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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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 😉

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Jun 28

28 June – music, music, music

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Oh hey, I just joined mixcloud 😛

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Jun 15

15 June

Today I had lunch “in the nice food court” with my old workmate EO. She gave me some surprising news – I’m not telling you what, it’s “private”!

After work, Dave & I had some dinner at the Eat Art Truck located at Belmore Park, near Central. I had a very flavoursome Confit spatchcock ssam with crispy noodles $12 (this turned out to be extremely un-IBS friendly) and Dave had Pulled Pork in a bun with mustard cabbage with hot sauce $12. I also had a Pear & Rhubarb EAT Juice which was very nice but also dangerously un-IBS friendly.

15 June - part 2

Eat Art Truck @ Belmore Park, Central

Confit spatchcock ssam with crispy noodles

We then walked over to Cake Pop-Up Wine Bar in Chippendale, where we met up with The Brad, Confused Machines, Adam & Ben.

FraserStudios will be closing their doors soon and the team at Cake wines will be sending the Chippo warehouse off in style with a pop-up bar. Across three weeks there will be hand picked events including FBi live broadcasts, a solo piano session from Joyride, DJ sets from the boys at Future Classic DJs as well as art installations, theatre and of course wine tastings. All four cake varieties will be pouring as well as boutique cider from the Hills and beer from 4 Pines Brewery plus delicious food from Bourke Street Bakery. it’s part of the studios’ “30 days & 30 nights” mini-festival, so go say cheerio.

It was an interesting, not too hipster gathering. There was the Jafé Jaffles van – with dishes such as the David Jafflehoff! I had a banana, with caramel & nuts number for dessert – the caramel could have been gooey-er. There was an art exhibition as well, a variety of artworks from traditional painting, installation, sculpture and video art were on display.
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Caramelo Banana - not quite gooey enough inside

After that, we walked down the road a bit to Serial Space for this… blurb taken from The Thousands (so it must be cool)

Bee Mask from Philadelphia is a bit of a smarty pants. His music has been dubbed “intellect as sound sculpture” and comes from “[taking] entropy way too personally”. An appropriate co-star, then, is Pimmon, who was once deemed “second only to Fennesz as a laptop artist”. Stitched Vision washes low tides of noise-hush over synth melodies, and you’re probably familiar with the Krautrock mysteries of Secret Birds. Quietly, I’m most excited because DJing all night is HTRK’s Nigel Yang.

It had an old school experimental music night vibe to it, like the Clan Analogue or Frigid parties from back in the day. I met a few new random guys – there was Matt 2 and Matt 3 but Confused Machines was disappointed that there wasn’t a 4-matt/format/fourth matt. Ha ha.

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May 24

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

I love, love, love Prince. I’ve loved his music since the 1980s. I remember my school pal, Jo used to love him the most, her older brother had all the pre-Purple Rain era albums in their house. For innocent, young year seven students, he was a confusing, unusual and strange pop star. He wasn’t “cute” like Simon Le Bon or George Michael. I didn’t understand most of his saucy lyrics at 12 years old, but the music was damn funky! In 1992 I attended the Diamonds and Pearls tour, even going twice to the Entertainment Centre to see him. Prince finally toured Australia again in 2003. For some dumb reason we didn’t go, opting to save money for our home loan deposit, and having just recently bought tickets to see Craig David (doh! where is he now?). So when the Welcome2Australia tour was announced, I was totally hyped and excited to see Prince again.

I couldn’t handle the stress of trying to buy the tickets when they went on sale to the public, so somehow convinced Dave to go for a “pre-sale” package called the TOTAL Concert Experience. This is what you get for your money:

Get out of the Queue and enjoy the Prince TOTAL Concert Experience!
Hosted by Richard Wilkins – Australia’s pre-eminent entertainment reporter (He was really working the room, even got a pic with him, ha ha)
Gold Reserved Seated Ticket
2 hour pre show hospitality Function
Substantial Canapés (yes, they were substantial) & Premium Beverage selection served at pre Show
Resident Disc Jockey for Entertainment
Power Dance Performers (Didn’t see any dancers, not sure if they were replaced by the vocalist and percussionist who were on stage when we arrived)
Souvenir lanyard for each guest
Fully Themed Function Room (it was purple!)
1 Hour Post Show Party with Cash Bar and complimentary dessert item
1 guest will win a Lucky Door Prize (Another TOTAL Concert Experience to George Michael or Lady Gaga) #

