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Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:25

Chet Baker: Live Review

A packed QUT Gardens Theatre brought a night of insights and tales from the extraordinary life and times of Chet Baker, retold by David Goldthorpe and the Tim Solly Trio.

This engrossing evening pulled the mind into the personal space of Baker, a pseudo-behind-the-curtain look at one of the original lost boys of jazz: “They said I was the James Dean of jazz! But I was here first!”

Dynamic and visceral, a poignant glimpse of the prolonged drug addiction and delinquency of Baker’s responsibilities. The tale is told in an after-life feeling format, with reference to the death and legacy of Baker.

Heavy with wistful regret, Goldthorpe showcases the various inspirations of this jazz cat, personified by whiskey, joints, heroin and jamming.
The second half of the evening broke the fourth wall and Goldthorpe and the Tim Solly Trio brought us a set of Baker hits.

The Tim Solly Trio’s mellow style and Goldthorpe’s brass moods were spot on, showing the great control and skill needed to showcase the works of Chet Baker.

The performance was held at QUT Gardens August 23


Published in Jazz/ Fusion
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:19

Beach Fossils: Dreaming Of Brooklyn

Dustin Payseur’s voice oozes with that Brooklyn hipster-cool we’ve all heard so much about.

Moving to New York is a dream kicked around by so many inner-city Brisbanites that it becomes hard to separate fact from fiction. Is the mythical land of Brooklynville actually this utopian hub of creativity that we outsiders have built it up to be? Dustin seems adamant that Brooklyn deserves its hype.

"It's extremely diverse, that's probably the best thing about it. You could go out every night and see a line-up of bands and they'd all sound completely different. That's what's so exciting about it; it's not like there's one type of genre dominating music. Everybody's doing their own thing, everybody's taking from what really speaks to them, and that comes out in different ways."

Dustin is quick to admit the low cost of living in Brooklyn is perhaps the main reason for the borough's throbbing cultural and creative pulse.

"A lot of people move here for the same reason I moved here. It's a place that has so much history in music and art... it's a place where people are constantly coming and going, and you can just come and meet other people that are creators and collaborate. It's the kind of place where you can play a show every night and it's not gonna be the same people coming to see you. It's almost like you can go on tour playing in the same city."

In terms of its members, Beach Fossils is perhaps more akin to a sieve than a solid base. Its members have come and gone, and Dustin remains the outfit's chief songwriter and sole permanent member. 

"That's just the way it's happened. I was actually thinking about this the other day, about everyone that's been in the band before and the reasons [they left]. There's never any bad blood or anything, I just wanted to play with people that were motivated and people that I thought were talented. Everybody that I played with also had their own bands, so they've come and gone! But it's great, everyone I've ever played with has been a friend of mine."

Beach Fossils play The Spiegeltent as part of Brisbane Festival Thursday September 19.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:58

Sietta: The Wanderers

Caiti Barker, vocalist for electronic soul duo Sietta, has no qualms with touring.

“I live out of my suitcase anyway,” she says, “which has kind of been like being on tour… we don't really stay anywhere for more then five weeks".

It’s just as well Baker feels that wanderlust, because the former Triple J Next Crop standouts are in demand on the back of their new single, ‘Let It Go’.

"Playing to new people is always a buzz,” she continues, “and I get itchy feet if I have been in one place for more than a month. I love going on tour, especially when I get to go to all the different cites where I have lots of friends and family".

But touring isn't all the perks and glory that people make it out to be.

"There is a lot of waiting. I guess that's the over-glamourised bit of touring — [it seems like] it's always on-the-go, it's always interviews and photos and playing but really there is a whole lot of waiting around. A lot of waiting. Airports. Planes. Cars. Soundchecks".

The duo, about to embark on their second headlining tour, will be playing a mixture of songs from their yet-to-be titled album and a "couple of songs off of the '7th Passenger' album … [and] a couple of stripped back songs from the 'Dark Passenger’ EP."

Caiti explains that they're still deciding on a name for their newest album. "We actually did an interview,” she says, “and played a live song on the ABC in Darwin the other day and we put it out to the listeners to come up with an album title."

