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Creature Features

This studio has presented me with lots of opportunities to try my hand at new things, but the most intriguing of these would be the creation of a radio feature. To be honest, in the past I avoided the Media Studios that had an audio focus, purely because I had been trained in the film, and developed a love for the creation of dialogue-absent shorts.

I had a vague idea of the structure of a feature before our creative process started, but forgot how much room there was for experimenting with content, texture and content. Our group has chosen to focus our feature on second-hand clothing, exploring the effects of recycling clothes and identifying possible answers to the question- in doing good, are we actually doing any good?

Corey and I were put on the task of trying to contact the likes of Vinnies and Brotherhood of St Laurence to try and discuss the circulation of their clothing items within their respective opportunity shops. But unfortunately, they were more reserved than initially expected. Luckily, we had some connections in the Uniting Church Op Shop in Point Lonsdale. Whilst the impact of an interview with a more large-scale organisation would have added a nice side to our feature, the more personable touch we were able to get out of an interview with an opp shop volunteer might add a bit of tension, something that Sam and Bruce stressed we should aim for.

Hopefully, our elements pull together nicely. Natalie has been delegated the task of editing and after listening to a few of her past feature works, I am sure she will bring everything together beautifully

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groovin the moo 2016

Yesterday was Groovin the Moo, the legen-dairy (cow puns rule) country based music festival that is well worth the $99 ticket.

I didn’t really have any expectations of the festival, because last year proved to me that no matter who you are with, what you are wearing, what the weather is like and how afraid of crowds you are, that music is awesome and powerful and seeing tonnes of bands you love all in one day is an incredible thing.

I was super excited to see The Rubens, Boy & Bear and Alex Dyson tear up the DJ stage in a mean legionnaire hat, but even more excited because I could pull out my favourite raincoat and wear it to the event that I essentially purchased it for #win.

 

The rain didn’t dampen the energy of the artists. Ms Mr, a band who I was somewhat familiar with, created an absolute storm of energy on the stage. The keyboardist’s dance moves reminded me of that viral American Aerobics video, and the realisation of this during his performance made me laugh… a little too much. As the day progressed, my crew and I moved from stage to stage, artist to artist, discovering new music and rediscovering the old.

But I was at my happiest when Boy & Bear took the stage. After wanting to see them live for a number of years, I felt that at that moment- all my troubles floated away and I was left swaying and dancing in my own happiness.

I can’t wait to hear the line up for next year- I am even going to look into staying in Bendigo so I don’t have to force myself not to nap whilst sitting in the passenger seat on the way home.

 

 

blurry action shots 🎉✨ #groovinthemoo #magical

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Thank you, Groovin, for a grand day ❤

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music mondays: jaala

Getting back into my music writing- yaaaas!

So bouncing off the back of last weeks little rant about my night out at the Methyl Ethel concert, I thought I would make today’s blog all about one of the support acts- Jaala, a terribly awesome ensemble from Melbourne. The beauty of concerts is that not only do you get to see the headline act, but you have the opportunity to allow delightful support acts, such as Jaala, to embed their incredible work into your brain, so much so that even my lovely boyfriend was raving about how great they were, long after the concert (and thats saying something).

From the minute the band walked on the stage, my interest was instantly sparked… and not just because I was in love with the pants the lead singer, Cosima, was wearing #wardrobeenvy… but because of extraordinary sounds they were pulsing throughout the room.

Their smooth/indie/punk hybridity is awfully serenading; vocals full of wonder, each word grasping onto your feels and gently squeezing them. The softer elements of the songs are somewhat reminiscent of some of Kimbra’s early work, but the edges of the songs were a new surprise. The progression and composition of each song takes you on somewhat of a journey, ups and down with a velvety undertone.

Here is my list of my Jaala top 5, definitely worth a listen and download (in no particular order)

  1. Salt Shaker
  2. Double Dutch
  3. Low Lands
  4. Order
  5. War Song

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a night at the northcote social club

I had done a lot of music blogging on my old blog but for some reason I had struggled to get back into it, until last night, when my love for music was more than revived.

Last night I attended one of the most _____ (can’t even find the word it was so good) concerts I have ever attended. Methyl Ethel, a little indie rock band from Perth, tore up the Northcote Social Club and transformed the pieces into sparkly perfect unicorn confetti.  You may know the band for their songs Twilight Driving, which came in at no# 97  in the 2015 Hottest 100 countdown.

