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Archive for November, 2010

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Design Federation Book competition closed

Our competition for the Design Federation Book ‘The Annual’ has now closed. Thank you to everyone that entered we had an overwhelming response. The winners are listed below and your prizes will be sent this week. Thanks again to Design Federation for your generous support!

Joy Constantino – Mt Gravatt East, QLD
Brad Kennelly – Richmond, VIC
Justin Sugar – Newcastle, NSW
Maggie Frederick – Gold Coast, QLD

Dubmarine – debut album ‘Depth of Sound’

Sound the alarm! Australia’s high-powered dub and dancehall sub-bass vessel  are taking the wraps off their much-anticipated debut album Depth of Sound!

Featuring their trademark bass-driven foundations, twin trombone blasts and thunderous synth explosions, Depth of Sound will be available in stores November 9 through Vitamin and online everywhere through SUGARRUSH. The album’s release comes at the tail end of what’s already been a huge year for Dubmarine. Taking in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and the Czech Republic, July saw them complete a massive European festival tour before turning in a pair of unforgettable sets at September’s BIGSOUND conference back on their home turf of Brisbane.

Live, Dubmarine are nothing short of a phenomenon, and earning themselves a must-see reputation the band has secured a devout following the old fashioned way, by picking up fans one gig at a time. To date, in and amongst their own headline shows they’ve carved up the stage at the Woodford Folk Festival, The Dreaming Festival, Parklife, Island Vibe Festival, Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Amsterdam Roots Festival (Netherlands), Mundial Festival (Netherlands), Trier Alstadfest (Germany), Wereldfest (Netherlands), Afro latio Festival (Belguim), AWME (Melbourne), Reggaetown (Cairns)… and more.

On stage, led by the vocal gymnastics of indigenous superstar and Darumbal man D-Kazman, the nine piece create a deep dancehall, reggae, dub based musical pandemonium, producing the sound and fury of electronic music, in all of its hip shaking glory – but on live instruments. And it is this unmistakable live energy that’s been captured and bottled on Depth Of Sound by local collaborator / producer Andrew Stephens. What’s evident is a band growing in strength and confidence, and more than willing to take some creative risks.

First taste from the record – the track ‘Chip’ – has already paved the way for the full album, earning solid support from key radio nationally including Triple R, PBS, 4ZZZ, FBI and RTR. Depth of Sound will be launched with a run of dates up and down the east coast, followed by a string of festival slots including the Woodford Folk Festival, Subsonic (Barrington Tops, near Sydney), and the Oxford Street Party (Rockhampton).

Short Stack Album giveaway

Two Flat Whites in conjunction with our friends at Universal Music are giving six (6) lucky people the chance to win a copy of Short Stacks latest Album ‘This Is Bat Country’ which is in stores now!

It’s not just their look that’s changed for Central Coast outfit Short Stack. Sporting a new, shorter haircut and none of the eyeliner that became a trademark, lead singer Shaun Diviney says the band have also found new inspiration for the follow-up to their chart-topping debut, Stack Is The New Black. Short Stack have a huge internet following, and are often described as an online group.

For your chance to win this great prize, simply email your name, postal address and the code word to info {at} twoflatwhites(.)com. Remember you need to be signed up on the Two Flat Whites fan page on Facebook to win and also grab the code word.

Competition closes Sunday, 12th December  2010.

Finders Keepers Markets

Leading Aussie Artists Design T-Shirts

Wall less, lawless art is back! This time, outfitting the walls of aMBUSH Gallery and then, outfitting you all, with some brand new artist designed t-shirts.

After the highly successful volume 1 that exhibited the work of SMC[3]; Catherine Thomson; Houl and Michael Hazell at Oh Really Gallery, without walls has some new artwork by some new friends.

Volume 2 will feature the frantic and hyper-masculine images of James Jirat Patradoon, the drawings of Ben Toupein that has a focus on peoples locus; the extensive and highly graphic geometric artistry of Brett Chan; an artist/animator with a goofing grand narrative: Jin Hien Lau; the angry, naked and headless scribbles of Aisling King-Macklin; and the street-exhibiting, outdoor-postering long-time Sydney street art luminary JUMBO.

Together, they will drape the walls of aMBUSH Gallery from November 25 as well as creating some new, unique and absolutely original without walls drapes, so you can take their exhibition with you, wherever you are, all over your beautiful forms.

