Thursday, August 28, 2008

can't WAIT!

totes devo (DEV-oh not DEE-vo)



people like to call them 'devoted' for short but i want to start a movement to call them 'the few'.

the new few record 'baby, you're a vampire' is finallyyyyyy done and done with a release date slated for november. the sydney 6-piece are currently doing all that fun stuff you do before releasing like making videos, organising tours and adding myspace friends.

the album was recorded by scotty horscroft at bjb and mixed by jacquire king in nashville. jacquire has worked with kings of leon (produced the new album), tom waits, modest mouse, third eye blind (!) etc. and also has quite the australian flavour to his discography with work on releases by 67 special, dappled cities, end of fashion and the few. ozzie, ozzie, ozzie.

*ANECDOTE BREAK... while mixing in nashville, ben and barry from the band were caught in a flash flood/hurricane alert. the hurricane alarms went off everywhere and ben turned, paled faced to a local and said 'what we do if a hurricane come..' (real southern and stuff to which she replied 'y'all just find you a ditch and jump in it!'

'the few' are currently previewing tracks on their myspace and you can download one of the new tracks right hurrrr.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

diamond girl



I don't understand why she is wearing a bikini, or why she and wayne pretend to be a couple towards the clip's end. gross.

That aside, Cassie's phrasing is so cleaver. She sings around the beat. It may be Ryan Leslie's influence, or perhaps she is just THAT talented. I think it's Leslie:



After being signed in 2003, he is finally releasing his debut record October 21 (49 days and counting.) I am so excited! Three cheers!!!!



With Diamond Girl, and Addiction already out and killing it (both are available from iTunes USA), I am am pretty confident the album is going to be the soundtrack to my Sydney Summer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

bro's before...



So KCi & JoJo played a show at the Enmore Saturday night? Who knew? Did you go? I couldn't get tickets.

Anyway, check out the video above (about 1.50 min in). JoJo walked off stage for about 5 minutes, then came back out to sing 'All My Life' and passed out mid song. Dopealicious!

BUT K-Ci wants y'all to know that his bro JoJo did NOT pass out because of drugs. Here are some things that were revealed...

- The 20 hour flight did a number on his body.
- His 'epileptic' was playing up.
- KCi also to be blamed was Bill Gates for 'inventing the computer', frustrated by all the drug claims being hurled at his bro on the internets.
- K-Ci said he didn't show concern when JoJo 'passed out' mid-way through their song because laying down on stage is something that JoJo occasionally does when they perform.
- And to prove that the bros don't do drugs, he said he can't even spell the word 'cocaine' and that he avoids drinking coke because it sounds too much like 'cocaine'.

I'm fine with that. Makes sense.

Monday, August 25, 2008

hoops decent



this one's going to be pretty epic. it's basically the hoops festival and to get your in the mood until friday, here is their damn fine mini mix featuring...

Get It Up (Radioclit Mix feat. M.I.A. and Gorilla Zoe) - Santogold
Cobrastyle (Radioclit Remix) - Teddybears
Roof (DJ Ayres Remix) - 45 King vs. Wale
GET DOWN FT PHARRELL - RICK ROSS
That Place - Collie Buddz
Steve Harvey - Old Money
Tic Toc - Busy Signal
Drop - Ying Yang Twins
What's Going On? - Mekon, Mekon feat. Roxanne Shanté & Roxanne Shanté
L.E.S. Artistes (Ooh Ee Remix) - Santogold
HIt it and quit it - Yo Majesty
Wheel N Stop - Basement Jaxx
Oh Carolina - Shaggy
Hardcore Girls feat. Rye Rye - The Count & Sinden
Oh Carolina - Shaggy

cabanarama!




woop woop.

Revisionist History

I get the distinct impression that Australian Idol is now being edited by Keith Windschuttle, as the opening sequence from tonight's episode featured a moving montage of all the previous winners.... except Casey Donovan. There were even a couple of superfluous shots of Anthony Callea's teeth just to try and trick us in to thinking he won that year.

Thankfully, Ricki-Lee is on board as a 'mentor' to this year's contestants, and she was there to soothingly dance us all through any concerns we might have.

