Archive for October, 2010

Another day another dollar Donny.

October 29, 2010

Thank god I can spend all day watching live NBA games on 1 and still go out & kick it w/ the rest of the world @ night- otherwise I’d totally get bummed out ’cause I missed seeing kyü at the (lovely) old museum and in some future reality I’d finally go see them at the Hifi bar and spend the whole time stuck to the floor, guzzling $10 beers in a state of harrowing regret…

Friday 29th Oct;

– Kyu / Pikelet / Nimble Animal @ Old Museum (Cnr of Gregory Terrace and Bowen Bridge Rd
Spring Hill) 8pm, $10 (srsly you aren’t going to more heartfelt warm smiles in your heart for $10).

– Talkshow Boy / Laura Hill @ Ric’s (FREE) (Talkshow Boy is NUTS. Not everyone’s cup of tea but if you dig Gameboys, electronics & getting yelled at-this will be the best place to invest your $0.00).

Saturday 30th Oct;

– Dimi Dero Inc / Hits / Obliterati @ Troubadour (8pm/$12) (!!!)

– Ice Cube / Scorcher / Briggs @ Tivoli (8pm/$89) (Ice Cube is both the best rapper AND best actor in the world…- & Briggs is totally badass, but this one is for millionaires and dealers only. I might have to stay at home and watch All About The Benjamins 2 or 3 times and huff some glue instead).

– Oh Ye Denver Birds / Ghoul (SYD) / Toy Balloon / Tiny Migrants @ The Zoo (8pm/$10) (Maybe I’ll pass on the glue and just hit up the Zoo instead- killer bands AND it’s being billed as a halloween party-so go get your freak on).

I was hoping to post a picture of zombie Ice Cube-but google images failed me-failed us all.

PS Why didn’t anyone inform me Brian Wilson / Chicago / America / Peter Frampton were tearin’ up the Riverstage?? POWERHOUSES. (my pick for worst best tour ever envisioned)


Island Vibe!

October 29, 2010

The 4ZZZ crew are heading on over to Straddie to record, blog and tweet all the hightlights of the Island Vibe Festival, just in case you can’t make it!



October 26, 2010


We are the Champions!

The team at 4ZZZ as been awarded the Excellence in Training Award at The Voxies – community broadcasting’s prestigious awards ceremony.

The winners of the Voxies were announced at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s National Conference in Hobart at a glittering awards ceremony on Saturday, October 23. More than fifty stations across Australia were nominated as Voxies finalists. However, having made an outstanding contribution to broadcasting in our community, 4ZZZ’s triumph was well deserved.

4ZZZ received the Excellence in Training gong for their workshops held at the State Library of Queensland’s digital culture hub The Edge. Workshops have covered everything from podcasting to starting your own band. Our lovely training coordinator, Giordana Caputo, says this award recognizes the community broadcasting sector’s contribution to new media and digital culture in Australia.

4ZZZ was also a finalist in the Best Spoken Word or News and Current Affairs category and the Digital Media category (for Zedletter!).




4ZZZ Presents Raggamuffin 2011, Starring reggae’s greatest LIVE on stage. Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, Sean Paul, The Original Wailers, Black Seeds, Ki Mani Marley & The Red Eyes. Pines Rivers Park, January 30. Tickets on sale Wednesday November 3 from Ticketmaster, but we have a special pre-sale discount option for subscribers! Gain access to tickets before the general public and for the exclusive special discount price of $109! Simply click here during the presale period and enter the password ‘REGGAE’. Presale runs from 9am Wednesday 27 October to 9pm Thursday 28 October. General public tickets for all shows on sale 9am Wednesday 3 November.


Mouse on Mars

Mouse On Mars is one of the few electronic bands to stand the test of time. Constantly reinventing themselves, they have taken electronica to new heights with a unique blend of sound annihilation, fragmented melodies and an impassioned hatred of conformity! Mouse On Mars, playing live in Brisbane at the Zoo, Wednesday October 27 with special guests QUA, B6 and Anonymeye. Tickets are available through Oztix, the Zoo, the usual outlets… and perhaps there may be a ticket or two up for grabs in the giveaways section of this here Zedletter #justsayin.