Clearly they weren’t thrilled with the answers that came back, as the album name is still up for grabs. "We're still up for suggestions,” Caiti confirms. “Go to our Facebook page and help us with some ideas!”

'Let It Go' is the first single from the album; it’s a sublime artistic statement that weaves ethereal plucked harps, subtle sub bass tones and tribal percussion together with Caiti's stunning voice.

"Percussive, colourful, and hopeful," are the three words Caiti uses to describe the new album. "I want to say tribal, but I don't. It's not a drum and bass album, but it is very drum and bass heavy, so that's what I mean by percussive.

"The new album is definitely a turning point... the new single off of the album is completely different compared to anything we've done on the first album and the other EPs. I guess we're ever-evolving but maintain a pretty solid Sietta sound."

Sietta's sound reflects the musical upbringings that both Caiti and James (the other half of the duo) were brought up in.

"My dad is a blues musician so I travelled around the country seeing him play at different festivals. He actually ran a blues festival in Adelaide for a number of years so I was exposed to an extremely blues, soul, and jazz heavy record collection as I was growing up.

"[James] grew up playing in the church scene…he's no longer in the church scene anymore. But he grew up performing and playing live music in front of a number of people from a young age. He was exposed to more, I guess, Cliff Richard and awesome ‘70s and ‘80s pop and soul. Then he got into heavy music — he was once the lead singer of a hardcore band."

Caiti explains that up until the age of 12, she wasn't allowed to listen to her own music collection. "I wasn't allowed to listen to anything else,” she remembers, “and I really resented it for a while but I am totally thankful and happy about it now.

"You obviously mature and realise that you have pretty good taste in music if you don't know who ABBA is by the time you're 15 years old."

Sietta play Alhambra Lounge on Thursday September 5. 'let It Go' is available now.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:52

Jack Carty: A Break In Tradition

Riding on the coattails of two critically acclaimed full length albums, Jack Carty reintroduces himself to the Australian music scene with his new EP with producer Casual Psychotic, 'The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life'.

This follow-up release to Jack's 2012 effort, 'Break Your Own Heart', shows an evolution in talent and production value. Jack took a creative risk by collaborating with Casual Psychotic, and spoke to us about his new musical direction.

“Casual Psychotic's really into heavy production,” Jack explains, “so there's a lot of synthesizers and electronic sounds and filters to really mess with sounds. Working with him was really eye opening and expansive in that we just sort of did whatever we wanted. It was like we were kids, exploring and playing around with things and trying to do things that would sound really interesting.”

While it may seem like fun and games to make music and experiment with new sounds, artistic decisions are not made lightly. Jack makes this clear as he recounts the uncertainty leading up to the release of 'The Predicable Crisis Of Modern Life'.

“I was interested to see how that was going to go because 'Break Your Own Heart's quite folky and organic in its sound. I guess there's a lot of acoustic instruments and it's not overly produced. So I was a little bit concerned — well, not concerned, but I was wondering how it was going to go down and how people were going to receive it but it's been really, really great. People have really jumped on board and there seems to be some really passionate fans of the EP.”

While the EP has been met with positive feedback, most Jack Carty fans are yet to experience the transition of the songs to the live stage. For the most part, Jack has toured as a solo act with very little additional production, which is not the case for his upcoming 18-date national tour.

“On this tour we're taking a full band out on the road. We've worked it all out, we've been rehearsing hard and got all our different elements together, and it sounds really, really great. I’ve actually been surprised at how accurately we've managed to represent the EP in a live show. It's really exciting.”

It seems fans can expect a different flavour of live performance from Jack on this run of shows, with the addition of complex production elements and a move away from standard acoustic fare.

“There's going to be a lot more electric guitars, a couple of samples. We've put a lot of effort into these live shows. There's going to be a fair bit going on but there will also be parts of the live show where I will bring it back down to acoustic again and play some songs off the old record."

With 'The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life', Jack has broken away from his folk roots to produce a stunning piece of work that shows an eclectic ear for new musical fusions. But the process of writing the songs wasn't as different as you'd expect.

