Filtering by Tag: Sydney
There are times when I am overseas when a deep sense of pride for the country I grew up in will wash over me. I know that doesn't sound like a far-fetched notion for most people, but for me I've always had a slight ongoing battle of identity. Being born in England and growing up in Australia has left me with two passports and a vague confusion about which team to cheer for in the world cup...Read More
One thing I have learned in the past year or so is that there are a lot of similarities between California and the East Coast of Australia. I was drawn to San Francisco for whatever reason, later discovering it is the sister city of Sydney – where I grew up. A city surrounded by water, flanked by beaches and an outdoorsy, beach culture, it's no wonder I felt immediately comfortable here...Read More
London summers are short. We get maybe 2 - 3 weeks of glorious sunshine once a year, and then that's it. Lights out. Let the grey-ness commence! On days like today, when the sunshine is attempting to break its way through the clouds, but not really getting anywhere fast, I often daydream about sitting on a beach back in Australia. Coincidentally, as soon as I pictured the beach, something popped up on my Facebook news feed about Sydney band OXBLVD recording new material, leading me down a whole other road of nostalgia...Read More
There is a general vote of confidence, all around the world, that French is the language of love. Usually it is associated with all that is romantic and beautiful, sweet and sophisticated, exotic and high-class. In this case it is associated with the act, nay, the ART of love-making...Read More
I don't really know how to start this post... I could first address the odd name of the band? Perhaps we should discuss James Lane's fluorescent pink hairdo? Or maybe it'd be easier to go on a tangent about the many new and interesting genres emerging from this great mixing pool of our generation (Are 'Mutant Soul', 'Croon Punk' and 'Witch-Hop' real genres?)...Read More
I am instantly drawn to any form of art, music, or creativity that relates to travel. My incurable wanderlust means that I will never stop longing to be in another place, and will forever be adding to the huge list of places in this world (or Universe - lets not rule out going to Mars) that I want to visit. My latest addition? India...Read More
Imogen Jones, aka Lupa Music (or Dream Collective) is currently swimming away in an exotic current which will soon lead her to the rare island of "viral". A status-like island where only a select few get to, and where an even more select few survive...Read More
When asked to guest post for Willow Wood there was no way I simply could not turn down the offer. As a Brisbane local, it only seemed fitting to introduce the Willow Wood community to a Brisbane based songstress who just oozes of talent...Read More
It was with great sorrow that I reluctantly left the wonderful land of Australia again today/yesterday/whatever timezone you are in... But not before compiling a collection of 'CHUNES' (bogan slang for songs) that I've collected over the past two months from both Australia and New Zealand.
This collection of songs is honestly a complete jumble. Some come from great new bands that I've just discovered, some are friends of mine so I'm probably biased to their talents, some are just bands I've loved for a long time. The one thing that ties them all together (because their sound and genre sure don't) is that they are all Australian and New Zealand artists, and they deserve to get played to the rest of the world, if they haven't already.
Now, I better get out of the airport before someone comes and arrests me or calls security (I've literally heard about 40 announcements about reporting unattended items and suspicious behavior since sitting here). Enjoy.
I have been spending the past year re-discovering my Californian roots. The past 4 years saw me in London, a place which I became to identify quite well with. Living in America again has been an experience to say the least, but undoubtedly I miss the UK very dearly...Read More
We've just created some seasonal playlists, if we had records to give you or even cassette tapes, this would be presented to you as a glorified A/B contrast. Unfortunately, we've had to rely on modern technology for now and send them to you through the medium of 8-track. Which isn't an entirely bad thing.
Side A - Nicola churns out 'One Waster Winter' from cold, wet Sydney:
Side B - Lauren brings you 'Summer Solstice' from the Californian coastline.
If you find yourself getting a bit down listening to Nicola's depressing mix, don't worry, Lauren's summer delights are sure to cheer you right up.
And hey, if you REALLY like them, I'm sure we could be convinced in to getting out the old tape recorder...
N & L (With thanks again to our darlings Charlie Morgan and Michelle Miller for all their help) x
I have spent the entire weekend feeling sorry for myself. Not in a pathetic self-loathing way, but in an incredibly hungover 'I'm definitely getting too old for this shit' kinda way. Yesterday I trudged through the rain in Sydney's Surry Hills wearing inappropriate footwear...Read More
As you do at 2am on a Sunday night/Monday morning when you should be doing other things (like sleeping) I meandered my way through links on the internet to find myself here...Read More