Tag : sydney
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A friend asked me the other day: So what’s with this whole Tidal thing? After a 20 minute rant I realised this whole controversy is a lot more complicated than I first realised, so we wanted to create a 101-style cover story this month to decode all the issues surrounding the much-talked about new service. Have you tried it?
Less controversially this month, we also investigate the best dressed from Cannes – as well as chatting to local designers Lui Hon, Belinda Glynn for OnceWas and Target Emerging Designer winner Rachel Zheng.
Speaking of fashionable things, we also Insta-stalk the new Wes Anderson-designed Bar Luce for Prada, and now we’re seriously considering a trip to Milan…
We focus a critical eye on some new albums from Daniel Johns, A$AP Rocky and Jamie xx, as well as chatting to Gin Wigmore, Ayla and The Cherry Dolls. But perhaps most importantly, we investigate how the hell Azealia Banks has landed herself the lead role in a new 8 Mile-style feature film…
And speaking of films, we highly recommend you see the aca-awesome Pitch Perfect 2 in our review, after last month’s cupcake and fairy floss-filled premiere… But first, our latest issue!
Click on the cover below to read Issue #45 – 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!
Amongst all the pomp and fanfare of street style posing this year, we spotted the gorgeous 4th and Bleeker, songstress Jessica Mauboy, and Big Brother blondie Jade – check out our top of the pack below!
- Originally posted on Channel V. All photos by Bianca O’Neill.
Always adding a touch or two of subtle vintage references to her feminine yet edgy muse, Alice McCall’s Cruise 15/16 collection ‘One Track Love’ was a triumph at MBFWA this year.
The rough, industrial warehouse space at Carriageworks was aptly contrasted with a cloud-like pastel sculpture garden leading models down the runway – having enlisted artist Daimon Downey for a complementary installation ahead of the show.
As the models walked the runway, it was clear Alice McCall has undergone a transformative period since her show last year: What was the fashion equivalent of quirky pop-art prints has now evolved into the minimalist, self-conscious design of an artist.
Alice McCall’s muse has grown up: There are still the short playsuits of a 50s pinup, totally super-yacht appropriate – but this time they’re interjected with sleek sheaths in threaded metallics, softly draped easy-as-can-be silk throw-overs, and chic super-structured pencil pant-combos.
But if there was any doubt as to whether that muse was still sexy, a few pairs of playboy bunny ears were thrown into the minx. I mean, mix. And THAT suiting worn by ANTM runner up Shenali? WOW.
If there was a buzz word for Alice McCall’s collection this year, it would have to be texture: Between modern renderings of crochet, youthful interpretations of brocade, and expertly employed silks (as is their trademark), the wink was retro – but the result was entirely fashion-forward.
Maticevski may have caught our eye this year at the beginning of the week, but Alice McCall is all we want to wear right now. Lust factor: 10/10.
-Bianca O’Neill / @alphabetponymag
Designs by (L-R): Onticha Sawasadee, Mat Lee,
Jai Sauders, Jack Huang, Catherine Conlan & Candi Horn-Sanderson
This year’s MBFWA Innovators have been announced, and they’re set to follow in the footsteps of some big names that have emerged from one of our favourite shows during Fashion Week in Sydney. It seems like only yesterday that we were lusting over Ciara Nolan’s dino-chic, and Bei Na Wei’s metallic-clad dystopian future.
Mat Lee, Jai Saunders, Catherine Conlan, Jack Huang, Onticha Sawasdee and Candi Sanderson have made the cut this year, and will be showing us their innovative wares during the 2pm runway on Wednesday 15 March.
Nicholas Huxley, mentor and head of FDS, said of the upcoming show: “I have always been very proud of this show as it gives the Fashion Design Studio, Sydney TAFE the opportunity to show the international fashion world our fabulously talented graduates and a wonderful platform to start their professional careers.
“The 2015 Innovators are a very exciting group indeed. Six very diverse talents who will showcase forward thinking menswear, multi-cultural detailing, gentle and exotic colour palettes and cutting edge silhouettes. They are a delightfully talented group who thrill beyond expectation.”
Check out some of the looks from each designer in this year’s show below.
