It was very dark, smoke filled with added laser!
Shellac played their first Australian show for 18 years (or something) the other night, at Melbourne's HiFi Bar. They were pretty awesome.
Here are some things I noticed...
At times Shellac think they are planes
Todd doesn't mind taking his snare drum for a walk
Sometimes Steve has to hang onto his mic stand
Steve has a spare metal pic lodged in his guitar
Bob has only one knob
Yes, Steve does cast a shadow
Yes, Todd does also play drums from behind a kit
No time to focus the camera, as Steve introduces his guitar to his amp...
Sometimes Bob and Steve help Todd stop his cymbals from making a noise
The Primitive Calculators are legends of the Melbourne music landscape, and are still as vital as they ever were back when they began in the late 1970's. For those who don't know, read up about them here.
They're currently releasing a 7" single, and will have an album released in the not too distant future. stay tuned!
For the last decade or so, Blender Studios has been the home of some of Melbourne's better street and fine-art talent. There is currently being aired on ABC TV a 2 part doco called Subtopia on it's man-in-command Adrian Doyle (above).
Her Roller Girl series features a shot of my wife Nell, which has gone on to become a finalist in the 2012 National Photographic Portrait Prize, at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra!
Normally quite shy in front of the camera, Nikki allowed me to take her portrait...
You can find her Roller Girl series as well as her other work at her website.
It was a pity their backing music was too loud to be able to hear their singing and tap-dancing... but they were marvellous all the same.
Kellie O'Dempsey painted to the sounds of a jazz ensemble (above), and afterwards at the Faux Mo afterparty venue, these two blokes spun some mighty fine waffle... Not sure who they were, but they were funny.
Another night at Faux Mo, this band, Guthrie were on fire with their stompin southern blues rock. Totally worth checkin out if you've got the chance.
Helping to launch MONA FOMA in January was Lucas Abela, playing his unique glass flute (?!). This time his piece of glass seemed much classier than on previous occasions I've seen him perform. Rumour has it, that this one is fine crystal. Probably explains why he didn't smash it over his head this time...