Month: April 2013
Bam! Now based in London with sister Reija Lee, Karl Thomas AKA Shockone is back with some brand new jams!
Today marks the release of Shockone’s ‘Universus’ LP and one of Australia’s hottest DJs is currently in Australia for Groovin’ The Moo festival tour / LP launch around the country before jetting off to the USA for several secret shows!
Was fortunate enough to meet Karl backstage briefly at Pyramid Rock over New Year’s and he’s one hell of a nice guy.
Wishing you every success brother. Get on it!
It’s 1am and I’m struggling for sleep, so I put the pen to page to release thoughts that have been burning a hole in my brain.. my journey to Turkey to experience ANZAC Day’s 85th anniversary on the Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Peninsula. This week I recorded a Bondi Beach Radio show and Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! podcast that I created around ANZAC Day, my trip to Turkey for the 85th anniversary of the dawn landing in Gallipoli and what April 25th means to me. Download it here.
On April 23rd my flight touched down in the beautiful city of Istanbul and we hit the road in the station wagon that was to be our home for the next few days. After a brief encounter with a Turkish policeman (clip-on koalas are great for avoiding speeding fines ;)), we arrived in Eceabat on the Gallipoli Peninsula, parked our “hotel” on a grassy lot across the road from Vegemite Bar and immersed ourselves in the local culture… ah, I mean drank copious amounts of 500ml Efes beer cans with other Aussies/Kiwis who’d made the trek to Turkey for ANZAC Day.
The next morning with dusty heads we headed off to the nearby ANZAC Cove and surrounding battlegrounds to learn about Australia’s first foray into war as a country in it’s own right. For the uninitiated, during World War 1 Allied forces were sent ashore at ANZAC Cove to capture the high-ground overlooking the Dardanelles, the strait of water connecting the Aegean and Black Seas. Securing the Gallipoli Peninsula would mean being able to protect Allied ships being sent to re-supply and support the Russians who were under heavy threat by advancing Turkish forces.
In the cold dark dawn of April 25th 1915, our Aussie diggers hit the beach below sheer cliffs which meant initially that less than a few hundred Turkish soldiers were required to hold their ground against thousands of ANZACs whilst the commander of the Ottoman forces, Mustafa Kemal, (later known as Atatürk, the founder of Turkey) mustered the Turkish 19th Division to contain the ANZAC troops.
If you’ve not had the privilege, the Gallipoli experience is one that is almost impossible to describe. After spending the day traveling around the various battle-zones, our crew headed down to ANZAC Cove at midnight along with thousands of other Australians, Turkish nationals and New Zealanders. Sitting there in the freezing cold night at the base of the cliffs at ANZAC Cove, I tried to imagine what it would have been like for the young Australian and New Zealand soldiers (many of them younger than 18) half a world away from their loved ones and home. Soaking up a mixture of emotions I recounted tales of World War 1 horror, acts of selfless bravery and thousands upon thousands of casualties on both sides. I was also struck by the tribute later made by Atatürk to those ANZACs who died in Gallipoli that is now inscribed on the Atatürk Memorial in Turakena Bay, Gallipoli:
“Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
All these emotions and a moving pre-dawn service on the crowded foreshore left a lump in my throat and tear in my eye. It is for this reason that every ANZAC Day no matter where in the world I am, rain, hail or shine, I rise in the early hours to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance has been my port of call in recent years and to this day whenever I stand in silence for the Ode of Remembrance and the bugle call of The Last Post, the memories, goosebumps, lump and chills return.
It’s just impossible to fathom the sacrifice of our ANZACs both past & present.. but this is what ANZAC Day means to me… This is what it means to be Australian..
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning.. We will remember them.. Lest We Forget”
2 weeks ago I saw a request on @theright.fit influencer app to create content for @DefenceCare, their 2017 ANZAC Appeal and I immediately jumped right on the opportunity. The funds raised by donations to the ANZAC Appeal go directly to Australian service men and women with physical injuries and mental illnesses.
Ever since my Turkey trip in 2001, I attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service every year as I feel, regardless of your perspective on military service and war, that those past and present who have sacrificed their time and lives in the service of our country and way of life are to be championed, supported and adored.
