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 www.islandvibe.com.au.




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.


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