Being the early bird I am, we arrived at 7.30 on the dot. Why? Because the show was sold out and I didn’t want to wait in a queue for ever and ever. Oh and the perks of turning up early to a small gig? You get to chill in an empty room and what the band and groupies at the bar #notstalkerish

The crowd came in dribs and drabs, sitting down to listen to the likes of Ben Witt, a guitar master from Perth, and Jaala, a little ensemble from Melbourne who I currently have blasting through my Spotify (because their tunes are darn good).  The crowd had soon doubled as Methyl Ethel took the stage. For 60 minutes, the audience were placed in a dream state by the polished performance and infectious sound. Crowd chatter was minimum, feels from the beat were maximum. From one song to the next, the smooth bass, vocals full of emotion and feels hitting drums harmoniously an gracefully bounced off the walls of the room. Their sound on their album, Oh Inhuman Spectacle, is delightful, but their live performance left it in the dust and departed to another planet. Insanely incredible… I am struggling to put into words just how insanely good they were.

They are the perfect example of how unique and sensational the Australian music scene really is. $15 MORE than well spent: I discovered an awesome new band and most importantly got to witness Methyl Ethel wow Melbournians. I am calling it- watch this space- Methyl Ethel are a force to be reckoned with. Their crowd-pleasing rock vibes are authentic and contagious.

Make your day by indulging in these incredible tunes…

Twilight Driving

Obscura

Idée Fixe 

Rogues

Sweet Waste

Oh hell, just go and buy every single one of their songs, you will not regret it.

 

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SONG OF THE WEEK

Who doesn’t love a bit of awesome new music?
(If you don’t, please see a GP asap)
It has been a while since Flume dropped some new music, but 14ish hours ago (according to youtube), he dropped a brand new track which features Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow).
This track has that classic Flume sound and structure with a new and upbeat vibe- its not as dancey as some of his more famous songs, but it is still hella catchy and definitely grows on you with every listen. It is a little eery but every bit awesome.

Between this track with Flume and his countless collaborations with Mark Ronson (on both his 2010 album Record Collection and his most recent release, Uptown Special), Andrew Wyatt is definitely getting in with the best of the industry as a featured artist.

So here is your Song of the Week, hot off da press- Flume with Some Minds (feat. Andrew Wyatt)

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: ARCADE FIRE

Back in year 9, I had this teacher who loved to analyse music videos- He introduced my year level to ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ before it had even been played on the radio. And whilst he was terrible at eye contact, facial recognition and reading aloud, he introduced me to Arcade Fire- a band who I now hold very close to my heart… and for that, I am grateful.

For those uncultured individuals who are unaware of who Arcade Fire is, they are an indie rock back from the land of Canada who are comprised of two brothers, a wife, and 3 friends (and a few extras who like to tag along from time to time). They are well known for not only their album releases as a band, but for scoring Spike Jonze’s Her, my favourite movie ever.
Why not delve into the world of Arcade Fire for this week’s ‘Saturday Spotlight’…

1. No Cars Go– Neon Bible (2007)
This song is so so clever- the combination of strings an drums creates this kind of busy energy that could be likened to a busy road- its atmospheric in a hectic way..
This song, ironically, makes for a pretty awesome night city- roadtrip song. Love it very much

2. My Body is a Cage– Neon Bible (2007)
Also from Neon Bible, this song is also atmospheric. The haunting organ in the background, as well as the slightly distorted vocals creates an eery feel. As it starts to build, everything is intensified- It is one of those songs that you listen to in the early hours of the morning, when the moon is out and everyone is asleep and it just hits you right in the feels and senses…

3. You Already Know– Reflektor (2013)
This song is on the poppier side- its catchy and boppy and wonderful. I also love the music video for this song- it is quite harry potter-esque and enertaining

4. We Exist– Reflektor (2013)
I love this song, but I am mainly linking it for the music video. You may at first say a lovely little Oh hello.. to the perfectly perfect Andrew Garfield! But this music video is touching on a really important topic- gender identity. I LOVE it when celebrities and musicians put their talent to good use- to highlight issues in society

5. Some Other Place– Her OST (2013)
I can’t even describe my love for this song. It is perfectly peaceful, yet shares its melody and tune with another Arcade Fire song, ‘Porno’, from their 2013 album Reflektor. The simplicity of the piano and the echoing of the strings creates such an atmosphere and really exhibits the beauty of the film. Its the perfect lullaby…

