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Recently announced on the second Soundwave announcement and sneaking in as the festival’s fifth billed headliner, Rip It Up this week spoke with Jeremy McKinnon, the front man for our cover stars, A Day To Remember (p12). It’s an interesting time for the band, whose new album Common Courtesy is finally being self-released after a lengthy court battle against their label which almost saw the band go bankrupt. McKinnon speaks candidly to us about the ordeal, uncovering some of the nastier side of the music business that all-too-often gets in the way of releasing good music. Elsewhere in the mag we spoke with The John Steel Singers (p14) about what’s different on their new release, Everything’s A Thread and electronic artist Elizabeth Rose about who in SA she would most like to work with (p16). We also took time with Denmark’s Oh Land (p15) to discuss her new album Wish Bone, having to trade in a dance career for music and who she shared a house with while recording with Dave Sitek. One thing that’s clear from these interviews is that everyone has a story to tell – and it’s not always a pleasant one. Whether it’s battles with labels, or personal struggles, the fact that so many diverse musicians can continue to make an impact is encouraging. So go on. Find your inspiration within.
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John Butler Trio, Eskimo Joe, Lanie Lane and many more will perform at McLaren Vale’s Serafino Winery from Fri Nov 22 – Sat Nov 23.
The touring ska festival will arrive at the Gov on Sat Nov 23 with acts like Black Flag, Boysetsfire and Bad Astronaut.
Speeding along this week... Slamagotchi, Glamour Lakes and Osloh A trio of local electronic talent will join forces at the Hotel Metro on Thu Nov 21.
The Viennas Plus One will throw a '90s night at Rhino Room on Sat Nov 23 with live sets from The Viennas, Cabin Cults and The Vanderlays.
I Know Leopard The Adelaide Hills expats will hit Ed Castle on Fri Nov 22 to launch their new single, She.
The John Steel Singers The Brisbane indie five-piece will launch their new album Everything’s A Thread at Jive on Fri Nov 22.
The triple j-touted Sydneysider will play Cats at Rocket on Fri Nov 22. She'll be supported by Brisbane’s Charles Murdoch.
The Adelaide trio will launch their new single Us; Or Optimism at the Crown & Anchor on Sat Nov 23.
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NOV 22 One-of-a-kind singer-songwriter ELVIS COSTELLO is heading back to Australian shores next April. Playing only two headline shows, Elvis & The Imposters (Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher) have selected Adelaide and Sydney as the lucky places to be. The British legend and band have also booked in appearances at Bluesfest and Deni Blues & Roots. Tickets to the show at Thebarton Theatre on Thu Apr 17 next year are available through Venuetix.
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Beardy acoustic dude JOSH PYKE is coming to town once more! Having already racked up a number of performances in celebration of his latest album, The Beginning And The End Of Everything, Pyke has already planned a new tour for early 2014. On Fri Feb 21 next year, South Australian Pykers will enjoy the intimate setting of the Paradiso Spiegeltent at the Garden Of Unearthly Delights. The show will form part of his Lone Wolf tour as he abandons his backing band and charges round the country, guitar in hand. Tickets to the Adelaide gig go on sale from Fri Nov 29 via joshpyke.com.
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SEABELLIES, the dreamy five-piece from Newcastle, are wandering out on tour this December. Ready just in time for Christmas, their second record Fever Belle has been released. Written and recorded across Melbourne, Sydney and Berlin, the result is sophisticated and textured—a mature step forward from their debut. They’ve performed with Pixies, Phoenix and Soulwax, but now it’s time for a headline tour. Catch Seabellies at Jive on Fri Dec 20; tickets through Moshtix.
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Electro-popstar ELLIE GOULDING has planned a quick dash around the nation next year. Shows in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be in honour of her current single Burn. Hopefully the track has the staying power to make it through to June 2014. She will be playing Adelaide Entertainment Centre and has picked the party-hard Sunday night slot on Jun 1. Goulding was last in the country for Future Music Festival in early 2013 when she arrived with her second album, Halycon. Since sharing stages with Katy Perry and Calvin Harris, these shows will be a great chance to see Goulding live in the leading place on tour. Tickets to the headline tour go on sale Tue Nov 26 through Ticketek.
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Feelings Flustered Here’s a puzzle of a performance, thanks to Philadelphia Grand Jury: Philly Jays broke up when frontman Simon Berkfinger decided to tackle a solo career as FEELINGS. He had the help of Dave Rennick (Dappled Cities) and Dan Williams (Art VS Science; Philadelphia Grand Jury). Already you can see some inconsistencies in the terms ‘broke up’ and ‘solo’. But wait, there’s more! Berkfinger was living in Berlin, but Rennick decided to move to Paris—ooh la la!—leaving Berkfinger a guitarist short of a band. Who should he call on to help? Why, MC Bad Genius (Philadelphia Grand Jury), of course! So now Philadelphia Grand Jury are in fact Feelings, but they’re still rather identity challenged. The solution? Philadelphia Grand Jury VS Feelings: the tour. Come and watch these friends sort their issues out live on stage, with added tunes from Feelings’ (Philly Jays’?) new record Be Kind, Unwind. Tickets to the Fri Nov 29 show at Jive are on sale now through Moshtix.
Back in June, HOUSE VS HURRICANE announced that the band would be splitting after seven heavy years together. They have enjoyed enthusiastic national attention, critical success and award nominations (ARIA and AIR). They’ve played the main stage at Big Day Out, Pyramid Rock and Slam Dunk Festival. Now comes the announcement of the band’s final shows: only three gigs around Australia in Bayswater, Melbourne and Adelaide. Performing on Sun Dec 1 at Fowler’s Live, House VS Hurricane will be supported by Nazarite Vow, Graveyards and Aspirations.
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End Of Days? Sipping on coffee and watching his “crazy ass” cat run around the front yard from his porch, Jeremy McKinnon of post-hardcore band A Day To Remember talks with Rip It Up about the controversy surrounding the long-awaited new album Common Courtesy.
he Florida-based band, who already have five albums under their belt, are set to return to Australia for their third Soundwave Festival; a festival that McKinnon claims is “the best place to play on earth”. “I’m not even kidding. Australia is the best place to play and that’s the truth. For one, people in Australia love us like no other place and on top of that, your country is beautiful; the people are beautiful. No kidding! You guys are very attractive and you like American accents, so what’s not to like? You guys make us interesting.” Beautiful people aside, McKinnon and his band recently ran into the ugly side of making music, which saw them in court battling against their record label in order to release Common Courtesy. The case dates back to 2011 when the band filed a lawsuit against their Chicago-based label Victory Records, claiming they had withheld royalties and were under no further legal obligation to release any new material with the label as they had already met their five album requirement before Common Courtesy went into post production. “Let me just say, his [Tony Brummel of Victory Records] whole thing is to try and win court cases. [Out of ] every band that’s ever sued him — and there has been a lot —
most just settle out of court. “I’ll tell you why they all settle out of court,” he continues, “it’s because his whole game plan is to stretch out the lawsuit to where either two things happen. 1) You run out of money, or 2) You’re backed into a corner and you have to settle with him and make a shitty agreement that’s way sided for him, because you ran out of time and you got to put out your album.” The band were told they were not going to win this lawsuit and they had basically come to terms with it. However, this did not stop them from “riding this whole thing out” to the very end.
“If we didn’t have the right to put out this album, Tony would have crushed us and it would have been the end.” “[Brummel] stretched it out and took all this time on purpose to try and force us into a shitty agreement and we said we don’t give a shit, we’re going to go all the way. We want to settle — but you don’t want to — you just want to try and screw us, so let’s just go to the judge.” Fortunately, for McKinnon and his band, they came out on top and a judge ruled in
favour of A Day To Remember self-releasing Common Courtesy, which will be released on Fri Nov 29, and denied the injunction filed by the record label to prevent the release. “[Brummel] tried to stop us from putting it out and the only thing we’ve ever cared about since starting this lawsuit is to be able to put out the album. That’s the only thing Tony ever held above our head. And the judge, in our opinion, made the right call and allowed us to [release the album] and now this man [Brummel] holds absolutely nothing over our head and we can continue our career. “If we didn’t have the right to put out this album, Tony would have crushed us and it would have been the end,” McKinnon says. “So it was a huge gamble on our part but we stood up for ourselves. You can do that when you’re doing it for the right reasons.” McKinnon says Common Courtesy is the first album where the band have walked away feeling satisfied with what they have produced. They used master engineer Ken Andrews, who has done a lot of mixing for M83 and just completed the last (self-titled) Paramore album. “[Andrews] is amazing, it took us a while to get the album finished with him just because he had so much stuff. We’d go past our time limit because we would be doing festivals and miss the deadline [as] I couldn’t get to a computer to write the notes to change the mixes. We went over this thing with a fine tooth comb and when we put it out, this thing couldn’t have been any damn better.” McKinnon also reveals he is not just a lead vocalist in A Day To Remember; he is essentially the manager too. “It’s honestly like we are running a corporation or something. I mean literally every decision comes through me and the
“You Can’t Gamble With Scared Money” It was a long and expensive process to fight for their music, but what would have happened if they lost? “We were the underdogs and to be honest with you, we had all come to terms with the fact that we were not going to win. It was an uphill battle and everyone was telling us that we were going to fail and that if we lose, it would be the end of our career, and you know what? It would have been. It really would have been.”
others. Neil [Westfall; guitar, backing vocals] and I are responsible for merchandise, so every bit is approved or [are] direct ideas from us with artists. Every piece of art you see, it comes from our ideas. On top of that, [we are] writing and recording music at all times. We do any kind of stage production too; we build all the sets.” And is it all worth it? “I love this shit. I love it. The more the merrier. Yeah, its hard work but I love it. I love everything I get to do with my life. I genuinely fucking love making stuff in this band.”
