Jun 24

Beastman and Phibs at Ambush Gallery

Beastman and Phibs at Ambush Gallery

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Jun 05

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live review

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Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

Empire of the Sun at Vivid Live

At the last minute jodeska kindly invited me to see Empire of the Sun at the Sydney Opera House. After my four night Kraftwerk marathon I didn’t think I would be back at the Opera House so soon!
We met at the food trucks for some quick pre-show jaffles. Our seats were great – front row of the circle (upstairs) in the concert hall (you can see us in see pic below from smh photos). The support act High Highs were pleasant enough – I thought Husky meets The Temper Trap.
The crowd was fairly young, compared to Kraftwerk. It was great to see so many hyped up people ready to enjoy EOTS. Even the random middle-aged Danish tourist sitting next to me had them in her iPod! When the show started, the crowd went nuts! The stage design, lighting and visuals were quite spectacular. The dancers had some crazy costumes on and kind of reminded me of the animation Fantastic Planet. When “the Steel” made his appearance I was bemused and fascinated by his flamboyant costume and stage presence. It really was unlike any Australian act I’d seen before (no, I didn’t see Skyhooks in the 70s). I was disappointed not to see Nick Littlemore perform with EOTS, I don’t really know what the story is. If you believe what you read on the internets, he won’t get out of bed for less than one million dollars! Anyway, EOTS performed tracks from their new album, some very 80s/Prince style tunes as well as the big hits from their first album. Those songs made everyone in the crowd extra happy and enthusiatic (except Gotye who was sitting four seats down from me – he didn’t dance). At the end Steele smashed up a guitar – bwahaha awesome rock cliché! I had an unexpected good time, thanks to Jodeska.

Can you see me on the balcony? About 4 seats to the right of me is Gotye

Read harsh smh review here, good photos here

Further reading: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/keeping-the-faith-20130523-2k1ta.html

Jun 01

Move over Daft Punk, here are the original robots 🙂

Watching Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 13

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 12

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 10

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 09

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 05

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 15

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 18

I had grand plans of blogging about each night of the Kraftwerk marathon… but I didn’t realise how much effort it was going to be. Think about it, you go to a live performance of one of your all time favourite artists and are blown away with 90 minutes of electronic heaven, then you do it again another seven times in four days. It was somewhat insane but, it was awesome, you really had to be there! Overall, it was an epic experience and I felt privileged to be able to afford, have the time and opportunity to see all eight Kraftwerk shows in Sydney.

Here are some ramblings from the last three nights of Kraftwerk at Vivid Live.

Saturday 25 May – Trans-Europe Express (1977) and The Man Machine (1978)
• We were running late for the 7pm show and had to push through the hoards of thousands around Circular Quay checking out the Vivid lights. We sat down in the Joan Sutherland Theatre just as the lights went down and Kraftwerk were starting. Sweat. Dripping.
• Enthusiastic crowd – more woohoo’ing
• Our Kiwi friends were randomly seated right next to us!
• Food truck food for dinner at the “half-time” break.
• The Man Machine show had an even more enthusiastic crowd which included hand clapping and “singing” along to some tracks!

Sunday 26 May – Computerworld (1981) and Techno Pop (1986)
• Met up again with pbot before the show at Opera Kitchen. All five of us were sitting in the same row for this show! It was the out of town-ers row!
• Sat next to a father and son (aged twenty-something) from Canberra. The father told us about buying Kraftwerk albums (on vinyl) when they came out in the 70s. I asked him how did people find out about “cool” music back in the day before the internets and he said that he used to ring up radio stations like Double J and ask them to recommend music.
• There were a few technical hitches during tonight’s shows. These are the things you notice when you start seeing the same thing again and again! This meant they were human and not actually robots 😛
• Degrassi and Leo Broke were the “lucky recipients” of our successful ballot tickets for Techno Pop. We applied for five shows and only got one in the ticket ballot.
• What I particularly  liked about Techno Pop was the chance to see some different visuals/tracks (stuff that wasn’t in the greatest hits package from the last 5 shows)
• We had really great seats right near the stage again and there was a partial standing ovation down the front.

Monday 27 May – The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003)
• It finally dawned on me while at The Mix, that Kraftwerk had been performing “The Mix ” versions of their classic tracks over the last four nights. They were more energetic and sounded heaps better than the original versions.
• Finally caught up with the Honka Princess
• Enjoyed Tour de France soundtracks as I wasn’t so familiar with this album
•At the end of the last show, the Kraftwerk guys shook hands and patted each other on the back for a job well done. Standing ovation by all in the Opera House.

After four nights, I would have to say that my favourite tracks were The Robots (made me want to listen to old electro and hip-hop & hip house), Radioactivity (made me want to go to a rave) and Tour de France (made me want to dance). But really, they were all good. The one thing missing from the shows was the opportunity to get up and dance, it just wasn’t that kind of crowd I guess. I’m sure that people would have been annoyed about their 3D show being obscured. A guy next to me at one of the shows had even brought his own fancy 3D glasses.

Anyway… OMG Kraftwerk the pioneers of electronic music performed live right in front of me eight times!!!

See my many photos here

Further reading:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/electronic-pioneer-still-retains-the-wow-factor-20130526-2n54i.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/australia-culture-blog/2013/may/26/kraftwerk-sydney-opera-house-vivid

http://www.themusicnetwork.com/reviews/live/2013/05/28/live-review-kraftwerk-vivid-live/

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