Read: A Country Practice by Janina Green

Read: A Country Practice by Janina Green

Janina Green spent her formative years in an industrial town in rural Australia. Her introduction to life as a working class, migrant girl led her to dream of escape and a life outside of stifling confines. ‘A Country Practice’ is a photographic meditation on this period.

Bucolic landscapes, intimate portraits, doctored found images, streetscapes and fragments of rural life are punctuated by recurring images of abandoned power stations, smoking chimneys and scarred land cleared for human habitation, farming and industry.

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What at first seems like a disparate collection of images, quickly blends into a complex and emotional mosaic of memories. The limited edition book of photographs was designed by Yanni Florence and edited by Helen Frajman of independent Melbourne publisher M.33.

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Janina Green is a Melbourne-based artist who has exhibited widely for over 30 years. Her work is held in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, Horsham Art Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery. Green teaches at the Victoria College of the Arts.

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‘A Country Practice’ by Janina Green will be launched by Daniel Boetker-Smith, Course Director at Photography Studies College Melbourne, Founder of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, & Managing Editor of Photofile Magazine.

Centre for Contemporary Photography 
404 George Street, Fitzroy, 3065
Saturday, March 4, 2017
3 to 4.30 pm

A Country Practice Janina Green

Published by M.33, Melbourne, 2017
Limited Edition: 60
Each copy signed and numbered
164 pages
130 x 170 mm
Edited by Helen Frajman
Designed by Yanni Florence
Case bound cover with translucent dust jacket

Gang Signs & Prayer: Stormzy’s new album and unlikely friendship with Ed Sheeran

Gang Signs & Prayer: Stormzy’s new album and unlikely friendship with Ed Sheeran

Rising grime tearaway Stormzy tore up The BRIT Awards this week with old mate Ed Sheeran, a seemingly unlikely pairing, yet in reality a grounded, normal friendship exists between the two. Together they performed Sheeran’s worldwide #1 hit single Shape of You.

Stormzy’s debut album Gang Signs & Prayer is released today, and Ed Sheeran’s new album Divide is out next Friday 3 March. The pair appear inseparable as they work the promo circuit together (think Step Brothers or Twins).

For one, they had a chat on Noisey covering important topics like socks and sandals, googly eye emojis and lots more.

Watch Ed Sheehan X Stormzy on Noisey:

Enough about Ed, meet Stormzy

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The 23-year-old Stormzy first emerged on the scene in 2012, making chart history in September 2015 when his freestyle WickedSkengMan 4 charted at #18 in the UK Official Singles Chart, becoming the first-ever freestyle to chart in the UK Top 40.

The London-born artist continues to push the boundaries of grime through his self-built multi award-winning journey from his WickedSkengMan freestyles to being nominated for British Breakthrough at this year’s BRIT Awards (it went to Rag’N’Bone Man).

His current single Big For Your Boots has racked up over 6 million streams on Spotify.

“This is the moment that I have been waiting for my whole life,” says Stormzy. “I am now ready to certify my position as a credible artist and someone who is here for the long run.”

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New Paintings by Caleb Reid at Besser Space

New Paintings by Caleb Reid at Besser Space

An overwhelming response in Sydney to Caleb Reid’s latest artworks prompted Paddington gallery Piermarq to hit the road with Reid and present his first major solo exhibition in Melbourne.

New Paintings by Caleb Reid explores the power of the human form to express complex emotions; love, hate, desire and rapture. His intimate images are suffused with glimpses from real relationships, experiences and musings on current affairs.

Of his experimentation with process and the exploration of the relationship between creative and emotional forces, Reid says,

‘My process is playful, it’s emotive and immediate. I understand that if I set out a few paintings tomorrow, and then complete those paintings they can never, ever be replicated. Even if I set out the same canvas the day after. They are capturing a very specific moment in time.’

Beyond the Melbourne exhibition, Caleb Reid is in anticipation of his first international solo exhibition at Johanssen Gallery in Berlin.