WHO: A Day To Remember WHAT: Common Courtesy (3Wise Records) released Fri Nov 29 WHERE: Soundwave Festival, Bonython Park WHEN: Sat Mar 1
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Tying It Together The John Steel Singers have come a long way since their 2010 debut album, Tangalooma. With a condensed line-up of all-original band members and the benefit of total control thanks to selfrecording, their sophomore release Everything’s A Thread sees the band sticking to their instincts.
im Morrissey joins Rip it Up for a yarn ahead of their national tour, starting by explaining the reasons behind the significant decision to cut back band members. “It was sort of a necessity,” Morrissey explains. “We’d been through quite a few bass players and the five of us had been together since the very start, so it’s a little bit difficult for somebody to come into that. The change in line-up really changed how the album came together; a lot of it was born out of jamming,
with Scott on the bass pretty key to that.” Despite the somewhat chaotic sound to the album, Everything’s A Thread represents a consistent piece for the band. “On Tangalooma there was a bit of a disparity between the singles and the other tracks, so this one feels a lot more cohesive and together.” Morrissey explains that injecting large amounts of energy into the album was “a bit of a conscious thing”. “[We listened to] some of the vocals we put down on our last album with the benefit of hindsight [and realised] there wasn’t enough energy; where the pitch was spot on we might’ve lost a little bit of the feeling. This time around we definitely went more with first takes. “Things might’ve not necessarily turned out super tight but the energy and the performance was there,” he continues. “Often we would leave the vocals on
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certain tracks until late in the night after we’d had a few bottles of wine or something, when we were feeling a little more loose and a little more comfortable we would attempt things like the vocals on State Of Unrest and [lead single] Everything’s A Thread…The ones that required pushing your voice.” Recording the album themselves, they utilized the freedom to do things a little unconventionally, particularly in their choice of equipment. “We picked up a Japanese supermarket announcement mic off eBay for $30 which turned out to be really handy, we ended up using it on a lot more things than perhaps some of the more expensive mics. It just sounds kinda fucked up. We went for stuff that made things sound distorted rather than going for nice clean, balanced sounds” Although independence made the recording process exceptionally easier for the band (and a lot more fun by the sounds of it), the album wasn’t without its obstacles. “Lambs was our biggest struggle. It took a long time to get it to where it is now. Even when the first mix of it came back we were like, ‘Oh God it’s off the album, it just hasn’t worked’. In a weird way Never Read Tolstoy was difficult as well because effectively the version that’s on there is the first version we ever did. We tried to re-record it, but then decided to just use the demo because we loved the feel of it – it took us a long time to actually come back to that.” With the naming rights of the lead single and album courtesy of Tangalooma producer Robert Forster, the band is quick to deflect a connection between it and another key track, Common Thread. “The two songs with ‘thread’ in the title were not intentional. It was something that our label pointed out to us when the album had been finished; they said it’d be something we’d have to explain in interviews and we were just like, ‘Oh fuck!’ We can’t, there was no reason behind it, it just happened like that! Calling another track The Needle was, I guess, a little bit of a piss-take on our part after we’d had the whole thread conundrum.” After the album’s long gestation, they’re looking forward to bringing it to the stage. “The songs on this album are really fun to play and have the potential to be extended in a live set…but obviously we want to make sure we don’t get too self indulgent.”
WHO: The John Steel Singers WHAT: Everything’s A Thread (Dew Process/Universal) WHERE: Jive WHEN: Fri Nov 22
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or how grateful she is now, this kind of life is not one that Fabricius first envisioned. Fabricius was embarking on a career as a professional dancer at the Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet schools when a back injury ended her dancing career. It took a few years to recover, but after putting her first songs up on MySpace and receiving reactions from producers and labels almost immedeately, she knew music was something she could pursue professionally. “Back then I wanted a career in dance,” Fabricius explains. “When I was a teenager it was all I wanted to do. Through this turn of events I realised that music was a way that I could express myself and my ideas and not just be a part of a bigger picture that somebody choreographed a hundred years ago. Now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
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Wish Bone is Oh Land’s third album, but has a significant difference in that it’s her first since her departure from her label, Epic Records. Fabricius explains that after “three great years” on a major label, her decision to split is to ensure that she had 100 percent control of what she wanted Oh Land to become, instead of having to pick and choose fights to maintain creative direction. Understandably, Fabricius is proud of the result. “I wanted to do something that I thought was just great music. The songs are very different in temperament. Some are really aggressive and some are almost ‘70s ballads. [Wish Bone] is a great mix of a lot of different moods.” One advantage of being on a major label, however, is being invited on tours that are otherwise unattainable. Oh Land was booked for dates as a support act for Katy Perry’s 2011 world tour, who she says was extremely nice and generous to all her crew. While a seemingly strange fit stylistically – Fabricius regards her music more in line to Bat For Lashes’ ethereal pop than mainstream pop – performing arena shows helped Fabricius “make big pushes” and gain confidence to perform in front of thousands of people. “It was very different music from mine and a very different audience. It was a fun challenge to see how I could connect with her [Katy Perry’s] audience and it was obviously overwhelming to play in arenas with over 25,000 people a night. I learned a lot.” Fabricius has garnered famous friends in the studio as well, with Wish Bone being partly produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who
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New York residing Dane, Nanna Øland Fabricius (AKA Oh Land) is lying in bed in her Sydney hotel room when she speaks with Rip It Up. She has just performed for the Danish royals at the Sydney Opera House for the Crown Prince Couple’s Awards and the Danish-designed building’s 40th anniversary. This week-long trip to Australia also serves to launch her new album, Wish Bone.
helped hone in on Oh Land’s new sound. “He really helped me realise what I wanted to do on the album, and helped me make it more minimal than what I’ve done before. I wanted the elements that are there to be bigger and bolder instead of having a million layers. Instead of being [dreamier] I wanted it to be more industrial.” Apart from the musical influence, Sitek also offered prime networking opportunities. While Fabricius didn’t socialise too much while recording with Sitek (she did meet CSS who were living at Sitek’s house at the time they were working together) one of Sitek’s close friends and collaborators, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, has released a remix of Wish Bone’s lead single Renaissance Girls. “I’ve never met him. They played him the song and he loved it and wanted to do a remix. I was like, ‘Yes! Do it!’”.
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Rose Among Thorns From singing for her DJ brother Hook N Sling to being featured on the latest Flight Facilities single I Didn’t Believe, Sydney up-and-comer Elizabeth Maniscalco has grown up and come into her own as the fresh new electronic artist Elizabeth Rose.
ff the back of her triple j-touted single The Good Life, Maniscalco chats to Rip It Up about her early exposure to electronic music through family ties. “I studied music throughout primary school and high school, but before primary school I was always singing and playing keyboard. My brother is a DJ, Hook N Sling, and so at home he would always be playing his music and I would see that at a young age. So that’s where it all really started, I guess. He
was a big influence.” While the brother and sister don’t collaborate musically, Maniscalco does occasionally offer her knowledgeable pop services. “His music is very different to mine, but I’ll write pop lines for him from time to time. When I was younger, in primary school, I used to sing on some of his songs. He’d use my voice as a sample, which is funny.” Since emerging in early 2012 with her first single Ready, Maniscalco has enjoyed a relatively swift ascent to national radio relevance. Combining her effeminate edge with grimy, pulsing electronics, she’s successfully tapped into the current EDM craze and female pop prowess all at once. It’s this that saw her recently making her first trip overseas to perform at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, which she describes as “a
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Pride Of South Australia Not just limited to the feelers of the Sydney electronic scene, there’s a handful of Adelaide producers that Maniscalco would like to work with. “There’s some great artists in Adelaide – I’m really into Motez and Oisima at the moment,” she says. “Motez actually did a remix for me a year ago for one of my EP tracks. Since then we’ve just been emailing each other, we’re working on something together soon. With Oisima I haven’t actually spoken to him yet, but I’d definitely be keen to collaborate with him.”
big ball of excitement”. “It was my first trip out of Australia. The shows went really well, I think I played like six shows in that week. To start with, the first few shows were a bit empty, but the last show was like a club set-up, and so that ended well. “It’s important to have high energy,” she continues. “Because I don’t play synth anymore I have the opportunity to dance around the stage. It’s a lot more fun writing songs I can actually dance to.” So what’s Elizabeth Rose’s signature move? “I don’t think I have one! Maybe just bouncing.” Prior to stomping her dancing feet on the east coast for CMJ, Maniscalco also spent some time in LA. Notably, working in the studio with American producer Tokimonsta. “I did a lot of writing [in LA] with some people. Tokimonsta and I got in the studio in LA together. I think she’s working on her next album. It’s only really early stages, but I’m really excited about that one.” With fresh stamps on her passport and some “overseas label interest”, Maniscalco, now back on home soil, is currently tackling her next big mission – her national The Good Life single tour. Ahead of her Adelaide show at Rocket Bar on Fri Nov 22, the pint-sized beatmaker reflects upon Australia’s ‘two degrees of separation’ syndrome. “A lot of my friends are just other local Sydney artists, which is cool because everyone has the same thing in common. Coming back from New York I’ve come to realise that Sydney, and the Australian music scene in general, is so tiny.” WHO: Elizabeth Rose WHAT: The Good Life (Inertia/Grizzly UK) WHERE: Rocket Bar WHEN: Fri Nov 22
Alexander Ridha, better known as the electro-punk Boys Noize, will be joined by someone even more famous at Stereosonic 2013. Indeed, Ridha is appearing as Dog Blood with Skrillex.