I’m wearing my ANZAC Appeal badge all weekend and if you too would like to make a small, but positive impact on the life of another person today, then head on over to http://www.anzacappeal.com.au to buy a pin or make a one-off donation.
I’m also wearing my grandfather’s medals at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance ANZAC Day Dawn Service on Tuesday. I never knew him as he was tragically killed in an accident just 6 months after my parents got married in an accident 1968, but my dad tells me that I am a lot like my grandfather in appearance and personality, so finding his photo albums of his military service in the Middle East and Kokoda in World War II, seeing his service records and wearing his medals for the first time this year brings me closer to him and makes me happy.
Be selfless and make someone else’s day today. Head on over to http://www.anzacappeal.com.au.
Splendour In The Grass announce killer 2013 line-up with a kick-ass vid!
Presented by Village Sounds and Secret Service, Splendour In The Grass 2013 is:
Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, The National, TV on the Radio, Empire of the Sun, Of Monsters & Men, Klaxons, Bernard Fanning, The Presets, Babyshambles, Flume, Passion Pit, Architecture in Helsinki, Birds of Tokyo, James Blake, Matt Corby, Drapht, Laura Marling, Flight Facilities, Polyphonic Spree (Performing Rocky Horror Picture Show), Boy & Bear, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Cold War Kids, The Rubens, Sarah Blasko, Darwin Deez, You Am I (Performing Sound As Ever & Hi-Fi Way), Hermitude, Haim, Airbourne, The Drones, Ms Mr, Gurrumul, Everything Everything, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Cloud Control,
Portugal. The Man, Daughter, Something For Kate, Wavves, Chet Faker, Snakadaktal, Robert Delong,
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whitley, Fidlar, Jake Bugg, The Bamboos, Surfer Blood, Deap Vally,
Palma Violets, Alpine, Little Green Cars, Vance Joy, Jagwar Ma, Villagers, Violent Soho, Dune Rats,
PVT, The Jungle Giants, Cub Scouts, Art Of Sleeping, The Growl, Twinsy, The Chemist, Songs, Mitzi,
Alison Wonderland, Yolanda Be Cool, What So Not, Xaphoon Jones, D-Cup, Otologic, Peking Duk
Tyler Touche, Bad Ezzy.
Splendour 2013 has a new home at North Byron Parklands (about 20 minutes from Byron Bay township) and can’t wait to hit the New South Wales north coast for another amazing festival!
Splendour In The Grass 2013
Friday July 26th to Sunday July 28th
Tickets go on-sale Thursday May 2nd
“I’m still Snoop Dogg. It’s me right now. I’m Snoop ‘motherfucking’ Dogg til I die.”
Thanks to Mad Decent and Vice Music, Snoop Lion (AKA Snoop Dogg) is back with a dope documentary & smokin’ new jams.
Featuring guest spots by Akon, Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Drake, Snoop’s daughter Cori B and yep even Miley Cyrus this latest album is sure to set the music world alight.. 😉
So grab a smoke, a six-pack and kick-back ’cause this one’s sure to be a ripper!
Snoop Lion – Reincarnated – Documentary + Album Stream
If you’re reading this you’re gone too far.. kind of like us with all the weed puns.. ha ha.. 😀
Vance Joy is selling out venues around country and one of the hottest properties in Australian music right now!
The USA were recently treated to Vance‘s acoustic Austin performances at The Aussie BBQ and Laneway Festival – South-By-South-West and we’re quited excited to see this new version of ‘Emmylou’ live from Vance Joy’s debut EP ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’.
This beautiful track was recorded courtesy of Pieeater/Liberation Music and images captured by Hot & Delicious on the ground at Laneway Fest – SXSW.
After a swag of sold-out sessions at Melbourne Comedy Festival 2012, Nova FM radio personality Nath Valvo returns to MICF 2013 with a hilarious new show ‘Almost 30’.
