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Concert Review: Pacific Opera/Bel a capella - Voices on a Sunday

June 2, 2008 0

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Review: Astor Piazzolla Quintet - Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival

May 28, 2008 0

Band: Astor Piazzolla Quintet
Title: Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival
Label: Milan Records
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Concert Review: Kurt Elling and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

May 3, 2008 0

As the crowd settled into the soft shufflings that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has come to expect, Conductor Ben Northey strode onto stage, looking keen to get things running. The first piece was unannounced but the program notes indicated it was Astor Piazolla’s Tangazo. A classical showcase to lead us into the focus of the evening concert; Kurt Elling and his trio.

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Review: The Landau Orchestra - Janus Plays Telephone

April 14, 2008 0

Band: The Landau Orchestra
Title: Janus Plays Telephone
Label: Milan\Warner
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Album Review: 3bpm - First Hearing

April 9, 2008 0

Title: First Hearing
Artist: 3bpm
Label: Slam Productions
Catalogue Number: SLAMCD 274
Genre: JAZZ
Format: AUDIO CD
Written on behalf of Music Web International
1. Cleaning Windows (Van Morrison)
2. Baby Plays Around (Elvis Costello)
3. Scarborough Fayre (Traditional)
4. Jockey Full of Bourbon (Tom Waits)
5. Don’t Give Up (Gabriel/Bush)
6. The Island (Lins/Martin)
7. The Red One (Pat Metheny)
8. First Hearing (Martin Pickett)
9. Soft Focus (Martin […]

Concert Review: Sublime - The Australian Chamber Orchestra featuring Katie Noonan


Title: Sublime
Artist: Katie Noonan and the ACO
Venue: Angel Place Recital Hall
Written on behalf of Music Web International
Author’s note: This review is presented here in its longer form which could be considered disagreeable to the ‘music critique’ genre for its use of imagery, rather than strict analysis. A shorter version (edited by Bill […]

Review: Juno (Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody)

January 20, 2008 3

in review @ 8:46 pm

If you’re in the USA you’ve probably seen Michael Cera around quite a bit lately. He’s been in TV series Arrested Development, blockbuster film Superbad and now appears in the rising hit film Juno. If you’re like me though, from the moment you saw him sipping from his cereal bowl held to an inch of his chin in Superbad, you were hooked to the modern-yet-retro nerdy-cool vibe that Cera pulls off so perfectly. A styling revived in the Juno trailer as Juno (Ellen Page) comments, “you’re like the coolest person and you don’t even have to try,” and Bleaker (Cera) replies “I try really hard actually.” However, if you haven’t seen the film yet, you could be confused by the trailer which plays up Juno as a love story of two teenagers dealing with pregnancy, and while Michael Cera’s involvement is certainly commendable, he is far from being the lead character for this film. As the title would suggest, the film is about Juno and the other characters come in and out as Juno’s involvement with them wavers. Because she decides early in the film that Bleaker will not be heavily involved in the pregnancy, he is a somewhat absent figure for much of the film. This is not necessarily a fault as the character of Juno is certainly strong enough to maintain interest throughout the film.

There is a lot to say about her, yet without quoting the film it’s almost impossible to sum up her Degrassi style demeanour. She has a sick sense of humour but still remains harmless with her quips. She does not glorify teen pregnancy, nor does she condemn it. She deals with everything as it has to be dealt with; piece by piece. She is at once warm and insensitive. She is sad and tough. She is all bites and kisses.

Rating: 7/10.

The Wrap-Up:
To cut a long story short, see it.
If you liked You, Me and Everyone We Know see it twice. It’s a strange comparison to make but there’s a certain romantic link in the writing.

P.S. Buy the soundtrack even if you don’t see it.

Daybreak Photoshoot: Behind the Scenes Video

January 12, 2008 2

in photography, youtube, vlog @ 11:25 pm

Hey guys.

Yesterday I did a photoshoot with Sydney band Daybreak for their upcoming EP. (available in march)
Please support me by supporting them at

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Review: I’m Not There (Todd Haynes)

January 6, 2008 1

in review @ 11:35 am

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December 26, 2007 0

in poetry, writing @ 8:13 pm

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boxing day paints itself in sunlit boxes
with tiny decorated trees leaning towards windows,
tinsel curving lazily around the roofs
like forgotten streets on mountain peaks
and a public park, wherein grown men speak
in heated tones that grow from grass and stumps
to bottles and a cricket bat death wish.

This is another Australian summer
spent with children’s faces shielded
a day spent in another Cronulla,
waiting until evening to ask
of the lines between the tabloids
of the six thirty news hour

what kind of anonymous pride is this?

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