"It's a really wild DJ set — we just play back-to-back, really quick mixes, and we go all over the place," Ridha enthuses of the latter, late one evening from his Berlin base. That a German techno rebel should introduce a vehicle with the US dubstepper is wild in itself. The friends premiered with 2012's Next Order/Middle Finger and have since remixed A$AP Rocky's (Skrillex-helmed) Wild For The Night and DJed at Miami's Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and Glastonbury. "Both of our sounds are different — and I think that's what makes it exciting, creating something new." The ravers just issued the Middle Finger Pt 2 EP — and Ridha references Dog Blood on this month's FabricLive 72. Yet he stresses that Dog Blood is about spontaneity with no grand designs. "It's a new project, so we wanna take it slow and let it grow naturally — but also we've still got our own shit going on. So it's good to have it now on the side. Every time we get together in the studio, we make something new. But there's no real plan now." The Hamburg native, entering the biz as a teen, started with the dance-pop guise Kid Alex — before shunning major labels and reinventing himself as the EDM anarchist Boys Noize, then signed to DJ Hell's International DeeJay Gigolo Records. Ridha has long been equated with punky
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electro-house or 'noise', his Boysnoize Records Germany's counterpart to France's Ed Banger, but in recent years he's snuck back into popdom. He produced music for Kelis' future-disco Flesh Tone. However, Ridha hasn't sacrificed that underground cred. Ultimately, he just enjoys messing with sounds. Late last year Ridha presented a third Boys Noize album, Out Of The Black. Though committed to the LP format, he admits it's "tough" selling them. Will there be another? "I can't really say if I'm gonna work on a new album or not because I make music all the time. If it feels like an album, then it probably is. I have a lotta time at the beginning of next year, so I will definitely
work on some new music — and then let's see how it feels." This year the banger specialist has unleashed the Go Hard EP — and remixed Donna Summer's Bad Girls (not on the official compilation Love To Love You Donna). He's also been working on a second record with (Daft Punk) pianist Chilly Gonzales. Incredibly, Out... boasted a collab with Snoop Dogg (yup, Dogg) in Got It. "It took a long time to really get together with him," Ridha says. "He always liked my stuff, but then it was really tough because he was signed to a major label and they have ways of getting the music together and so it never really worked out before." Ridha is amused by the gangsta rapper's
metamorphosis into the peace-loving reggae artist Snoop Lion, if unconvinced. "I don't think he's gonna be 'Snoop Lion' forever even though they said it when the record [Reincarnated] came out (laughs). But he's already making new rap tracks as well. I think it's kinda funny to see him being this [Snoop Lion], and it's a cool project, but it's definitely funny because it's talk in the end." WHO: Boys Noize (Dog Blood) WHAT: Stereosonic WHEN: Fri Dec 6 & Sat Dec 7 WHERE: Adelaide Showground
Blissful listening is always good to find these days, and a record like Outside from Montrealbased songwriter, musician and singer Michael Silver is anathema to the daily toiling in the mental grist mill that we are largely all slaves to, and without we could not fund our addictions to technology, fashion, assorted drugs and sustenance in its many and varied forms. Sounding somewhere between Junior Boys, Tears For Fears, LCD Soundsystem and Brian Eno, CFCF’s deep and well-spaced productions take the listener down into a gentle place. Muted percussion, warm pulses of sound and synthesis envelope the ears with the aural equivalent of a soft, swirling mist. Records which stick to a mellow idiom can have a tendency to start sounding homogenous, but Silver’s influences from the synth-heavy ‘80s work wonders to give Outside something a little different, and resonate with current flavours in electronic music without sounding trite. Definitely one for the ‘comedown records’ section of your collection. Richard ‘Boner’ Staboni
US outfit Krewella’s debut studio album Get Wet is a taste of what Aussie punters are to see from them at this year’s Stereosonic with the trio possessing an avid affection for Auto-Tune and an ungodly affliction for flat bass tracks. Dance breakdowns and clichés a plenty, the Chicago group are more suited to a 2005 party scene. Sister duo and two thirds of Krewella, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, are masters of their vocal chords and manage to belt out some killer hooks. Tracks Live For the Night and Alive seem to have the Auto-Tune turned down a few hundred notches, showing off the luscious ladies’ impressive range and tone. Because of this, Live For the Night and Alive are the absolute highlights from an otherwise dismal album. Reminiscent of try-hard trance, the audience won’t Get Wet but rather will be soaked in their tears. Get Wet goes best with a few too many tabs or a refunded ‘Stereos ticket’. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Katie Bryant
Floating Points Floating Points is the UK’s go to man for eclectic, soulful and engaging dancefloor action, whether as a DJ or producer. As one of the men behind Eglo Records, Floating Points combines deep house with jazz, soul and hip hop better than any Brit before or since. Catch the man at Sugar on Sat Dec 28 and check out his cracking Resident Advisor mix from earlier in the year to get a taste of what’s in store.
Dieselboy Dieselboy is one of the few American D&B players to earn respect across the pond in the UK. The Human Imprint founder is heading to Adelaide on Fri Dec 20 for a 'childhood memory dress up party' at HQ featuring a gang of locals including Patch, MPK, Rohan, Batch and DnBassador.
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BOY AND BEAR @ HQ BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME @ Uni Bar MOONSORROW @ Governor Hindmarsh CLOSURE IN MOSCOW @ Jive Bar
FRI NOV 22 – SAT NOV 23
GORGEOUS FESTIVAL: ESKIMO JOE, JOHN BUTLER TRIO, LANIE LANE, BLUE KING BROWN, THELMA PLUM, THE AUDREYS & MORE @ Serafino Winery, McLaren Vale
FRI NOV 22
WED DEC 11
BON JOVI & KID ROCK @ AAMI Stadium LEONARD COHEN @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
THU DEC 12
CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES @ Governor Hindmarsh
FRI DEC 13
POND & DOCTOPUS @ Governor Hindmarsh
SAT DEC 14
WARNING BIRDS @ Grace Emily Hotel KID MAC @ UniBar
THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS @ Jive Bar ELIZABETH ROSE @ Rocket Bar I KNOW LEOPARD @ Ed Castle DJ SPEN @ Mr Kim’s ALITHIA @ Enigma Bar
SUN DEC 17
SAT NOV 23
SAT DEC 21
HITS & PITS FESTIVAL 2.0: BLACK FLAG, BOYSETFIRE, NO FUN AT ALL, JUGHEAD’S REVENGE & OFF WITH THEIR HEADS @ Governor Hindmarsh TUMBLEWEED @ UniBar
TUE NOV 26
KINKY FRIEDMAN @ Governor Hindmarsh
FRI NOV 29
SMOKIE @ Her Majesty’s Theatre BUSBY MAROU @ Fowler’s Live THE SCREAMING JETS & THE SNOWDROPPERS @ Governor Hindmarsh ALLDAY @ Rocket Bar SHAUN KIRK @ Wheatsheaf Hotel
SAT NOV 30
NECK DEEP @ Fowler’s Live COSENTINO @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre DEEP SOUTH SA BLUES, ROOTS & FOLK FESTIVAL @ Governor Hindmarsh THE SPASMS @ Worldsend Hotel
SUN DEC 1
PASSENGER @ Thebarton Theatre
WED DEC 4
MUSE & BIRDS OF TOKYO @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre ROCKWIZ @ Thebarton Theatre INSANE CLOWN POSSE @ Governor Hindmarsh
THU DEC 5
JUSTIN BIEBER @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
FRI DEC 6
TODD TERRY @ Garage Bar THE BAMBOOS @ Governor Hindmarsh ENGINE @ Enigma Bar
SAT DEC 7
WORLD’S END PRESS @ Rhino Room JONESEZ @ Ed Castle Hotel GUITAR WOLF @ Enigma Bar LOWRIDER & LUKE CARLINO @ Governor Hindmarsh
SUN DEC 8
VANS WARPED TOUR: THE OFFSPRING, PARKWAY DRIVE, THE USED, SIMPLE PLAN, NEW FOUND GLORY & MORE @ TBC
MON DEC 9
THU DEC 19
HUMAN NATURE @ Festival Theatre CLUBFEET @ Rhino Room
WED JAN 8
BONOBO @ Governor Hindmarsh
While the relocation from Bridgewater to Sydney may have caused the demise of their previous project, it eventually allowed I Know Leopard to rise. Frontman Luke O’Loughlin tells Rip It Up about the band’s journey so far – and why he’s now proud to be a Sydney-sider.
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SCUMFEST: HIGHTIME, HYDROMEDUSA, GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT, A SECRET DEATH & more @ Old Queen’s Theatre
TUE JAN 14
PARAMORE @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
FRI JAN 17
THE BOYS OF SUMMER TOUR: BLESS THEFALL, LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES & THE COLOR MORALE @ Fowler’s Live
THU JAN 23
WE ARE SCIENTISTS @ Governor Hindmarsh
FRI JAN 24
SARAH BLASKO @ Flinders St Baptist Church
Describing Bridgewater as “one of the most serene, beautiful places I know”, the move to Sydney around five years ago was a tactical one for the four-piece, who, following a few hiccups along the way, have never looked back. “I think at the time we thought a change of environment would help us focus and ‘get serious’ about music,” O’Loughlin explains. “We were under a misguided impression that the best way to do this was to re-locate closer to the hub of the industry. I guess we didn’t realise the extent to which the peaceful surroundings of our hometown had been conducive to our creativity and so began a huge
learning experience for us. Our first couple of years in Sydney were a lot of fun but musically we hit a roadblock and pretty soon we missed the distance from industry politics that our [Adelaide Hills] hometown had provided.” After packing in their previous band, Former Child Stars, it took some time for O’Loughlin to start writing songs again, and when he did he noticed it was tonally different to anything he had created previously. Moving with this new sound, the band created I Know Leopard — the name came from an encounter with a costume store clerk who tried to pass off a Chewbacca mask for a leopard — and is, essentially, a Sydney band. “We love Sydney. There’s a great scene here at the moment. Lots of new and exciting acts on the rise. There is also a real sense of camaraderie between bands here too, which is inspiring. Starting I Know Leopard really was the catalyst to finally embrace our relocation and revive the whole ‘do it for the love’ attitude that we started in Adelaide.” I Know Leopard’s first success is their
radio-friendly single She off the EP Illumina. O’Loughlin explains how it was a last minute decision to release She as a single, as it acts as a “slow burner intro” for the EP, rather than a true account of I Know Leopard’s sound, as the other songs are “arranged within more concise pop formats”. Slated for imminent release after the band's second single drops, Illumina promises to be a well thought-out and considered debut. “For an EP, it actually took quite a long time to come together. With an amazing studio full of gadgets, vintage synths and amps at our disposal, we got pretty carried away with exploring different sounds and textures. We even wrote a lot of it in the studio. I guess we decided from the outset that we didn’t want to rush it. Especially if we wanted to make something special.” WHO: I Know Leopard WHERE: Ed Castle WHEN: Fri Nov 22
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SELENA GOMEZ @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
THU FEB 6
THE NATIONAL @ Thebarton Theatre
FRI FEB 7
ED KOWALCZYK @ Her Majesty’s Theatre
SAT FEB 8
THE LOCUST @ Enigma Bar
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E-STREET BAND @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E-STREET BAND @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
SAT FEB 15
PETE MURRAY @ Bird In Hand Winery
SAT FEB 22
A DAY ON THE GREEN: HUNTERS & COLLECTORS, YOU AM I, SOMETHING FOR KATE & BRITISH INDIA @ Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale THE WIRE @ Jive
TUE FEB 25
DOLLY PARTON @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
THU FEB 6
TUE DEC 10
SUN MAR 2
ROSIE O’DONNELL @ Festival Theatre BRUNO MARS @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre DANIEL O’DONNELL & MARY DUFF @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
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LOOPTROOP ROCKERS & SAGE FRANCIS @ Governor Hindmarsh
ALICIA KEYS & JOHN LEGEND @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre CITY AND COLOUR @ Thebarton Theatre STEEL PANTHER & BUCKCHERRY @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
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One of the busiest men working in punk rock since the late ‘80s, Joey Cape, is heading back to Australia for Hits & Pits 2.0 Festival. Cape explains to Rip It Up the excitement of bringing back Bad Astronaut, a band that we were never meant to see on stage again.
