Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 2nd November: Super Wild Horses + Straight Arrows – Beach Road Hotel – Free

Super Wild Horses are a female punk duo based in Melbourne. They had no musical training up until 5 years ago when they decided to form a band (as you do!) and have gone from strength to strength ever since. They’ve recently returned from a tour of the States where they performed at a number of prestigious festivals, wowing fans with their ability to alternate between drums and guitar sporadically. Joining the girls will be an all-punk line-up including Sydney’s Straight Arrows and Ganashz.

Saturday 5th November: New Navy – Oxford Art Factory – $15+bf

New Navy are going places quickly. On the back of recent single “Zimbabwe’s” success, the Sydneyfour-piece are launching their new EP Uluwatu at Oxford Art Factory. New Navy are a band who will soon be one of the highlights of the upcoming Summer, possessing a tropical sound perfectly designed for the warmer months. Bursting with sparkling guitars and bubbly percussion, make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes for this one. The guys will be supported by up-and-comingSydney beat-maker Flume on their night of nights.

Sunday 6th November: Boy and Bear – The Enmore – $44.80

If you haven’t already seen the juggernaut which is Boy and Bear, do yourself a favour and get a ticket. The lads are experiencing an incredible year, having recently been nominated for seven Aria Awards for their debut LP Moonfire. Having recently returned from America, their Australian tour docks into Sydney for two shows over the weekend (Saturday is sold out). Having seen them perform a number of times, this is a gig you do not want to miss. Supporting the lads will be Ball Park Music and the Paper Kites, incredible performers in their own right.

For the Diary:

Sunday 11th December: Explosions in the Sky – Metro – $60

Having recently been confirmed to appear at the Meredith Festival, Texas’ Explosions in the Sky will also be bringing their intense live show to Sydney. Their incredible, intrumental resonance is both haunting and uplifting, with tear-jerking melodies and heavy soundscapes synonymous with the band. They will be playing material from their seven albums including the recently released and lauded Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.

October 29, 2011

St George TAFE School Of Fashion

Although the parade isn’t til November 30th, we stopped in at The Muse last week to have a sneak peek at the 3rd years final collections from St George TAFE School Of Fashion. And as always, each year we visit we are blown away with the talent – “absolutely fabulous darrrling.” It’s always nice to see how the school is evolving and producing the next (and best) fashionistas. There was bursts of colour, amazing prints and the way they used their space for showing was innovative,  original and enticing *cough* chocolate gets us every time. As I was walking through each designers space, it had taken me back to when I was in my last year. I knew exactly how they were feeling – excited, anxious and sleep deprived but it’s all worth it in the end.

If you want to be amazed and inspired please come and see the parade held at Byron Kennedy Hall on the 30th of Nov. 2 shows only – $10 for matinée and $25 for the evening show. For all deets see below or visit:

October 27, 2011

Movember – Our favourite month : {)

Oh Movember, our old friend.
Last year we scoffed at friends that said they intended to participate, imagining them babyishly clean-shaven at first, then with a horrible half stubble, ending up with the same mo, matching smile included, as your dad’s faded pics from the 80’s. But the Movember initiative, now full swing in its 8th year, is well worth a ribbing from your friends, raising over $25 Million last year alone!

Our very own Hugh McClure AKA Hughster will be sleezing up his upper lip for a good cause this year and we will be there to document his progress weekly to help raise funds, beginning with the big first shave this Tuesday, pretty exciting considering we have never seen him without his epic beard.

No need to wait, head to Hugh’s Movember account today and donate towards research for prostate cancer and Depression initiatives….

Raise funds by opening your own account and hosting your own mo-down:

October 24, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 26th October: Ball Park Music – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free 

Brisbane’s Ball Park Music create tunes to make you smile. You just can’t but help liking the six cheerful, indie kids who have been on the cusp of blowing up. They have played alongside the likes of Cloud Control, Boy and Bear and Hungry Kids of Hungary, as well as appearing at the Big Day Out, Falls and Good Vibes festivals. There time has now arrived with the recent release of their debut LP “Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs”. As part of their album tour, they will be dropping in on the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi this Wednesday to set the fun-dial to 10 (whatever that means). A nice support line-up includes Northeast Party House and The Jungle Giants.

Thursday 27th October: Pluto Jonze – Oxford Art Factory – $10 

Pluto Jonze has developed his own, unique brand of pop music which he’s been showcasing since he won the 2009 Tropfest Music Award at just 22. Since then, he’s been busy writing and producing which culminated in the release of his debut EP in May this year. He’ll be joined by his 3-piece backing band in line with the release of his single “Plastic Bag in a Hurricane”. Speaking of up and coming performers, his supports Toucan and Tim Fitz are both dynamic acts in their own right, both flying the flag for the future of pop music. They both have fresh EPs in the pipeline, so expect a night full of brand spanking new tunes.

