In This Issue: The eclectic and the brave are approaching from all sides with new releases. This week we have the usual electronic and heavy suspects, but also some international names with the UK's Fryars, LA's In This Moment and a singer songwriter from Connecticut!
When it was announced only a few days ago that Halo: The Master Chief Collection would require a whopping 20GB day-one update, the news was met with a tidal wave of fan condemnation. 343 Industries has now clarified exactly what the update is all about.
Behind Sydney's banking district lies some of the the city's best restaurants, and everywhere from Italy (Jamie's Italian) to New York (The Bowery, Swine & Co) is represented quite well here; but there is no exploration of a country's cuisine as deep as the one you'll find up those stairs and into the stylish, dim Mejico.
In this week’s issue: Ovi Hydration launches in Australia; we look at the Cruelty Free Festival; Three Williams plans a possible 'free narnie' day; We look forward to the fantastic Sculptures by the Sea in Sydney with both The Grounds Of Alexandria and QT Sydney adding to the fun; The Margaret River Gourmet Escape offers new packages; dinner and camping packages on Cockatoo Island; Gradi opens at Melbourne's Crown Casino; a 1 metre pizza challenge; several more places to spend the Melbourne Cup; The Sydney Craft Beer Week is offering loads of events; Tequila Masterclasses at Mejico, and so much more!
Kicking off in New York a matter of hours is the annual CMJ Music Marathon, a showcase of the finest up and coming bands from around the world. This year over 50 Australian bands have made the cut, and over the past week, Sose and Chris have delivered their festival picks. We also interviewed some of the Aussie artists before they jumped on the plane over. And now today I deliver my own picks. New York (and visiting guests)! I present to you the five Aussie artists I reckon you can't miss at The Aussie BBQ at CMJ this week:
Six piece Mosman Alder have announced a short three date tour for December for their anticipated debut record, Humdrum Star. Produced by Paul Dempsey late last year at Brisbane's Airlock Studios, Humdrum Star was documented by the band via a series of web-vignettes highlighting the behind the scenes process.
Day 2 of Armageddon was another massive day of fun and special guests including Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman and Stargate Atlantis stars David Hewlett and David Nykl as well as the favourite cosplay parade.
It's not long now before Cold War Kids return to Australia for another dose of summer festivals and headline shows. The Californians, who will be touring their new album Hold My Home as well as their four studio album swag of material, have been keeping things busy since their last major Australian visit (Splendour, 2013), but to chat with Nathan Willett about everything in their camp at the moment, he's very chilled out, agreeing, "We're doing well, but we've been very busy."
Sounds Australia are going to be hitting CMJ in New York with one of their most ambitious music campaigns yet. From October 21st (US) through until October 25th, more than 60 bands will be on show for the Americans, with our diverse industry turning up to play. For the first time, Sounds Australia will be taking over the SANTOS Party House, combining the hugely successful Beat Pie and Sound Gallery events on October 23rd.
It's hard not to have unrealistic expectations when a dream line-up like this lands. The promoters of Soulfest must have worked been working miracles in order to make something like this to happen. It was something that immediately saw the East Coast of Australia become a point of envy for discerning music lovers around the world. Many of these acts could have been big draw cards in of themselves, but to put them all together seemed too good to be true - and it was treated so until the minute we entered. Sydney was the first stop for this inaugural Soulfest tour, so nerves were high when we stepped into Victoria Park - an odd spot for a major music festival - to get a taste of just how this was going to shape up.
Almost a year ago I first got my hands on the Sonos Play:1 unit, a powerful, versatile speaker perfect for home or the office (read the review here) - and though it's fine to use on its own, it's built to be paired with other Sonos products. And now that the recent firmware upgrade (5.1) has come into play - removing the need for the Sonos Bridge unit to connect your Sonos product together - it's never been easier.
Sydney-based party purveyors Astral People - the folk behind OutsideIn - will be furthering their grasp on the city's party scene by introducing a collaborative effort with the National Art School in Darlinghurst titled 'Summer Dance'. The series will be a run of Sunday sessions, using the impressive pull of Astral People to bring internationals like Moodymann, Omar-S, DJ EZ, and Vakula together with locals like Tornado Wallace, Andras Fox, and Simon Caldwell.
Whilst 2013 saw her play a handful of shows across Melbourne including an appearance at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, singer songwriter Ali Barter has spent the majority of this year laying low as she gears up for the release of her second EP Community. In the meantime, we have been treated to the lead single and title track which we must say is sounding pretty badass.
Liberation Music will release a brand new Rowland S. Howard anthology, Six Strings That Drew Blood, on October 24th, on what would have been the late musician’s 55th birthday. Released as a double CD with 40-page booklet, and four-LP deluxe vinyl box set with large format 16-page booklet, the collection celebrates the work of one of Australia’s most innovative musical talents.
We challenged Ed Nash and Jamie Maccoll of UK quartet Bombay Bicycle Club to a game of Australian Music Trivia while they were in Australia last month. it's slightly possible we made the game a little harder than we need to - but in any case, listen back and enjoy as we delve into the past and present of Australian music through ten trivia questions: