Items filtered by date: November 2013
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 14:31

The Roots: Standard Roots Procedure

Their hometown of Philadelphia has been vital to The Roots since their earliest days, when Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, met drummer Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts and formed a duo that was originally called ‘The Square Roots’.


Philadelphia comes through strongest on their concept album, ‘Undun’, about the life of a character called Redford Stephens who could’ve been a poet in a different world but was driven instead to the life of a drug dealer.

“The story of Redford we’d taken right out of a Philadelphia photograph,” says Trotter. “There is no Philadelphian who doesn’t know a Redford, if that makes any sense.”

As well as telling its own gripping story, ‘Undun’ told the story of hip hop. Riddled with references to Snoop Dogg, the Wu-Tang Clan, Swizz Beatz and more, it was a densely packed document showing how far hip hop has come.

Although The Roots had recorded plenty before ‘Undun’, this was their contribution to the tradition.

“Wherever you set the bar is where you set the bar, whether an artist realises it or not. That is what you have to live up to next,” Trotter says.

“If you’re not able to – as an artist – to make a serious positive contribution to an already amazing legacy then you shouldn’t make a contribution to it. You should just let what has already taken place, like the history, speak for itself.”

Trotter’s own history is currently in the process of being told in a memoir he’s working on with hip hop critic and author Jeff Chang.

“He interviews me and family members, friends and people who played a role in my story. I write it and he writes it, we’re doing it together.”

Chang is famous for his own contribution to the legacy of hip hop with the book ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History Of The Hip-Hop Generation’, which is one of only a handful of books to tackle the early days of the genre.

That book is what attracted Trotter to the idea of working with him.

“I really enjoyed ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’,” he says, “and in the few brief meetings that he and I had prior to doing this writing relationship, we just hit it off really well.”

What makes ‘Undun’ stand out from their other classic albums is how cohesive it is. That came about because of a change in how they made a living.

While famous for the live shows that showcase their abilities as a full band, taking time off from touring gave them the opportunity to create their best work.

When they landed the gig as house band on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’, it meant regular work that kept them near home.

“It’s very time-consuming doing that show 5 days a week, you know, 40 to 44 weeks a year. It’s a bit of a commitment. We tour and we do shows during the other times.”

That also meant they were near the studio, and were constantly writing new music together.

Having to come up with musical fills and segments for TV every day of the week taught them brevity – ‘Undun’ may be densely layered, but it’s only about 40 minutes long.

One recurring segment on ‘Late Night’ involves them performing with one of that week’s musical guests, but on instruments found in school classrooms: kazoos, wood blocks, toy keyboards and xylophones.

“It’s a challenge sometimes doing that particular bit because the toy instruments are usually out of tune, so to get the sound that you want to come from that toy you have to manipulate it in different ways.

"Apart from that, it’s not really hard to do. A simple, fun bit that has now become almost a tradition. You know we’ve done it quite a few times now.”

They’ve done everything from a version of ‘All I Want For Christmas’ with Mariah Carey to ‘Call Me Maybe’ with Carly Rae Jepsen, but the highlight was their recent performance of the Sesame Street theme complete with a cast of Muppets including Cookie Monster and Elmo.

“Yeah, that was a dream come true,” says Trotter, “for a kid from the States who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s it was all about Sesame Street, so it was great to interact with those dudes. Fun times.”

While he’s enjoyed the four years they’ve spent working in television, it’s come at a price. They had to cancel their 2009 appearance at Good Vibrations in Australia, and scaled back their touring considerably.

“It’s cool to be home every day and to interact with so many amazing artists, people you collaborate with every day, but at the same time there’s something to be said about the creative energy that comes from travelling.”

They’ll finally be remedying that this year, heading to Australia for the Southbound and Falls festivals, as well as a couple of sideshows in the week after Christmas.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a chance to see The Roots in Australia, what should we expect?

“Something old, something something new, something that you can sing along with. Standard Roots procedure,” he says.

“There’s a lot of ground to cover, so depending on who we’re playing for will determine what songs we play. We don’t get too deep, it’s not that involved a process, deciding what the setlist is. We just get up on stage and rock out.”

The Roots play The Falls Byron, which takes place December 31 until January 3.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 19:17

DJ Kon: Disco Kon Job

Veteran hip hop and disco DJ Kon is set to take Brisbane by storm with his retro style.

Kon will be spinning the hits of the ‘70s at the Red Bull Music Academy Rooftop Roller Disco.

The music of that era is hardly uncharted territory for the Boston-born DJ.

"I grew up with it and I used to rollerskate a lot in '79, '80, so it's right up my alley,” he says.