6. Reflektor– Reflektor (2013)
7 minute + long creative and quirky songs are what I live for, and Reflektor is one of them. Despite the fact I don’t speak french and can’t understand half the lyrics, I still love to sing along to this song (and of course, dance too). I love every element of this song- the vocals, drums, guitar, piano- I LOVE IT ALL! Funkier and funkier with every second that passes
God bless title tracks…

7. The Suburbs– The Suburbs (2010)
ANOTHER AWESOME TITLE TRACK!!! The song where my love for Arcade Fire began. I had only just found ‘my sound’; the music I liked not because everyone else liked it, but because I liked it. It is simply beautiful and I can’t even say anything else… This song will always hold a special place in my heart and I will be playing it forever.

As I chose these songs linked above, it became evident that Arcade Fire are so versatile- they can produce songs from various styles that sit in the indie genre and execute them in such an awesome fashion. They have songs for the sad says and songs for the happy, for the dancey and for those rainy days when all you want to do is eat and sleep.
Arcade Fire- you absolutely freakin rock.

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10 SONGS TO CELEBRATE WEEK 10

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A BONUS POST?!

I’m feeling generous today, so here are 10 songs to get you moving and shaking on this fine Thursday to celebrate the fact that it is week 10, the last week that you are able to count the weeks you have been at uni on 2 hands…
No descriptions, no reviews, just 10 easy links to get you in the groove

1. Feel Right (feat. Mystikal)- Mark Ronson

2. Best Friend– Foster the People

3. Is This How You Feel?– The Preatures

4. Freaking Out the Neighbourhood– Mac DeMarco

5. My Number– Foals

6. Run– San Cisco

7. Dance Wiv Me– Dizzee Rascal

8. Hey Ya!– Outcast

9. Let it Happen– Tame Impala

10. Speak of the Devil– Hermitude

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: ARCTIC MONKEYS

A year ago today was the best day of my life. In 40 years if you ask me to recall the best day of my life, May 9th 2014 may overtake my wedding on the list.
A year ago today, I was serenaded by Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Nick O’Malley and Jamie Cook- Arctic Monkeys (from High Green Sheffield) at Rod Laver Arena.
I may love Tame Impala, I may love The Black Keys, I may love Mark Ronson, but Arctic Monkeys will always be my one true love, the band that I will never retire from listening to.
I remember the exact moment when I listened to my first Arctic Monkeys song- the classic ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’/ At the time, I hadn’t really discovered this thing called ‘good music’, well until I heard that song. But it wasn’t until the release of my now all-time favourite song ‘Crying Lighting’ in 2009 that I jumped on the band wagon… and I never looked back.
How would I describe Arctic Monkeys?
Sexy, smokin’ rock ‘n’ roll.

I even struggled to formulate that phrase- they are indescribable; too perfect for words.
There is a song for every mood, every situation, every moment. Music videos that make you weak at the knees, accents that make your eyes light up, bass lines that absolutely melt my heart AND ALEX TURNERS THAT MAKE YOUR ALEX TURNERS TURNERS AHSUIGJKHDSGJAKHSFLK
I love them more than I love free things, cuddles and protein bars (if you know me, you will know that that is a big call)

Their music helped me through some shit times and enhanced the good times and I will forever hold them close to my heart.

*ALSO: Quick tip: The key to my heart is possessed by Alex Turner- if you go fetch him you can unlock my heart… or let him do it, yeh actually let him do it*

Anyways, before I go all fan-girl on you *I AM CONTROLLING MYSELF SO MUCH RIGHT NOW OMG* I shall now honour them in the best way possible, well besides a shrine… Saturday Spotlight…

It is hard to count all my favourite Arctic Monkeys songs on one hand, but I’ll give it a go…


1. R U Mine?– AM (2013)

I’ll start you off with a recent one that you have a) probably heard on the radio or b) probably heard me drumming or singing in the shower/toilet/other
It’s the perfect combination of golden lyrics, crazy good drums, catchy bass line and ALEX TURNER ASKING ME IF I AM HIS.
If this song was a person, it would be Alex Turner- it is smooth, sexy, crisp and deliciously perfect.
Each element of this song is executed at a 1000/10 standard- each note, each word, everything and I can tell you from personal experience- it is just as bloody incredible live.
I consider it a lullaby, dance party song and drum out your anger tune- categorise it for yourself.