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NEW PAINTINGS BY CALEB REID  presented by Piermarq

  • 1 – 4 March 2017
  • Besser Space 15 – 25 Keele Street, Collingwood
  • Opening Night:  Wednesday March 1 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Opening Hours: Thursday 2, Friday 3 March January from 10.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 4 March 11.00am – 5.00pm
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Caleb Reid, Untitled Red (2016), Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

Discover more at about Caleb Reid here.

Tune. New Sounds to Cheer You ON: 22 Feb

Tune. New Sounds to Cheer You ON: 22 Feb

After neglecting the nutribullet for far too long post New Year, this morning I decided that the re-introduction of fresh green juice (aka lawn clippings) was absolutely essential to balance a lingering chocolate addiction, and that perhaps some new music would help to cheer you all through the battlefield of work/life, or as Vanity Fair describes it “our escalating dystopian hellscape”.

If you do read these posts, I’d love to hear what you think of the music each week. Drop me a line in comments, or send me a link to your music in an email (flaky comments on Instagram just sit there). We’ve heard from people all over the world in Italy, Greece, Scotland, USA, and of course Australia, a breeding ground of supreme talent (if you ask me).

Spoon: Can I Sit Next To You

Spoon have revealed the new Can I sit Next To You track, which has a slick, steady-paced groove and an eerie synth filled chorus. It’s the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Hot Thoughts, out Friday 17 March. Catch Spoon at a forthcoming live show in Melbourne and Sydney. Dates below.

The video was directed by acclaimed contemporary artist Marcel Dzama, whose previous musical collaborators have included the likes of Beck and Bob Dylan, and the costume and stage design for last year’s The Most Incredible Thing by New York City Ballet.

Spoon – Sydney & Melbourne Headline Shows

  • Thursday 23rd March – Metro Theatre, Sydney
  • Saturday 25th March – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
  • Tickets and details via www.frontiertouring.com/spoon

Lana Del Rey: LOVE

The sultry Lana Del Rey has released this lush first single from her forthcoming fifth album. Raining down like a wistful ballad to the young, I wonder, is Lana farewelling her own youth, because from where I sit she looks frozen in time (breathtakingly so)? The video was directed by Rich Lee. Lana Del Rey is still major.

THEY. U-Rite

Dante Jones and Drew Love, better known as THEY., fuse hip hop and R&B with a rock sensibility. Their hotly anticipated debut album Nü Religion: Hyena comes out on 24 February. The album is available to pre-order now. Such an epic TUNE. Crank dis.

London Grammar: Rooting for You

London Grammar has returned to us with a melodic vengeance in 2017. Though their recent singles (this, and Big Picture) were actually released late last year, they’ve only recently dropped into my emotional safety deposit box. Some brilliant music takes time to seep into the skin. I decided too this morning that London Grammar is of the same ilk as Evanescence, but for non-emo types. That’s not meant as an insult either (Evanescence appears in my break-up mix tape of life). Sure, they might wear more colour, but the emotional intensity of the music is similar.

SOKO: Sweet Sound of Ignorance

Everything about this is incredibly affecting in a world gone mad. Lyrically, the song describes an emotional awakening of sorts, and a vow to self. SOKO shot this video in LA on a break from recording in New York. With OTT styling, the video was directed by the lady herself, with trippy and colourful results. Soko first rose to fame with her single I’ll Kill Her, which appeared at #9 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2007.

Warpaint: New Song (Soulwax Remix)

Oh, this isn’t really new anymore, but it is a brilliant remix of one of our fave tracks of last year. It’s decidedly Ladyhawke in sound, which is precisely why we can’t get enough. This Soulwax Remix extends the life of an already great Lipstick Renaissance (sub-genre penned by us) blockbuster, now lounge-room discoteque ready (or pen tapping, whatever suits you currently). Catch Warpaint in Brisbane TONIGHT at The Triffid on February 22Melbourne at Zoo Twilights on February 24 and Sydney Opera House on February 25. For  ticket details click here.

London O’Connor: Nobody Hangs Out Anymore

Self-produced American songwriter London O’Connor is shaping up to be one of our favourite new discoveries. His material is simply expressed and unapologetically confronting, yet softly conveyed, like an unexpected punch to the stomach (listen to the brilliant: Guts). This is the self-directed music video for O’Connor’s melancholy ode to the smart phone-obsessed internet generation called Nobody Hangs Out Anymore.

