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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 08:31 am
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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 10:15 pm
Listened to Zoe Keating play cello at the Bakery which was pretty magical.
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Thursday, February 7th, 2013 09:25 am
Fringe festival event - there are still tickets... *hints*

The outrageous, larger-than-life, operatic star of La Soiree, LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT makes his solo debut!

Arriving with oversized suitcases jam-packed with 160 pounds of drag, LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT will unleash a delectable confection of mesmerising songs in his exquisite baritone voice.

This charming, opera-loving maestro, with a penchant for lycra, delivers beautiful renditions of Pop, Jazz and Musical Theatre, carrying his audience from Puccini to Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead to Madonna; infusing the stories of these songs, with his own incredible tale.

A whirlwind of endless costume changes, a healthy dose of honesty, and a collective show-stopping climax like no other; this is one emotional kaleidoscope of a journey through the life of LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT, the Nigerian-born, London boy with a law degree and a big heart.

From the London Royal Opera House and Britain’s Tate Museum, to Alternative Miss Ireland competitions and performing live with Basement Jaxx, LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT has delighted them all! – so go on, treat yourselves to a scrumptious slice of Gateau.


I will add that he is a beautiful man, his voice is amazing, as is his performance, and after having seen it I would really like to buy him a coffee and ask to hear his stories.
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Thursday, December 20th, 2012 09:43 am
Has an amazing voice and is an absolute dear in concert. So glad we went. The Belvoir Amphitheater has a very agressive policy on bringing in all sorts of things but it's a gorgeous, atmospheric venue and it felt like a magical, musical picnic under the moon.
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 11:01 am
A gorgeous vinyl record arrived in the post recently being the physical representation of the Move on the Sun album I've been listening to for the past two weeks.

The project was to collaboratively produce a summer album and it's very collaborative and very summery. I can imagine playing this in the backyard over lazy BBQs or hearing it outside at a very cool tapas bar. I think this is the first time I've bought music before listening to it then just letting the various songs grow on me over time.

My favourite is The Grind which is a lovely mix of sounds by Music: AlmostSound & Krrr, Produced by Krrr & Dr. Gory, Mix: jeffpeff, Lead Guitar: Nels Cline, Drums, Bass, Saxophone, Synths: AlmostSound, Organ: Mel Shore, Lead Saxophone: Kerrnie, Trumpet: ScowlinBaby, Trombone: Antoine Bellavance, Vocals: Ashes2Ashes, Additional Guitar: Krrr & lyrictician, Additional Synth: Robo_J

I love that it's a remix project and that it's available for further remix.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 10:11 pm
I suspect they are even better than they seemed because the approach to sound at Metro City was of the 'wall'o'sound' variety and I don't know any Jezabels lyrics (I still don't). Vibrant and enthusiastic stage presence but difficult to fully appreciate as Metro is kind of horrible. Mixed experience, I would avoid future gigs there. Nice crowd though, lots of women, wasn't 'bad touch' triggered once.
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Saturday, October 15th, 2011 10:49 pm
Was fun and surprisingly mellow, baby brother bought me tickets for my birthday and we went together (which, to me, was half the present). I had forgotten just how much Def Leppard featured in my childhood - there were a lot of familiar songs!
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Friday, July 1st, 2011 09:05 am
My love is undiminished.

*hums badly*
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Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 12:05 am
Man has one heck of a voice - glad we went to see him play live.

The concert was quite a nostalgia trip, the hair, the shirts, the... remarkable lack of male grooming.
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Friday, October 15th, 2010 08:32 pm
I had tickets that were a birthday present from back in June and had forgotten they existed - it was like getting a present twice!

