What’s Cool and Unusual – 26th June 2013

Fri 28

Black Wire Records, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
6pm $10 ALL AGES

Tired Minds
Ghosts (final show)
The Reverend Jesse Custer
Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt
Yo, Put That Bag Back on


Fri 28

Jura Books, 440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham

DEQY Presents: New Boyfriend, Palmar Grasp & Everything I Own Is Broken


Fri 28

Paragon Cafe, 65 Katoomba St, Katoomba.
28th June, 7 – 8.45pm 28th June, 7 – 8.45

$15 / $8 conc.
Sound Bites is a monthly performance forum of music, improvisation, poetry, spoken word and sound-art in Katoomba’s original Art-Deco Café – Paragon Café. This month ‘s event is presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute and will feature:


Andrew Brooks is a saxophonist, improviser and curator creating work which draws from jazz, improvised and experimental traditions. His music explores the intersection between composition and improvisation and focuses on a ‘collective-interactive process’ between the musicians. Amongst many things, Andrew is a co-director of the NOW now series and festival of exploratory music, a co-conveyor of the Splinter Orchestra, a co-presenter of the experimental radio program Shepherd Tones on Eastside Radio and a co-founder of the independent record label and creative music network‚ Listen/Hear Collective‚ an artist-run initiative. http://www.andrewbrooksmusic.com/

John Wilton is a Sydney drummer involved in rock, jazz, and experimental music scenes. He plays in Nhomea, Yard Duty, the Splinter Orchestra, Project Collective Unit, Ur 1st Luv, and a number of collaborations with various improvisers including Rishin Singh, Andrew Brooks, and Jeremy Tartar. He performed at the 2012 and 2013 NOW now festivals and has since become a co-director of the organisation. He was also recently involved in the Australian premiers of works by Austin Buckett, Cat Hope, and Peter Ablinger on New Music Up Late on ABC Radio.

HINTERLANDT is a German-Australian solo act juggling string and wind instruments, electronic sounds, percussion and effects. Composed parts are merged with improvised sections to create one piece of music and sound. Hinterlandt has released eleven studio albums on nine underground labels in five countries. Having already played in places such as Sydney, London, Melbourne, Bangkok, Berlin, Helsinki, Rome, Brisbane, Amsterdam, Lisbon, etc. Hinterlandt is looking forward to add Katoomba to the list.

SCHNEIDER TM is a traveling sound artist from Germany sponsored by Goethe-Institut. He has been touring extensively and putting out semi-electronic indie albums on City Slang etc. but he also did more experimental collaborations with Oren Ambarchi, Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Pan Sonic, Damo Suzuki (Can) etc. etc. His current set Construction Sounds is an abstract body of work based on field recordings. http://www.schneidertm.net/


Sat 29

Black Wire Records, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale

Making + Roku Music + Yes, I’m Leaving + Sour Cream


Sat 29

The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St. Marrickville
8pm $15 ALL AGES

Sydney’s long-running electronic act, ollo, are leaving our fair shores, and this will be their final show. Featuring performances from friends such as Liz Martin, and a selection of DJs, ollo will be going out with a Shebang! Pow! Plop! Whizzzzzzz! (to quote Bardot/Gainsbourg).

And get your pens and paper ready as at some point in the show they’ll be improvising lyrics based on your suggestions once again…

Their third album ‘Ape Delay’, released last year, made the SMH best of 2012 list, and was nominated for the Australian Music Prize.

$15 (part of the door charge
goes to Save the Rat!)
Find out more at ollo.net.au.


Sat 29

Tin Sheds Spots #3 – Schneider TM (GER), Scissorlock, Steffan Ianigro
Tin Sheds Spots in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Australia.

Not actually in the tin sheds gallery

Back to the Old School – meaning that this one is back in the Darlington Old School Building, not that we’ll be playing 80s hip hop, although SchneiderTM is a guy who has been around long enough to have seen some genres come and go. We’re pleased to welcome him to Sydney and perform his Construction Sounds set. In support are two Conservatorium alumni who are pushing at the edges.

Schneider TM (Germany): electronics and recorded industrial sound from Berlin, w visuals by paniK
Scissor Lock: electronics and voice
Steffan Ianigro: gas cylinder bells and electronics

Old Darlington School (Maze Crescent, University of Sydney, Darlington)


Sun 30

Alaska Projects (Level 2, Kings X Carpark, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road, Kings X)

“The power of the music – what it gives you and does to you, where it takes you – seems impossible, like sorcery or subatomic physics, considering its simplicity. It’s like the sun; and then the moon. How does it do that? It encompasses, more dimensional even than light, instantly, and not by force but sympathy. It changes everything.”