Where: aMBUSH Gallery
Address: 4a James Street, Waterloo (Sydney)
When: December 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2010
Time: 12pm to 4pm
Price: Free

Jonathan Boulet – ‘You’re A Animal’ Tour

The phrase “jack of all, master of all” isn’t exactly one that gets bandied about, but is one that may well apply to the most recently inked player in the Modular clubhouse, Jonathan Boulet. A precociously inspired 21-year-old skate rat from Sydney’s northwest, Boulet makes a brand of ceremoniously uplifting, deeply colourful pop that sounds like something for which you’ve been searching but never thought you’d find.

This December the bedroom boffin that could, Jonathan Boulet returns with a triumphant new single, “You’re A Animal” (sic), and a swift quasi-national tour to boot.

You’re A Animal is a war cry of warrior angels, a lurching, spinning call to arms and the first new material since Boulet’s acclaimed debut late last year. Not content to rest on the reputation of an accomplished, dazzling debut, and not busy enough despite his constant touring with Parades, production for Little Scout and Megastick Fanfare and remixes of The Holidays, Wolf & Cub and more, Boulet didn’t waste any time getting up to his neck in the follow up album and he’s taking a break to hit the road and share the first fruits of his labour.

You’re A Animal marks a scintillating taste of a record due early 2011 that is shaping up to be every bit as thrilling and joyous as Boulet’s debut and then some.

The tour begins in Newcastle on Friday December 3 and goes through Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Come get some.

Guilt-free Chocolate… What Will They Think of Next?

Chocolate is not something normally associated with an ethical stance. It has long been the guilty pleasure snuck late at night in darkened kitchens, or secretly indulged in from a stash in the office drawers. It’s a food steeped in sin for being decadent, delicious and often the subject of glutinous greed.

But Rebecca Kerswell, owner of Coco Chocolate, is an artist who works in the medium of chocolate and she is championing ethical production and good taste with her strictly regulated standards of production.   From her boutique shops in Kirribilli, Mosman and Edinburgh, Rebecca produces organic, GM free, gluten free, vegan, and fair-trade chocolate. You practically become a better person just by eating it! Read the rest of Estelles article about Coco Chocolate»

Strawberry Hills Hotel restoration

In the 1920s, a new Sydneysider was born. She smoked, she drank and she danced at the Strawberry Hills Hotel, then called the Southern Cross and newly refurbished in Art Deco style – and listened to the ‘new’ jazz.

It is only appropriate that a little of the glamour of that flapper era is retained in the newly restored Strawberry Hills Hotel, which has now re-opened. You can see it in the art deco windows, the twenties style pub tiles and the State Theatre carpet which takes you upstairs to the hotel’s bistro and decked garden.

It’s six million dollar renovation of its nineteenth century premises in Sydney’s Surry Hills  is the hotel’s first major restoration since it was redesigned in 1921 by then renowned hotel architect, Sidney Warden. According to the hotel’s general manager, Brenden Lawless, the refurbished hotel is ‘deliberately a classic pub, not a bar with an identity crisis’.

The restoration has transformed one of the inner city’s largest pubs into a mixture of 1920s glamour and modern ease, with a stunning second floor beer garden, an outrageously glitzy ‘original Vegas’ gaming room and an atrium of large glass windows for light and air flow.  And the hotel, which has a 24 hour licence, will open its doors with a refreshing attitude, serving gourmet cuisine at bistro prices

What: Strawberry Hills Hotel
Where: 453 Elizabeth St (on the corner of Devonshire St), Surry Hills NSW
When: Open now
How: brendenlawless {at} hotmail(.)com or 0411493300

Two Flat Whites on Facebook

To finish off 2010 with a bang, Two Flat Whites is going mad with giveaways. Thanks to our many contributors and supporters, we will have loads of prizes to giveaway to see off a great year.

If you haven’t already heard, Two Flat Whites has created a Fan Page on Facebook. Future giveaways will feature through this new Fan Page, so do yourself a favour and sign up now!

To sign up to our Fan Page, simply click on the link on the top right hand corner of our website, you can’t miss it.

INXS – Original Sin

For all you INXS fans out there, this album is an absolute cracker, 2 Years in the making “Original Sin” brings together an array of amazing talent to cover some of their greatest hits.

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