Tei Shi: Keep Running

Brooklyn-based Valerie Teicher (born Buenos Aires, Argentina), aka Tei Shi, is a singer-songwriter and producer . She was a guest artist on the track “Holiest” by Glass Animals, but is probably best known in Australia for her single Bassically from 2015. This song is excellent, however the video comes with a STRONG SPIDER ALERT: Arachnophobes proceed with caution. Look away! Look away!

Tei Shi Touring
  • Feb28 ParisFrance Le Pop-Up du Label Tickets
  • MarLondonUnited Kingdom Moth Club Tickets
  • Mar19 San FranciscoCA, USA The Warfield Tickets
  • Mar23 Los AngelesCA, USA The Novo by Microsoft

Ben Esser: Promises feat. Noah Slee

The combination of Ben Esser and Noah Slee is one that you’ll be hearing a lot from in the near future, with the duo poised to release their collaborative Otherland Mixtape, due out late this year. Though Promises is a song that sits outside of the Otherland project – it came together after one of their frequent idea sharing sessions – Noah had written a hook about broken commitments, which immediately caught Ben’s attention and resulted in this easy-on-the-ear nugget of good.

Listen to The Garb Wire on Spotify.

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Yosuzi SS17 extends to bags & clutches + the designer’s new library for kids in Venezuela

Yosuzi SS17 extends to bags & clutches + the designer’s new library for kids in Venezuela

For SS17, the Yosuzi brand has further developed their South American artisanship beyond their iconic hats to debut a capsule collection of straw bags and clutches, which are hand-woven between Ecuador and Venezuela.

Each bag takes two days to weave, and is offered with an optional  handmade crochet pouch, which also takes two days to make.

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The Yosuzi MANYA bag pictured with matching crochet purse.

Each Yosuzi design is inspired by native myths and symbols from Latin American tribes. These bags all come with an optional purse, so you can layer up your Yosuzi life experience.

These clutch purses are hand woven in Venezuela.

The SS17 Yosuzi collection will be available at Net-A-PorterBarneys New York, Browns FashionKirna Zabete & beyond. For a complete list of stockists, click here.

Yosuzi’s Gift: a new Library & Teacher for Fundacio Cepin in Venezuela

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The ongoing success of the Yosuzi brand across the world has enabled founder Yosuzi Sylvester to fund a new library at Fundacion Cepin in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Fundacion Cepin is a charity that helps to feed, clothe and teach over 300 children from the Gujiro Tribe in Venezuela.

Sylvester also hired a teacher to read to kids throughout the day, with the belief that when children are encouraged to read it makes them smarter, healthier and happier, and no doubt with vivid imaginations and excitement for a bright future.

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Pictured at top: The Yosuzi MANYA bag photographed by The Dead Sea.

The Stephen Shore Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York covers the photographer’s entire career, from the gelatin silver prints he made as a teenager through his continual, restless interrogation of image making. The exhibition continues until Spring 2018.

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📷 Stephen Shore. West Ninth Avenue, Amarillo, Texas. October 2, 1974. Chromogenic color print, 17 × 21 3/4″ (43.2 × 55.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of an anonymous donor. © 2017 Stephen Shore

Tune. New Sounds for the Week: 20 Feb

Tune. New Sounds for the Week: 20 Feb

The end of Summer is nigh, and Melbourne is sure letting us know. Sometimes it’s ok to breathe a sigh of relief and decelerate into comfortable leisure attire. Writing while sprawled across my bed is also an acceptable work practise. For this edition there is quite a hefty backlog of tunes in my oversized tote of muzique nouveau, because well, life. Enjoy the toil, in your own fashion, and listen to this.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Someone to Stay

We first featured this luscious track in December but it now has a video directed by Georgia Hudson, who has also worked with MØ, Ellie Goulding, Glass Animals and IZZY BIZU. Someone To Stay is the third single from Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s forthcoming debut album.

