June 24, 2010

afends sydney store partay!

If you're in Sydney tomorrow night, get down to White Revolver in Bondi, Byron Bay based clothing company Afends is having a party to celebrate the opening of its sydney concept store "Syd Vicious". Definitely a party not to be missed. They've just released a preview of their summer range due to drop in august. Sweet!


June 23, 2010

June 19, 2010


Eminem has a new album out today entitled "RECOVERY". with such tracks featuring Lil Wayne, Pink and Rihanna, with tracks produced by the likes of Boi-1da, Dr Dre, Just Blaze, DJ Khalil, to name a few. A fine offering from the detroit rapper, who describes the album "more emotionally driven" then last years offering "RELAPSE".


June 14, 2010


Head down to Unplugged at The Basement next Thursday, our friend Jayden Courts will be performing a mix of his acoustic music, supporting local act Peter Miller. RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE.

Following blurb taken from the Facebook Event.




0410 752 719 (Dan)


Queensland based finger-style guitarist Peter Miller is known in Australia and Ireland for his delicate touch and for his beautiful melodic sensibility. Peter has toured Ireland and Europe on numerous occasions where he has shared the stage with Legendary song writer John Spillane, piper Eoin Duignan, Slide player Clive Barnes and many more. He has also supported the great Pierre Bensusan, more recently, has been invited to be one of the featured instrumental virtuosi at the 'Loves Songs To Tasmania' concert at the Cygnet 2010 Folk Festival . Peter has also appeared at Illawarra folk festival joining the guitar wizards show on closing day. Bahrain is yet another destination Peter has performed.

“I’ve been fortunate to play guitar for Irishman John Spillane a number of times now, He’s great Craic as they say over there, I also played at Gavin Moore’s sitting room sessions with Steve Housden of Little River Band fame, I think I have played almost every county in the country, I’m completely spoilt when I tour Ireland.”

His music has appeared world wide on Film and Television including Cult UK show ‘Skins’ and has been chosen for the new Irish film ‘Will’s diaries’. Peter’s guitar music has also appeared on independent surf films ‘unify & Livewire’. Tracks have appeared on compilation CDs worldwide. Including ‘chillout zone vol 2’ which reached number 2 in India. also receiving a two page write up in Italian music magazine ‘New age & New Sounds’ . Peter is a regular on the South East QLD music scene playing venues and wine bars throughout the region.

His playing has a tasteful use of space, without being underplayed. His live performances are a mixture of solo and (sometimes) layered guitar pieces using a loopstation (JamMan) . Most of his playing style is of a Celtic and folk mix .

“I believe music whether it has lyrics or not should be able to tell a story. To take the listener on a journey is such a privilege. I’ve had people come up after a show and say that’s just what I needed. Quite often live I like to play something new on the spot, it all adds so much to the performance.”

Peter has received great responses from fellow musicians and reviewers for his guitar playing style
"beautiful guitar style"
Gerry O'Beirne.

“distinctive fingerstylist, unique compositions”
Michael Fix.

"poetic escapades which come straight from the heart..."
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews © 2007

"Peter Miller weaves a magic spell, do not listen too closely, cos you might get drawn in, and you might get taken away, and you might forget who you are"
John Spillane

"Peter Miller's music paints pictures in the air of the wonders of our planet,
the joy of life and the emotions most of us find hard to describe."
Charlie McGettigan.



After recently sparking the interest of a number of renowned record labels and producers, it is clear to see that it is only a matter of time before this young Gold Coast bred artist becomes a household name.

With music in his veins from an early age and the dream of a career in music driving him forward since he can remember, Jayden Courts is walking proof of what it means to live and breathe music, with every step of every day.

With a voice that could melt even the hardest of hearts, and song-writing skills that rival even some of Australia’s best – Jayden Courts is evidence that a passion to write and perform simply earnest and heartfelt songs, is what it takes to shine (very brightly!) through the crowd.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of James Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Buckley, Gavin Degraw, John Mayer, Jamie Cullum & Matt Corby, Jayden has developed a truly unique sound, which takes one on a journey from the first chord, right down to the very last vocal hum. It is this skill that leaves any listener mesmerised and intensely inspired.

With his obvious strengths in singing & song-writing already prevalent in his work and an impressive repertoire of self produced original songs to prove for it, Jayden Courts has not stopped there! Now in the 3rd year of his Bachelor of Popular Music, Jayden is continuing to further develop his skills and his growing passion for his art.

When Jayden performs, it is obvious he is a musician who is thoroughly energised by the joy his work brings to not only himself, but to those around him who are touched by his music and the effect it has on their lives.

With such drive and excitement, Jayden is continually looking to the future and intends to have a quality; self produced EP set for release by the end of 2010. With a clear view of where he is heading, and a truckload of talent to boot – big things are ahead for Jayden Courts!



