘I’m about to sneeze’ hand-waving to whip up his own energy levels.

I snuck away towards the end of Beirut’s set to indulge in my first trip to The Big Red Tractor Stage, the stage picked to host the more intense, dark and electronic music. As much a part of festival-going as being led to acts by friends is learning to abandon friends to sate urges they don’t share, and mine for the day was Chromatics. It turned out their live set was rivalled by only one other at Harvest (to be discussed; place your bets). A dynamic trio of two electro multi-instrumentalists and a waifish lead singer/guitarist, Chromatics created an energising wall of tones interspersed with perfectly subdued riffs and clean vocals, all overlaying a tremendous sea of bass and beat. It led to the first genuine dancing of the day, impossible not to get caught up in.

And then Beck. What to say about Beck? He’s a living legend, one of the messiahs of modern pop – and a complete wanker onstage. He frequently forgot his own lyrics – whether out of boredom or genuine forgetfulness was unclear – and took to wandering away from the microphone when the mood struck. Hearing songs like Where It’s At and Loser played live was a dream come true, but his half-arsing of Qué Onda Guero and Girl were disappointing in a way only someone with the stature of Beck can be. We left early to secure a good spot at Grizzly Bear.

Who were orgasmic. Here’s a bunch of guys – every one with stunning voices and instrumental ingenuity to spare – who band together to make wonders happen. They were humble and powerful in the best ways possible. Benefiting from the beginnings of darkness, their lights show became more and more dazzling as their set went on. ‘Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em,’ advised Daniel Rossen before their final song, Sun in Your Eyes, and if I’d had them I would have. In the words of George W. Bush (as seen in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), ‘You just blew my fuckin’ mind.’

This was an experience I’d been assured would be delivered at least once during my day at Harvest, but the assurance had been attached to the band we saw next: Sigur Ros. The triumphant refrain of Hoppípolla greeted us. I hadn’t expected Sigur Ros to be a band who played ‘songs’ as such, but this was one I was glad to hear. Sadly the sight of the actual stage was an unsettling experience. The two standard screens at either side of the stage projected a poor man’s smorgasboard of ‘artistic’ camera angles (five minutes of an unused guitar pedal onstage) and grim spliced nonsense (a mash-up of The Blair Witch Project, maybe?), all of which lent itself to a somewhat jarred experience. The music, however, was excellent. It lulled somewhat towards the middle of the set, but this was perhaps understandable. In a 16-minute epic finale, Sigur Ros brought it home from near-silence to a thundering, heavenly close.

With what energy we had left, we straggled past Santigold, where she explained in a teacher’s tone, ‘It’s Sahn-tigold, not San-tigold,’ and smashed out Creator. Then we split.

In only its second year, Harvest Festival assembled an extraordinary line-up in an extraordinary location, and planned a festival with an attention to detail many festivals would do well to mimic. I can’t imagine what I would have done differently – that’s saying something.

Miscreation
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Where did your band name come from? We thought we were a bit of a ‘mis-creation’ of metal genres, combing all the kinds of metal we loved listening to into one genre, so it seemed an appropriate name.

 

Group members: Murray Coombe – guitar, Jaryd Webster – drums, Ryan Downs – vocals, Dylan Bailey – bass guitar.

Describe your sound: Not for the faint-hearted: fast, loud and brutal. We describe ourselves as a ‘blackened melodic death metal’.

Who are your influences, musical or otherwise? The Black Dahlia Murder, Lamb of God, DevilDriver, Cradle of Filth, Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head and Behemoth.

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had whilst performing? On our first gig, I managed to blow up my mate’s stack amp – everyone said we were too heavy for it to handle!

Of what are you proudest so far? I am proudest of one of our originals we wrote called State of Decomposition. It was the third song we wrote and it went for around eight minutes in total. The song tells the story of an extremely violent, zombie-like person who believes he is some sort of God.

What are your plans for the future? Find a second guitarist, keep writing originals, get an EP released and start getting our name into the Australian death metal music industry.

What makes you laugh? Trying to organise a time for us bunch of teenagers to practice!

What pisses you off? That there isn’t a huge amount of support for death metal bands in Canberra; there are only a select few venues that you can play at and there isn’t the largest following.

What about the local scene would you change? Some more venues that could support local death metal bands that were also all ages, instead over-18s only.

What are your upcoming gigs? We haven’t got any more lined up just yet. We just played one on the weekend at The Basement. We would like to focus on finishing our recordings and finish our new originals before we hit the stage again.

Contact info: facebook.com/MiscreationMetal; miscreationmetal@hotmail.com

Downhill Skateboarding Race
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

WHO: Gromits & Above
WHAT: Downhill Skateboarding Race
WHEN: Sat Dec 8
WHERE: TBA (North Canberra)

Attention all 18 and under skateboarders: looking for a way to show your skills and bag some prizes while you’re at it? Enter the ACT Grom Bomb, a downhill skateboarding race for beginners to rippers. Five 90-degree corners, one necessary pre-drift, 600 metres, ridiculous speeds, awesome prizes to be won. Think you’ve got what it takes? If you’re under 18, unless one of your parents comes along to sign you up on the day, you’ll need to download a waiver form for them to sign and for you to bring along on the day. No waiver, no race. Get it here (and keep an eye out here for the location too): skateboardracing.org.au/events/canberra-grom-bomb. 18-year-oldss can still race but results won’t count towards points. $10 participation.

The Ocean Party
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

WHO: The Ocean Party
WHAT: National Tour
WHEN: Sat Dec 15
WHERE: The Phoenix Bar

The Ocean Party is a five-piece guitar pop band now based in Melbourne, originally from Wagga Wagga, NSW. The sound is laconic and innately Australian, having been referred to as ‘backyard afternoon BBQ-core’. The themes of the lyrics delve into country suburban life, null-appreciation, boredom, heartbreak and all in-between. Finding an appreciative climate in Melbourne, the band has had a productive past few years, releasing two albums this year (The Sun Rolled Off the Hills and Social Clubs) and working on another out early 2013. The Ocean Party demonstrate the perfect pop music balance with their three-minute songs, as lush as they are brief and to the point. With supports Mornings, Old Ace and Birds Love Fighting. 9:30pm.

Parkway Drive
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

WHO: Parkway Drive
WHAT: Atlas Tour
WHEN: Sun Dec 16
WHERE: UC Refectory 

Byron Bay’s Parkway Drive will embark on their most ambitious Australian tour yet this December to coincide with the release of their fourth album, Atlas. After their previous chart-topping album, 2010’s Deep Blue, took out the ARIA award for Best Hard Rock and Metal release, Atlas has led to plans for a more elaborate live show than ever before. Promises frontman Winston McCall, ‘It’s definitely going to be entertaining. There won’t be any dead spots.’ Seems like they’ve covered all bases, with a boastworthy all-Aussie line-up (I Killed The Prom Queen, Northlane and Survival) on board to support a shattering show. 7:30pm. $45.90 + bf thru Ticketek.

Specimen A & Doctor Werewolf
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

WHO: Specimen A & Doctor Werewolf
WHAT: Subsquad Christmas Party
WHEN: Sat Dec 22
WHERE: The Clubhouse 

Subsquad have wrangled together a trio and a pair of handsome beatmakers for their Christmas celebration at The Clubhouse. Phil and Mo Jones and DJ Smart make up Specimen A, a trio with origins in the D&B world who drifted naturally into the world of breaks, remixes and dubstep. And Doctor Werewolf – this must be at least their third visit to the ‘house this year. They must be doing something right. As always with The Clubhouse, the supports are numerous and talented: Logic, Transforma, MRNP and Nay Nay will be there to keep the decks warm from 10pm. What’s Christmas without a few hours of glazed-eyed lip-munching?

Aphrodite (UK)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

WHO: Aphrodite (UK)
WHAT: Old school D&B
WHEN: Sat Jan 5
WHERE: The Clubhouse 

Why did the lion get lost? Because the junglist massive. Big laughs, great drum ‘n’ bass. That’s what you can expect at the old school D&B ‘n’ jungle extravaganza come early January when one of the godfathers of the genre, Aphrodite, steps up to the plates to remind the whippersnappers how it’s done. Alongside Gavin King (as he is known to his bank manager) will be a raft of the finest locals to stumble their way behind the decks – Buick, Jaycee, Benjammin, Kinetic, Para and Ofekted will all be there to warm up what’s set to be a hot-ass night. Excited? You bet yer shit you are. 10pm. Limited presale through theticketfairy.com.

Five Copies Of ‘Underground – The Julian Assange Story’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

In the new James Bond film the villain is a megalomaniacal, fey blonde-haired, computer hacker who basically controls the internet via a vast bank of tricked-out laptops and threatens governments with divulging secrets they would rather keep, you know, secret. Most everyone assumes it is based on hometown hero Julian Assange, although at time of printing we were unable to confirm if Assange had ever tantalisingly fondled the chest of a British spy. As this docu-drama makes no explicit reference to such an incident so I can only assume Assange has somehow managed to wipe all record of it from the Google. You know, they have the internet on computers these days. Universal/Sony have supplied us with five DVD copies of Underground for your viewing pleasure if you can answer the following Yes/No question: Did US Vice President Al Gore invent the internet?

Five Copies Of ‘Official – The Best of Australian Hip-Hop Vol 1’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Official – The Best of Australian Hip-Hop Vol 1 features a host of our country’s favourite hip-hop artists under one banner including Hilltop Hoods, 360, Bliss n Eso, Drapht, Illy, Pez, Seth Sentry and many more. The compilation is a triumphant representation of how far the Australian hip-hop movement has come in the past ten years. What was once considered a feeble attempt at “American Rap” is now embraced nationwide as an innovative and forward-thinking genre.

With over ten years experience as a DJ, Artist Manager, A&R and journalist, Nate Flagrant is proud to deliver Official as the first release on his brand new record label, It's Official Music. (See below for tracklist.)

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and give him a short review of the best hip hop show you saw in the ACT in 2012.

 

TRACKLISTING:

Hilltop Hoods – I Love It ft. Sia

Bliss n Eso – Addicted

1200 Techniques – Karma

Drapht – Rapunzel

Phrase – Clockwork

360 – Boys Like You ft. Gossling

The Herd – 2020

Diafrix – Simple Man ft. Daniel Merriweather

The Funkoars – What’s Your Malfunction

Urthboy – We Get Around

Koolism – Jam Hot

Illy – It Can Wait ft. Owl Eyes

Muph & Plutonic – Heaps Good

Mass MC – The BBQ Song ft. Thorn

Pez – The Festival Song ft. 360 & Hailey Cramer

Seth Sentry – The Waitress Song

Horrorshow – Walk You Home (This Day)

Pegz – What Would Happen?

Astronomy Class – Where You At? ft. Kween G & Vida-Sunshyne

Butterfingers – Get Up Outta The Dirt

Three EMI Music Gift Packs Inc. Coldplay Live, Angus Stone and Something For Kate (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

It may not all be to your taste but thanks to EMI Music we have three three-album gift packs to give away this Xmas.

Anyone who’s seen Coldplay live will know the ridiculous amount of amazing shit they do for their live shows – and who knows? Maybe they sound good too. Angus Stone released his much-lauded solo debut, Broken Brights, and even though you can’t really get a fully formed sentence out of the man his music’s pretty good. But Something for Kate, now that’s a damn good album: Leave Your Soul to Science. Great name too.

If you’d like a copy of each of these releases, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who you reckon would win in a fight and how: Chris Martin, Angus Stone or Paul Dempsey?

Five Copies Of ‘Moone Boy: Series 1’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Every young genius has an imaginary friend. Unfortunately so do some simpletons.

Moone Boy is a semi-autobiographical sitcom written, produced and co-starring Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Sapphires, The IT Crowd) about a boy growing up in Ireland in the 1980s. O’Dowd plays Sean Murphy, the imaginary friend of 11-year-old Martin Moone (David Rawle), who also narrates his adventures. But while most boys would dream up a superhero sidekick, Martin’s pal is a man in his mid-30s with the most common name in Ireland!

The youngest member of the large, loud Moone family headed by Martin’s songwriter father, who longs to be an artist and his frazzled mother, this is a family with a lot of love where everyone tends to pull in different directions! Martin has a unique perspective on life and his imagination comes into play both in his childish drawings, which come alive through animation, and in the ridiculous schemes he comes up with, against Sean’s better judgement. With Sean’s help, Martin negotiates life in a chaotic, scatterbrained family.

If you’d like a copy (or are looking for a way to pass off your Chris O’Dowd fetish as a normal thing) email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what O’Dowd’s character in IT Crowd, Roy, thinks of ‘people’. 

Two Copies Of ‘Charlie Chaplin’s Keystone Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

On December 5, just in time for the silly season, Transmission Home Entertainment will be releasing Charlie Chaplin's Keystone Collection. A four-disc DVD set of 35 of this marvellous actor/director's films, lovingly restored to be enjoyed by all – fans, film buffs, families and those yet to discover his work.

Charles Chaplin came to Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios late in 1913 as a little-known British vaudevillian and, after a year, had established his Tramp character, learnt to write and direct his own films and achieved public recognition as a star comedian. Although Keystone did not publicise its performers by name, standees of Chaplin’s likeness outside theatres sufficed to attract audiences. Some of the films, especially Tillie’s Punctured Romance, remained in theatrical distribution for decades.

The Keystone Collection presents 35 of Chaplin’s films made during his time at the Keystone Studios, painstakingly restored from early-generation materials gathered from around the world. One can now understand his meteoric rise; for the first time in generations it is possible to see clearly the clever and imaginative films this enigmatic actor/director made at Keystone.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which of Chaplin’s films you think was the best and why. Make a damned compelling case or stay home. This is serious

Three Universal Music Xmas Gift Packs Inc. The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding And More (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

It may not all be to your taste but thanks to Universal Music we have three five-album gift packs to give away this Xmas.

The Rollings Stones’ Grrr! is the latest and best compilation of their work, featuring three CDs and 50 tracks. For Vegas-based rock outfit The Killers, the complexities and comforts of home became the heart of their upcoming fourth album, Battle Born. To coincide with her first ever national Australian tour this November, Nicki Minaj is re-releasing her smash album Pink Friday Roman Reloaded which brought us Starships, Pound the Alarm and Va Va Voom. Halcyon is the follow-up to Ellie Goulding’s hugely successful debut album Lights which was released in 2010 and has gone on to sell one and a half million copies and generate five million single sales worldwide.

If you’d like a copy of each of these releases and more, email allan@bmamag.com and sing him a sob story about the worst Christmas you ever had. 

Three Warner Music Gift Packs Inc. Led Zeppelin, Lisa Mitchell, Muse, The Black Keys And More (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

It may not all be to your taste but thanks to Warner Music we have three five-album gift packs to give away this Xmas.

Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalogue including landmark tracks Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, Kashmir, and Stairway To Heaven on Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day. Bless This Mess, inspired by the household saying you often see cross-stitched and hanging on a Nanna’s wall, is the follow-up from Lisa Mitchell’s uplifting Spiritus EP. The 2nd Law follows Muse’s last studio album The Resistance which was released in 2009 and topped the chart in 19 countries including Australia. To coincide with their Australian Tour, The Black Keys are releasing the El Camino Tour Edition.

If you’d like a copy of each of these releases and more, email allan@bmamag.com and sing him a sob story about the worst Christmas present you ever received. 

One Double Pass To Future Music Festival 2013
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Get ready to pop your festival piñata as Future Music Festival returns in March 2013! Future Entertainment is bringing you Warrior’s Dance – The Prodigy’s curated arena – as well as two super-sized main stages jam-packed with the hottest talent the world has on offer. Also featuring The Stone Roses, Dizzee Rascal, Bloc Party, Azaelia Banks, Rita Ora, Boyz Noise and special guest Psy, as well as the Cocoon Heroes tent and Wake Your Mind stage curated by Cosmic Gate, Future Music Festival 2013 is presenting it’s most innovative and dynamic line-up to date!  The Day Of The Dead-Set Awesome is upon us, so head south of the border and join us at el Festivale de Música Futuro.

If you’d like a double pass to the event on Saturday March 9 at Randwick Racecourse, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which famous US hip hop star is rumoured to be making music with Psy. Visit futuremusicfestival.com.au for more info. 

Four Copies Of ‘Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: Series 1 and 2’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Teen metal head Todd Smith has his share of problems. His band Barbarian Apocalypse sucks. He's flunking math. And the girl he desperately wants to bang doesn't even know he exists. So when The Book of Pure Evil suddenly surfaces and offers a quick solution, Todd doesn't think twice. He decides to use it for his own gain. But by doing so, he inadvertently unleashes the powers of darkness throughout Crowley High.

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is a show like no other – you really must see it to believe it. Starring Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) and Alex House (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Series 2 will be available from Wednesday December 5 and Series 1 is out now. Thanks to Hopscotch Entertainment, we have four Series 1 & 2 prize packs to giveaway. If you’d like one, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the name of the two-man masturbatory technique popularised by Jason Mewes’ character in Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Three Comedy Packs Inc. The Office: Season 7; Stephen Merchant Live; Michael McIntyre Live (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

If you’d told me ten years ago the US version of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office would have made it to its seventh season (actually, it’s currently airing its eighth) I would have called you a fool and a liar. Anger issues aside, the remake has proved to have much longer staying power than most predicted. Thanks to Universal/Sony you can take a peak at the season where Michael Scott (Steve Carell) leaves for greater things. Feature films. Good luck with that, Evan. To sweeten the deal they’ve also included Stephen Merchant and Michael McIntyre live DVDs. To get your hands on one of the three DVD packs you’ll need to email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which satirical current affairs show Steve Carell honed his chops.