Bec Laughton launches her debut EP “At First Sight” at the Fort on Wednesday October 27 with support from Mark Lowndes and Sammy J, break-dance sensation Zennith and some fly solo jazz piano. It’s all ages and $15 entry which includes a free CD!

The Oyster Murders

The Oyster Murders launch the first single of their new EP “Whatever became of Marie St Clair?”, at the Zoo on Thursday October 28.The show will be the first chance to hear the newest episode of ambient pop goodness, unless you’re one of the band members’ mums. Support will come from Princess Rodeo and Bodywire.


On Friday October 29, Ipswich rock punkers 1.1.1 will officially kick off their album fundraiser in the Star Bar at The Jubilee Hotel. Also hitting the stage will be Shotgun Halo, Graveyard Rumble, Anger in Motion and Benny Cash with a Johnny Cash Tribute. Doors open at 7pm and entry is $8 or $6 for 4ZZZ subscribers.

Pensive Penguin
Wry, wistful and whimsically witty, Pensive Penguin is a Brisbane based indie outfit crafting timeless ditties with a lyrical bent. Fresh from a 2 week tour along the east coast of Australia in support of their debut EP, Pensive Penguin are launching in their hometown of Brisbane at the Zoo on Friday October 29 with special guests Lion Island and Kennigo. Tix are only $10 on the door and the fun kicks off from 8pm.

Six Ft Hick

Celebrating 15 years behind and on top of bars – the band rock and roll couldn’t kill – Six Ft Hick, bring their amphetamine-swamp to Woodland on Friday October 29 for a birthday shakedown and 7 inch launch packed full of beer-filled jumping castles, sad clowns on acid and nude twister… maybe. Turning 15 never felt so wrong… Helping blow out the candles will be No Anchor and Feathers… mmmm.. yummy.. It’s an action packed night you’ll be sure to forget. Tickets are $15 on the door, don’t be late.

The Good Ship

The Good Ship, Dead Shades and The Bon Scotts (Melbourne) play the Troubadour on Friday October 29. Doors open at 8pm, tix are $12 at the door or $10+bf if bought from OzTix.

On Saturday October 30, the Step Inn hosts the Monster of all Halloween events, The Halloween Monsters Ball. The venue will be transformed into a haunted hotel, with fun Halloween themed rooms including ‘ The Voodoo Lounge’ and the ‘Spiders Lair’ and will feature live bands – The Hard-Ons, The Quickening, Our Last Enemy (SYD), Celebrity Morgue (SYD), The Black Market and more! There’ll be comedy by Crazy Nafe, burlesque by Bella De Jac and Amelie Lu Lu, a freakshow by Damaged Goods, market stalls and DJs until 5am! Tickets available now through OZtix, and at Rocking Horse Records for only $15.

Dimi Dero Inc

Mere Noise Records present Dimi Dero Inc. direct from Paris, France. Launching their LP “Cremation Day in the Court of Miracles” and joined by HITS launching their new 7” single “Gates of Steel”. Also appearing is Penny Ikinger at 1am and other special guests. All at The Troubadour on Saturday October 30.

Island Vibe

Island Vibe – Australia’s finest eco festival celebrating music, dance, arts and Island Culture. Island Vibe runs over three magical days from October 29-30 at Home Beach on Minjerribah (Stradbroke island), less than two hours from downtown Brisbane. This year’s line-up features local and international acts including Ladi6, King Kapisi, Groundation, Paula Fuga, Opiuo, Mista Savona, Bunna Lawrie and heaps more. For more info, head to




Saturday Brisbane Line (Saturdays 12pm to 1pm)
Saturday Brisbaneliners Goodtime Gallagher and Cagey Kimber and on the hunt this week for David Suzuki as he visits Brisbane to talk human history, tune in to here the wrap up.


Album Reviews:

El Guincho

El Guincho: Pop Negro (Young Turks / XL / Remote Control)
It is hard not to be swept up in the indie-dance euphoria of El Guincho. Pablo Diaz-Reixa brings together afro-beat and tropicalia (and Spanish language lyrics) with the sweet synths and percussive rhythms the indie kids of today are into. Apparently this album also represents his tribute to super-producers of the 80s and 90s which – I think – has something (Michael Jacksony) to do with the rather odd title for the record (in Spanish it would just mean black pop). Whatever, you could be forgiven for just putting it out of your mind and dancing!