‘Almost 30’ is a series of snapshots of Nath’s life so far as he regales us with outstanding and almost unbelievable birthday tales, including Mum getting drunk & re-enacting his birth in front of his entire 16th birthday party and being propositioned by a rather large gentleman at a gentleman’s club in New York City.
I was halfway across the world a few weeks ago when met Nath’s PR agent in Austin at SXSW and upon my return to Oz, Cara dropped me an invite to see his show. Generally I dread post-show catch-ups with friends performing, producing or doing PR for stand-up comedy, because in reality I’m genuinely only entertained at maybe 1 in 10 shows if I’m lucky. Comedy is so subjective and in my mind the toughest art-form there is.
Fortunately, Nath Valvo had me chuckling from word go, particularly when he grabbed 2 of my friends early in the piece from the front row (rookie error), blind-folded them and had them dancing like marionette monkeys to dub-step.. awesome!
Nath’s use of audience participation is fantastic, engaging crowd members in one-on-one conversations, flirting shamelessly with one in particular that caught his eye and pretty much the entire crowd are potentially props in a fast-moving set filled with cheeky quips and one-liners.
Nath Valvo scores a ✯✯✯✯ Hot & Delicious Rating.
Definitely worth fitting in your Melbourne Comedy Festival calendar if you’re chasing that illusive guaranteed laugh!
Nath Valvo Almost ’30‘
Show Dates: 28 March – 21 April 2013 (excl. Mondays)
Times: 9:30 PM (Sunday 8:30 PM)
Prices: Wed-Sat $20 (Conc $17) | Sun & Tues $15 | Group (5+) $15
Venue: The Annex – Trades Hall
54 Victoria St (cnr Lygon St)
Carlton VIC 3053
Media Contact: Cara Williams, Publicity Manager
T: 0401 275 863 / E: email@example.com
Bonjah kick off a national Australian tour tonight with their latest ‘Evolution’.
This first single off Bonjah’s much anticipated 3rd album due out later in 2013 is filled with the funky little hooks, driving drums and smoky vocal melodies that we’ve come to expect from the Kiwi lads who made Melbourne their home with a one-way ticket back in 2006.
Bonjah have come a long way from cutting their teeth in the Australian music scene busking full-time on the streets of Melbourne to hundreds of shows throughout Australia, London, Japan, Germany and New Zealand including Big Day Out, Greenroom Festival (Japan), JuWi Fest (Germany), Peats Ridge Festival, Pyramid Rock, St Kilda Festival, West Coast Blues & Roots and Woodford Folk Festival.
The national tour kicks off tonight at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne and here’s a little taste of what you can expect!
April 13 – The Corner – Melbourne VIC
April 19 – The Loft – Gold Coast QLD
April 20 – Big Pineapple Festival – Sunshine Coast QLD
April 20 – Sol Bar – Maroochydore QLD
April 21 – Hotel Brunswick – Brunswick Heads NSW
May 3 – The Gov – Adelaide SA
May 9 – Prince of Wales – Bunbury WA
May 10 – Quinndaning Inne – Quinndaning WA
May 11 – Fly By Night – Fremantle WA
May 22 – The Brass Monkey – Cronulla NSW
May 23 – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney NSW
May 24 – Heritage Hotel – Bulli NSW
May 25 – Baha – Rye VIC
The Aussie BBQ finished the first North American leg of 2013 with a bang in New York City.
Kirra Cheers (Tempting Alice) is one of our resident New York guest photographers.
Melbourne’s Seth Sentry is breaking down barriers & making a charge at the USA with a historic first appearance by an Aussie rapper on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
We caught Seth for the first time a few weeks back at The Aussie BBQ at SXSW in Austin, Texas and loved it! His wicked Maggie Mae’s performance was followed by a guest appearance during Aussie rapper 360‘s set and a kick-ass live battle ensued, driving the crowd absolutely nuts!
Whilst it’s exciting to see Australian hip hop on the international stage and there’s much conjecture about whether our product is too niche or soft to be successful in the competitive US market, it’s hard not to be happy to see a humble, laid-back guy with sweet jams starting to make his mark in North America.
Seth Sentry on Jimmy Kimmel Live: