What’s Cool and Unusual – 25th December 2013

Sat 28

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
$10 ALL AGES 8pm

MERE WOMEN//LENIN LENNON//SADFACES

MERE WOMEN (Sydney) are set to release a 7″ on Southpaw Records in the new year AND recording album # 2 in January for release some time in 2014. Get along to see a couple of tunes you wouldn’t have heard and a couple of “oldies”
joining them are:
LENIN LENNON (Newcastle) which have to be one of the best post punk/hardcore bands in the world
AND
new boys
SADFACES with a one time all boy band lineup

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Tue 31

38 Norton St, Ashfield
4pm

Stuck for something to do this NYE? Why not enjoy some of finest bands/solo acts currently going in the relaxed atmosphere of… my lounge room. There will be some kind of vego/vegan bbq going but if anyone wants to bring a plate you’re more than welcome. Bands featured are:

Alex party Cat:
Billy Bourke:
Sleepy:
Ache:
Safe Word:

Plus more tba

What’s Cool and Unusual – 18th December 2013

FRI 20

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
6.30pm ALL AGES

LINCOLN LE FEVRE (TAS/VIC) / BEN DAVID (SA) / BEC STEVENS (TAS/SA) / ZZZOUNDS / KOBY

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SAT 21

Monster Mouse Rehearsal Studio, Lvl 2, 21 Gerald st (Maud Ln), Marrickville
8pm $10 ALL AGES

KT SPIT
crustpop /crushpunk/emoticore

TINY ANGEL BAD BOY + $UCCESS
Chrissie themed Micro porno and the sweet sounds of $ucess

EQUALIZER 24K(Bris)
Political and devotional equalization of the universe

SIMO SOO
alien boy baby doll rapper, makes music made out of the sounds of kittens + thunder, stays up all night making magic + dreams cum true

EMILY HASSELHOOF
yr very special surreal selfie generator
GO THERE NAILS
*hyperdream nail art 4 the soul *

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AllNitTLoNg EyECaNdY VJS:
VJ ICKY SWEET
WARREN POODLE PRECIOUS

What’s Cool and Unusual – 11th December 2013

Wed 11

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale

Hard Skin, Oily Boys

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Fri 13

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
7pm $5 ALL AGES

Los Hombres Del Diablo / Sumeru / Chroma

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Sat 14

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
6.30pm ALL AGES

Snakes Get Bad Press / Postal / Vile Ways / Xenos (Melb) / Dead Architect

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Sat 14

Sydney Steel Rd, Marrickville
7pm FREE ALL AGES

DISINTERESTED (Melbourne)
(ex- Sick Sad World)

CANINE (last show for a little while)
http://facebook.com/caninepunx

AMATEUR DRUNKS (newcastle/sydney)
http://blackwirerecords.bandcamp.com/album/amateur-drunks-cr-05

& one more tba!!

SUMMER. PUNX. BURGERS. ETC. COME.

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Sat 14

Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville
8pm $?

Octopus Pi’s Year’s End: MAKING + LUCAS ABELA + GOLDEN BLONDE + HORSE MACGYVER + NAKED MAJA (Bris) + MILKK + MISERÉ

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Sun 15

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
3pm ALL AGES

Tim Hampshire (Melb) / Lachlan Hicks (Melb) / Josh Mann (Adl) / Adeline Pines

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Sun 15

THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC
64 Kingston Camperdown
6.30pm

The legendary ARTERY string trio, featuring the manic mutilator Jon Rose, the ivory intensifier, Chris Abrahams and the dutiful double bassist, Clayton Thomas perform for the first time in 10 years…

First set spontaneous improvisations to a white wall.
Second set, spontaneous improvisations to genre splatter fest of film.

ITS FREE! THE ONLY RULE IS TO RSVP….****@dodo.com.au

What’s Cool and Unusual – 3rd December 2013

Wed 4

The Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, 2204
7:30pm FREE!

the NOW now Festival Program Launch!

::::We’re putting on a free gig to celebrate and launch the program of the 2014 NOW now Festival so be there to see::::

Robbie Avenaim / Martin Ng
Pollen Trio
Horse MacGyver
M.O.B
Lucas Abela

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Fri 6

When: 7pm – 11:30
Entry: $5 (free sausage sizzle)
Where: Firstdraft Depot, 13-17 Riley Street
Woolloomooloo (enter via Haig Lane)

All I Want for Christmas is You
Curated by Marcus Whale

Firstdraft invites you to join us at the Woolloomooloo Depot as we herald the holiday season with a night of experimental sound works and musical performances that proclaim the hopes and tropes of pop music, enacted by some of the most dynamic Australian contemporary artists and musicians working today.

