Archive for February, 2010

Festival: Soundwave 2010

February 28, 2010

Well what a day.

The day starts with The Plough and I putting on our respective band t-shirts suitable for the day. The Plough goes for a black, tasteful and appropriate The Tea Party shirt. I go for old faithful The Mark Of Cain Ill at Ease t-shirt.

So any way getting in was a snap at about 11:20am. Although I did try and get in as Under 18 and had to be told politely that I was in fact over 18 and should probably get a wrist band to say so. My mistake.

So into the breach dear friends we went. (more…)

Music!

February 26, 2010

Howdy Zed-Zed-Zedders. Just a coupl’a reviews from the big’ol’box of new music in the 4ZzZ Music Department. To whit:

Yeasayer: Odd Blood (Spunk).
– I never actually listened to the first Yeasayer album (everyone
looks at their shoes in silent embarrassment). I’m given to understand
that this second release is significantly less fey and otherworldly
and substantially more dancey and ready to get down with the kids,
some of that old Yeasayer weirdness lingering like frosting around the
edges.

The Souljazz Orchestra (Strut / Inertia).
– Just because you’re white and Canadian doesn’t mean you can’t make
some damn funky afro-beat.  In a world where there is substantially more funk revival than you are having hot meals, of a quality which might make you believe everyone is snorting the powdered essence of Bootsie Collins (serious long-term side-effects), this is still more respectably funky than most. Go Canada.

Remember, music snobbery is everybody’s responsibility, please listen discriminatively.

The Triple Zed Music Dept.

Zedletter – 4ZzZ’s Weekly Update

February 16, 2010

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As this year is our 35th birthday, we’re sifting through all our old photo albums and boxes, checking under the stairs, behind the couch and in the rafters in the hope of digging up all our old archives.

We’ve managed to find a fair few photos in the process but there are many faces who we just can’t seem to recognise. So we’ve uploaded the photos to Facebook (where would we be without it?) and we want you to help us pay tribute to all the hard working vollies who have made this station what it is!

Head to Triple Zed Brisbane to take a gander at the photos and start tagging people! If you have your own photos you’d like to share with us, send us a link or tag us. We’d love to see them.

On a much sadder note, our brilliant manager David finished up at Zed Towers on Friday. His British accent will definitely be missed by everyone here at the station.

EVENTS:

OK GO live Wednesday 17th February at The Hi Fi. The mind-bending band that gave us what is largely considered the decade’s most viewed music video (even the Simpsons parodied it), the treadmill-manned, Grammy-award winning “Here It Goes Again,” is back. Never content to rest on their laurels, OK Go return with the new album, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky. The album is the follow up to 2005’s Oh No and was produced by ex-Mercury Rev member David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT). Tix from www.thehifi.com.au or  www.ticketek.com.au.

ISIS are performing live in Brisbane this Thursday 18th February! Celebrating a twelve year career, ISIS have successfully navigated the process of growing and evolving without disavowing their initial vision. THeir latest album Wavering Radiant, released last year, is finely structured, dynamically varied, and melodically developed, it’s also unpredictable, expansive, and densely layered. Every ISIS endeavour is an active listening experience, so don’t miss this show, live at the HIFI, supported by Anonymeye and Axxon. Tickets available through www.custommade.com.au, the HiFi and usual outlets.

Tijuana Cartel and A French Butler called Smith will play the Globe Theatre on Friday 19th February 2010 for what promises to be a Gypsy Dancarama night of nights. Tickets are $18+BF and are available from www.oztix.com.au.

Darky Roots official EP launch Friday 19th February at the Step Inn, with special guests the Upsteppers, Fyah Walk and Paua, this will be a night of original conscious roots reggae, doors open 8pm, first 10 punters receiver free copy of EP.

The Blackeyed Susans return to the road in celebration of their 20th anniversary retrospective box set ‘Reveal Yourself 1989-2009’. They are playing at the Troubadour on Friday 19th February, with special guest Ben Salter. Catch The Susans for one last time before they head off to Europe. Tickets are $27.75+BF from www.oztix.com.au.