Saturday 29th October: Jamie Hutchings/Wintercoats/Oliver Tank – The Gate Presents (secret location in Pymble) – Donation

The Gate is a concept designed to bring great music to the suburbs of Sydney (where so much talent is hidden away). Aside from their regular events at Pablo & Rusty’s in Epping, they also put on pop-up gigs in various suburband backyards. This particular event will showcase the considerable talents of three talented troubadours. Sydney song-writer veteran Jamie Hutchings, Melbourne’s dream-pop wiz Wintercoats, and recent winner of the FBi Northern Lights competition, Oliver Tank, will be providing a smorgasbord of experimental music bound to delight.

For the diary:

Thursday 24th November: Matt Corby – Oxford Art Factory – $15.30 

Don’t do what I did and judge Matt Corby just because he was on Australian Idol. He’s better than that. Much better. A friend of mine made me listen to some of his stuff a little while ago and I was instantly hooked. Matt could be Australia’s answer to Jeff Buckley, so strong are his vocals. Get along to the OAF next month, you might be able tell people “I told you so”.

Who is Hughster? Check out his and other r&h guest bloggers profiles at our ‘Fair Weather Friends’ page.

October 23, 2011

Canon EOS Photo5

This amazing competition, now in its 5th year, gained recognition last year after ambassador Ron Howard asked all Canon camera owners for their photo entries.. the winning photo would be the inspiration for a new ‘Imagine’ production. Seriously! So… Safe to say we were dedicated followers of Canon EOS online before we even had an EOS. But now we do! Nothing special.. Just the 1000D we use to take most of the pics for our blog and a few shoots here and there BUT.. enough to encourage our delusions of being actual photographers and making us brave enough to enter this years Canon EOS photo 5.

There are 5 briefs (subject boxes to use as inspiration) 1. Though a pets eyes 2. Foam 3. Sequins 4. Powder 5. Ribbon.
There are winners for best in each brief aswell as an overall winner for best complete portfolio. The prizes are pretty awesome too.

We are super-duper excited to get into this one so we’ll keep you updated on how we go. Here is our first offering to the Canon gods (or as we like to believe; Ron Howard in an eccentrically large white chair) let us know what you think and feel free to share, entries for the first open brief close tomorrow so grab your faithful lens and make the most of your sunday…

October 20, 2011

Beer Lovers Unite!

Sydney Craft Beer Week 2011

Seriously having heart palpitations in excitement. Think about this; does beer usually go with celebration OR is beer the REASON for celebration? How many times have you gone out, not to mindlessly converse with mediocre looking strangers, but just for that taste of that golden liquid hitting your tongue. Think about it. Now, get to as many of these events as physically possible.

Here’s our pick for the week. We’ll see you at the bar….

 22nd Degustation Lunch  @ 4 Pines Brewing Company, Manly  $85 – Enjoy your 5 course meal to the max with 5 perfectly matched 4 Pines handcrafted beers.

23rd Beer, Bites & Bands @ Yulli’s, Surry Hills – Local music and a great vego menu accompany a wide variety of Oz crafted local beers.

25th The Beer Lovers Guide to Extreme Beer @ The Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst $55 – Comes with tasting Paddle of 5 to start your taste buds roaring for more exotic beers all the way from Western Australia to Norway.

26th Beer Trivia Party @ The Pumphouse Bar & Restaurant, Darling Harbour – Join the Pumphouse crew at 6pm for a beer and chat about how they do what they do, then join in for some beer trivia fun at 7.30pm for $10 (comes with a glass of Wicked Elf Beer)

29th-30th The 7th Annual Australian Beer festival @ The Rocks – Take a stroll (or a stumble) down Gloucester Street (the street which runs down the side of The Heritage Hotel) over the weekend  for the Festival which will include over 100 Australian beers, ciders on show, live entertainment, meet the brewer sessions, BBQ stalls, gourmet pizzas and ‘Home Brew Championship’ winners displaying their beers.

Of course the beer fest is the big event but if your up for something different Happy Endings Comedy Club, Kings Cross are throwing a Comedy & Craft Beer night featuring some of Australians funniest comedians and an enviable selection of  discounted local draught craft beer. Tix are $25 and  come with a schooner of Rogue Ales (USA). Yippee!!



October 19, 2011

::!!Laneway Festival 2012!!::

Tickets to 2012 St Jeromes Laneway Festival are ours! (Insert heartily satisfied and slightly evil chuckle here)

Go! Buy now now NOW! Before it’s too late!

