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Kangaroo Valley Writers Retreat

Ok so im not going to even explain my absence any more… ūüėÄ

So last weekend and few creative friends and i rented a place in the breathtaking Kangaroo Valley NSW, the idea was to just get away from all the distractions and work on what we love doing, for some of us it was writing our novels for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and for others it was a more musical pursuit. I took a little from column A and B.

On the last morning i got up early (as usual) and the whole valley was thick with Fog, the Cows that surrounded the property looked more in place within the fog than they did otherwise. So i took lots of Photos on the trusty point and shoot.


In other news i just watched the new clip from Missy Higgins that won the ARIA award for Best Music Video, it’s really kinda cool and nicely shot and edited. Here it is:

Stop Motion Glory

I Love Music Videos,
They seem to be this perfect packaging for new ideas, experimental techniques and neat little stories set to a cool soundtrack. Of course like with everything there are duds, Clips cut uncreatively from performance footage or 4 minutes of sheer self indulgence and wankerism but in the most part they allow filmmakers to do what they love to do and have fun with it, just look at clips from bands like Weezer and OK GO as well as the collections of videos created by Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry.

The Reason for this rant is because Gotye has released his new video for “Easy Way Out” This is a cool video, one worthy of its own post. Directed by Darcy Prendergast who has created videos for Eskimo Joe, Art vs Science and also created Gotye’s “Eyes Wide Open” Video. The Stop Motion in it is incredible and well planned out, and in some ways gives the format a different feel almost to the point where you question if it is stop motion at all. The Set Design is detailed and allows for many watchings.

Bout time for some Feedback so tell me, whats your favorite music video?

Mixtape 5# Songs for a Rainy Couple of Days

So i¬†haven’t¬†posted here in way too long. I guess its been a mix of finishing study, planning a trip and the crappy weather but¬†I¬†just¬†haven’t¬†been able to bring myself to taking photos. Nonetheless i did not forget you all as i know you sat there edge of your seat waiting for another post from yours¬†truly.

With the Weather being Damp as it has (well in Sydney at least)  it has given me a lot of time to just stay at home listening to music and Designing. So this post is a bit of a Mix CD to soundtrack these wet weather days. Songs that have been keeping me going stuck indoors and some new stuff i have found along the way.

1. Let her Go – Passenger

Passenger’s All the Little Lights has probably been my number one album to listen to over the last few weeks, and seeing him live recently at 2SER’s Live at the loft really added to my love of his soft acoustic ballads. It’s kinda strange, his vocals are very similar to that of Xavier Rudds, but unlike with Xavier it does not seem to bug me.¬†Anyway, ¬†I’ll give you a double taste of this one. Also who wouldn’t love that ending!

2. Gonna Get Over You – Sara Bareilles
This is a pretty cool song, Upbeat, Boppy but most of all one hell of a cool music video. Directed by Jonah Hill and looking like a massive Tribute to grease this song has been the pick me up on the more depressing of days.

3. Midnight City – M83
In the more electronic side of things this track has been in the back of my mind for some time. It wasn’t until recently where i heard a strange acoustic cover from Lisa Mitchell that i finally added it to my music collection and its been on some for of repeat since. Theres something about the atmosphere this song creates that really grabs me, that background loop… love it.

4. Damn These Vampires – Mountain Goats
I seem to always add songs in these mix tapes of bands i am about to see live or will see live soon, i don’t know if that’s because i am super excited or that i just want to brag. So here’s one of those and it will be the only one. On Another note this is great to listen to with the sound of rain in the background. Just Saying.

5. Out of the Game – Rufus Wainwright
This song has a cool vibe to it, it kind of sounds like a song from a 70’s musical like Godspell. A sort of sit back and sway with long haired women while some groovy hepcat plays guitar and ponders things. Also the video has Helena Bonham Carter so thats awesome. Peace Out.

