Archive for February, 2008

The Hundreds

February 29, 2008

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The Hundreds is a clothing line that’s inspired by the underground skate, surf, punk and hip hop scene. The clothes are said to remind people of the 90’s surf/skate independent streetwear apparel that was so popular back then. They’re known world wide by the leading surf and skate retailers and only have a limited amount of stock available in the best boutiques.

At the moment they’ve only got stock in Queensland and Victoria- but they do have an online store! Check out their site for more details and more photos of their clothes.

Links:
http://www.thehundreds.com/

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Hyper Crush

February 28, 2008

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Hyper Crush is a super cool band from L.A that plays hip hop/electro music. It’s made up of two guys and a girl:
Vocals-Donny”Ponyboy”Fontaine
Turntables/Keytar-Preston Moronie
Vocals-Holly Valentine

Donny and Preston have been making hip hop music for years and has been part of other hip hop groups before joining forces with Holly to form Hyper Crush:
ME AND PRESTON STARTED OUT AS THE BEL AIRS WICH WAS MORE OF A DOO WOP/HIP HOP VIBE. WE BUILT IT FROM NOTHING JUST A COUPLE SONGS. PLAYED SHOWS FOR THREE PEOPLE. NOW WERE BIGTIME WITH OVER SIX PEOPLE AT OUR SHOWS.HAHA

Their music has a great mix of electronic sounds with hip hop beats and catchy rapping and melodies- two great genres combined! They’ve got big plans for the near future- releasing an independent album called “The Arcade” that’s coming out in the next month. It has 11 songs, some on their myspace music box, and 4 brand new ones that no one has heard!

Not only do they make awesome music- they wear the hottest clothes:
WE SEARCH HARD FOR EM. EBAY, AMERICAN APPERAL FOR THE NEON SHIT AND SHIT WE SEE ON RANDOM BUMS.

They answered my usual random questions too:
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
ALL THREE OF US HAVE BEEN OBSESSED WITH MGMT. WE FIRST HEARD TIME TO PRETEND THEN WE GOT THE ALBUM WICH IS ALL INCREDIBLE.

Do you have a secret name for an inanimate object (eg. car)?
YEAH PRESTON HAS A PAIR OF 80’S NEON MC HAMMER PANTS WICH WE DRAW ALOT OF INSPIRATION FROM. WE CALL THE THE BUDAFUKO JOINTS.

Get on their site and listen to their songs to get a taste of their new album!

Links:
http://www.myspace.com/hypercrush

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Winifred and Bance

February 27, 2008

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Winifred and Bance aka Winnie B- is a clothing store in Perth located on: 
850 Beaufort st, Inglewood

The store isn’t a typical clothing store so I’ll let the owner, Dee Carter, explain how it works-
“It’s a vintage boutique…some stock I hunt down and gather from various op-shops, garage sales and markets in Perth and Melbourne as well as some internet. Some stock are new from a couple of local and natinoal designers. Some stock are on consignment from customers.”

She used to be a medical receptionist and before that she was in farming. Fate brought her eyes to an ad she found in the paper the day after she quit her medical receptioninst job, she’s always loved old vintage things and ferreting through them. In the beginning she found it hard financially, physically and she put a particular emphasis emotionally –
Was it hard to start?
“Yup financially, emotionally, physically and emotionally…did i say that already?”

She tells people who want to start their own store to “Give it go…and if at first you don’t suceed? try, try again! Talk to as many people as you can. Don’t be scared to ask the stupid questions!”

And she answered my usual list of random questions!-
What song have you been listening to most over the past few weeks?
The Womats…lets dance to Joy Division.

What’s your favourite hangout place?
Milkd cafe North Perth for coffee, The Rosemount for Funk, markets/op-shops for inspiration, my boyfriends couch for cuddles and my bed for sleep.

Do you have a secret nickname for your car?
Comode…its a commadore. Not very secret really.

What one materialistic thing you know you can’t live without?
coffee Amen

She’s got a good sense of humour too-
Who’s the brains behind the shop?
Pinky.

She has an event in March called “What’s mine is yours”. It basically requires everyone to bring up to 10 items of your own clothes, you pay to get in the store (get a glass of free champagne!) and then you shop around and take the clothes you like for free! More details on her site so check it out.

Links:
www.myspace.com/winifredandbance

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Sonic Youth

February 27, 2008

One of my closest friends Celia is a music freak and goes to basically every single musical gig, festival and concert that comes to Perth. She knows her music really well ever since she bought her very first cd ever (Spice Girls- but what girl didn’t buy that). She has her own blog about music, life and anything else random that goes on in her life that’s listed on the blog roll under “Killabot’s blog” on the right side of the page. I got her to write a little review on the Sonic Youth live gig that they played in the music box- Enjoy!