  • Richard Hell, Go Now

Contemporary music and art magazine World’s Only and Kings Cross gallery space Alaska Projects come together again in the ninth free concert in the MUSICAL ALASKA series, Tribes. Exploring the mystical and transcendent power of music and what it means to perform it as a group, Tribes will feature two very unconventional orchestras: improvised music stalwarts The Splinter Orchestra alongside the very new Alaska Orchestra in their fourth performance together.


Mon 1

@ 401 Hibernian House
342 Elizabeth St,
Surry Hillz
doors 7pm, sounds 7:30pm


// Dale Gorfinkel (melb) //
modified trumpet

::: Té :::
Kynan Tan (perth) + Andrew Brooks
electronic and acoustic sounds

Aemon Webb // Adam Sussman (bris) // Laurence Williams
double guitars + drums

What’s Cool and Unusual – 18th June 2013

Wed 19

Beatdisc, 11/181 Church St, Parramatta
6.30pm free ALL AGES

Wil Wagner, Laika


Thu 20

Cafe Church (37-47 St. Johns Rd, Glebe, 2037)
$10/$20 8pm

Lines of Flight are an improvising ensemble who work within a sometimes alien, sometimes familiar soundworld, built on the ruinous foundations of contemporary jazz, rock and metal, art music, experimental beats, and free improvisation.
This will be the first time we have played in the high-ceilinged ambience of Colbourne Ave. We’re really looking forward to exploring the room’s sonic possibilities- if you’ve never been to Colbourne, it’s a wonderful venue. Admission is $20/$10 adult/concession. BYO food and drink, and there’s plenty of comfy couches to facilitate the listening to of musics.

The band features Joe Cummins on trumpet, Casey Golden on piano, Alex Slater on drums, and Sam Pettigrew on bass. We describe our music as ‘heavy’, ‘intense’, ‘hypnotic’, ‘quite’, ‘lyrical’, ’emotional’, ‘understated’ minimal’. If you like music by Alasnoaxis, Miles Davis, Radiohead, Holy Other, Queens of the Stoneage, and Arve Henriksen, there’s a chance you might think to yourself ‘what the hell, Lines of Flight sound nothing like that’.


Fri 21

Mu-Meson Archives, Corner Parramatta Rd and Trafalgar St Annandale, at the back of King Furniture Building in Trafalgar st up the steel staircase.
Doors 7.30 for 8pm start $10

Frank Zappa’s Straight and Bizarre
During the late 1960s, Frank Zappa develop the business side of his career by setting up Bizarre Records and Straight Records as ventures to aid the funding of projects and to increase creative control. Zappa produced Captain Beefheart, and releases by Alice Cooper, Wild Man Fischer, and many other influential performers.


Sat 22

Black Wire Records, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
4.30pm $10 ALL AGES

Black Wire is awesome. Tom is Awesome. Everybody that donates their time and effort to making such a unique and important place for live music is awesome.

Here are some awesome bands that will be performing for your enjoyment, with all proceeds going to directly to the best venue in Sydney.

Brought to you by Monolith Records, Tenzenmen, and the goobers responsible for SoundDave, Draytone Indu$trie$, we present the next in a continuing line of pun-titled music festivals that are significantly better than the ones whose names they appropriate: STEREOTOMIC!

STOCKADES (Melbourne)
The noodliest bunch of heshians you ever did hear. They’ve got a new 10″ out and it’s amazing.
This will make you want to perform anti-capitalist sax solos in your local McDonald’s.
Listen & Pre-order their 10″ here:

Featuring people from every good band ever, Seahorse Divorce have just released their debut LP through Tenzenmen and in doing so proved that XXXX is far from the best thing Queensland has to offer.
Get sad, then dance about it.

Dude’s guitar is made of metal, metal! I’d wager it was actually constructed from some kind of space-metal that doesn’t actually exist on earth, but that he had obtained from a rare asteroid that landed in rural Russia.
The result is very loud, very awesome music.

People talk about no bullshit rock, they are all full of shit unless they are in Firearms, who actually play no bullshit rock. And it’s pretty party. And the gig is BYO, so you can drink a beer every time Reg does his energizer bunny jumps.

Edward Bridge “Ted” Danson III (born December 29, 1947) is an American actor, author and producer, well known for his role as lead character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on the series Becker. He is currently starring in the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Little known fact: Ted Danson is actually a composite human (much like Captain Planet) that only exists when the four members of this band combine their special rings and make headnoddable – but at times difficult to nod your head to – tunes in a live setting. Witness the birth of TD!

Imagine Bob Nanna punched cones and lived in Newcastle. This will make you wish you had a high school sweetheart that you fucked things up with so that you could be all Perks Of Being A Wallflower introspective while telling your friends that this music should totally be the sound track to the new, harder hitting season of The OC. Because it should. Can you kickflip to the Shins? Get outta here!