The Bon Scotts

The Bon Scotts: Oddernity (Pop Boomerang)
The twee indie-pop of non-acca-dacca-imitating Melbournites is uplifted by smart, funny and slightly hysterical lyrics on tracks like We Like War. Not that it needed too much uplifting, this is a lovely, slightly experimental and a little bit folky slice of pop.

– 4ZZZ Music Department


4ZZZ Welcomes New Interns!
The 4ZZZ music department will be buzzing with newbies in coming weeks. Noise artist and QUT student Lewis O’Leary has taken up the challenge, along with gypsy folk musician Jade Channells and joining them is Jay Edwards, a young man who knows more about music than anyone his age ought to. Pop into the music department and say hi, and if you’re a sub band don’t forget to drop in your latest recordings! We also send a big thank you to ongoing vollies, Jessi Whitby and Liza Harvey for their contributions as interns.

The 4ZZZ Annual General Meeting is on next Wednesday November 3 at 6pm, Bleeding Heart Gallery 166 Ann St, the City. All subs are welcome, If you can’t make it to vote you have until this Friday to submit a proxy. A list of those nominating for the 4ZZZ board this year can be found here.

Get Up, Get Out (get on down) (in our town)

October 22, 2010

After a huge week of killer live music (including the likes D!D!D!, Dead Meadow, Sage Francis & Baroness) I was left with massive bags under my eyes, an empty wallet and a questionable amount of permanent marker spalshed all over my arms (Scott Baio is making a BIG comeback-I can assure you). Even though I might have felt like quite the raggamuffin, I did also feel alive- stay off the crack, kids- get on this life shit everyone seems to be diggin on so hard. B.a.n.a.n.a.n.a.n.a.s.

There’s some top talent coming our way so get on board and get involved;

Friday 22nd Oct (tonight)

– Mirah (USA) (PS: She’s GREAT) @ Lofly Hangar (Redhill – all ages / BYO – great venue)

– Eagle & The Worm / Ball Park Music / Blame Ringo @ The Troubdour ($10 which is totz magoatz a bargin)

– Nikko (100th show BOOM) / Mahal Kita / Running Guns / Gerald Keaney & The Gerald Keaneys @ The Nest (Davies Park, West End)

Saturday 23rd Oct

– 4ZZZ Carpark Gig (!) Pastel Blaze / Stag / Loose Grip @ 4ZZZ Carpark (2-6pm, FREE, all ages)

– Andrew Morris / Mexico City @ The Troubadour

– Howl / Parties Of Interzone / Velociraptor @ Club House (downstairs at Tempo)

PS- Come to the carpark gig @ the 4ZZZ carpark dumdums, unless you hate fun in the sun

PPS- Brisbane zombie walk on Sunday, so probs just ignore the trembling horde of the undead if you’re not a fan of getting your freak on.

Rave safe kids.

Punkfest – Support Your Local Scene

October 19, 2010


by Kenada Quinlan

Punkfest has evolved from humble beginnings to touring national and international acts while remaining true to their cause by supporting bands at a local level. Established approximately 6 years ago by Cathy Burton, Jack Gillespe and Chris Burton or ‘Sarge’ [R.I.P.] from Toerag, and later, friend and fellow visionary Briony stepping in to help after Chris was tragically killed in a car accident.

Exposing incredible independent talent with the help of volunteers over the years, Cathy Burton sheds some light on where the movement is now and how you can get involved.

Cathy Burton and Otto from Mouthguard

What happened on the night Punkfest come to life?
Punkfest kind of grew out of the East Brisbane punk scene initially…A specific night? I guess I’d have to say when two scruffy punks walked into the Aussie Nash and asked if their band Toerag and some other local street punks could play there. Jack Rag came up with the name Punkfest and it was initially only at the Nash until it was closed for reno’s. But they were great shows and there were still heaps of bands out there looking for gigs, so Briony (and later Chris Converse) and I continued running it through other venues.