Three Copies Of John Cale’s ‘Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

There are a few infamous John Cale anecdotes that get rolled out at dinner parties. One involves a chicken, a knife, a glass of Pimms and a roomful of punks high on speed. Then there’s the one about the record label that released an album of demos against his wishes. And what about the one where he produced the debut album by legendary drug hoovers Happy Mondays and avoided all prohibited substances by eating tangerines without pips. And who can forget his infamous 1984 coked-out performance of Heartbreak Hotel on German TV. Oh yeah, we’ve all been there. Cale has a new album out. It’s terrific, as you’d expect. But don’t believe me; thanks to EMI we have three copies of Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood if you can tell allan@bmamag.com Cale’s favourite time signature. 

Three Copies Of The Trouble With Templeton’s Debut Album ‘Bleeders’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

After a huge month in the US that saw Brisbane’s The Trouble With Templeton play 18 shows, they are excited to announce their first Australian headline tour, celebrating the first single from their forthcoming album. The extensive tour will see them playing 12 dates across four states, including Canberra.

Six Months in a Cast is a vibrant, infectious, glorious track, the first taste of the band as the epic and intense five-piece they now are. It is accompanied by a brave, beautiful yet somewhat disturbing, Hitchcock-inspired video. The band are also incredibly excited to have been added to the bill for the legendary Falls Festival, and they headlined the Communion Music Night in Melbourne, a night established by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons) that has seen the likes of Laura Marling and Matt Corby on the bill.

The Trouble With Templeton play The Front Gallery and Café on Thursday December 13. If you’d like a copy of their debut album to bone up before the show, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you reckon the trouble with Templeton is.

Five Copies Of ‘The Final Countdown’ (Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

In this early ‘80s sci-fi/tie travel drama, a US naval carrier finds itself transported back in time to the hours before the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The quandary – should they intervene and change the course of history forever or allow history to play out? I won’t tell you which one they choose, but let’s for the sake of argument assume they went with the former. Can you imagine a world without the god-awful 2001 big-budget melodrama helmed by Ben Affleck? Is that the sort of world you want to live in? How amazing would that be! Thanks to Icon we have five Blu-ray copies of The Final Countdown to giveaway if you can explain time travel in 20 words or less, with formulas and workings, in an email to allan@bmamag.com.

Five Copies Of ‘Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations: Season 8’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Antony Bourdain’s coq au vin recipe requires that the day before you even begin to cook, you need to combine the bottle of red wine, the diced onion, sliced carrot, celery, cloves, peppercorns, and bouquet garni in a large, deep bowl. After that, you add the chicken and submerge it in the liquid so that all of it is covered. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. We’re going to leave you hanging for the second part of the recipe but whilst you wait for the chicken to infuse you could plough through the 7th season of Bourdain’s No Reservations. Thanks to the good people at Roadshow we have five DVD copies to giveaway if you can email allan@bmamag.com with the name of Bourdain’s famous brassiere in the Flatiron district of New York. 

ANU Study: World’s Rivers Running On Empty
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Four of the world’s great rivers, including the Murray Darling, are all suffering from drastically reduced flows as a direct result of water extraction, according to new ANU research. The multi-author study – led by ANU researchers Professor Quentin Grafton, Dr Jamie Pittock, Professor Tom Kompas and Dr Daniel Connell of the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University – examined the threats from water extractions and climate change on four of the world’s iconic river systems; the US Colorado River, the South African Orange River, the Chinese Yellow River and the Murray. The researchers found that in all four basins, over a long period of time, outflows have greatly reduced as a direct result of increased water extractions, and that urgent changes in governance of water are needed to ensure the systems remain healthy and viable. ‘While climate change will aggravate changes in flows in river systems, current high levels of water extractions remain the principal contributor to reduced flows and degradation of these rivers,’ said Dr Pittock. ‘Changes in governance, including sharing the variability between the environment and consumptive users, are urgently required if the health of these rivers is to be maintained,’ added Dr Connell. The researchers said that the key to securing the future of the world’s rivers lies in plans to share water use between users and the environment, and water markets to manage allocations. They added that, although the management of the Murray Darling Basin was favourable when compared to other places in the world, there was much more that could be done to ensure a healthy future for the system.

[Photo by Dr Pittock]

Some Things You Don’t Want To Know About Xmas Turkey
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

With Christmas less than a month away, Animal Liberation ACT has launched their latest investigation into the Australian turkey industry on a new website that shows in graphic and tragic detail the horrors turkeys endure on Australian factory farms. Aw, you’re already skipping on? I guess I don’t blame you. It’s predictable that farmed turkeys would be kept in shitty conditions and cared for only as much as is needed to turn a buck come the festive season. Reading on at this point will involve some gruesome details and may involuntarily cause you some discomfort on Christmas day. You may not be the kind of person who uses shocking information to attempt to precipitate change, or at least not change in this area, and if you aren’t then why read it at all? But look, if you’re curious, here’s what they found: Raised in crowded sheds, turkeys have no more space than an A3-sized sheet of paper each. Turkeys, including ‘free-range’ turkeys, have been genetically bred to grow excessively large in a very short time and as a result they suffer painful health problems such as crippled legs and feet and swollen joint. Due to their size, natural breeding is impossible so male turkeys are masturbated by workers to collect semen which is then injected into the females. Turkeys develop burns on their legs and breasts from the ammonia built up from their own waste inside the sheds. Turkeys often develop wounds which become smothered in their own waste, causing painful infections. And there it is. If that bothers you, see what you can do about it at aussieturkeys.com.au.

Bluesfest 2013: A ‘How To’ Guide To Festival Line-ups
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Bluesfest 2013 just made their first Australian/New Zealander line-up announcement and with it cemented the finest line-up a festival has had in a long, long time. Too often festivals are lucky to break even in punters’ minds. The amount of money spent keeps you constantly conscious of the returns the festival is providing. Bluesfest’s initial line-up – sporting Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Santana, Ben Harper, Iggy & the Stooges, Steve Miller Band, Status Quo, Madness, Wilco, Rufus Wainwright, Joan Armatrading, Dropkick Murphys, Jimmy Cliff, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) – was impressive, but now add to that the local goods: The Cat Empire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Xavier Rudd, Violent Femmes, Hunters & Collectors, Beasts of Bourbon, The Beards, The Snowdroppers, Saskwatch, Grey Ghost, RocKwiz Live and so and so forth. If there is such a thing as safety in numbers, Bluesfest has found it. It’s not perfect but there’s such a powerfully consistent range of artists that no line-up in recent memory has offered so much to so many. Soundwave and Harvest certainly deserve their mentions, but to offer this much over three days is unparalleled. I don’t really care if you’re keen or not, I just think good work deserved to be made plain, but if you are interested, you can find out more at bluesfest.com.au.

You Are Here’s Mall Stories Calls For Artists
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

‘It’s Christmas 2011 and I’m in Garema Place, watching an elderly transvestite teach two moody teenagers to waltz in the rain.’ You Are Here festival is calling for short non-fiction prose and poetry (500 words max) and music and songs (3 mins max) for consideration in the 2013 season of Mall Stories: innovative audio tours of Canberra’s CBD. Mall Stories (youareherecanberra.com.au/mall-stories-downloads) was originally commissioned for the 2012 You Are Here festival. You Are Here is an annual multi-platform arts festival showcasing the city’s alternative arts and underground culture. Participants could download two audio tours to their phone or MP3 player and be guided through the Canberra Centre. Participants experienced a unique journey through foodcourts, hidden elevators and balconies. The first season of Mall Stories focused exclusively on malls and shopping centres – this year they want to continue exploring malls but also take some trips outside: let them hear your tales, poetry, anecdotes, urban myths and shaggy dog stories about cafés, skate parks, record stores, car parks, elevators, public toilets and beyond! If something surreal or awful or great has happened to you in the Canberra CBD, or the centre of your town, email youareherecanberra@gmail.com by COB Monday December 24. Selected pieces will form an audio tour that will be launched and promoted during You Are Here, Thu-Sun March 14-24, 2013.

Blog For Brevity
Date Published: Tuesday, 4 December 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 6 months ago

Canberra-based writer and entrepreneur Ellen Harvey wants to hear your stories and she wants to hear lots of them. Ellen is the founder of drabbl.es, a social micro-storytelling website that has just launched that allows its users to post and share 100-word stories. Harvey says that the platform evolved out of a conversation with her husband, also an entrepreneur. She was looking for a way to capture short stories in the 100-word niche between blogging and Twitter. With Ellen’s experience in the writing and publishing community, the idea grew from there. ‘Everyone’s a storyteller, whether they think of themselves as that or not. By posting on Facebook or Twitter or many of the other online networks, people are telling stories.’ The drabbl.es platform has just been released and currently allows users to post drabbles (100-word stories), add pictures and genres to drabbles, participate in and post story telling challenges, read through and search for drabbles, and set-up a profile page. Ellen and the drabbl.es team are focusing on finding as many stories as possible and sharing them on the platform. They will then build on this version to enhance, improve and include new features based on the feedback provided by users. To sample the goods or pitch in, visit the site at http://drabbl.es/.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

If festivals were catnip, cats in Canberra would be going mental. I never understood why catnip brings out that behaviour in cats; I only remember when I was a child, watching my cat roll around destroying our small catnip plant felt like watching something uncomfortably intimate. She was in a happy place.

The first festival to which I’m referring is MICfest at the CIT Music Industry Centre, Woden, on Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23. Day one will see their annual CD launch and School Stars Band Competition from 4pm, with day two being the CIT Music Industry Centre’s annual showcase from 6pm. Both events are free but see fb.com/citmm for more. Also on Thursday November 22 is The Phoenix Bar’s 19th Birthday, to which an open invitation has been extended. The Fuelers will be overseeing the night’s festivities from 9pm. Do take it upon yourself to give the bitch her birthday punches and make sure she remembers this one.

If you need wind-down activities on Saturday November 24, Goji Berry Jam have been giving their funk away at Mocan and Green Grout in NewActon every Saturday from 2pm. And that evening at Arc Cinema there’s a Blaxploitation Double Bill with Black Caesar (1973) and Black Dynamite (2009) showing back-to-back from 7:30pm. If you haven’t seen either of these films, you’re a fucking idiot. See nfsa.gov.au/arc for info.

One of Sydney’s finest punk bands, Ebolagoldfish, are headed to The Phoenix on Thursday November 29, with the local angle being Revellers in support, who’ll be giving away their new demo for free. It kicks off at 8:30pm. Also that night will be Melbourne garage/surf band Rayon Moon with excellent locals Waterford and Crash the Curb in support at The Front Gallery & Café from 7:30pm. Entry is an exorbitant $2.

And then the cats went mental again, this time for Corinbank [Take 2] up in Corin Forest. I really won’t try and get the cats off here, suffice to say it runs from Friday November 30 to Sunday December 2, sports a shitload of great acts and you can get yourself a place by visiting corinbank.com. If you haven’t been yet, this could be the perfect time – Corinbank in spring is unprecedented. It’s going to be beautiful. The cats just jizzed.

If you’re still in Canberra over that weekend, Saturday December 1 will see Belconnen Arts Centre host their Christmas Twilight Markets from 3pm to 7pm. Stalls will sell local and organic gifts and produce and it’ll all be adorable and smell like patchouli and the heads of infants. And once you’re done there, you can head to Chrome at the Hellenic Club in Civic, where DJs will play dark electro, goth and industrial music from 9pm til late. There it will still smell like patchouli and the heads of infants, it’s just that someone will have burnt all the patchouli on a pile of hair and anointed the heads of the infants with arse sweat.

And then the cats went mental again, this time for Arc Cinema’s Japanese Film Festival. The festival opens on Wednesday December 5 with I Wish at 7pm, which will screen for free, and runs until Friday December 14. See their website (nfsa.gov.au/arc) for full details but all you really need to know is there’s a film called Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer. See my comments above on Black Caesar and Black Dynamite if you’re not sure where I stand on this.

And that’s everything local I care about.

Canberra Int’l Film Festival Sets New Record
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

At this year’s Canberra International Film Festival, more people saw more films from more countries than at any time in the Festival’s 16-year history. Figures released last week show this year’s Festival has broken all standing records: Just under 17,000 people attended across the 12 days; 27 sell-out sessions were recorded for films including The Angels’ Share, Monsieur Lazhar, The Hunt, Let My People Go, 33 Postcards, Stella Days and Amour at Dendy; Neil Young Journeys, Searching for Sugarman and Grabbers at Arc Cinema; and Paul Kelly: Stories of Me at the Canberra Theatre. ‘I’m absolutely thrilled that people turned up in record numbers again – not just to watch the films on offer, but to engage so passionately with the stories, ideas and characters that the best filmmakers from around the world give to us,’ Artistic Director Simon Weaving said. So if you spent an hour or so in a dark room watching strangers on a luminous screen in the past couple of weeks, good on you; you directly encouraged and were responsible for record-setting behaviour. Go for a run with your shirt pulled over your head and yell in the face of a stranger. 

MusicACT/CIT Continue Workshop Series
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

MusicACT are proud to announce two more in their ongoing program of professional development they will be presenting in collaboration with CIT Music Industry Centre. On Thursday December 6, MusicACT and CIT MIC are staging two separate workshops at the CIT Music Industry Centre, Woden. The first workshop is on Management and Self-Management and features Gregg Donovan of Wonderlick Entertainment (Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke, Airbourne, Grinspoon) and Tom Harris (The Temper Trap, Little Stevies). Learn what a manager does, when you need one, what to look for in a manager and how to build a great artist/manager relationship from 6-7:30pm. The second workshop concerns Production and Recording and features ARIA award-winning producer Magoo (Regurgitator, Midnight Oil, Operator Please, Kate Miller-Heidke) and Ian Haug (Powderfinger). Get studio and production tips including pre-production, trouble shooting in the studio and post-production (mixing and mastering) from 8-9:30pm. Both sessions are free for CIT MIC/MusicACT members and $10 for non-members, and bookings can be made via email at pete@musicact.com.au.

The Bally Goes Carbon Neutral
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

Looking like a tortoise shell with a case of the Theodor Geisels, The Bally is Canberra’s own artistic social enterprise – and, more specifically, a dome-shaped red and white tent that apparates at great events like Stone Day and Corinbank in order to provide an atmospheric housing for vaudeville, circus, comedy and other weird stuff that you couldn’t really put anywhere else because no one really cares all that much. Ha ha! Derision. Anyway, The Bally is taking steps to graduate from its already green and ethical underpinnings to a full-fledged solar powered project. This may be where it starts to sound familiar, but the money for the solar project is being raised through crowdfunding. You can find out more at pozible.com/bally, where anyone can donate. The campaign ends on Friday November 24, and The Bally only gets the donations if their target of $10,000 is reached. You’ve only got a couple of days so get donating if this sounds like something you’re into. 

Ten Copies of Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’ (DVD/Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humour to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish… and has refused to leave his side ever since.

Thanks to the good folk at Bang PR, we have ten copies of Ted to giveaway, five on DVD and five on Blu-ray. If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which actor with an awesome name played the psycho stalker in the movie Ted. (Remember to specify if you’d like DVD or Blu-ray!)

Two Black Fox Double Prize Packs (CD/Vinyl)
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

Hot off the heels of the success of their double-A side, Day In Lieu/Monarch earlier this year, Melbourne indie-pop rockers Black Fox have released their debut full-length album, Line Of Sight on CD and 12-inch vinyl.

Linked by bonds of blood and friendship, Black Fox is the evolution of acclaimed Melbourne band, The Smoke. Known for their high energy, ferocious attitude and a captivating live show, the boys are back and sure to get you tapping and singing along to their catchy tunes, showing off their talent on their new indie-pop single, Beatles Party.

Never doing things by halves and always aiming to please their fans, Black Fox have made the album available on 12-inch vinyl.

If you’d like a copy of Line of Sight on CD and vinyl, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which colour you’d make foxes and why.

Two Shihad Combo Prize Packs (CD/DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

For over 20 years, Shihad has defined NZ rock music. From their roots in Wellington’s furious ‘90s punk metal scene, to the wild Berlin days, the tragic overdose of their manager, the international explosion of The General Electric, and the infamous American name-change, Shihad: Beautiful Machine asks – what went wrong? More than a documentary, this is an all-access pass to an extraordinary rock saga, charting a legendary band’s fight with fame, fortune, the industry, and finally – itself.

If you’d like a copy of Shihad: Beautiful Machine on DVD and a copy of Shihad – The Meanest Hits on CD, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the best pun you think of that plays on Shihad’s name.

Five Copies Of ‘The Doobie Brothers: Let The Music Play – The Story Of The Doobie’
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

Doobie Brothers: Let the Music Play is the authorized story of The Doobie Brothers from their beginnings as a biker band to their breakthrough with Listen to the Music in 1972, sustained successes and line-up changes in the mid '70s, their change in musical direction and further success with the arrival of Michael McDonald in 1976. Worn out by non-stop touring and internal dissent, the band broke up in 1982, following a "farewell" concert. There were sporadic reunions in the '80s before the band re-formed permanently in the early '90s and have continued touring and recording ever since. This new film features contributions from all surviving key band members, producer Ted Templeton and manager Bruce Cohen.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com with as many other band names that you can think of which shamelessly reference illegal activities. 