Massive Attack
, the UK’s ‘trip-hop’ pioneers, bring their haunting and hypnotic fusion of hazy beats, dub, hauntingly soulful melodies and choice samples to Brisbane Riverstage on Tuesday 23rd March. Tickets are on sale now! Head to http://www.massiveattack.com.au for exclusive ticket & album package pre-sales. Tickets can be booked through www.ticketmaster.com.au.

Don’t miss the Dead Weather in their first Australia tour, Tuesday 23rd March at The Tivoli. Comprised of Alison Mosshart of The Kills on lead vocals, Jack White, originally of The White Stripes, behind the drums, White’s Raconteur bandmate Jack Lawrence on bass and former Raconteur Dean Fertita, also of Queens of the Stone Age, on guitar. This magnificent rock ensemble is not to be missed. Tickets can be bought throught www.ticketek.com.au.


SPOTLIGHT

Volunteers: Training

Training Owl
We have a few spaces in training sessions this weekend (Saturday 20th February) if you would like to brush up on skills or learn something new!

Intensive Interview training: 9:30am- 1pm
– learn to use the talkback facility and interview booth
– analyse interviews
– tips on effective questions and research

Package production and basic digital editing: 2pm-5:30pm
– learn the basics for scripting an audio package
– use audacity and pro tools to create basic packages

Each session is $22, if you would like to come along please email Giordana at giordana@4zzzfm.org.au ASAP to reserve your spot.

Donate: Kenya

Kenya
4ZzZ is proud to support a Christian orphanage in Kenya that largely takes in children that are orphaned by parents who have died from the HIV virus. Some of the children (aged between 4 and 18) have HIV themselves, while others have been left without parents due to conflicts with neighbouring tribes.

Benson, the founder of this mission was an orphan himself and he wishes to train these children in professions so that when they leave the orphanage they can have a shot at life, just like he once had.

At the moment, a 40ft container will be shipped over to the orphanage in May and we are hoping to fill it full of donations that will help out these kids.

The following items would be particularly handy:
Exercise books, school stationery, farm tools, carpentry tools, sewing machines, material, wool, knitting needles, and simple patterns (these will all help with training for various professions).

Also:
Filing cabinets, towels, cycles, dipers, flannel PJs, underwear, sleeping bags, backpacks, plastic stackable chairs, and collapsable tressel like tables.

Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. To donate, contact Suzanne Healy on 3252 7300 or 0411 758 030.

Art: Crumpler Sacs Appeal

Sacs Appeal
Crumpler gave ten blank canvases to ten local artists. They got creative, gave them back, and then Crumpler kindly made them into bags. The Sacs Appeal is a live exhibition and auction with all ten bags going under the hammer with the proceeds going towards Jugglers – an artist run iniative which supports emerging artists.

The opening night and auction kicks off on Friday March 5th at 6pm with the auction promptly starting at 8pm. The exhibition will then run until Friday March 26th.

Head to Jugglers Art Space Inc at 103 Brunswick St, Fotitude Valley to check it out.

Flashback

Take a look at some old Radio Times covers. Do you remember any of them?

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Giveaways:

From Paris With Love

From Paris With Love

A personal aide to the US Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low level operative for the CIA. When James is offered his first senior level assignment, he can’t believe his good luck – until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta). A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white knuckled shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he’s a target for the same crime ring they’re trying to bust, he realizes there’s no turning back…and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next 48 hours alive.

In cinemas Thursday 18th February.

4ZzZ has 5 double passes to give away for a special preview screening at BCC Myer Centre, on Wednesday 17th February at 6:30pm. The first 5 replies will win, so hit reply and get in quick!

All winners must pick up their passes from 4ZzZ before 4pm on Wednesday.