2. Cornerstone– Humbug (2009)
A song off my favourite album of all time, that is sure to break your heart and glue it back together in 3 minutes and 9 seconds. This song is the perfect example of why Alex Turner is the lyrical legend of all generations past and present. I am trying so hard to describe this song to you but it is currently playing in the background and my heart is breaking, making it terribly difficult to write. Luckily, the beauty and sadness of this song is pretty obvious, listen and you shall hear.

3. 505– Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
A loaded number…
This song is a beautiful exhibition of love and desperation combined. No matter where his love is *COUGH ALEXA CHUNG COUGH*, he is willing to travel to her despite the distance.
When the song breaks into the rock heavy part, feel your heart shatter into tiny little pieces and then again with guitar riff that weaves itself into the song and builds and builds then echoes away … bloody incredible

Before I get too fangirly, turn off the lights, plug in your earphones and experience this song for yourself. It is in my top 3 Arctic Monkeys songs ever released and in the Top 10 of my Favourite Songs Ever playlist. It is the perfect balance of emotion, drums and Alex Turner. Farrr outttttt I love it

4. Fireside– AM (2013)

Whilst we are in the feelsy state, I’m gonna enhance it, extend it and melt your heart a couple more times. This song is loaded with sadness, emotion and depth and the detail not only in the lyrics, but through the instrumental aspects of the song too. The echoes of the vocals represents the repetition of these thoughts that circle around Alex’s head and the ‘shoowaps’ that are layered throughout adds a 70s feel and the tamborine adds the perfect finishing touch- shakiness related to the uncertainty Alex is describing.
I love it, and yes, please do listen to it fireside…

5. I Wanna Be Yours– AM (2013)
Here is the final song of the feels trilogy. I can’t listen to this song without crying, you can even play it for me and watch me struggle to contain the tears.
The lyrics of this song originate from a poem by John Cooper-Clarke that was hardly intended to be as dark and deep as it is in the form of this song. Somehow, Alex Turner makes these desperate and crazy acts to prove his love, such as becoming a vaccuum cleaner ‘breathing in your dust’ sound so terribly romantic- acting as an instant lasso around your heart. The slow drums and backup vocals pull your heart strings too and then the final reverb and echo of the guitar just ahhhhhhh *melts*

6. Brianstorm– Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
And for something a little different 😉
This song is still the reason why I want to take up the drums. Its completely wicked in every way- lyrics made of gold, drums that dreams are made of and everything good in the world all combined.
AIR DRUM YOUR LITTLE HEART OUT SON

7. All My Own Stunts– Suck it and See (2011)
This song is just awesome. It has those golden Alex Turner lyrics, drums from the heavens with the added hint of Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. I love the transitions from the darker rock to the lighter chorus and back to the darker rock- its so simple, but so loaded.
I don’t even know where to begin with this song. Its so great and definitely should make an appearance in your winter playlist.
Oh and how sick is the guitar riff!!!!

8. Knee Socks– AM (2013)
God this song is so silky smooth and sexy.
The deep bass and simple drums in conjunction with that cute little guitar riff- I just can’t.
I literally went and purchased about 5 pairs of knee socks after I heard this song and my darling mother returned from an overseas trip with a sky blue Lacoste, just like the one referenced int he song.
This is just the silkiest, sexiest, greatest little song. I love it so much and its AMAZING LIVE

9. Piledriver Waltz– Suck it and See
This song is simply beautiful. It is a perfect little lullaby and so utterly romantic. Alex reworked it for the soundtrack of one of my favourite films, Submarine, and if you thought it couldn’t get anymore beautiful, whoops- that version just did.
The simplicity of the instruments allows for the intricate poetry that is the lyrics to become evident and enhance the serenading quality of the song.

10. Crying Lightning– Humbug (2009)
My favourite song ever, coincidently off my favourite album ever.
This song takes me back to the days where I had found good music, great music; music that I could relate to, music that made me feel something through its lyrics or bass or something, music that I loved. I love how this song takes a narrative approach, and how every instrumental aspect just enhances the mood of the story and listening to the song becomes like this atmospheric experience. Every time I listen to this song, I pick up on another little detail that makes me weak at the knees or that just slaps me in the face with its awesomeness and excellent execution.
The last minute or so of this song is just perfect…it, to me, is an instrumental expression of a storm- not only complimenting the title of the song, but just proving once again, why Arctic Monkeys are the best band of all time.

