Archive for June, 2009

Weekend to-do list: June 29-28

June 23, 2009

By Kate Smith

Jam packed weekend coming up zedsters! Here’s a little taste of what you can get up to…. (more…)


Playing with Toy Balloons

June 20, 2009

By Josh Donellan

There were four bands playing tonight, but I only saw three of them. Sorry, but a man’s got to eat. And the satay prawns from Dragon Inn were delicious, thankyou very much.  (more…)

Weekend to-do-list: June 19-21

June 16, 2009

Already finished exams? Looking for an excuse to procrastinate? Wondering what could possibly be better than sitting at home in track pants and a hoodie, watching a TV series on DVD for the umpteenth time this weekend? Allow me to entice you…. (more…)


June 10, 2009

Poster remix

By Mungo van Krimpen-Hall

‘RiP: A Remix Manifesto’ opens for limited release this Thursday, and we had a quick catch up with Canadian director Brett Gaylor to discuss the film.

4ZzZ: Your film covers a LOT of ground, figuratively and literally, it’s hard to sum up. How do you pitch it to people?

Brett Gaylor: It is hard to pitch, but I kinda like to call it a Party Rock & Roll movie about intellectual property. It’s a manifesto movie and it’s meant to be fun, and it’s meant to get people thinking about an issue that a lot of people haven’t been thinking about, which is that this concept of copyright & intellectual property really applies to everybody, and how to make sense of the digital age. (more…)

Weekend to-do list – June 12-14

June 9, 2009

By  Meaghan White

Even in gig land Friday looks pretty barren to me. Maybe I missed the fun memo, but I think you’re going to have to make your own good times happen on this one. Unless you like Bluejuice, who are playing at The Zoo. I’m not going to leave you empty-handed and restless though. I’m going to break my back for you. I’m going to work it all out for you. I’m going to link to someone else’s list. The idea of that list is to focus on dates that are not the same ol’ dinner-and-a-movie schlock. You don’t need to be in love to partake in these activities – they’re good for friend

No Anchor

dates too. In fact I’d recommend – strenuously – you have a friend date this Friday. My favourite one is: Build a fort. Righteous. (more…)


June 5, 2009

AutoTune needs to die. Seriously.

I don’t think I’m alone in suggesting that AutoTune, the musical effect that has been used by practically every current pop artist in the past four years, needs to die a slow, agonising and painful death. (more…)


June 4, 2009

hunzBy Josh Donellan

Toy balloon described this evenings line up as:
“Dot.AY is 8 bit, we’re 64 bit and Hunz is like Xbox 360.”
Let’s start with the retro gamer kid.

The turn out is a little thin when Dot.AY takes the stage, but this doesn’t stop Alex from throwing himself around his collection of gameboys, samplers and particle accelerators. The Troub is far from the ideal venue for his electronic assault but he puts on a good show regardless. (more…)

Bring on the holidays!

June 4, 2009

study break2I hate this time of year.  Always have.  It used to be because I was freaking out about the 70% exams I was MEANT to have been studying for all semester. Now I’ve graduated it’s even worse, because while I’m free and ready to get out and see the world (well, Brisbane mainly), all my friends are still slaving away.

But pretty soon they’re on holidays – and that’s when we get to actually live our lives again. And I know exactly what we’re going to do to celebrate – Study Break paaaaaartay. (more…)

Return/Bride/Son/(insert B-horror title) of the Brisbane Sounds!

June 2, 2009


By Meaghan White

Notes? None. Fact checking? None. Adherence to journalistic ethics? None.

If you are experiencing a degree of anxiety already, that’s appropriate. Let me continue though.

Here’s the situation I walked in to: I happily agreed to photograph the Brisbane Sounds show, despite the fact I had not touched my camera since this one time back in October 2008, which also happened to be the first time I’d EVER touched that camera (with it being brand new and all), essentially making me a stranger to its functions and barely able to recall its function. I conveniently forgot this and the sensible restraint that would once have seized my ‘yes, please’ muscle was overwhelmed by enthusiasm.

These are not ideal circumstances for anyone to be undertaking a photo assignment, beloved reader, let alone someone as spiritually delicate as me. The potential for failure was high, almost certain. But on I soldiered, for you, for me, for the stellar line-up, and fortunately I managed to claw my way out of the wreckage with some photos and some, dare I say, pertinent observations.

So, here is what you missed (or reveled in) on Saturday night at the Zoo: The Mercy Beat, New Jack Rubys, Vegas Kings, Blackwater Fever, Gentle Ben and His Sensitive Side & Screamfeeder. (more…)

Weekend to-do list – June 5 – 7

June 2, 2009

By Kathleen Calderwood

So it that time of the year, uni students across the city are glued to computers, surfing Facebook in a futile attempt to forget about their pending exams. So, in order to assist my fellow students and reinstall them with some dignity through legitimate forms of procrastination, I have compiled a list of fabulous things to do this coming weekend to celebrate the end of exam prep week and the arrival of exams (oh god). (NOTE: these options are no less fabulous for all the non-students out there). (more…)