Vivienne Binns exhibition to celebrate ‘key protagonist’ of Australian art

Vivienne Binns exhibition to celebrate ‘key protagonist’ of Australian art

Since the 1960s, Binns’ ground-breaking work has played an important role in the evolution of feminist, collaborative, community-based and studio practice.

A new restrospective of her work titled On And Through The Surface will show at Monash Museum of Art from February 5 – April 2022, then at the Museum of Contemporary Art from July 15 – September 25, 2022.

What you need to know

  • A new retrospective exhibition of Vivienne Binns’ art will run from February to September, 2022
  • Binns is one of Australia’s most important and transformative artists
  • Her work will be shown at Monash and the Museum of Contemporary Art

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Binns’ early career was defined by powerful images of sexual awareness and psychological enquiry. Her first solo exhibition at Sydney’s Watters Gallery in 1967 was widely criticised for its provocative and sexually explicit imagery, yet several of the paintings are now recognised as iconic feminist works and held in the National Gallery of Australia collection.

The exhibition will encompass over 100 key works and cover six decades of Binns’s practice, spanning painting, drawing, assemblage and collaborative projects, loaned from public and private collections as well as the artist.

Among the many highlights will be Binns’s painting The aftermath and the ikon of fear, 1984–85, which was recently co-acquired by the MCA with Tate. The exhibition will be accompanied by Binns’s first monograph, which traces the artist’s practice and biography, underlining their inseparable nature. 

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Binns’s uncompromising practice has seen her experiment with styles, methods and subject matter that have questioned the very nature of art itself: how we define art, who gets to be an artist, and who arbitrates taste. Binns’s work exemplifies a feminist and avant-garde ethos, while holding principles of community engagement and egalitarian creative expression at its core. 

Vivienne Binns’s survey exhibition is co-curated by Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator, MUMA and Anneke Jaspers, Senior Curator, Collection, MCA.

“We intend for this project to celebrate Binns’s achievements and ensure the legacy of her work, but also to signal to a broad audience the importance of arts practice and education that promotes feminist values and inclusivity”, say Hannah Mathews and Anneke Jaspers.  

MUMA Director, Charlotte Day notes ‘’it is critical that we recognise and celebrate the work of the artists that have shaped Australian culture and there is no doubt that Vivienne is a key protagonist in our art history. We look forward to working together with the team at the MCA and co-presenting her work at both museums, anticipating that audiences will be revel in its iconic imagery, community activism and progressive thinking.’’

MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE also added her enthusiasm for the project, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with MUMA on this important exhibition and that Vivienne’s work has been included in our joint acquisition program with Tate. We Iook forward to seeing her ground-breaking work in an international context. This comprehensive exhibition gives audiences in Australia the opportunity to see the breadth of her practice.”

2022 Melbourne Art Fair to showcase 50 galleries in one space

The Melbourne Art Fair will bring work from 53 leading galleries and Indigenous-owned arts centres to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this summer.

With a focus on contemporary art and work from many galleries that feature largescale installations and dizzying video projections, it’s likely to pack some punch.

From February 17 – 20, the contemporary art and ideas forum will showcase a program of conversations, special projects, commissions, and performance, all in the aim of supporting the exhibition and sale of contemporary art.

It will also be Australia’s most sustainable art fair, committing to offset 300 tonnes of carbon from staging the event.

What you need to know

  • The Melbourne Art Fair will return from February 17 – 20, 2022
  • It will feature work from 53 leading and up-and-coming galleries
  • Works, projects and forums will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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The works will be shown across 7,000 square-metres at the convention centre, while a parallel Melbourne Arts Fair Virtual program will run from February 17 – March 3, connecting the fair with galleries and audiences across the globe.

Melbourne Art Foundation CEO and Fair director, Maree Di Pasquale, said that the fair promises to kick-start the city’s cultural calendar, revitalising Melbourne post-pandemic.

“Set to be the first Australian art fair since the start of the pandemic, and the first major event of the cultural calendar for 2022, Melbourne Art Fair is excited to once again connect galleries and their artists with collectors and the art loving public, and to resume its important role as a meeting place for the artworld,” she says.

“We are proud of the Fair’s resilience and digital innovation that was accelerated by the global pandemic, but there is no real substitute for seeing art and people physically.

