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Saturday, 11 August

19:53

Theres a giant Travis Scott head on a barge floating around Sydney Tone Deaf

A giant, golden Travis Scott head is sailing around Sydney on a barge right now to signal one thing: the Texan rappers album has arrived.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Scotts long-awaited third LP ASTROWORLD, major global cities are being treated to sightings of the head (an exact replica of the head on the album cover) in London, Paris and now Sydney.

The Sydney barge set sail this morning from Rozelle; it floated past the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and into Circular Quay. Media were invited along to take snaps from Sydney Opera House.

travis-scott-head in front of sydney harbour bridgePhoto Credit: Jess Gleeson

In London, the head sailed up River Thames in London  for a release day boat party for key influencers and fans.

travis scott head-river-thamesThe Travis Scott head floated down the River Thames

The boat passed many of Londons attractions, including the London Eye and Tower Bridge.

travis-scott head on boat in-londonLondons Tower Bridge

Its set to make more appearances around Sydney and London during release week before moving to Paris. Scotts label (Sony Music Entertainment in Australia) also created an ASTROWORLD Snapchat filter for surrounding areas!

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06:27

Heroin "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I dont use illicit drugs. Im 61. Age doesnt stop a lot of people in Bellingen, Northern Rivers, New South Wales Australia, where I live, from using illicit drugs, even heroin. Most whove used heroin for a long time are long dead.

No matter what I write, what Im writing wont stop people using illicit drugs.

But here goes

In 2010, I observed someone very close to me with very serious drug psychosis through the the window in a padded cell in the lock-up section for drug addicts and the mentally ill called Kiloh, the psychiatric ward at Prince Alfred Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. This person had been using multiple drugs in a serious drug binge lasting four months. They were mainly using very strong laced hydroponic marijuana. This type of marijuana, grown by bikies and other criminals in houses converted to drug labs, caves and the Australian bush, is at least thirty times stronger than the bush-grown marijuana we used to smoke in the 1970s back in New Zealand. Then it is laced with amphetamines or whatever these criminals have available.

I first observed someone using heroin in 1972 when I was 16. A friend has been doing a carpentry course in Huntley, near Auckland, New Zealand. He made friends with some teenagers aged about 16 from Auckland. I visited him at one of his friends houses in Remuera, Auckland, one of Aucklands most affluent suburbs. In a large bedroom on the basement level a young man was in bed resting. He got up sleepily, and injected himself with heroin, and lay back on the bed and fazed out, very high.

I was always scared of heroin and strong drugs. Many of my Auckland friends when the family moved there in 1974, used LSD. I never used it. I smoked a lot of weed (marijuana) from the age of 15 to 19, when I became a Christian. I was always Christian in a way, but I did the 70s counter-culture teen rebellion thing.

One of the home group leaders under my leadership at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, the early name of Hillsong, in the 1980s, Michael Driscoll, suicided in the 1990s in Ireland. Michael went back on heroin, which he was on with his friend, the famous Australian painter Brett Whitely, and many other artists and their friends in Sydney in the 1970s, prior to Michael becoming a Christian. Jonathan Page and others helped Michael find Christ. Then in the 1990s he lost his way, moved to Ireland, went back on heroin, and suicided. I attended Michaels funeral in Neutral Bay in the 1990s.

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Friday, 10 August

22:26

The Book Group and Gerald Murnanes Collected Short Fiction Me fail? I fly!

Gerald Murnane, Collected Short Fiction (Giramondo 2018) Before the meeting: Gerald Murnane has been described as Australias most distinguished unread writer. His most recent novel, Border Districts, is shortlisted for this years Miles Franklin Prize. He is the author of seven other novels, two Continue reading

15:25

The inherent radicalism of Tasman Keith FBi Radio

Photo by Tom Black, styling by Asia Carino

  • Tasman Keith :: Interview with Maia Bilyk on Lunch
Days after dropping new single My Pelopolees, Tasman Keith swung by to chat with Maia Bilyk on Lunch.