[The shows are] mostly at the Jubilee and more recently at the Prince of Wales. I love the POW it really remands me of the Aussie Nash where we started. It’s one of the few remaining real pubs left – it’s genuinely unpretentious and with a great vibe and atmosphere.

How much work is involved – are you juggling several projects/lives at once?
More than you would think! And it is definitely a juggle. As well as Punkfest I’m booking for a couple of other venues as well- both of whom are looking for shows every Friday and Saturday so I’m constantly on the lookout for independent promoters/labels etc. (of any genre) to help out there. I have a full-time job as well so it makes for a very hectic schedule.

How can people get involved?
CALL ME! My number is 0416 640 013. Punkfest is non profit so people help out strictly as volunteers and we never have enough volunteers – so any involvement is greatly appreciated. Especially graphic artists and people who are keen to get involved in the promotional side of things.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about becoming an Independent Promoter?
Don’t do it for the money. You’ll go broke or mad, if the stress doesn’t kill you. If you do it for the love of the music and the industry you’ll have the time of your life and meet some incredible people.

What’s on the horizon for Punkfest?
On the immediate horizon we’re really looking forward to Blowhards CD launch on Nov. 13th and The Go Sets CD launch tour on Nov 20th both at the Jubilee.

October 30th we have a SKA and Reggae night at the Prince of Wales Hotel with SKA MASTERS from the UK, and SKA legend, Chris Murray from USA.

Stalwarts TOPNOVIL are heading our way as well in November. So lots coming up as well as some surprises that I have to keep under wraps at the moment!

Get In Touch:

Check out Punkfest on myspace at

Or if you’re interested in volunteering, promoting or you;re in a punk band, send Cathy Burton an email.

Zedletter – 4ZZZ’s Weekly Newsletter

October 15, 2010

Everyone’s a Winner

4ZZZ has been nominated for three Voxie awards (the Community media equivalent of the Walkley Awards).
We’ll be heading to Hobart for the Awards Dinner, so wish us luck!
Excellence in Digital Media– 4ZZZ Zedletter (that’s us YAYAY!)
Excellence in Training– 4ZZZ The Edge Space to Play Workshops
Excellence in Spoken Word, News and Current Affairs Programming– 4ZZZ BrisbaneLine

Checkout more here:


Dayzzzz of the Dead – An art exhibition honouring all things dead.
21st of October to the 2nd of November, Inspire Gallery Bar, 71 Vulture Street, West End. Proudly presented by Artifact – The Arts Show on Radio 4ZZZ.
Dayzzz of the Dead’s Opening Night Party is on Saturday the 23rd of October and features live music by Ilona Harker from 7.30pm
Check the 4ZZZ website for all details!


Heathen Skulls are proud to present the return of Los Angeles’s most psychic hard rock ensemble, Dead Meadow! They will be returning to Australian shores to blast out a wave of sonic riffs into the minds of those in tune with their psychic cosmos, Friday October 15 at The Globe Theatre w/ Slug Guts & Feathers. For tickets go to

The Rooftops

Introducing The Rooftops. Well known in Brisbane from their long term inner city residency at The Bowery in Fortitude Valley, The Rooftops’ infectious, feet-friendly grooves, soulful storytelling and sun-drenched vibes has seen them develop a strong and dedicated home town fan base. Catch them this Friday October 15 at The Joynt.

The Snatch

Local dirty rock quartet The Snatch have just released their self titled debut EP available now at Rockinghorse Records and online at iTunes. In support of this release, The Snatch will be teaming up with The New Jack Ruby’s and Los Heuvos for some Brisbane shows in October and November. Check for more details.

Strike a Chord

Did you know, the most common age to sustain a spinal cord injury is between 15 and 30, which accounts for, on average, 42% of all people who sustain a spinal cord injury. Strike a Chord is a charity event for the Spinal Injuries Association to be held at the Tempo Hotel, Stage Door room, on Sunday November 7 from 3pm. Bands include: Ninth of May, Alibrandi, Perspektiv and A Family of Strangers. Not bad for $10, hey?

St. George Bank Brisbane International Film Festival provides a focus for film culture in Queensland by showcasing the best and most interesting cinema from around the world. Each year the festival draws film enthusiasts to view an entertaining mix of local and international films, retrospectives and colourful events that embrace the vibrant art of filmmaking. The Opening Night kicks off on Thursday November 4. Programs, venue and ticket information for the St. George BIFF will be available in the lead up to the event. Check for more info.

Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds fuse dub, funk, and soul, with a classic reggae base. After forming in 1997, The Black Seeds have a gold album, two double-platinum selling albums, and a masterful 8-piece live show regarded as one of the finest in New Zealand. Playing live at the HiFi supported by Kingfisher on October 14.

Perth’s global gallivanters Tame Impala are fresh back from their virgin voyage around the USA in time to announce their Spring Australian Tour. Since the recent release of their debut record, InnerSpeaker, there’s been no rest for the Perth four-piece! They will be playing live in Brisbane on Saturday October 16 at The Tivoli.


Album Reviews:

Die! Die! Die!

Die! Die! Die!: Form (Flying Nun / Remote Control / Inertia)
It is interesting how this band’s sound has flip-flopped around. From their original rawness to the hard, bright sheen imparted by Steve Albini … and I can’t even remember what their last one sounded like, except I don’t think I liked it. This latest version, produced by Nick Roughan from the Skeptics and out on a newly revived Flying Nun is still very much post-punk and also brings great edifices of shoe-gaze guitar noise, but all produced in a profoundly restrained manner, as though the onslaught of their sound -even as it shocks with its ferocity- like a blizzard, chills you to the bone. I would be very pleased if Die! Die! Die! decided to stick with this particular sound.


Mogwai: Special Moves (Spunk)
For a lot of bands the live context is not especially their friend. Mogwai by contrast are preternaturally atuned to it. Their sinuous, post-rock energy comes alternately in whispers and then roars and pulses hypnotically across this live record. The selection of tunes is like a (very welcome) greatest hits, too, spanning their discography. Really this is a special treat from a band that are one of the defining reasons we like this kind of music.

– 4ZZZ Music Department


Live Review:

Charlie Mayfair

Charlie Mayfair Filmclip Lauch
Clubhouse 09.10.10

“Never start a review with an excuse” has always been drummed in to me. But sadly on this account I must. I chose a warm shower over getting to Clubhouse early to see the brilliance that is Montpelier. On this occasion they were appearing as a rare dynamic duo and from all accounts it was a show not to be missed. Damn.

Up next were Bonfire Nights, some pretty cool kids with vocal harmonies and a fair bit of attitude. The two piece were expanded to a three piece to include a drummer who, let’s face it, stole the show for me. She had this intensity about her that made for some amazing drumming.

Dan Parsons then took to the stage, joined by a seemingly-unrecognisable-to-me Steve Grady – maybe it was just because he was wearing a hat. Dan, dressed like he just finished a day at Rydell High, delighted with tracks from his album and finished with my personal fave, ‘Firestarter’.

Charlie Mayfair

Kicking things off for Charlie Mayfair was the reason why we were all invading personal space and sweating more than we should have – the film clip for ‘If I Fell Down’. Such a beautiful clip that involved A LOT of hairspray and black eyeshadow – or maybe that was just soot from the ever burning campfire. The kids themselves then delighted us with their presence and wow, they sure know how to sing. Dropping some newer songs, they bounced around the stage with their cuteness and their shakers before a live rendition of ‘If I Fell Down’ prompted a crowd sing-a-long. Charlie Mayfair finished up their set with ‘Bluewater’, the amazing tom-heavy, buzzing-bass and soaring-vocal affair that saw them have just a bit of fun jumping around the stage bashing things. Such a joyful end to the night.

– Rachel Tinney


i make. you wear it.

i make. you wear it.
‘i make. you wear it.’ is a fashion project by the lovely Rachel Burke who aims to make a dress a week (in a very short timeframe on a Saturday afternoon mind you) to raise $25,000 for NAPCAN: Preventing Child Abuse in Australia. You can follow her quite amusing and amazing blog (and even donate to her cause!) at or have a bit of a read on our blog to check out an interview I recently did with her.

