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/

May 25

Kraftwerk part 1 Autobahn

Kraftwerk part 2 : Radio Activity

Finally Vivid is here! The harbour looked amazing with all the illuminated buildings and light sculptures but the pouring rain… what a pain in the…

I met pbot at Circular Quay – he had flown all the way from San Fran for this special event. He was hyped in his reserved, jet-lagged, electro way. We met up with Dave, Dan Aikido & JRMY (via NZ) at the wet Opera Bar for a quick pre-show snack.

The show started exactly on time at 7pm. Those late comers into the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Opera House are soooo annoying 😛 By awesome co-incidence our friends were sitting right next to us, which made seeing the first Kraftwerk show even better! We put on our 3D glasses and enjoyed the show. Each show has a different “collectible” pair of glasses of each album’s artwork.  There was cheering and woohoo’ing as the pioneers of electronic music did their thing. The 3D visuals were cool and really added to the experience. There were two little kids sitting in front of us – their parents must have thought this would be a once in a lifetime experience for them, better than Yo Gabba Gabba! After Autobahn (1974) was played in it’s entirely, a Kraftwerk “greatest hits” package was played – this was great – all the classics! We filed out an hour and a half later and realised we are going to do this another seven times over the next four nights!

The second show Radio-Activity (1975), started exactly on time at 9:30pm. This time our seats were amazing – about 6 rows from the front on the left side in front of Ralf! It’s like when you want to be on the side where John Taylor will be at a Duran Duran concert  ha ha ha. The crowd seemed even more enthusiastic down the front with more shouting out and woohoo’ing. The somewhat older lady I was sitting next to was also going to all eight shows and said she was glad she wasn’t the only nutcase doing that 😛 Radio-Activity was a pretty short album, so the greatest hits package commenced to more woo hoo’ing and people wanting to bust out some electro moves in their Opera House seats. The second show came with a surprise encore – the Expo remix by UR (sorry pbot, you missed that one). I decided to check out the merchandise stand… only one person serving hoards of cashed up Kraftwerk fans, the poor guy. I bought a red tote bag (I couldn’t resist). We happily left part two of the Kraftwerk experience searching for food in the pouring rain. We ended up catching a bus to BBQ King in Chinatown for a delicious midnight supper.

Bring on the next 6 Kraftwerk shows!!

 A concept eight years in-the-making since their initial invitation from the Venice Biennale, Kraftwerk have collected three decades of their most innovative music into an audiovisual exhibition that has redefined traditional concert motifs. Celebrating eight studio masterworks across four evenings – Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour de France (2003) – this groundbreaking new performance series explores each album chronologically alongside their most iconic moments and artwork, creating the definitive Kraftwerk retrospective.

Renowned as the pioneers in electronic music history, these self-described ‘operators’ have influenced artists as unique and varied as David Bowie, Daft Punk, Kanye West, R.E.M, LCD Soundsystem and Joy Division. Following its international debut in April 2012 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and residencies at Düsseldorf’s Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and London’s Tate Modern, KRAFTWERK – THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 now invites Australian audiences to explore one of the richest histories in global sound, image culture and popular music.

 

 

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Mar 16

Bandaged Bear Appeal Photo a Day challenge

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It’s half way through the month and I’ve really enjoyed the Instagram challenge that the PR team developed as part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Bandaged Bear Appeal. The hashtag is #bbaphotoaday

Check out the new fundraising website here. Please make a donation to the appeal to help sick children and their families.

Bandaged Bear Appeal Photoaday - Day 8 - bears #bbaphotoaday #bandagedbearday #bandagedbearappeal

Bandaged Bear Appeal Photoaday - Day 9 - Love! #bbaphotoaday #bandagedbear

#bbaphotoaday Day 11: Art.

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Dec 20

Work Xmas party at Food Wine and Design

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Work Xmas Party 2012

You know I do lots of things and meet interesting people, sometimes I even lie to these people and tell them that I will blog about them! I mean well and then I never get around to it. Well here is my entry about meeting Rebecca and Dani, the owners of Food Wine and Design where my “division” at work had our Christmas party. The location is a bit blink and you’ll miss it on Parramatta Road in Leichhardt but around the back there is conveniently lots of parking. I have spent a lot of time on Parramatta Road driving to and from work over the past year and didn’t realise it was there. FW&D have decked out an old shop into a great space for learning to cook, enjoying food and drinks as well as appreciating art (with some nice street art out the back exit).
Our Christmas party “event” was a South American food cooking class. My colleagues cooked together as a group at various workstations under the guidance of our hosts and ate our completed dishes along the way. Some dishes were pre-prepped (such as the delicious slow-cooked pulled pork) and other things needed to be made from scratch like empanadas and quesadillas. There was plenty of food for everyone to enjoy by the end. I enjoyed the chocolate dipped churros – especially the part that didn’t involve me cooking with hot oil! The venue is great for functions, I can envisage fun birthdays, hen’s nights and other corporate events here and it can be very hands-on or less interactive if you want. They support charities through their business and have a relationship with CHW which is how we ended up having our Christmas party there.