“The return of Melbourne Art Fair brings a renewed sense of celebration and optimism in the artworld. Our gallery list encompasses the well-known and the emerging, as well as invited Indigenous-owned art centres, representing the most comprehensive overview of the Australian art market at any art fair.”

Melbourne Art Fair

Darren Knight Gallery

The Melbourne Art Fair will feature work from a huge array of leading Melbourne galleries, such as the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Tolarno Galleries and Vivien Anderson Gallery. It will also feature boundary-pushing project spaces with the likes of Gertrude Contemporary and LAST Collective.

There will also be works exhibited from leading spaces around Australia and New Zealand: highlights will include works from the Olsen Gallery and The Commercial in Sydney, and Art Collective WA from Perth.

The Fair will also showcase five Indigenous-owned Art Centres, featuring work from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre (Yirrkala), Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association (Milikapiti), Warlayirti Artists (Balgo), Waringarri Aboriginal Arts (Kununurra) and Milingimbi Art (Milingimbi).

For more information, head to the Melbourne Art Fair website here.

 

Rhys Nicholson, Dave Thornton headline livestreamed comedy gala

Comedy Republic are hoping to deliver laughter to your living room this Wednesday evening with their showcase Online Comedy Connection, live from their Melbourne theatre.

Streaming live from the theatre with full sound and lights, the show will flaunt a selection of Australia’s best comedians including Rhys Nicholson, Dave Thornton, Michelle Brasier, Lizzy Hoo, Alex Ward and Peter Jones.

What you need to know

  • Online Comedy Connection will be held live from the theatre via Zoom
  • It’s being staged at 7:30pm (AEST) on Wednesday September 22
  • Cost ranges from $10 – $20

Comedy Republic is a theatre and bar in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, dedicated to presenting the best of Australia’s comedic talent and uplifting emerging artists year- round.

Perched above Bourke Street across two levels, the creative hub is home to a diverse program including standup comedy, sketch, musical theatre and more.

Grab tickets at comedyrepublic.com.au

NGV to launch guided 3D tour of 100 French impressionist masterpieces

The special guided tour will be held live on NGV’s Facebook account on Sunday the 3rd of October at 4PM, and will then be available to watch afterwards on the NGV website.

It’s a special opportunity for the public – most of whom haven’t had a chance to see the NGV’s exhibition – to witness the beauty of impressionist masters Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and many more before the exhibition’s closing date.

What’s more, you’ll be guided through the free livestreamed exhibition by the NGV’s expert curators, who promise to chart the trajectory of the now famous late-nineteenth century artistic movement, highlighting the key milestones and figures at the centre of this period of experimentation and revolution in modern art.

What you need to know

  • The NGV are holding a livestreamed, 3D tour of their French Impressionist exhibition
  • It will be the last chance – and for many, the first – to see the exhibition before it closes
  • It will be a guided tour held by the art gallery’s expert curators.

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The last chance to witness the exhibition of more than 100 masterworks of French Impressionism includes 79 artworks that have never-before-been exhibited in Australia.

The French impressionist exhibition will chart the trajectory of the late-nineteenth century artistic movement, highlighting the key milestones and figures at the centre of this period of experimentation and revolution in modern art.

Through an arresting display of paintings and works on paper that showcases the breadth of the movement, the exhibition will evoke the artistic energy and intellectual dynamism of the period by placing emphasis on the thoughts and observations of the artists themselves, revealing the social connections, artistic influences and personal relationships that united the group of radical practitioners at the centre of this new art movement.

A thematic journey through French impressionism

Presented thematically across ten sections, the exhibition will open with early works by Monet and his forebears, Eugène Boudin and painters of the Barbizon School, illustrating their profound influence on Monet’s use of the then radical method of painting outdoors en plein air (‘in the open air’) to capture changing conditions in nature.

The growth of the movement in subsequent decades is mapped through an exploration of the favoured subjects and ideas of the Impressionists. Moving through an immersive exhibition design, audiences will experience the hallmarks of Impressionism, including distinctive brushwork, unique points of view, arresting use of colour, as well as places dear to the artists, such as Paris, Fontainebleau Forest, Pontoise, Giverny, the Normandy coast and the South of France. Many artists also placed equal weight on recording movement and change in urban and domestic realms. Still life paintings, intimate interiors and street scenes by such artists as Manet, Renoir and Gustave Caillebotte will also feature.