It turns out West Side Story is a sort of racist Romeo and Juliet with a bonus gang rape scene - it was a bit confronting. I went in with no expectations and I'm glad I had a chance to tick another musical off my list. The music and dancing was great and I loved Anita. I choose to live in a world where she then went on to become Batwoman. If there's good fic out there I'd love to hear about it *hints*
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Saturday, March 13th, 2010 01:45 pm
Happy, happy night with R. and [personal profile] maharetr with dinner in Fremantle followed by Mama Kin at the Art Centre and conversation at San Churro to finish.
  • The music: I love this woman's voice, her songs, her attitude and her presence
  • The food: lime brulee tart is the most seductive, incredible food
I feel like someone who needs more sleep but in a very 'time well spent' sort of way. I'm gonna curl up and purr.
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, January 31st, 2010 11:30 pm
Fun! I drifted in and out of a few gigs, spent a surprising amount of time in the D surrounded by bouncing, singing people bouncing and singing and generally had a good time.

Arrived with [personal profile] maharetr and kicked off at 12:15 with Lisa Mitchell who apparently has problems being pelted with coins during performances of 'Coin Laundry'. I could listen to her happily but would probably not seek her out. Also found [personal profile] prk and [personal profile] amarillion. I wandered briefly into The Novocaines set but wandered out again, saw the first half of Blue Shaddy (who I love, and want to love from a Blues festival, not the BDO) before I was lured to Kasabian by the enormous sound (do they record as well as they play live because that was awesome). I saw all of Eskimo Joe (I have local girl love), stayed for Hilltop Hoods (who say 'muthufucka' more than I care to hear but were vibrant and fabulous), ate something not meant for human consumption then saw Abbe May & the Rockin' Pneumonia (whose remaining unpurchased music I will now purchase, I love Abbe's voice).

Lily Allen confused me at first (I had no prior knowledge) but her combination of cute and sass was very winning, plus entertaining wardrobe malfunction. I wanted to love Magic Dirt but their first song was a wall'o'sound I could not get over (which says I am an idiot for not bringing earplugs), I caught up briefly with cricketk before they cranked up so still calling that experience a win. I bailed for Powderfinger who were an excellent band to be right in the middle of the crowd for (good crowd too, playful, not trying to crush me to death and I thoroughly approve of crowd surfing being replaced by playing volleyball with inflatable objects). Muse were good. I enjoy them but they are not quite my thing, I find the music very same-same which is awesome if you really like it because they keep writing your song but harder for me to find a standout to love. *g* They did a cover of Back in Black that I loved to bits.

Utterly failed to catch up with [personal profile] ascetic_hedony at all; maintained an elusive SMS relationship. It was interesting seeing how integrated use of mobile phones / SMSing was, even though I spent most of the day surrounded by strangers I never felt like I was.

I thought about staying for Peaches which was 10-11pm (who I think would be very cool live) but my stamina ran out (plus working Monday) and we retreated home to assure the woofer he is still loved and scrub the sunblock off. The Big Day out smells of sunblock, green grass, burnt grass and fried meat products, weirdly the smell reminds me of dive trips - maybe it's the water they were spraying us with as well.
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samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Saturday, January 16th, 2010 11:11 pm
Last year Australia's 'biggest musical democracy' had a disappointing amount of female singer/songwriters represented.

This is your chance to help change that.
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Saturday, December 12th, 2009 07:26 pm
I am impressed, I am awestruck. I am so glad we went, I would go again.

The Capitol Theatre is a lovely venue; the lady I sat next to told me it was restored after being abandoned and they did an excellent job. It reminds me a little of the Regal in Subi but with better bathrooms.
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Monday, November 30th, 2009 07:33 am
Abbe May being soulful and gorgeous. Mojo Juju warmed up and was pretty special as well *buys CDs*

Abbe May being soulful and gorgeous
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Monday, August 17th, 2009 10:10 am
  • Attended Dr Megan McArthur’s talk for Science Week about her trip into space to extend the life of the Hubble Space Telescope. I have a HUGE crush; her talk was accessible, inspiring and interesting and I want a spaceship of my own.
  • Saw The Chemist play at Amplifier and enjoyed their singer’s amazing voice.
  • Digitised the remainder of my CD collection
  • Watched Blood: The Last Vampire (Japanese vampire horror with very stylised violence) which was not great but did have the enjoyable quality of being a story about a girl, and her (female) adversary and another girl which was a pleasant change.
  • Installed three little shelves in my room (finished painting)
  • 3 hours of OTW meetings
  • Went to the Families for Freedom picnic and got cuddles and rained on followed up by an amazing mango & ginger lassie
samvara: Photo of Modesty Blaise with text "All this and brains as well" (Default)
Sunday, February 1st, 2009 06:00 pm
The nerdy girl and I will be going - I'm picking up tickets midday-ish today if anyone else wants them.

The Quarry, $57.20 ($60.07 with booking fee).

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 10:46 pm
Lazy evening concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre (I have fantasies about living there) with [livejournal.com profile] mr_booboo and [livejournal.com profile] maharetr.  Mama Kin is local and I would cheerfully look her up again, Ani DiFranco is tiny, gorgeous and talked about being happy (while I love her angry music it's also great to hear about the happy) and The Waifs are well, The Waifs and dear to my heart.
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008 11:11 pm
Was awesome. Guy Noble, the conductor is a funny guy and both the Carmina Burana pieces and the 1812 Overture (with cannons!) stood out for sheer musical grandeur. Much love to [livejournal.com profile] grouchiegrrl  for the excellent seating.

I also note there is a dude driving around town in a black Lotus with GOTHAM plates *grins*.

Black Lotus with GOTHAM plates
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Thursday, December 4th, 2008 07:43 am
...this year’s free concert will feature WASO’s acclaimed Chorus, singing favourites from Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Nabucco. Tchaikovsky’s ever popular 1812 Overture will again be performed...

Perth Esplanade, Picnic at 6pm - bring food.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 02:30 pm
Kicked off in Perth at Metro last night. Of the two support bands, The Silents had a lot of the problems young bands have (including the inevitable anti-eye-contact hair shields) but I would cheerfully have seen Children Collide for their own merit.

The Living End were was high energy and awesome. I spend the first half in the mosh bouncing up and down surrounded by men doing that 'we love each soooooo much' neck grabbing thing (I love them when they do that). Then once I was out of breath, wet through and getting all squished I headed upstairs to enjoy them from a slightly safer distance.
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Thursday, August 7th, 2008 12:02 am
The concert was all kinds of awesome, funny and interesting - not to mention the boy can sing and boy can he extemporise. I may have a tiny crush developing here, he's creative and positive and reminds me terribly of being 19 and spending my nights out watching bands.

As a venue Capitol is pretty average, their crowd handling on entry could be better and I give the bathrooms 3/10, before you ask, yes, one point is for having a bathroom. There was a nice crowd, friendly and enthusiastic and I had an amusing moment with a man behind me when my hair tried to eat his beer glass.
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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 11:53 pm
Free concert organised by the City of Perth as part of the Arts Festival 2008. [livejournal.com profile] madradish very kindly turned up early and saved a very good spot on the grass in front of the stage and I meandered in to cuddle people ([livejournal.com profile] fred_mouse's progeny seem to regard me as a sort of superior, mobile climbing gym), lie about, appreciate the perfect weather and generally do what you *should* be able to do on weekends. Relax.

Tenor, tenor, tenor, soprano, tenor, tenor, soprano.

I don’t think I’m developing into an opera lover, I’m more attracted to musicals and Gilbert & Sullivan style extravaganzas and I’m not all that keen on listening to soprano voices. Still, lovely evening.
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Saturday, February 9th, 2008 11:41 pm
As venues go the Belvoir Amphitheatre has much to recommend it as a picnic spot, alas, Management is firm on it being a live music venue (no bringing useful things) and I now have an urge to make the perfect sized outdoor cushion. It’s very nice sitting outside under the trees though and we amused ourselves chatting, people watching and knitting.

The music was great – especially Blue King Brown who turned out to be creative, passionate and funky. The Cat Empire did a show that was less about the dancing and more about showcasing their considerable musical talents. This was a little bit of a shame if only because they’re so much fun to dance to.
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