An ode to his Uncle Spits, and grandfather Billy Jack, My Pelopolees reflects the strength of Tasman Keiths ancestry, his community and the role of hip-hop intertwining. Keith references the interconnectedness between the future and past, wields his personal triumph to motivate other Indigenous people, and inspired by artists like Outkast bringing southern slang into hip-hop he incorporates mission slang out if his home town in Bowraville.

Keith is the son of Wire MC one of the most prolific voices in early Indigenous hip-hop. Keith recounts growing up, the similarities between their music, and the environment that was forged for future musicians, paved by pioneers like his father.

I thought everyones dad was a rapper.. that was just normal to me

Keith touches on the inherent radicalness of Indigenous people taking up space in the public sphere.

Straight up, waking up and being black, no matter whether you like it or not, its political. Being a black man on a stage on this land that was stolen and we were supposed to be wiped out is crazy enough

With an EP coming down the pipe, expect massive things from TK in the second half of 2018.

Listen to the whole chat above, get out to the Botany View this Saturday for the launch of My Pelopolees + check out the hauntingly beautiful visuals from Bowraville in the vid below.

 

WHAT: My Pelopolees Single Launch (fb event here)
WHO: Tasman Keith with Slim Set,...

14:12

Thank Folk Its Friday 10th August Timber and Steel

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week Sunday Morning Cinema Dan Parsons Bandcamp Meet Me at the River Dawn Landes Bandcamp Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Julia Johnson w/ Clarissa Mei, Emily Stewart, Rosanna Stevens Friday 10th August 107 Projects, []

10:48

NEWS: Ben Leece Announces Album and New Label

Newcastle singer/songwriter Ben Leece has had a big year with a nomination for the inaugural Australian Americana Music Prize and winning Alt-Country Song of the Year award at the 16th annual Independent Music Awards with his song Trace. Now hes adding a brand new album to those achievements, with the announcement that the Shane Nicholson-produced No Continue reading

01:25

Stunning Drone Photos Capture the Hidden Patterns of Our World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Drone Photography of the Australian Forest

Though he only picked up a camera six years ago, Indonesian photographer Demas Rusli has quickly developed the skills to take stunning imagery. His drone photography offers a particularly artistic look at the landscape of Australia, where Rusli is based. Squeezing in time outside of his full-time job as an architect, Rusli travels in and around Sydney and uses a DJI Phantom 4 Pro to capture breathtaking views.

Rusli was first inspired to pick up a camera after helping his cousin, who is a professional photographer, with a photo shoot. Inspired by the interaction he saw between his cousin and the clients, he bought his first DSLR a week later. He also got an Instagram account and began posting his work. The interaction and feedback he received pushed him to keep going, and now he has over 100,000 followers.

Rusli's training as an architect is immediately evident when looking at his work. The harmony of lines, use of geometry, and symmetrical compositions all speak to his profession. My photos are always heavily influenced by leading lines, geometry, symmetry and balance and I always try to put a human figure in my photos to give the image a sense of scale and relate-ability, Rusli tells My Modern Met. This is something I learned from architecture school.

While we see a lot of drone photos, Rusli's stand out from the crowd for their crisp compositions and his ability to capture that unknown patterns that make up our world.

Architect Demas Rusli is passionate about photography and takes incredible drone photos to capture a unique perspective on the world.

Drone Photography by Demas Rusli...

Thursday, 09 August

16:04

Premiere: ALTA give us the perfect tune to crydance to with Figured Out FBi Radio

ALTA are keeping up their consistent output of gentle, yet ever-so move-to-able house tracks, on their second single of 2018, Figured Out. Just a day shy of its official release through Melbourne label Soothsayer, Tommy Codling premiered this gem of a tune on Arvos.

With Hannah Lesser on vocals and Julian Dowson on production, this Melbourne duo make music that can soundtrack every feeling on the spectrum. Theyve been building the love since 2014. Supporting Bonobo at the start of their career, theyve spent the past year touring alongside Eden and Jungle, venturing on a national headline tour, and smashing their Splendour in the Grass set last month. Its clear that their unique mix of emotionality and sultry, electro attitude is taking them places.