This was for the first show of the Australian tour, so I was really hyped. Dave, Confused Machines & Boztek joined me for the fun at the TOTAL (yes CAPITALS) Concert Experience! The show was great (though after seeing reviews of the shows after this one, it could have been even better). I was so happy to see one of my all-time favourite artists live in concert. After all the bad stuff that has happened to me this year, it was really nice to be able to enjoy myself and be happy. I was clapping, singing, (daggy?) dancing throughout the night. My favourite tracks were:
Little Red Corvette
Take Me With U
Raspberry Beret
Cream
Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough/Cool (members of the audience from the really expensive “Purple VIP” seats got to go on stage and dance with Prince – how awesome would that have been. They really got their money’s worth!)
Encore:
Sometimes It Snows in April (with beautiful white confetti falling from the sky)
Mountains/Dance Electric
When Doves Cry
Hot Thing
Nasty Girl (Vanity 6)
I Would Die 4 U
Kiss
Encore 2:
Purple Rain
Controversy

The set lists for the whole Australian tour are here. The great thing about Prince is that he has so many songs, each night is going to be quite different. I think there were quite a few songs that he sang the next night that I wished he’d played on Friday. I would have loved to have gone again, but I’m thankful that I could afford to see the legend Prince in my hometown Sydney again after 20 years!

Here is the review in SMH

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Nov 30

I am a latecomer to the magic of Stevie Nicks. In the 1990s, I despised Fleetwood Mac – they represented the opposite of everything I liked about music eg. electronic, repetitive beats, with no guitars or real drums. Obviously, things have changed, I don’t do raves any more and Fleetwood Mac still sell albums 30+ years later. They were featured on Glee introducing them to a new young audience (who will probably download their albums)! In the 80s, I really liked Stevie’s solo track, Stand Back (much later on I found out it was inspired by Prince’s Little Red Corvette and he performed on the song). Other than that I didn’t have much time for these rock legends. Anyway, it’s true what they say about the more you hear a song, even if you hate it, you get used to it and then you start to like it! So constantly hearing Stevie Nicks over the last 20 years finally got into my brain. Then I started working with Ms JHair and she really got me into Stevie in the workplace (I still manage to be the office music Nazi).

Anyway, about the concert. Dave Stewart was her special guest, I guess no-one really knew any of his new stuff, as the audience was pretty stiff during his performance. When the band did some Eurythmics tracks (Here Comes the Rain again, Missionary Man…), it just didn’t feel the same without Annie Lennox.

An annoucement before Stevie came on stage asked the audience not to take photos or videos of the performance (ala Bjork). But really, no – I want a momento. Sorry Stevie.

Stevie Nicks appeared right on schedule at 9pm. She was actually much better vocally than I thought she was going to be. The concert went for two hours, which I consider very good value nowadays (Janet didn’t even last an hour and a half). Stevie told us from the start that it was NOT a “greatest hits” show and she was going to play her new stuff (whether you wanted to hear it or not). I can appreciate that she would want to plug her new album, after all, she said she worked really hard on it and was immensely proud of it. Luckily, I had acquired the new album a couple of weeks ago to familiarise myself with In Your Dreams. My favourite tracks of the night were Stand Back (the opening track), Dreams, Rhiannon, Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream), Landslide & Edge of Seventeen. You can see the entire tracklist here. I enjoyed her anecdotes from her career and explanations of her new songs. She kept making jokes about being “old” – good to see a diva who can joke about herself. I was concerned when she needed a helper guy to make sure she didn’t fall over when she wanted to bend down and shake the audience’s hand during the finale. I also saw on Facebook, that PAdam got to touch her hand! Overall, a pretty awesome concert! As Tricky Dicky Wilkins said at the Arias, she is the queen of rock n roll!

Dave Stewart, Sydney 2011 - 2
Dave Stewart

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Stevie Nicks

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Stevie Nicks, In Your Dreams tour, Sydney 2011 - 7

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Oct 03

DJ playlist from Rob’s 40th party

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Here are some tracks I played at Rob’s 40th birthday party. I was using Mark’s CD decks, not vinyl or scratch live (which I prefer). Had a few technical difficulties with MP3s on disc and I didn’t bring enough music. It seems that I now do only one DJ gig per year (I’m very exclusive ha ha), so book in for 2011 now ;).

Anyway – a fun time was had by all, great to catch with lots of old friends and drop some 80s glory. Mark played some nice house and disco tunes too.