Featuring:

Celebrity fan-fiction with Catcall and Kirin J. Callinan
Samuel Bruce
Romi
Fatti Frances
Thomas William (with Jonathon Watts)
Cassius Select
Michael Salerno
O.B. De Alessi
JD Reforma
Scott Morrison & Marco Cher-Gibard

Curated by Marcus Whale

Pop music is an arena for the spectacular intersection of the common and the divine. So as we have branded and adorned ourselves with religious devotion, these gods and goddesses that captivate and elevate us are fantastic constructions that chant ideological slogans from ineffable, mediated stages. As Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and countless others play out mythical intimacies in their music (and their twitters), we, the listener and the fan, create the atmosphere of simulacra that provides sustenance for pop stardom. In one sense, fan clubs – Rihanna Navy, Directioners, Beliebers – enslave their ghostly icons, coveting and re-constructing the minutiae of their every recorded act in globalised acts of fictionalisation. The pop identity is thereby splintered or refracted millions of times through mass dissemination, ever organically developed and respawned atop and away from its source.

So too, artists remix and appropriate the mystic syllables of pop music – Marco Cher-Gibard glitches the tiniest of a cappella R&B cut-ups into android visions, while Michael Salerno delineates Hanson’s haunted interior with technological decay. Others interrogate and embody the exceptional conditions of pop music performance. Fatti Frances’ replication of a pop live show’s widescreen production presents the methods of iconic performance removed from their grand context and miniaturised into a sensual assault. Meanwhile, the flood of correspondence between, towards, among and outward from the endless circles of fan communities breathes the very life into these enormous personal brands, these religions to which we attach our hearts.

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Sat 7

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
7pm $8

RED RED KROVVY
OILY BOYS
SNOTTY BABIES

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Sat 7

What: Corpus/Sail On! Sail On! 7” Launch – w/ Oslow & Ted Danson With Wolves
Where: The West Ryde Conservatorium of Punx, West Ryde (more information will be available closer to the date)
https://www.facebook.com/events/614553901913610
How Much: $5 Entry
How: The West Ryde Conservatorium of Punx is only a 5 minute walk from West Ryde Station, Victoria Rd Bus stops and there is plenty of parking in the surrounding areas.

SET TIMES:
Corpus – 10:30pm
Oslow – 9:30pm
Ted Danson With Wolves – 8:30pm
Doors at 7pm

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Sat 7

King St Theatre, 644 King Street ( Cnr Bray St), Newtown
Doors open 6:30
hands on action begins 7:30

Wheel Of Crap

hi folks,

we’ve put together a bundle of entertainment bamboozlement to whack your senses into shape. The night will be hosted by Mr. Nicholas Simon Capper and ‘Dizzy bility’ and this will be the first of hopefully many to come events showcasing homegrown artistic diversity harboring ‘open mind-fulness’. There will be LIVE acts and a group exhibition. Teaming up with the hands on delight-fulness of Reverse Garbage you will get to watch a show, be involved in the creative production, and walk away empowered with the tools to live more sustainably.

BYO CRAP (stuff you’d throw away),your IMAGINATION, SENSITIVITY and expect the unexpected.

your perceptions will be pressed upon – experientially learning will be in order… or rather chaos.

much love.

Featuring:
Justice Yeldham (Lucas Abela)
Girl Plus Boy Equals Art (Bravo Child and Alphamama)
Matt Cornell
D A Carter
Sy Browne (from Golden Orb)
Matty Grey

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Sun 8

Blacktown Masonic Centre, 30 First Avenue Blacktown
Doors: 3pm Entry: $15 ALL AGES

BROKEN HIVE RECORDS PRESENTS

MAKE THEM SUFFER
STORIES
AVERSIONS CROWN
ELEGIST
GRAVES
GLORIFIED

P.K.14 – 1984 – 3rd December 2013

Cat #: 151TZM

“1984” is P.K.14’s follow-up to “City Weather Sailing” and comes after a five-year hiatus. The name of the album was inspired by “1984”, the dystopian political fable and the final novel by English writer George Orwell (1903-1950). Most of Orwell’s works have a vitality that has only grown stronger over time. Likewise, P.K.14’s music also has an astonishing, enduring vitality that prompts the listener to think and come to his or her senses.

The band’s fifth studio album, “1984” was recorded in October 2012 at Electrical Audio in Chicago with the help of legendary American producer Steve Albini, whose previous collaborations include Nirvana, The Pixies, Cheap Trick and P.J. Harvey. All tracks were mixed in Sweden by producer Henrik Oja, who also worked on P.K.14’s first three albums.

In a departure from their usual recording process, for this album, the band first went to Sweden to rehearse for a week with Oja, who worked a lot on the guitar and organ. Together they put the final touches to the beautifully crafted sound that has now become P.K.14’s trademark.

As with Orwell’s novel, “1984” is a spotlight in the dark, with songwriter Yang Haisong’s haunting and subtly satirical lyrics speaking of harsh reality.

“You and me walked a long, long road / You and me once left the world behind us / You and me once heard their jeering laughs / They welcomed us to the world of being controlled” (You and Me)

“I’ve already forgotten everything that’s happened / I live in a world without truth / I’ve already forgotten everything that’s happened / That which is miraculous couldn’t be more miraculous / That which is dead couldn’t be more dead” (Crazed Woman)

Yang Haisong’s powerful and poetic texts – and subtexts – hold a mirror up to the world and warn of a life lived in “1984”, where just having a thought can be a very dangerous thing. If that day arrives, at least we know “the Public Kingdom For Teen” will be in our corner, singing a war cry. 