MBFWA kicks off this year on Sunday 12th March and runs through the week. The Innovators show is at 2pm on Wednesday 15 March.
-Bianca O’Neill / @alphabetponymag
Sydney trio Bloods have been on the rise for a couple of years, steadily gaining a reputation as one of Sydney’s most exciting live bands. Xavier Rubetzki Noonan chats to drummer Dirk Jonker about the band’s origins and recent successes ahead of their album tour – their biggest to date.
With a spunky and tightly-coiled punk-tinged garage-rock sound, Bloods have been impressing audiences around the country, and now, with the release of their debut LP, the band are poised to make their biggest splash yet. “I was in another band before Bloods who needed a singer, and one of the guys in the band worked with MC,” Jonker says, referring to bandmate Marihuzka Cornelius.
“We got her in pretty quickly and we thought her voice was amazing. We needed a bass player a bit down the track, and we knew Sweetie… well, we knew that she played violin, and we sort of went ‘hey, it’s got four strings…’ By some leap of faith we got her in, and she could play. Before long, we were getting Bloods together.”
It wasn’t too long before the new trio started gigging, either.
“I don’t think we waited very long…” Dirk laughs (as if to imply it might not have been long enough). “I remember when we first sat down together after the old band broke up and were like, ‘we want to keep playing together’… but I was just hitting a guitar case; I didn’t have a drum kit yet, I’d never owned one. But we came up with a really cool song that first day, and I reckon it was only a month or two later we were doing shows. I’d hate to hear it now, if there was a recording!”
He laughs again. But of course, once you have that first song, you realise it’s working. “I think it was really inspiring, just doing one song, and getting to go, hey, I like this song.”
Now, of course, this project with such haphazard origins has a fully fledged debut album to its name. The band’s live shows are in higher demand than ever, and now they even have more Twitter followers than the notorious American gang with which they share their name. (Yes, there’s a Bloods gang Twitter, and yes, we did happen on it by mistake). Does being in Bloods feel different now?
“Yeah, it does… I think for a while, sometimes people would come up to me after shows and go ‘You guys are so tight!’ and I’d kind of go… ‘really? How is that even possible?’”, he says with a self-deprecating smile. “But it’s been long enough now, that…” Dirk hesitates, not willing to compliment himself too much. “It is really weird, going from barely being able to play to having a full-on record that we’re touring. It’s bizarre. But it’s awesome.”
Looking at how far the band have come in the past year or two, there must have been a moment when the band grew from a fun project between friends into something more significant? “It was definitely just for fun at the start, and so it was so amazing when people started to latch on. Even with our first single, Goodnight, people seemed to respond really well to that, we got a fair bit of play on FBi, and we’ve been playing in bands for long enough to realise that this is actually kind of cool, and we should put a bit of effort into this and make it better. When we did our EP (2013’s Golden Fang), that was a turning point, because the material got better. That was when I personally thought this was worth putting our all into.”
Bloods, along with a handful of other bands, are at the front of an Australian garage-rock revival. Sydney’s guitar-band scene has taken a bit of a back seat to Brisbane’s over the past few years, but the band’s sound incorporates its New South Welshness, to the point that they’ve become something of a quintessential modern Sydney band. Their collaboration with producer Owen Penglis (also known as the frontman of Straight Arrows) has bolstered this: Dirk mentions he’s pretty much the guy when it comes to Sydney’s garage-rock scene. Has Sydney influenced the band’s songwriting? “I’m sure of it, yeah. It’s so ingrained in us. I suppose a lot of it is just the bands we play with; I don’t think we ever sit down and deliberately write anything Sydney-centric… but I think it definitely has an impact on us.”
Speaking of bands Bloods have played with, the band got the chance to tour alongside Veruca Salt in September.
“The Veruca Salt tour was a definite highlight. They were so nice, and it was fun doing shows with a band that we liked when we were younger. It was pretty wild. We didn’t know what to expect – sometimes you play shows with people and you barely talk to them, but then you do other ones where you totally become best friends with them, and thankfully it was kind of more the latter. They were so nice, and they knew all about us. It became pretty obvious that they’d personally picked us, and that was pretty mind-blowing.”