These broader themes are punctuated by focused sections of the exhibition that examine significant moments and characteristics in the practices of a selection of artists, including Renoir and his experimentation with pictorial effects in the 1880s, as well as Pissarro and his role as mentor to a number of other artists.

An exhibition highlight will be a breathtaking display of sixteen canvases by Claude Monet, arranged in an immersive display reminiscent of the distinctive, oval gallery Monet helped design for his famous Water Lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, between 1922 and his death in 1926. Painted over a thirty-year period, these paintings depict many of Monet’s most beloved scenes of nature in Argenteuil, the Normandy coast, the Mediterranean coast and his extraordinary garden in Giverny. Together, these paintings demonstrate the full scope of the artist’s immeasurable contribution to the Impressionist movement.

Tony Ellwood AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria said: ‘Paintings by the Impressionists are beloved world-wide for the artistic innovation and visual curiosity they represent, as well as for their breath-taking use of colour.

“This exhibition will give audiences the extraordinary opportunity to study more than 100 masterworks up-close, including Monet’s radiant scenes of the French countryside, and to discover the truly revolutionary origins of this important moment in modern art history. A thematic presentation of this calibre and breadth will not be seen in Australia for many years,’ said Ellwood.

The NGV’s exhibition showcases some of the very best pieces from the over a century-old Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The US’ museum houses a global collection encompassing nearly 500,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary. For nearly fifty years, the MFA has shared its deep collections and curatorial expertise with audiences around the world through traveling exhibitions.

The tour can be viewed first on NGV’s Facebook here. Then on NGV’s website after Sunday 3 October here.

Melbourne’s rising Mitch Bag offers disco-tinged flair from the vogue ‘80s

It offers a lyrical tribute to The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, with Mitch’s smooth vocals and upbeat disco-pop hinting towards the glitz and glamour the novel usually resonates. 

“The song is about taking chances even when coasting by feels like the easiest thing to do,” Mitch says.

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“I’ve always been enamoured by the image of the green light The Great Gatsby longs after. So really, this is my tribute to Fitzgerald’s greatest work”.

Of the accompanying visualiser, Mitch believes he now understands the adage that constraints lead to creativity.

“The visualiser was a tricky one to put together; we’d just been put into full lockdown in Melbourne, so I pulled out my old family VCR and filmed it in my backyard,” he continues.

“I’ve heard it said that artists work best with limitations imposed. To some degree, this project has helped me swing around to that idea”.

Mitch Bag combines techno beats and grooves usually found in dance tracks with a smooth, fresh melodic twang: think sipping a raspberry granita in the middle of a rave. 

The Melbourne based producer/singer/songwriter released his debut single “Green Dragon” earlier this year which amassed over 190k streams on Spotify and his second single “Fake It To A Place” has over 190k streams to date. 

“Fake It To A Place” was played on Triple J morning breakfast radio and “Green Dragon” was added to MTV rotation. Listen to “Harbour Lights” here.

You can also follow Mitch Bag on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, YouTube and Triple J Unearthed

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Listen to Dope Lemon’s new single about ‘local dusty legend’ Stingray Pete

Dope Lemon revealed a new album, Rose Pink Cadillac, on the way and a Cadillac car giveaway last week, and today he’s following it up by unveiling a new single and video ‘Stingray Pete.’

He’s comparing it to a Clint Eastwood Winchester shootout, with ‘Stingray Pete’ aiming to convey a slow-building, desert dust-soaked track that gleams with the neon’s and metallics of a Sergio Leone silver bullet.

What you need to know

  • Dope Lemon aka Angus Stone has released his third single from his upcoming album
  • It features a crop-razing music video that epitomises the adjective ‘slow burner’
  • It comes after he announced pre-orders can win a 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

This is Angus Stone’s third single off his upcoming third album.

“The new song is an epic! Stingray Pete is a Clint Eastwood shoot out of a western from Dope Lemon,” he says.

“It’s a tale of Stingray Pete. He’s the local dusty legend that seems to find himself on yet another epic adventure into the night when he hits the town. It’s a song we wrote about the wild vastness that lies beyond the unknown of the night for old Stingray Pete.”

“It was epic to be the one to light the whole field with the strike of a single match, which is the actual shot in the video.  This was probably one of my most favourite shoots to date. Great crew. Great people. And an epic new single to lead into what will be a really amazing release for Dope Lemon this year”.

