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Long Weekend Options pt 1: This Is Not Art

Posted by mothereel

Today is hump day.  If you're like me, which I hope that you're not, otherwise I'd probably have to change myself even further to attract people to make out with...  uuhhhh... oh yeah!  You may be thinking of the long weekend fast approaching!  Here's the first post of things you could potentially do and may actually involve some of the ol' blasty beats.

First option, and I'm posting it now so you've got a bit of time to get your wheels into action, is Newcastle's This Is Not Art festival.  It started as a part of the Writers Festival and the Electrofringe Festival, both taking place in the area.  The two float into and out of each other seamlessly and there's lots to do.  Here's the link to each day's schedule, with my personal highlights:

Get Rid of Gina
Who Killed the Avant-Garde? Apathy and Contemporary Art
The Right Stuff

Authorial Ethics in a Self-Authoring Age
Sonic Ontology: The Art of Noise
The Book of Hours

Electrofringe Showcase
Zine Fair
Closing Night Party

More importantly, while you're up there, there's this good 'un gig!
Featuring Flowers for Cops from Victoria and some localish bands.    8 bands for $5.  That's pretty great.  You'll have to click that link to get the list of bands because I'm pushing you out of your comfort zone.

What are you looking to do?  Any other gigs or events?  Got anything you're looking out for at TINA?

Long Weekend Options part 2 comes up on Friday.  Got something that needs to be there?


Skippy The Bush Kangaroo – Greatest Hits Volume 1

Posted by Matt

The other week I informed you all about a new band from the Central Coast called Skippy The Bush Kangaroo. Well their debut EP is out now on Lesstalk Records. And I think it is fucking rad arse, it really raises the bar on music in the coast leaving all the heaps of shit that constantly play there for dead. Sure I may be a slight bit biased but I really enjoy this EP and listen to it all the time. They have a long way to go as a band but this is a really positive start for them.

Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
might be a new name to the music industry, but the individual members of this extraordinary punk/thrash/hardcore group are far from being band virgins; they have all been involved in the central coast music scene since an early age, and they have all played a major role in a number of previous bands that have stood out locally and interstate. The amalgamation of diverse experiences has helped them form a range of influences and they have used these influences to their advantage to create a single vision on what they like and want; creative, intellectually challenging music.

The CD was released as an MCD and contains 5 awesome tracks that are all completely different but still keep to a similar style that really compliments JP's voice. The CMD was recorded in his own home studio using top notch gear and all self mastered and sounds really better than some dodgy demo's that get passed my way.

Skippy The Bush Kangaroo is an intense live band that knows how to use their sound and really create technical brilliance. Their songs use the whole spectrum on sound from post rock to straight out thrash but are still able to maintain a high level of interest for the listener. They know their influences, they know what they like and are able to extend beyond that, accept their past and grow from this into the future.

Date of Release: 1-12-2007
Format: MCDR
Info: The EP is an iconic mix of intense vocals layered perfectly for your listening pleasure mixed with screaming punk and thrash guitars that sound like they are constantly in conversation with each other. Each song stands out on its own for various reasons that tantalize its own region of your brain. This EP really attempts to set itself apart from all the continually mundane hardcore that is coming out of Australia and really starting to repeat itself, using lyrics and vocal techniques that cannot be found live anywhere on the Central Coast let alone in this huge dry island we call Australia.

Skippy The Bush Kangaroo - Bovinious Boy

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