Five Copies Of ‘Peter Frampton: FCA! 35 Tour – An Evening With Peter Frampton’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

In 2011, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Peter Frampton embarked on a world tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of his multi-platinum selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive!. This double DVD release contains footage from shows at New York City’s Beacon Theater and Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater. The first disc is the Frampton Comes Alive! album performed in its entirety whilst the second disc focuses on tracks from Peter Frampton’s more recent albums such as Fingerprints, Now and Thank You Mr Churchill along with a nod to his past with the inclusion of the old Humble Pie track I Don’t Need No Doctor. Peter Frampton remains one of rock’s most iconic guitarists and these live performances catch him at his very best.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which instrument you would make talk and what it would say. (Because Frampton made the ‘talking guitar’ famous, if you didn’t get that.)

City Riots Prize Pack (Double Pass To Canberra Show @ Trinity Bar, Tote Bag And Signed Record)
Date Published: Tuesday, 20 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

Fresh off the road from a small run of club shows, City Riots are excited to announce the Sea of Bright Lights tour to celebrate the release of their debut album. The Adelaide outfit is headed to ten intimate musical hotspots on their biggest headline jaunt to date including a very special album launch show in their hometown on the day of release.

Sea of Bright Lights has been a long time coming for City Riots, but as they say, good things come to those who wait. Intent on making an album in its truest form, all songs were written and recorded under the ears of Paul ‘Woody’ Annison in less than six months.

They’ll be visiting Canberra on Friday November 30, coming to Trinity Bar. If you’d like a double pass (and a fancy bag and signed record too) email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you think it would take to start a riot in Canberra.

David Van Dijk
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

Where did your band name come from? It took a lot of thinking, but eventually I came up with the idea to go with my name.

Group members: I write and produce all of my stuff through my computer, but I've worked with vocalists like Joanna Kerr in the past.

Describe your sound: I'd describe it as a blend of trance and progressive house, but my sound is a little different – everyone is unique, I guess!

Who are your influences, musical or otherwise? My biggest musical influences as far as EDM goes would have to be Armin van Buuren – his work was what first got me into trance. Others include Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Joop and Team Bastian. I also really love Deadmau5 and lately I've been listening to lots of house, like Swedish House Mafia. Otherwise, the biggest influences on my life and who I am are without doubt my Mum (Hey, Mum! LOL) and all of my family – they're just really amazing, honest, hard-working and funny people. My godparents and godsisters go into that category as well!

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had whilst performing? I've been pretty shy with the DJ side of things, but I'd have to say being in the middle of a massive house track and someone requesting a Kiss song for laughs. Also a huge dude fell completely through a wall at that party mid-set which gave me a chuckle or two.

Of what are you proudest so far? Producing my first EP. The whole process was amazing; getting the support from family, friends and fans was awesome. Then going into a studio for vocals and going to Studio 301 in Sydney was unreal – I had to pinch myself. When I held that first copy of the EP in my hands, that was be a pretty proud moment! Check it out!

What are your plans for the future? Short-term? Keep producing and start playing in clubs. I know I have the ability to do that so I just need to step up and approach someone, I guess! Long-term – travel the world with my music! Obviously keep producing but I want to get signed to a major label and reach a lot of people. I'd say that and playing at a club in the Netherlands or Ibiza would be the big dream!  Basically I just want to keep making music and getting better and better with each track I make and continue spreading my work to some great people!

What makes you laugh? So many things! My friends and family and memories of the stupid things we used to do. Life itself is funny! Dancing like an idiot is always fun. Other stuff includes Seinfeld, Always Sunny…, internet jokes and memes – I love those ‘Difference Between Wogs and Aussies' videos.

What pisses you off? People who are inconsiderate or intolerant of others, hypocrites, the fact that people spend so much time and effort focusing on how we're different when really we're all the same. Musically, it pisses me off when I'm working on a sound or a melody or something and it's SO close but I just can't get that final tweak or note right! I've spent hours on things like that!

What about the local scene would you change? There's a pretty good variety if you know where to go, but as far as clubs are I'd always love less Top 40 generic bullshit music and more music that is actually involved and stimulating: trance, the good house and electro...more like Europe basically! Also it's always good to change things up. Clubs here could offer more nights and different  DJs that are a break from the norm. There are some great DJs here and guys in town trying to do that so fingers-crossed that happens.

What are your upcoming gigs? I'd love to organise a launch for my EP! I've also been getting some interest from a few people around Australia so hopefully some clubs pretty soon – anything goes! In 2013 I'm really going to start getting out there.

Contact info: davidvandijkmusic@gmail.com (for press enquires/bookings), facebook.com/davidvandijkmusic, Twitter: @theDavidvanDijk, soundcloud.com/davidvandijkmusic.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

If someone told you they’d created a liberal-minded alter-ego named Diva Sheila, the Eco Diva, who voiced half-baked political opinions while displaying multi-instrumental virtuosity during a show in which she lets her alter-ego loose on the audience, you’d rush to see it. Yep – no question there. And because there’s no question, you can get your tickets at thestreet.org.au for her shows from Thursday November 8 onwards. The same night, the Local Feats series of feature films made in Canberra continues with The Chifleys of Busby St (2008), a peoples’ documentary on the rise of Ben Chifley to Australia’s top office, at the Kendall Lane Theatre, NewActon, at 6pm and 9pm. Tickets are available at newacton.com.au/localfeats.

Friday November 9 sees the Canberra Musicians’ Club staging a Friday Night ensemble at The White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, from 8pm, with Space Party, The Feldons, Magic Rob Universe and more appearing for $5 (and it’s free for CMC members). The same night at Smiths Alternative Bookstore, Boomgates (a spin-off from Eddy Current Suppression Ring) will be appearing with locals TV Colours and Dangerbeach from 7pm for $15. But then again, there’s also the first night of the two-part Bastardfest at The Basement in Belconnen, with I Exist, Blood Duster, King Parrot and more from 7pm for $28.60 + bf through Moshtix. Basically, there’s no right choice. Or wrong choice. Stop hogging the ether.

Bastardfest continues on Saturday November 10 with Psycroptic, Voyager, Disentomb and more from 5pm, but Saturday also sees the culmination of Woden Valley Festival at Eddison Park, Woden. WVF’s The Carnival will be in full effect from 9am, with a huge array of local bands, markets and family-focused fun, and the Lift Off Festival will take over from 4pm with House vs. Hurricane headlining a massive line-up of local and interstate bands for a 9pm finish. And the whole damn thing’s free, if you can believe that. I don’t. Also on Saturday will be The Last Prom’s year-end finale, An Apocalypse In One Act, from 8pm at Ainslie Arts Centre. If you haven’t seen them yet, this may just be the perfect introduction. Presale tickets are $12 + bf through Moshtix.

So as not to spend an entire column on two days, the following Friday November 16 will see Questacon host their next SciNight. Irresistibly pitched as a night for big kids only, where you can get your drank on and enjoy Questacon without being judged by 12-year-olds, this SciNight is Beach Party-themed and runs 6-10pm. Tickets are $10 on the door. Also that Friday will be Canberra stalwarts Spoil’s last ever show. After years of service, the guys are going out with Tonk and Escape Syndrome in support at ANU Bar from 8pm. Tickets are $15 + through Moshtix but entry’s free with ID for ANU students.

If you haven’t caught Cracked Actor live yet, make your way to The Phoenix Bar on Saturday November 17 at 9:30pm to see them appear with Hinterland. The same goes for Hoodlum Shouts, who are doing their last Canberra show for a while at The Pot Belly in Belconnen with Looking Glass and A Drone Coda on Sunday November 18 from 8pm.

Aaand the rest of this column’s about The Phoenix, so if you’re all over that then you can leave. But if you’re not, read on! Monday November 19’s Bootleg Sessions is presented by the High Seas Podcast and Heartfelt Records and sports a positive bloom of great acts from 8pm. Liz and Alex’s Music Trivia is back on Tuesday November 20 from 7:30pm. The monthly instalment of Bad!Slam!No!Biscuit! will no doubt pack the skinny mould-hole on Wednesday November 21 – but hold the press for The Phoenix’s 19th Birthday on Thursday November 22! May it be genuinely disgusting.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Louise Upshall
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

What do you do? Mostly collage, as well as small oil paintings and zines.

 

When, how and why did you get into it? Collage is something that I've always done, since I was a little kid cutting up stacks of National Geographics for school assignments. During my gap years and throughout art school I was making heaps of collage-related works. But it took me a long time to finally realise consciously, ‘Oh yeah, I'm a collage artist – this is the sort of work I should be making.’ As to why, I think of collage as being a kind of paper alchemy; by cutting up images and arranging them in new combinations, I am able to transmute the power and meaning of an image from essentially being an ad into something that serves my own agenda.

Who/what influences you as an artist? This year it’s labyrinths and spirals; prehistoric art and a modern version of it. I'm constantly in awe of collage artists Wangechi Mutu and Fred Tomaselli. My current body of work is partly about physical and emotional scars. I am also inspired by all the strong women in my life (and a few really lovely guys, too).

Of what are you proudest so far? I am proud of how much art I have made since finishing art school. Somehow I have managed to make more work this year than during honours – it's ridiculous. I've been making an average of one work each week.

What are your plans for the future? I've been making a lot of gender-related work and next I want to think about a different aspect of my identity: my relationship to nature and the bush. It's interesting how awkward most non-Indigenous Australians feel about the idea of a spiritual connection to land; that it is irrelevant to their lives or that it is not culturally appropriate to have this connection. I've been reading David Tacey's Edge of the Sacred and the poetry of Judith Wright. A new series is brewing away at the back of my mind and I'm excited to get started on it.

What makes you laugh? My lovely 14-year-old sister leaves me hilarious and wonderful voicemail messages calling me a poo-poo-head.

What pisses you off? Too many things. I'm working on it.

What about the local scene would you change? I would love to abolish speeches at art openings. They are a weird and unnecessary Canberra quirk, unheard of in the rest of Australia. One gallery in particular always has super-long boring speeches – and they hide the cheese away during them!

What are your upcoming performances/exhibitions? My solo show, Scar Clan, opens at CCAS Manuka on Thursday November 8 at 6pm. For this show, I've used contemporary images such as lips, eyes and heads from fashion magazines to create talismans, archetypal symbols and characters from folk tales. The exhibition ends Sunday November 18.

Contact info: louise.upshall@gmail.com, cervixosaurus.com.

Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Willy Mason
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

@ Royal Theatre, Friday October 26

Mumford & Sons’ Australia Stopover tour included shows in every major city – a not unusual happenstance. Less predictable was that their show at the Royal Theatre in Canberra was the first show on the tour to sell out. Within hours of going on sale, the entire 2460 capacity had been exhausted. Something about the combination of Mumford & Sons, the crossover kings of the folk power ballad, with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the eclectic folk pop caravan brainchild of Alex Ebert, and Willy Mason, the rough-edged modern incarnation of the all-American folk singer, struck a chord with enough people that the not insignificant ticket price seemed like a bargain.

The crowd in the foyer bespoke an interesting mix. Gone are all but the faintest remnants of the crowds Mumford & Sons made their name in front of – the fisherman’s pants-wearing, dred-sporting earth-lovers – replaced in large part by, well, normal people (i.e. couples, of whom the women certainly seemed the instigating party) and a lot of young girls. As I handed my ticket over I heard a couple behind me – clad in an inoffensive Jay Jays-endorsed number – ask the girl on the door, ‘Who’s Willy Mason?’ I don’t know if the answer they got enticed them inside.

Willy Mason is now on his third solo album – it was his second, Where the Humans Eat, which hooked me – and his onstage presence is subtle but formidable. Reminiscent of a young Johnny Cash (had singing lessons and humility been his without measure), Mason focused mainly on songs from his latest, yet-to-be-released album, Carry On. He worked with two guitars and filled the Royal with understated, sonorous guitar-work and vocals, only accepting assistance in the form of a few extra musicians and female vocalists from the Magnetic Zeros to close out a captivating set.

By contrast, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros filled the stage as soon as they took it. Looking like a gawky, bearded beanpole, Alex Ebert and his partner in crime, the pint-sized, devilish Jade Castrinos, launched into the entire gamut of the Zeros’ hits. It is said that Ebert created his alter-ego, Edward Sharpe, as a messianic means of overcoming addiction, but there was something less than heavenly about Ebert. He ducked about the stage, rarely making eye contact with the audience and seeking comfort in Castrinos’s presence, even as they nailed every one of the songs a Zeros fan will love: 40 Day Dream, Janglin, Up From Below. As they were joined by Mason and a couple of the Mumford boys for their final song, Home, and they reached the charming spoken word interlude, Ebert revealed the reason for his melancholic behaviour: This was the last show on their tour; he was sad to see it end. Throwing themselves into it, they brought down the house with a farewell rendition.

Mumford & Sons have been described, perhaps not unfairly, as something of a one trick pony. Booming, take-no-prisoners percussion, thrashing banjos and mandolins, and hailstorm vocal harmonies could describe at least 90% of their songs. When they strike gold – see Little Lion Man, The Cave, I Will Wait – it has the potential to reach feverish, euphoric heights, and were it not for the thoroughly varied and largely downbeat response of the audience at the Royal, it could be said they achieved them that night. The softer songs with heart, Awake My Soul and Timshel, also won through.

But over the course of 90 minutes, it cannot be simply the songs that do the winning. The success of the band’s lesser numbers and newer material fell on their shoulders, and (with deference to the very radio-friendly make-up of the audience) they failed to maintain the joyous connection which came forth when more familiar chords were strummed. Be it the audience’s or the Mumfords’ fault, there was an awful lot of standing around going on. For a band whose recorded music is like live electricity, their live delivery seemed comparatively staid. That said, it was very well-received. If the audience did not dance, they were not displeased, and I count myself among this number. If triple-loaded bills like this are what the economic downturn has reaped upon the live music industry, I cannot say this is a side-effect I mind terribly much.

Five Copies Of ‘The Doors: Live At The Bowl ‘68’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

On July 5th, 1968, The Doors took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl for a concert that has since passed into legend.

The Doors were performing on the back of their third album release, Waiting For The Sun, and the US No.1 single, Hello, I Love You. They had been honing their live performances over the previous two years and were on absolute peak form.

Now for the first time, the original film footage from the Hollywood Bowl has been digitally scanned and restored to present the show better and more complete than it's ever been seen before, with two previously unreleased tracks (Hello, I Love You & The WASP) returned to the running order and with sound newly remixed and mastered from the original multitrack tapes by The Doors engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick. With special features up the wazoo, this is the definitive edition of this now famous performance.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com with your favourite piece of Morrison lyricism or poetry. Blow our fucking minds, man.

 

Track Listing:
1) Show Start / Intro
2) When The Music s Over
3) Alabama Song / Whiskey Bar
4) Back Door Man
5) Five To One
6) Back Door Man (reprise)
7) The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (previously unreleased)
8) Hello, I Love You (previously unreleased)
9) Moonlight Drive
10) Horse Lattitudes
11) A Little Game
12) The Hill Dwellers
13) Spanish Caravan
14) Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear?
15) Wake Up!
16) Light My Fire
17) Light My Fire (segue)
18) The Unknown Soldier
19) The End (segue)
20) The End

One Gold Double Pass (With Meet & Greet And VIP Tour Poster) To Dwight Yoakam At AIS Arena
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of iconic country music legend Dwight Yoakam to Australia for an east coast tour in November. Joining Dwight will be very special guest Lee Kernaghan – the dynamic musician, songwriter and beloved Aussie country rocker.

The name Dwight Yoakam invokes images of a cowboy hat with the brim pulled low and tight blue jeans. This master of melodies croons poignant lyrics that firmly connect him with a large, loyal following. The Los Angeles native has sold over 25 million albums worldwide placing him in an elite group of global superstars.

We have one VIP Meet and Greet Package for the true Dwight Yoakam fan. These include a front row seat, a meet and greet with Dwight and a limited edition VIP Package tour poster which fans can get signed by the man himself. If you’d like the Package for his show at the AIS Arena on Thursday November 15, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you’d say to Mr Yoakam if you get that treasured meet-and-greet!

One Double Pass To Last Dinosaurs At Zierholz @ UC
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

Not only did Last Dinosaurs kick off their national Satellites tour this year, they also released the acclaimed In A Million Years in the UK via The Cure’s esteemed label, Fiction. And, as a little cherry on top, Last Dinosaurs unveiled a digitally-released, tour edition of In A Million Years, which hosts three remixes of Dinos favourites, Zoom and Andy.

Featuring the remixing prowess of international electronic maestro Grum, along with locals What So Not and Yacht Club DJs, In a Million Years (Tour Edition) will be just what’s needed to wear in your dancing shoes ahead of The Satellites Tour.

If you’d like a double pass to the Canberra leg of their tour at Zierholz @ UC on Saturday November 10, email allan@bmamag.com and make an argument for which dinosaur should have been the last one standing. (And how you would envision it reaping awesomeness on today’s world.)

Four Double Passes To Dwight Yoakam At AIS Arena
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce the return of iconic country music legend Dwight Yoakam to Australia for an east coast tour in November. Joining Dwight will be very special guest Lee Kernaghan – the dynamic musician, songwriter and beloved Aussie country rocker.

The name Dwight Yoakam invokes images of a cowboy hat with the brim pulled low and tight blue jeans. This master of melodies croons poignant lyrics that firmly connect him with a large, loyal following. The Los Angeles native has sold over 25 million albums worldwide placing him in an elite group of global superstars.

We have four double passes to give away! If you’d like the one for his show at the AIS Arena on Thursday November 15, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what instrument Karl Childers used to dispatch Dwight Yoakam’s character, Doyle Hargraves, in the final minutes of Sling Blade.