– Rachel Tinney


Cyber City

Welcome To The Future…
– In the future, your menu will offer you ridiculous amounts of options, including such delicious treats as ‘Pig Intestines with Vegetables’ and ‘Cold Jellyfish’.
– In the future, not only will your restaurant serve food, but also provide you with karaoke, a pool hall and gaming arcade housing the most skill-testers per square foot in the southern hemisphere (arguable).
– In the future, wine will be drunk from tumblers, Chinese pop music will be played at ear bleeding levels and fish tanks will most certainly NOT be cleaned.

Welcome To Cyber City 2002… The Future!
This probably isn’t what the promotional flyers said decades ago when this place landed from the far reaches of the MSG galaxy but today, it’s just a few small reasons as to why this restaurant will keep you laughing pre or post party pig-out. And has it been mentioned that through all this, the food is just amazing?! Seriously, better prawn toast and singapore noodles are yet to be located, especially at 1am on a Tuesday.

Join the appreciation society on Facebook and you to can look into what the future holds – for your stomach at least.

– Benny Doyle

4ZZZ Music Department Picks- Sept 2010

October 12, 2010

Recommendations by the 4ZzZ-FM Music Dept from stuff that went into our library for the month of September.

I think I’ve been wearing too much cheese-cloth this month because all my personal faves appear to be seriously folky. From the fey and gorgeous icelandic language singing Olof Arnalds to the Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell channeling Martha Tilston and the bizarre yet beautiful melding of classical and indie-folk carried off so brilliantly by Clogs.


i make. you wear it.

October 12, 2010

Week 10

by Rachel Tinney

‘i make. you wear it.’ is a fashion project by the lovely Rachel Burke who aims to make a dress a week (in a very short timeframe on a Saturday afternoon mind you) to raise $25,000 for NAPCAN: Preventing Child Abuse in Australia. You can follow her quite amusing and amazing blog (and even donate to her cause!) at OR read on and see what happens when Rachel is interviewed by another Rachel.

Firstly, the all-important ‘why’. Why did you decide to make a dress a week to raise some cash?
Making dresses quickly is something that I’ve always been a touch good at – it’s acted as a trick I have just in case I’m having a ‘I hate everything in my wardrobe day’. However, the idea to turn this light hobby into a full on challenge stemmed from an EPIC desire to do something creative that I had conceived myself. I am a human that works well under pressure, so I thought that setting myself some sort of goal would be really exciting – doing it for charity thus tied in delightfully!

And why NAPCAN?At the point when I decided that I would like to do the project for charity, I was still a little unsure about who to choose. After doing some research however, I came across NAPCAN (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) and after reading up on their work they really stood out as the charity I wanted to help. Having known friends and acquaintances affected by child abuse/neglect, their work on prevention is really important.

Week 7

You make a dress each Saturday for a lovely lady, does their personality inspire the dress?
It sure does. Initially I had thought about theming each week – having a hawaiian week, a persian week, a fancy dress week. But then I came to my senses and realised that this was a rubbish idea, and that simply basing each dress to the loveliness of whichever girl I was doing it for made much more sense. To assist with this, each week I get the girl I am making for to fill out a short questionnaire. From this I pull out colour preferences, style ideas and begin formulating designs that I feel will best suit their individual personality.

What happens to the dresses once they’ve been made and paraded in the Valley for all to see?
They get returned to me and I put them in a box! There will be a final auction in January of all the pieces (all proceeds go to NAPCAN of course!) and the girls will have the opportunity to bid on their frocks if they desire – as will all other humans in attendance!

I hear you sew the dresses while the girls are wearing them, have you ever accidentally sewn something you shouldn’t have?
O gosh, yes! The other week i sewed straight threw the tip of my finger (GOOD JOB), and I have been known to give the occasional lady a tiny stab during the fitting. It is dangerous work. Very dangerous.

The dresses aren’t the only way you’re trying to raise money. What else are you making?
I’m making headbands, socks, badges and other bits and pieces on the side to contribute to my fundraising tally! I am also hoping to do a bake sale in the near future too to raise funds! Think: i bake. you eat it…..soo exciting!

Week 8

And now for some quick, quick questions! First thing that pops into your mind when you think of…

Fire alarms going off: RUN!
Rainy days: Napping
Popcorn: Butter
Bloomers: Bottoms
Avocado: Mine
Dominoes: These girls fall…