Come join us on the 5th feb @ Sydney College of the Arts Balmain Road, Rozelle. Here are the Sydney acts you could ecstatically worship alongside us…

Active child, Anna Calvi, Austra, Bullion, Chairlift, DZ Deathrays, EMA, Fiest, Geoffrey O’connor, Givers, Glasser, John Talabot, Jonti, Laura Marling, Oneman, Pajama club, Portugal the man, SBTRKT, The Very West, Triple j unearthed winners, The Drums, The Horrors, The pains of being pure at heart, The Panics, Toro Y Moi, Total Control, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Yuck.

The Horrors at their best in 2007.  Happy Wednesday…

October 17, 2011

Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 19th October: RUFUS – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

I first saw RUFUS supporting a friend’s band in February this year. I was blown away by their upbeat and original style, obvious talent and their love of performing, and immediately started raving about them to anyone who’d listen. Since then, I have seen them another three times, and each time they’ve added another element to their arsenal. They’re also getting a lot of local recognition, having just showcased their energetic live show at Parklife Sydney. This week, I’ll be heading down again to the maze which is Bondi to check out one of my favourite local acts. You should get along too, make sure to pack travel snacks!

Thursday 20th October: ASTRAL Feat. Guerre, Nagakin, Thomas William, Rainbow Chan + More –Oxford Art Factory – $5

Can you still buy a Macshite meal for $5 anymore? Get along to Oxford Art Factory for a showcase of some of Sydney’s freshest and finest beat producers. Guerre has just been added to the star studded Musica Festival (see below), while Rainbow Chan will be fresh off the plane from Iceland(one of the winners of the recent FBi Northern Lights competition. Save a couple of gold coins and pop on over to OAF for a much healthier alternative to a happy meal.

Saturday 22nd October: Musica Festival –Tumbalong Park – $89

Any line-up which features the super masked producer SBTRKT is worth the entrance fee alone. He’ll be joined by an eclectic group of artists including Ghostpoet, Lunice, Simon Caldwell, Mitzi and New Navy in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park. By far the biggest pull is the appearance of SBTRKT, his self-titled album being one of this year’s biggest revelations. He’s just been announced to appear at the 2012 Laneway Festival (see below…again) but he’ll be testing out Australian crowds some months in advance at the end of the week.

For the diary:

Sunday 5th February 2012: Laneway Festival –Sydney College of Arts, Rozelle – $140

The highly anticipated line-up for the 2012 edition of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (which also visits five other major Australian cities as well as Singapore) was announced last week. And what a line-up it is. Sydney’s hipster population will be treated to sets from a more ambient line-up than in previous years, with the likes of the aforementioned SBTRKT, M83, Active Child, Toro Y Moi and Washed Out venturing out to Australia. They will be joined by Feist, the Drums, Girls, Twin Shadow and Laura Marling. I apologise, I realise I’ve just listed the bands playing, but with a collection this incredible words just seems trivial don’t they? Tickets on sale 19th October, get saving!

October 15, 2011

Designer Fashion Markets

What: Designer Fashion Markets

Why: Well, apart from us being market spinsters now, loving and attending as many markets as we can, we especially enjoy ones where we can discover and support local up and coming designers. This is the best place to get beautiful and unique clothing, jewellery, accessories and kids clothing, all whilst supporting Oz designers trying to show the world what they’ve got. C’mon, give them a go…

Where: Gymea Tradies, The Kingsway
and Manchester Ave, Sutherland Shire.

When: Every  3rd Sunday of each month (Aka this Sunday!!) 10.00am to 4.00pm

Cost: Freeeeeeee

For more info or if you’re keen to flog your own gear (Go on! We believe in  you!) go to:

October 13, 2011

Wanna score some brownie points?

This brownie shits on every other brownie in the world. Big call I know, but even celiacs can overdose on these babies. Everyone’s happy!

Grab your keys and get down to your local grocery store and scoop up the ingredients below and get baking people!

* 1/3 cup cocoa powder

* 1/3 cup hot water

* 150g dark chocolate, melted

* 1  1/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar

* 1 cup hazelnut meal

* 4 eggs, separated

Preheat the oven to moderate (180 C/160 C fan-forced). Grease a deep 19cm-square cake pan; line the base and sides with baking paper. Blend the cocoa with the hot water in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the chocolate, butter, sugar, hazelnut meal and egg yolks. Beat the egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, then fold into the chocolate mixture in two batches. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan; bake in a moderate oven for about 1 hour or until firm. Stand the cake for 15 minutes; turn on to a wire rack, top-side up, to cool.

Another way to serve them is to cook the mixture in cupcake tins, serve warm with a big scoop of ice cream. Delish!