"My parents introduced me to all kinds of different music. My father was a drummer, and they were just avid record collectors. That kind of did it, you know? That was when I was probably about three, four years old.

"I was playing my father's records, you know, for adults that would be over, and I always had vinyl. My whole life I would always go to the record store... I think really, to be technical, I was already DJing then."

Having a musical family is always a bonus for a budding young artist, but this wasn't the only thing that inspired Kon to take up the art professionally.

"What ended up happening is, there was a movie called 'Wild Style', and there is a scene with Grandmaster Flash in the kitchen with two turntables and a mixer. I saw that in 1984, and it just clicked.

"In 1985, my grandmother bought me my first mixer that allowed two turntables to be hooked up at the same time, and that was it.

"I've been doing this long enough to see cycles of things and everything goes back to basics, everything. Disco, as you see, this year was a really big disco summer. You had 'Get Lucky' become a huge hit. I mean, it's come full circle again.

"I think that at the end of the day all roads lead to disco."

DJ Kon plays The Red Bull Music Academy Rooftop Roller Disco at Wilson Car Park in Chinatown as part of Valley Fiesta on November 23.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:35

Bombs Away Passes

Party rockers, Bombs Away, are up to their necks with new projects, with the lads readying themselves to tour their latest single, ‘Better Luck Next Time’.

The song strays from themes of their previous singles, 'Big Booty Bitches' and 'Super Soaker', proving upbeat, dance music can relate to all kinds of moments in life.

“The overall theme behind the track is about self-empowerment and about standing up for yourself and not letting people walk over you,” one half of the duo, Matt Coleman says.

Bombs Away play the Springwood Hotel Friday November 29.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 14:42

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Tickets

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) return home safely after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, but must soon leave their family and close friends to embark on a ‘Victors’ Tour’ of the districts.

Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games – a competition that could change Panem forever.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ also stars Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 15:16

Arctic Tees & Muse Pack

Thanks to our friends at Arctic Tees here’s your opportunity to get decked out in some sweet new t-shirts before enjoying a night out with Muse.

Main prize: 2 x Muse tickets to Bris Entertainment Centre Tuesday December, $50 prepaid visa to go towards taxi fare, accommodation, drinks or really whatever you want, plus a $50 E-voucher to spend at Arctic Tees to buy some great t-shirts to wear to the gig.

Second prize: a $50 E-voucher to spend at Arctic Tees.

Third prize: A $25 E-voucher to spend at Arctic Tees.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:56

British Film Festival Tickets

The British Film Festival will run in Brisbane November 27 - December 8 and is Australia’s inaugural British film festival.

Expect an exceptional program of highly anticipated features including opening night film, ‘One Chance’, the story of 'Britain’s Got Talent' winner Paul Potts.

The festival will close with ‘Philomena’ starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (a film that is already being hailed as this year's 'The Kings Speech').


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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:50

City & Colour Double Pass

Canadian musician, Dallas Green – known better as City & Colour, is headed to Australia later this month.

Green’s style oscillates between a stripped back sound garnering introverted beauty and a dynamic punch of pulsing rock arrangements.

His hauntingly clear vocals display a sheer emotional range, bookended by extensive guitar-driven instrumentals.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:41

Night Train To Lisbon Tickets

Based on Pierre Mercier’s bestselling novel of the same name, ‘Night Train To Lisbon’ stars Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent and Charlotte Rampling, and is brought to life by Academy Award-winning director Bille August.



Following a chance encounter with a young woman, teacher Raimund Gregorius (Irons) embarks on a journey that transcends time and space, touching on matters of history, philosophy, and medicine and encountering love.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:33

Spiderbait Albums

‘It’s Beautiful’ is the first ‘official’ single to be lifted from Spiderbait’s forthcoming self-titled album, which is out November 15.

The new single follows on from the gutsy debut track ‘Straight Through The Sun’ that was offered as a free download for fans.

‘Spiderbait’ is the first studio album from the band in eight years since 2004’s ‘Tonight Alright’. The album was produced by Francois Tetaz (Gotye and Bertie Blackman) and Kram.

Across their lengthy career, Spiderbait have sold over half a million albums with five Top 20 albums in Australia.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:19

Elliott Smith Torment Saint Books

Last month marked the tenth anniversary of Elliott Smith’s untimely death.

‘Torment Saint: The Life Of Elliott Smith’ is a revealing biography of the musical icon, written with unprecedented access and including 40 never-before-seen images of Elliott.

Smith died violently in Los Angeles in 2003, under what some believe to be questionable circumstances, of a single fatal stab wound to the chest.

In ‘Torment Saint’, William Todd Schultz gives the first proper biography of the rock star, imbued with affection, authority, sensitivity and long-awaited clarity.

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