She teaches the young Palestinian-scarf wearing hopefuls that perhaps they too could one day be an ex-Young Diva given a false sense of legitimacy by the very show that brought her in to existence. Some sage advice offered in tonights' episode: “You need to show the judges: 1. How great a singer you are, and 2. That you can be the Australian Idol".

I have learned a lot from Idol over the years: that the only good singers in this country are racials and that the really good ones are hot racials. I look forward to growing in leaps and bounds with the help of Ricki-Lee's invaluable guidance.

Friday, August 22, 2008

this is hard to watch

horatio

hey y'all



i love lil wayne but honestly. where do you start with something like this?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

bringing the LOL's




oh and congratulations radge!!

dior homme


the temper trap



i'm all about the new temper trap song 'sweet disposition' at the moment. you can listen to it here on their myspace. it's so epic and such an impressive single from this young melbourne band. you'll have to wait until early 2009 for the debut record but you can cross your arms and decide whether they indeed are "the best live band in australia right now" on september 25 at oxford farts.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

three reasons I want to marry Mark

He loves Music and has won three Grammy's. We'd totally have stuff to talk about.

He's Jewish, so his parents will love me and won't have to worry about our kids

He's hilar!

Mark, you can contact me via email. I'll be waiting x

(PS. I am also a Virgo - Sept 22 if you'd like to send flowers - so our house will be very clean and tidy always)

Friday, August 15, 2008

and then i hear this...



it's been a long time since i've heard anything as hauntingly beautiful as this. probably around this time with beirut was the closest i have come recently. but not even close really.

bon iver (french for 'good winter' and purposely misspelt) is a greeting, a celebration and a sentiment, and it’s exactly what the music of justin vernon represents.

even before i found out about the backstory, the record exuded such a strong sense of loneliness and isolation that you couldn’t help but get lost in it. vernon moved to his father's remote cabin in the woods of north-western wisconsin at the onset of winter escaping from the breakup of his long time band and relationship for four months, “I was about 25 miles from anything- even a gas station- and even miles from another home. the only thing you'd really hear is a slight howl from the highway and then maybe birds, but really it was so quiet. I had nothing but the sound of my own thoughts, and they were really loud.”

he lived there alone filling his days with twelve-hour recording blocks, wood splitting and other chores around the land, “… about february every year is when it gets really hard. and I think the starkness and the greyness and the lack of sun, and when the dirt and the salt sort of build up at the side of the roads, i think it's when people's hearts really start to give out...that's when you remember it the most.” the end result is for emma, forever ago. despite the layers and complexity, the record was created with nothing more than a few microphones, some aged recording equipment and the constant echo of better times will come.

debut album, be better. impossible. soooooo it makes me wish it was raining so i could sit inside and just put them on repeat and do sweet f-a (except maybe drink warm apple cider like it was my job). but instead it's sunny, i'm at work and lily allen is on triple j... headphones please.

i didn't want to link a track because you really have to listen to the whole thing but anyway here's (one of the nine) highlights.

bon iver- the wolves (act i and ii)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Ronnies

This has had me lol-ing all afternoon...

pour me another times two

Who is the first person you think of when you watch this video?



AMY VINOHOUSE!

They have nailed the starving, drug addled look perfectlyyyyyyy! What a great example to set for their teen fans.

After my last winehouse post I didnt think it could get worse. But. It. Did! Dont listen for too long, your ears will just hurt.

Monday, August 11, 2008

not all about neha

after my detailed post, you may be wondering what the other girls got up to this weekend. fear not, i just received this from them. seems they have been rehearsing with their new dance troupe.



in case you can't recognise them in their outfits- left to right- ezzy, michaella, nina, anna.