Bad Astronaut disbanded following the suicide of Derrick Plourde, the band’s drummer, in 2005. Cape explains that about two years ago he decided it was time to resurrect the band, and that so far he is sticking by his decision. “We had an understanding when we lost Derrick,” Cape explains, “we could not do it without him. But, after so much time passed, the question kept coming up in conversation: ‘Why have we never played live? Not even one show?’It just seemed right to do it; to try it. We only intended to do one short run but, once we did it, we decided it was too much fun to stop.” Bringing back Bad Astronaut obviously
means something important to Cape, who had plenty of other projects, including his own solo material, to choose from to keep busy. Although he cites his collaboration with Brian Wahlstrom (who is a part of Cape’s other band Scorpios) as his favourite since he is a “great friend and a great musician” who he clicks with, Cape was most recently touring Australia with cover band supergroup Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. “It’s always so much fun with that band. There are no consequences. It’s just easy to play covers and drink with whoever shows up.” Perhaps Cape is best known as the frontman for Californian punk band Lagwagon, who, while never tasting mainstream success, have a strong underground following and have released seven albums since their inception in 1990. Their notoriety through the ‘90s even led for them to name their 2008 EP I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon In High School, with the tongue-in-cheek title signalling to their glory days. However, Cape hasn’t given up on the band just yet, saying he
is still writing songs, but they are hoping to record a new album in May or June next year. Apart from Lagwagon, there are a few other priorities on the to-do list for Cape. “I’m producing Brian Wahlstrom’s first album in January, as well as the first solo album from Chris Cresswell [from Canadian punk band The Flatliners] and hopefully a new solo album.” For Hits & Pits Cape promises there will be “a mix of material from our three records... and possibly some pyrotechniques” but is excited to get back to Adelaide, a place he always remembers fondly. “I love hanging out at the Grace Emily or Enigma and the restaurant Adelaide Pho. [It’s] always so much fun in Adelaide.” WHO: Bad Astronaut WHAT: Hits & Pits 2.0 Festival (with Black Flag, Boysetsfire, Snuff and more) WHERE: Governor Hindmarsh WHEN: Sat Nov 23
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RED SQUARE – DJs Marek, Law, Dub Drop DJs, Decker, Bollocks, Krispy, Shawty, Capital D, DV8 and Jazz plus MCs Skippy and Dylan RHINO ROOM – Tommy Little (7pm) Plus One with bands and party DJs (9pm) ROCKET BAR – Rocket Saturdays featuring Tiki Parlay and Julien Love (9pm) SANDBAR – requests with DJs SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – acoustic sessions SEBEL PLAYFORD – Misjif (8pm) SLUG ‘N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB – Triple X (9pm) SUGAR – ITDE DJs & interstate & international guests SWISH: STAMFORD PLAZA – Shufﬂe TALBOT HOTEL – DJ playing retro and requests TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Russell Stuart (7.30pm) TEQUILA REA – Bongo Madness with guest DJs THE ELEPHANT – Gate Crashes (9.30pm) DJ G-Rillz (9pm) THE LION HOTEL – Absolut Saturdays: Wasabi (9pm) THE SOUL BOX – Lights, Camera, Action (8.30pm) TONSLEY HOTEL – Boris Loves To Boogie (8.30pm) VALLEY INN – karaoke VICTORIA HOTEL: O’HALLORAN HILL – Rumours WALKERS ARMS HOTEL – DJ Sessions (9pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Pugsley Buzzards: Chasin’ Aces album launch (9pm) WHITEHORSE INN – Iris (8pm)
LAND OF PROMISE HOTEL – ELECTRIC FUNERAL AND SON OF BON (9PM)
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LONDON TAVERN – DJs Captiv8, Justice, Soundﬂex, AJ and MC Renard (10pm) MARINA SUNSET BAR – DJs playing the best in house and electro MARION HOTEL – Franky F (6pm) One Planet (9pm) MARS BAR – guest DJs plus a drag show MICK O’SHEA’S – Party Cats (9pm) NORWOOD CONCERT HALL – The YWCA Of Adelaide Presents The Big Quiz featuring Sammy J and Quadrant & Friends (6.30pm) OLD BUSH INN – Rockfellas (8.30pm) OLD SPOT HOTEL – The Remnants (9.30pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Good Company (8pm) PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB – Dance On (8pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Kopy Catz (10.30pm)
WINDSOR HOTEL – Blue Comets (8.45pm) WOODCROFT TAVERN – karaoke (8pm) YANKALILLA HOTEL – Fig Jam (8pm) ZHIVAGO – Zhivago’s 10th Birthday: Chaps, Hemilove and Ryley
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Comedy featuring Tommy Little & Guests (4.30pm) BARKER HOTEL – The Frank Collective with Andy & Martha (1.30pm) BENJAMIN ON FRANKLIN – Souled Out Sessions with DJs Dave Collins and Jason Lee BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – Dave Hunt BOTANIC BAR – Eric The Falcon BRAHMA LODGE HOTEL – Rock The Boss (4pm) CHRISTIES SAILING CLUB – Spirit Of Alondray Alive & Well Tour (4pm) DOG & DUCK – Sneaky Sundays with Jak Morris DUCK INN: COROMANDEL VALLEY – Fig Jam (3pm) ED CASTLE – Beer Garden: Acoustic Sundays (2pm) EMU HOTEL – Enough Said (2pm) ENIGMA – Hundredth, Sierra, Vices, Archives and Bombora ESPLANADE HOTEL – Russell Stuart (4pm) EUREKA TAVERN – Jonny Star Family Entertainment (11.30am) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Lost City Presents GILBERT STREET HOTEL – The Yearlings (2pm) GLENELG SURF CLUB – La Mar Sundays (3pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Dr Who 50th Anniversary Party GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Heymus Frank Loves Joan and Traveller & Fortune GRAND BAR – bands, DJs and MCs HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – 888 Poker (6.30pm) LIGHT HOTEL – Vonni’s Big Arvo LORD MELBOURNE HOTEL – Three Star General MARINA SUNSET BAR – Sunset Sessions featuring live acoustic music MARION HOTEL – Sunday Legends featuring Jim Keays (6.30pm) MARS BAR – VJK classic video hits MICK O’SHEA’S – Fleurieu Joe (2pm) OAKS PLAZA PIER – Pier One Bar: Black Caviar (2pm) ODEON THEATRE – Jan Preston & Band: My Life As A Piano Tour (7.30pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB – Troy Harrison (2.30pm) PLAYFORD TAVERN – Jonny Star Family Entertainment (5pm)
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RAMSGATE HOTEL – ACOUSTIC SESSION (4PM) TOM KURZEL & ED TRAINOR FORTNIGHTLY ROTATION (7.30PM) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Funk & Soul Sessions (7.30pm) SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL – acoustic soloists SEMAPHORE PALAIS – Frenzy (4pm) SEMAPHORE WORKERS CLUB – Pugsley Buzzard CD launch (4pm) SERAFINO’S MCLAREN VALE – One Planet (2pm) SUGAR – Mods, Driller and Nu Jeans TAP INN HOTEL: KENT TOWN – Acoustic Sessions THE LION HOTEL – Andrew Hayes (2.30pm) Quinny, Parko & Friends (6pm) THE PROMETHEAN – Burlesque By Flava: A Burlesque Inspired Cabaret Show (7pm) THE SOUL BOX – Academy Of Rock Show (3.30pm) WELLINGTON HOTEL: WELLINGTON – Sunday Sessions: live music on the banks of the Murray (3pm) WEST THEBBY HOTEL – karaoke with Margi and Shaggy (8.30pm) WHALERS INN – Lily & The Drum (2.30pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Cal Williams JR Little Black Crow album launch (4pm)
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The Guide // GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam HOTEL ROYAL: TORRENSVILLE – Ultimate Quiz with Graham Lawrence (7pm) PARAFIELD GARDENS COMMUNITY CLUB Complete Trivia (7pm) RHINO ROOM – One Mic Stand open mic comedy (7.30pm) SUGAR – Big Bubba and Eric The Falcon THE LION HOTEL – Brian Ruiz with Troy Loakes and Paul Vallen (8pm)
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WHITMORE HOTEL – TERRI HARDING & ALEX JOHNSON 6PM WORLDSEND HOTEL – live music
WEDNESDAY 27TH TUESDAY 26TH AUSSIE INN HOTEL – Complete Trivia BOTANIC BAR – Ash Wilson CROWN & ANCHOR – Front Bar: DJs Stevie and Duncan DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Irish Sessions (8pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Bitches Of Zeus DJs GASLIGHT TAVERN – The Blues Lounge hosted by Ron Davidson & Trevor Graham (8pm) GOODWOOD PARK HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7.30pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Main Room: Kinky Friedman. Front Bar: Uke Night with the Adelaide Ukulele Appreciation Society GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Kino HILTON HOTEL – KG’s Complete Trivia (7pm) MARION HOTEL – 888 Poker (6.30pm) PJ O’BRIENS – Davy T’s Music Trivia (7.30pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – cover band (8.30pm) SUGAR – CU Next Tuesday with Sonny Side-Up and Driller THE LION HOTEL – Zkye and Damo (7.30pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – DJs Ryley and Apex (8pm) WHEATSHEAF HOTEL – Spineless Wonders: Story Telling For Grown-Ups (7pm)
SUGAR – Mixed Tape with Lauren Rose, Ferris Mular and Mr Whiskas THE LION HOTEL – Proton Pill (9pm) TONSLEY HOTEL – Tonsley Trivia (7pm) TORRENS ARMS HOTEL – Trivia Wednesday (7pm)
ARKABA HOTEL – Latino Grooves Salsa Classes (6pm) BOTANIC BAR – Gemma CENTRAL DISTRICTS FOOTBALL CLUB – Quiz Wiz Trivia (7.45pm) CHALLA GARDENS HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7pm) CHRISTIES BEACH HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7.30pm) CLOVERCREST HOTEL – karaoke (7.30pm) CROWN & ANCHOR – Geek with DJ Tr!p DANIEL O’CONNELL HOTEL – Dan’s Open Mic Night (7.30pm) EXCHANGE HOTEL: GAWLER – Live Music Exchange (7.30pm) EXETER ON RUNDLE – Curtis FINDON HOTEL – Muso’s Jam hosted by Streaker FINSBURY HOTEL – karaoke (8pm) FIRST COMMERCIAL HOTEL – Complete Trivia (7pm) GOVERNOR HINDMARSH – Front Bar: Open Mic Night GRACE EMILY HOTEL – Duncan Redmonds with The Pro Tools HIGHWAY – The Combi Room HQ –NeverLand KENSINGTON HOTEL – Uke ‘n’ Play: beginners to advanced ukulele (7pm) LIGHT HOTEL – Open Mic Night (8pm) MARION HOTEL – Adelaide Comedy featuring Mikey Robins (8pm) MICK O’SHEA’S – Celtic Connection PORTLAND HOTEL – karaoke with Shaggy (9pm) ROYAL OAK HOTEL: NTH ADELAIDE – Jazz Sessions (7.30pm) SEAFORD HOTEL – karaoke with Suzanne (8.30pm) SLUG ‘N LETTUCE BRITISH PUB – karaoke with Margi (7.30pm)
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Culture// Magic, Mystery, Madness Australia’s own award-winning Grand Illusionist, Cosentino, has had a stellar year; a three-part magic show on the Seven Network, starring as a popular contestant on Dancing With The Stars, the release of his own magic kit and his epic live arena tour: The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness. Life is good for Cosentino, yet he remains humble, focused and grateful for all of his achievements and opportunities.