Rose Pink Cadillac will be released on 12 November and contains already released singles ‘Rose Pink Cadillac’, ‘Kids Fallin’ In Love’ and ‘Every Day Is A Holiday’ ft. Winston Surfshirt.

Dope Lemon has amassed over 400 million streams from his two widely acclaimed albums, Smooth Big Cat (2019) which came in at #2 on the ARIA Album charts, and Honey Bones (2016), as well as the Hounds Tooth EP. The three singles from Rose Pink Cadillac have already been streamed over 30 million times.

If you want to go in the draw to win that Cadillac, pre-order the album from www.dopelemon.com.

‘Continuous 4km green link’ heritage trail proposed ‘to breathe new life into Docklands’

The Melbourne council are considering a new maritime heritage trail in the Docklands, as part of a broader four kilometre-long linking path between Birrarung Marr and the Bolte Bridge.

The consideration comes after the Melbourne Star recently announced its permanent closure, adding to years of community frustration over what many people consider to be a dour Docklands precinct.

What you need to know

  • A new maritime heritage trail is being proposed for the Docklands precinct
  • It would be part of a new four-kilometre cycling and walking path between Birrarung Marr and Bolte Bridge
  • It’s aimed at revitalising the Docklands area post-pandemic

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

The council are also investigating new plans with the state government to redevelop the Mission to Seafarers building to “breathe new life into Docklands.”

Built in 1917 by the Mission to Seafarers, the heritage-listed building spans 2,030 square metres and currently includes a consecrated chapel, courtyard, domed room, hall and other multifunctional smaller spaces.

“We want locals and tourists to add Melbourne’s waterfront to their exciting itinerary and learn about our proud maritime heritage and inject some much needed money into nearby businesses,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.

“Mission to Seafarers would become the heart of a maritime precinct trail to attract more visitors to Docklands – and reimagine Melbourne’s waterways history.”

Council and the Victorian Government jointly commissioned a feasibility case which investigated options to establish a Melbourne maritime heritage precinct along the Birrarung Yarra River.

“The study found strong community support for a trail concept which would connect existing maritime properties while also recognising Aboriginal maritime heritage,” the Lord Mayor said.

Extensive consultation was undertaken on the precinct – including with more than 70 heritage stakeholders, Traditional Owner groups, thousands of visitors and hundreds of online survey forms completed.

The Lord Mayor said the ‘precinct as a trail’ concept will be integrated into the Draft Greenline Implementation Plan, feeding into the creation of a continuous four kilometre green link from Birrarung Marr to the Bolte Bridge.

This could include a new entry point to the Birrarung Yarra River through Seafarers Rest Park, with better pedestrian and cycling connections making it easier and more enjoyable travel into the CBD, Docklands and Southbank.

Heritage portfolio lead, councillor Rohan Leppert, said the trail could be a valuable link into Docklands.

“The trail could increase public open space while providing access to our maritime district,” Cr Leppert said.

“Mission to Seafarers is an important part of Melbourne’s maritime history – and the future functions of this special building need to be carefully considered by Council and the Victorian Government if we are to celebrate its rich maritime and seafaring history for generations to come.”

To keep track of Docklands projects, visit the council’s website here.

 

 

Melbourne artists can now apply for $4000 project grants

This is the latest in a series of funding announcements for Melbourne artists from the Melbourne city council aimed at funding local artist-led projects to attract visitors back into the CBD in November, when lockdown is scheduled to end.

The latest series are called ‘Quick Response Arts Grants’ that are up to $4,000, and will are designed to fund projects and opportunities that can be “delivered quickly for the benefit of city residents and visitors.”

What you need to know

  • City of Melbourne have launched $4,000 grants for new arts projects
  • Applications are open now until October 13
  • They’re aimed at quick projects that will encourage visitors to the CBD

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“Our creative sector contributes significantly to what makes Melbourne unique, and we want to support our artists as they bring their ideas to life,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.

“Prior to the pandemic, artists contributed around $31 billion a year to Victoria’s economy. We know the sector has been hit hard by ongoing restrictions, which is why we’re investing around $4.8 million in a variety of creative funding programs this year, including our Quick Response Arts Grants.

“Whether it’s a performance, exhibition, installation or workshop, this round of grants will help our creatives share their work with the wider community.”

Creative Melbourne portfolio lead, Councillor Jamal Hakim, said the grants program will help bolster Melbourne’s reputation as a creative city.