Album Of The Issue
Date Published: Tuesday, 6 November 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 7 months ago

That only a few great rap albums have been released this year should not diminish the strident, unparalleled brilliance of Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Lamar’s first LP, the independently released Section.80, was a violent rendering of his street-level LA environment and the many twisted channels navigated by its inhabitants in their search for gratification, redemption or both. Listening to Section.80, it seemed the next step for Lamar was to arch his back, flex his chest and graduate from diamond-grit street hustler poet to suit-clad world-straddling hood king, but there was a serpentine unnaturalness in Lamar that warned against attempting to predict him.

In good kid, Lamar exercises an imaginative ambition and human-poetic confidence the likes of which very few rappers have ever possessed. It is a portrait of the world Lamar grew up in, complete with flawlessly contextualised quotes from his mother, father, friends and peers.

Starting with stealing his grandmother’s car at 17 years of age to see a girl in a different ‘hood, good kid takes you on a monstrously intricate journey through the Compton that shaped Lamar’s youth and which continues to shape the youths of others. The silkiness of Lamar’s flow has reached fever-pitch and he uses it to capture each nuance of each story. From spitting rhymes in a homie’s backseat over beat CDs (Backseat Freestyle) and getting caught up in break-and-enters (The Art of Peer Pressure) to the tortuous mental aftermath of a friend’s murder (Sing About Me/I’m Dying of Thirst) and drowning fear in alcohol (Swimming Pools), good kid runs the gamut of immersive point-of-view storytelling.

The key dilemma Lamar faces is summed up in the two title tracks, good kid and m.A.A.d city. Lamar would disconnect from violence but cannot in a city where every young black man is assumed to be a member of a gang, and is drawn to the tension-release allure of violence.

The production throughout deserves a review of its own, capturing the thick, syrupy smog of LA in a way not even Dre managed, complete with a handful of the finest hooks you could ask for and dual overdoses of enchanting, bass-rich tension and languid swagger.

good kid is a concept album with few hitches – and none that do not fit inside the greater context Lamar has created and owned, which also comes complete with a powerfully redemptive close. High in the running for album of the year accolades, it is certainly the best hip hop album of 2012 so far and will be remembered as one of the decade’s best in 2020. At only 25, Lamar is truly something.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

The coming fortnight sees the two best weekends of locally produced material since white people first decided this was a great place to do shit because Indigenous Australians just weren’t using it. But before we get to the aforementioned weekends, Scissors Paper Pen are running a Young Writers’ Drinks and conversation session at Smiths Alternative Bookshop on Wednesday October 24, 6pm. Instructions are to bring paper, a pen and money for a beverage. Also, on Thursday October 25, the ANU Food Co-op are hosting Bite Into Beethoven, offering a chance to hear movements from a selection of Beethoven’s symphonies as you enjoy a $4 lunch between 12pm and 2pm.

And then the first of the weekends starts. At 3pm on Friday October 26, Stone Day will be kicking off at University of Canberra. Check uclive.com.au for full details but tickets are $40 through Oztix and there are more acts on show than there have been lost geniuses in the collective seminal glands of the world’s human male population. That evening, competition for your attention comes first from The White Eagle Polish Club, which is hosting Mikelangelo & the Tin Star from 8pm. Tickets are $15 or less on the door. Also vying for attention will be Transit Bar, which is hosting a Nite Society x Landspeed Records event with Instagram Jam from 8pm.

The following day, Saturday October 27, the suburb of NewActon will come alive from 1pm with the Art, Not Apart festival. Live music, live and premade art, books, a suitcase rummage, spontaneous circus, improvised literature, handmade and recycled goods – everything is on show for the express purpose of bringing every form of art together under one beautiful sunny roof. The festival runs until 7pm and is 100% free, leaving you both time and money to make it to The Clubhouse to catch the Homegrown FreQs National D&B Mixing Competition Canberra heat. It’s $10 from 9pm but see twistedaudio.com for more info.

And so Sunday was a day of rest. And Monday too, because studies have shown that if God had taken an extra day of rest, He/She/It would’ve been happier and probably not fucked up stuff like small dogs, pubic hair, racial turpitude and liquorice. Mull that over until Tuesday October 30, when Joel and Ali return to The Phoenix for their monthly instalment of Nerd Trivia. Get there early to bag a table. It kicks off at 7:30pm.

On Wednesday October 31, Knightsbridge Penthouse will host Frocktails, a Frocktober cum cocktail celebration to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, so don your best sundress (you too, with the cock and balls) and head along from 7pm.

And then it’s back to that weekend chicanery. Locals Los Chavos are kicking it off with part one of their two-day Day of the Dead album launch mini-festival. Part one, an all ages pre-launch event, will be at The Polish Club on Friday November 2 from 8pm, and part two, the official launch, will be at ANU Bar the following day from 8pm. Both shows are brimming with supports and all tickets include a free copy of Los Chavos’s first EP. See page 16 for more info.

Also on Saturday November 3, the ACT Final of the Australian Poetry Slam will be held in the NewActon Courtyard from 7:30pm. See australianpoetryslam.com for more. Further to that, the Big Record, CD & Book Sale will return to The Tradies, Dickson, the same day from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday November 4 to boot.

And that’s everything local I care about.

 

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Annika Romeyn
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

What do you do? I’m an artist, printmaker and illustrator; essentially, I draw. Sometimes I draw on paper with pencil and watercolour, other times on an etching plate or lithographic stone. In one of my many sketchbooks I have carted around the globe.

When, how and why did you get into it? I enjoyed drawing as a kid (mostly mermaids and dolphins) and was encouraged by some great teachers in high school/college, but university was the turning point. Originally recruited for the softball team, I travelled to Morgan State University (Baltimore, USA), where I discovered that art was my greatest passion. I soon swapped softball for illustration and upon returning to Canberra I did an Honours year in drawing and printmaking. Pursuing art as a career is not easy, but the process of drawing/making keeps me happy. It’s always a challenge, it opens my eyes and mind to the beauty and possibilities in the world, it allows me to share my perspective and it consistently helps me to make friends with people who speak a different language.

Who/what influences you as an artist? I find inspiration all around, but particularly in natural forms and structures. My starting point is often an object collected, or photograph taken, in the landscape. This source material pushed, pulled and studied from multiple perspectives allows me to revisit and reimagine the environment while exploring connections between the humble and the sublime. My current solo exhibition is based on the elemental power of the mountains and canyons of the Spanish Pyrenees where I travelled and hiked as 2011 recipient of the Embassy of Spain Torres Travelling Scholarship. Countless artists influence me, but a few favourites include Julie Mehretu, Vija Celmins, Jörg Schmeisser, Shaun Tan, Mary Tonkin, Frida Kahlo and Francisco Goya.

Of what are you proudest so far? I’m proud to be pursuing my dreams, continuing to create artwork on a daily basis and embracing each opportunity that comes my way. In 2011, I was granted the fantastic opportunity to travel to Spain and I’m currently very proud to be exhibiting my artistic response to the trip, Barranco. This year I was also delighted to receive an Australia Council ArtStart grant, which enabled me to develop my printmaking skills by attending the world-renowned Tamarind Institute of Lithography Summer Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What are your plans for the future? I’m really looking forward to my first exhibition with Port Jackson Press (Fitzroy, Melbourne) in May 2013 and I’m keeping busy making new work for that. I’m feeling pretty inspired at the moment thanks to my recent travels in the USA – especially the amazing, surreal landscape of the Grand Canyon – and am eager to take on this subject matter while the memories are still fresh. In general, I’m always aiming to refine my ideas and technique with each artwork, seek out new adventures and share my work with more people around the world.

What makes you laugh? I just started a beginner’s swing dancing class, which is so much fun and makes me laugh a lot (mostly at myself). It’s a great dance style because it revolves around not taking yourself too seriously (one of the moves involves pecking like a chicken). I decided to see what Canberra-style swing was like after being exposed to country swing at nightclubs in Albuquerque (their unreal saddle-shaped disco ball also made me laugh).

What pisses you off? When people get pissed off over really petty things and/or take their frustrations out on others. In general, I try to look on the bright side, but I must say puppies, sunshine and rainbows are pretty terrible.

What about the local scene would you change? I think there is lots of great art in Canberra, but would just like to see a little more support and involvement from the broader community. I see a lot of the same crowd at exhibitions/gigs etc. so I’d challenge people to get out and try something new and different.

What are your upcoming performances/exhibitions? My solo exhibition Barranco (Ravine) is on display until Sunday November 4 at PhotoSpace Gallery (ANU School of Art, 9:30am-4:30pm). I’m also part of a group exhibition, The Green Room, opening Thursday October 25, 6pm, at M16 Artspace, Griffith.

Contact info: annika-romeyn.com, annika-romeyn.blogspot.com, annika_romeyn@hotmail.com.

Jenny Spear
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Where did your band name come from? At the moment we don’t have a name but we’re trying to think of one... Not easy!

Group members: Jenny (vocals and guitars), Chris Holly (bass) and Ian Johnson (drums) are the core members, but we also utilise the talents of some very awesome musos, including Bruce Callaway (ex-Saints, New Christs), Sandy Pollard and Chris Johnson.

Describe your sound: That’s a tough one – we like so many things and cut across genres like no one’s business! We like to keep it tight, melodic and interesting. There’s a mix of steel and electric guitars in the songs and lots of cool harmonies.

Who are your influences, musical or otherwise? Heaps and too many to mention here. Really broad, but I would have to mention You Am I, Jeff Lang, Nick Cave and, dare I say it, Led Zep. Oh yeah, and I love flamenco.

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had whilst performing? Playing a variety show in between a contortionist and the Doug Anthony All Stars.

Of what are you proudest so far? My new album, Black is a Colour (available on iTunes and from my website).

What are your plans for the future? Heaps! I want to keep recording music and playing it out loud.

What makes you laugh? Noel Fielding and co. (e.g. Mighty Boosh).

What pisses you off? Bigots.

What about the local scene would you change? The segregation of the scene – it’s very easy to get labelled as indie, non-indie, mainstream, etc. Not helpful, particularly when you’re an artist who likes to go genre-surfing as an extreme sport.

What are your upcoming gigs? Fri Nov 2, Jerrabomberra Hotel; Thu Nov 18, Beyond Q Bookstore, Curtin; Sat Dec1, Bungers and Mosh Music Festival @ Bungendore Memorial Hotel with my brand new band The Rip.

Contact info: jennyspearmusic.com or spearjenny@aol.com

One Double Pass To Ben Wells And The Middle Names At The Front Gallery & Café
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Ben Wells and the Middle Names have launched their film clip for new single Bear In A Birdcage and announced a run of tour dates to welcome the start of summer, surf, and sunshine. Collaborating with renowned surfing cinematographer Simon Treweek, Ben Wells and the Middle Names have produced a stunning and captivating clip that wets the appetite for summer months spent out of the office and at the beach. Check it out here: youtube.com/bwtmn.

2012 has seen Ben Wells and the Middle Names play Falls Festival, release their debut EP, House, Come Home, tour the east coast with Kate Martin, and support Ball Park Music, Snakadaktal, San Cisco and The Jungle Giants.

Catch them in Canberra on Friday December 7 at The Front with Rebecca Moore. 7:30pm. $10. If you’d like a free double pass, email allan@bmamag.com and flash that embarrassing middle name you’ve been hiding from friends all your life. Most embarrassing name wins! (If it’s not embarrassing, spin us the back-story to it and win that way instead.)

Ten Double Passes To ‘Houses vs. Authority’
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

On the dole, off their faces, out of control. That’s the stunningly PC tagline for the new film written by, directed by and starring Paul Fenech (Fat Pizza).

Fenech, the assassin of political correctness, returns to cinema screens on Thursday November 1 with his outrageous brand of comedy that breaks all the rules – except the ones enshrined in Australia’s code of law, because that would land him in prison and he’s just not that intense a guy. In Housos vs. Authority, Fenech does to bogans what Kath and Kim does for the ‘burbs. Housos is a fashion statement from Australia’s dodgiest suburbs.

The TV series of Housos is already a cult hit on SBS and now, for the big screen, Fenech takes the Sunnyvale locals on the road to Australia’s biggest icon, Uluru, confronting authority every step of the way. Check out the trailer here: transmissionfilms.com.au/index.php/cinema/coming-soon.

We have ten double passes to a special preview screening of Housos vs. Authority at Greater Union Manuka on Saturday October 27 at 5pm. On hand for a meet-and-greet will be Paul Fenech, Shazza and Kev! If you’d like to head along, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which side you vouch for: housos or authority, and why.

Five Copies Of ‘The Walking Dead: Season One & Two’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

To coincide with the launch of The Walking Dead’s third season, BMA has been lucky enough to bag five copies of both season one and season two of everyone’s favourite apocalyptic zombie drama.

In case you haven’t already noticed, Australia is one of the first territories in the world to view the third season. Episodes are available on iTunes, xBox and Sony Playstation the day after the Australian broadcast – 33 hours after the initial US broadcast. The season will air in two parts, with a break over Christmas (occurring worldwide) and eight episodes recommencing in mid-February. You can purchase an iTunes Season Pass for The Walking Dead: Season Three: itunes.apple.com/au/tv-season/the-walking-dead-season-3/id564645323.

Season three promises to deliver the same nail-biting tension and drama as season two, which broke ratings records history in the US drawing in a total of 9 million viewers for the final episode. It also introduces the graphic novel fan-favourite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

If you’d like a copy of seasons one and two, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him how you’d improve The Walking Dead TV show or what you’d like to see happen. Bear in mind this is a topic not taken lightly here at BMA. 

Ten Double Passes To ‘Dredd 3D’ (Incl. Collectible Judge Dredd Comic)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Judge Dredd, a futuristic cop, combines the power of judge, jury and executioner in Mega City One, a massive city that stretches down the entire East coast of America. The endlessly inventive minds of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring Dredd (Karl Urban) to life in a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner’s and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip. The film also stars everyone’s favourite incestuous Game of Thrones star, Lena Headey, as the badass mother of crime.

The film is in cinemas from Thursday October 25. View the trailer here: http://tiny.cc/DREDD.

If you’d like an in-season double pass to Dredd 3D (which comes with a collectible Judge Dredd comic not available in Australia), email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who’d first come under your sights if you were the almighty Judge.

Five Copies Of ‘Mike & Molly: Season Two’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Mike & Molly is a love story. It's about two people, ordinary yet extraordinary, who have always protected themselves and relied on their ability to laugh through life. Now, with the help of each other – and the Overeaters Anonymous meeting where they met – they are learning to open up and trust one another. But falling in love is no easy task, especially when surrounded by friends and family who are just a little too close and a little too opinionated. From the hilarious minds of Two and a Half Men's Mark Roberts and Chuck Lorre, this multi-camera romantic comedy gets down to the nitty gritty of what it means for Mike, an affable police officer, and Molly, a smart and cheerful teacher, to start a relationship amongst all the disruptions and chaos that befall two good-natured people just trying to find a little slice of happiness.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him which fatty you’d bang with extreme prejudice.

Five Copies Of ‘The Closer: Season Seven’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Deputy Chief of Police Brenda Leigh Johnson is a fish out of water, lured from Atlanta to LA by Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons, Spider-Man) to lead an elite unite that tackles high profile murder cases. Picked for her unusual approach to solving crimes, it is this uniqueness that has sustained the show through to this, its seventh and final season.

The final season kicks off with Brenda investigating the shootings of a rap star and six bystanders. Meanwhile, Delk (Courtney B. Vance) gets set to announce seismic organizational changes; and a civil suit targets Brenda and the department.

If you’d like a copy of the fish-faced wonder’s final chapter, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him whose faces make you more uncomfortable than Kyra Sedgwick’s. 

Happy Double-Digit Birthday, OzHipHop.com
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

It's been ten years of knocking about as Australia's best-kept online music community secret. They've always been the slightly odd cousin of uber-visible sites like FasterLouder and InTheMix, and they're cool with that. On Thursday October 11, Australia's largest, longest-running and original Australian hip hop website, OzHipHop.com, celebrated its tenth birthday. It's spawned hip hop collaborations, internet memes, beef and love, but the real legacy of such a huge community forum is the knowledge. OzHipHop.com runs the only annual, peer-voted hip hop awards in the country, and is the only online arena dedicated solely to fostering, supporting and featuring home grown hip hop. Kudos to ‘em all; here’s to another ten years.

Find Out If You’re Australia’s Funniest Teenager
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

You’re probably not. Let’s get that out of the way. But you could be. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is starting their hunt to find the funniest teen in the country with the annual Class Clowns competition. Registrations to enter are now open at classclowns.com.au. Starting in February 2013, professional comedians who know their stuff will be hitting the road to visit towns across Australia, workshopping with wannabe kid comics with the aim of finding the most side-splitting senoritas and facetious fellas from each state and territory. The ACT heat will take place on Friday March 8 at Canberra Theatre Centre, so if you want to be in it and join the likes of Tom Ballard and Lawrence Leung, get online.

2manydjs To Play Trinity Bar
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Everyone’s favourite pair of Belgian DJs (because it’s a competitive field) are bringing their mashed-up magic to our doorstep on Thursday November 29. 2manydjs will have jaws on the floor and feet on the move with their hot-damn-do-they-work mash-ups. Of course, if you (like me) think mash-ups are the devil’s work, you can come along and enrage them by helping set ALL the poffertjes ablaze in front of their decks. ‘But poffertjes are Dutch,’ you say. Yeah, that’s how I little I care to know about Belgium. Along for the racist bonfire will be Offtapia, Eldred, Lady Bones DJs, U-Khan (Syd) and Shaolin vs. Skinny. Tickets are available now through Moshtix. See trinitybarcanberra.com.au for more info

Darren Hanlon Announces Christmas Tour
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

After a multifaceted year that included the operating of an underground speakeasy/venue in a bookshop in Melbourne, living in a bread truck in Portland, and brief jaunts playing his songs for audiences in Europe and America, Darren Hanlon is visiting Canberra again to play his ritualistic Christmas shows. As always it's him and a special guest or two at each show. Attendees of last year’s will remember a handful of duets with surprise guest Sarah Blasko. This year the jovial dwarf will be showcasing new songs from the album he’ll be releasing early next year, and yes, the old favourites too. Hanlon will be appearing in Canberra at The Street Theatre on Saturday December 15 at 7:30pm.Tickets are on sale now and are $29/$27/$23 through thestreet.org.au or by calling (02) 6247 1223.