I was talking to a friend before I went to see Sonic Youth at Becks Music Box on the 23rd of February about my love of the band. When I asked him whether he was going to see them, he responded “no, because they are before my time”. I found this shocking from a guy who listens to the Pixies, a band who broke up in 1992 and reformed again in 2004 while Sonic Youth continue to record and remain relevant. But this is a guy who despises Bob Dylan and thinks the only redeeming feature of the Beatles were their “pretty harmonies” so we can dismiss his musical opinion entirely. Not to dismiss the Pixies undying influence or relevance on the current music scene (their record Doolittle is one of the greatest records ever made period), they were never asked to appear on the Simpsons. Although I suspect if the Pixies were asked to appear on the Simpsons it would be a good episode.

Sonic Youth played at Becks Music Box as a part of the Don’t Look Back concert series where artists play one of the seminal records from their career in full. During this particular show Sonic Youth were to play their most influential record (and their greatest in my opinion) Daydream Nation. The record has become one of alternative rock’s greatest achievements and is frequently featured in “greatest records ever” lists. It also has the rare honour of being inducted in the American Library of Congress for preservation as a part of the National Recording Registry.

Playing a set list comprised entirely of one record (not including the encores) is a difficult challenge. Unlike a normal concert where the audience is unsure what the band will play tonight, the audience already knows what songs they will be playing and in what order. It is hard to surprise an audience when the audience is already demanding Teenage Riot (the first song on Daydream Nation). Yet Sonic Youth are one of those bands that able to surprise an audience even when everyone knows what songs will be played. It is a rare talent that few bands possess.

It must be said, the first thing that probably surprised the audience first was the fact that the band members seemed old. True Kim Gordon is now in her 50s so if she didn’t age it would be more to the miracle of cosmetic surgery rather than anything genetic. The male members of the band (including Thurston Moore) also seemed to have gained weight as well. But to judge a concert based on their overall appearance is both unfair and mean. And the band seemed to know that they would be judged by their appearance so it appeared that they tried to throw away any preconceived notions that people nearing senior citizen status couldn’t rock. They also didn’t seem to mind the rigid structure set list, but the band seemed happy to play songs like Silver Rocket, where the middle section of the song allows for more improvising than the rest of the songs from the record. The band played passionately and sincerely, and they seemed to enjoy the audience who were hanging off every note.

If you aren’t the biggest fan of the record, there will most likely be times where you will probably get bored such as Daydream Nation’s middle third. But the audience didn’t seem to care and it is safe to say that most of the people who attended owned Daydream Nation and loved it. Perhaps the highlight of the show though (besides the opening song Teenage Riot and the thrilling Trilogy) was when the band came back for two encores and played a selection of songs from their latest record Rather Ripped (Incinerate and Jams Run Free were some of the songs played) which allowed the band to improvise more and let Kim Gordon do her twirling dance which she seemed to enjoy immensely. The songs from Rather Ripped showed that the band’s latest material rocked just as good as their masterpiece compositions from nearly two decades before. That in itself is a feat that should be applauded.

Cobra Celia d-_-b

Links to photos from the concert:
Part 1:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=95127&l=f7511&id=682175596

Part 2:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=95129&l=9a68f&id=682175596

Links:
www.sonicyouth.com
www.myspace.com/sonicyouth
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Nudge Nudge Nudge

February 26, 2008

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Now this next artist that I’m writing about is a young one, but his music making is as mature as an experienced remixer. Nudge Nudge Nudge is Matt, an 18 year old producer and remixer/DJ from the UK whose music is quite similar to Superfast Ferries– which also uses old school low bit tones and a lot of good electronic beats. The music produced is different and could be included in the apparently new genre called low bit- surprise surprise.

He has always tried to create music since he was a kid (with his first ever litte Casio electronic keyboard) even though he never did have any musical education. As he grew up he started using computer programs that his friends used to create more electronic sounds. His first songs were made for his friends who encouraged him to make more – so he started his myspace site to start getting his music recognised.

At this moment his music making is more of a hobby than anything else because he’s a little younglin’ and hasn’t finished school yet! In the meantime he wants to make more amazing tunes for everyone out there- you could even suggest a few remixes he could create for you. This kid hopefully will do bigger things in the future, just imagine what he could do with more experience!

Here’s more information that I got through the questions I asked–
What inspires your music?
everything! old arcade games, 8-bit computers, beeper sounds, superheroes comics, nu-rave, indie and electronica music, television, gameboys… man I’m really inspired by every sound ever 🙂

What do you do apart from make sweet music?
Study, hangout with friends, listen to music, party, watch tv, waste the time with my eyes glued to the computer screen… I’m just a typical teenager 🙂

What kind of equipment do you have/use?
mostly Fruity Loops with VSTs, but also Reason, Cool Edit and of course my keyboards. I also have a few instruments at my house, guitars for example but I nearly don’t play them. my skills are too crappy 🙂

What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I listen to various types of music. I’ve bought The Rumble Strips album and it’s brilliant. “Motorcycle” is genius! I can’t stop listening to CSS’s “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above” too.