Last Dinosaurs

Last Dinosaurs

To celebrate Last Dinosaur’s EP Launch at the Old Museum on Saturday 26th February, e have a FREE mp3 of their track ‘As Far As You’re Concerned’ to give away to zedletter readers. The link to the download is: http://www.universalmusic.net.au/freedownloads/lastdinosaurs.

The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields

The Magnetic Fields is a New York-based group fronted by Stephin Merritt. Recent albums released under the name “The Magnetic Fields” usually consist of synth-pop music in a 1980s style underlying clever lyrics which are often heavily ironic. While synth-pop often forms the foundation of their music, The Magnetic Fields’ music borrows from many other styles, notably country, folk and indie pop.

We have two copies of The Magnetic Fields’ latest album, Realism, to give away to two lucky readers. To win, tell us what year the band was formed.

CD Review: Wipedoubt

February 10, 2010

This Old House

Wipedoubt have created a background album. An album that you put on when you want music, but don’t really care about what is actually playing. The music is ok, influences like The Doves, Widespread Panic and Something For Kate among others. But I am having to force my ears to listen hard to try and catch the lyrics. I don’t mind working for my musical pleasure, but please don’t force me to try and decipher the lyrics. That just becomes painful. (more…)

Zedletter – 4ZzZ’s Weekly Update

February 9, 2010

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Have you ever thought about promoting your business on 4ZZZ?

Well you can reach a wider and very diverse audience by becoming a 4ZZZ business sponsor! Radio is yet another way to get your message through to potential customers. Don’t think you can afford it? Well think again! Our rates are very, very reasonable. Send your message straight to the ears and consciousness of our diverse and loyal listener base.

But wait there’s more! WE produce the radio spot for you at no charge AND your business receives a free listing on our website!  Chat to us at Zed about becoming a business sponsor today! Call 3252 1555 or email sponsorship@4zzzfm.org.au.

EVENTS:

For all those cult movie fans, head along to The Globe on Thursday 11th February to check out Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride on the big screen once more. It’s only $10+BF (or FREE for Odyssey members and 4ZzZ subs!) for the double screening which starts at 7pm sharp!

Jackson Jackson are headed back to The Zoo on Friday 12th February. Catch them with special guests Mama Kin. Tickets are $27.25 + BF and can be purchased from www.thezoo.com.au

New Zealand’s favourite musical brothers Kora return to Australia in 2010 for an East Coast tour. Kora are renowned for their mind blowing live shows with their unique brand of dub based reggae, infused with electro beats and thumping bass lines, sounds that get everyone moving. Don’t miss them performing live on Friday 12th February at The Hi-Fi. Tickets on sale now at thehifi.com.au and oztix.com.au

Feel & Rave proudly present the return of indie-rock pioneers Yo La Tengo, on Tuesday 16th February at the Hi-Fi. Tickets are on sale now from feelpresents.com, Rocking Horse records and the Hi-Fi, so make sure you don’t miss out on one of indie-rock’s giants.

Tijuana Cartel and A French Butler called Smith will play the Globe Theatre on Friday 19th February 2010 for what promises to be a Gypsy Dancarama night of nights. Tickets are $20.50+BF and are available from www.oztix.com.au.

The Stress of Leisure takes an opportunistic lunge into 2010 with a gig at the Step Inn on Friday 19th February. They alongside abstract landscape artist Anonymeye and No Scene scenesters Bremen Town Musician. Tix are only $5, available at the door.

Principal Entertainment, and Timeoff proudly present The Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Demon Parade Thursday 18th February at The Zoo. The tour coincides with the release of the band’s 14th album “who Killed Sgt Pepper”  Tickets are selling fast and are available from the www.thezoo.com.au, Rockinghorse Records, and all usual outlets.

The Blackeyed Susans return to the road in celebration of their 20th anniversary retrospective box set ‘Reveal Yourself 1989-2009’. They are playing at the Troubadour on Friday 19th February, with special guest Ben Salter. Catch The Susans for one last time before they head off to Europe. Tickets are $27.75+BF from www.oztix.com.au.

