Archive for April, 2010

4zzz opens up

April 24, 2010

It’s open day at 4zzz and we’re loving seeing all zed’s favourite subscribers!

The bake sale is going crazy with the yummiest vegan cupcakes (Oreos, how cam you go wrong?) and people have been digging out some absolute gems in the record sale.

The bands have just started and it sounds like ts going to be a great night. Main Street Brats, Dirty Bird and Hits will all be rockin out for zed so ce down and check it out!


Zedletter – 4ZzZ’s Weekly Update

April 20, 2010

Better Off Zed Day


As part of 4ZzZ’s Better off Zed week we are putting on a day of music, baked goodies, vinyl clearing and station tours .. so come to the 4ZzZ car park at St Paul’s Terrace on Saturday April 24th at about midday to have a look around the station, eat and browse.

Here’s your chance to take a look around the studios, meet announcers and volunteers and observe the inner workings of your community radio station. Bands playing on the day from 3pm are the Main Street Brats, Dirty Bird and HITS.

This is a free all ages event so bring everyone you know and come and celebrate with us!


Rumble Rock


4ZzZ’s Trash Talkin’, in association with PWA Queensland and The Jubilee Hotel present the return of Rumble Rock Wrestling!!! Be at The Jube on Sunday May 2nd for one red hot night of wild rock n roll and wrestling mayhem. See the men and women of PWA Queensland unleash hell in an epic night of carpark carnage! Featuring hardcore wrestling, women’s wrestling, tag team action and the return of Australia’s feistiest midget wrestler, Joey Russell Jnr! Assaulting your ears on the night will be the dirty, fuzzed out, hard rockin’ Lords Of Wong. They’ll be joined by Byron Bay blitzkrieg rockers The Black Stars, Pop punkers The Flangipanis and The Quickening, with their awesome blend of punk, pop and power metal.. Doors open at 7pm, the night costs $15 or a measly $5 for 4ZzZ subscribers.


Lady Electronica

This Friday 23rd April, get along to The Globe for Lady Electronica. Featuring three gorgeous acts with hot female frontwomen (Sietta, Edge of Colour and DizzyGotheca) along with DJ Mox, DJ Mangohig it all kicks off at 7pm. Presale tickets are only $15 and with every one sold, you’ll receive a free EP of your choice.

Paul Weller – one of England’s most influential and iconic musicians and songwriters – embarks on a national Australian tour this October, performing at The Tivoli in Brisbane on October 19. As leader singer of The Jam, Paul Weller fronted the most popular and influential British band of the era, he then teamed up with Mick Talbot to form The Style Council in 1983. Fans had waited more than 20 years for Paul Weller’s long-overdue, highly acclaimed and sold-out 2008 tour. Two years on, Weller returns to bring his Wake Up The Nation tour to an eagerly awaiting audience. Tickets for the Modfather’s October tour are on sale now through Ticketek 132 849 or


Interviews: Artifact (Sundays 12noon to 2pm)
This week on Artifact, Vanessa has a whole bunch of interviews for your listening pleasure. First up is an interview with actor Martin Blum about the upcoming play Waiting for Godot by The Queensland Theatre Company. Next up is Klaus Krischok (Head of Goethe Institut) who’ll be talking about the Audi Festival of German Short Films showing at Palace Centro. Moving then to Rob Davidson (musician, composer, artistic director) from Topology who’s showing at the Powerhouse. And finally, she’ll be finishing up by speaking with artist Kathy Mackay who’s showing work at The Post-tourist Mirror at the Queensland Academy of Creative Industries, Kelvin Grove.

Album Reviews:

Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron: I’m New Here (XL / Remote Control) – Chris Cobcroft
This is really quite an unusual thing. Gil Scott-Heron is a man who gave a lot to African American music and culture and probably didn’t get the recognition he deserved and also spent a lot of the last couple of decades in prison on drug charges. He sounds quite weathered now: kind of like a blues-singing Morgan Freeman, especially, of course, on all the spoken word stuff. XL head-honcho Richard Russell who produced this has used exclusively dark, electro, often industrial style beats which gives proceedings a gravitas and eeriness underscoring Gil’s tales of hard-luck life and the strengths he was able to grab from it. I imagine this could misfire quite badly, but it doesn’t seem to here. I don’t think it sits easily: more like a great, big, glittering, grizzled and leathery gila-monster in the middle of your record collection. It sits there looking at you side-on, eye-balling you and going what? What were you expecting? This is me.

