Tag : july
Tag : july
Although I’m not headed to Splendour In The Grass this year by choice, I’m having a major case of #FOMO… Looking at the lineup, the masters of the winter music festival have done it again – and regardless of an island holiday already booked and paid for, I’m seriously considering abandoning all plans and flying into Byron…
To celebrate SITG, we sat down with Oh Mercy’s Alexander Gow for an informal chat and a few home truths… definitely worth the (very revealing) read. And if that’s not your bag, there are six more SITG bands to catch up with!
Meanwhile, we also investigate our obsession: GOT theories – as well as the burgeoning dumpling turf war in Melbourne… Dumpling v. Dumpling.
So let’s get into our latest issue! Click on the cover below to read Issue #46 – and don’t forget to hit escape to exit the pop up window when you’re done. And as always, tell us what you think!
P. Diddy Revolts with entire TV network dedicated to himself / making more cash money
Infamous rapper Diddy has made “one of the biggest announcements of his life”, striking a deal with Time Warner Cable for distribution of his own TV network: Revolt TV. The deal will see Diddy’s network beamed to 25 million American subscribers upon its launch.
Diddy has said that the deal demonstrates Time Warner Cable’s commitment to bringing a platform for music artists and fans to their subscribers. With the rapper turned entrepreneur already bathing in more money than he evidently knows what to do with, he remains coy about the prospect of becoming a billionare, telling Forbes, “All I try to do is build the maximum value for my companies. At the end of the day, the numbers don’t lie. I’m just like any other businessman; I get my report card and deal with the reality of whatever it is.”
See – he’s just like us! …But with billions of dollars and a TV network.
Are you a #nofilter faker? New website outs fakes
There’s nothing worse than a pale-as-a-ghost friend who posts a ‘LOL just tanned, looking #awesome! #nofilter’ photo on their Insta, when you know that those brown legs definitely ain’t the work of the sun. Well, now you can wonder no more, with a new website called Filter Fakers outing anyone on Instagram who tags their photo with #nofilter, but has in fact used 1-10 filters.
The developers of the website explain: “#Nofilter is one of the most popular hashtags on Instagram… And you had to believe them – until now.” They’ve even added a site called ‘Fake Catcher’ where you can pop Instagram links in from your friends’ photos to check.
Stalking? Or trolling? You decide.
Gillard sandwich toss earns craptastic app
She might not be our Prime Minister anymore, but you can still throw a sandwich at Julia Gillard. The Julia Gillard ‘Sandwich Toss’ app has evidently fallen through the cracks at the iTunes approval board – so you can now toss endless sandwiches at Gillard to your heart’s content. #oneliner #seemsboring
Not only does the infamous salami sandwich get a gig, but you can also hurl the Tony Baloney, the Rudd Roll, The ALP BLT or the terrifically titled Clive Parmigiana. Now who says we don’t respect our politicians?
Dean sues James for artsy landscape fraud
Iconic album cover-art creator Roger Dean is suing filmmaker James Cameron, claiming that the floating island and lush visual highlands of his 2009 film Avatar were rip offs of his own fantasy landscapes. Dean is responsible for many iconic 70’s album cover-artworks which include the likes of Yes and spin off band, Asia. The legal document cites Dean’s paintings Floating Islands, Arches and Pathways as being directly copied by Cameron.
During a 2010 interview, Cameron was asked if he had gotten the idea of the floating islands of Pandora
from a Yes album cover, to which he replied, “It might have been, back in my pot smoking days.”
Another case solved by hash!
Lineups, lineups, lineups! Guetta or Massive Attack?
This week we’ve seen lineups galore with both Stereosonic and Harvest Festival announcing epic lineups yet again in 2013. For the indie rock lovers out there, Massive Attack, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp,
and retro legends Neutral Milk Hotel are heading down under for Harvest Festival – set for November in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Tickets on sale July 12.