Radiance
tell sthe story of three half-sisters who gather to bury their mother, but it is a night for truths and the bonds of deceit, shame and secrets will be ripped apart forever.Louis Nowra’s richly-textured story about these three indigenous Australian women is deeply personal, yet resonates broadly. Radiance is showing at the Brisbane Arts Theatre from 6th February to 6th March. Tickets start at $15 and are available from www.artstheatre.com.au.

Phoenix are returning to Australia! Following the instant sell out of their east coast shows earlier this year, these Parisian pop wunderkinds will play Brisbane Convention Centre, Monday 1st March with special guests Miami Horror. Final ticket release on sale now through Ticketek.  Don’t miss out this time!

Frontier Touring proudly present Amanda Palmer – voice of the Dresden Dolls – returning to Brisbane Wednesday 10th March at The Zoo. Musician, artist, writer and political activist, don’t mis these unique show. Amanda Palmer will be joined by special guest Mikelangelo. Tickets on sale now through oztix.com.au or call 1300 762 545 for bookings.

Earth Freq is a music, lifestyle and environment festival, based in South-East Queensland at Landcruiser Park, Jimna the full lineup has been announced, and is without doubt a most epic and diverse lineup, with something for everyone. Expect a wide range of styles from techno, progressive and psytrance, to live bands, reggae, dub and world music, hip-hop glitch-hop, dub-step and breaks to chill-out and ambient, across two full production stages for a whole weekend! All event info can be found here: www.earthfreq.com.

SPOTLIGHT!
cd reviews – By Chris

Efterklang

Efterklang: Magic Chairs (4AD / Remote Control).
It’s a typical piece of indie snobbery to suggest that Coldplay have  ruined the little patch of indie pop from which their sound arose  including every other band that resided there. Snobbery, sure, but you  try recommending a band that sounds like Coldplay and see how you  feel. Efterklang escape (just barely) sounding like Coldplay by their  use of complex orchestration and a penchant for Philip Glass style  arpeggiation (which is nearly as bad as sounding like Coldplay). The  results are intriguing enough that I am willing to risk telling you  about them with the caveat that I explain my reasoning at length on  the offchance that I am later placed in the dock for crimes against  good taste.

Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett: Heartland (Domino).
Orchestration seems to be the order of the day. This Canadian chap (of Final Fantasy fame)  would be just an interesting indie experimenter, but with a full  blimin’ orchestra backing him up he becomes a kind of indie Bobby  Darrin or Mel Torme. Overall it is a little too odd to find greatness,  but is certainly very diverting and there are moments here of genuine  awesome: check E is for Estranged or Midnight Directives. Indie Pat  Boone? That would make a good band name.

gig review

The Kill Devil Hills

The Kill Devil Hills
The Zoo – 5th February
I arrived at the Zoo found feeling welcome and in good company, much to the credit of being put on the door thanks to Zed’s S&P department. Blackwater Fever kicked the night of with some gnarly foot-tapping numbers that accompanied a tight game of pool ending with a crushing defeat. This was made easier by Shane Hicks’ rubble-vocal style and sincerely accurate guitar wailing.

Mexico City followed, starting slowly and peaking with several numbers including ‘Ain’t No Lie’ and ‘Raised an Empire’ that turned the dancefloor into something resembling a hoe-down blended with moments of hend-banging bliss. Frontman Adam Poole charmed the audience by pointing out the Kill Devil Hills’ ability to draw  such an attractive crowd. This followed with more heartfelt tunes played with a professionalism that earnt the group the Courier Mail’s People’s Choice Award at the QSong awards last year.
– Pete Skism

Taking the stage to the sounds of a looped violin, The Kill Devil Hills take the stage & immediately launch into one of a number of raucous, country-infused rock numbers. They mainly showcase tunes from their new long-player, ‘Man You Should Explode’ and track such as ‘It’s Easy When You Don’t Know How’, ‘Siam’ & ‘Cockfighter’ have new energy breathed into them as the band and crowd swelter. As turns their work is both beautiful & brutal & the band delve into older material tonight as well, with the stand out being the bar-room singalong ‘Drinking Too Much’. Unfortunately, incessant crowd chatter drowns some of the quieter material, however after a solid hour and forty minute set in the most oppressive of heat, the Kill Devil Hills triumphantly absorb the rapturous applause from the satisfied crowd.
– Jay Beatson

flashback

Building 4ZzZ!

