Archive for May, 2008

DJ Jeeves Live

May 29, 2008

DJ Jeeves has finally got some evidence of his skills on the net!
He’s got a recording of his DJ set at Shape from the Daft Punk Tribute gig. I’ve heard only great things from the people that went there so for those of you who missed out, here’s a message from DJ Jeeves:

Hey Kiddies, I finally got around to recording a copy of my mix from Shape a few weeks ago. So if u were sitting at home with the flu rugged up in your mittens and couldn’t make it down. Now you can.

And for those of you who did go, click on the link and re-live the awesome night!
Again- his details are available to Perthians who wanna have an awesome night with awesome friends and awesome party music and soak up each other’s awesomeness.

Links:
Mr. Jeeves – Video Killed the Blog Star (mixtape)
DJ Jeeves Myspace
DJ Jeeves Facebook

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Oh Snap!!

May 25, 2008

This guy may look average, but his personality and music is far from it. Oh Snap!! is a mixture of genres, blurring the lines between entertaining happy rap, electro and DJ sets.

“If there was only one word to describe OH SNAP!!, excluding all words SNAP!! can’t spell or understand, the word would he HAPPY. OH SNAP!!’s mission in life is to make people happy while partying their collective bootays off. OH SNAP!!’s hobbies include: being fresh, keeping it real, poppin’ AND lockin’, hustlin’, and writing haikus.” (From his myspace)

His answers to the interview is another funn and entertaining one!

How did you come up with the name?
I was trying to censor myself from saying Oh Shit! when something was good or crazy, like oh shit! that’s a lot of money! No seriously though, I used to say Oh Snap a lot when I was younger and I thought it was appropriate because I’m bringing back some old school type raps over new dance music…

Tell me a little about yourself?
My name is OH SNAP!! and I’m 31 years old… I’m from a small country town in Maryland near Baltimore, though I grew up closer to Washington DC…

What did you do before you started?
I think I’ve always been OH SNAP!!, I just finally took the name… I’ve always rapped since I was 14, but I used to be more of a gangster rapper, but it never really fit who I was… I like to make people laugh and have a good time and it’s hard to work that in to raps about guns and selling crack…

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Music is a grind so it’s always hard, but it’s a passion so I stick it out like everyone else. I Started the OH SNAP!! project last December by making some beats then going and recording a few songs. Since then it’s just grown…

Any big plans for the near future?
I have an EP coming out on Sweat It Out! On July 12 called Mad Wow Disease. It’s going to feature a ton of dope remixes, etc… I am supposed to come to Australia for tour later this year and I will be guest performing with my homie, DJ Bald Eagle at a festival in the US called Lollapalooza on August 2…

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Rosanna by Toto

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Wow… well, being a Buddhist, I’m supposed to function without material objects, but if I had to choose one, it would be my MacBook… I use it for everything…

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
MacDaddy

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Been married for 5 years so probably not as much as say a single artist… I manage a singer/songwriter named John Neilson and it definitely works for him…

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
I got heckled once in Chicago. This dude that was all messed up on several things just walked up to me and started talking to me in the middle of a song… It was really odd, but of course, I then dedicated that song to him.

On his myspace page you can have a listen to all his songs, and there are also links that leads you to more of his mixes that you can listen to online. Alternatively – as he said he is featured in a new CD “Sweat It Out” compilation album volume 1 mixed by Ajax and Miami Horror, available CHEAP at JB hifi (where else!). So whatchu waitin’ for…?!

Links:
Oh Snap!! Myspace

Updates

May 21, 2008

Just a small one today! Unfortunately exams are coming up but posts will still be put up and will try hard to always put some decent ones up. Counting down till the last exam- 9th June! Then it’s all good.

Letting people know that Surprise Junkies as well as sorry-ok-yes have now put up some new songs to listen to- let your ears enjoy.