On the EDM side of the fence, Guetta once again graces our shores to head up an epic gathering including Calvin Harris, Axwell and Ingrosso solo sets, Empire of the Sun, Afrojack and more at Stereosonic’s national 2-day events.
Who said festivals are dying? Live music #ftw.
Become a super stalker and live at Lennon’s UK pad
Attention Beatles tragics: You no longer have to ‘imagine’ what it would be like to be John Lennon! For only a few million pounds you can now own the keys to the mansion the former Beatles legend once called
home. With an asking price of £13,750,000 (approx AUD$ 22,670,055), the sum practically dwarfs the recent sale of Dale Grohl’s Californian beach front home for a cool US$ 3.25M. Bargain!
Located in Surrey, England and built in 1913, the mansion was purchased by the former bespectacled Beatles
legend in 1964 for $20,000. What a capitalist, man…
Lennon lived in the home for four years with his then wife Cynthia and son Julian. It is said that Beatles classics Day Tripper and In My Life were written at the residence.
For our Dirty #30 Issue, Alphabet Pony is all about the ladies up in here!
After all the news surrounding Gillard and Nigella last month, and with Socceroos coach Holger Osieck telling Australia that ‘women should shut up in public’, we decided to take back the girl power and give our July Issue a women’s perspective. So how to do that? Well, let the ladies tell it in their own words…
Our cover woman this month is the supremely talented Katy Steele, who writes us an intriguing cover story about being a woman in music – as well as telling us about the women who inspired her, from Carole King to Kate Bush.
Singer songwriter and sometime AP contributor, Natalie Reiss, writes us an indepth op-ed piece about how a man in Germany stole her song – and her royalties while he was at it. She tells us the best way to avoid it happening to you, too.
Also this month, we chat to inspirational businesswoman and fashion designer for shoe and accessories brand PeepToe, Nikki Hager, about what inspires her, as well as which local designers she’s lusting after at the moment. There’s even a love letter to another ballsy woman, the incomparable Chrissy Amphlett.
We take another look at more of the best Resort 2013 looks from international collections, some of the best new places for foodies across the country in our newly updated Table section, and grab a quick chat with lovely ladies like Little Boots, Owl Eyes, Emma Birdsall and Deap Vally.
Still not enough for you? Well, in our first ever 50-page issue there’s still plenty more!
While away your working hours perusing our best in film and tv this month including film reviews of This Is The End and Gossling’s newy Only God Forgives, read about all the best in LPs with our album reviews galore and hear about how P-Diddy has started up his own TV station in the news round up this month.
And as always, there’s this month’s live reviews of Dan Sultan and Abbe May, as well as the monthly round up of the best events in July - but this month with a focus on those epic Splendour sideshows… if they’re not all sold out that is.
Phew! Can I hear it for all the ladies up in here? Speak loud and speak often: And tell Holger Osieck to suck your balls by reading this latest issue filled with many, many women talking loudly in public.
Just click on the cover below to read this month’s issue – and let us know what you think! Enjoy…
CLUBFEET @The Toff in Town, Thursday July 5th 2012
It seems hard to fathom that Aussie audiences didn’t get the chance to see a live Clubfeet gig until this July; their understated pop tunes are by now so recognisable and familiar they are in danger of being taken for granted. On the back of their recently released pair of singles “City of Light” and “This Time,” the band have finally embarked on their first run of live shows on Australian soil. Clubfeet wears its influences prominently on its sleeve, from 80s synth-pop to the kind of anthemic indie-disco that has seen the likes of Passion Pit and Hot Chip propelled to stardom over the past few years.
Opening to the nostalgic visuals of their “Fall From Here” video and haunting audiobytes pulled from early Mad Men episodes about the meaninglessness of love, the stage was set (excuse the pun) for the band to come out and make a big statement. To their distinct credit, on tape Clubfeet rarely reach for obviously crowd-pleasing moments, erring instead on the side of subtlety and mood.