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sub outlet

The Globe

The Globe
The Globe Theatre – Brisbane’s favourite cult cinema – regularly screening cult classics, B-grades, 80’s trash, vintage films and rockumentaries, as well as showcasing live original music, is a non-profit community multi-arts venue run by Odyssey. Not only does The Globe treat Brisbane to the most wicked showcase of cult cinema but 4ZZZ subscribers and Odyssey members get FREE ENTRY to cult cinema screenings, as well as discounts at selected events!

Repeat!! 4ZZZ subscribers and Odyssey members get FREE ENTRY to cult cinema screenings! Offer excludes sold-out sessions and special events.

…All the more reason to subscribe to 4ZZZ or join Odyssey! Stay tuned to 4ZZZ, or visit www.globetheatre.com.au for program details.

Odyssey and The Globe are proud community partners and supporters of 4ZZZ.

February 8, 2010

Gogol Bordello – Live From Axis Mundi

I almost always sketch when I’m in a live gig. It’s a strange compulsion and it’s a fun way to enjoy the music but it’s crazy when the band has a fun stage presence.

After seeing Live From Axis Mundi, I really want to sketch Gogol Bordello that badly. It’s got a musical duel between a violin and an accordion! How can you go wrong with that?!

This live best-of-so-far compilation is Eugene Hütz and co at their primal best in their natural environment. I first tasted of their brand of gypsy punk, hearing a live version of “Start Wearing Purple” over the wireless in a flat without furniture in London town and I was hooked immediately. Live is where they have most manic power and this CD/DVD set certainly delivers.

The CD has the BBC recorded sessions and miscellaneous demos but the highlight is definitely the DVD. That fun, energetic sound gains an extra perspective with visuals of the concert at Axis Mundi. The band’s stage presence is awesome from Hütz’s charisma to everyone moving around and the playful camaraderie between band members. Even the stage guy who constantly pops up to pick up fallen mics and untangle cables deserves a mention.

Highlights include “Wonderlust King”, “American Wedding” and “Forces of Victory”. My favourite scene would have to be any time violinist Sergey Ryabtsev would square-off with accordion player Yuri Lemeshev. There’s my violin/accordion craving right there and I didn’t even know I had one.

If that’s not enough Gogol Bordello fix, the dvd also has extra tracks, music videos and chronicles featuring making-of footage.

If it wasn’t obvious enough, I really enjoyed this album. It fills me with a good kind of manic craziness and it’ll have to do until I get to see the band live one day.

The Optimen – “Fire Fighters” single

The first time I heard of the Optimen was in the Valley Fiesta two months ago and I certainly had fun sketching them while they were playing. The five piece were fun live and I made a note to look out for them in future. Now, listening to their latest single from their forthcoming “The Out of Money Experience”, I’m definitely in attention.

“Fire Fighters” has all necessary ingredients needed by a single to maximise attention and also ingrain itself into the listener’s brain. It’s catchy, solid and fires all the toe-tapping inclinations. I liked the b-side “Always” even more: the beats, grooves and cuts combined with relatable lyrics are both infectious and uplifting.

I’m glad to add The Optimen to my list of quality local hip-hop acts out there and can’t wait to hear what else they have in store. This single makes me want to draw like a crazy person and that’s great!

Afro Dizzi Act – Peace Love & Unity

I can’t believe these guys have been going for ten years and I’ve only heard of them now. Four years of live music and two hundred-ish bands later and Peace Love & Unity is my first taste of Afro Dizzi Act. Incidentally, the meal’s wonderful and I want more, please!

