FEATURE: Cosmo Jarvis
“I have nothing against religious people. In fact, I’m still undecided. I have no idea what the fuck I believe, really.” None other than the gigantically brained Brian Eno recently declared 21-year-old English artist Cosmo Jarvis “a very interesting example to me of a new kind of person, a new kind of artist”. But you don’t have to be a genius, like Eno, to work out that Jarvis is not your...
FEATURE: Miami Horror
“In terms of what we’re doing, LA definitely has one of the more prolific scenes.” Although it may conjure up images of Hellraiser or Halloween, Benjamin Plant’s Miami Horror moniker actually produces inoffensive electro-pop ditties that often sound as similar to New Order as they do to Cut Copy. Kicking his career off “huddled over a laptop” in his bedroom, Plant — a connoisseur of...
FEATURE: Sleeping Beauty
“Not everyone loves the film — I’m aware of this — but filmmaking is not a popularity contest.” Julia Leigh always had it coming. You don’t make a movie about a cash-strapped university student who allows herself to be sedated then ravished by elderly men belonging to an Eyes Wide Shut-like secret sex society without expecting a backlash. What is surprising, however, is the expected animosity...
ALBUM OF THE WEEK: 24.06.11
THE ANTLERS Burst Apart Frenchkiss/POD/Inertia 4 STARS Here in Australia the Antlers’ last album, 2009’s Hospice, was one of last decade’s most criminally underrated gems. A concept album set in a children’s hospital, it was a morbid masterpiece that weighed the human spirit’s capacity for caring against a futile fight for life that, ultimately, ends badly. Reportedly intended as an analogy...
IN BED WITH SASHA
HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW I made a horrific discovery in the toilets at work the other day: a pubic hair on the seat. It wasn’t the presence of the pube that frightened me; it was the length of it that scared the crap out of me (not literally). SIX CENTIMETRES in length, maybe even ten if you used a straightening iron. And it was definitely NOT head hair as no woman I work with has hair like...
NEW SOUNDS: Usurper of Modern Medicine
NAME: Usurper of Modern Medicine ORIGIN: Perth What do you get when you combine heavy live drums, a bass trio, psychedelic visuals, experimental vocals and visual signal processing? Usurper of Modern Medicine, that’s what. The trio is made up of members from trendy Perth groups Injured Ninja, Mile End, Mongrel Country and Carbuncle. Their wall-of-sound is laden with hypnotic digital...
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IN SEASON: Sleeping Beauty
SLEEPING BEAUTY Directed by Julia Leigh Rated MA 15+ 3.5 STARS There are shocks aplenty in this debut feature from Sydney novelist-turned-filmmaker Julia Leigh about a cash-strapped university student (Emily Browning) lured into a high-end Eyes Wide Shut-style prostitution ring. But what really has angered critics is not the nudity and the perverse nature of the sexuality but Leigh’s chilly,...
IN SEASON: Kung Fu Panda 2
KUNG FU PANDA Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson Rated PG 3.5 STARS Now that the roly-poly panda Po has succeeded in corralling his runaway girth and become the Dragon Warrior, some of the goofy charm of the first Kung Fu Panda movie has gone. It has been replaced by a hardcore action aesthetic, with first-time director Jennifer Yuh Nelson conjuring some of the most beautifully realised thrills...
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DAILY HIGH WIRE
LOVE LOMOGRAPHY Those fine folk at the Lomographic Society have released a brand new camera - La Sardinia. For the spec geeks: it’s a 35mm shooter with a super-wide-angled 22mm f1.8 lens, offers macro, multiple exposure, cable release socket and the most powerful Lomo flash ever with 3-stage power adjustments. For everyone else: it comes in four designs and will eventually be available...
DAILY LOW WIRE
ENOUGH ALREADY Dear Ash Cloud, You suck. Yours sincerely, The Wire Mag
TAKE ME OUT
THE SEARCH FOR PERTH’S BEST TAKE-OUT CONTINUES… WHERE: Nando’s WHAT: Lemon and Herb Classic Wrap + Large Chips PRICE: $13.20 When you see “grilled chicken” on the Nando’s menu, and only grilled chicken, there’s something inside you that writes off whatever you pick as healthy and guilt-free. Maybe this is why Nando’s has become an institution. Probably not, but if the amount...
NEW SOUNDS: Sonpsilo Circus
NAME: Sonpsilo Circus ORIGIN: Perth, Australia We don’t know what the deal is with their name. Apparently it’s a spell spelt backwards. Whatever its origins, this outfit’s brand of sunlit, head-tossing 60s-inspired rock is getting them noticed around town. These lads are said to have a keen interest in Indian music. If you listen hard enough, amongst the ball-tearing riffs and robust drums,...
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