Future Islands: Ran

Future Islands are set to release their fifth studio album, The Far Field, on 7 April, 2017. We’ve never really recovered from that Letterman appearance, but Ran allows us to sort of move on from it.

Bing & Ruth: The How of It Sped

This is an absolutely stunning soundscape from Bing & Ruth. The New York outfit’s third studio album No Home of the Mind is out now. Directed by previous collaborator Sebastien Cros, the video was shot in the south west of France on the Cap-Ferret peninsula, where the Dune Du Pyla sits surrounded either side by pine forests and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Novella: Thun

London quartet Novella recently released their sophomore album Change of State, which was recorded over a few months in the Victorian bedroom studio of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) on an old 1960’s 8-track. Thun is the name of a place in Switzerland the band visited while touring  last year. And, though they remember the place for its incredible beauty, the journey there was the most terrifying experience they’ve had, driving through snow, having to turn around and drive back on themselves, navigating narrow roads on cliff edges.

Holy Holy: That Message

To coincide with HOLY HOLY’s new album release, they’ve collaborated with James Drinkwater on the Painting to PAINT Project, where Drinkwater and a selection of artists put to canvas an artwork based on four songs from the album, soon to be released as beautiful short films by award-winning director, Charlie Ford.

The first visual, That Message, was done by prolific expressionist painter James Drinkwater. Read our interview with HOLY HOLY guitarist and producer Oscar Dawson here.

Sam Gellaitry: Jungle Waters

Sam Gellaitry started producing at the age of 12 in central Scotland, where he grew up. Now 20, he is about to present the third chapter in his Escapism saga: a coming-of-age trilogy that shows the young prodigy’s unique, filmic musical productions.  Escapism III  will be released on 7 April. The EP sees Sam Gellaitry’s sound transcending, invoking a cinematic feel of technicolour-esque scope to his experimental production.

Oliver Tank: Swerve

You will be transfixed. The video for Swerve was directed by Sydney native Aislinn Loweproviding an enthralling visual interpretation of the single’s melodic vocals and transcendent production.

Catch Oliver Tank at the Secret Garden Festival this Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February at Downes Family Farm, NSW.

Helen Shanahan: I Only Hide

‘I Only Hide’ is a melancholic sprawl offering comfort to those who suffer from anxiety; a comfort that only true empathy can provide. Catch Helen Shanahan live in Perth on Saturday 4 March at the Perth International Arts Festival. Get tickets here.

Run Rabbit Run: We Don’t Know

This Melbourne 5 piece have been working on their debut EP called BLOODLINE. We Don’t Know is dense, dark, and raw. Perfect for all of your overcast, grey sky moments.

We Don’t Know Tour Dates 

  • 24 February  – The Loft WARRNAMBOOL Supports: Dan Hannaford & Cooper Lower Music
  • 25 February – Dolly’s Sister Vegan Café & Bar GEELONG (Acoustic)
  • 4 March  – The Vic on the Park SYDNEY Support: Stockley 
  • 4 March – Glebe Markets SYDNEY (Acoustic)

Tickets available here.

Fractures: Lowcast

Fractures has just released an excellent debut album called Still Here. The Melbourne multi-instrumentalist has been touring to support his new release with shows in Brisbane and Sydney. Catch Fractures live in Melbourne this Friday 24 Feb at Howler.

Methyl Ethel: Ubu

Methyl Ethel is easily one of my favourite bands of recent times. Their new album, Everything Is Forgotten was written and recorded by Perth-based frontman Jake Webb, the album was brought to life by acclaimed British producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). I’m calling this early in 2017, but Ubu has the “hook of the year.” Listen. It’s a frenetic pop song inspired by Alfred Jarre’s surrealist play Ubu Roi. A self-portrait of self-flagellation and guilt, its companion video, directed by Paxi, takes some of its absurdist cues from Jarre. Everything Is Forgotten is out 3 March. Tell your friends.

Matteo Vallicelli: Giungla Elettrica

Giungla Elettrica is the newest single from the genius of Italy’s Matteo Vallicelli. The new album, Primo is out 3 February 2017. It is so fa-shun.

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