This album satisfies all my jazzy, funk-infused afro-beat cravings without all the fancy-schmancy electronic filling (which I also like) that’s prevalent these days. I just like to hear/see actual instruments being played professionally and solidly which comes from going to lots of live gigs. It also spurs me to draw better as well.

The inclusion of Jali Buba Kuyateh on Kora and vocals really lifts the band up and adds extra spice to their overall sound. “Jardadinke”, “All Comes Back To You” and my personal fave, “Jarabee” exemplifies this wonderful union of different musical stylings.

From the laid-back reggae of “The Pilgrim Returns” to smooth build-up of “Lady”, I just enjoyed listening to everything in this album. It’s cool and it’s relaxing and I don’t relax easily but had no problems getting into the mindset. Despite such a late start, I’m won over with this album and now have a great urge to see these guys live. A solid, satisfying and chilling sixty minutes of my life well spent.

– Emmanuel Hernaez

Zedletter – 4ZzZ’s Weekly Update

February 5, 2010

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Are there any Zed archive material hoarders out there?
Do you know anyone who has collected any form of Zed history?
Could be posters, recordings, memorabilia etc….
Are they willing to loan it to Zed for our Exhibition in August????
(part of our 35th Birthday Celebrations)

Please contact Dan Callaghan at danc@4zzzfm.org.au and let him know what you’ve found.
All precious things will be returned to owners.

Also our new program schedule has begun! Download the guide here

WHAT’S ON?

EVENTS:

Hearts of Gold #3 is the latest installment in Bleeding Heart Gallery’s highly successful series of group shows. Focussing on local and emerging artists Hearts of Gold seeks to provide support to both Brisbane’s burgeoning art community and local charities. The Hearts of Gold #3 opening night is Friday 5th February with all bar profits heading to the 193 Club which helps homeless people in Brisbane. The exhibition runs until Friday 19th February.

Jackson Jackson are headed back to The Zoo on Friday 12th February. Catch them with special guests Mama Kin. Tickets are $27.25 + BF and can be purchased from www.thezoo.com.au

Saturday 6 February, Chamberland will headline their first Brisbane show of 2010 at The Zoo, in the Fortitude Valley with locals 1989, The Royal Artillery and New Manic Spree.

Sweet Dreams Valentine Day Boat Cruise! Sweet Dreams will be launching their 7″, supported by Chinese Burns and Narwhals. Sunday Feb 14th leaving from Kangaroo Point. See the 4zzz website events section for all details!

They Are Spies performing live on Tuesday 9th of Feb at X&Y Bar with Rob Robot & Jessiah Cocks. From 6.30, $5 or free for 4ZZZ Subscribers!

Pale Fire will be playing their last show with The Swamplords, Velociraptor, and The Frail Marys at Browning Street Studios in West End on Saturday 6 February. There will also be ART by Sandi Darling and Hayley May Ward. BYO, $8 cover charge.

Blonde on Blonde launch their debut EP Tease at the Troubadour Friday 5th of February. Supports from the Strange Attractors and the Judy Dolls. Tix $8 presold and $10 on the door.

SPOTLIGHT!

Wiya! Angela Pamela

Newsbite: Wiya! Angela Pamela

The Little Sisters Collective vs the Super Raelene Brothers have released their debut single, WIYA! ANGELA PAMELA, as a cry for help in their campaign against to protect Northern Territory Indigenous Communities against the proposed Angela Pamela Mine.

The mining site is located 10KM from several Indigenous communities and will be situated on top of Alice Springs precious water supply.

Musician Basil Schild told Brisbane Line that they want community radio stations to garner support for their cause through the power of music.

Community elder, Christobel Swan, says, “we are worried about the health of our children. if something goes wrong, white people can go back to wherever they came from, but where are aboriginal people going to go? this is the only place we have.”

The song is sung in luritja and western arrarnta with a smattering of english, across a deep funk groove.

You can order the CD and a support pack online at www.superraelenebrothers.com.au or call 4ZzZ and request the song.

