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Sunday, 12 August

20:26

A bunch of Aussie guitarists broke a world record in Sydney this afternoon Tone Deaf

Have you ever wanted to make your way into the record books for a music-related achievement? Well, 457 Aussie musicians have done just that today, after breaking the record for the largest electric guitar ensemble.

Back in June, we reported on how the Sydney Guitar Festival was looking for as many like-minded musicians as possible to come together and help break a pretty cool world record.

Organisers of the festival hoped to have 500 guitar players turning out to simultaneously take part in playing AC/DCs Highway To Hell in order to attempt to break the previous record of 368 people, set in India back in 2013.

Now, as The Newcastle Herald reports, Sunday afternoon saw an army of music fans turn out in droves to help strum their way into the record books.

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Helped along by Aussie rock legends The Choirboys, 457 people descended upon The Concourse in Chatswood to break the record, performing AC/DCs 1979 classic as part of a record-breaking ensemble.

Powered by small, Marshall MS2 battery powered amplifiers, organisers said that despite the comparatively small amount of power behind them, participants more than made up for it in terms of passion and talent.

They were tiny amps but they got the sound happening, festival spokeswoman Tatiana Marchant explained to the Australian Associated Press. It was such a great atmosphere. Ive never been around so many men and guitars in all my life.

While the vast majority of participants were indeed male, Tatiana Marchant did note that a large proportion of females and children also took part in the world record attempt.

The next step in the record-breaking process is for officials to verify the attempt an undertaking could take up to six weeks. However, considering that they managed to outshine the previous record attempt by close to 200 people, theres a good chance almost 500 happy musicians will be waking up tomorrow morning with some extra bragging rights.

Incidentally, news of this world record happens to come just weeks after Australian musician Scott Burford completed his world record attempt of the worlds longest guitar marathon. After playing guitar for 125 hours (thats just under a week, if you were wondering), Burford managed to bypass the previous record holder by ten hours.

No matter how you look at it, its been a pretty interesting month for Australians and their music-related world record attempts.

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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.

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

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