Links:
Surprise Junkies Myspace
sorry-ok-yes Myspace

Kaputt

May 17, 2008

Woo! Another sweet group combining the best of slightly awkward vocals, guitar riffs, dance-able drum beats and synth melodies- Kaputt really does get people subconsciouly nodding their heads and itching to dance (tested at my workplace and approved which I do on occasion). I wouldn’t be surprised if Kaputt will be added to the already awesome playlist at music bars like Amps (in Perth) soon.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Silke Steidinger (vocals & guitar) – originally from Germany, now East London.
Matt Yeates (guitar)
Ben Roussel (bass)
Dave Ansell (drums)
all from London

What did you guys do before the group started?
Various different bands – I was in the Go! Team when starting kaputt, and we were all doing our day jobs before that we’re still doing now and are hoping to replace with being in a full time band as soon as possible.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
In the beginning it was hard because I was touring a lot with The Go! Team so we had to work around that with rehearsing and gigging. Now the difficulties are finding a good label and agents in the jungle that the music industry has developed into recently.

Any big plans for the near future?
Get an album out – we’re recording stuff with a producer who did British Sea Power and others in the next few weeks, so fingers crossed. Going on tour a bit would be nice too.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I really quite like that Black Kids song I’m not Gonna Teach him…

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
my local swimming pool.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
yes but it’s secret innit.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
isn’t that the only reason why anyone ever picks up playing an instrument? 😉

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
this random guy walked in from the street at this weird gig we were playing and tried to beat up ben our bass player. the bouncer had to intervene and kick him out mid song. ben courageously continued playing. it was funny.

Events (for UK peepz)-
31 May- Barfly, London
21 June- John Kennedy (XFM) presents kaputt at the Remedy at The Social, London.

So start this shiz up and get your dance on!

Links:
Kaputt Myspace
Kaputt Official Page

Insight Clothing

May 14, 2008

I know Insight isn’t a new brand- completely the opposite in fact. I just had to show everyone a taste of their new winter stock which will entice a lot of the different styles men and women are liking right now. I know I’m whoring out the store I work at again- but Cite in Carousel stocks almost all these clothes right now and I’ve managed to spend a fair bit of my pay to get them. Feast your eyes on the clothes that’s available on their site and pop into Cite or any other place you know that might stock these particular clothes!

Links:
Insight Homepage/Collection

Turn Me On Design

May 11, 2008

If you’re the fiddling type of person who subconsciously starts to tap or click your pens or play with your necklaces- then this jewellery is perfect for you. Instead of annoying people around you, you can now actually play with your necklace. Turn me On design have a series of necklaces that integrate creative and quirky designs with mazes and mini-puzles.

How did you come up with the name?
We came together to create object, furniture and jewellery, but with our primary interest in lighting design. Thus, we named our business ‘Turn Me On Design’ as it encapsulates not only the obvious turning on of the light, but also ‘turning on’ a space by creating ambience and a sense of atmosphere across all fields of design. We also aim to challenge the viewer/user by ‘turning on’ their consiousness and awareness and challenging their expectations of the object and its use.

Who’s the brains behind the designs and when/how did you start out?
Georgie & Milenka met studying design at COFA, UNSW in 2001. We complimented each others creativity throughout uni days and after completing the course, we were asked to decorate a few bars for events. And this is how we began working together. We got a studio in Newtown and began creating, experimenting and researching our ideas together. After the first year of freelance graphic design we released our first range of interactive jewelley ‘oh fiddlesticks’ and we are currently working on our next range, as well as our homewares and lighting.

Was it hard to actually start producing stock?
A combination of studies at COFA and work experience for various other creative industries, made it easier for us understand the design process and the production and manufacturing resolution. However, there were many initial problems, as its always difficult starting production for yourself and sourcing all the materials and manufacturers. But this stage was the biggest learning curve for us. It was also very difficult starting production financially for us.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
The range was inspired by Georgie’s fiddling addiction to the charm necklace she always wore. Milenka just didnt understand the appeal of clanking a few charms together. We then aimed to create interactive jewellery, making the act of fiddling not so aimless. We developed this idea into wooden necklaces that are maze and balancing ball games. We appropriately titled the range ‘oh fiddlesticks’, encapsulating the impatience and annoyance associated with the act of fiddling.

Any advice for design students who wants to start a line?
Dont listen to your parents cause soon enough they will support you.

Any big plans in the near future?
Our new range “Smoke & Mirrors” will be released soon, which is an extension of the game concept from the ‘oh fiddlesticks’ range. However, this range will be sterling silver and are more complex logic games that will really make you think. We also plan to sell this range overseas. Simultaneously, we have been working on porcelain homewares and lighting, which will be released later this year, as well as some other furniture developments.