Cheynne picked up an old nylon string guitar in his final year of a marketing degree in Sydney much to the dismay of his parents. Upon discovering three chords (or 4) and the truth through a diet of old delta blues, Bob Marley and old skool Cat Stevens. Cheynne set about writing his own simplistic versions of ‘songs’ and discovered he had a knack for melody and emotional authenticity. His second gig saw him perform to 1500 people at a College ball on campus. Three years later he had signed a world wide publishing deal with Warner Chappell, had performed on national television and had started getting radio airplay. A meteoric rise into the heady world of the music industry, it was during this time that Cheynne emerged as a front man for seminal indie acts Mama Bird, Spinifex and later, Wingspan. An album was recorded in 2003, with the band Wingspan.

Management, record contracts, and touring commitments unfolded in quick succession due to the commercial strength of this material but ultimately the band imploded like all good rock and roll clich├ęs in a haze of scandalous deals, legal battles, hidden agendas, dodgy managers and a band dynamic akin to the krakatoa. Six of the best songs from this album were taken and released as Cheynne’s first solo EP called Wingspan, dedicated to that part of his musical journey.

This was an ambitious first effort that was described by reviewers as “ a special orchestral rock record of rare songwriting genius”….Drum Media. Upon moving to Byron Bay in 2006 Cheynne recorded his follow up EP- Return to the Source which received national airplay on ABC and great support locally with Bay FM. Supports with Tex Perkins, Pete Murray kept him in good company and set the stage for his latest and best offering Firesongs For The Soul.

Now Cheynne is presenting the Firesongs for the Soul EP to industry, festivals, friends and fans alike in 2009, with a focus on online interactive presence, radio airplay and performances at key festivals and venues on the East Coast starting with the East Coast Bluesfest, April 2009. Featuring an eclectic ensemble of Byron’s best musicians this EP is full of hooks, harmonies and soul and is sure to resonate with acoustic music lovers all over the world. See Press Release for more details.


June 11, 2010


Haven't written in awhile, so heres something worthy.

New York-based electronic duo Ratatat have released their new album this week entitled "LP4", with tracks previously recorded in the same studio session as their previous offering "LP3".

Great electronic instrumentals by these guys check them out!

Here's the first single "Party With Children"


June 1, 2010

ONEWAY Project - Surfers Paradise 4th June


If you're a lover of fashion, art, music & food, then come & experience a cultural roots fusion unlike any other at ONEWAY PROJECT.

Set in adjacent laneways in Surfers Paradise (behind Pancakes in Paradise), ONEWAY PROJECT offers culture lovers the chance to spend your sunset afternoon & night chilling out in a streetscape of live art demo's, funky fashion & knick stalls, live music & alfresco dining pockets.

Main Stage:
3pm - 3.45pm - Cool Calm Collective
4pm - 4.45pm - Anarchist Duck
5pm - 5.45pm - PamPamPam
6pm - 6.45pm - Brothers
7pm - 8pm - Rogerthat

elsewhere Stage:
A super funkin stage brought to you by the elsewhere crew - Featuring:
3pm - 3.45pm - elsewhere DJ's
4pm - 4.45pm - The Moderns
4.45pm - 4.55pm - 19Karen talk
5pm - 5.45pm - Kwerkshoppe
5.45pm 5.55pm - 19Karen talk
6pm - 6.45pm - Igloo
6.45pm - 7.45pm - elsewhere DJ's

elsewhere dj's include:
Audun, Giv (soundtraffik), Thomas J and Stretch Paper Cranes

(elsewhere will also be hosting the official afterparty too)

Magic Bus Stage:
3.15pm - 4pm - Chris Mallory
4.15pm - 5pm - Karl Williams
5.15pm - 6pm - Natalie Weir
6.15pm - 7pm - CC The Cat
7.15pm - 8pm - Shoebox

What Else..?!
Brought to you by local art gallery 19KAREN, International feature artist MYMO will be creating one of her trademark artworks at oneway project: a massive wall in the alleyway will be covered in the collaborative street artworks of:
* Sam Smith
* Georg Whelan
* Kitty Horton
* Just confirmed... Claudio Kirac!!!

The TRAILER TRASH project also be bringing their artificial grass, picket fence & caravans, that will see local street & graffiti artisits take to them in spray can flicking, brush stroking fury - brought to you by Joshua Levi Galleries.

NO WAVES parlour of love - check out what these boys are up to in the arty world.. I hear NO WAVES 3 will be on the week after Oneway - keep your eyes peeled :)

SKATE DECKSABITION - vote for your favourite deck designed by GC's finest artists. Hannah Smith, Jae Copp, Jake Springthorpe, Joy French, Megan Chambers, Magnus Kennedy, Laura Tomkiewicz, Andrew Otten, Mariam Arcilla, Tal Fitzpatrick, Nathan White and Mitch (Darkside artists), Morris Lauga, Dean (Slam artist), Alex Wall, Ray Cook, Kiel Tillam, Lauren Davis, Tess Maguire, Jackson Hambridge and Fiona Kennedy Altoft.

Oneway project is about supporting emerging talent from the roots up & providing them with an interactive space to grow - a much needed gateway on the Gold Coast that you can now be a part of...oneway project is an alcohol free event.

