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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:31

Tiatto: Top Five Greatest Synth Solos

 1. Ike and Tina Turner – ‘Nutbush City Limits’. Put aside the image in your head of your aunt and uncle dancing at your cousin’s wedding and focus instead on that blast of piercing electronic weirdness after the second chorus when Ike goes crazy on his Moog.

2. Roxy Music – ‘Editions Of You’. Fans of ‘70s prog might pick ‘Lucky Man’ by ELP or something equally turgid. But you gotta give props to a guy who plays a synth the way it was always meant to be – by twiddling knobs and wiggling a joystick! Brian Eno doesn’t bother trying to be a piano player, he just conjures up a noise unlike any yet heard in pop music, all while wearing a gigantic feather duster. Admire the crowning glory of British engineering, the EMS VCS3 synthesizer.

3. The Stranglers – ‘Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’. Twenty seconds of portamento action, pitch-bending madness, random modulation and saw-tooth waveforms panned chaotically. Probably had something to do with all the pints Dave Greenfield was downing with the other hand while playing it.

4. Simple Minds – ‘Hunter And The Hunted’. If you’re in an up-and-coming Scottish new wave act recording your big breakthrough album it helps to have Herbie Hancock recording down the corridor. Ask him nicely, maybe he’ll help out. Although his solo on ‘Chameleon’ from ‘Head Hunters’ is pretty legendary, this haunting melancholic contribution rates special mention for a yearning quality that your average synthesist would be incapable of summoning.

5. New Order – ‘Age Of Consent’. Forget virtuosity, the opulent melody washing through the track around the 1’45” mark lifts it with a wave of glorious synth-strings onto a new plane of existence.

Tiatto’s latest EP, ‘Full Moon’, is available now via Clan Analogue.

1. Being a DJ at a ‘60s disco night for Singaporean women who asked me to dress up like John Travolta. WINNING!

2. Bad collaborations. I drove out to Ipswich to meet a man who had emailed me to be the vocalist for his new 'hit song'. But it turned out he lived in a fake tanning salon/ caravan, had a crazed orange look about him, didn't speak English, and had run his lyrics through Google translate. The spoken-word chorus said: "Then the red traffic light broke down and she dance!"

3. Singing in a bad Jamaican accent. I had to sing ‘Get Up Stand Up’ for a protest gig in front of hundreds of people. Reggae isn't really my specialty. I failed. And everybody knew. Especially the Jamaican guy in the front row. 

4. Giving strange singing lessons. I received an enquiry from a parent asking if I could teach their child 'visceral' (pretty sure that means poop) breathing, to help HER become the next Michael Buble. Everything about this was weird. Of course, I said yes. 

5. Singing at funerals. For some reason, nobody wants me to sing at their wedding. I must have that 'special' look. Whatever it is, I know most funeral directors in Brisbane on a first name basis. 

Astrid & The Asteroids launch new single, ‘Autopsy’, at The Hideaway August 3. They also play a free show at Lock n Load this Saturday, July 27.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:55

Lauren Lucille: Top Five Non-Jazz Artists

1. Imogen Heap. She writes, records, produces, involves her audience in her recordings constantly, really has her own style (musically and fashion-wise) and was one of the first women to do what she's doing — a songwriter who's used electronics to give her music a different flavour!

2. Amy Winehouse. What a sad ending to this incredible woman's life. She was never compromising about what she wanted in her music and her life. She was strong and independent. Her music is a diary of her personal life and she wasn't afraid to share it. Her musical ideas and production on her albums are raw and real. I love that.

3. Regina Spektor. This woman is a ball of fun and not afraid to really let loose at a live performance. Her music is great to wake up to, clean the house to, dance to and get happy to!

4. Kimbra. She’s 23 and from little ol’ New Zealand. She’s like no-one you’ve heard. She has the right physical make-up to sing the way she does. Big mouth = big sound! Kooky tunes mixed with lots of vocal looping, rad beats and electronics.

5. Florence And The Machine. Again, someone that sounds like no-one you've heard before. Rich, strong, big, full, open, raw. Incredible songwriting and execution of the songs! A big sound! So watch out!

Lauren Lucille joins the The Soundscapes Trio at the Brisbane Jazz Club this Saturday July 27.

1. Mia Wallace overdoses. Vincent Vega stabbing an adrenaline shot into Mia’s chest after she snorted his heroin thinking it was cocaine. Full on.

2. Ezekiel 25:17. After eating a terrified kid’s burger then drinking his “tasty beverage”, Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) recites the epic bible verse Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men’ etc. “Does he look like a bitch?”

