What’s Cool and Unusual – 23rd July 2008

Hey from all at Dirty Shirlows, here’s an update:

Dirty Shirlows is still operating and is in no danger of being shut down. However, due to complaints from cops about so-called “dance parties” (the rumours aren’t true!) we have been forced to lie low for the next couple of months. 

At this stage we’re in limbo and can’t really tell you much more apart from the fact that we’re on a mission to make sure Shirlows survives so you can expect more Shirlows gigs at a hopefully not to distant point down the track. Also, an art gallery…..

In the meantime the space is open for other business, namley for rehearsals / meetings (a huge amount of space).. The P.A. is still wicked and noise is not an issue. Rates are competitive. Give Shirlows a buzz on 0295**** or B*** on 0402*** or email dirtys**@**mail.com

 Also we wanted to say a big thankyou to everyone who has supported the space so far by booking gigs, rehearsals, coming along, helping us out with council dramas and generally being awesome. 

Keep an eye out…. and see you soon….

fri 25

Blackrose, 22 enmore rd, newtown
6pm – 9pm donations

Spoken Words
w/ Pi O + Guests

Spoken word, poetry, readings and open mic.


sat 26

FNB Serving
Martin Luther King mural on King st, Newtown

Regular Food Not Bombs serving has moved to the ‘I have a dream mural’
on king st. Our first serving will be this weekend! Come help FNB at
Jura books (cooking starts at 12pm-1pm) or pike out and just eat at
our serving.

++  i’ll either be at these events or wishing i was there  ++

What’s Cool and Unusual – 23rd April 2008

Pic: inside Dirty Shirlows

wed 23

consolador de dos caras
la campana, 53-55 liverpool st, sydney
$10 8pm

this is the one we’ve been waiting for! and the line up has blossomed madly! first band will be on at 8.30 tonight so BE EARLY!

the laurels – the laurels are a 5 piece psychedelic/shoegaze band from sydney. first taking the stage in june 2006, the laurels juggernaut has accumulated accolades, guitar pedals and fans in approximately equal proportion.

Vialka – Vialka is an inflatable submarine that survived the commercial war. It travels unrestlessly around the world to explore the rich diversity of its cultures before it is too late. Vialka is a noisy comedy not ashamed of its own way by scorn or ridicule. It is an invitation to dance to steady explosive rhythms, terror melodies and experimental movements. It is a symphony for humble flesh through the high spirits of rock’n’roll. Globetrotting mavericks and dynamic two piece from everywhere and nowhere, Vialka unfailingly blow the minds of the uninitiated! With the world’s smallest and hardest hitting female drummer and ungodliest (un)bearded baritone guitarist, this band surpasses all expectation of the possibilities of popular music!

ian wadley – played with bird blobs, jandek , mick turner plus a whole list as long as your arm. have a look at the website for more info. Oh and also brother to greg of new waver fame

the question – Formed through a combination of too much time + equipment and lack of like minded individuals. no more sitting around >>>time to mess around.

as if these bands weren’t enough there will be other crazy shit going on in the front room:


– 10kfreemen is the alias of Tom Gilmore, an Australian chiptune artist. Tom began making Game Boy music in early 2007 with very little exposure to the world of chiptune. His early minimalistic style developed with his exposure and increased involvement with the scene, along with the development of a live show to express himself to new audiences and expose a new genre of music to an unaware Sydney, Australia. http://10kfreemen.com http://myspace.com/thefloortom


Often described as a mathematical anomaly, Divide is setting out togive a big lo-fi fuck you to mathematicians. ”Anomalise this, cunts” he has been heard to say, wielding a gameboy in each hand whilst shooting lazers out of his eyes. He also occasional designs flyers for No Frills.


In the wild, Przewalski’s Horses live in social groups consisting of a dominant stallion, a dominant lead mare, other mares, and their offspring. The patterns of their daily lives exhibit horse behavior similar to that of feral horse herds: Each group has a well-defined home range; within the range, the herd travels between three and six miles a day, spending time grazing, drinking, using salt licks anddozing. The stallions can frequently be seen sniffing dung piles to confirm scent markings, and playing out 8-bit tunes in Sydney.


