Jan 31

Dizzee Rascal @ The Metro

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Dizzee Rascal

Originally uploaded by Australian Rozie

I occasionally take photos for Inthemix and the opportunity came up for Dizzee Rascal’s BDO side gig. ITM contributors don’t get paid, they write articles or take pics for love (and to get into events for free). Most of the gigs I’ve done were DJ gigs or dance parties not concerts. I found it all a bit daunting when I had to fill out a photo pass application form from his PR agency & found out that we could only shoot for the first 3 songs and NO flash (eek) – I’m not used to shooting under pressure! I rocked up to The Metro and met Matt Booy who takes awesome pics for TripleJ – surprisingly he was really nice to me. There ended up being about 10 photographers in the pit: half were women (incl quite a few short Asian chicks). Dizzee Rascal was pretty good from what I saw – he had the crowd jumping and screaming. I’m not really happy with the shots I took – it was all a bit too intimidating not being able to use the flash and being at the gig by myself. Usually when I do these jobs I try to get a mix of the main acts, the crowd and portraits of the punters etc. Some guy came up to me and said take my picture, then proceded to try and pull his pants down – it was that kind of crowd.

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Jan 30

Bjork @ the Sydney Opera House

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WOW – it was so freaking awesome! I was really looking forward to seeing Bjork again after 12 years back at the Hordern. I have been a big fan of her work since Debut and have paid cash money for all her releases since then. (Except the box set that came out about 6 years ago that I managed to get for free from my old work!). We decided to watch the concert from the “not really mosh pit”. Most of our friends decided to take a seat on the Opera House steps. There was hardly any pushing, shoving or throwing of missiles (that I had grown accustomed to recently), I even saw some guys crush their cans and put them in their bags (for recycling, I assume). Anyway, Bjork did a fantastic performance: her voice was awesome (just like the record), the back up musicians looked and sounded great in make up & costume too and the Reactable was cool. I loved it when Bjork made a big “spider web” come out of her hands! Near the end when it got really “rave-y” was great too! Unfortunately, the line for drinks was way too long so by the end of the night I was parched – the convenience store at East Circular Quay made a killing, charging us $10.45 for a Nestea and an ice block.
Read more reviews:
The SMH one is not very good
Zan from Triple J’s review is much better.
And boy do I feel sorry for those who were planning on seeing her at Big Day Out. I blame bogan fans of Rage Against the Machine>:P
Also incorporating Joanne’s B’day 2008 – She got the tickets for this show for us and is a wonderful woman to whom I will be eternally grateful!

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Jan 25

Leaving Sydney Theatre

Originally uploaded by Australian Rozie

Last week was pretty quiet one. I went home sick from work twice, so was feeling rather crap the whole week. When I went to see the doctor (my normal medical centre but a new doctor in the house that day) something a bit odd happened. The doctor asked me “how my faith was”, then told me he was a minister. Then he asked if he could pray for me. I am not religious, so I found this quite weird but I said he could if he wanted to. So he did.
I had tickets to Caribou but didn’t go because I was sick, so Mr T went with Dave to the Beck’s Bar. On Saturday we had a nice lunch at Danks St Depot. We tried to go to Sopra but there was a 45 minute wait. What annoys me is that I want to “support” my local cafe/restaurants but “they are so trendy” that EVERYONE wants to go there. We still had to wait about 20 minutes for our table at DSD at 2pm-ish. Later that day, we attended Au Revoir Parapluie at the Sydney Theatre for Sydney Festival. It was a mixture of circus, mime, song and dance – quite abstract but fascinating to see what one can do with their body!

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Jan 19

I just saw the worst live performance of a cover version on Rage this morning. It was Swoop performing “Do that To Me One More Time” on Recovery. That was freaking awful!!! They couldn’t sing properly and – what the hell were those guys wearing? Now, I am a advocate of the glory of 80s and 90s fashions – sometimes bad is good – but – that was crap! They must really be bad because there is hardly anything on the www about them so I can’t even reference any article about them. Here’s what I found. The past couple of weeks have been great for old music videos on Rage & Video Hits. Stay tuned.