Name one (materialistic) thing you know you can’t live without?
a computer. I’m not a computer addict, but this machine allows me to create and listen to the music, play old video games, contact with friends, watch movies and many more. life without it would be like a life without oxygen 🙂

Does being a music maker/producer help you pick up girls?
sure it does, that’s why I do it 🙂

So go check out his myspace – start listening to his music and suggest a few songs he should remix.

Links:
http://www.myspace.com/nudgenudgenudge

Matt’s even included a very nice picture of him –
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Unwrapped!

February 25, 2008

Unwrapped is kinda like a Sunday market situation but there’s no one setting up stalls to sell their old things- or fruits and vegetables. Instead, fashion and design students/graduates as well as emerging designers come together and show off their creativity. This includes Fashion Design, Photography, Jewellery/Accessories and Graphic Design/Illustration.

The whole aim of this event is to allow designers to test out their work in public and see how everyone reacts to it. There are already many designers coming to showcase their work (listed on the site). It’s also a good way to give designers the opportunity to sell their designs to retail buyers and get some more fans. It’s not only for people in the fashion and design industry, it’s a chance for you guys out there to get your hands on clothes that aren’t even available in stores yet. Jewellery, clothes, art and photography will all be available for sale on the day.

This event will take place on Sunday 16th of March from 2-7pm. It’s part of the “South Perth Mends Street Carnivale”. If you’re a designer that wants to be a part of this event, you’ll need to fill out an application form available on the site.

Links:
http://www.unwrapped.com.au/
Thanks Alister for letting me know about it!

Boski

February 24, 2008

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I gotta let everyone know about Boski- a streetwear label that’s currently being stocked in various stores in the eastern states (there’s a list on his myspace).
I had the chance to ask Nick a few serious questions- also a few random ones- so you guys could get to know more about him and his label.

It all started in Melbourne in 2004 where Nick Mahoney, the director and designer behind Boski, hand printed some t-shirts. Now he’s created great designs for long sleve shirts, vees, sweats and hoodies/jackets. His designs are inspired by the other ‘rad ozzy designers and artists! Mates and chicks, not working for the man, music, booze n shoes’.

Before Nick started up Boski, he was in high school and working for his parent’s café. Having no experience with business or designing did make it difficult for him to start but there were many people that helped him along. His advice for people who want to start out in the clothing business is to ‘Create something unique’- He believes there’s so much of the same out there.

I also asked some non-business random questions which he was nice enough to answer very honestly!
What song have you been listening to most in the last few weeks?
Paper Planes – M.I.A

Do you have a secret nickname for your car?
Huey Lewis

Has having a popular clothing line helped you with picking up girls?
Shit yeah!

So click on the links and support an awesome guy with yummy designs- another big plus for Australian Designers!

Links:
www.myspace.com/loveboski
www.boski.com.au

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Good Vibes ’08

February 24, 2008

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Time to put up the collected photos! Here is just a taste of the awesome ones- the rest will go on myspace. Feel free to comment with stupid stories or memories.

In addition to the cool people photos- a friend of mine managed to take some AMAZING photos of the performers. So go take a look!

Links:
www.myspace.com/hot_generation

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Royal Revelation

February 22, 2008

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Royal Revelation is a clothing line that’s very particular in the way they produce and sell their clothes. This makes sure that every single clothing they sell to you is to its best quality possible. They even fold every shirt themselves to make sure that they don’t stock any faulty items!

The only setback to this is that they don’t produce enough- though this might not be a set back at all. They don’t reproduce any sold out items so the shirts that you buy will definately be one of a kind (they really do believe in individualism).

The stuff they design is not influenced by what’s hot at that moment, only what they believe the clothing industry is missing. Their aim is design clothes that can withstand all trends of all seasons. Take a look at their designs on their site and there’s even an online store to purchase some.

Links:
http://www.royalrevelation.com/

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Spokey Dokes

February 20, 2008

This shop is a cute little shop located on:
Shop 14 Williams Lane
189 Williams St, Northbridge

If you’re ever shopping in the city, just cross over to Northbridge and take a peek through the clothes. There’s bound to be something you’ll love- Brad is the owner of the store and I asked him to answer a few questions about the store:

How did you come up with your name?
u put Spokey dokes on ur bikes spokes. thought it had a nice ring to it

Who’s involved in running the business?
Brad thats all

What kind of clothes do you stock?
men’s + womens old and new

What did you do before starting up the business?
Studied fine arts for 3 years
collecting records
organising parties

How did you start up the business and was it hard?
had the idea for a while
it was hard work to begin with
wanted to do somthing different + had to many clothes

Any advice for people who want to do what you do?
don’t talk about it just do it

Do you have fun working in the store/running it?
yeah its a blast

Any big plans in the near future?
setting up an online store and making some spokey t-shirts

Most listened to song in the past few weeks?
mr.lee – pump that body

Well speaking of the online store- there’s gonna be a Spokey Dokes online launch party. Here are the details!

UPDATE: The date for the party has changed! Check out their site for more details.

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Links:
http://www.myspace.com/spokeydokes