Child Abuse

Child Abuse: Cut and Run (LPU Records / Inertia) – Chris Cobcroft
The many folks who professed a surprised fondness for Rolo Tomassi after the recent Soundwave festival, might find something to enjoy also in NY’s Child Abuse. Pretty uncompromising band name there. Pretty uncompromising sound too: combining death, grind, noise and free jazz in a pastiche that will melt your face.


A few week’s ago some zedders headed along to Supanova to mix with all the cosplayer and speak all things geek. If you want to check out some of the photos, head along to Zed Games‘ facebook and see if you’re in there. Here’s just a sneak peek of some of the sweet costumes.

Bowser Link

Sub Outlet: Voodoo Lulu

Voodoo Lulu

Unique couture for the Alternative You. Specialising in all forms of Alternative clothing, Bridal, Club, Corporate, Formal, as well as all forms of Corsetry, from basic lace and zip to steel bone.

Voodoo Lulu offers 10% discount to 4ZZZ Subscribers on selected merchandise.

Mon – Thurs: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Fri: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sat – Sun: 10:00am – 5:30pm

Phone: 07 3257 0060
240 Brunswick Street, Brisbane, Australia, 4006


A Few Quick CD Reviews

April 18, 2010

Been away for a while.

Please find on the “more” button some reviews of the music that has found its way into my ears. These little tidbits of reviews will, I hope, inspire some to check out the artists.

So, in no particular order I present.

Henry Manetta and The Trip

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The Optimen

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

Sianna Lee

Will Stoker and The Embers

The Art Of Sleeping




Art art art

April 15, 2010

Find it difficult to meet people?
I do.
Have you ever stood alone in a gallery or at a gig, looking at the show while also stealing looks at the interesting people around you? Never had the guts to talk to them? WELL, now’s your chance to meet some new people without the terror of rejection
Post Datum is holding a evening all tied up in knots with Relational Aesthetics (my new favourite movement)
Alina Barnett brings it tomorrow night to our very own Metro Arts.

She calls it “Speed Mate-ing” (yes I already know about the sexual innuendo, but it’s not a very good one…so slow down ’speedy’). And because we all ‘like’ controlled environments here in Brisbane (hint hint), Speed Mate-ing sets up the situation, and all you have to do is talk and hope nothing too revealing comes out.

Though I always appreciate honesty.

So come along, I’d like to meet you.

630 for a 7pm start

Level 4
Metro Arts on Friday 16th
109 Edward St, Brisbane

– Kate Mary P.

Zedletter – 4ZzZ’s Weekly Update!

April 6, 2010


Hey cricket lovers! The finals of the Twenty-20 cricket in association with Brisbane Bands Cricket Competition are being held this Saturday 10th April at 25 Pinnibar Street, Hemmant.

The day kicks off with the first game starting at 9am. The final will kick off at 1pm.

We have a 4ZzZ team playing as well as other teams formed from other music industry institutions and groups.

There will be a canteen open for refreshments but bring along an esky if you prefer the more “adult” refreshments.



Brightblack Morning  Light

Misteltone are offering 4ZzZ subscribers a chance to purchase 2-for-1 tickets to Brightblack Morning Light, Saturday April 10th at The Troubadour. From the desert mountains of New Mexico, Brightblack Morning Light embraces the psychedelic moment with a cosmic blend of folk rock, spirit anthems and freak exploration. Special guests are Rio En Medio — featuring Brightblack keyboardist and Devenda Banhart protegee, Danielle Stech-Homsy — and Brisbane’s own experimental folk guitarist, Anonymeye. To take advantage of this great deal visit: and enter the password ‘mistletone’.

Hot on the heels of their nationwide ‘Makes Me Sick’ EP Tour through late 2009, The Shake Up will be rockin’ across Australia again in 2010 to launch their new single, ‘Everybody Loves It’! You can catch them at Rics on Saturday 10th April with Cadillac.


Gamers and geeks get ready because the Supanova Pop Culture Expo is back! Gathered from the wonderful worlds of sci-fi, pulp TV/movies, console gaming, trading cards, animation, comic books and many more, Supanova is where all the fans gather to dress up in cosplay and have fun. Celebrity guests (including James Marsters, from Buffy and Karl Urban from The Lord of the Rings), tournaments, special events, exclusive screenings and much more! Head to the RNA Showgrounds from April 9th to 11th to check out all the action. 4ZzZ will also have their own stall, so come along and say hi!