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Jan 13

What a week

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House of the Holy Afro

Originally uploaded by Australian Rozie

I’ve had a busy week:
Monday night – Chromeo at the Beck’s Bar (Sydney Festival). Even though I saw them just 2 nights earlier, I was looking forward to seeing/hearing these guys more up close and personal. The crowd was really up for it and knew all the words. I love how everyone went “Chromeo ooh oooh…” at the beginning. See the videos I uploaded on Facebook. I stood at the front left speaker for the first few songs. Unfortunately my musician’s earplugs were conquered by the Beck’s Bar speakers and I had to move away to the back. Chromeo put on a great show and Needy Girl is such a great song. So funky!

Tuesday night – House of the Holy Afro. I saw this in the Sydney Festival guide and thought it looked like fun. I didn’t really have the funds for this as I had already bought tickets to 4 other Festival events. Luckily I scored some freebies from In The Mix (as I’m a dedicated contributor). So Missy Bon Bon came with me to check it out at The Metro. At first the audience was very reserved, but after a few songs everyone was jiving and jiggling to the South African extravaganza. The music was pumping, the singers and dancers were going off with their incredible energy – I had a great time! See photos here

Thursday night – Bar Food Night at Danks St Depot. Delicious food, not cheap though.

Friday Night – Spicks and Speck-tacular. This was a lot of fun. Of course everyone in the Enmore was a fan of the TV show – what a pack of music nerds I was surrounded with. I have new respect for Adam Hills – he handled the live audience really well and was very, very funny. Sometimes on Spicks and Specks his jokes can be a bit lame. They picked 8 people out of the audience to go on stage and compete. I tried! I knew the answer to “Which horror movie star performs on Thriller?” Some of the contestants were nut-cases – and I thought there were too many “old” people chosen. There was a woman behind me, let’s call her “Maria” who had been to the live stage show 23 times…23 TIMES – What the? She obviously has more money than sense! The show went for about an hour and three quarters (even though it said on the Enmore website that it only went for an hour and 10 minutes). So it was pretty good value for about $47. Then we went to Oxford Art Factory (for the first time) for a “Miami (B)ass” night of which I didn’t hear any Miami Bass – more Baltimore/new Electro type stuff. We were only there for an hour – Dave wasn’t feeling well and I was justifiably feeling too old and dorky.

Saturday – resting + some Couch to 5km training.

Sunday – T-visionarium at UNSW – another Sydney Festival thing. Really awesome – really trippy – check it out if you can. They have sessions every half an hour.

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Jan 06


Originally uploaded by Australian Rozie

Well it was big night, shame about the drizzly rain but at least it didn’t pour. Plenty of people were out in the city to experience lots of great bands, singers and entertainment from the 2008 Sydney Festival Program. It kind of felt like NYE but better! We made our way to Martin Place to see Chromeo. We were not too far back, arriving about 40 minutes before they were meant to start (then they were 15 mins late). The DJ before hand played a big mix of hits and mashups which got the crowd jumping. As to be expected at these things, there was a fair amount pushing in and projectile throwing. The MC for this event looked like the same guy who MC’d at the HP Art in Motion Coldcut gig – he had got a caning on the ITM forums and it seems he heeded this info by getting some “trendy” sunglasses and wearing his cap sideways 😉 I know he’s just doing his job. This part of FFN was well organised with free water stands and first aid & toilets close by. When we left this area after Chromeo (who were really good, but we’re seeing them at the Beck’s Bar too), there was a mad crush to get through. We wandered around the various areas for a while, then decided to get food in Hyde Park. This was the crap part – you had to buy food voucher tickets to get your food. There appeared to be only one stand to buy these and the line had about 100 people in it. So we skipped that and went straight to the numerous ice-cream vans around the park. Next we went to check out Spank Rock in the Phillip Street area. It was very crowded here and the sound was too low (even for my liking – btw I have my new musicians earplugs – they’re awesome). It’s a concert for f’sake – maybe there was a technical hitch – because Fuzzy are very experienced in organising these kinds of events and they would know better right? Anyway, when Spank Rock came on it was kind of a let down because you couldn’t hear them properly and then someone threw a glass bottle and I said “let’s get the xxxx out of here”. So we went to Chinatown and had a nice big, fast, delicious late night dinner.

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Jan 04

New Year’s Resolutions

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I’m putting it in writing and hoping they stick.
• Be a “Compactor” in January
• Get my NSW Driver’s Licence (I know, I know)
Couch to 5kms
Wish me luck 🙂

And Happy New Year to you.

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