On Figured Out, ALTA adds another downtempo groover to their growing catalogue, which holds combinations of pop, UK garage house, and experimental sounds. Figured Out tells a tale of coming to realise that you need to break away from someone you thought you could fix.

The disjointed, lo-fi beat emerges from beneath a jazzed-up piano, its percussive punch peaking in the chorus. The whole song feels doused in nostalgia and reflection with syncopated vocal chops echoing, plus vinyl crackles and squeaks it all places you in a hazy regret, reflecting on what could have been. In the softer, sparser moments, Hannahs gentle emotive vocals keep it sparkling. Rounded off with soulful vocal samples, the tone moves from muted to bold with masterful ease. Figure it out below

 

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15:16

Check out Cline Dion performing Youre The Voice with John Farnham Tone Deaf

Its one of the biggest collaborations weve seen on Aussie soil recently, with international musical icon Cline Dion bringing out a special guest for last nights Melbourne show: none other than John Farnham himself.

Just last week, Cline Dion hit up Sydney where she delivered a pretty stunning performance of John Farnhams 1986 hit, Youre The Voice.

A noted fan of the track, Dion had trouble getting through the performance due to her excitement, and actually had to briefly stop herself. Needless to say, it was quite endearing.

Now, shes gone one better, bringing out Whispering Jack himself for a duet of the legendary track.

Halfway through her final show of her Aussie tour at Melbournes Rod Laver Arena last night, Cline Dion jumped into a performance of the track, expressing her love of the song, and explaining how shes always wanted to perform the song live.

Following her performance of the songs first verse and chorus, John Farnham strode casually onto the stage, lending his voice to the track as rapturous applause filled the stadium.

Taking to Facebook early this morning, Dion shared her gratitude at being able to perform the track with Aussie icon.

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Ive wanted to sing John Farnhams You're The Voice on my tours for so many years, and its been so great to finally

Gepostet von Cline Dion amMittwoch, 8. August 2018

Ive wanted to sing John Farnhams Youre The Voice on my tours for so many years, and its been so great to finally do it on this tour, she wrote. But I still cant believe that I got to perform it with the one-and-only, John Farnham!

I will never forget this, the thri...

14:14

Kurdish asylum seeker writer Behrouz Boochani speaks from Manus Island about his new book 89.7 Eastside FM

Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish journalist and writer who fled from Iran to try to seek asylum in Australia. En route, after a frightening boat trip from Indonesia, he was intercepted and eventually transferred to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea where he has been incarcerated for the past five years. At the beginning of August, he published a book to provide a testimony of his own experience and that of other asylum seekers. No Friend But the Mountain defies an easy categorisation, mixing fiction and non fiction and written with the lyricism of a poet, the literary skills of a novelist and the profound insights of an astute observer of human behaviour.

Eastside Radios Mick Paddon interviewed Behrouz Boochani about his revelatory and very personal new book on the day it was published in Australia. Though the nearly 400 page book was produced in extraordinary circumstances, thumbed on a phone and sent as thousands of text messages in Farsi to a translator in Australia, Behrouz Boochani makes it clear he wants it to be read and understood as a piece of writing; a work of art. It was written, not as a bid for freedom, but to provide an account and a testimony for others to make up there minds. The interview, first broadcast during Eric Gyors Wednesday Drive show on August 8th , 2018, is now available as an Eastside Radio Podcast

The post Kurdish asylum seeker writer Behrouz Boochani speaks from Manus Island about his new book appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

13:44

JBs World: Another Moocooboola Success "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

MOOCOOBOOLA FESTIVAL on Sunday was another outstanding success with brilliant winter sunshine and two ovals at Boronia Park filled with a wide variety of stalls, entertainments and games for young and old.

The post JBs World: Another Moocooboola Success appeared first on The Weekly Times.

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