BMA 404 Cover Artwork: Credit Where Credit’s Due
Date Published: Tuesday, 23 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

In case you were wondering who was behind the spectacular piece of artwork which graced BMA Magazine’s cover last issue (#404), it was none other than Natalie Mather. Mather will be appearing at the Art, Not Apart festival in NewActon on Saturday October 27 to create more artwork before your very eyes. The photograph of the piece was provided by Dean Butters (who, incidentally, has a show opening at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, on Thursday October 25, 6pm). But this isn’t merely meant to sate curiosity. BMA offers its sincere apologies to Natalie. No artist should suffer the indignity of unrecognised use. That is why BMA has seen fit to adopt the largest dog from the ACT Dog Pound, have its name changed to Recognition, and send the canine (sustained on a diet of laksa and milk duds) to Natalie in a large crate. BMA also, more traditionally, offers its unreserved apologies and thanks to Natalie and Dean both. You made an ugly duckling feel beautiful.

Album Of The Issue
Date Published: Monday, 22 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

In the wake of the release of Tame Impala’s sonically retrospective, ‘70s psychedelia-dredging debut, Innerspeaker, it was noted that Kevin Parker, the band’s creative godhead, toured with three musicians simply because he was unable to play all the instruments at once. When it came to the album’s recording, he was the man behind every sound. Not much has changed. Much like The Strokes’ Room On Fire, Parker’s sophomore record finds him perfecting his sound, not changing it.

Lonerism is aptly and deliberately decorated and titled. Album opener, Gotta Be Above It, fades in with Parker muttering to himself in a looped vocal, ‘I gotta be above it, I gotta be above it, I gotta be above it,’ and Parker continues to address his own insecurities throughout. Innerspeaker’s enchantingly dark wandering through peoples’ psyches (Jeremy’s Storm) and anguished demands for answers (Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?) have been replaced by problems addressed and surmounted in his own mind: fame, love, loneliness, death. The only party privy to Parker’s introspection is an unnamed woman to whom he sometimes addresses himself, but the woman only reinforces a sense of isolation when you realise she’s left after taking a not insignificant toll: ‘But please understand/ It was never really was love,’ he sings on highlight Keep On Lying, the title giving all too much away.

Despite its intimately pained subject matter, Lonerism is sonically warmer and more confident than its predecessor. Parker has less hesitation drawing out fantastic riffs, the instrumental interlude that takes up half of track Elephant being its highlight. He has become a master of making one riff sound like four or five by changing the instruments playing them, understanding the effect on the listener of a thick, crunching bass kicking in a half-second after an elastic, bouncing electric guitar leaves off.

What began as a successful experiment in psychedelia/early metal revival, Tame Impala has become a fully fledged and utterly brilliant force in alternative music. 

Darren Hanlon Announces Christmas Tour
Date Published: Wednesday, 17 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

After a multifaceted year that included the operating of an underground speakeasy/venue in a bookshop in Melbourne, living in a bread truck in Portland, and brief jaunts playing his songs for audiences in Europe and America, Darren Hanlon is visiting Canberra again to play his ritualistic Christmas shows. As always it's him alone, and usually a special guest or two at each show. Attendees of last year’s will remember a handful of duets with surprise guest Sarah Blasko. This year he'll be showcasing new songs for the album he'll be releasing early next year and yes, the old favourites too.

Hanlon will be appearing in Canberra at The Street Theatre on Saturday December 15 at 7:30pm. Tickets for the show went on sale today, Wednesday October 17, and are $29/$27/$23 through thestreet.org.au or by calling (02) 6247 1223.

Ten Copies Of ‘Iron Sky’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 9 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

To celebrate Iron Sky releasing on DVD and Blu-ray, we have teamed up with Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to giveaway ten copies of the hit sci-fi comedy on DVD.

They have watched our planet, they have studied our culture, they have identified our weaknesses, and they have waited 70 years… for revenge. And what perfect timing for the President of the United States – with a war about to break out she couldn’t be happier, as she believes that any President who starts a war in their first term is likely to get re-elected. Sci-fi comedy Iron Sky sees a secret Nazi space program evading destruction in the Second World War by fleeing to the dark side of Earth's natural satellite to hide and rebuild. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress (shaped like a swastika, obviously) with a massive armada of flying saucers.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him how you’d deal with a Nazi invasion. What’s your emergency plan?

Enlighten Festival 2013 Accepting Expressions Of Interest For Architectural Projection Project
Date Published: Monday, 8 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

The Electric Canvas will be back for Enlighten 2013 to work their projection magic and Events ACT is calling for expressions of interest from Canberran artists who would like to take on the challenge of developing imagery for this dynamic event. Artists from across the visual arts spectrum are encouraged to apply – graffiti art to textiles, graphic design to painting. Artwork which uses strong colour and incorporates light is most effective in the architectural projection context. For a full artist’s brief and details on how to submit an expression of interest, visit the website at enlightencanberra.com.au/event-info/expression-of-interest. Applications close at 2pm, Friday October 26.

40% Reduction By 2020 Accepted As Carbon Emissions Target By ACT Labor And Greens
Date Published: Monday, 8 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

ACT Labor and the ACT Greens are set to meet a 40% emissions reduction target while the Canberra Liberals have failed to yet produce a climate change policy. On Friday, all major parties responded to the Vote for your Climate election questionnaire, established by four community groups with an interest in addressing climate change. The ACT’s nation-leading legislated emissions reduction target of 40% by 2020, along with the recent ACT Government announcement of 90% renewable energy to reach it, have national attention turned to the ACT election. ‘With 2012 set to be one of the hottest years on record and the worst melt of Arctic sea ice, it’s clear that we need urgent action. People want to see policies to tackle this problem,’ said spokesperson for the groups, Phoebe Howe of Canberra Loves 40%. The questionnaire, prepared by Canberra Loves 40%, Conservation Council ACT Region, Climate Action Canberra and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition ACT, asked candidates what their emissions reduction target was for the year 2020, and when they would reach the legislated 40% emissions reduction target, if not the year 2020. It also asked candidates what measures they would support to reduce emissions from major sources: residential and commercial buildings and transport. All responses will be made public at love40percent.org allowing voters to compare parties’ climate change policies for themselves.

Corinbank [Take 2] Line-Up Unveiled!
Date Published: Monday, 8 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen: the 2012 Corinbank [Take 2] line-up in all its rejuvenated splendour. Appearing in a herculean assembly of regional and national solidarity from Friday November 30 to Sunday December 2 will be: Busby Marou, Dallas Frasca, The Barons of Tang, Cilla Jane, Heath Cullen, Jack Carty, Lucie Thorne, Amax, Beth n Ben, Big Score, Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Caity Sarah, Cracked Actor, D'Opus and Roshambo, Fun Machine, Hashemoto, James Fahy and his Trio, Julia & The Deep Sea Sirens, Matt Dent, Moochers Inc, One Foot in the Gravy, Pocket Fox, The Burley Griffin, The Ellis Collective, The Fuelers, Son of Rut and, last but certainly not least, Waterford. The festival is relying partly on support derived from its Pozible campaign (open until Tuesday October 16), donations to which will be rewarded with prizes as varied as a champagne breakfast with any of the Canberra bands on the line-up and campsite performances by Fun Machine, performers from The Bally, The Ellis Collective and others. Visit www.pozible.com/Corinbank to get involved. Get your tickets now via www.corinbank.com and stay tuned for the performing arts program announcement on Wednesday October 17. Finally, every local band on the line-up is performing pro bono. Good on all of you.  

Locality
Date Published: Monday, 8 October 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 8 months ago

Today, Wednesday October 10, marks the opening night of Jorian Gardner’s Comic Strip atThe Courtyard Studio. Billed as comedy, cabaret, dance and music meeting a noticeable absence of clothing, the show runs over four nights at 7:30pm and tickets are available through Canberra Theatre Centre. The following night, local playwright David Temme’s play, Our Shadows Pass Only Once, opens at The Street Theatre. The product of three years’ work, the play opens at 8pm and runs over the following fortnight. See thestreet.org.au for info and tickets and turn to page 30 for our interview with Temme and director Andrew Holmes.

On to a more arcane topic. Local apocalyptic supergroup The Last Prom are bringing ‘War’ toThe Front Gallery and Café at 7:30pm on Saturday October 13. Supported by Handsome LukeThe Sinbirds and Dead DJ Joke, tickets are $10 on the door so dress warry or apocalypsy and punch on. The following day, Sunday October 14The Living Green Festivalat Albert Hall will be running from 10am-4pm. Having grown enormously since last year, the festival will showcase live music and dance, sustainable foods, educational talks, free yoga sessions, DIY workshops, a children’s play area with activities, cooking demonstrations, a huge array of sustainable businesses and much, much more. And it’s all completely free, not-for-profit and volunteer-run. Turn to page 36 for our interview with organiser Jessica Ferry.

One of the more interesting album launches this year will take place on Wednesday October 17, 8pm, at The Front Gallery and CaféFats Homicide will play a live soundtrack to two Luc Besson films, Le Denier Combat and The Last Battle. It’s $10 on the door. Like a stack of pancakes with a discounted film ticket but with jazz instead of pancakes.

Ex-DAAS member Tim Ferguson will bring his solo show, Carry a Big Stick, to Canberra Theatre the following two nights, Thu-Fri October 18-19. Turn to page 37 for our interview with the man himself but the basics are: 8pm, $49.80 + bf throughcanberratheatrecentre.com.au.

If you made it to this year’s National Folk Festival and were lucky enough to see The Woohoo Revue, chances are you won’t mind seeing them again. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing an impish brunette in a corset charge into a seated audience waving a fluorescent violin? Hypochondriacs. Thanks to Canberra Musician’s Club, they’re playing The White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, onThursday October 18 from 8pm with NYASH! And the CMC are continuing their run at the Polish Club on Friday October 19 with No Hausfrau’s EP launch from 8pm. (Also, I’ve never seen The Aston Shuffle but apparently they come from here and people like them so if you weren’t aware that they’re playing Academy the same night, now you are.)

Saturday October 20 provides quietude and depravity in equal measure, like a kid who masturbates furiously but only when he’s asleep. hellosQuare’s Abstraktions 4 at The Street Theatre has brought experimental Perth duo Gilded to town with locals Mornings, providing the quietude from 8pm for $10. And The Clubhouse have brought general favourites Doctor Werewolf back to town and backed them up with Ben PenfoldKey SeismicLogic and MRNPfor the depravity from 10pm for $20.

And whichever you attend, Los Chavos offer the perfect sunny hangover material from midday on Sunday October 21, hosting an eight-hour Argentinian BBQ at The Front Gallery and Caféto raise money for their forthcoming release.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON – editorial@bmamag.com

Walrus
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

What do you do?

Drawing, print, paint, street art.


When, how and why did you get into it?


My art was ultimately the result of an existential crisis I went through during early adulthood. I became obsessed with the idea of the meaning of life and the grand scheme of the universe, searching for answers and clues to these mysteries. My thoughts and discoveries became too much for me to express and I found art to be my release. It began as meditative doodles, where I would fill a page with patterns and figures, representing an idea or a philosophy. My art then progressed to psychedelic, high-impact imagery. Initially I was creating art for my own purposes, with no desire to share it with anyone but those close to me. Now I feel art is my life; I have this constant urge to create, to throw my soul upon a page and let it out into the universe.

My street art came about accidentally. I was walking through Civic after buying some art supplies when I came across a length of particle board in a back alley. I took it out into Garema Place and let my new pens writhe and swirl all over it. After I was done I just left it there for someone to take away. This idea of ephemeral street art (sans vandalism) was inspiring; I found new boards and objects upon which to create and just left them around the city. I then moved on to using pallet wrap: wrapping the space between two poles and letting creativity flow freely in a public space. The idea that it is there one day and gone the next makes it intriguing. I just want to create something strange and different, to hopefully inspire people’s imaginations through their daily lives.


Who/what influences you as an artist?


My art follows themes of philosophy, spirituality with a dash of elementary physics. I have always had a passion for learning about the universe – inside and out. When I was young I read the classic philosophers and immersed myself in the literature of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. I used to muse over the idea of Descartes’ duality, and Kant’s idea of the noumenal existence (existence without any physical attributes).  I was always inspired by artists like Brett Whitely, Van Gogh and Picasso. I would often look at their works and imagine their lives and what inspired them to create in the way that they did. Since then I have fallen in love with artists like Wim Delvoye, Yosuke Goda and Alex Gray. Alex Gray is one artist I share a common idea with. His works are his artistic expressions of the hidden energies that are bound within existence. It is incredible to see, and terrifically inspiring.


Of what are you proudest so far?


Winning the People’s Choice award in the Clifton’s Art Prize. I was a finalist alongside some of Canberra’s best artists. I initially entered the competition just for the hell of it but when my name was called I was left stunned. I didn’t realise that people actually liked my work. The exhibition Hung at Soju Girl was a triumph and a great affirmation of where I stand in the local art community. It was an honour to be commissioned for BMA’s 400th issue – much love for BMA was felt that day.


What are your plans for the future?


My plan is to have a solo show in the coming year – I look forward to seeing my works hung together where they can be appreciated for what they are. I plan to explore some new figurative styles. So far I have concentrated on drawing still, expressionless faces, but now I feel I want to express more emotion in my subjects, as emotion is the flavour of life and we all love to grab a bite of it. I’m also looking for some new ephemeral street art ideas.


What makes you laugh?


Radical silliness, I love it when people just let go of their maturity and let their inner child erupt out of them. I feel so much joy when I am just being crazy and sharing that craziness with friends.


What pisses you off?


Ignorance. People who are unwilling to let their mind wander free – it concerns me that people are taking life too seriously. Nobody chose to live this life, no one was given a book of instructions as soon as they left their mum’s vagina. This place, this life, is an incredible thing – we all need to step back and realise it. We are given the freedom to explore and create, to make of this life whatever we feel to be awesome. It saddens me that people don’t see this and they let their lives go to waste.


What about the local scene would you change?


Canberra lacks a beating heart – I want to see more people following their passion and sharing it with us all. We have a great city, but it is full of closed-minded, self-obsessed people-herders. I want the youth and the new generation to take this place and make it something awesome. In my eyes, Canberra is a blank canvas; we just need to fill it with colour and culture.


What are your upcoming performances/exhibitions?


A 20m² mural for Art Not Apart. A collaboration with Abyss .607 for his solo show Index Fossil at Hippo Bar. A solo show in the beginning of 2013. And lots and lots of street art.


Contact info:

artbywalrus.tumblr.com/
facebook.com/walrusarts

One Double Pass To All Our Friends At Night And A Copy Of Charli XCX’s New Mixtape
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

All Our Friends At Night will be making a welcome return to the UC Refectory on Friday October 5 as seven superstars of Parklife take to the stage. Turning the UC Refectory into a melting pot of the hottest international, national and local acts on the scene will be Chiddy Bang, Jack Beats, Hermitude, Rizzle Kicks, Peking Duk and Offtapia. What’s more, In her first ever Australian shows, Charli XCX is a girl on a mission to reboot the girl power movement… this time with an edge. Breathing fresh air into the scene through raw multi-layered performances, Charli XCX is a lightning

rod of pop music, channelling blissed out synths, fuzzy melodies and richly immersive music. Before she drops her debut album later this year she intends to ride her vendetta of reviving pop through our fair city; guaranteeing that if there is one person you won’t be able to ignore in 2012, it’s her

If you’d like a double pass to the event and a copy of Charli XCX’s latest mixtape, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him the two interpretations of the ‘XCX’ in Charli XCX’s stage name.

Ten Copies Of ‘Community: The Complete Third Season’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

After the dramatic paintball conclusion of Season Two, Season Three finds the group tackling a new set of challenges including a tough-as-nails biology teacher Professor Kane, played by Michael K. Williams (HBO’s The Wire) and Chang’s questionable appointment to campus security. Dean Pelton meets his match in Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman), the distinguished head of the Greendale Air Conditioning Repair Annex, while Troy and Abed also decide to share an apartment together, which creates new challenges for their friendship.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him who received the prize for the Season Two Paintball Melee.

Five Copies Of ‘The Who - Live In Texas ‘75’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Filmed at The Summit in Houston, Texas on November 20, 1975, this DVD captures a typically incendiary live performance by The Who at the start of the US leg of their tour in support of The Who By Numbers album which had been released earlier that year. The original video footage has been cleaned and the sound remixed by long-time Who collaborator Jon Astley but the show still retains a rawness that encapsulates the energy of The Who’s performance. The set list stretches across the band’s career from classic early singles such as My Generation and Substitute through an extensive Tommy section and up to tracks from the then newly released By Numbers. (See below for the full playlist.)

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and name as many people as you can that Pete Townshend went out of his way to start shit with.