Beginning with groover “Edge of Extremes,” a smoke machine and subtle lighting helped to set the mood, and the reticent crowd crept awkwardly to the front of the stage. Owing perhaps to a lack of familiarity – or even bashfulness – in front of their home crowd, the closeness and warmth of their album cuts seemed missing from Clubfeet’s live performance, and in its place a distance seemed to separate band and audience. Punters hoping for a free-wheelin’ party vibe might have been disappointed with the lack of energy or even intimacy, and an absence of on-stage banter did little to break the ice. The band play modestly and politely, never daring to open up except arguably on “Teenage Suicide,” which, live, sounds less light-hearted and more like the affirmation of life it was probably intended to be.
With the exception of black-clad, Jack Skellington-esque frontman Sebastian Cohen and drummer Vivan Croft, the band members all swapped and changed both instruments and stage positions like it ain’t no thing, further confusing the already nebulous concept of exactly what it is Clubfeet are going for with this run of shows. Given the fact that their debut album Gold on Gold came out nearly two years ago, it would have been great to hear more new material from this motley crew of indie trendsetters. More than one fan was overheard remarking “Is that it?!” when the band laid down their instruments and hurried off stage after a meagre forty-five minute playing time.
It’s no accident that their debut live show was so well-attended, or that Gold on Gold propelled them so prominently into the international spotlight; their brand of pop is refreshingly honest and accessible, and the boys obviously have plenty of hit-making potential. Mark it down to first-time nerves, but it would be great to see them attack their live performances with more assertiveness from here on.
- Words by Darren Gubbins. Photos by Marty Gubbins.
For Issue #20 Alphabet Pony is getting all amorous…
We chat to the always sexual Alexander Gow for our cover story on Oh Mercy, and he tells us his top ten albums inspired by love and lust… Yep, popping those on right now.
The love-in continues with a chat to the gorgeous Sarah Snook (Australia’s Emma Stone, we say) about her new film Not Suitable For Children – in which the tables are turned on the (hot, hot) Ryan Kwanten who decides his clock is ticking following an interesting diagnosis…
Feeling a bit bah humbug about all this amore? Then read Nathan Jolly’s feature on Love Vs Lust: A Cautionary Tale… Turns out it’s just all pheremones and pretty song lyrics. Maybe.
We also grab a cheeky chat with some awesome bands this month with our Quick 10 Questions including School Of Seven Bells, World’s End Press and Hunting Grounds… still not enough for you?
Well, while away your working hours perusing our album and EP reviews this month so you can pick up a cracker of a weekend soundtrack, check out the Best Of AW2012 Lookbooks straight from the fashion editor’s inbox, and read about the Best In Film this month.
Crack out those oysters and your best bottle of French champagne – we’re about to romance you silly with our Love and Lust issue! Just click on the cover below to read this month’s issue, and don’t forget you can download or print it too! As always, let us know what you think. Enjoy…
From the Alphabet Pony Team x
For Issue #8 Alphabet Pony is going on holiday for our Bali Luxe Issue!
For our second travel special (read our Japan Issue in our archives here), we head to the seminal Aussie holiday destination of Bali – but this time around we look at it through different eyes. Read our travel editorial about why Bali is different for a thirty-something, know what to wear, where, in our holiday fashion spread, get all the best goss on where to go and how to get there, and learn more about Balinese design and architecture. Plus, we look at the best shopping buys for the plane ride to keep you refreshed and relaxed.
Also this month, we have a chat to An Horse in our Quick 10, dedicate a page to the best in movies and DVD, bring you the latest in art, design and music, and take you to the best events happening in July. And make sure you check out our Out And About section for the hottest pics last month!
Get ready for your little holiday away during your work day with our particularly Zen Bali Luxe issue! Just click on the cover below to read this month’s issue – and as always let us know what you think! Enjoy…
From the Alphabet Pony Team x