Sep 18

Ronnie’s 40th party playlist

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Ronnie's 40th

Although he was in denial, Ronnie celebrated his 39th 40th birthday in style at The Little Queen. I was invited to drop some tunes for the party folk. Playing back to back with Jase at the end of the night was fun too. Here’s a list – in no particular order of some of the tracks I played (on CD!).
Everybody Everybody – Black Box
1999 – Prince
Little Red Corvette – Prince
The Belle Of St Mark – Sheila E
The Glamorous Life (Club Edit) – Sheila E
Nasty Girl (Extended Mix) – Vanity 6 (dedicated to Josie the Honka Princess)
Midas Touch – Midnight Sar
I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
Love Come Down – Evelyn “Champagne” King
Everybody’s Free – Rozalla
The Power – Snap
Theme From S-Express
Big Fun – Inner City
Let The Beat Heat ‘Em – Lisa Lisa
Love U More – Sunscreem
Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Dreams – Stevie Nicks Feat. Deep Dish
Bless the rains (Africa edit) – Late Night Tuff Guy LTNG
Do I believe in god (Controversy edit) – Late Night Tuff Guy LTNG
Nobody (Ain’t nobody edit) – Late Night Tuff Guy LTNG
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Suburbia – Pet Shop Boys
The Promised Land – Joe Smooth
Amazing – George Michael
Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic
Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn
I feel love (12″ remix) – Donna Summer
Who’s that Girl – Eurythmics
Michael Jackson – can’t remember which track maybe Don’t Stop til you get Enough
I think I also played: Tears for Fears? Kylie? Blondie? It was a looong night.

Ron & Rozie

Happy Birthday Ronnie, you look great for your age 😉

Australian Rozie & Groupie Photo on Instagram Uh, can’t work out how to share a photo from Instagram onto this blog. Tech support anyone?

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Jun 30

30 June – end of financial year and a month of blogging.

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30 June

Had brunch at Sopra at Fratelli Fresh today. On arrival at Danks Street, we randomly found DeBN giving out flyers for the Greens out the front. De gave us the spiel about Egg Labelling and we had a quick chat before heading upstairs to Sopra. I was expecting a long wait & queue but strangely there were heaps of empty tables. We had a D&M over some tasty Italian food with Confused Machines, let’s say I’m compassionate but still a bit confused.
On a brighter note, we checked out the galleries on Danks Street, I really need to go there more often… there’s culture right on my doorstep! I particularly liked the exhibition at Depot II called Thread Paper Fibre Clay.

Thread Paper Fibre Clay showcases new and favourite artworks by Meredith Woolnough, Lisa Rodden, Rae Woolnough and Christine MacKinnon, at the Depot II Gallery, Waterloo, from 26th June – 7th July 2012. Exquisite, intricate and powerful, this is a collection of truly unique interpretations of nature. Through the supremely tactile and textured mediums that give this event its name, these artists explore the relationships between land, sea, human connection and imagination. From the serene to the sublime, you will be drawn by desire to examine and explore each piece in every detail.

There was an artist meet & greet happening while we were there, so it was nice to (have a free drink) meet the artists and ask some questions about their work. I really liked Lisa Rodden’s paper artworks – wish it was in my budget to purchase some art from this show. I think I saw her work in Paper Runway magazine too. Meredith Woolnough, embroidery artist’s work was great too (her work is on the back wall in the photo below).

Thread Paper Fibre Clay exhibition

Later in the afternoon we headed over to the refurbished Forrester’s Hotel. We used to go there all the time when we lived on Riley Street. There has been an interesting redesign of the space, it was an eccletic mix of South American/Hollywood/tiki tackiness with a touch of American diner. We enjoyed a few bar snacks before heading over to the Honka Princess’ birthday dinner at Zushi. Happy Birthday Jo, you look great for your age 😛

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Jun 23

23 June – Garage Sale, Rugby Union

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23 June

This morning we participated in our apartment block’s community garage sale. We had a selection of unwanted gifts, old books, magazines, a very small selection of DVDs and CDs we could bear to part with, but mostly nothing really great. It’s interesting to see what kind of stuff people have to sell. One stall had some kitschy Peanuts statues, one said “A friend is a present you give to yourself” – it was cute but I held back! There was also designer and fake fashions, handbags, shoes, kitchenware, a giant pressure cooker, Mardi Gras singlets (wrong weather for these), home made cakes, a pumpkin and some strange handmade vases made from plastic piping. We didn’t make much money and it was really, really cold in the morning. Overall it was nice to meet some neighbours and try and get rid of some of our clutter. Afterwards, a small group of us went to the pub for lunch and watch the rugby union match actually being held around the corner (Australia vs Wales) – not a good time to be driving around. It was fun to see one of our neighbours on the field. Yah Wallabies 🙂

Jun 21

21 June – World Firefighter’s Games launch

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21 June

An exciting morning at work with the launch of the World Firefighters Games. Ministers and other dignitaries attended the launch, as well as my friend Bandaged Bear. I got to hold up a pull up banner, so the wind didn’t blow it over during the minister’s announcement. Do you know what the great thing about this is (other than the pledge to raise $250,000 for The Children’s Hospital)? There are going to be thousands of hot firefighters from around the world in Sydney this October!

Jun 20

20 June – Community Garage Sale at Tiara Apts, Bourke Street Waterloo coming up

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I’m helping a lady from my apartment complex with our Community Garage Sale at Tiara Apartments. I thought I could put my graphic design skills to some use to help promote the event. The original poster needed some design first aid 😛

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Anyway, come along and say hi on Saturday if you’re in the neighbourhood.

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