Most sybian-friendly band in Sydney. Oslow are like a ballsier Get Up Kids, or a sexier Sunny Day Real Estate. Or something. They are amazing.

If the brothers Kinsella starred in Deliverance, and then forgot how to play ‘Dueling Banjos’ but continued playing banjos and were rapidly running out of funny excuses as to why they can’t play ‘Dueling Banjos’ when heckled to do so you might have something remotely similar to Pinch Hitter.

Doors are at 4:30pm, get down nice and early as there’s a huge line up to get through and this will inevitably hit capacity (we hope, so hesh).

Entry is only 10 bones, and that goes to Black Wire. Who rule.

Poster by Sam McKenzie – http://samsamsamsam.com/



Sat 22

Where: Hibernian House (Level 4?)
How much: $10 on the door
8pm till 1am BYO

The Finer Things and 3BS Records Present: LOST FEW 7″ Launch

On the 22nd June we’ll be assisting Melbourne artist LOST FEW in the launch of his brand new 7″ EP, out on Sydney label 3BS. Having taken his unique brand of dubbed out drums and feedback loops, LOST FEW, along with his many collaborators, has managed to pave his own corner of the Australian underground music scene, and will finally be making it up to Sydney for what will surely be a unique live experience.

Joining on the night will be Sydney’s own Scissor Lock – better known as one half of both Collarbones and Black Vanilla – he’ll be performing under his more experimental moniker; as well as a live performance by 3BS head Mannheim rocket, who’ll be debuting his new A/V live show in spectacular fashion.

Our good friends from Sydney collective Anomaly will also be present, Gareth Psaltis performing live and Jordan Peters DJing, along with a special set by Daniel Gottlieb from Spiral Sounds.

Scissor Lock
Mannheim Rocket
Gareth Psaltis
Jordan Peters
Daniel Gottlieb


Sun 23

Mu-Meson Archives, Corner Parramatta Rd and Trafalgar St Annandale, at the back of King Furniture Building in Trafalgar st up the steel staircase.

Miss Deaths Knitting Group
Do you want to learn how to knit, crochet, or any other craft? Or you just want to come along for a social (there is lot’s to discuss). Boys are welcome as long as they do a craft or something useful. Mu-Meson Archives Doors 4pm with a plate.


Sun 23

Lamps, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth Street

Alyx Dennison, Evelyn Ida Morris, Sarah Jullienne, Richard Cartwright

What’s Cool and Unusual – 5th June 2013

Fri 7

107 Projects (107 Redfern St, Redfern, 2016)
$10 at the door 8.30pm

A new sound series focusing on Sydney based fringe electronic artists. Instalment #1 features a set of artists both unified and contrasted by their use of sounds reminiscent of the oceanic and the aquatic. Undulating, submersed, expansive, dripping, deep and dark. Curated by Jeremy Lloyd


Commandant – https://soundcloud.com/commandant
Nakagin – http://nakagin.bandcamp.com/
Anatole – https://soundcloud.com/anatolemusic
Scissor Lock – https://soundcloud.com/scissorlock


Fri 7

Carriageworks, Redfern

The Australian premieres of two works by acclaimed Japanese audio-visual artist Ryoji Ikeda.

Internationally renowned for creating spectacular sound and visual environments, Ikeda’s large-scale contemporary installation test pattern [No 5] is an immersive audio-visual installation inspired by computer programming data which converts information into barcode and binary patterns. Comprising five visual projectors that will illuminate a screen measuring 28 metres high and eight metres long, test pattern [No 5] will submerge visitors in an extreme illustration of projected and synchronized data and sound. In addition to test pattern [No 5], Ikeda will perform acclaimed audio-visual concert, datamatics [ver 2.0] on Friday 7 June 2013. datamatics [ver 2.0] is part of the datamatics series, an art project that explores the potential to perceive the invisible multi–substance of data that permeates our world. Using pure data as a source for sound and visuals, datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space in a powerful and breathtakingly accomplished work.

Born in Japan, Ikeda has performed internationally to critical acclaim at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Barbican Centre in London, Grec Festival in Barcelona and the Singapore Art Museum.

test pattern [No 5] installation 8 Jun – 1 Jul, 10am – 6pm daily

datamatics [ver 2.0] concert, 7 Jun 2013, 8pm


Sat 8

107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
Doors 7:30pm, first act 8:00pm

Ears Have Ears, FBi Radio Presents #2 feat:


  • Ears Have Ears Djs

(Ears Have Ears, FBi’s weekly experimental music program presents the second in a series of live shows bringing together some of Australia’s most exciting experimental musicians to perform in some of Sydney’s more unique venues. EHE Presents #2 takes place on Saturday 8th of June with three stellar acts from Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. Expect everything from meditative forms of new age, audio-visual installation, synth-scapes and cosmic elevator music. Ears Have Ears Presents #2 takes place at Redfern’s recently opened 107 Projects, a Council and collective run artist space, venue and gallery located at 107 Redfern Street, just up from Redfern station.)