I could go on for thousands of words about Arctic Monkeys, their albums, songs, style, vibes, sound etc but I shall have to retire for now. I can’t believe that one year ago, I went to the greatest concert I have ever been too, saw my soon to be husband in the flesh and heard all those songs that hold a special place in my heart.

Arctic Monkeys- please hurry up and release another album. K, Thanks, Bye ❤

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: MAC DEMARCO

Following on from yesterday’s ‘Song of the Week’, I have decided to flash the spotlight on Mac DeMarco, the legend of surf rock.

I first got onto Mac after the release of his most recent album Salad Days. It became the soundtrack to my annual beach holiday and was the perfect accompaniment to the rainy Torquay days as well as the sunny surf days. But I didn’t stop listening to Salad Days when I got home, in fact I began to listen to it more and more and more. I remember he played a concert a week before my 18th birthday and I was shattered that I was a week too young to attend. It was at that moment that I realised I hadn’t listened to much of his earlier stuff (I’m still confused as to why I didn’t think of exploring his discography until)
So this week I shall pay homage to the goofiest of indie rockstars, Mr Mac DeMarco…

1. Goodbye Weekend– Salad Days (2014)
I play this song on repeat for an hour on a Sunday night and then again one last time on my commute into uni on a Monday morning. The wobbly guitar and soothing sound of Mac’s voice makes that hard goodbye a little bit easier…

2. My Kind of Woman– 2 (2012)
The innocent guitar lingering in the background of this song just gives such a romantic vibe to this song, accompanying the lyrics so well. This song combines desperation, love and surf rock in such a beautiful way… The music video for this song made me smile- I mean cute lil Mac putting on lipstick.. come on guys nawwww

3. Chamber of Reflection– Salad Days (2014)
Yep, synth, killin me Mac!!!
This is my number 2 favourite Mac DeMarco song. The bass is so smooth and just gets me in and don’t even get me started on the synth. His voice is so relaxing and angelic in a sexy indie way. I actually can’t even describe it because as I am listening to it right now, I am being sent into a complete state of relaxation and my mind is just asdghklsfhdjkslh.
It is such a beautiful song that makes for a killer bedtime tune but also gets me groovin’ at the same time. And the music video is hilariously quirky!

4. Ode to Viceroy– 2 (2012)
This song is one of his more well known, and you can tell why. The strong guitar layered with the subtle bass and the finishing touch of Mac’s kooky lyrics and style.. ahhhh 🙂

5. Passing Out Pieces– Salad Days (2014)
This is my absolute favourite song of Mac’s, and one of my all time favourite songs. I can’t even pick my favourite elements of the song because I love it all. I love the meaning behind the lyrics and just everything. I love it all.
I listen to this song at least once a day and is one of those songs that suits all seasons (I love it most on a rainy day). I know I will love this song forever and I hope you fall in love with it too!

Hopefully one day I will be able to see the smooth, cool and quirky Mac DeMarco live in concert, but for the time being, I will just watch the rain fall and listen to him on repeat…

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SONG OF THE WEEK

This week’s song of the week has been on repeat all week- it has overtaken ‘Tusk’ as the number 1 song on my ‘Top 25 Most Played’ playlist… It is ‘Freaking Out the Neighbourhood’ by Mac DeMarco.
I have been a Mac DeMarco lover for a while, mainly listening to his most recent album, Salad Days, because it’s so freakin good! And the music videos are so freakin’ crazy cool.
I was watching his doco on Pitchfork’s youtube channel late the other night and it was clear that Mac must be the topic of discussion for not only my ‘Song of the Week’, but my ‘Saturday Spotlight’ which will be coming your way tomorrow!
Also, he recently announced that he will be releasing a mini LP in August- I SERIOUSLY CAN’T WAIT!

‘Freaking Out the Neighbourhood’ is a seriously addictive 2 minutes and 55 seconds, filled with Mac’s cheesy lyrics and surf rock vibes. My favourite bit of the song is the guitar sequence at the end- it’s so funky and retro and it just gives the song an extra 10000 cool points (like it wasn’t the coolest song already?!)
No matter what the weather is like outside, this song makes me feel like I’m surfing waves back in the 70s in my American Apparel swimsuit… Don’t ask why, just listen for yourself- Mac DeMarco, ‘Freakin Out the Neighbourhood’

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