“This program supports all forms of art – from visual artworks to musical masterpieces and the written word,” Cr Hakim said.

“We know that inspiration can strike at any time, or creatives may find themselves with a small window of opportunity, which is why this program is designed to accommodate projects with a quick turnaround.

“I encourage artists, authors and musicians of all backgrounds to flesh out their ideas and apply for a grant.”

Ceramicist William Eicholtz received a Quick Response Arts Grant earlier this year and is encouraging other artists to apply to the program.

“I made a group of ceramic sculptures during lockdown and the timing was perfect to show them in April and May on very short notice – far too short for any standard grant timelines,” Mr Eicholtz said.

“Within days, I had a response and knew I could make the exhibition everything I wanted it to be.”

While projects must be delivered in the City of Melbourne, or show a clear connection to it, applications are open to all artists living and working outside the municipality.

Applications are open until 5pm on Wednesday 13 October.

For more information, or to apply, visit the City of Melbourne website.

Six $50,000 prizes for Melbourne artists to ‘reimagine’ City of Port Phillip

The City of Port Phillip has announced that applications are now open for the ‘Reimagine – Activation Design Competition’ aimed at encouraging more people into the area’s public spaces post-lockdown.

Applications open today for six $50,000 prizes to design and deliver amazing activations across Port Phillip. The $300,000 prize pool is part of Port Phillip Council’s efforts to encourage excitement and economic recovery after lockdown. City of Melbourne announced $4,000 grants for artists yesterday.

What you need to know

  • City of Port Phillip has announced six $50,000 prizes for artists and designers
  • The brief are projects for Port Phillip council’s public spaces to attract new visitors
  • Artist submissions close on October 18

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Port Phillip mayor Louise Crawford is urging designers, artists, architects, sculptors and other creatives to think outside the box when submitting concepts for the Reimagine – Activation Design Competition.

“We are funding the competition from our Reactivation of Public Space Budget as this is a perfect way to reimagine our public spaces while encouraging extra foot traffic for our traders who have done it tough during lockdown,” Cr Crawford said.

“This is about creating vibrancy and visitation through creative use of public space.”

The council say they have a preference fo interactive or tactile projects, made from recycled or sustainably sourced materials, mentioning non-static statues, light projections or inflatable installations as possible ideas.

The winning entries will be in place between six weeks to nine months and must add colour and interest to the streetscapes or public places which will be their temporary home.

The council say they’re open to considering all public spaces, however preference will be given to: Bay Street, Port Melbourne; Clarendon Street, South Melbourne; Carlisle Street, Balaclava; Ormond Road, Elwood; Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea; Blessington Street, St Kilda; Armstrong Street, Middle Park; Fitzroy Street, St Kilda and Victoria Avenue or Bridport Street, Albert Park.

The winners must use their prize money to cover all costs, including fabrication, installation and maintenance, and safety issues can’t be caused by the activations.

After initial submissions close on 18 October, up to 12 applicants will be chosen to progress to Stage 2, where they must provide detailed designs. After a further assessment, six winners will be announced in November.

Applicants don’t have to live in Port Phillip. For more information, visit Port Phillip Reimagine.

Home visitors unlikely until November as Victoria braces for 4,500 daily cases

Under the state government’s current modelling, lockdown restrictions will ease around October 26, home visitors will be allowed by November 5, and daily COVID-19 cases will peak at around 4,500 per-day in mid-December.

This is the future awaiting the state’s residents as Daniel Andrews plots a cautious roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions, in response to fears that the state will exceed its hospital capacity regardless of which action is taken.

What you need to know

  • Under the government’s roadmap, certain restrictions will be in place until into 2022
  • There won’t be a substantial easing of restrictions until between late October and early November
  • Hospital capacities are under threat even with current lockdown restrictions in place

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Based on the pandemic’s current growth rates, Victoria is predicted to hit between 1,700 and 2,900 daily COVID cases by mid-October. Burnet Institute modelling reveals that Victoria is currently facing a “moderate” chance of exceeding its hospital capacity even if lockdown restrictions aren’t eased.

“On or about the 15th of December, cases will peak at about four and a half thousand,” Andrews said.

“Towards the end of December, admissions to hospital will peak at about 3,150, and in January, deaths due to COVID-19 in the Delta variant will peak at around 2,200. These are sobering numbers. The notion of opening this place up very quickly at 70% or 60% simply cannot be done.”

