What’s Cool and Unusual – 18th June 2014

Wed 18

Lamps, level 4, 342 Elizabeth St, Sydney
$5/$10 ALL AGES

Laura Altman
Evan Dorrian with Andrew Fedorovitch
Luiz Gabriel Gubeissi with Mel Herbert, Jim Denley and Bonnie Stewart

  • special guests


Fri 20

Birdrib, Tempe



Fri 20

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale



Sun 22

107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern
6pm $10/8 ALL AGES

Pretty Gritty #7
assault and bassery

Cat Hope
Knife Crimes

What’s Cool and Unusual – 21st May 2014

Wed 21

Lamps, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth Street

Peter Farrar – solo
Shota Matsumura


Thu 22

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale

Thee Nodes (Canada) / Gentlemen (Melb) / Nobody’s Driving / Mandate


Fri 23

Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Video Ezy

Video Ezy is a collaboration between two Sydney based musicians and artists, Nina Buchanan and Del Lumanta. Using synths, keyboards and drum machine, the pair move between dystopian pop songs and loose, repetitive jams.


Fri 23

Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville
Entry is by Gold Coin Donation! Doors 7pm

Angharad Yeo – Spiderstring Album Launch.

Playing an exclusive set with full band, there will also be copies of the album for sale at the event.


Sat 24

PACT Centre for Emerging Arts 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville
12-2pm, $15 / $10 ALL AGES

This is a special event co presented by New Music Network and the NOW now. The Splinter Orchestra will be presenting an afternoon concert of new works. – We’ve been building up to this the last 5 months!


Sun 25

107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern
2pm $10 ALL AGES

Reykjavictim, Mannheim Rocket, The Seaport and the Airport, Wade M Gilmour


Sun 25

Alaska Projects Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road

involuntary muscle
feat. Jane Sheldon | Michaela Davies


Sun 25

Level 3, Central 28 Broadway, Chippendale

Other Worlds Zine Fair – an alternative to the MCA’s zine fair.

The MCA is sponsored by Transfield, a corporation that operates contracts in the detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Transfield derives brand value through its association with the arts. By participating in events that are sponsored by Transfield we add value to their brand. This alternative fair will give zinesters an opportunity to show their protest while still enabling them to sell and swap their zines. An alternative to the MCA zine fair may seem like a small protest, but it’s a specific protest as zine makers, in solidarity with asylum seekers who protest against and resist mandatory detention from within the camps

What’s Cool and Unusual – 31st July 2013

Thu 1

Lamps, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Doors 7:00 pm, first act 7:30pm $10 ALL AGES
Ears Have Ears, FBi Radio Presents #3 feat:


  • Ears Have Ears Djs

Ears Have Ears, FBi’s weekly experimental music program presents the third 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.

Ears Have Ears Presents #3 features three acts at the forefront of Sydney’s experimental and independent music community under various guises.


Thomas William Vs Scissor Lock is the collaborative project of Tom Smith and Marcus Whale.

Tom is a mainstay of Sydney’s experimental music scene – a curator, teacher and musician, most recently releasing the highly acclaimed ‘Deccan Technicolour’ via Melbourne label This Thing and curating Firstdraft’s Night Depot as part of ISEA, Vivid.

Scissor Lock aka Marcus Whale is best known for his work in Collarbones (with Travis Cook) & Black Vanilla (with Guerre & Marseilles). As Scissor Lock he combines manipulated voice and feedback with laptop processing.

In duo mode, Thomas William Vs Scissor Lock create detailed soundscapes which fuse individual styles effortlessly, as realised on their excellent 2012 album ‘Jewelz’ via New Weird Australia and 2013 original contribution ‘Dreams Have Dreams’ made exclusively for Ears Have Ears radio last year.

Thomas William: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thomas-William/256262611077443

Scissor Lock: https://www.facebook.com/scissor0lock

‘Jewelz’ on New Weird Australia: http://newweirdaustralia.com/projects/thomas-william-vs-scissor-lock-jewelz/


Knitted Abyss is the resurrected duo of Lucy Phelan (ex NOTV, currently of Half High duo) and Anna John (Holy Balm). The pair sprung out of Sydney’s DIY scene in the 00’s – releasing small-run cassettes of unique guitar, pedal and drum machine driven audioscapes on Night People and Bumtapes before laying the project to rest some years back.

At Ears Have Ears Presents #3 Knitted Abyss play their first Sydney show in a number of years – not to be missed! We feel really honored to present this rare KA performance!!

Myspace: https://myspace.com/knittedabyss

Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Knitted_Abyss/


Third on the lineup is self-proclaimed loser concrete soloist Horse MacGyver aka Tim Dwyer. Horse MacGyver’s distinctive electronic excusions have seen him billed with Witch house legends oOoOO (USA) and Butterclock (Fr) as well as Standish/Carlyon and Kirin J Callinan. Beyond his a recent cassette release, Tim is also part of Zonk Vision, an audio/visual collective making psychedelic inclusive low art.

Website: http://www.horsemacgyver.org/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/horsemacgyver


Fri 2

8PM / $10


Unfamiliar with A Dead Forest Index? Time to familiarise yourself in an intimate show at 107 Projects with support from heart-wrenching Devotional, mind-wrenching Broadcasting Transmitter and gig debut by Super Galaxies.
Take a listen… more info below.

A DEAD FOREST INDEX – http://adeadforestindex.bandcamp.com/
DEVOTIONAL – http://devotional.bandcamp.com/
BROADCASTING TRANSMITTER – http://octopuspi.bandcamp.com/track/mandelbrots-hangover
SUPER GALAXIES- https://soundcloud.com/supergalaxies

  • music selections by Octopus Pi


Fri 2

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale

Duck Duck Chop, Making, No Art and Lenin Lennon


Fri 2

Jura Books, 440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
7pm $5 ALL AGES

Hey everyone, we’re throwing a bit of a party at Jura books with some lovely bands.

Playing on the night is the amazing

Plus our friends from Tassie

Also playing is the dreamy

And kicking off proceedings (and hopefully singing songs about Skyrim and Enmore Rd)

Check out http://www.paperbagmusic.com.au for more info.


Sat 3

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

Ghost Talk, Angry Beige, Palmar Grasp & Stay Closed Minded

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