Martial Arts Expo

Martial Arts enthusiasts will converge at Brisbane’s Old Museum on Sunday 11th April for Queensland’s largest Martial Arts Expo. The Expo hosts exhibitor stalls and three large training halls offering 23 master classes with some of Australia’s most experienced Martial Arts instructors. Head to for more information and Zed subscribers get 10% of the ticketed price. 

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones makes her long overdue return to Australian shores. The highly influential, Grammy Award winning, multi-million selling US singer-songwriter, performs at QPAC Concert Hall in Brisbane Monday 31st May. Tickets on sale Monday 12th April. Rickie Lee Jones will be showcasing tracks from her 14th and latest studio album Balm In Gilead (Universal Music, 2009) and well as tracks from her extensive back catalogue. For ticket info call QTix 136 246 or head to




Breakfast Will Tear Us Apart (Mondays 6am to 9am)
The Riptides are reforming for one show only – from 4-5 pm on Sunday April 18th at the Great Court of the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland. Its all part of UQ’s centenary celebrations. Around 7:45am, Andrew Bartlett be talking with Riptides main man Mark Callaghan about the show, The Riptides history including their formation while he was at UQ over 30 years ago (when ZZZ was just a young pup itself).


Transponder (Saturdays 8pm to 10pm)
This Saturday on Transponder, Robert will be joined by the lovely girls who have created BATS magazine, a local Brisbane street press. Also he’ll be interviewing some of the people involved in the local roller derby league, the Northern Brisbane Rollers. He’s a busy little bee isn’t he?

Aussie Live and Local (Saturdays 4pm to 6pm)
The Snatch, local Brisbane rockers and loyal Zed sub band (, will feature in a Live and Local set on Aussie Live and Local Show this Saturday around 4.30pm. Robyn will also interview visiting band Voss from Canberra.

Album Reviews:


Bonobo – Black Sands
Black Sands is the fourth album from British musician Bonobo (Simon Green), and is his first release in four years. If you really enjoy downtempo, electronic instrumental music and, like me, it’s been a while since you’ve heard something that’s stood out and had you love it; this album is for you. It’s 55 minutes of a kind of downtempo trip hop with beautifully layered instrumentals that will have you listening over and over. A layered, complicated sound that never feels messy, Black Sands is already one of my 2010 favourites. Out April 16.
– Michael Campbell

Teen Archer

Teen Archer – Teen Archer
This Melbourne outfit is very much as messy and lo fi as any of the so-called ‘sh*tgaze’ bands of recent (last couple of years) critical stardom in the US. These guys are much more listenable than a lot of them, too. Arty punk, post-punk, and sheer, rough as guts noise. If you were truly fashionable you’d be playing it at your next dinner party … and everyone would leave.
– Chris Cobcroft

The Ruby Suns

The Ruby Suns – Fight Softly
It’s been a while since we’ve had a record from New Zealand and what a doozy! This is like pouring a technicolour milkshake into your ear. If you took Animal Collective and beat them till they promised to go even more pop than ever before and then forced them to have a love- child with the Pet Shop Boys, this is what it might sound like. It is easy to see why Sub Pop snapped these folks up and a total testament to just how good this band is.
– Chris Cobcroft



FUSION Youth Engagement Project

Make your voice heard and help shape the state of Queensland! If you’re between the ages of 12 and 25, the Redcliffe Youth Space want to hear what you have to say. You’re the future of our state and we want to know what you’re thinking! Your responses will help shape future Youth Policy.

The Queensland Government has asked Youth Services to discover your opinions on issues like changes to the drivers licensing laws, the push to raise the drinking age to 21, public safety, violence, bullying, body image and mental health! Your responses will be kept completely confidential. We want you to make your mark on Queensland’s future! Stand up! Speak out! Be heard… and go into the draw for an iPod touch!

Jump online and visit for more information.

Show applications:


Show applications are now open for the next 4ZzZ on air block. If you are interested in hosting a show every week then you will need to be a current subscriber, have completed 50 hours of volunteer hours at the station and have either completed our announcer training or have had previous experience presenting a show.

The next block will commence on July 1st and will include the SUMMER BLOCK from 31 December 2010 to 31 January 2011. The 2011 grid will begin in February 2011 and block applications will go out in November.