Legendary Hearts are the duo of Andrew Cowie (Angel Eyes) and Kieran Hegarty (Superstar). Named after a forgettable Lou Reed album, Legendary Hearts wrestle synths and guitars with the humble intention of creating “elevator music”. The pair have released one cassette on Dungeon Taxis and have a fourthcoming LP due out later on this year.
Legendary Hearts on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/legendary-hearts
Legendary Hearts live on Ears Have Ears: http://tiny.cc/xd1gxw
Check out Superstar and Angel Eyes on excellent Brisbane label Bedroom Suck here: http://bedroomsuckrecords.com/

Sydney’s Half High are the recently formed duo of Lucy Phelan (Naked on The Vague) and Matthew Hopkins (Naked on The Vague, Four Door). Half High make a damaged form of new age music featuring meditative synth lines, atmospheric tape collages and broken voices. They independently released ‘Suspension’ on CDr and Cassette in late 2012 and have more recently performed as part of their audio/visual installation titled ‘Calling Nina’ and supported Tim Coster (Room 40).
Half High ‘Suspension’: http://halfhigh.bandcamp.com/album/suspension
Half High’s Ears Have Ears soundtrack: http://tiny.cc/hf1gxw
Half High live at Deadshits Festival, Bris: http://vimeo.com/58686939

COLLECTOR (Newcastle):
Collector, the new solo synth project of Newcastle’s Jason Campbell who previously made music as Stitched Vision, outputting small-run releases via his tape label Eternal Solitude. As Collector, Jason explores a new sonic terrain of pulsing rhythms and drenched soundscapes. This will be his very first Sydney show as Collector.
Collector on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/eternalsolitude/collector-fourth-stage
Stitched Vision’s Ears Have Ears Soundtrack: http://tiny.cc/2j1gxw

Ears Have Ears Presents #2 takes place at Redfern’s recently opened 107 Projects, a council and collective run artist space, venue and gallery located at 107 Redfern Street.
For further details head to: http://earshaveears.tumblr.com/
Ears Have Ears will continue to curate ‘presents’ nights of live music over the coming months and beyond with a host of exciting acts from across Australia. Expect familiar and not so familiar names on bills in venues that you may not have explored before.


Sat 8

Black Wire Records, 219 Paramatta Rd, Annandale

Black Vacation (Bris),Destiny 3000, King Tears Mortuary


Sat 8

Red Rattler, 5 Faversham St, Marrickville
Doors Open 8pm $15 $10 con – tickets on door only

Bollywood Dance Party

Trikone Australasia
The South Asian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community in Sydney (and Australia).

Presents a Queer Bollywood Dance party


Sat 8

Temple of Din (ISEA)

ISEA presents Lucas Abela’s Temple of Din, an audio arcade where sound generation – not scoring – are the games’ main objective; featuring.

A pentagram shaped pinball game emblazoned with fluorescent graphics by the Rev Kriss Hades depicting the lord of the deep ones. A multiplayer pinball game with five players stationed at each of the stars five points. The outer triangular walls of the star are made from ten guitars with their fret boards facing inward into the playfield, while in the central pentagon ten pop bumpers are connected to a drum machine. These are all connected to various audio effects triggered by targets positioned throughout the game. So when the balls bounce off the strings distorted open tunings are produced while the pop bumpers accompany the din with a chaotic drum solo.

A Frankenstein experiment, combining the greatest musical invention of all time, the Piano; with the coolest amusement machines ever conceived; Pinball, to create an interactive sound installation like no other; ‘Pinball Pianola’ a musical device constructed by replacing the keyboard, hammers and front panelling of an upright piano, with a pinball cabinet butted up perpendicular against its exposed strings. Embracing high and low culture this instrument allows virtuosos and wizards alike to pit their skills in a game where musical compositions are created as metallic balls jettisoned into the game clash with the pianos resonating wires to make what Wired magazine called “terrible, beautiful music”.

in two exciting locations (dont ask!)

Saturday 8 -to Monday 10th June
Opening Hours: 12 – 7 PM
Shop 25 The Rocks Center (Rocks Square of Playfair st)

13th June til 24th July
Opening Hours: 12 – 7 PM (Closed Tues & Wed)
Shop 2.06/140 George (old MCA entrance)

part of the Electronic Art Pop-Ups Program for ISEA 2013