6. My Valentine – Paul McCartney
And after seeing Ms Bonham Carter do her thing it would be totally un-burton-esque of me not to inclue Johnny Depp in the Mix. Lucky Sir Paul has made that possible! This is a pretty cool track and the music video is kinda interesting. Especially if you were Deaf. I Imagine this song being the soundtrack to a man contemplating love as he strolls through the rain.


7. All the Rowboats – Regina Spektor
A new song by Regina Spektor. Like Christmas 10 times over for me. Rain? What Rain…

8. Glorious – The Hoosiers
I recently looked at my LastFM, it had been a good 6 months since i had last looked and a further 2 yrs since i gave it any proper attention. I noticed in my messages a friend telling me of a new Hoosiers album, new being 2010. I Downloaded it and fell in love. This reminds me of Queen so very much, epic vocals with an 80’s vibe.

9. Tell Me a Tale – Michael Kiwanuka
Very Cool vintage sounds, like a late night jazz club with whiskey and tobacco pipes. Or Stuck at home on a rainy day Drinking coke in a mug.

10. I Believe – Book of Mormon Cast
I’m about to head to the States in a few months and of course that trip must include a visit to Broadway or seven. So i began a little research into which production i wanted to see. It didn’t take me long to decide on this one. Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone Aka. the guys who brought us south park. This looks like one awesomely funny bit of theatre and the songs are really damn Catchy.

11. No Way Down – Shins
I’m loving the shins new album, it has such a cool vibe to it and has brought about many plays. This song is a dream of dryer sunnier times. A hope that tomorrow wont be as wet.

Finally i will leave you with this for no other reason than its about rain and i love it!

A Bit of Food and Photography.

Over the weekend one of my Photo-buddys Josh from Focus in Motion hired a massive Light box and a 7D Canon for a shoot the next week, so to get the most out of said hire we decided to do a bit of food photography. Set up over my dining room table we set up fruit and pastries. We tethered the Camera to a Laptop so we could get Full Res previews in real time and this really helped in collaborating. Obviously we didn’t have the skilled hands of a food artist but i think we got something cool out of it and it was a cool experience.

Also a little bit of song to finish this post off. I have been obsessing over the new Muppets movie lately (to which i have not seen much support from my “Friends”) but either way the movie is fantastic and the soundtrack incredible! So Watch and love it as i do!

I feel like Jellybeans now….

A Friend at TAFE showed me this video a while back and i was reminded of it the other day. This is a pretty awesome music video idea and must have been frustrating and time consuming, but wow. This makes me not only want to try out some stop motion stuff but also to eat a crap load of jelly beans. I also put in the making of video so if you’re interested check it out!

A Trip to the Mountains.

Just before new years a couple of Friends and i went to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains for a 3 day stint of sleeping, drinking and the occasional Trek. It was good to just be lazy after Christmas proceedings had passed and although i didn’t take a lot of photos i did manage to get some nice shots of the wonderful landscapes and Vegetation around the area. As well as just stupidity with sticks.

Also this years first change to the blog… for every post i’m going to match with a song. Kinda like a fine wine, but not… at all.

So here’s a classic bit of Sigur Ros that is epic enough to fit both the Valley and the Stick fights. Enjoy.

Top 11’s of 2011

Top 11’s of 2011

So The year is almost over and like most things in retrospect it has gone by way too quickly, but i guess that’s how it goes most years. This was a year of pushing myself, i started this blog, started taking photos more seriously, i even exhibited for the first time. Hopefully 2012 takes on the same pathways. 2011 has been a good year and so i best sum it up with my Top 11’s of 2011. None of these are in order and all of them are done on a judgement that is purely personal.

Top Albums:

Lonely Avenue – Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
Possibly one of the best collaboration albums i have ever heard, great stories turned into strong melodic pieces of genius. If these two don’t do another of these it will be very sad.

Last Night on Earth – Noah and the Whale
The thing i love about NATW’s albums is that they follow very closely to the Life of Charlie Fink, the lead singer. When he was dating and happy with Laura Marling he released Peaceful the world lay me down an upbeat poppy indie joy. Then when they split came First days of Spring a melancholy beautifully sad album filled with pain but hope. Now in 2011 Charlie seems to have moved on, Last night on earth is Stories of the downtrodden rising up, overcoming the worlds woes. It’s Charlie getting all better.