3. Opening scene, I love you honey bunny. “Everybody be cool this is a robbery.” “Any of you fucking pricks move and I’ll execute every mutherfuckin’ last one of you!”

4. Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest. Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega dance their iconic twist dance to the soundtrack of Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell’.

5. Bring out the gimp. Marsellus Wallace and Butch (Bruce Willis) are tied up with bondage snooker balls in their mouths by two rednecks who bring out a gimp to sodomise them. Great movie, great soundtrack!

Cheap Fakes will perform the ‘Pulp Fiction’ soundtrack as part of The Long Player series at the Brisbane Powerhouse August 9.

Thursday, 18 July 2013 16:28

The Imposter DVDs

Madman proudly presents the year’s most talked about documentary, ‘The Imposter’.

A remarkable and chilling true story, ‘The Imposter’, is the story of the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, his grieving family and friends’ reaction upon his unexpected return and the authorities who began to question where truth ends and fiction begins.

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Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:19

Russian Resurrection Gold Passes

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary starting next week. So escape the winter chill and enjoy some warm, proud and passionate Russian cinematic hospitality at Palace Centro Cinemas.

The festival runs from July 26 – August 4 and this year’s program showcases an array of dramas, comedies, thrillers, animations, retrospective films and a very special retrospective from award-winning director Valery Todorovsky.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:38

Don Giovanni Double Pass

A new production from Opera Australia’s Oz Opera, ‘Don Giovanni’ is about love, betrayal, passion and revenge.

He’s stolen kisses and broken hearts, but has opera’s great Casanova gone a step too far?

Find out in this exciting new production of Mozart’s classic masterpiece, directed by Michael Gow.

To win a double pass (valued at $110) to the Saturday July 27 performance at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland This competition has closed
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:24

Karen Anderson: Top Five Inspiring People

1. My parents. My dad has been paraplegic since the age of 16, yet he had a successful business, never once complained, and gave his kids all we could ever need. My warm-hearted mum has not only been an extraordinary mother but also stepped into dad’s role as well. They are very wonderful people. I am very lucky.

2. Nelson Mandela. For so many reasons, including his fortitude, persistence and wisdom. Great personal sacrifice given for a just cause.

3. Malala Yousafzai. She is so young, so erudite and eloquent, so admirable, so very, very brave. This young woman is an extraordinary role model for all.

4. Stephen Fry. Ahh, for the words. All the wonderful words he whips together to make me savour language even more. And also, for his honesty around his mental health stuff, and the help that offers people.

5. Paul Keating. For his wit, and his legacy, and because he used to manage a rock band. Plus, he champions the arts. He sees the true value of it. More politicians should.

Karen Anderson & The Fortunate Sinners play the Brisbane Jazz Club July 19.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:19

360 Allstars Double Pass

There will be breakdancing, basketball freestyling, BMX flatlanding and more at Redland Performing Arts Centre when the 360 Allstars perform their amazing new production!

Replace acrobats with breakdancers, substitute a basketball freestyler for a juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, and throw in a Roue Cyr artist and you get an exhilarating circus performance, like nothing you have seen before!

And with live looping plus live music from Gene Peterson, 360 Allstars is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.

To win a double pass (total value $78) to the performance at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland, Thursday July 25 at 7.30pm This competition has closed.
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:02

B For Bandit: Top Five Influences

1. Our families. B For Bandit is deeply motivated by family, all of us having children of our own. Some of these children are grown and some are little babies, but all have helped shape and guide our lives.

2. Music. The great thing about Australian music is that it’s so diverse. While our sound is deeply rooted in reggae, the constant influence and change of Australian music, and of course its musicians, helps us to create a sound that we love and feel others will enjoy listening too also. There is nothing better than creating a song or riff for the first time and being taken away by the music.

3. Avoiding the ‘Too Cool’ status. Most times bandits keep to themselves, probably due to their criminal activities, however we try to meet and speak to the majority of people at our gigs to show our appreciation for their support. We also welcome all types of feedback; both positive and embrace the negative as we know it will only help our sound evolve. Music has so many influences in modern society and it’s always great to hear or experience the perspectives of others.

4. Our instruments. The love, care and practice of our various instruments allows us to produce a great sound. As musicians we strive to use our skills so that people can sing and dance along to our music. For us our stories are expressed through our craft and the foundation is through the instruments we use.

5. Friendship. B For Bandit started as a group of guys who found each other from Gumtree ads. Since this first ‘jam’ ten months ago we have grown into really good mates.

B For Bandit play The Zoo July 24.

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