osentino (which is actually his surname) is in a Melbourne dance studio as we speak. Being in the thick of Dancing With The Stars, he and his dance partner Jess take every opportunity to rehearse amid Cosentino’s heavy tour and TV schedules. “Without sugar-coating it, it’s quite tough on both of us,” he begins. “Jess follows me around the country so we can get our rehearsal time in; we really do have it harder than the other contestants on the show. I developed so much respect for dancers and the pain and discipline they put their bodies through; they make it all look so easy when many people have no idea exactly how much work goes on behind the scenes. “It’s the same with my magic shows,” Cosentino adds. “What looks very calm and relaxed on stage has taken months of hard work to make it look all so easy.” Having seen Cosentino perform his magic both on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 and on his Distortions Tour, it’s easy to be your own spoiler alert and convince yourself that you know how an illusion is done. But then there are those moments when, as an audience member, you are left speechless and spellbound. “It’s like watching a blockbuster movie,” he suggests. “People tell me it’s not real and that I can’t actually do the things that they’re seeing — and I agree with them! People don’t really jump from building to building in James Bond movies; it’s all an illusion. But I create that illusion live on stage. It’s all make-
“People don’t really jump from building to building in James Bond movies; it’s all an illusion. But I create that illusion live on stage. It’s all make-believe but you are seeing it happen before your very eyes — which is what makes it so powerful.”
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believe but you are seeing it happen before your very eyes — which is what makes it so powerful. “The stunts and demonstrations are real; real locks, real water, real chains, real blood, real sweat, real tears,” Cosentino declares. “It’s those blurred lines between the fantasy and the real that allows the audience to decide what is real and not real. Can I really read someone’s mind? Can I really levitate someone? Maybe I can!” Our enticer of intrigue is thrilled by the release of The Cosentino Master Illusions Magic Kit. Developed for ages
Magic Is As Magic Does! Cosentino is the only Australian ever to win the coveted peervoted Merlin Award for the Most Original International Magician. “Being given the honour of Magician Of The Year categorises me with greats such as David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy and Criss Angel. I’m just this guy from Australia who has poured his heart and soul into his childhood passion,” he muses. “Now I’ve put this pressure on myself to uphold the same level of standards as my talented predecessors.The more you learn the more success you earn and I have a craft to develop and share. These accolades are humbling; I feel truly grateful but not truly grand!”
8 to 88, it was a year in the making to develop. “You get over 100 tricks, or effects, as I call them and all the apparatus necessary to perform each one,” he explains. “The written instructions and tutorial DVD cover the basic fundamentals like sleight-of-hand for card tricks etc., and some really cool stuff from my TV show; bending spoons and biting an Oreo biscuit and spitting it back on. The kit gives some basic foundations and some cool facts as well. “Anyone can Google to see how a trick is done,” Cosentino suggests, “but a magic kit will teach you the craft and show you how to advance your own magic skills.” With promoters Live Nation treating Cosentino’s show like a Beyoncé tour, The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness is the illusionist’s biggest arena show to date. “There are two semi-trailers full of gear. It’s literally the best of the best,” he declares. “Big stage, grand illusions, death-defying escapes and street magic with a lot of humour and audience participation. The show is really powerful, because it makes people question what they do and don’t believe. “If someone insists that I can’t read minds or levitate someone — especially if it is their friend up on stage they know that there was no way that it was set-up. All of a sudden you are invested in the show and you begin to question your perceptions and beliefs,” Cosentino concludes. “Seeing all of these things happen with your own eyes can be a powerful thing.” Who: Cosentino, The Grand Illusionist What: The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness Where: Adelaide Entertainment Centre When: Sat Nov 30
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Twenty Feet From Stardom (M) AAAA Producer/director Morgan Neville’s documentary studies background singers (and dancers and often ‘eye candy’) – as in the ones who performed oh-so-close to stars and helped make them sound fabulous yet, somehow, never managed to hit it quite as big as the stars. While major names turn up for interviews (a gracious Bruce Springsteen, a funny Mick Jagger, a technical Sting), this is primarily all about these unsung singers, especially the great Darlene Love, who began her career under contract to Phil Spector (who obviously exploited her, and the word ‘racism’ is used) and performed on record both as an accompaniment to popular bands and as a member of interchangeable girl-groups (like The Crystals, and in a process known as ‘ghosting’). And as she describes her youth in a church choir, and her respectful colleagues listen with awe, we’re treated to footage of everything from Talking Heads’ Stop
Making Sense movie to Ike and Tina Turner’s ‘Ikettes’ on stage in the early ‘70s, with the members now saying that it was all a bit tacky and sexist. An exercise in putting things right ( Jagger credits Merry Clayton with pretty much co-writing The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter on the spot and in the studio in the middle of the night), Neville’s pic is one of the best documentaries of the year. Can I get an amen? Mad Dog Bradley
Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Episode Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Episode Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas The Day Of The Doctor screens at the PN on Sun Nov 24 at 4pm. Details: palacenova.com. The Inaugural British Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas At the PN from Fri Nov 22 until Sun Dec 1. Details: palacenova.com and britishfilmfestival.com.au.
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Writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s bitey dramatic comedies (like Please Give and Friends With Money) are usually under-the-radar offerings, but her latest has received much publicity as it’s the second-to-last film featuring the late, great James Gandolfini (or ‘Jim’, according to the dedication to him at the end), who died earlier this year and here reveals that he could really cut it as an unlikely romantic hero. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in a rare lead, is Eva, a divorced massage therapist facing loneliness when her daughter (Tracey Fairaway) leaves home, who attends a party and meets both poet Marianne (Holofcener’s muse Catherine Keener) and funny Albert (a jumbosized Gandolfini). Encouraged to date Albert by her psychologist friend Sarah (Toni Collette), Eva finds herself attracted to him, regardless of his quirks with guacamole and the way that his penis hangs out of his trackies, while at the same time also happily pursuing a friendship with Marianne – and we can all probably predict what the twist here is here well before Eva does. Holofcener’s always interested in strange connections and relationships, and they don’t get much stranger than JL-D and big Jim – or do they? In fact, no matter how he looks in the film, Gandolfini’s Albert is so unbelievably sweet and sincere and nice that it’s impossible not to be charmed by him, and to wonder what might have been. Ah well, enough said.
Adapted from a novel by Doris Lessing (who died this week at 94) and directed by Anne Fontaine (of French movies with strong feminine themes like Nathalie… and Coco Avant Chanel), this should have been a tough, psychodramatic character study and yet, somehow, much here is stilted, and even the overheated sex stuff seems labored and silly. Two lifelong friends, Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright), have never left the small and picturesque NSW coastal town of their youth, and each now has a 20-ish surf-mad son with major muscles and childish attitudes. When life gets complicated and, for example, Roz’s husband Harold (Ben Mendelsohn) wants the family to relocate to Sydney, the pressure, of course, drives each lad into the arms of the other Mummy, with Ian (Xavier Samuel) winding up in bed with Roz when Harold’s away and Tom ( James Frecheville) on with Lil whenever the fancy takes them, an arrangement that works fine when the four of them admit what’s really happening (using some especially lame dialogue), and two years pass before melodrama takes hold, nasty arguments take over and Sophie Lowe and Jessica Tovey turn up to be mistreated. Desperately hoping to be ‘taboo’ but failing, particularly as the ‘old’ Watts and Wright are so gorgeous (why wouldn’t any hormone-addled lad want to score with them?), Fontaine’s uneasy effort should really have been called Self-Adoration.
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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (MA) AAA With the other Jackasses having seemingly lost the heart after the (unrelated) death of co-star Ryan Dunn, Johnny Knoxville heads out on his own in a spin-off, of sorts, donning the prosthetics to become Irving Zisman, the morally questionable octogenarian who, with his young, sometimes-impressionable-sometimesaccessory grandson Billy ( Jackson Nicoll) in tow, is setting out on a cross-country road trip so un-PC it makes Road Trip look like Driving Miss Daisy as the duo shock, sicken, shoplift and crash a children’s pageant, all with a dead relative in the car like an utterly disgusting Little Miss Sunshine. Directed again by Jeff Tremaine, but for the first time written by someone outside the Jackass circle, Fax Bahr has moved away from the franchise’s clip show theme into something with more story ‘flow’ (not good flow, but flow all the same). Expect the usual stunts, gags and lowbrow humility of all previous Jackass incarnations, but the ‘Bad Grandpa’ segments were never highlights, perhaps because most of the team's antics are for laughs at their own expense, whereas the added level of mocking the elderly, fake elderly or otherwise, takes things to a slightly less forgivable place. Chuckles do abound, but they’re more often out of disbelief than of genuine amusement.
Opening But Unrated Gabriela Cowperthwaite co-wrote, co-produced, co-edited and directed the doco Blackfish (M) all about Tilikum the killer orca. Filth (R), the latest filming of an Irvine (Trainspotting) Welsh novel, is directed and adapted for the screen by Jon S Baird and stars James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (M), from director Francis Lawrence, has a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and, of course, Donald Sutherland.
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Cibo Unveils Summer Menu A new summer menu has arrived at Cibo Espresso. New favourites include the panino toscano, a sourdough filled with Italian prosciutto, mayo and grilled eggplant; tramezzini capri, filled with tomato, fior di latte cheese, baby spinach and olive tapenade; and two new pizza slices. New salad options include the wholemeal pasta,
Street-ADL & Orana Jock Zonfrillo’s new, two-level restaurant, Street-ADL and Orana, has arrived on Rundle St with a focus on local ingredients and dual dining. Helmed by chef/founder Zonfrillo, formerly of Magill Estate, the new eatery is comprised of two dining areas; downstairs is Street-ADL, an accessible bar offering informal dining, cocktails and ‘street’ food, and upstairs is Orana, a small, intimate restaurant offering more complex dishes. In collaboration with Zonfrillo, local graphic design group MASH helped design the fit-out of both restaurants. Pertaining to the concept of ‘dual’ dining, both eateries are connected by a continuous piece of art, painted by Italian artist 2501.
prosciutto, rock melon, rocket and parmesan salad; the penne pasta, green beans, pine nuts and homemade pesto; and the quinoa and chicken with green beans and cherry tomato. Of course, alongside the lunch items are a whole heap of sweet (and appropriately icy) treats. Alongside the blood orange and chocolate tarts and raspberry cheesecake, the latest gelato flavours to join the Cibo family include salted caramel and vanilla, pomegranate, blood orange and blackberry. To find your nearest Cibo Espresso – including the brand new one under Gallery on Waymouth – head to ciboespresso.com.au.