Email your application (available here) to by MIDNIGHT, 23rd April 2010. If you have any queries or questions about applying for a show then email through to

Independent Art Extravaganza

April 6, 2010

Metro Arts has been around for 30years. Obviously I haven’t been going there for that long, but everytime I do it seems to get better and better. Sure, it took me almost 6months in the year of 2004 to get the guts to walk up the stairwell, but ever since I did there’s been no looking back. She’s a tough old broad. You’ve got to love her.

Wednesday night – 7th April from 6pm

Aside from being free, Metro Arts will be hosting opening nights and performance.  A veritable  ‘come one, come all’ local art/independent overload.
With alcohol by donation.

3 levels of galleries
Open artist studios and the
Sue Benner theatre (performing Single Admissions)

Names mean nothing (unless those names are familiar). But shall we briefly preview?

Yes yes, do lets.

>    Local ARI No Frills* are hosting Brooke Ferguson’s solo show Full Stop in Studio 3.1 (that’s 6 flights of stairs)
>    Courtney Coombs presents 11:59 – a site specific solo work – how do you engage with a gallery space? Courtney moves in to explore this idea.
> Judith Kentish will be showing Comforter. Her ‘hair stuffed works’ exploring ideas of disorientation, disconnection, intimacy and distance against the  backdrop of crafting, touching and looking.
>    Speaking of touching, Stephen Russell & Jose V present a collaborative exhibition of sexually explicit/erotic work in Studio 3.2, Kinkdom Cum (2 reasons for 6 flights of stairs)

I think you should come. It’ll be fun.


April 4, 2010

A recent article in the courier mail “newspaper” stated that Australian films are too depressing. If the highly diverse and impressive selection of films at the inaugural West End Film Festival is anything to go by, then that couldn’t possibly be further from the truth. Not that writing something that couldn’t possibly be further from the truth is exactly unheard of for that particular publication, of course.

Festival Director Mike Witt stated on the WEFF website:

West End is Brisbane’s artistic hub and holds massive cultural significance to Queensland. The West End Film Festival has absorbed these flavours, producing a unique cinema experience for our patrons. I want the festival to become a part of West End’s artistic landscape and the people of Brisbane to feel like they have real ownership over it”

The inaugural WEFF festival delivered on this and then some. Holding the event out the back of one of Brisbane’s favourite bars was an inspired move. It meant that drinks were cheap, music was flavoured with real funk (bass lines played by bass players not apple macs) and the clientele was diverse, enthusiastic and supportive. The décor was an remarkable collection of chandeliers and furniture constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials themed to create a classically West End style ambience.

Sadly I don’t have the space to do each short the full write up it deserves, so I’m going to focus on my favourite five for the evening.

Between the lines: Initiation of Adam Hill

A truly beguiling documentary about one of Australia’s foremost contemporary indigenous artists and his experiences as a child of a mixed race marriage. Between the Lines focuses not only on Hill’s impressive achievement’s as a visual artist, but on his heritage and personal journey.  Hill’s father is an equally fascinating figure who could very easily justify a feature length piece of his own.


The title pretty much sums it up.

The Covenant of Mr Kasch

This was easily one of the top ten best live stop motion art films about a love triangle between a French clown, his dead lover and a panda girl I’ve seen all year.

(No I’m not kidding and yes you must see this film.)


Shot in Sydney and across Vietnam, Transient is the story of the transcontinental birth and subsequent decay of a relationship. Gorgeously shot and beautifully narrated. Basically the kind of love story that Hollywood couldn’t make if you held a gun to its head.

“Whoo, slow down there ace! You’re saying you want us to make a LOVE story and NOT cast Jennifer Aniston OR Rachel McAdams? Next you’ll be telling us that you don’t want to have the Black Eyed Peas on the soundtrack. What the hell is this a HORROR film or something?!”

Economic Hitmen

Achieving the rare feat of being hysterically amusing whilst incredibly politically insightful, this session’s prizetaker is a short, sharp and witty look at modern international economic politics. Anyone who can make that funny deserves not only a short film festival award but some sort of diamond-studded jetpack as well. If we could just get his guy to direct two minute pieces on wave–particle duality, the history of the French revolution and advanced trigonometry we could all just skip high school altogether.

I’m going to assume that the 3rd session was just as good as the second, but unfortunately I only got review tickets for the middle session. On the plus side I did get drunk with a cute PhD student. You know what I hated about the West End Film Festival? NOTHING. That’s what. The inaugural WEFF showcased some of the country’s most innovative and talented film-makers and makes a very exciting addition to Brisbane’s cultural calendar.