Track Listing:

1) Substitute 2) I Can’t Explain 3) Squeeze Box 4) Baba O’Riley 5) Boris The Spider 6) Drowned 7) However Much I Booze 8) Dreaming From The Waist 9) Behind Blue Eyes 10) Amazing Journey 11) Sparks 12) Acid Queen 13) Fiddle About 14) Pinball Wizard 15) I’m Free 16) Tommy’s Holiday Camp 17) We’re Not Going To Take It / See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You 18) Summertime Blues 19) My Generation 20) Join Together 21) Naked Eye 22) Roadrunner 23) Won’t Get Fooled Again 24) Magic Bus 25) My Generation Blues

Ten Copies Of ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

2012 sees the 40th anniversary of the release of Deep Purple’s landmark album, Machine Head. In recognition of Deep Purple’s influence, and that of the album in particular, some of rock music’s biggest names have each contributed a version of their favourite track on the album

There are two wildly differing versions of the album’s most famous track, Smoke On The Water, one from guitar hero Carlos Santana with vocals by Jacoby Shaddix and one from alternative rockers Flaming Lips, and Metallica have contributed their own special take on When A Blind Man Cries, a track recorded at the Machine Head sessions but originally released by Deep Purple as the B-side to Never Before. This is a truly unique release that will appeal to rock fans everywhere.

Features specially recorded tracks from former Deep Purple Mk III member Glenn Hughes with Chad Smith of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society, Carlos Santana & Jacoby Shaddix, Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa and the “supergroup” Kings Of Chaos featuring Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what record the Guinness Book Of World Records once attributed to Deep Purple.

Five Copies Of ‘Produced By George Martin’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

George Martin has had a career like none other. In the early fifties he joined EMI/Parlophone and started working on orchestral music, music for children and single-handedly pioneered a range of hugely successful comedy records with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Peter Ustinov and others. Then, in 1962, he signed The Beatles and everything changed. Together, George Martin and The Beatles revolutionised pop music and recording techniques, forging probably the greatest producer / artist collaboration ever.

In this very personal film Sir George talks about his childhood, his war experience and his early days as a music student. Originally broadcast in the UK to great acclaim in 2011, as part of the BBC’s Arena series, this version contains over 50 minutes of additional interviews not included in the TV broadcast version. These extras include contributions from Rick Rubin, T Bone Burnett, Howard Goodall, Jimmy Webb and Ken Scott.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and name the man who passed over The Beatles.

Ten Copies Of ‘Justified – Complete First and Second Season’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

You know how everyone loves Breaking Bad and wants to marry The Wire? Well, they haven’t met Justified. Because if they had they’d realise this brilliant Elmore Leonard-produced US series set in the deep south helmed by the stoic, clench-jawed swagger king also known as Tim Olyphant (Deadwood) is not only on par with these relentlessly overpraised shows – but it might just be better. Want to test that theory? OK then, your timing is impeccable because Universal/Sony have provided us with ten copies of the first two seasons of Justified so you can get up to speed on how great Rayland Givens wears a hat and outsmarts rednecks. All you have to do is email allan@bmamag.com with a 4,000-word essay on the role of Kentucky in the American Civil War or name one of Lexington’s most famous acting sons.

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

A BEN-efit to society

Less than a fortnight ago, Ben Ferguson, owner of The Pot Belly in Belconnen, big goofy bastard and irresistibly likeable guy, suffered a series of strokes. He was hospitalised and survived but the time and cost of his recovery will not be known for months. The response by his peers and friends at The Pot Belly, The Basement and around Canberra has been, in only a matter of days, to organise BEN-efit, a full-day of music to be held Sunday September 30 at The Pot Belly and The Basement from 2pm to midnight, with screenings of the NRL Grand Final at The Basement so punters won’t have to leave. There are already more than 20 bands on the line-up and fundraising prizes have poured in from as far afield as Regurgitator, who’ve offered a signed guitar for auction. Entry is a $15 donation to Ben’s recovery fund and with burlesque, giveaways, door prizes, an official endorsement by the National Stroke Foundation and a sausage sizzle, this is your Sunday.

But this column goes in chronological order. All that was context because this BEN-efit stuff kicks off on Wednesday September 26 at The Pot Belly with BEN-efit Unplugged. The night will host Pete Akhurst, Neon Honey and Dylan Hekimian from 8:30pm and all funds go the Ben Ferguson fundraising pot.

The following night, the local feature film series Local Feats continues at Kendall Lane Theatre, NewActon, with Strange James at 6pm and 9pm. It’s about a kid who starts having weird escapist fantasies because his life sucks. See newacton.com.au/localfeats for tickets.

An exhibition at Belconnen Community Centre by Tom Farrell, Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, will be coming to a close on Friday September 28 at 4:30pm. There are literally tens of exhibitions by local artists on this same day. I’m highlighting this one because it’s better. At 8pm that night, the very last REV at Bar 32 will commence. After years of filthy, grungy music, Bar 32 is closing its doors in early October and has only three shows left after REV queefs goodbye. Lady Bones will be overseeing the final deathday celebrations on Sunday October 7 from 8pm.

Earlier in October, Arc Cinema are kicking off a short season of recent classic kids’ films with all tickets only $5. Adventures of Tintin will be the first on Wednesday October 3, 2pm, but others include How To Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3. See nfsa.gov.au/arc for tickets and details. Also that Wednesday, the ANU Law Revue is kicking off at The Courtyard Studio. It’s a topical musical sketch show written entirely by ANU students, a fact that should arouse equal parts hesitancy and eagerness. Tickets are $15-$25 and the show runs until Saturday October 6. Get your tickets through canberratheatrecentre.com.au or by calling (02) 6275 2700.

On Thursday October 4, in a clash that is far from local, Canberrans must choose between Regurgitator playing Unit and Tu-Plang at Zierholz @ UC (tickets through Oztix) and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks touring their fantastic 2011 album Mirror Traffic to Transit Bar (tickets through Moshtix). They may not be Canberrans but fuck it, I’m finally torn straight down the middle in this town. May it happen again soon.

And that’s everything local I care about.

ASHLEY THOMSON

editorial@bmamag.com

Beneath The Tides
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Where did your band name come from?

It was a name that came from a list of about 150+ names. It just seemed to be the most suited to the band. It’s a name that can be left to personal interpretation of the word ‘tides’; it doesn’t have to be a reference to the ocean. 


Group members:


Heath (vocals), Sean (Guitar), Adrian (Guitar), Tony (Drums), Turk (Bass).


Describe your sound:


Modern heavy metal with progressive technical riffs, complex drumming and an all round in-your-face brutal sound that’s new to the Canberra music scene.


Who are your influences, musical or otherwise?


Everyone in the band comes from a diverse musical background. From old school metal like Pantera, Metallica to more modern metal including As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, In Flames and DevilDriver.


What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had whilst performing?


On one of our first gigs, we had just finished playing the first song of the set when Kazzy Kage from Tensions Arise looked up and said, ‘How the fuck are we supposed to get up and follow this?’


Of what are you proudest so far?


Not killing the singer! Nah, the way the band all pulls together in every aspect and the recognition that we have received in such a short period of time. It shows that all the hard work we put in really is paying off.


What are your plans for the future?


Focusing on recording our upcoming album that will be released in February. Doing an east coast launch and working on new material.


What makes you laugh?


Sack-whacking the singer is pretty amusing, and being around each other as we all have a very similar sense of humour.


What pisses you off?


People who are just in the scene for their own egos, not for the music.

 

What about the local scene would you change?

More live music venues that are diverse insofar as who can play gigs there.

 

What are your upcoming gigs?

BEN-efit at The Pot Belly Bar/The Basement  on Sunday September 30; The Basement on Saturday October 13; NYE at The Basement.

 

Contact info:

beneaththetides.com
btt.band@gmail.com
facebook.com/beneathtides
soundcloud.com/beneath-the-tides

My Disco
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: EP Tour
WHEN: Thu Sep 27
WHERE: ANU Bar

Our fine friends hellosQuare once again bring to the ‘Berra an electronic treat that’s sure to get hearts pumping, feet moving and in this case, it seems, brains bending. My Disco have just finished recording two new hypnotically psychotropic tracks, which they’ll be unleashing upon our town, mesmerizing dance fans genre-wide. Attributing their sound to their secret weapon – space – you can expect an intergalactic fusion of sounds that are ‘staggering, slightly creepy, and strangely seductive.’ Supporting are Spartak in their recently expanded live line-up that explores minimalist electronics and micro-dub basslines coiled around tight rhythms and mysterious vocals, while Golden Blonde (better known as Kasha) debut new material from their recent studio sessions. 8pm. $20 door.

Solquemia Duo
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Latin, Spanish & Flamenco guitar
WHEN: Thu Sep 27
WHERE: Hippo Bar

Melbourne-based Colombian/Italian guitarist Alejandro Florez explores his passion for Latin and Flamenco sounds by teaming up with Turkish musician and singer Demircan Direk as Solquemia Duo for a night of Latin, Spanish and flamenco guitar. With that out of the way, this could really just devolve into a set of words like ‘smouldering,’ ‘tantalising,’ ‘intense,’ ‘fiery,’ ‘ablaze’ and ‘in his pants.’ After launching his debut album Solquemia in 2009, Alejandro has continuously honed his craft and style, culminating in sounds which will be showcased at a mesmerising performance. 9pm. If you can’t make it, catch Solquemia on Thu Oct 4 at Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, 7pm, or Fri Oct 5 at Digress Cocktail bar, 6pm. soundcloud.com/alejandroflorez/sets/live

Bar32 REV Lovers
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: REV’s Last Party
WHEN: Fri Sep 28
WHERE: Bar32

It's with great sorrow that Bar32 have announced their closure. Fortunately, in true party spirit, there’s always time for one last dance. Canberra’s longest running weekly indie night, REV, will be wrapping things up and going out in style with one final party. Whether you’ve been there for the best times, the worst times or none whatsoever, you’re invited to celebrate an impressive six years of make-ups, break-ups, bad hangovers and a hell of a lot of good music pumped through Bar32’s temperamental sound system. REV will be missed for not only being a great weekly source of good times but also for being an incubator of local DJ talent, many of whom will return for the final party. 10pm. $5 before midnight.

Kelly Breuer Trio
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: EP Tour
WHEN: Wed Oct 3
WHERE: The Front Gallery and Café

Following a highly spirited single launch show in Adelaide, the Kelly Breuer Trio is about to hit Canberra for an intimate performance in which they will share songs from their recently released debut EP, Smile, It’s Free. Audience participation is strictly discouraged and smiling will be charged at a premium throughout the show. Kelly’s unique ability to laugh at herself (captured perfectly in the film clip for Smile) runs through her songs and has proven to charm crowds along the East Coast. Many continue to perish in a Pied Piper-esque attempt to follow her on foot as she continues the tour. Playing alongside the trio will be Amber Nichols, as well as the dynamic trio Rokeby Venus whose chilled out surfer folk rock tunes perfectly complement the laidback sounds of the group. 8pm. $10. More details at kellybreuer.com

Annual ANU Art School Ball
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHO: Students and non-students alike
WHEN: Sat Oct 6
WHERE: ANU School of Art

Cheap drinks and free food, not to mention a line-up to get excited about – sounds like The Annual Art School Ball is upon us yet again, rubbing its pasty alternative body all over our cutlery. Don’t let this year’s ‘purity’ theme fool you either; look forward to wicked visual performance and installation by Danny Wild and video art by Luke Penders, as well as some cheeky tunes from local bands The Fighting League, Shopgirl and Sex Noises, plus DJs Boogers, Buick and Onetalk. Interstate acts No Art, Old Mate and The School of Radiant Living will also provide a fittingly raucous background for what will undoubtedly be a night of dress, mess and de-stress. 6:30pm. Tickets $15/$17 on the door or at trybooking.com/BVTF

Richard Egarr & The Australian Chamber Orchestra
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Mozart, Handel & Vivaldi Concertos
WHEN: Sat Oct 6
WHERE: Llewellyn Hall

Touted as the ‘Bernstein of early music’ and one of the world’s finest keyboardists, Richard Egarr may also be described as a conducter, harpsichordist, historian and educator – not to mention an outrageous entertainer. Seriously, look at this motherfucker’s face. The world-renowned father of the Academy of Ancient Music will direct Baroque music from the harpsichord and perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No.12 on the fortepiano. The program he’s specially devised for the ACO displays all the invention and innovation that abounded through the 17th and 18th centuries, calling on virtuosic techniques that still excite the ear and curdle the loins. 8pm. Tickets from $42 + bf via Ticketek.

Flix In The Stix 2013 Calls For Films
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Less than fifteen minutes, in English or with English subtitles, moving, uplifting and entertaining – those are your guidelines for Flix In The Stix 2013. Successful films will be screened at 12 venues around Australia, including here in Canberra at the National Botanic Gardens on Saturday February 2, and for the first time regular schmoes like you are able to compete with national and international filmmakers in this contest. Oh yeah, and admissions close Sunday September 30, so hurry up, I guess. To find out more, visit www.flixinthestix.com.au

ACT Labor And Opposition Announce Election Arts Policy Promises
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Last week, ACT Liberals and Labor unveiled their clutch of promises to the arts ahead of the coming election. The Opposition were first off the blocks with $2.4m to the Kingston Arts Precinct and $100,000 per year to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, a cash injection long overdue. ACT Labor countered with $4m over four years to Kingston Arts Precinct, $1m over two years to upgrade Gorman House Arts Centre (current headquarters of BMA Mag, who will attest to the money being much needed), $750,000 for research and design of a new theatre (‘why?’ one wonders, when what we really need is a purpose-built mid-size music venue), $10,000 to a pair of poetry slams to be held north- and southside and a promise to bring back the Canberra Fringe Festival to the CBD. ACT Labor have also promised $30m to fund the initial stages of a light rail network connecting the city with Gungahlin.

Canberra MC Nix Drops Debut ‘Nixtape’
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

According to his biography, Nix’s love for hip hop developed during his early teenage years, beginning with the moment he first heard Ghostface Killah's opening verse on Bring Da Ruckus. Whatever led him to the flow he now employs, his debut release, The Nixtape, is a handful of the best work by a Canberra MC in recent memory. Having made a conscious decision to take his music more seriously, Nix’s hard work shows through not only in his own verses but in the product as a whole. With cover art by Jim Mahfood (Ziggy Marley, Clerks, Community, Felt, MF Grimm) and guest appearances by a host of talent, Nix has produced something of genuine worth. Download The Nixtape free at: emceenix.bandcamp.com

The Government Want You To Drink In Moderation
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Live Solution is an Australian Government-funded concept developed by Mushroom Marketing to challenge the culture of binge drinking among people aged 16-24 across Australia. And Live Solution definitely does not preach to young people to go dry when having a night out seeing their favourite acts; instead it aims to encourage them, if they want a drink, because they may not and that’s fine too and maybe even better than fine, to enjoy a beer, wine or mixer moderately, so what would have been an awesome experience doesn’t become an anti-social blur and embarrassment.

That’s why they’ve enlisted people who understand you to impart their message of gently pitched recrimination: Pez, Bliss ‘n’ Eso, Stonefield, Mantra and Illy have all lent their cautionary voices to this important message. And even though this kind of message doesn’t need incentive, prizes are available for your appreciated patronage at facebook.com/livesolution

artsACT Offers Start-Up Grants For Young Artists
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

artsACT is offering ‘Start-Up’ grants of $500 to young ACT-based artists for activities that assist, encourage, develop, or promote the artist and their arts practice. To be eligible you must be aged between 18 and 25 years and have not previously received a grant from artsACT. So George Rose, being a previous recipient and damn talented young lady, is out. To give you an idea of where this money can go, check out what Rose created with her grant during the You Are Here festival at youtube.com/watch?v=8rO8BrDJbL8. Applications are open now and close midnight Monday October 15. For more information visit arts.act.gov.au or phone (02) 6207 2384.

Locals Los Chavos Begin Unique Fundraising Campaign
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Los Chavos, a Canberra eight-piece Latin/ska/reggae band, have been hard at work in the studio with local producer/engineer Sam King for the past 18 months, laying down tracks for their debut album. The end is in sight and they’re seeking help to see it through. Taking to Pozible, the Chavos crew are building over the coming weeks to a full two-day album launch festival at the White Eagle Polish Club and ANU Bar on Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3, but before that time comes they’re doing their utmost to make the fundraising original. With shows throughout October, the highlight will be on Sunday October 21, where Los Chavos will host an afternoon Argentinian Asado (BBQ) at The Front Gallery and Café, with tunes by Los Chavos DJs and percussion jams. To donate or find out more, visit pozible.com/loschavos

Woden Valley Festival’s ‘Lift Off’ Holding Battle Of The Bands
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Headlining Woden Valley Festival’s Lift Off event this year will be House vs. Hurricane, with Atlantis Awaits in support, but the extra supporting slots are being held for the finalists of the Lift Off Battle Of The Bands. Registrations opened Monday September 24 and remain open until Friday October 12, with contestants to face off over two days of heats at Woden Youth Centre in early November for a chance to play as one of six finalists on Saturday November 10 at Eddison Park, Woden, with the winner being announced after the show. As long as your band are under 25 (not collectively, although that’d be cool) then you’re in with a shot. Anyway, other prizes (at a total value of over $5000) include a three-day recording session, website design, a professional photo-shoot and advertising in BMA Magazine to the value of $1000. To find out more and apply, visit wodenvalleyfestival.org.au/liftoff

Canned, Art/Design Competition
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Art/Design Competition
WHEN: Submissions open now until Sun Oct 14
WHERE: Subfluent Facebook Page

Subfluent brings to you a competition intended to inspire creative minds to break away from the mundaneness of day-to-day work. Local creatives (designers/photographers/street artists/musicians/whatever) are welcomed and encouraged to free their minds from the guidelines and criteria which often restrict the potential for wild, controversial and personal artistic creations. For this reason, the competition has only two simple guidelines: 1.Your creation must tell a story; 2. Your creation must make reference to a colour palette (see Subfluent Facebok page for further details). Submissions will be posted on the Subfluent Facebook page and left for the world’s wandering eyes to vote on for one month. The winner will receive a new iPad 3 and the top three finalists will receive free entry to The Swag House, the online profile site for freelance and employed artists to display their finest to the world. For entry dates and submission details see: subfluent.com.au

International Tenants' Day Art Competition, Art Exhibition
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: Mon Sep 24-Fri Oct 5
WHERE: Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Civic

'Tenants – the hearts of many homes’: this is the message for International Tenants' Day 2012 and the theme for an art exhibition showcasing the creativity and contributions of Canberrans living in rental housing. To celebrate this year’s International Tenants’ Day in Canberra, Tenants’ Union ACT is hosting its annual art competition and exhibition open to anyone living and renting in the ACT. The exhibition will feature the art works created by ACT tenants, in preparation for the Awards evening at which first, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes. Tenants and non-tenants welcome to attend and vote.