The Kooks – Junk of the Heart

This album is far from a music masterpiece for me, it doesn’t blow my mind. But that not always what music is about. This is a happy album, it makes me feel good and makes me wanna jump and yell and just put all the shit behind me. This is my feel good album.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver
On the other end of the spectrum, Bon Iver has been my Album of choice for when i’m down, sweet melodies, amazing voice and some incredibly intricate layers of instrumentals makes this possibly the most beautiful album of the year for me.

Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
The first think i think of when i think of Coldplay’s last two albums have been Production Values. Coldplay do some interesting things and some epic ones and this latest album has been Both. They have managed to take massive popularity and still keep up trying new things and pushing themselves and that’s a great achievement in itself.

The Help OST – Thomas Newman
This easily has to be my favorite soundtrack of the year, i can’t really explain why but i just can’t stop turning to it.

Vows – Kimbra
If you haven’t already listened to Kimbra you are missing out and need to start immediately. If you only know her through her song with Gotye then you need to investigate further. This girl has an amazing voice, so much range and so much character it becomes an instrument like no other. Her songs are catchy and make you wanna dance. Very worth listening to this Kiwi gem.

A Creature i Don’t Know – Laura Marling
There is something about Laura Marling that i can’t put my finger on, something that separates her from the rest. Her Lyrics are amazing, her voice is nothing short of Beautiful… but there is something on top of that, something that i can’t describe and that can only really be felt by listening to her. This is probably my favorite of her albums so far and it will be getting plenty of listens through the next year and more.

The King is Dead – The Decemberists
Pushing onto the border of country this album brings about a wave of harmonica and Rythym. Folksy and grammatically complex lyrics with stories of folklore. This is the Decemberists… its always good.

Ceremonials – Florence and the Machine
For me Florence and the Machine kinda faded out after their first album, i stopped listening and pretty much forgot about them altogether, then suddenly they came back and im back on the bandwagon! Florence Welch is a voice of our generation, when we look back in 20 yrs time we’ll be thinking of florence and playing her to our children. Well at least that what i hope will happen.

Top Movies:

The Help – Very moving, Emma Watson Cleans up!
Winnie the Pooh – Stunning Animation, Zooey singing, who need to be a kid to enjoy this really?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Malfoy gets messed up by an Ape.
Bridesmaids – Not like the Hangover, was actually funny.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 – Epic and sad to see it go…
Xmen First Class – Possibly my Favorite in the Series.
Tangled – Pure Disney so Pure Awesome.
Super 8 – Really Classic storytelling, really well done.
The Trip – Hilarious
Green Hornet – i liked it even though many didnt, loved the way it was written.
Never Let me Go – Beautiful storytelling.

Top TV:

Community – As Always
Sing Off – I have a soft spot for Acapella and Ben Folds.
2 Broke girls – Very sitcom-y but still enjoyable. Must like a certain type of humor though.
QI – I wish i had a voice like Stephen Fry, things would get done!
Misfits – I thought i would hate this show but it’s really grown on me, kinda like Skins meets Heroes.
New girl – This show is really funny, Zooey Deschanel is hot as usual and fits in perfectly into her role.
Friday Dinner – Only just starting to watch this show, looks kinda cool…but undecided yet.
Parks and Rec – Great Season, although possibly starting to plateau….
How i met your mother – Just started watching, well behind. But still, loving it!
Big Bang theory – Great Cast although really playing hard of stereotypes.
Idiot Abroad 2 – Karl Pilkington is God.

So This finally Brings me to My top Photos of 2011, These are probably not my best photos, but they are the ones that i love best throughout the year, either because they link to something i hold close or any other sappy reasons i bring sentimentality to them…
Thanks to all who have kept up with this Collection of mine, sat through the songs i have forced upon your ears and the small ramblings i have made. Next year will bring bigger and better things for this blog so keep an eye out.

Happy New Year!!