Electronic indie three piece, SAFIA, have gone from strength to strength. Since forming in mid 2012, the Canberra trio have supported The Presets, The Aston Shuffle and Peking Duk – to name but a few. Blending cosmic synths, samples and charismatic vocals, their lush production and solid live performances are earning them all the right buzz. This is their latest track, “Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues”. You can call it electro soul, you can call it chill glitch – I just call it awesome.
For their special June 2013 issue, Beastie Boys: A Visual History + Tribute to MCA, Juxtapoz Magazine conducted interviews with the various artists responsible for the design of each Beastie Boys album cover. Through the experiences and artwork of each artist, the interviews uncover the inside stories of how each album came to fruition and became part of the Beastie Boys legend. The artists who share their story include Cey Adams, Haze, Arabella Field, World B Omes, Glen E Friedman, Ricky Powell, Todd James, Mike Mills, Matteo Pericoli, Bill McMullen, Bruce Davidson, Alex Grey, Kiino Villand, and Sunny Bak. Take a look at the teaser trailer above which includes excerpts from some of the interviews.
Back in the day, a t-shirt was an item of function and was worn beneath a shirt to absorb perspiration. Then, after World War II, veterans started wearing them with their uniform trousers as casual attire because, well, fuck it, they’d fought a war and were some real-man Don Draper archetypes, so who are you to judge if they rocked short sleeves? Fast forward to 1951 and Marlon Brando wore a t-shirt on screen like he was doing it a favour in the film A Streetcar Named Desire. And then, like Will Smith said (when he was still cool) “tick, tick, boom!” - a fashion staple was born. Nowadays we have an assortment of tees: crew, jersey, v, deep-v, tight, ironic, faded, faux-faded. But, my favourite t-shirt at the moment is the loose-fit tee. You know, the oversized kind you throw carelessly on the floor and wake up to find your girlfriend wearing as she stands in front you with a knowing smile in the morning light, all funky and warm with her hair a little knotty and tousled like she’s been at the beach. Yeah, those t-shirts are cool. Canberra designer Luke Chiswell makes those kind of t-shirts. And he has four new limited edition designs that will be on sale this Friday, 24 May at Hippo Bar. So, come for a drink, leave with a t-shirt.
What: Luke Chiswell Launching Four New T-shirts
Where: Hippo Bar, Garema Place, Canberra
Drinks are free, tees cost one pineapple.
Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut on board the International Space Station, cut this version of David Bowie’s classic, ‘Space Oddity’. Just brilliant!
In a world where you can travel around on a pink cloud or literally be swept off an ice-skating rink into a hole, Colin, a wealthy young man and inventor of the cocktail-mixing piano, wants to fall in love. With the help of his cook Nicolas and best friend Chick, he meets Chloe, the incarnation of a Duke Ellington tune. But soon after their wedding, Chloe falls ill. She has a water lily growing in her chest. Ruined by medical expenses, Colin resorts to increasingly desperate methods to save his beloved’s life… Yes, it’s the new Michel Gondry film. Be still my beating heart.
This one snuck by me! Jeremiah Jae’s album, Raw Money Raps, was one of the best hip hop releases of last year. Mumbled lyrics that get lost in a bass heavy mix and a matter of fact delivery created a unique and original style. In March this year it appears Jeremiah dropped the video for the track, “Cable”. I didn’t catch it, but no matter, my friend Molly pasted it up on Facebook so I had to share it here. It’s got an old school VHS quality to it – like you’re watching something from the early 80s late at night on, er, cable.
A collective of up and coming Canberra-based artists are finalising preparations for a new exhibition of drawing on Thursday, 23 May at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Artists Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts, Clare Alexander Jackson, Sacha James Jeffrey and Chris Sutevski (each a student of visual art at the Australian National University) will showcase new work. The act of putting pen to parchment, from its most considered to its most organic, is fundamental to the creation and discovery of new thought. These artists draw to question and make sense of processes, emotional expression and contextual difficulties, tackling the ordinary problems that arise in their practice. See a taster of what to expect below, with some drawings by Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts.
Among the most anticipated films at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is Nicolas Winding Refn’s, Only God Forgives. Refn is one of the most exciting figures in film today and Only God Forgives marks his second collaboration with actor Ryan Gosling (their first being 2011′s Drive). Refn is Kubrickian in his approach – his style is visceral and meticulously executed. Watching the trailer (below) it looks as though Only God Forgives will have all the hallmark aesthetics of a Refn film: measured silence, ultra-violence and cinemaphotography that borders on the lyrical. The story is one of revenge: Gosling plays Julian, an American who runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. His mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favoruite son, Billy which sets Julian off for a quest for vengeance.
Only God Forgives screens on Cannes on Tuesday, 22 May and opens in Australia on 18 July. If you absolutely, positively must get a Ryan Gosling fix before then, you can always watch him refusing to eat cereal.
This year at Oppikoppi, a popular music festival held annually in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, punters won’t have to wait in line for their beers. Instead, they’ll have them delivered via drone technology. Attendees in the District 9 campsite will be able to order beers from their phone. At the moment, during early tests, it is hand guided, but it will eventually fly on a GPS grid. Coachella take note!
UK-based street artist Hush has an exhibition of new paintings at the Corey Helford Gallery in California which celebrates the beauty of tagging, graffiti, and the female form.. “I look to take something like tagging that is generally seen as aggressive, ugly and masculine out of context and present it to the viewer as something beautiful,” says Hush. Check out a taster of some of the new work here.