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Review: Who is St Jerome?
The patron saint of translators, librarians and encyclopedists sure puts on an epic laneway (ahem – ‘exhibition ground’) festival! With a myriad of bands librarians would no doubt really dig, our first impression entering was the style du jour: ladies must wear cut-off denim underpants, or ‘shorts’ as the wearers attempt to pass them off as. If you’re a fellow, sartorially roll your jeans up to just above the ankle and throw on an excessively baggy muscle tee.

The first act to command our attention was Daniel Johnston, clutching a mandolin against his familiar bulk, and strolling through his uniquely endearing lo-fi ballads in a noticeably stable and even happy way – a treat or long-time fans. Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons wooed audiences with number one hit ‘Little Lion Man’. Following which half their crowd absconded… After that it clicked – the music isn’t why most people go to festivals, one really goes only to draw attention to oneself by dancing absurdly whilst pretending to be high.

We’d barely managed to awkwardly avoid that barrel of fun when Black Lips from Atlanta, Georgia stole our attention.Their ambitious, engaging fuzzy grunge pop had them perched between Beastie Boys and Beatles, complete with slightly choreographed GuitarHero dance moves and an old school style which got the kids frothing. ‘Bad Kids’ left smiles tacked on our faces, and heading to the bar we had the eery realisation that it was exactly where they cage the prize chickens at the Ekka. We were soon astounded by a second realisation – it’s quicker to actually leave and pee at the Jubilee than to wait in the kilometres-long queue. Where we did, however, manage to catch the closing strains of majestic Melbournites the Dirty Three, and their wordless, grandiose anthems.

Our festival-induced grievances faded when Eddy Current Suppression Ring burst forth with their loveable brand of garage rock. We were immediately disturbed by vocalist Brendan Suppression’s apparent desire to make wildly passionate love to guitarist Eddy Current – who seemed uncomfortable. Interestingly, Suppression wasn’t as keen on the bass player (touring woes?). Only a DJ was still going when we departed, and after a long evening we were mostly left pondering whether or not the celebrities would actually go to the official after-party at the Embassy, or have their own celebrity after-party.
By Ili Tulloch and Emma Carroll. Photos by Lucy Iveson

Flashback: Take a look at some of our old newspaper ads!

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Artland

Sub outlet: Artland
Feeling under-stimulated? Do you have a creative beast inside you that needs to be calmed? Artland specialise in providing the means to quell the artistic monster within. Stocking all manner of art supplies the team are also pros when it comes to digital printing and framing. They?ve also burst into the furniture business and now stock some rather exclusive pieces that are worth a look.

Check out www.artland.com.au for more info if you’re that way inclined, alternatively, they can be found at 4/272 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly, and are a proud supporter of 4ZzZfm.

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Giveaways: Wolfman
Inspired by the classic Universal Pictures film that launched the legacy of horror, The Wolfman reclaims the myth of a man whose curse transforms him into something less than human. Lawrence Talbot is lured back to his family estate after the disappearance of his brother. Reunited in crisis with his estranged father, Talbot sets out to find his brother…but discovers an even more horrifying destiny for himself. Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Benecio del Toro, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving, The Wolfman is in Cinemas February 11. Head to www.wolfman.com.au for more info.

4ZzZ has 20 double passes to a special preview of The Wolfman to give away. The screening is at The Regent Cinema in Queen St Mall on Wednesday 10th February at 6pm. To win, hit reply and tell us how to kill werewolf. Winners must collect their prize from the station by Tuesday 10th February.

Diana Krall
Tune in to the 4ZZZ Jazz Show this Sunday for your chance to win tickets to Diana Krall who will be performing with very special guests Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 3rd March. In a world first, Grammy award-winning pianist and singer Diana Krall will be joined on her tour across Australia and New Zealand by the sublime talents of Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot.

To see these three incredible artists all on the same bill is an extraordinarily rare opportunity and one that will be embraced by music lovers nationally. Tickets still available for purchase from Ticketek.

