August Favourites

shoes It's that time of the month again! (the time when I share all of the cool art/music stuff I've been enjoying over the month)

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We'll start with an oldie but a goodie: Absolutely Fabulous. When I sew I like to watch either Youtube, Ted Talks or a TV show (in that order). After I'd finished watching my subscriptions, and caught up on TED I turned to netflix and saw that it's available to watch.

This show is hilarious. I love the writing and the acting. I love that the technology really dates it as a late 90's show. It's silly, frivolous, but most importantly, absolutely fabulous.

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I mentioned this artist earlier in the month after my band had a fabulous gig with them! Ungus Ungus Ungus sit somewhere between gypsy folk and progressive rock, and are simultaneously very serious but completely silly. I've really been digging their recordings. They make a great companion to a wonderful live concert experience!

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Miss hero holliday is a modern day pinup who posts her outfits to Instagram daily. (she also has a blog, which is linked on her instagram profile!) I love the vintage with a modern twist that her daily outfits achieve. Her ensembles are so playful and stylish!



Finally, my last favourite for this month is Anna Svensdotter, who is a Swedish Flaustist that specialists in the 4 main flutes (Flute, Piccolo,  Alto Flute, Bass Flute) and electronics. I was lucky enough to have a lesson with her whilst she was in Newcastle. I showed her a couple of my compositions, and had a great discussion about difference tones . She also gave a lecture for my honors class.

Probably the best thing about her Newcastle Uni adventure for me was her recital. She presented a program full of modern which encompassed all 4 main flutes, electronics and various extended techniques. The way she played was inspiring. The connections she had with not only the music, but her instruments was amazing. (I feel like I'm rambling now. TLDR: If you like the flute, and want to see really out there stuff done with it, Anna Svensdotter is your flautist)

This is totally late notice, but, if you're interested in seeing her play before she returns to Europe, these are the rest of her Australian Tour dates/venues. Sept 6 Flute Tree, Sydney, solo concert Sept 8-9 Sydney Conservatory, workshop and presentation Sept 11 Conduit Arts Initiative, Melbourne, concert shared with Lina Andonovska Sept 16 Melbourne University, workshop Sept 17 Monash university, recital, workshop, classes


Finally, I must apologise for the exposure of my outfit photo's from Thursday. I failed at Iso, so now my skin (and shirt, and dress) is a glowing beacon of light! I'll just call it artist license and leave it at that! :P

I want to join the circus

Shoes In an unlikely turn of events, my band had a gig last night. We played with two other bands at the Lass and had a wonderful time playing to an awesome crowd and having our ears massaged by the likes of Zappo and Ungus Ungus Ungus.


Zappo are one of my favourite Newcastle based bands. Their sound is quite psychedelic rock, and although there's a definite "retro" vibe around their song writing and instrument/effect choices, their music never crosses the line into "dated" territory. I love watching them perform. They've got great chemistry. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get any photo's of them (I left my camera in the car, and didn't want to miss out on having their music massage my ear drums)


Ungus Ungus Ungus are a psychedelic gypsy prog rock band (and yes, their music is as nutty as their genera suggests (in the best way possible)) I'm trying to find words to properly describe the experience of waching Ungus play... they're amazing, and off the chain (and their bassist pulls the some of the best faces I've ever seen(only to be rivaled by the bassist in The Maint Guy and the Other Guys)) Their on stage chemistry is out of this world as well.

It's funny. This gig kind of reinforced what a small world the music world is. The saxophonist in the band is actually a guy I play with semi regularly (which I didn't know about until I looked up their bands website last  week)

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I managed to get some decent (read: not blurry) photo's of Ungus! (woohoo) I've uploaded them to my facebook page (you can have a gander if you would like) I took so many great shots of "twisted singing" faces (which are the best) :D

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This isn't what I wore to the gig (I didn't managed to take outfit photo's yesterday - boo) This is what I wore on Tuesday to work and stuff. It was a pretty cold day, so I went for "warm", which this outfit definitely was.