Every Thursday until Thu Dec 12 The Collins Bar at Hilton Adelaide will be transformed into a British garden soiree. Delivering the tastes, sights and sounds of a traditional English summer garden party (read: lots of Beatles and Primal Scream), the Thursday soirees will also boast a range of exciting bespoke cocktails. Think fresh fruit, edible rumwashed soil with absinthe jelly worms, fresh cut crass, Pimms cocktails with a twist, absinthe tea and copious amounts of their signature ingredient served in watering cans – dry ice! WHAT: The Collins Bar WHERE: 233 Victoria Sq, Adelaide WHEN: Thursdays 4pm – 12am INFO: 8237 0760
“Street-ADL is a fun, loud, almost chaotic location with a strong, dynamic energy. However, in direct contrast, Orana is more intimate, more understated and it was here that we wanted to provide a subtle link to Jock’s amazing and visionary support of Indigenous ingredients and growers,” MASH Creative Director Dom Roberts said in a press release. Joining Zonfrillo at Street-ADL and Orana are former Magill Estate employees Shannon Fleming (Head Chef ), Aaron Fenwick (Restaurant Manager) and Joshua Picken (Wine Director). Both restaurants are open now. WHAT: Street-ADL and Orana WHERE: 285 Rundle St, Adelaide WHEN: Mon – Sun 11am – late INFO: 8227 0344
Stars// Aries 21.03/20.04
The impending full moon sees you in fine fettle. Work is giving you enough gaps that you can start asking lovely existential questions like, who am I? - and what do I really want to be doing? There’s plenty of heart in your adventures. You aren’t running around for the sake of it.
There’s a lot going on – but none of it is happening in your key. This means that if you want to feed on the juice of the full moon and more, you will have to adapt. If you keep going straight ahead according to your normal pattern, you’ll be out of synch. Get grounded. Be open.
The Taurus full moon extracts you from your hiding place. Its pull is so magnetic, you will come out to dance and play, even in spite of yourself. Watch out for pride. It can ruin a party remorselessly. This is no time to dig in. There are forces at play that are bigger than you.
Having been through a significant solitary phase of cleaning out, you can now turn your eyes to relationship again. Life is giving you the kind of reminders that can serve to take you deeper than you’ve been before. Let the cynical edge go. Be wiser without being world-weary.
This is a wild and woolly full moon for Centaurs. You are a fire sign. The sun is in a water sign. That confronts you with being doused. The moon is in an earth sign. Shovel loads of dirt don’t serve a passionate fire either. The fullness is still exciting. Be the audience at the rodeo.
The sun in Scorpio is feeding you all the vitality required to go deep into all the emotional adventures intimate friends engender. Saturn in Scorpio is offering you the grounding and wisdom required to navigate deep waters effectively. The full moon ignites a big smile.
The full moon in Taurus has you on the horns of a dilemma. Others are proving to be as stubborn and strong as you can be. As much as you are tempted to try to control things authoritatively, there’s not much point in dreaming of force. Understanding and flexibility are required.
This is a social time. Sharing ideas that inspire with those who can add to the equation brings bliss. The full moon in Taurus adds to the excitement. The earthiness of this particular moon gives you a natural high without causing you to lose your footing. Feast and dance.
with Miranda Freeman
The full moon will rise like a big silver ball in your paddock this week. If that doesn’t fill you with mystery and delight, nothing will. There’s no more beautiful reminder of the great mystery that we are all a part of than the show of the full moon. Remember - life is precious.
Ghoti 17 The Centre Of Creative Photography student show will take place this November and December in Ghoti 17. The exhibition will showcase a range of work produced by students enrolled in the various courses on offer at the CCP, from darkroom works to silver prints. The title of the exhibition comes from the 19th
century term ‘Ghoti’ (pronounced ‘fish’), an example as to how inconsistent English pronunciation is (think ‘gh’ as in ‘rough’, ‘o’ as in ‘women’ and ‘ti’ as in ‘motion’). WHERE: The Centre Of Creative Photography, 138 Richmond Rd, Marleston WHEN: Wed Nov 20 – Fri Dec 20 OPENING: Fri Nov 22 from 6pm
This Is A Very Loud Scream Rundle St gallery Juxtapose Studios will host This Is A Very Loud Scream this November, a new portraiture exhibition showcasing new works from local figurative artists Alice Dolling, Tom Christophersen and Lizi Pratt. Three multidisciplinary pistol-whips embedded within pop culture, each artist has responded to the theme ‘this is a very loud scream’ with a series of paintings, sculptures and installation work. A selection of handcrafted prints and ‘merchandise’ will be available for sale at the opening night event. WHAT: Alice Dolling, Tom Christophersen & Lizi Pratt: This Is A Very Loud Scream WHERE: Juxtapose Studios, 6 Cinema Plc off Rundle St, Adelaide WHEN: Fri Nov 29 – Fri Dec 13 OPENING: Fri Nov 29 from 6pm – 9pm
Venus and Pluto are now in cahoots. Love and deep transformation are now a pair – and all on the full moon. There’s no room here for fluffiness or superficiality. The ego has to burn to smoke for love to ignite. This is a challenge for a hard-headed goat. Keep humour intact.
Life is electric on the full moon – and electric is your territory. Though you’ve been through some travails of late and somewhat secluded from the fray, this full moon is likely to turn things around. It will pull you out of any holes you are in and get you communicating again.
There’s a ray of light coming your way from Mercury. This ray of light brings insight where there has been none. That it is fuelled by the rising of the full moon adds to the excitement. Here is a moment that is reassuring for the vision you have of the road ahead. Enjoy unashamedly.
Hook-Ups Of The Strictly Professional Kind Members of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation are invited to attend a professional networking event to bring together artists and curators – that is, in a speed dating format! Confirmed curators include David Broker (Director, Canberra Contemporary Art Space), Lisa Harms, Nic Brown (Flinders University Art Museum), Lisa Slade (Project Curator, Art Gallery of South Australia), Annemarie Kohn (Curator, Carclew), Paul Greenaway, Andrew
Lawrence, Louise Dunn (Director, Nexus), Fulvia Mantelli (Program Manager, AEAF), Stephanie Britton, Adele Sliuzas and arts critic Chris Reid. The theme of the evening will be ‘80s prom night, with ‘80s tunes and retro snacks on offer. There will also be prizes awarded for the best costumes. If you’re a budding artist and plan to attend, please print out 20 copies of a one-page CV and images or videos of your artwork – be it on paper, tablet or laptop – to hand out to your ‘dates’. Hopefully you get lucky. You must be a member of the AEAF to attend. If you’re not already, RSVP to 8211 7505 to sign up. WHAT: AEAF Speed Dating WHERE: AEAF, Lion Arts Centre, WHEN: Fri Nov 22 from 6pm – 8pm
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Popping Off This week Rip It Up brings you two new locally driven pop-up initiatives that will help bring local and interstate designs to the forefront of Adelaide retail. While they may be temporary, these ventures are designed to help bring some vitality and colour to your shopping experience – and just in time for Christmas.
Naomi Murrell X búl Pop-Up Store Local jewellery designer Naomi Murrell has teamed with Melbourne fashion label búl to bring you their designs through a shared Rundle St pop-up store. Named Second Nature, the collaboration will act as a colaunch for their spring/summer collections. Virginia Martin of búl has named her new collection New Zealand, inspired by the country’s birdlife and island environment with whites, stripes and emerald greenery, which will be offset by A Golden Age, the new rose gold designs from Murrell. The store will be open until Sat Dec 28, so will be available for finding all your Christmas gifts, along with ensembles for summer parties. WHO: Naomi Murrell & búl WHAT: Second Nature pop-up store WHERE: 231 Rundle St WHEN: until Sat Dec 28
The Town Local Pop-Up Store
Local ethical clothing label Vege Threads are joining forces with AHD Paper Co. and Renew Adelaide to create The Town Local, a new pop-up retail space for creative thinkers and dogooders. The Town Local will house a vast range of products covering everything from clothing and accessories to home and interiors, with some products, including Kip & Co. bedding, being exclusive to Adelaide. The Town Local have been teasing punters by leaking some of the labels they’ll be stocking via their Instagram — @thetownlocalstore — ahead of their eventual opening on Tue Nov 26. Here are some of the picks that Rip It Up is most keen to see, besides local favourites Vege Threads, B GOODS and Emma Sadie Thomson homewares.
1. Local Supply: Sydney-based sunglasses 2. Kip & Co. Bedding: The bedding designs of three Melbourne mates 3. Hunt Furniture: Local Designer Max Hunt’s designs.
4. EPOKHE: Handmade eyewear designed in Byon Ba 4.
5. TÊTE-À-TÊTE Incendere: Products by Sydney-based perfumer Vicki Kim 6. Kindred: Handmade jewellery by Sydney artist Hollie Martin WHAT: The Town Local Pop-Up Store WHERE: 13 King William St WHEN: Opens Tue Nov 26
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Sony / M / 96 mins
Hopscotch / MA / 105 mins
Monster Pictures / R / 89 mins
This latest from M Night Shyamalan is neither as silly as The Happening nor as excruciating as The Last Airbender, yet it suffers terribly from unrelenting selfimportant humourlessness. In a convoluted montage we learn that the Earth was abandoned 1,000 years ago (after we messed it up bad) and humanity relocated on Nova Prime, a planet that looked like the deserts of California and New Mexico (funny about that) and was happy home to all until fearfeeding frog-crab-lizard monsters turned up and threatened us afresh. Commander Cypher Raige (Will Smith, also a producer and guest director, sort of ) helped fight the things with his refusal to give into fear, and a later bonding exercise with his son Kitai ( Jaden Smith, of course) leads to their crash-landing on Earth and Kitai’s 100km dash across the countryside to find a beacon, along the way encountering FX baboons, lions, giant condors and, maybe, one of the escaped fear monsters brought along for training purposes (oops). Stop the world, I want to get off…
The follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset from director/producer/co-writer Richard Linklater and stars/co-writers Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy proves quite unlike the first two outings, and is surely the one we all suspected (or feared) would come along, as it’s revealed that the wicked world has had its way with Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Celine. In Greece on holidays with their little twin daughters, the pair are at first seen in long, semi-improvised scenes as they discuss sending Hawke’s teen son back to his ex, the pressures waiting for them back home and the cosmic forces that brought them together. But the stress of domestic arrangements, her work and more are bubbling beneath the surface, and when they wind up in a hotel room together and alone, it all comes out in what must be amongst the most scarily believable fights between lovers captured in modern cinema, and one in which both actors allow themselves to look dangerously vulnerable and, at times, childishly horrible. And whatever next? Before 2am? Before Divorce? Before Rehab?
Director William Lustig’s Maniac (1980), an infamous study of a psychopathic NY sleazeball (played by late writer Joe Spinell in one of horror’s greasiest performances), might have seemed ‘unremakeable’, and yet director Franck Khalfoun (working from a script by Grégory Levasseur and Alexandre Aja, who himself directed remakes of The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha) attempts the impossible and turns out a pic that’s less slimy, but makes up for it with extreme nastiness. Elijah Wood (desperate to change his goody-goody image) is Frank, a guy who runs a mannequin shop and, of course, stalks and kills women in sequences that increase in viciousness as we go along, made even more unsettling as this is entirely seen from his perspective via amazing — and pretty distracting camera tricks and FX (that’s right: this time out you get to be the maniac!). Frank meets an artist named Anna (Nora Arnezeder) and is smitten, but this only makes him crazier, and the violence gets more intense, sadistic and uncomfortably sexualised (if not quite as revoltingly as in the original).
Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger! Hopscotch / G / 105 mins
AAa Yes, there must be room to review one Xmas movie, and no, this sequel to 2009’s Nativity! isn’t the best, kids. Again written and directed by Debbie Isitt and apparently once titled Nativity 2: The Second Coming (yep, that would never have offended anyone!), this has hapless teacher Mr Peterson (David Tennant) starting a job at a new school while worrying about his pregnant wife, the approaching festive season and the arrival of his alienated dad (Ian McShane), who always preferred Peterson’s frightening musical genius twin brother (Tennant again, trying to convince us he’s not nice). Peterson (the teacher one) finds that the school’s headmistress (Pam Ferris) allows her (supposedly) loveable nephew ‘Mr Poppy’ (Marc Wootton) to take classes (even though he’s not trained as a teacher and is a dangerous dickhead), and it’s Poppy who, when the kids are forbidden to travel to compete in the ‘Song For Christmas’ contest, kidnaps Peterson and drags him cross-country with a busload of awfully cute and unbelievably well-behaved pre-teens. Bah humbug. MDB
The Illusionists 2.0
The success of last year’s The Illusionists spectacle led to Adelaide Festival Centre presenting The Illusionists 2.0 for a limited season this New Year.
Glam Rock: Dandies In The Underworld Alwyn W Turner / V&A
Cultural historian Turner’s raunchy tome’s a study of the short-lived but very influential glam rock movement that kicked off in Britain in the early ‘70s and died sometime before the ‘80s, as punk, New Romanticism and Reaganism took hold. Influenced by Metropolis, the beat generation, a lingering and burning desire to shock the post-WW2 ruling classes, and more, glam combined sex, androgyny, rock music and a sort of bicurious intellectualism, and was put through its paces by Roxy Music, T-Rex, Mott The Hoople, the late Lou Reed (a rare American glammer) and Ziggy Stardust himself, David Bowie, and leaves behind, Turner notes, a legacy celebrated and happily exploited to the max by Bon Jovi, Pulp, Lady Gaga and other shameless sorts. MDB
The ensemble will feature seven of the world’s finest magicians: Adelaide’s Raymond Crowe (The Unusualist), James More (The Deceptionist), Luid De Mato (The Master Magician), Aaron Crow (The Warrior), Dr Scott Lewis (The Hypnotist), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator) and Adam Trent (The Futurist). Rip It Up spoke to Trent, who has been described as, "a cross between Justin Timberlake and David Copperfield", and who will be making his first ever trip to Australia to take part in the show. “The show’s producer had started talking to me about being part of it about a year ago,” he says. “And because the show features some of my idols – magicians I grew up watching on the TV – agreeing to be part of the show felt like I had come full circle. The chance to go to Australia for the first time also made it easy for me to sign up.” Trent is especially excited to be working with Adelaide’s Raymond Crowe, who recently made it to the finals of television reality show Australia’s Got Talent. “I’d say Raymond was one of my very
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first idols,” he states. “He did a stint on a television show here in the US many years ago and, as a little kid, I just thought he had the greatest routine. So I became a huge fan of Raymond’s originality and the fact he is so light-hearted with it. I’d actually record the shows and watch them back over and over again. “Sometimes it would take ages for me to figure out how it was done. Then it would like, ‘Ah, so that’s how it’s done’. So once I had the basic principles down, I then added my own stuff to it. “So my show is quite different to what a lot of magicians are doing,” Trent says. “I use
a lot of music in my show and there’s a very futuristic aspect with all the new technology that’s available, but using it in different ways. “For example, I use a loop pedal on a deck of cards. People have seen musicians use a loop pedal but I’m the first magician to use one. I’m also working on some brand new things but will also be doing some material I’ve been doing for the last four or five years. ” WHAT: The Illusionists 2.0 WHERE: Her Majesty’s Theatre WHEN: Fri Dec 27 until Sun Jan 5
Your guide to the student experience
with Claire Foord
A Degree Can Get You Places Polish-born Adelaidean Anna Ficek is in her early 20s but has worked and travelled the world following her curatorial artist heart. While studying her first degree (Bachelor of Visual Arts, Art History and Theory at UniSA) she travelled and studied in Montreal, Canada. In her last year at UniSA she was accepted as a curatorial intern at the Galeria de la Raza through Berkeley University in California. Pretty fabulous gig, but it didn’t stop there. After graduating from UniSA, Ficek was offered an internship at the Guggenheim in New York. “I had been applying for internships at major museums for years, so it was an incredibly happy moment,” Ficek says. Ficek worked in the curatorial department and says she learnt so much. On internships, Ficek advises, “Just keep trying,” and says not to shy away from unpaid work. “You have to have some unpaid work under your belt before you can start asking to get paid,” she says. Ficek started her second degree at the State University of New York (Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Museum Studies), which thanks to her previous Adelaide degree only took one year through a transfer of credits. It was while living in Buffalo that she was able to travel to Peru for a research trip. “I got to trek to Machu Picchu, visit historical homes, museums and churches, and discover another world which I never knew,” she says. On finishing her research, she was chosen to work on an exhibition called Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home 1492-1898 at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. “It was the most amazing experience to put all this study into a physical exhibition and project open to the public,” she says. In June, Ficek was selected to present her research project as part of the Association of Art Historians Summer Symposium at Oxford University in the UK. “I’m still currently working on this project, submitting it for publication and applying to present at other international conferences,” she says. In spite of all her successes, Ficek says she has faced challenges. Working in the US, her main issues were financial and bureaucratic, such as getting the appropriate visas. “There were many moments when I thought of doing something easier, because it all felt too exhausting and too difficult, but I’m glad I didn’t. I learned what not to do and tried again,” she offers.
Call For Visual Artists Are you a visual artist with new work ready to exhibit? The new Art Studio pop-up gallery on The Parade, Norwood is calling for artist proposals for exhibitions for this December. Limited spaces are available, so get your application in fast. Submissions close Mon Nov 25. Visit artstudiopopup.tumblr.com for details.
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Flume & Chet Faker
Close Your Eyes
Drop The Game
Line In The Sand
If you listen carefully, you can hear the internet breaking – Flume and Chet Faker are releasing an EP together. The massively hyped pair have enjoyed a hugely successful 12 months and with the release of Lockjaw that upward trajectory looks set to go exponential. Drop The Game has Flume and Chet (Flet? Chume? We’ll work on it...) at the very top of their game, building on their Left Alone collaboration on Flume’s debut album. The hip hop vibes of Flume’s production work seamlessly into Chet’s soulful croon. The game is very much theirs to drop.
Metronomy I’m Aquarius (Because/Warner)
On their debut album Nights Out, Metronomy were as compatible with banging party jams as Capricorns and Virgos. Then on follow-up The English Riviera things changed – Mercury went into retrograde, or some bullshit – and Metronomy decided they didn’t like to party anymore. New single I’m Aquarius continues the serious tone of its preceding album with more gravity than a low-flying moon. The humming synths and minimalist production suggest that Metronomy’s wild days are well and truly behind them. They’ve decided to settle down.
Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time (Capitol)
AAAA For those who have followed Sky Ferreira’s journey – Uncle Terry’s lipstick, Saint Laurent and Givenchy musings; 400 unreleased songs and accusations of heroin addiction included – Night Time, My Time is the commentary on her frustrating battle with her label and inner turmoil that they both wanted and deserved. While teamed with appropriately
distorted grunge-pop beats, Ferreira’s voice is surprisingly real and powerful. Galactic opener Boys sides Ferreira with post-punk/pop royalty Blondie and there’s a certain fucked up hardness inherent in the song that’s more akin to Courtney Love. If Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay) instils any bratty undertones, the beautifully forlorn I Blame Myself decrees that ‘I blame myself for my reputation’. For Japanese speakers, synth-heavy shoegazing anthem Omanko raises eyebrows for obvious reasons, and reminds us that there’s something much darker – and intelligent – at work. Showing all the strengths learned from her dabbles in commercial pop since her signing at 15 and applying everything you can’t be taught, as the album fuzzes out with hues of Cat Power and Scarlett Johansson, it cements Ferreira as a versatile force in pop music. Through her music and notoriety, Ferreira has evolved into her own subculture propagated by intelligent bloggers obsessed with cable TV and GIFs. And from Night Time, My Time, their tag of “flawless queen” is not as far off as you think. Lachlan Aird
Texas-based Close Your Eyes’ latest album, Line In The Sand, is being sold as ‘melodic hardcore’. Unfortunately, this appears to be some crossover genre between punk rock, emo and hardcore. I say unfortunately because, for me at least, the style just doesn’t carry through. The emotional, frequently repeated simple melodic lines in both guitar and vocals disturb the metal fan within me, and the shouted vocals and hardcore parts turn away my softer side. Even more unfortunate, the problems here have been multiplied within Line In The Sand. The lyrics are just a little bit too simple, and choruses repeated too often. There are some decent songs on the album – Skeletons will certainly get the blood moving for the hardcore fans – but two songs later comes the very anthemically Christian Glory, which, aside from being rather too preachy for a hardcore album, seems aurally completely at odds with the previous song. I can sense that these lads have put in a decent effort – and respect to them on that front – but serious metal fans over the age of 14 probably won’t bite at this one. Brett Neuling
Envy (Cut Tooth)
The brisk, urban indie pop of artists such as Golden Silvers and Jack Peñate seemed to go criminally unappreciated during its short tenure. South Londoners Breton are insistent on righting this wrong. With an accented drawl reminiscent of Foals (a band that is perennially on trend) and tropical-strength accessibility, don’t be surprised if Envy becomes a radio mainstay in the very near future. Either way, it’s a track that Breton’s forebears would be very proud (and envious) of.