Tune in to the Jazz Show every Sunday from 9am -12noon this month for your chance to win! For more information: http://www.dianakrall.com/

Laneway Festival Gallery

February 3, 2010

Who is St Jerome?

The patron saint of translators, librarians and encyclopedists sure puts on an epic laneway (ahem – ‘exhibition ground’) festival! With a myriad of bands librarians would no doubt really dig, our first impression entering was the style du jour: ladies must wear cut-off denim underpants, or ‘shorts’ as the wearers attempt to pass them off as. If you’re a fellow, sartorially roll your jeans up to just above the ankle and throw on an excessively baggy muscle tee.

The first act to command our attention was Daniel Johnston, clutching a mandolin against his familiar bulk, and strolling through his uniquely endearing lo-fi ballads in a noticeably stable and even happy way – a treat for long-time fans. Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons wooed audiences with number one hit ‘Little Lion Man’. Following which half their crowd absconded… After that it clicked – the music isn’t why most people go to festivals, one really goes only to draw attention to oneself by dancing absurdly whilst pretending to be high.

We’d barely managed to awkwardly avoid that barrel of fun when Black Lips from Atlanta, Georgia stole our attention. Their ambitious, engaging fuzzy grunge pop had them perched between Beastie Boys and Beatles, complete with slightly choreographed GuitarHero dance moves and an old school style which got the kids frothing. ‘Bad Kids’ left smiles tacked on our faces, and heading to the bar we had the eery realisation that it was exactly where they cage the prize chickens at the Ekka. We were soon astounded by a second realisation – it’s quicker to actually leave and pee at the Jubilee than to wait in the kilometres-long queue. Where we did, however, manage to catch the closing strains of majestic Melbournites the Dirty Three, and their wordless, grandiose anthems.

Our festival-induced grievances faded when Eddy Current Suppression Ring burst forth with their loveable brand of garage rock. We were immediately disturbed by vocalist Brendan Suppression’s apparent desire to make wildly passionate love to guitarist Eddy Current – who seemed uncomfortable. Interestingly, Suppression wasn’t as keen on the bass player (touring woes?). Only a DJ was still going when we departed, and after a long evening we were mostly left pondering whether or not the celebrities would actually go to the official after-party at the Embassy, or have their own celebrity after-party.


By Ili Tulloch and Emma Carroll. Photos by Lucy Iveson

CD Reviews: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Super Melody

February 1, 2010

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Fruit

http://www.myspace.com/theasteroidsgalaxytourThe Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Fruit
Danish duo The Asteroids Galaxy Tour have just released their debut album, Fruit. It’s an aural journey that’s joyful and not easily describable. It blends elements of jazz, soul and funk; of synth and rock. It uses samples and loops to create something utterly unique. Think Hell by the Squirrel Nut Zippers – this album is packed with energy, great vocals, engaging sounds and a fantastic danceability. Highlights of the album are the single “The Golden Age” and the tracks “Crazy” and “Bad Fever”: they will drag your feet out onto the dance floor and will have your head bopping along unconsciously.

Super Melody – Life is Like Glass (EP)

http://www.myspace.com/supermelodyworld
This 7 track EP from ex-Architecture in Helsinki alumnus, James Cecil, revolves around fairly simple electronica. The highlights of this EP are the two tracks: “Tinder Hearted” and “I Want Your Blood”. “Tinder Hearted” has a strong electro pop sound and once you get past the one discordant point in the song, the rest is beautiful. “I Want Your Blood” relies on a strong rhythm built from a solid drumline, repetitive guitar and synth sounds to complement the dark horror edged chorus. “Champagne Glass” (and its two remixes) and “Nervous Energy” are both fairly ambient and unengaging although the remix “Nervous Energy (Thrown Back with the Luxury of Strings)” uses a string counterpoint which really brings the track together. Songs like “Tinder Hearted” and “I Want Your Blood” suggest that the upcoming album Destination Unknown should be an interesting debut.

– Chani Asha