The state’s next target is 80% of first doses, which is expected at around September 26. When this occurs, contactless recreation including golf, tennis and bowls will be permitted.

Next will be 70% of the state fully vaccinated, expected by October 26. At this threshold, hospitality will reopen to 50 people allowed outdoors. Travel limits will end, and outdoor gatherings of 50 people will be allowed. Swimming pools and community facilities will be reopened for fully vaccinated people.

After that, when 80% of the state are fully vaccinated, which is expected by November 5, households will be allowed to have five visitors. This is then expected to be gradually raised to 30 visitors by Christmas Day.

At the 80% mark, all hospitality and retail venues will be allowed to reopen, but with density limits of one person per four-square metres.

View the government’s full roadmap out of restrictions here.

 

Quick as Thieves: Electronic community unites behind Fred Hollows marathon

The Quick as Thieves marathon will feature over 300 members of the Australian electronic community pushing themselves to the limits, undertaking half (21.1k), full (42.2k) or ultra (63.3k) marathons from the Riva in St Kilda.

Thick as Thieves, which have been supporting the Fred Hollows Foundation with some of Melbourne’s premier dance parties for much of their 10 year existence, are hoping to raise a whopping $500,000 for the eyesight charity this year.

What you need to know

  • Thick as Thieves has become Quick as Thieves for the Fred Hollows Foundation
  • 300 electronic music stalwarts will be running up to 63 kilometres this November
  • They’re hoping to raise $500,000 for the critical eyesight restoration charity

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Fred Hollows was a New Zealand–Australian ophthalmologist who restored the eyesight of thousands of people around Australia and the world, with the eponymous foundation continuing his work to this day.

“We’re raising money for The Fred Hollows Foundation because they help train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers and create a sustainable system of care in the communities that need our help the most,” Thick as Thieves said.

“Their work has a very clear purpose: to make sure everyone, whether they’re rich or poor, has access to high quality, affordable eye health as we enjoy right here in this country.

“Currently 43 million people around the world are blind but 9 out of 10 don’t have to be. A simple procedure costing as little as $25 in most developing countries can restore their sight and change their lives for ever.

“On November 25, over 300 participants from the electronic music community all across Australia will take part in a running event, running either a half (21.1k), a full (42.2k) or an ultra (63.3k) marathon, starting and finishing at the iconic Riva in St Kilda.

“All participants are raising money in the form of sponsorship and they will have spent almost 6 months training for the big day.”

Donate to the Fred Hollows Foundation here, or follow Quick as Thieves on Instagram.

Not For Humans make ‘darker, sonically heavier’ psychedelic stoner-rock

After four years honing their chops performing around the local Adelaide circuit, Not For Humans are taking their stoner-rock in a darker yet explosive direction with new track ‘Lost In The Woods’. 

It’s a story of guitarist and lead singer Danny Bishop’s “eerie misadventure into unknown lands and the story of his escape to safety” and if that isn’t cryptic enough to pique your interest, we don’t know what is. 

Keep up with the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.

Majorly influenced by bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age, Violent Soho, Stonefield, Black Sabbath and Nirvana, the band aim to deliver a “palpably moving” on-stage performance, with tracks that easily fluctuate between tranquil verses and full blown fuzz freak out choruses. 

Keen listeners will recognise similarities to their musical idols, but the band say they’re venturing into new territory on the latest release.

“We feel like Lost In The Woods is the perfect way to kick off our new direction,” Danny says. 

“It has a slightly familiar sound to our previous releases but it’s a bit darker in tone and sonically heavier. We’re going louder in the future.

“Our sound is a wild blend of heavy psychedelia, stoner rock and grunge. We like to play fuzzed out riffs and throw some jangly licks in to give a dynamic experience both on stage and on record. 

“We’re always trying to mix things up and work off each other to make something unique.”

Listen to Not For Humans on Spotify here.

Placebo drop first new song in five years to ‘irritate the squares and uptight’

In 1996, as the UK was saturated with Britpop, Placebo were a psycho-sexual freakshow of ambiguous sexuality (and, to the casual observer, gender).

They were only two years on from their debut gig (the Rock Garden, January 1995) and 12 months after their first single (Bruise Pristine), when Placebo released the career defining Nancy Boy and achieved platinum status with their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album. The band have since celebrated 20 years.