“I wrote the songs in a similar way to the way I wrote 'Break Your Own Heart',” Jack says, “it's just that we've produced them differently. But the songs are still there, so I think if people want to pay attention to the lyric or the sort of narrative arc of each song, that's still very much there. I guess people who really got into 'Break Your Own Heart' could take to this record.”

While Jack has been busy collaborating, his solo career has not taken a backseat. With his third full length record nearly complete, Jack is not slowing down any time soon.

“I'd love to keep collaborating! I tend to write a lot of songs and I find it really interesting to write songs and produce songs with other people, [but] the next thing that we're going to be focusing on is a Jack Carty record, it's not a collaboration. So that’s the next thing after this tour and this EP, but in the future, you never know what could happen.”

'The Predictable Crisis Of Modern Life' is available now. Jack Carty plays The Spotted Cow on Aug 30, Joe's Waterhole on Aug 31 and Black Bear Lodge on Sep 1.

Published in Rock
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:38

The Paper Kites: Flying High

Not often does a band release a debut album talking about what’s changed. But then a band like The Paper Kites doesn’t come around all that often.

It indicates the already considerable history of the Melbourne five-piece. Formed around the schoolyard friendship of frontman Sam Bentley and guitarist-vocalist Christina Lacy, The Paper Kites sprang to life in 2010 on the back of a performance at a local music festival.

But it’s also an indication of an unusual degree of patience for the modern music industry. Maybe it’s the democracy of a five-piece band, but they weren’t to be rushed into turning out their debut album.

Since The Paper Kites’ formation, they’ve teased audiences with a series of EPs – two in 2010 and one each year since. ‘Young North’, their 2012 release, was supposed to be an album, but the band was encouraged to hold off at the last moment. Now, they’re thankful they kept their powder dry.

“It was definitely the right way to go then,” Sam Bentley says over the phone from his Melbourne home. “Musically, we could’ve released an album. But it was also a decision based on building our live audience and getting the band to a place where we could do the right sort of venues that would be appropriate for an album tour. It turned out to be a good decision.”

For their upcoming national tour, The Paper Kites are playing both The Forum in Melbourne and The Metro in Sydney. Well known medium-sized venues, they vindicate the band’s decision to hold off on their debut album, ‘States’, which is set for release at the end of the month. But the larger venues also hint at the wider appeal of The Paper Kites, driven in part by the Melburnians’ decision to expand their sonic palette. No more can you define them as ‘forest folk’ – a term that makes Bentley laugh.

“We definitely assisted that accusation with the videos we put out,” he says. “It really was a part of the concept of the songs at that time. That was the feeling. But we’ve always said we want the room to be able to push a new sound each record we release. Everyone outside the band has their own idea of us, their own preconceived notion of what The Paper Kites are. But as the band members ourselves, we have our own idea of who we are and where we’re going with our music. Hopefully everyone embraces it.”

With ‘States’, writing the songs wasn’t the problem, the band cutting down the final playlist from over 40 demos. Rather, it was the arrangements they chose to focus on. So, Melbourne composer Tim Coghill – known for his rich, emotive soundscapes – was drafted in to help fill out the album.

“He brought in a lot of ideas that we hadn’t thought of and a lot of weird textural things. So from the start it was a much bigger project than we’d intended it to be. Things kept coming in – different ideas and different sounds – and it made for a pretty challenging record, I think.”

More challenging than they expected?

“It was. It really was,” Bentley continues. “We put down 13 songs with the plan to maybe cut down further from that. But in the end, we couldn’t cut it down because there were songs that everyone wanted on there. So we agreed on the 13 tracks, which is a bit longer than most albums. But yeah, it was a real challenge to record it because we all wanted it to be the best it could be.”

Wound up in that album-making process was a pile of conflicting musical ideas from five different musicians. But the band stayed true to their collaborative approach, talking through the songs one by one.