Belco Pride, Photography Exhibition & Book Launch
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Photography Exhibition & Book Launch
WHEN: Fri Sep 28-Sun Oct 14
WHERE: Belconnen Arts Centre

Lee Grant’s Belco Pride showcases a series of photographs that explores how belonging, connection and identity can emerge from a specific place. The ‘place’ depicted in this instance is the precinct encompassing the 25 northernmost suburbs of Canberra, known as Belconnen, or, to locals, ‘Belco’. Within this body of work Lee Grant seeks to reveal the intricacies of living in suburbs that may be dismissed by many but dearly cherished by some. Lee will launch her Belco Pride book on opening night, Friday September 28, 6pm. Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. Free entry.

Vinnies Fashion Show
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: 'Upcycled' Clothes Fashion Show
WHEN: Fri Sep 28 & Sat Sep 29
WHERE: Look 'N' Learn Marquee, Floriade

Vinnies are presenting a professionally styled and designed fashion show and art installation at the Look 'n' Learn marquee at Floriade during Nightfest. The concept for the fashion show is simple: Gerard Wilton, a freelance fashion stylist who has worked with some of the country’s greatest talents, has joined forces with Vinnies and had unrestricted access behind the scenes at Vinnies Stores. He has come up with a fashion line completely compiled of ‘upcycled’ garments. The final product promises to represent everything that is on trend for spring with a fair splash of vintage inspiration. On the night, locals Strangeway DJs are set to pump out beats during the show. 7pm Friday, 8pm Saturday.

Room To Move, Inclusive Community Dance & Movement
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Inclusive Community Dance & Movement
WHEN: Last Saturday of the month (Sep 29, Oct 27 & Nov 24)
WHERE: Belconnen Arts Centre (Dance Studio)

The Radiance Dance Project in partnership with The Belconnen Arts Centre (BAC) present monthly inclusive (open to adults living with and without disability) community dance and movement theatre sessions with a focus on improvisational movement led by a variety of skilled and experienced dancers and movement artists. The physical theatre workshops aim to create a positive learning environment, rich with the creative possibilities each valued participant brings with them. Experience the freedom and joy of improvisation in a welcoming and supportive environment. No previous dance/movement/acting experience required. 2:30pm-4:30pm. $10 contribution (support workers/carers free). Bookings: (02) 6173 3300 or belconnenartscentre.com.au

Our Shadows Pass Only Once
Date Published: Tuesday, 25 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Theatre & Live Feed Video Performance
WHEN: Thu Oct 11-Fri Oct 19
WHERE: The Street Theatre

Taking almost three years to get to a production-ready stage and moving through a constant re-writing process, Our Shadows Pass Only Once is an open text, mixing multiple timeframes, relationships and perspectives through live performance and video feed. The piece is told through a series of 15 separate vignettes, surrounding the degradation of two relationships, the falling in and out of love, and the shifting apart. Textured sound by Shoeb Ahmad of hellosQuare recordings underscores this unique ensemble performance by Canberran playwright and reluctant genius David Temme. Thu Oct 11-Fri Oct 19, 8pm, Sun Oct 14, 6pm. Tickets $20/$22/$25. Bookings: (02) 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au

The Stillsons
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Album Tour
WHEN: Wed Sep 26
WHERE: The Front Gallery and Café

Melbourne band The Stillsons, a band whose name is definitely not taken from the idea of cot death, are making their way up the East Coast for a third time this year, to record their third album in Brisbane. Many in the industry have questioned the band’s decision not to record in their home town. A similar number have been told to think of more important questions. Regardless, the band’s answer is simple: ‘No distractions,’ which, purely coincidentally, is the name of their new album! The Stillsons have been touring their special blend of folk, blues and country nationwide for the past eighteen months, winning over new audiences and picking up many accolades along the way – herpes among them but certainly not the most the prestigious. Get along and pick up the rest! 7:30pm. $10 door.

Amber Nichols
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: EP Launch
WHEN: Sat Sep 22
WHERE: The Abbey

After years of performing and touring internationally in bands, independent singer-songwriter Amber Nichols is stepping out solo. Her debut release showcases her trademark angelic voice, which simultaneously embodies an unassuming strength and power. Her luminous vocals combined with her delicate melodies are both uniquely haunting and soulfully uplifting. With influences ranging from Lamb to Etta James, her emotive tone and genuine love for creating beautiful music are just a few reasons why Amber is currently being touted as one of Australia’s great new rising talents. Any of that mean shit to you? No? Me either. Regardless, let her saccharine sound mellow your soul at the launch of Oh My Lullaby. Doors at 6:30pm, main act at 9pm. $20 door. See www.theabbey.com.au

Freyja’s Rain
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Album Launch
WHEN: Fri Sep 21
WHERE: The Front Gallery & Café

Gotta love a band named after the Nordic goddess of love, beauty, fertility, war, death and wealth (but not irony, strangely...). If that’s not enough, she loves music, spring and flowers and rides on a carriage drawn by cats. She’s got my vote. As does Freyja’s Rain, who will be launching their fittingly entitled Outrageous EP this month, which combines contemporary folk, pop, blues, gospel and rock with soulful singing. Outrageous indeed – and totally appealing. The launch coincides with the International Day of Peace. As this cause is close to the hearts of the grooving goddesses, you are encouraged to ‘dress in your best peace-loving hippy clothes’. Minimal effort all round then. Awesome. Supported by AMAX and Xav Ier. 7pm. $10 w/EP.

Naked
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: East Coast Tour
WHEN: Mon Sep 17
WHERE: The Phoenix Bar

Having already headlined some of Hobart’s eminent live venues (as well as living rooms, alleyways, backyards and rooftops) and supported the likes of Dick Diver, Pop Singles and The UV Race, Naked are set to bring their shambolic show to the mainland masses. They’ve hand-picked the best chunks from their digital albums and recently released Recorded At Sam’s Place for their live set. With a propensity for onstage arguing, sweet pop harmonies, actual nudity and debacles of various other kinds, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t catch Naked live and uncensored. Supported by Sex Noises, E A V E S and Kid Of Harith. 8pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/462219230466330/

Hannah Crofts & Georgia Mooney
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Co-headlining Tour
WHEN: Mon Sep 17
WHERE: The Front Gallery and Café

Two singer-songwriters, Melbourne's Hannah Crofts and Sydney's Georgia Mooney, join together and take to the road this September for a co-headline tour that will delight lovers of thoughtful storytelling and delicate folk songs. Between them they've supported and collaborated with artists such as Matt Corby, Passenger, Gossling, The Rescue Ships, Tinpan Orange and Katie Noonan. Just in time for road-trip weather, Georgia and Hannah will be strumming their stories as one. 7:30pm. $10 door.

No Hausfrau
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: EP Fundraiser Show
WHEN: Sat Sep15
WHERE: The Front Gallery and Café

Hurrah! No Hausfrau have whisked together an EP and are on the fundraising train to get it pressed. Experience their uplifting folk while bringing their widespread and eager supporters one step closer to owning their very own hardcopy of the stuff. I say ‘stuff’ for lack of a description that would do justice to their lovably energy-filled eclectic sound. I’ll leave it to frontwoman, Alice Cottee: ‘If you must have a mental comparison, we might suggest My Brightest Diamond & Susanne Vega meets Johnny Cash while eating sushi off Tia Carrere.’ Perfect. 7:30pm. Plastic money donation. Come and get excited for their EP launch at the White Eagle Polish Club on Fri Oct 19. www.reverbnation.com/nohausfrau

Fritz Kalkbrenner
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Techno Luminary
WHEN: Fri Sep 14
WHERE: Trinity Bar

I can almost hear the communal heartbeat of the local electronic music community reaching a frenetic bpm at the arrival of this prodigal soulboy. While his brother, Paul, is considered a techno luminary, his little bro is a creative genius in his own right. Fritz is one of few electronic artists whose talent is not limited to producing, nor his scope definable by a single genre. Fritz’s own voice is as finely-honed as his production skills, featuring on a number of tracks on his 2010 debut album, Here Today Gone Tomorrow, while his upcoming mix-tape proves once again that hip hop, soul and house are not opposites, but ‘all planets in the same galaxy’. 8pm-4am. Free before 10pm.

Rhythm Confidential Launch
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHO: Local DJ Collective
WHEN: Fri Sep 14
WHERE: La De Da

So the long solace of winter left you unenthused, content with a movie and blanket as your Friday night release, while cold winds swept through empty Canberra streets in the prime party hours – no one in sight. Well, it’s time to shake off the winter layers, folks, ‘cos spring has finally landed. The best part is that while most of us were tucked safely between doona and couch, a new night of pumping house music from Canberra’s finest DJs, good vibes and student-friendly drink specials was in the making. Rhythm Confidential is now set to launch into action for a first taste of the summer to come. 9pm-2am. Free.

MARJE SEYMOUR
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

What do you do?

Visual Art Practice in Studio 6 at M16 ArtSpace (in the main, oil, collage and mixed medium on canvas).

 

When, how and why did you get into it?

I began painting/drawing in ‘80s in the Southern Highlands of NSW and found it to be a rewarding way of communicating beyond words to express my emotional and psychological response to the world around me. I believe creative expression is essential to the human condition and the making and studying of art reaches into literature, psychology of the mind, philosophy and lifestyle and enriches my life and how I live it.

 

Who/what influences you as an artist?

Many artists have influenced my art from many eras, as well as modern artists. I am as much influenced by Ruebens, Van Gogh, Picasso and Pollock as I am by modernists and postmodernists. My art practice has long since reflected my interest in change and what influences and/or directs the choices we make or don’t make that create significant change.

 

Of what achievements/ moments are you proudest so far?

In art? Maintaining my commitment to the development of my personal journey in my arts practice. And the privilege of personal involvement, over many years, in achieving the fantastic refurbished M16 Artspace at Griffith through the ACT Government and their continued support. This allows many hundreds of people to have a creative life – from professional artists in nearly 30 studios, to the full social/age spectrum in our workgroup studios. In life? My children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. And my family. We are a big mob, which might make us ‘colossal’.

 

What are your plans for the future?

To continue to look for the money tree I haven’t yet located to support my art into the future. I am just at the end of a three-year body of work and I am already anticipating the next theme which will power the energy I will need over the next three years.

 

What makes you laugh?

Most things in life, particularly the silly nonsensical little moments and a quirky bit of black humour thrown in – particularly in the aging process denial in which I live.

 

What pisses you off?

Without pointing, can I say ex-partners? And I don’t mean mine. And technology. And politics of the negative sort. And...

What about the local scene would you change?

The degrading level of reported politics and the deplorable negativity of the Liberal Party. In particular, I would change their leadership to one that is.

 

What are your upcoming performances/exhibitions?

The outside opening of insideCONSCIOUSNESS will be held on Thursday September 13 at M16 Artspace in Griffith. This exhibition is subtitled 2003 Canberra Fire 10th Anniversary Exhibition, which will be opened by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Emergency Services, Joy Burch. The theme explores the impacts of media and marketing/advertising on our conscious and unconscious mind. It begins with black paintings and merges into the white-on-white of the spirit and celebration of re-emergence and survival.

 

Contact info:

Facebook: Marje Seymour
Website: m16artspace.com
Email:
seymour.m@optusnet.com.au

Locality
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Lance Armstrong’s amputated nut and more…

Until recently I’d never heard of Mudd Music but they put on a show last week as solid as the cancerous knots in Lance Armstrong’s amputated nut. (Imagine it. Imagine the nut. Is it in a jar? Is a hobo rolling it in his cheek, stimulating his saliva glands after a night suckling a goon sack?) Anyway, they have another one on Thursday September 13 at Transit Bar with Renegade Peacock, The Khalasar and Critical Monkee from 8pm and it’s free. The same night, over at The Phoenix Bar, the guys behind the local Punktuation Podcast (punktuation.me) are holding an official launch for their baby to coincide with its tenth episode. Yoko Oh No, Revellers and The Euphorics will all be playing and proceedings get under way at 9pm. Also free.

The following night, Friday September 14, there’s more gimpy local sorts on display at The Pot Belly Bar in Belconnen. They’re hosting The Feldons, Magic Rob Universe, Marji Curran and John Lollback from 8pm and it’s a feeble $5 on the door. Feeble – like a baby trying not to swallow a fly that wandered into its mouth. The same day sees the Canberra Short Film Festival launch at Dendy Cinema. It runs over the weekend with a whole mess of categories, films and prizes and wraps up on Sunday September 16. See page 41(and dendy.com.au) for details. Also on that weekend, Saturday September 15 to be specific, will be No Hausfrau’s EP fundraiser at The Front Gallery and Café with Sebastian Field & Matt Lustri and Cromwell in support from 7:30pm.

Monday September 17’s Bootleg Sessions at The Phoenix Bar is a sweaty, incestuous, festering mess of local and interstaters. Local electronic wunderkind E A V E S is sandwiched in between headliners Naked (TAS) and Sex Noises and Kid of Harith. See page 14 for more info but it kicks off at 8pm and, as always, is free.

Charlie Black in Manuka are hosting a legitimate, two month-long Hot Five Comedy Competition, with local and interstate acts appearing on selected Wednesdays alongside competition entrants from the great unwashed. On Wednesday September 19 the headliner is John Campbell (VIC), things kick off at 7pm and tickets are $10 at comedact.com.au or $15 at the door. The competition runs until Wednesday October 31 and a bunch of the dosh goes to Legacy, so that’s supposed to be good.

The weekend after that sees a special occasion arise: The Canberra Musicians’ Club’s Fourth Birthday Party at The White Eagle Polish Club from 7pm. I haven’t a clue what they have planned but feliz cumpleaños and wear a condom.

Saturday September 22 will see Abstraktions 3, the next in a series of music nights, take shape at The Street Theatre from 8pm. hellosQuare are once again at the helm and they’ve brought Sydney jazz artist Adrian Lim-Klumpes, renowned electro improviser Ollie Bown and duo Cold House along for the night. See thestreet.org.au for info and tickets.

And finally, Floriade’s Nightfest gimmick bullshit kicks off on Wednesday September 26 with local DJs, a cocktail bar, comedy and night markets. Instead of looking at a bunch of cosmetic, time-wasting retardation in daylight, you can look at it under glaring floodlights and get drunk because it’s socially acceptable at that hour. Bully for you. It runs 6:30pm-10pm for five nights.

And that’s everything local I care about and Floriade.

ASHLEY THOMSON

editorial@bmamag.com

Corinbank [Take 2] Springs To Life
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

It takes more than a once-in-100-year inundation to stop the Corinbank Music and Arts Festival. Postponed in March after torrential rain, tickets for Corinbank [Take 2] will be on sale Thursday September 13 from 9am. This time the event will run Friday November 30 to Saturday December 2 in the Brindabella Mountains.

The three-day festival has sprung from Corin Forest with a Pozible fundraising campaign to support the musicians and artists who have stayed the course, maintaining the festival’s impeccable environmental credentials at the same time. Numerous rewards for the fundraiser have poured in. (You could even get married at Corinbank.) General manager Amy Moon said Corinbank’s unique, inclusive nature had earned it an extraordinary following that few large music festivals enjoyed. ‘Corinbank [Take 2] will be no different, celebrating life, music, art and creativity, promoting Australian bands and artists and showcasing the picturesque Brindabellas.’

Tickets for Corinbank [Take 2] will be available from www.corinbank.com. The Pozible crowdsourcing campaign will also launch and details will be available from the Corinbank website.

Australia’s Largest Solar Farm To Be Constructed In Canberra
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

A plot of land, 50 hectares, near Royalla just off the Monaro Highway has been earmarked for development by Spanish-based company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV). The land will be used to construct a 20 megawatt solar farm facility made up of 83,000 photovoltaic panels, producing enough renewable electricity to power 4,400 Canberra homes. Construction is due to begin next year and is expected to be finished in 2014, subject to environmental and planning approval.

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell says it is an exciting new step in Canberra becoming a sustainable city. ‘This is about making Canberra the solar capital of Australia, it's about making the shift to renewables at a very cheap price, with a great saving in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and jobs and economic activity in our city,’ he stated. The ACT Government says the solar farm will have an approximate reduction of 560,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the 20 year life of the project, aiming to make Canberra a carbon neutral city by 2060.