Young Turks Roe vs. Eade vs. Westbrook (Animal Style)
Conflating the contentious issue of abortion with a modern-day basketball rivalry results in a strange choice of song title for Young Turks. In the space of just under two minutes, the Portland hardcore outfit spew venom at society, decision-makers, the city and other symbolic representations of ‘the system’ like a cobra with food poisoning. The message is somewhat clichéd, but its angsty delivery and nods to early Pennywise and Hüsker Dü make it hard not to bang your head along with it. Slam dunk!
A Day On The Green Live Review
Sat Nov 16, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa Valley (Review by Ilona Wallace)
AAAa The Barossa Valley sun was kind to A Day On The Green-goers on Saturday: pleasantly warm but not ultra-blistering. Definitely a plus, given the shadeless venue. Although organisers had erected bright picket fences around VIP areas, the rows of unoccupied ‘premium’ seats told the real story: it would have been foolish to pay (according to Bob Evans) “$150 billion” for a plastic chair when you had the option to luxuriate on the luscious lawn. Hummus platters abounded, and organisers flaunted their own ‘no glass’ rule, selling wine by the swiftly-swallowed bottle. First act Band Of Frequencies drew the short straw, playing while the crowd was occupied with picnic rug Tetris. After a break (and the world’s slowest Powerpoint) Bob Evans performed a mediocre set. His recent, vibrant record sadly suffered when dulled to a two-man jive. Helpful guitarist ‘Poncho’ strummed happily away as Evans necked a bottle of vino and described
Glow & Behold
Crucible - The Songs Of Hunters & Collectors
With former frontman Daniel Blumberg jumping ship to pursue his solo ventures and Max Bloom taking his place, Glow and Behold sees Yuck exploring the brighter side of things. In keeping with the cheesy title pun, the album certainly glows more than their grimy 2011 release. Lead single Middle Sea sees a glimpse of the slacker fuzz from their debut, but tracks such as the Breeders-inspired Lose My Breath inject a new found summer shoegaze feel into the album. The title track then takes us into Britpop territory, a style we’ve not seen from Yuck in the past. Once branded an inexplicably Americansounding UK band, it seems they’ve dialled the Dinosaur Jr. influence down a notch and opted for a little Jarvis Cocker – something that can never go astray. Although the band still holds a distinctively ‘90s sound, the line-up shuffle has resulted in a crisp, more concise sound. They’re a slightly different band from the Yuck of 2011, but the shift only reflects the current musical climate – one in which the whole fuzzy reverb-soaked grunge thing has been done to death. With Glow and Behold, the band has definitely made the right call. Bella Fowler
It seems the way of the future when bands reach out to their fans to fund album releases. The fan wins by being able to purchase some awesome experiences, and the band wins by not only funding their album but maintaining their independence. Eskimo Joe reached their target for Wastelands at warp speed. So, being financed with borrowed dimes, the pressure was on Eskimo Joe to deliver the goods. And after two years since their last album it really begged the question: what’s left in the tank? Wastelands sees the band taking things in a different direction and making the statement that “we’re all grown up now”. There are more electro grooves going around compared to the early days of Sweater and Turn Up Your Stereo, making one wonder if they’ve alienated their diehard supporter base. This is an album I’ve really tried hard to like but with each listen the frustration grows with cheesy vocal melodies and this upbeat dance vibe. Disgrace and Sad Song are radically different and I think they got a little carried away with these ones. Got What You Need, on the other hand, is classic Eskimo Joe, proving that when they get it right and keep it simple they’re almost unbeatable. Rob Lyon
On the surface of things, Cults have really had it going on since they emerged from a vegan Brooklyn café and fixie-d their way into hearts at the turn of the decade. That their single Go Outside appeared in a cider commercial in 2011 certainly didn’t hurt their status as potential cross-over champions (that, and their signing to a major label the year prior). But surfaces can be deceiving, and beneath the shiny exterior of Cults’ debut album exposed a band still figuring out how to back up a hit single with a collection of quality songs. Second album Static adds considerable depth to the Cults of 2011. Their song writing has improved dramatically, resulting in higher peaks and hillier plateaus. Recent single I Can Hardly Make You Mine best highlights their transformation from lightweight twee pretenders to fully-fledged starlets with a foreboding piano riff, euphoric chorus and the self-assuredness in Madeleine Folin’s vocals. There’s also considerably more confidence exhibited in tracks like Always Forever (where their trademark pluvial sound effect suddenly makes sense), Shine A Light and Keep Your Head Up. Thankfully, Cults have shed their skin on Static to reveal what lies beneath. Jimmy Byzantine
Hunters & Collectors are a great Australian band that will go down as one of our finest, and their resurgence is awesome news. Crucible is two discs: one featuring tributes and the second featuring the original recordings. It is always a worry when you look at who is singing these tributes and think, “Really?” For the most part though there are some decent tributes, particularly by Birds Of Tokyo (Talking To A Stranger), an all-time classic cover by Neil Finn and Eddie Vedder (Throw Your Arms Around Me), Something For Kate (When The River Runs Dry) and The Living End (Say Goodbye). Nostalgia is on in earnest here. Rob Lyon
his album as “critically acclaimed but commercially underwhelming”. Wine a little bitter, Bob? Ah, Sarah Blasko—charming, talented and underappreciated by the audience. An excitingly slow costume change (donning a pair of shiny black gloves) stretched over Sleeper Awake and Over & Over. Her trademark ‘OOooOOHs’ carried an echoing chill on the breeze. Despite the distracted response, Blasko performed graciously. A well-to-do roar swelled up when The Cruel Sea hit the stage, but dimmed when Tex Perkins was nowhere to be seen. Luckily, the band weren’t taking a trip back to their instrumental roots, but simply building tension for the vocalist’s eventual appearance. Perkins definitely knows how to work a crowd, and there was grooving and moving from many a middle-aged booty. Finally, Bernard Fanning. He was definitely among friends that night—lyrics were bellowed and hiccupped back to him as he kicked things off with Thrill Is Gone. The sun went down and the lights came on, bathing the stage in a red-brick projection. He bantered and ballad-ed, playing solo at the piano as well as backed by Band Of Frequencies. He gave what the Greeners wanted and the evening ended in extremely high, wine- and sun-soaked
Cate Le Bon Mug Museum
Aa ‘Boring’ is a harsh word, but it applies here. No God: plodding and substance-free, the tune seems to bore Le Bon herself as she yawns ‘No God’ over and over and over. I Think I Knew: this time, Le Bon and Perfume Genius (who is unfairly represented here) wail ‘I think I knew’ over and over, while a piercing arpeggio of electric organ peels in the background. Wild: out-of-tune guitars bounce monotonously under a gotta-smash-’em-all approach to the keyboard. And so on. If you’re having a lazy day and need something tasteless to rub your earbuds in, then give this a shot. Ilona Wallace
with Ilona Wallace
Starvation Ovation We have a busy weekend of launches to look forward to—kicking off with hardcore group Starvation’s debut record. The self-titled album follows 2012’s demo and a split 7” with Negative Reinforcement (Perth). The Adelaide four-piece—who have been extremely productive since they formed in 2011—are a collection of members from familiar local bands Search & Destroy, Crisis Alert, The Vaginors and many more. Starvation will be available in digital, CD and vinyl (limited to 200 standard black and 100 white copies) formats. To be part of the launch, find your way to Animal House on Fri Nov 22.
Wheat Is The Wail The Baker’s Digest at the Electric Light Hotel. The burnished blues group are releasing their debut album, Weak Is The Wail, this Sat Nov 23. Celebrating with the boys are some of Adelaide’s finest acts (Dr Piffle & The Burlap Band and Abbey Howlett) and an excellent Victorian visitor (Cherrywood). The Baker’s Digest will also be making an appearance at Scumfest in early 2014—if you get the record now, you’ll know all the lyrics by the time the show rolls round in January.
Sincerely Optimistic Rounding out their national tour on Sat Nov 23, Sincerely, Grizzly are heading home to Adelaide. Hitting the stage at classic venue the Crown & Anchor, S-comma-G will be presenting their latest single—their punctuation-loving Us; Or Optimism. The track is the newest hint at the band’s forthcoming record, Halves, due out next year through Gun Fever. Sharing the stage with Sincerely, Grizzly: Horror My Friend, Archers and EPI.
Nerds Of A Feather Armed with their signature, broadly-accented drawl and those draping, lazy guitars, Bitch Prefect are ready with a new record. Bird Nerds will be released this Sat Nov 30, welcomed by a party at the Metro. For the impatient ones amongst you, Bitch Prefect have kindly popped University Fiend, one of the record’s tracks, up on their Soundcloud page; you can also pick up the whole album online if you’re too keen to wait for the weekend. Supporting on the night will be Bruff Superior, Body Horror and Psalm Trio.
Buy Local: Bowerbird Bazaar Bowerbird Bazaar is back! The 10th South Australian designer market will run at Wayville Showgrounds this Fri Nov 22 to Sun Nov 24. A glorious showcase of creative skill, Bowerbird Bazaar brings visual artists, fashion designers and makers of homewares and jewellery together under one roof for your perusal. The weekend offers the chance for us to browse collections and purchase items direct from more than 100 creatives. While some designers hail from interstate, the local representation is high. A sampling of the local talent includes The Mill Collective, Nosha, WallsThatTalk and The Ink Room. Accompanying the designer goods will be artisan food: Dough, Great Relish and Food Man Chew are among the options. Bowerbird Bazaar was a finalist in the 2013 Ruby Awards (Arts Enterprise), so say congratulations if you head on down! Doors of the Stirling Angas Pavillion open at 4pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $2 or free for children. For a full list of stallholders and further information, see bowerbirdbazaar.com.au.
THURS 28 NOV GOVERNOR HINDMARSH THEGOV.COM.AU
KATIE NOONAN ANGIE HART ABBY DOBSON MARTHA MARLOW
SONGS THAT MADE ME brings together four of Australiaâ€™s finest female singer/songwriters to share stories of their influences, artistic journeys and the landmark songs (by others and themselves) that have soundtracked their lives. The four singers share the stage for the entire show and collaborate naturally as they tell the stories of - and perform, some of the key songs that have shaped their lives.