When not elbow-deep in recreational autopsy, Abortifacient likes to program Breakcore. Born in 2005, Abortifacient has taken his brand of Queensland Breakcore on a Japanese tour. Like a Gabber set at the Gympie Muster, Abortifacient’s live shows blend Psychobilly, Chiptunes, and Horror Film Fanaticism.

plus the usual DIY markets – bring your wares if you have something to sell


fri 25

‘stikki records’
510 king street, newtown , sydney
12.30pm all ages FREE

capa capo
death cage
rocksteady dub militia
doin it for the money
fuck oath.

its a public holiday so no excuses!


sat 26

wolli creek outdoor acoustic entertainment society
1pm meet at turella station

+ more


sat 26

Name: Killerwatts System presents…
Tagline: Death from Above
Host: Killerwatts
Type: Party – Night of Mayhem
Time and Place
Start Time: Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 9:30pm
End Time: Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 12:30am

Location: Dirty Shirlows Warehouse
City/Town: Marrickville, Australia


see breakcore.com.au or killerwatts.info on the day for more info


sat 26

vic on the park
Cnr Enmore Rd & Addison Rd, Enmore
8pm $10

Schrodingers Cat

Luca Brasi(Melbourne)

Dining in Tuscany

Hospital the Musical

i really wish i could go to this as it’s luca brasi’s only show in sydney this weekend. i’ve heard good things about dining in tuscany and i still haven’t seen hospital the musical or schrodingers cat! in my absence you should go check it out! and then head on round to dirty shirlows for mad dancing.


sat 26

YR wherehouse (contact me if you need address details)
8pm $?

castings, onani, pfm, pagan dawn


sun 27

low tea
jura books, 440 paramatta rd, petersham
11am free

from kat thaw:

i’m really excited about this sunday!!! we’re having a big tea / cake party at jura bookshop, with music by loads of lurvely ladies and then a bit of a discussion about women in diy music and activism.

my good friend lena has come up from melbourne to grace us with her gorgeous sounds, louise has some new tunes for our listening pleasure, anna will tearour hearts out with her musical tales and i’ll play some little bits i’ve been working on.

there’ll be a huge spread of vegan cakes and treats! feel free to bring some along if you’re extra inspired. and we’ve plenty of tea cups to go around!

most importantly there’s going to be a discussion of women and queers in diy and activist communities in sydney, but more broadly as well. don’t be shy – come and contribute!

the whole thingo kicks off at 11am on sunday morning (27th april) so don’t sleep in too much or you’ll miss out on all the edible goodies! jura bookshop is easy to get to – a five minute walk down crystal street from etersham station, or a short bus ride from central station down parramatta road. it’s number 440 on parramatta road, just a block from where norton street meets parramatta road. just next to the flag shop and opposite the bald faced stag (pub) if that helps.


sun 27

thirroul neighbourhood centre
1pm $5

hospital the musical
mary jane kelly
run! hide!
sound the mute
hira hira
let me down jungle man gently


get prepared for Malaysian screamo merchants DAIGHILA in sydney next weekend (sunday 6pm at hot new space Dirty Shirlows with amazing support from former republics, ohana and the thaw!)


++ i’ll either be at these events or wishing i was there ++

What’s Cool and Unusual – 26th January 2008

sat 26

late notice i know but Sydney Food Not Bombs are cooking at 1pm at Jura Books and serving at 4pm in Victoria Park, near the tent embassy.


sat 26


Ruban Rat is a Designer Toy Store and Gallery located at 423 King St, Newtown. Showcasing local and international artists in the toy scene and different genres of the lowbrow and experimental art scene. Upcoming exhibitions by Miseryl, Emily Hasslehoff, May Cat Rabbit and more. –  checkout http://www.myspace.com/rubanrat

Opening Night and first exhibition titled ‘Robot Trouble’ by Brendan Zymatas

Sat 26/01
423 King St, Newtown


sun 27

Alarm youth anarchist collective meeting.

Alarm is an anarchist youth organization. It was created as a means for young people – workers, and students alike – to effectively organize against capitalism and the state, and to help spread revolutionary ideas throughout Australia.

Alarm is having a meeting at Victoria Park (Next to Broadway and Sydney Uni) on the 27th of January to help build the collective and work towards social change.

We will be meeting at 12pm, and will be marked by a Red and Black flag.

All welcome.


sun 27

Showing at Black Rose this Sunday is “The Take”, a 2004 documentary about an occupied factory in Argentina.

Sunday January 27
6.30 pm
22 Enmore Rd, Newtown
entry by donation

To steal a desription from the film’s official website: “In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave.

All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act – The Take – has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.

The story of the workers’ struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election in Argentina, in which the architect of the economic collapse, Carlos Menem, is the front-runner. His cronies, the former owners, are circling: if he wins, they’ll take back the companies that the movement has worked so hard to revive.

Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.

With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada’s most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers’ lives and their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.”


sun 27


More bump n grind at the scooter community lezzo strip joint.

Sun 27/01
@ Mr Mary’s
106-110 George St, Redfern
$20/25 doors open 6PM

++ i’ll either be at these events or wishing i was there ++