(sophie on keyboards off-camera)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

this weekend

so i had a much quieter time than last weekend (splendour in the grass)... i was really really sick from friday and have only just begun to feel human. i feel like i don't get sick that often and i'm definitely far from being a hyperchondriac. but this bout of the flu just floored me and i basically thought i was going to die. i had actually begun to feel the onset on thursday night but i was out, there were free drinks and was forced to stay out later than anticipated because of... the lift. ohhhh the lift.... like the lure of the siren song, never what it seems to be yet who among us can resist? so i overdid it and got into a bad state on friday.

where is this all going you ask? i'm going to share a few things i did this weekend while on my deathbed because really, being sick is VERY exciting news for those of us who like to waste time!

1. i watched the olympics opening ceremony. it was extremely well-received by the critics and didn't do too bad at all as far as ratings. i missed the good part with all the theatrics because i was asleep (in a coma) and woke up when all the country's teams were coming out. yawnfest 2008. but once i started watching, i had to stay up for australia who came out third last. so after sitting through five thousand countries (sao-tome principe?) anyway in case you missed it, here's one of the highlights...



2. i was introduced to pavement for the first time PROPERLY with the help of two young men. 'harness your hopes' is amazing. so good to have so much new music to listen to. there's a few bands out there that i have "missed the boat" on and want to at least listen to and make up my mind, over whether the fanfare is justified than to let is pass by altogether. sooooo.... pavement.... tick. and believe me, it's worth it.



3. ok..... i watched (on my laptop obvs) babymama (which was sooooo bad. tina fey, i'm blaming amy poehler, but really...) and you don't mess with the zohan (i haven't finished it yet but it is pretty good. i'm a big adam sandler fan though. and please look out for a familiar face to the movestill community at the paul mitchell salon in the movie)



4. at about 1am on saturday morning i received the sad news of bernie mac's death almost in real time as news was filtering from the chicago hospital he was staying at. a friend of mine was about to get on a flight to the city and sent me a message telling me about it. so sad.

5. i read the following story from on the exquisite jessie baylin's blog. so cute.

i met a spanish man today while sitting at the bar for lunch at pastis in nyc... i was minding my own business, eating my eggplant feta cherry tomato arugula salad, drinkin' my wine.. and this nice young man started to talking to me. i told him he made an excellent choice by ordering the steak sandwich, that it might change his life... he took a bite and agreed.

 i then asked him if he was living in nyc or just visiting? he told me that he was here to "see someone". i asked where she/he was, and he said it was a bit of a story...
 7 years ago he met a woman in madrid. they had some kind of love affair i'm assuming though he didn't really get into specifics. he told me they had made a pact that in 2008, on august 8th (8.8.08) they would meet at 8pm on top of the empire state building.... my heart went a'flutter. i'm so easy..

. he said he had flown here from spain for the weekend, just to see if she would be there, but with no expectation in his heart.

 its just after 8pm on 8.8.08!!! i think she's there :-) i can feel it!

 this is the kind of stuff in like that inspires me.

6. the 10 best lightsabre mash-up's of all time... a whole bunch of videos made by people with lots and lots of time (or with the flu) who have animated lightsabres into movies where there previously were none. BLOGGGGGGG.

"HEY! I know what a blog is!"

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

WHERE THE F IS MARTIN?

this makes me so sad I live in sydney



my faves, all together at the one gig. recently i've blogged about all telepathe, abe vigoda, and boy 8-bit at grey gardens ...maybe wes organised this line up just to make me jealous??!! (i know that is a ridiculous claim but im just really upset ill miss them all together at webster hall and the abbey...)

Friday, August 1, 2008

monstermania

I've eaten lunch, and can now concentrate.

Concentrate on this (which is making me wish I hadn't eaten lunch. But at least I ate a salad, not a ham roll or something...)

This has been keeping me entertained the past few days, and I am so curious as to what it actually is! If it's viral marketing it is certainly working wonders! But perhaps it is a weird monster/ decomposed dog/ nutria?

My favourite piece of reportage is this CNN feature

Yep. It definitely ISNT Mr Bigglesworth.

Everyone seems to be getting in on the action. Even this guy. What a talent.

free feed

This song is making me hungry

Burgers by Excepter [z share]

I can't eat burgers. I am a coeliac and eating one would make me super sick. But nevertheless this song is making me crave a beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, beetroot filled bun.

It wouldn't need to be this big though.