What’s Cool and Unusual – 27th November 2013

Thu 28

Maze Crescent, The University of Sydney, Darlington
7pm Free entry

Tin Shed Spots #6

There will be noise. And beauty.
This looks like the last TSS of 2013 and is set to be one of the most intense and exciting shows so far.

Guest curated by Mark Morris, owner of Bo’Weavil Recordings.

Featuring:

Brendan Walls (engines, agitated long wires, car horns, oscillators, piano)
Anthony Guerra (guitar and voice)
Nik Rizili (film work)

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Fri 29

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
7pm ALL AGES

MANHUNT (Bris) / STARVATION (Adl) / SHACKLES (Byr) / CANINE / GRUEL

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Fri 29

Where:
Level 3 corridor
Robert Webster Building, UNSW,
Union Rd, Kensington

When:
Friday 29 November
Saturday 30 November
7pm start both nights

CORRIDOR | C A C H E in P O I N T #2

–C o r r i d o r con nectiv it y in tog e thern es s and isol atio n–

New music concert series CACHE in POINT presents their second installment, Corridor. Curated by Elia Bosshard and Sonya Holowell a bare university corridor will be crowded by the music of Sydney’s Austin Buckett (GOLDEN BLONDE) and Andrew Ford as well as the European Avant-garde compositions of Iannis Xenakis and György Kurtag and new projected works by Marco Cheng. For fans of percussion and experimental sounds, this concert is not to be missed.

From 7pm each evening, performers Elia Bosshard (flute), Sonya Holowell (voice, 2014 Song Company Young Artist), Diana Zhang (piano), William Jackson and Yvonne Ham (Nomad Percussion) dwell in the passageway while a sound installation by Austin Buckett occupies the elevator.

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Sat 30

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
7pm ALL AGES

TRUST PUNKS (NZ), DOG BEACH, BRINKWORTH, MAXIMUM STRENGTH

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Sun 1

Paddington Reservoir 251-255 Oxford Street, Paddington
4pm
Entry by donation: $20 | $10 (suggestion)
Bookings, information and media requests: 0411 606 077

Recursive Space

New Music Network presents
West Head Project – Recursive Space

Rosalind Hall and Jim Denley (saxophones).
This duo presents a meeting of two instrumental and musical innovators – players from different generations who redefine their instruments. Their aim in these concerts is to go beyond instrumental redefinition and find music that resonates with redefined space – to effect a rethink of spaces through music and vice versa.

What’s Cool and Unusual – 20th November 2013

Fri 22

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
7pm ALL AGES

NARROWLANDS (Album Launch) / TED DANSON WITH WOLVES / ACHE

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Fri 22

Monster Mouse Maud Lane, Marrickville
8pm ALL AGES

SCAB EATER/ROSS/CANINE/EVERYTHING I OWN IS BROKEN/UNKNOWN TO GOD

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Fri 22

Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville
$? 8pm

Day Ravies + Sounds Like Sunset + Chook Race + East River

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Sat 23

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
2pm ALL AGES $5

CITTAGAZZE, OSLOW, YES I’M LEAVING, PALMAR GRASP

7pm ALL AGES

CLOWNS + MORE

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Sat 23

When: Saturday, November 23, from about midday onwards.
Where: A Backyard In Marrickville, Sydney, Australia

Harmony + DJs

To get yourself a ‘ticket’ (a Google Map with directions) simply send an email to us@polaroids****.com with the subject line HARMONY.

The backyard is small/cosy, so capacity is fairly limited. There will be a maximum of 4 tickets allocated for each email we receive, so please also specify the number of mates/kids you wanna bring along as well. No dickheads.

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Sun 24

Sydney Steel Rd, Marrickville
2pm FREE ALL AGES

Scab Eater, Ross, Glory Hole, Chinese Burns Unit and Safe Word

Narrow Lands – Popular Music That Will Live Forever – 20th November 2013

Cat #: 148TZM

Once known to jangle, Sydney band Narrow Lands have turned their hands to rumbling. Since adding a baritone guitar to their mix, their music has become heavier, darker, weirder and, well, simply better.

On their debut LP, the guys from Narrow Lands mix the sweet grittiness of punk with a thundering mess of noise/feedback, in the spirit of bands like Swans or Dead China Doll.

Recorded in two days in mid-winter, in a shed behind Alan’s parents’ place on a little farm west of Bathurst, Narrow Lands aimed to keep the LP sounding as fresh, authentic and ferocious as possible.

Each ridiculous sound you might hear here is an experiment with the potential of an instrument, a way of allowing things to ‘freak out’ without forcing the issue. The result hits you like a friendly punch in the guts.

A co-operative release between tenzenmen and Octopus Pi (www.facebook.com/Octopuspi)