ARTIST BIOS - Mainstage

The Cool Calm Collective

Its been a steady rise thus far for Gold Coast seven piece The Cool Calm Collective since their first gig in 2006. Having played a countless number of sold out shows since their inception, as well as securing JJJ airplay, coveted festival spots and a host of high profile support slots ... it seems as though The Cool Calm Collective are emerging as the band to watch in 2010. Whether its reckless reggae party anthems or messages of love, life, and loss; The Cool Calm Collective deliver with soulful melodies and infectious grooves...

Anarchist Duck


Anarchist Duck fuse funk, reggae, rock and rhymes with a world music feel and their trademark harmonies. From humble beginnings Anarchist Duck have this year secured a place at Corinbank Festival, Southern Oracle Festival, Nimbin Mardi Grass and were also placed in the top ten albums at Brisbane's 4ZZZ. They have received nation-wide airplay of their new album 'Propaganda' which was produced with Paulie B of The Beautiful Girls. They are renowned for transforming audiences into dancing, karni mayhem.



Pampampam! is a four piece from a quiet little town on the east coast of Australia Called the Gold Coast. The four members have all been friends for years and years but only started jaming together in early 2008. They named the band after the drummer's mum and started playing shows in front of real people in real venues in early 2009 and haven't looked back since. They try and make atmospheric dancy rock and don't have a synth but might buy one. Their sound is influenced by an array of artists Interpol, Silversun Pickups, Joy Division and Kings of Leon, is to name only but a few.



Prior to being active members of the Queensland music scene, Brothers shared their roots in a queit NSW mountain town. Their matured psycheledic no-appologies rock n roll has seen them share the stage with the likes of, Wolfmother, The Choir boys, Philadelphia Grand Dury & The Galvatrons. Their Debut self titled EP is making waves so do yourself a favour and get a copy.



They fly that freak-flag up on high & into the sky. Swaying like the breeze, mind whistling like leaves, it's all in the way Bailey on vocals (with his Amish beard & anti-establishment grooves) makes Rogerthat the very Zeitgeist of it all! If ever there was anything lacking from our apocalypse as envisioned in childhood, it's in the sights THEY bring to our feverish minds - it's in the second coming of the mad 70's blunt groove, Rogerthat style. If ever there was a diagonal slide into sweet oblivion that needed magnifying with guitar, bass, drum & electrified amp, Rogerthat is the one to deliver it.

Mainstage bands brought to you by the A-Venue Music Initiative and GCCC :)

ARTIST BIOS - elsewhere stage

The Moderns


Andre and Levi Franco and Samuel Rees are The Moderns - A rock and roll band from South East Queensland. Sons of Preacher men and all hailing from small towns, the three boys predominantly draw on influences from the sixties and seventies. When music was brilliant, -Yes. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Velvet Underground and Jeff Beck Group are referenced in their heavy rock psychedelic songs.
The Moderns just write and play music and that's all there is to it really..
The band has supported Philadelphia Grand Jury, Tame Impala, Yves Klein
Blue, The Galvatrons, The Holidays, The Skybombers and Foxx on Fire.
If you like the idea of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with Lou Reed on vocals,
Bonham on drums, and a glass of red wine in your hand, then you are pretty
frea-kay. OH and Billy, there is just one more thing... Power.



KwerkShoPPe is all about dancing, grooves and good times. The sound of the
band combines instrumental funk and jazzy hooks with extremely infectious
percussive grooves that get any punter in the mood for some hip thrusting
and moonwalking. Defined by locals as the Gold Coasts underground Funk icon, Kwerkshoppe brings joy to anybody that steps in their path.
Hailing from South East QLD the band has been well established for over 6
years playing countless shows all over the East coast of Oz supporting bands
such as The Bamboos, The Beautiful Girls, Koolism, Tijuana Cartel and many
more, leaving crowds blown away by there musicianship. Each of the members has over 10 years of experience with live performance and all styles of music. Kwerkshoppe will leave you with a smile on your face and a newfound love for funky goodness. Get out your flares and get your groove shoes on!!!!



IGLOO is a dynamic new 5-piece live electronic funk band straight outta
Southern Queensland. A new world fusion that moves the organic to meet the
electronic amidst fat chunky beats reminiscent of the Brighton Big Beat era,
thanks to resident Beat Doctor-Benwahh; old skool sampling and turntablism
courtesy of Freddy Flyfingaz (Tijuana Cartel) and killer electric riffs
sitting pretty amidst the sweet, soulful vocals of Miss Jeliza Rose. Backed
up with big fat live bass by none other than Otto Mitter
(Kwerkshoppe/Bowser) and laced with the unique percussive expressions of
Tuan (Wunluv), these musicians have a collective experience that spans many
decades and their palpable musical chemistry is as powerful as it is
captivating. Armed with a killer bunch of tunes, quirky fun hooks, a great
sense of humour and a sound that is uniquely IGLOO, this band have
everything it takes to make a racket that's gonna get noticed.