What you need to know

  • Placebo are back with their first track in five years
  • ‘Beautiful James’ is a celebration of non-heteronormative love
  • It flipped the band’s usual recording process, recorded throughout insomnia

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Over the course of more than 25 years, and over 13 million album sales, Placebo generally took aim at the human condition, so it’s perhaps less surprising to see them return in a time of global crisis in 2021.

The band describe ‘Beautiful James’ as “a message of defiance that seeks to normalise and celebrate non-heteronormative relationships in song.”

“If the song serves to irritate the squares and the uptight, so gleefully be it,” he said.

“But it remains imperative for me that each listener discovers their own personal story within it – I really don’t want to tell you how to feel.”

Placebo want ‘Beautiful James’ to continue their tradition of challenging mainstream trappings of traditional sexuality, while examining the inherent flaws in society’s norms of health and beauty.

The band revealed that ‘Beautiful James’ was created throughout a period of insomnia, where the band substantially altered their usual creative processes. They started off producing visual mediums, photography and other imagery, which went on to inform the recording process.

Listen to Beautiful James here.

Good Morning tackle Scott Morrison’s ‘prevailing rhetoric’

Following Good Morning’s return single ‘Country’ comes “part Tweedy part Taxman” track ‘Burning’, as the duo attempt to capture “the sense of dread felt by many across the nation and beyond”.

With lounge piano chords, Liam and Stefan ruminate on existentialism, markers of success and purpose, to the climate crisis, before reaching its pre-chorus: “Some folks will swim and some folks will drown / Me I just hold onto to whatever I’ve found.”

What you need to know

  • Good Morning have just released new single ‘Burning’
  • It’s a politically charged rumination on existentialism
  • It’s from forthcoming album Barnyard

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“The lyrics for the song were written in the middle of recording at the end of 2019,” Liam says.

“We had been touring America for a month and a bit and then were doing a little recording in Chicago. The whole time we’d been looking back at Australia and you could just tell that the upcoming summer was going to be fucked.

“It was only September/October and already the fire season had begun and heat records were being broken all the time. There was an impending sense of doom that within a matter of weeks was completely justified.

“In Australia, there is this prevailing rhetoric coming from Scott Morrison and the like that in the midst of a crisis isn’t the time to be talking about climate change or our country’s coal addiction, and that to do so would somehow be opportunistic or shallow.

“So when is the right time when the crisis is never-ending? When can we talk about it when both sides of our federal politics live in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, their silence and compliance bought while the clock ticks? There’s a necessary numbness that sets in as an occasional coping mechanism for being alive in this present moment. If you felt it all, all the time, you’d be crushed. This song isn’t an endorsement of complacency, but rather an admission that sometimes you need to disassociate for a minute before you can face up to the moment.”

With ‘Burning’s release comes an animated collage video, created and directed by Carolyn Hawkins.

“I stuck with a washed out colour palette – I was thinking about the 2020 bushfires and all the smog and hot concrete,” she says.

“The song also got me thinking about how we try to make sense of the world and cobble together meaning in such confusing, chaotic and troubling times. I wanted to play with images of deconstruction and reconstruction to explore how humans build all these systems – whether it’s politics or the built environment or our own personal worldview – but at the end of the day it’s all so fragile and can so easily be dismantled. I had to be resourceful as it wasn’t easy to go out and get materials with shops shut, but this forced me to think outside the box and look to other methods of creating source material.

“I printed out a lot of images of Brutalist architecture, people, and textures using my crappy printer, and then created a few hand-drawn textures using whatever I had lying around.”

Barnyard is out October 22, pre-order it HERE. ‘Burning’ is out now, buy/stream it HERE.

Pete Murray returns to remind you ‘of a happy time’ in your life

Murray’s return comes with his presence on SAS Australia on the Seven Network, helping to promote his brand new single ‘Hold Me Steady’, the first taste of music from his upcoming EP set for release early 2022.

The song was written in Leeds with The Dunwell Brothers, after recording a quick version of the song in their studio so they could have a version of the song to listen to after the session. The quality of the vocal recording was apparently so great, Murray kept all their vocal takes on the final song.