New Charity Vintage Store ‘Hipsley Lane’ To Open In Braddon
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

The team at Lifeline Canberra have been at their creative best again, this time today providing some insights into the latest addition to their suite of commercial enterprises, a vintage clothing store called Hipsley Lane. Manager of Commercial Enterprises and 13-year operator of Cowboys & Angels, Karen Bustamante, revealed some of the secrets of the new store, due for completion in the coming weeks. ‘Hipsley Lane will be specialising in vintage clothing, whilst also carrying a variety of vintage books selected by experienced volunteers at the Bookfair Warehouse in Mitchell,’ said Bustamante. Located within the newly developed Braddon retail precinct, every frock, blouse, handbag, skirt, coat, trouser, hat and shoe at Hipsley Lane will be specially sourced and purchased by expert buyers. As a social enterprise operated and owned by Lifeline Canberra, Hipsley Lane will raise much needed funds for the telephone counselling service. 100% of the funds raised by Hipsley Lane will go directly to Lifeline Canberra, to ensure volunteers continue to receive the best training, resources and ongoing support. Located at Shop 2, 27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, the first day of trade at Hipsley Lane will be Thursday September 27 at 5:30pm. RSVPs can be emailed to hipsleylane@gmail.com.

Int’l Short Film Festival Flickerfest 2013 Calls For Entries
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Celebrating its 22nd year, Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy Award-accredited, BAFTA-recognised (and also its largest) short film competition is accepting entries from Australia and around the world for the 2013 festival. Flickerfest will screen for ten days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2013 with selected highlights heading off after the festival around Australia on a 40-venue national tour.

The categories are International, Australian, Documentary, GreenFlicks (films with an environmental focus or theme from across the world) and Flickerup (national high school and primary school competition). Jump online at www.flickerfest.com.au. All films must be in by Friday October 5, 5pm.

University Of Canberra’s Stone Day 2012 Line-Up Announced
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Entering its 44th year, Stone Day is singing a brand new tune on Friday October 26 in and around Zierholz @ UC and over four stages, ensuring there won’t be a corner that isn’t abuzz. The Zierholz Stage will play host to San Cisco, Alison Wonderland, Skryptcha, The Griswolds, Super Best Friends, Tin Can Radio, Bears With Guns, Readable Graffiti and National Campus Band Competition winners Dahrnoir. The Silent Party this year will set the battle ground for Strangeways DJs, Mum DJs, Celebrity Sex Tape, Architect DJs, Eddie Shaggz and many more to fight it out. And what’s a carnival without freaks? The Bally promises the greatest circus and freakshow stunts and is also bringing the laughs. There’s also a Car Park Carnival, featuring carnival rides, an epic games arena, an outdoor bar and DJS. Sporting a massively discounted ticket price of only $25 for UC students, 2012 is a new day. A new… Stone Day… For more information visit www.uclive.com.au or www.facebook.com/UCLive

One Super Prize Pack From The Medics (CDs, T-Shirt)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Music is at its best when it’s unpredictable. When it comes packed with surprises, the unexpected. Truly great music has always been about challenging convention, the ‘didn’t see that coming’ moment. It’s a tradition that’s at the heart of The Medics – as both people and as artists. It’s a sound that is all over the band’s stunning debut album Foundations [Footstomp/Warner] as featured on triple j and includes the singles Griffin, Joseph and Beggars.

The band’s story started in Cairns, far north Queensland and has seen their emergence as one of Australia's most genuinely exciting new bands performing at Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Laneway, Groovin the Moo, Woodford and The Dreaming Festivals.

Currently touring and visiting Transit Bar on Thursday September 27, The Medics have thrown us a copy of both their releases and a t-shirt. If you want to win them, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you would prescribe a band lacking imagination.

Five Copies Of Men in Black 3 (Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back... in time.

Whaaaaaaaaaaat? Saving the planet is hard work. Lord knows Sarah Connor had her issues. But when Agent K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him – secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. Time travelling alien cops? Why not.

Universal/Sony have kindly supplied us with five Blu-ray copies of Men In Black 3 to giveaway if you can tell us which one Will Smith was: Jazzy Jeff or the Fresh Prince?

Five Copies Of ‘The Lady’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Aung San Suu Kyi has battled for most of her life for democracy in her land, Burma. Her father was murdered soon after she was born and she spent most of her adult life under house arrest thanks to a government that would rather not let democracy spread thank you very much. In The Lady, Luc Beeson navigates the minefield of biopic of a freedom fighter in a foreign land. The always-brilliant Michelle Yeoh pulled a Christian Bale and shrunk for the role and David Thewlis ironed his suits and brushed his hair. Thanks to Roadshow we have five copies to giveaway if you can name the Burmese capital.

Five Copies Of ‘Battle Royale’ (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted island: welcome to Battle Royale.

For the modern reader, this is The Hunger Games before some hack writer ripped the concept off and made it really camp and shit.

A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives—or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mistuko, while others like the heroes of the movie—Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada—are trying to find a way to get off the island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive?

If you want a copy of the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him about that kid from high school or college who you really wouldn’t mind killing in a battle royale.

Five Copies Of ‘Rampart’ (DVD/Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is a Los Angeles police officer who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical and a womanizer, although he defends himself against many of these accusations as he says that his hate is equal opportunity. However unlawful, he uses intimidation and brutal force to defend his ideals.

The most notorious of his actions is purportedly murdering a suspected serial date rapist, which is why he has been given the nickname ‘Date Rape Dave’. He lives with two of his ex-wives - sisters Barbara and Catherine - in an effort to keep family together, namely his two daughters, Helen and Margaret, who each have a different sister as their mother. Dave still maintains a sexual relationship with both sisters - whenever the mood suits any of them - while he openly has other sexual relationships. His life is put under a microscope after he is caught on video brutally beating a person with whom he got into an automobile crash...

Sounds like a barrel of laughs, right? If you want to watch Woody Harrelson being a boss for two hours, email allan@bmamag.com and make a case for the best Harrelson performance ever given.

Five Copies Of ‘The Raid’ (DVD/Blu-ray)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

In the Jakarta slums, a derelict apartment building has become a no-go area – even the police are unwilling to enter. It has become a safe-house for the most dangerous killers and gangsters. A SWAT team infiltrate the building, under the cover of darkness, to remove its owner – a notorious drug lord named Tama.

But that’s much more plot than you really need. What you really need to know is a building full of raw thugs gets fucked up and down for 90 minutes.

If you want copy, email allan@bmamag.com and make a case for the single greatest action sequence in film history.

Three Copies Of Animal Collective’s New Album ‘Centipede Hz’ (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Centipede Hz is the tenth full length Animal Collective album following the widely celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) and also the first since Strawberry Jam (2007) to feature all four original band members: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin.

As the album’s opening bars of drum crashes and radio interference on Moonjock immediately make clear, having returned as a four piece, Animal Collective have made their most widescreen and fully realized music to date.

Part of the inspiration for Centipede Hz included the band’s memories of growing up listening to station announcements and commercials on the radio and imagining the afterlife of radio signals from the past, forgotten transmissions that are now lost in space and broadcasting music from other planets for other life forms. This is reflected in the sound of Centipede Hz, which features the white noise of radio interference and buried frequencies overlaid with the band’s peerless melodic sensibilities and compositional methods. The result is a panoramic set of songs that shimmer with the confidence and wonder of Animal Collective’s unique inner logic and the luminous warmth of their sound world.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com and come up with a rationale for the album’s title: Centipede Hz.

Five Double Passes To Cate Shortland’s (Somersault) New Film ‘Lore’
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Australian director Cate Shortland’s prodigious talent, so clearly evident in her earlier film Somersault, is fully realised in her magnificent new film, Lore, set in the dying days of World War II in Nazi Germany and based on the book The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert. The film was in competition at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, won the Audience Award at the recent Locarno Film Festival and has been selected for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festivals.

Lore is set in Germany the spring of Spring 1945. As the German resistance collapses and Allied forces sweep across the Motherland, five children embark on a journey which will challenge every notion we have of family, love and friendship. With their Nazi father and mother imprisoned by American and Russian forces, abandoned to an uncertain fate, Lore takes charge of her younger brothers and sister, guiding them from Bavaria across a devastated country, towards the safety of their grandmother’s house 900km away to the north. On the road, the children struggle to survive the punishing post-war conditions as Lore begins to understand the reality and consequences of her Nazi parent’s actions, their support of Hitler and his disastrous war, their direct knowledge and support of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

We have five double passes to a screening of Lore at Greater Union Manuka on Sunday September 16, 3pm, where Cate Shortland will speak about the film. If you’d like to go, email allan@bmamag.com and name the Canberra location featured in Cate Shortland’s first film.

Five Copies of Boardwalk Empire – The Complete Second Season (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Atlantic City, 1921. In a city whose fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in ‘the world's playground.’ Though the 1920 election is over, Nucky finds himself the target of a federal investigation for vote tampering - and an insurrection by those he counted among his closest allies.

Steve Buscemi stars in the hit drama series that charts the continued rise of organized crime at the dawn of the Prohibition. Taking the relationships that were developed in Season One, Boardwalk Empire raises the stakes for just about everyone in Season Two. Nucky Thompson and Michael Pitt (as his surrogate son and primary enforcer) form a mentor/student bond to outright rivals. Major characters are forced to align themselves on one side or the other. And this power struggle brings new depth, new cunning, new betrayal, and new ambitions to the surface in a variety of ways.

If you want a copy of some of the best television to air in 2012, email allan@bmamag.com and make a case for the best film/series set in the Prohibition era.

Six Two-Day Passes To The Human Dimension: The Inaugural CHASS National Forum
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

The impact of technology and science on the lives of Australians will be in the spotlight at the Inaugural CHASS (Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) Forum to be held at the University of Canberra from Mon-Wed September 24-26.

‘With rapidly developing technologies and scientific research changing the way we live our everyday lives, it’s vital to support and invest in our knowledge of the human experience,’ said CHASS President, Professor Sue Willis. ‘This exciting forum is an opportunity to learn from and engage with the latest thinking from Australian and international experts about the human dimension and how it integrates with technology, science, arts and society. From ‘what makes us human?’ to ‘who decides the public good?’, the forum addresses big questions on issues of national and global significance.’

A who’s who of social commentators and industry experts will be speaking  at the forum, including Joe Hildebrand (journalist and public commentator), Waleed Aly (broadcaster, author and academic) and Dr Marcus Hutter (Professor for Artificial Intelligence, ANU). Also speaking will be Yalda Hakim (pictured), a highly talented young journalist. Reporting for Dateline for the last three years, she has delivered stories from around the world, from countries as diverse as India, Afghanistan, Norway, Italy, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, South Sudan and the United States. Already in 2012, Hakim has interviewed the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, and travelled with Karzai to Pakistan for talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and Iran’s leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about peace in the region. Hakim has been a finalist for the Australian Young Journalist of the Year Award and won the United Nations Media Peace Prize for Best Australian Television News coverage in 2009.

With sessions on technology, arts, policy making, national identity, climate change and more, a two-day pass to this event will provide an extraordinary and unique opportunity to learn from and network with great minds. For more information, visit conferenceco.com.au/chass/Index.html

If you’d like a two-day pass, email allan@bmamag.com and tell him what you hope to gain by going.

Three Copies Of ‘Man vs. Food: Season 1 & 2 Collection’ (DVD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Get ready to stuff yourself as host Adam Richman indulges his long-time passion for food with a culinary quest across the nation. For Adam, food is not just about taste; it's a competition. The bigger, the spicier, the faster to eat... the better! Whether he's devouring the Sasquatch Burger in Memphis, Atomic Hot Wings in Pittsburgh or a 13-pound pizza in Atlanta, Adam digs in with zeal, becoming our epicurean guide to gastronomic adventure and performer of foodie feats.

If you want to watch this man eat himself into an early grave and simultaneously find yourself unable to resist envying his awesome job, email allan@bmamag.com with an Australian challenge you would submit to Man vs. Food.

Three Copies Of 50 Shades Of Grey – The Classical Album (CD)
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

So you know how a bunch of people (read: women) started getting their jollies off about a sado-masochistic love story recently? Well, now the author has gone and picked some lovely classical music to go with it, because if A Clockwork Orange taught us anything, it’s that hyper-sexualised torture goes well with classical.

This is a 15-track album featuring classical music personally selected by E L James herself and referenced in her bestselling Fifty Shades book trilogy.

Says James of the new album: ‘I am thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades Trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy.’

Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger. The music on the album includes The Tallis Scholars’ sweeping version of Spem in Alium featured in the first novel, along with 14 other works from the books, such as the ‘Flower Duet’ from Lakmé, Pachelbel’s Canon in D and the ‘aria’ from Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

If you’d like a copy, email allan@bmamag.com with the best use of classical music in film – points for surprising us, which 2001: A Space Odyssey will not.

The Longest Day
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

Where did your band name come from?

It’s a reference to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It’s definitely not a reference to the film of the same name, which we found out about after.

 

Group members (e.g. Dave (vocals), Monster (drums), etc.): Brad and Jay. Between us we play all instruments. This is usually guitars, bass, keys and drums. There’s a notional third member, Christy, who lives in Boston (in the US) and who supplies us with awesome guitar drones.

 

Describe your sound:

Post-rock, shoegaze, atmospheric. There are also elements of minimalist drone and indie pop.

 

Who are your influences, musical or otherwise?

Bands and musicians such as Flying Saucer Attack, Bailterspace, My Bloody Valentine, Galaxie 500, Swervedriver, Moscow Olympics, Sigur Rós, Straitjacket Fits, The Church, Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Visual artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Iain Baxter. Filmmakers such as Woody Allen and the Coen Brothers. Photographers such as Christy Romanick.

 

What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had whilst performing?

We played at the Peats Ridge festival a few years back on the morning of New Years Eve. Some guy burst into the tent halfway through the set and was really into the song we were playing at the time. At the end of the song, he said, ‘Man, you guys sounded so awesome I just ran from the other end of the field to watch.’ Two minutes later he’d buggered off.

 

Of what are you proudest so far?

Our new record, Beyond Your Skies, which we wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered ourselves, as well as arranging the cover art. Also the fact the two of us have been making music together now since about 1993.

 

What are your plans for the future?

We’d love to get into film scores. Some people have mentioned our music has a cinematic quality so if there are any filmmakers out there who like our stuff, please get in touch with us. There’s a piece on the new album which is basically a string quartet, which we wrote ourselves, and we’d love to delve more into that in the future. And we’ll probably keep making records at our own pace.

 

What makes you laugh?

Woody Allen is a very funny guy. So are Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and our very own Mr John Clarke.

 

What pisses you off?

The dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975 – maintain your rage (and enthusiasm).

 

What about the local scene would you change?

It would be good if more international bands played in Canberra so that we didn’t always have to travel interstate to see them. Sonic Youth played here at least twice in recent memory; if they can do it, so can everyone else. Also, is there a reason why nobody ever uses the Albert Hall?

 

What are your upcoming gigs?

There are none currently in the pipeline, but we’re planning to play at least once in Canberra and Sydney – and hopefully also Melbourne – before the end of the year.

 

Contact info (email, website, Facebook, SoundCloud, etc.):
thelongestday.com.au
feralmedia.com.au/artists/the-longest-day
feralmedia.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-your-skies

AFF12
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: African Film Festival
WHEN
: Tue Sep 18 – Sun Sep 23
WHERE
: Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Tuggeranong Arts Centre in association with the African Diplomatic Women’s Group presents the first African Film Festival (AFF12) in Canberra. The festival aims to share the cultural richness of Africa with Canberra’s audience, as well as provide support for the growing presence of the African film industry in Australia. The film selected to open AFF12 is the Kenyan production The First Grader. Mr. Stephen K. Tarus, High Commissioner for Kenya, will officially open the ceremony at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Café Space, Tue Sep 18, 6.30pm. Tickets $5 voluntary donation. Bookings on (02) 6293 1443. See tuggeranongarts.com for more info.

Green Savvy Sunday
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Environmental Markets
WHEN
: Sun Sep 16
WHERE
: Old Bus Depot Markets

Now in its third year, this environmentally-focused market day will demonstrate how easy it is to be green in our everyday lives. An additional 30 stalls will be showcasing and selling a range of green homewares made with recycled materials, chemical-free organic skin care products and, of course, a variety of delicious organic food. There will also be demonstrations of the latest in green technology for the home and information on innovative energy-saving initiatives. Also attending will be WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers. 10am-4pm. Free.

Flashes Of My Past In The Future
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Mixed media exhibition
WHEN: Thu Sep 13 – Sun Sep 30
WHERE: M16 Artspace, Gallery 3

Jocelyn Rosen and Kate Ward capture personal everyday scenes through photography, embroidery, ceramics and lino prints. A common theme is explored using techniques unique to the artists, resulting in a diverse, original collection of works. Enamoured by the romance of living in a historic dwelling built during the mid-1800’s, Ward’s sketches of her domestic scenes have been translated into delicate embroidered objects, while Rosen’s photographic work is taken from her life over the last six months, featuring portraits of friends, family and travel. Official opening on Thu Sep 13, 6pm. Open Wed-Sun, 12-5pm. Free.

Brawlers, Bawlers And Bastards
Date Published: Tuesday, 11 September 12   |  Author: Ashley Thomson   |     |  4 years, 9 months ago

WHAT: Thomas Farrell Exhibition
WHEN: Mon Sep 10 – Fri Sep 28
WHERE: Gallery @ Belconnen Community Centre

Every year, gallery@bcs contributes a three-week exhibition, including print and design of promotional material and exhibition opening catering, to the ANU School of Art’s Emerging Artist Support Scheme. This year the prize goes to 2011 painting department graduate, Thomas Farrell, whose thoughtful exploration of everyday human mannerism brings light and life to his dark interior settings. Drawing on influences from the likes of Edward Hopper, Lucien Freud and Alex Katz, Thomas uses light and interior space as compositional tools to explore the concept of subconscious physical expression and the human condition. Official opening Thu Sep 13, 6pm. Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm. Free.