–Random Questions–
What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
our mac

Take a look at their myspace and other designs and news! There’s a list of places where their stuff is stocked at on their myspace. Their designs have two different colours you can choose from and can be worn at two different lengths- if you’re interested in any of their necklaces it’d be worth contacting them!

Links:
Turn Me On Design Myspace
Contact: info@turnmeondesign.com.au

Under The Hood Clothing

May 8, 2008



Well I thought I might just add this clothing line cuz they look like fun! It’s kinda cute and quirky- working on getting an interview from this amusing designer so keep your eyes open.

Links:
Under The Hood Official Site
Under The Hood Myspace

Against Me! Review

May 8, 2008

Once again the notorious Celia aka. Killabot has posted up a review. This time it’s on the live performance that Against Me! did last week- one of her most loved bands. She was super duper happy she got photos with all the members of the band!
CLICK HERE for the review.

Good Little Fox

May 5, 2008

These three guys were the first band I ever saw live at Mojo’s in Freo and I’m so glad my friend dragged me there on that particular random night or else I wouldn’t have heard the awesomeness that is Good Little Fox- an Alternative/Pop Indie band. First of all the Carl the singer has an amazing voice it was kinda hard not to listen- normally the band in a bar would provide some background music but in this case I ended up actually watching the band. Their readiness to experiment with different styles of music gives them some variety in their music- such as ‘Breathe You In’ where some synths has been added to it.
In addition to their talent- they have a sense of humour! I just love it when I get funny and witty interviews and this is one of them.

How did you come up with the name?
On of our lead singer’s friends thought of it in a dream. Our bassist was once bitten on the foot by a fox though… and that’s a much better story, really.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
We’re all from the Fremantle / south of Perth area, 20-22 years old. We spend our time busking, making furniture, writing stories, travelling and eating chinese food – sometimes all at once.
Carl plays guitar, sings and messes around with effects pedals;
Matt plays drums and works out all the time;
Alex plays bass and synthesizer, and gets bitten by foxes.

What did you guys do before the group started?
Carl & Matt knew each other all through school, and played in a band called Synoptic. Alex was a previous member of Camden Stray. We were all at uni or TAFE, trying in vain to avoid the real world.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
We’d been in bands before, so it wasn’t entirely new, but it definitely took us a long time to get noticed. All the bands around us were getting huge, and we didn’t really get any attention until we came second in the National Campus Band Comp.
I think we’ve played at least of 50% of our gigs at the Swan Basement on week-nights, to a crowd of three friends, the local drunks and Alex’s mum.

Any big plans for the near future?
We’re all in Switzerland at the moment, playing a couple of hastily-organised shows, but beyond that, our future is uncertain. Our latest single will be up for free download as soon as we figure out how to work the new-fangled computing machine, and a video clip will follow soon after.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
We still can’t get over Architecture In Helsinki’s latest album, ‘Places Like This.’ I defy you not to dance!

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Food? Our instruments? The midget slaves we keep chained in closets to pander to our every whim, massage our egos and whisper sweet nothings into our ears? It’s so hard to choose.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I can’t think of anything rude to write here, and that depresses me.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
Actually, we’re all in super-long-term relationships, so I couldn’t really say. To be honest, though, I doubt it. Perhaps it’s the tight purple pants, maybe it gives girls the wrong idea…

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Every word that ever comes out of Carl’s mouth is a contender for most embarrassing… highlights include giving members of the audience pet names and telling dirty jokes to little children at a lunchtime show in Margaret River. Other than that; a drunk guy trying to kiss Alex onstage, keyboard malfunctions, pissing off sound engineers, fifty-year-old women hitting on Matt.
It’s all in the name of fun.

So if you’re in Perth, you can get their new self-titled E.P and single from Mills, 78’s, Planey or Dada’s. I really think everyone should check out the songs they have on their myspace. I’ve heard ‘Jealous’ played live and it was in my head for ages- then after checking their myspace again recently I have a new favourite song from them, ‘Breathe You In’. Highly recommend you have a listen…do eeeeeeet!

Links:
Good Little Fox Myspace


Snob Scrilla Updated

May 2, 2008

The awesome Snob Scrilla aka. Sean, has come out with a mad video clip for his awesome song “There You Go Again” which is one of my personal favourites! It’s also currently being played on Triple J.
It’s seriously one pscyho song and clip- check out his many different outfits, wish I had that wardrobe…