Splendour In The Grass has unofficially already begun, with many punters currently staking their claim in the campgrounds and setting the pace for the next couples of days. Thursday night will see Splendour punters party either in the venue with a slew of DJ's - including the boys from Halfway Crooks, Indian Summer, and Joyride (we hear Raph Dixon from Jackie Onassis might be pulling a surprise set as well)- or heading to town to attend the official pre-party at The Northern headlined by Interpol.
In this week’s issue: Mary's Burgers comes to Sydney's CBD, Taste Orange @ Sydney returns bigger and better for 2014, The Winery Surry Hills presents the king of all wine tasting events,the Regional Dinner Series continues at Balla, Equitana returns to Melbourne, Mordeo Bar & Bistro holds "Jammin Da House", and so much more
Celebrated writer and chef Anjum Anand is often heralded as the Nigella Lawson of Indian cooking, and she certainly lives up to the reputation in her latest cookbook Quick & Easy Indian. Eye-opening to the often misunderstood and diverse cuisine, easy to follow, and beautifully illustrated, her book is essential for those eager to see the healthier, lighter side of Indian food. We caught up with Anjum to chat about her insightful view on Indian food, Quick & Easy Indian, travel tips for foodies looking to journey through India, and more.
In an Australia and New Zealand exclusive, the AU review brings you music streaming provider Deezer's Session with Ed Sheeran performing the track "Sing". Ed Sheeran played a series of stripped back songs from his current album X for Deezer. These are raw, intimate and genuine sessions where artists perform stripped-down sets recorded in London and in Deezer’s own studio in Paris, and soon, in Asia! Some of the artists that has featured on Deezer Sessions include Lorde, Stromae, Phoenix and Franz Ferdinand.
Hello Asia editor Johnny Au trvelled to Tokyo to interview Japanese rock artist Miyavi. A pioneer in the Japanese rock scene, Miyavi is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer and movie actor. Starting out in 1999 as guitarist of Visual Kei group Dué le Quartz and then becoming a solo artist in 2002, Miyavi has been at the forefront of the Japanese rock industry. With his trademark slap technique on the guitar, Miyavi has released 9 solo albums and toured the world multiple times. His latest album is titled Miyavi. Johnny spoke to Miyavi after the last date of his 'Slap The World' tour.
You all know Spotify, that award-winning digital music service, right? Well they are an official sponsor of Splendour In The Grass this year, and will be on site to make sure your festival experience runs smoothly.
OD Musical held their Press Call for The Musical Dracula yesterday, starring Kim Junsu and Ryu Jeong Han in the role of Dracula. Hello Asia writer Kat Czornij and editor Johnny Au were invited along to cover, photograph and film the Press Call at the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea.
For coverage of 'The Musical Dracula' Press Call go here.
Hot on the heels of an American tour with Warped, Japanese powerhouse rockers One OK Rock are back with "Mighty Long Fall", their first single since "Be the Light" in March last year. "Mighty Long Fall" is a dark and atmospheric stadium rock track accompanied by an artfully washed out video with beautiful slow motion sequences. You might recognise the track from the trailer for the new Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno/The Legend Ends movies.
Sydney post-punk trio Mere Women recorded their second album in a disused cold-storage warehouse in Orange, NSW, and the result is a bleak yet beautiful collection of tracks, of which this is one of the finest.
Chances are, if you've not heard of Steve-O, you've heard of Jackass. The TV series which soon turned into a gold mine of an entertainment franchise for fans of the stupid, the extreme sometimes the downright fucked up, launched Steve-O and his crew like-minded stunt-dudes and comics into the spotlight and ever since, he's been able to take his upfront and unabashed shows and material to crowds around the world. Whether he's stapling his scrotum to his leg, engaging with dangerous animals he has no training to handle or simply performing some raw and shocking comedy, Steve-O's open about it all, which is perhaps why his Australian tour has the perfect name - 'Guilty As Charged'.
Yesterday OD Musical held their Press Call for The Musical Dracula at the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea. Producer Shin Chun Soo introduced the production, describing the musicals adaption from Broadway to the Korean stage. He also explained that the role of Dracula has caught particular attention for it's shared casting of JYJ's Kim Junsu and Ryu Jeong Han as the lead. Both musical actors have also previously shared the role of Tod, or Death, in the production of 'Das Musical Elisabeth'.
Sébastien Tellier took some out from his travels in London to chat to John Goodridge about his music. Tellier's new album, L'Aventura, is out now through Warner and for Australian fans, this definitely one to get around!
The third Live at Your Cosmic Mind event took place at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney. The event celebrates psychedelic music with local bands and live art.
To celebrate the release of Jägermeister’s newest product, Jägermeister SPICE, the drink that’s started (and no doubt ended) millions of nights, threw a launch party at The Spice Cellar replete with canapés and cocktails inspired by the new limited edition spirit, which is retailing now across Australia.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been using his band's recent downtime productively. This is his solo debut single and the first cut from his upcoming album, entitled Head Job, and is every bit the stomping rocker you'd expect it to be.