“It was for the best. We all like to talk about everything at length. It’s not just one person leading the way; it’s everyone pushing it along. It definitely has its challenges. And it was a lot of work – we spent a lot of time on it – but I think we ended up with something we’re all really proud of … We wanted all the songs to be as good as they could be, and as interesting, and as rich sounding. And that’s what we kinda ended up with.”

Helping keep the band focussed was renowned local producer, Wayne Connolly. The band had worked with Connolly before on ‘Young North’ so trusted his guidance when it came to the hard calls.

“Wayne really understands what we’re going for; he listens to the demos extensively before working with us,” Bentley says. “But he was funny on this record, because there are a lot of songs that he was quite attached to. So he came into it saying, ‘Guys, you have to record these songs’. There were a few he was really adamant about. And we were like, ‘No, Wayne. We don’t like them.’ And he asked us to trust him, and of course they turned out great.”

Away from the studio, though, comes the challenge of converting these songs into a cogent live performance. The Paper Kites have turned heads with their onstage abilities, but Bentley laughs when thinking about taking ‘States’ on tour.

“We’ve kinda dug ourselves a little bit of a hole! But I’m sure we’ll work it out,” he says. “We’re about to start [rehearsals] tonight, actually. We’re going to try to work out how to get some of these sounds in there. Because there are a lot of crazy sounds that we just fluked in the studio. And I think we’re going to play around with samplers, just to get them in the live shows. It’s definitely a big challenge for us to put all that stuff in, but we’re keen to do it.”

‘States’ is released August 30. The Paper Kites play The Soundlounge on September 5, The Hi-Fi September 6, and The Northern September 7.

Published in Rock
Thursday, 22 August 2013 17:28

Machine Gun Kelly Tickets

Ohio MC Machine Gun Kelly will embark on his debut headlining tour of Australia this September.

At just 23, MGK has been awarded MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC for 2011 and received acclaim from The New York Times and The Fader.

His debut trip comes off the back of his latest mixtape, 'Black Flag', released in June this year.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:35

Jobs Tickets

‘Jobs’ is the powerful and true story of the visionary who set out to change the world and did.

The film chronicles Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) transformation of character from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth, to the personal demons that clouded his vision and finally to the ultimate triumphs of his later life.  

Mark Hulme and Five Star Feature Films launched the production immediately following Jobs retirement in August 2011.

Screenwriter Matt Whiteley, while penning the script, utilised a team of expert researchers based on months of exhaustive research and interviews with Steve Jobs friends, colleagues and mentors to develop the most truthful and gripping picture of Jobs life.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:32

Red 2 Tickets

In ‘Red 2’, the action-comedy sequel to the worldwide hit ‘Red’, retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reassembles his unlikely team — including the unhinged Marvin (John Malkovich), the deadly Victoria (Helen Mirren), and Frank's beloved Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) — to thwart an army of assassins and power-crazed officials.

Along the way, they cross paths with Frank’s former flame Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and crazy scientist Bailey (Anthony Hopkins).

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In a world where we constantly lament that we are time-poor, who has the time or the stamina to endure the daunting length of the Immortal Bard’s canon?

So join the State Theatre Company of South Australia as they present a bold, speedy, irreverent romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays at Redland Performing Arts Centre.

Don’t miss comedian Damian Callinan (‘Spicks And Specks’, ‘Skithouse’, ‘The Great Debate’) and fellow brave actors Tim Overton and Nic English when they perform at Redland Performing Arts Centre Saturday September 7.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:55

Puma Glow Run Tickets

The Puma Glow Run is a celebration of life, fun and fitness that is happening in Brisbane this Saturday, August 24.

The night is set to be an experience to remember with 5km’s of running, glowing, and partying.  

Non-marathon-runners needn't panic — it's more about getting your glowsticks out and showing just how good lycra can look — both on the track and the dancefloor!

The Puma Glow Run is a custom-designed running course spanning five kilometres and culminating with a final dance party at the finish line where a community of Glowers, clad in their best Glow attire, can unite in their accomplishment.

Glow-RunnersAlong the way, there are three Glow Zones – marquees with resident DJs and festival quality audiovisual and lighting — for Glowers to dance and regroup before continuing on.





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