“But I think one of my favourite shows was the Velociraptor tour we did just before that. I just love all of those guys so much. It was awesome, because just hanging with them and getting totally hammered at every date was so fun, but getting to watch them after we finished – their show is so good – it got better and better. They’re so energetic that you just can’t help but be totally inspired: you get an adrenaline shot the second they start playing. I don’t know where they get the energy. Maybe the one dollar 7/11 coffees I hear they’re smashing all the time.”
As far as big moments go, though, they don’t come a lot bigger than releasing a debut album. Thankfully, the record is great: a little more polished than their older recordings, but not compromising on the DIY charm. “We didn’t want to get too clean with it, because we didn’t want to stray too far from what we think Bloods is. We wanted it to sound like what we sound like live, and I think we achieved that. I’d personally rather make a sweet punk record that sounds a bit raw than something super polished anyway, and that’s the reason we went with Owen. We loved the Palms album, we loved the Royal Headache album, so he was just the obvious choice.”
Work It Out has been out for a couple of months now, and the band are happy to have the opportunity to reflect. “The feedback has been pretty much all great, thank god. We sort of flogged away on this for quite a while, so it gets to a point where you’ve just heard it so many times, and you can’t really even tell what it sounds like anymore, because you’re too bogged down in the technical side of it. But to put it out and have friends pull me aside and tell me they really love it, it’s really great, and such a relief. Seeing it being played on radio, getting good reviews… It’s awesome.”
-Xavier Rubetzki Noonan / @xavierrn
This month is all about two things: The folk siblings that are the ubiquitous duo of Angus and Julia Stone, and fashion/fashion/more fashion!
Our news editor Dave sits down with Angus Stone to chat about that famed call from super producer Rick Rubin – and the resulting album that caused him to reconsider that little sibling project he had tucked into his back pocket. Read our cover story to find out more about the elusive duo, and their plans for writing together in the future.
And now… fashion. You see, it was Melbourne Spring Fashion Week last week – and this week it’s New York Spring Fashion Week – so it’s pretty hard to escape all of the lustworthy clothing coming at us for the season ahead. We review each show from MSFW, detail our favourite emerging designers, take a sneak peek at the best of NYFW so far, and run through a couple of streetstyle snaps from Melbourne’s finest.
Shall we go back to music then? The Vines’ new lineup is here, and ready to rock: Drummer Lachy West chats to us about the new release. There’s also interviews in there with Andy Bull, Holy Holy, and soul sister Chelsea Wilson.
We review the casual dining excellence that is Melbourne’s Niew Amsterdam, and review Night Moves – a movie about an eco-terrorist plot that descends into paranoia and guilt. There are album reviews, there’s news about blaming your parents for being an alcoholic, and there’s a new food truck alert (hello Hammer and Tong!)
Phew! Enough? Let’s get into it… simply click on the cover below to read it. Here’s to Spring, and enjoy.
From the Alphabet Pony Team x
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Conde Nast Traveller has released their 2014 ranking of the World’s Friendliest (and Unfriendliest) Cities, and Melbourne has come out on top. We’re tied with Auckland, but let’s ignore that for now.
But probably even more unsurprising is that France had no less than three cities in the top ten least friendly cities in the world, confirming once again that they are the country that gives the least fucks about garnering additional tourism dollars.
At the top was Johannesburg, South Africa. Mainly because all its citizens voted for themselves.
THE WORLD’S TOP TEN FRIENDLIEST CITIES
1. (tied) Melbourne, Australia / Auckland, New Zealand
3. Victoria, Canada
4. Charleston, USA
5. (tied) Dublin, Ireland / Sydney, Australia
7. Siem Reap, Cambodia
8. Cape Town, South Africa
9. (tied) Savannah, USA / Seville, Spain
11. (tied) Budapest, Hungary / Salzburg, Austria
THE WORLD’S TOP TEN UNFRIENDLIEST CITIES
1. Johannesburg, South Africa
2. Cannes, France
3. Moscow, Russia
4. Paris, France
5. Marseille, France
6. Beijing, China
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Milan, Italy
9. Monte Carlo, Monaco
10. Nassau, Bahamas