Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Zebra & Giraffe - Assembly - Tonight

Lets see if we can get back into this blogging thing. Zebra & Giraffe are playing their last show for the year. (WOW, a whole two days.)
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Bedroom Philosopher

In my last week in Melbourne, I got a chance to see a bizarre, but quite brilliant act, The Bedroom Philosopher. His sound is quite similar to that of Art Brut, but he is so much more than just a musician. His show is musically apt, but his comedy is really good. Fashioned by his knowledge of Melbourne culture, a lot of his humour required some previous knowledge of the city. Needless to say, I missed some of it. But other humour was constructed that was more universal, or just easily understood if one had spent any time in the city at all.

His set was long, but easily observed from the sitting position that everybody maintained around their small tables with glasses of overpriced whiskey or wine. Fun.

He ended the show with this song, 'I'm So Postmodern'. Watch the video. It's much better live, but this will suffice.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Sartorialist

Scott Schuman was in Melbourne the other day signing his new book, The Sartorialist based on his blog, The Sartorialist. I attended. It was quite a cool time. He is really short, not what I expected at all. Really quite interesting.
There were literally hundreds (maybe 1000s) of well dressed people lined up to get their books signed and steal a few words with their hero. He signed for about three hours while drinking glass after glass of Veuve Clicquot and San Pellegrino. Lifestyles of the rich and the famous. He wasn't complaining.

Die! Die! Die! & Villains of Wilhelm

Villains of Wilhelm

So while I was in Sydney last week I went to see a couple of interesting bands. We caught a train and a bus through to Bondi and after asking a few locals, we found Beach Road Hotel. Villains of Whilhelm are an Australian replica of The Hives, we decided. The Brisbane band seemed as thought they'd taken one of the Hives albums and put Aussie lyrics to the existing melody and jammed. It was quite a treat.

We were excited for the traveling band and main attraction of the evening, Die! Die! Die! who had come over from from New Zealand and are touring Australia. I had seen this video of them, and I took it for granted that they had a chick vocalist.

I don't think I can be blamed.

Anyway, the poor lads (yeah, three dudes) were awful. We left half way through their set. That's been my Aussie music experience thus far. I missed The Presets, I am missing Yacht tonight, and I found out last night that Animal Collective is sold out. Bleak. I might have to resort to Jet.

My friend is having his Bachelor's tonight, so that's sweet as.