In no particular order and not a complete list:
Come Back and Stay – Paul Young
Girls on Film – Duran Duran
Pull up to the Bumper – Grace Jones
Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Mad World – Tears for Fears
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
1999 – Prince
What have you done for me lately – Janet Jackson
Loose Fit – Happy Mondays
Blue Monday – New Order
Loaded – Primal Scream
Naughty Girl – Beyonce
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
Bulletproof – La Roux
All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
Hung Up – Madonna
Music – Madonna
Vogue – Madonna
Holiday – Madonna
Dress You Up – Madonna
Cherish – Madonna
Suburbia – Pet Shop Boys
Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell (feat. Michael Jackson)
Got to be Real – Cheryl Lynn
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Can’t get you out of my head – Kylie
Send Me an Angel – Real Life
and sorry I didn’t have any P!nk @#$%

Oh and Happy 40th Rob!

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Jun 27

Congratulations to Patrick & Yvette on their wedding in San Fran. When I first met Patrick HAF, he was already a famous underground DJ in the Sydney rave scene of the early 90s. Dave even treasured a few of his mix tapes, until they disintegrated. By the late 90s we had become friends and I was no longer a dj groupie 😉 I was sad when he moved to the states, but was very happy that he met Yvette in San Fran and fell in lurve 🙂 I’m really sorry that we couldn’t attend the celebrations, but I just had to see Rob Hood 😉

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Jun 26
Disconnected Presents 002: Robert Hood, Sydney, Australia

Robert Hood, Sydney, Australia

For our niche circle of Detroit techno fandom, it was great to see Robert Hood finally come to Sydney again after many years and a cancellation a couple of years ago. The last time he was here, was 1992 with legendary Underground Resistance at a rave called Flight 303 which I think was held at the former Graffiti Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, I missed that gig as I was busy promoting my own rave which was on the next night. I remember getting a call at Disco City records (who were selling our tickets) asking for all of Underground Resistance’s names on the door of my party! I don’t think they turned up. I wish I could find a decent link about Disco City record store in Sydney this is the only thing I could find that name checks Disco City Records. Anyway back to the gig, Disconnected Presents 002: Robert Hood. I am so out of the scene, I didn’t even know or care who the promoter was and/or who the supports were, I just wanted to see Rob Hood. At least we didn’t do the true trainspotter thing and turn up 5 minutes before his set. The “new” venue was the former Empire/Palladium/Les Girls in Kings Cross – we have been to many, many great parties there, but haven’t been in there for about 10 years! So what can I say about Robert Hood’s set… he played a solid, hard, techno set, just what I expected, wanted and got. After about 2 hours he started to drop some more melodic, funky tracks but by then my steam had run out. I think everyone had a good time, especially the guy in the open shirt who kept gyrating near Ames, Mel & I. We lasted until almost 4am which is a recent record for me! Ms Melody kindly gave us a lift home. Dave made me some toast while we watched the start of the USA vs Ghana World Cup match before crashing out until lunch time on Sunday. Am I/I am too old for this $hit???

Robert Hood Sat. 26th June @ Plantation, Kings Cross, Sydney 2010

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Jun 25

Celebrating the Honka Princess’ birthday @ Ivy

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We celebrated Honka Princess’ birthday at Sailors Thai at Ivy on Friday night. We had the $45 three course special menu which included a drink. The food was very nice, I walked on the wild side and sampled some spicy food, but I found it weird how the staff said that the dishes should be shared even though it was a set menu of which you had a choice of about 3 things. I chose a deep-fried prawn entree, duck for the main meal and black sticky rice dessert. Once again this month, I forgot my camera, so there’s not much documenting of this dinner. Maybe Honka Princess will upload some pics, but she hasn’t shared her photos from her European summer vacation from last year yet! The Ivy is really beautiful, I love the fit out, the furniture and design but I felt somewhat out of place there; not young, beautiful or rich enough perhaps. After traipsing around a couple of the jam-packed upstairs bars, we finally settled back on the street level at Ash St Cellar, where it was less crazy. On our way down the lift, I quipped that we should go back to Surry Hills where we belong 😉 They were playing some great music from 80s funk to Jay-Z at Ash Street Cellar. A staff member told me that that “the boss” chooses the music and there are many different music channels throughout the venue. Our group enjoyed some nice beverages such as port and mulled wine (yes, we’re getting old), while I had my regular make sure it’s soy hot chocolate 🙂

Josie in Ash St Cellar

Josie in Ash St Cellar

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