What you need to know

  • Multi-platinum Pete Murray returns with a new single
  • ‘Hold Me Steady’ is off a forthcoming EP in 2022
  • He’s hoping for word of mouth promotion, but SAS Australia won’t hurt

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

Once he returned home, he recorded the song in his own studio. For Murray, The Dunwell Brothers have such great vocals and the harmonies really make a fantastic feature of the song. He then worked with producer and good friend, Garrett Kato. They recorded drums with Grant Gerathy and then sent the session to Brett Wood for guitar and Simon Fisenden for bass in Melbourne. This gives ‘Hold Me Steady’ a true global roadmap in the song coming together.

“‘Hold Me Steady’ is about someone who you think is awesome,” Murray says.

“This could be a partner, your child or anyone in your family. The one thing that I want people to take from this song when they hear it is for it to remind them of a happy memory or time in their life – as well as for it to make them not be able to resist wanting to sing it very loud every time they hear it.”

The multi-platinum artist has released seven albums and is one of only a few Australian artists with over one million album sales under his belt.

In addition to 17 ARIA nominations throughout his career, Pete’s first three albums all reached #1 on the Australian music charts and his first album FEELER reached number 1 and remained in the Top 100 for two and a half years.

Without being able to tour right now, he hopes that word of mouth will be the way for people to hear about ‘Hold Me Steady’.

Head to Pete Murray’s website for all the info.

Make the next ‘Mr Inbetween’ with St Kilda Film Festival entries now open

St Kilda Film Festival 2022 entries are now open, with entries for the 39th St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF) opening ahead of the curtain rising in 2022 for Australia’s largest and longest-running publicly owned short film festival.

Australia’s had a recent reminder of the festival’s great track record of kickstarting careers, with Scott Ryan’s much loved ‘Mr Inbetween’ first showing at the festival as a short film called ‘The Magician’ way back in 2004.

What you need to know

  • Entries for the 2022 St Kilda Film Festival are now open
  • The event will be a hybrid of live and digital events next year
  • The top 100 entries will be screened

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

The SKFF will become a hybrid showcase next year, with planned live events complementing a significant online presence from 26 May – 5 June.

Port Phillip mayor Louise Crawford said despite the continuing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SKFF has adapted and thrived with the added benefit of now reaching a national online audience.

“The new format really does offer the best of both worlds—allowing film-lovers across Australia to experience the Festival, while also providing opportunities to enjoy the magic of film at fantastic venues in our City,” Cr Crawford said.

“Port Phillip is known and loved as a creative hub and terrific filming location, so we are delighted to continue our proud history of supporting members of the local – and Australian – film industries and showcasing their work for the wider community” she said.

“This is more important than ever with so many talented creatives struggling financially from the pandemic.”

SKFF Director Richard Sowada, now in his third year of curating the event, is excited to see the latest submissions.

“The great thing about a short film program is the diversity of narratives, genres and creative direction we can accommodate. St Kilda Film Festival consistently attracts a high calibre of entries from both established and emerging creatives and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year,” he said.

SKFF screens the top 100 short film entries received each year, alongside a rich program of special events and a popular free filmmaker development program. Award-winning SKFF films are eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards and Documentary Short sections of the Oscars.

Entries close on 31 January 2022 and the full program will be announced in May 2022.

For information about how to submit entries, head to their website.

 

Baker Boy ‘all about wordplay’ in new single off upcoming debut album

Baker Boy will release his debut album, Gela, on October 15 but has dropped a taste of what’s to come today with rapid-paced new single ‘Butterflies’.

Packing his trademark bilingual bars, ‘Butterflies’ brings a percussion-heavy, dancefloor orientation that builds on what’s been working so well so far, rapid wordplay delivery and radio-friendly backing vocals.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.

“’Butterflies’ is all about word play and bringing in different flavours and energy,” he says.

“It’s about chasing that feeling and being addicted to the adrenaline rush. You know, I wanted this track to kind of be adaptable so different people can feel it differently when they hear it. It could be about chasing love, chasing that adrenaline rush, chasing fame, chasing that feeling of being on stage. It could be about anything.”

‘Butterflies’ is the sixth track released off Baker Boy’s joyful full length LP Gela, which out in less than a month’s time. Gela will include singles ‘Cool As Hell’, ‘Meditjin feat. JessB’, ‘Move’, ‘Ride feat. Yirrmal’ and ‘My Mind feat. G Flip’.

Pre-orders and more details can be found at bakerboystore.com.