The Science News Cycle!

Posted in Random, Science by jukeboxparables on May 26, 2009

Brilliant comic from PHD Comics which create a bunch of cool Science related online comics. This one is oh so true!

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May Sydney Zine Fare @ MCA

Posted in Random by jukeboxparables on May 26, 2009

Made my way to Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday to attend a zine fare. I was kinda blown away at how many people there were there, even after hanging around for a few hours the human traffic never once subsided. You could literally browse for hours in there. I did make some purchases though I regret not getting more! They’re a great read for the train ride home.

Also went for a bit of wander for photographic antics… and more importantly to find foodz. Alas Circular Quay is not the place to be on a Sunday if your really hungry and your after some good food because after doing a few circles of the area my friend and I eventually decided on a certain Italian place upon where we essentially payed $20 for a blob of cheese which was apparently meant to be eggplant lasagna. Hmmm. Out of my depth for finding good food in that Area of Sydney!

Here’s a few purchases;

From the Zinester;

Ahhh, the things we do for love, and the ridiculous, stupid, pathetic things we do for lust. People are, quite simply, fucking ridiculous. The pages of this zine are adorned with the kind of bizarre statements that have been made to me, or people I know, in relation to matters of the heart. Or perhaps more accurately, the groin. Enjoy.

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From the Zinester;

This zine is lovingly nicknamed The Sadface Issue. It was written in March and April of this year and put together in May. The writing is about a lovely boy-thing, and how the lovely thing with the boy-thing dissolved because he had to move overseas. Hence, the Sadface. It’s a bit, a lot on the angsty side, even more so than my other zines…but I had to get it out of my system. This is also the first issue I wrote completely on my typewriter! (I’m so surprised the ribbon lived through it.)

“You smell like cigarettes, you smell like sleeplessness, is she a smoker, is she a bad influence, is she really the one you want. He is too nice for you, he is too young, and you will damage him, you will. Let’s wait for the sunrise. Let’s tiptoe through your house. Let’s pretend we were never here.

And more from Ivana Stab

I’ll post pics of the day when I eventually get around to getting my ever increasing rolls of film developed!

Craig Schuftan On Romanticism & Rock n Roll

Posted in Books/Comics/Manga, Music, Oldschool/Classic Things by jukeboxparables on May 20, 2009

I’ve caught this program called Fora on ABC TV a few times now, It’s an Australian equivalent of something like CSPAN. A show dedicated to Talks on intellectual, political, cultural and economic debate in Australia. However they also have a website and offer their feature segments IN FULL for viewing online, great stuff.

Their current feature is Craig Schuftan, who Triple J listeners might know as occasionally presenting a short segment called “The Culture Club” which basically traces contemporary music and specific bands/artists back through time to the origins of the subject matter a particular artist happens to be talking about. In some cases it’s easy work; Craig takes in song/album titles or lyrics and traces their origin. In other cases however, he thoroughly investigates the links to the motif’s and movements/underlying statements of a particular song/album/band. It’s powerful stuff.

The segment was turned into a book but this ABC Fora talk is about his most recent book on the ties between modern music and romanticism. It’s must watch viewing for all you fellow music nerds. I’ve tagged a handful of the artists mentioned in the talk.

Enjoy! – Click here to view video. *Click play, then Play Full Clip*

Alternatively you can listen to the MP3 right here.

The Milky Way Time-Lapse!

Posted in Photography, Science by jukeboxparables on May 19, 2009

You have to watch this! An amazing Time-Lapse photo blend of our Galaxy passing through the field of view of our night sky. Amazing stuff. Clicky below!

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.

Radiohead and The Libertines.

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on May 19, 2009

Go the BBC for music news! Radiohead are recording a new album! Bassist Colin Greenwood told 6 Music the Oxford band have been busy in the studio over the last week with producer Nigel Godrich.

“It’s at the stage where we’ve got the big Lego box out and we’ve tipped it out on the floor and we’re just looking at all the bits and thinking what’s next?”

And… The Libertines are probably going to reform, says Adam Ficek (drummer of Babyshambles) This after NME has posted video of a unannounced on-stage reunion show recently. Also of note is Adam mentioned Babyshambles are working on their third album.

Swine Flu.

Posted in Science by jukeboxparables on May 12, 2009

I’ve been waiting to post this report from New Scientist. It’s the real facts minus mainstream media wire-crossing.

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Sonic Youth – Sacred Trickster, Antenna. Live on Jools Holland

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on May 5, 2009

Another two new tracks off the bands upcoming album The Eternal. Can you believe Thurston is 50years old? I can’t. To me he’ll always be that late 20-something shaggy haired crazy dood circa the 1980’s!

Sonic Youth month continues…

Sonic Youth – What We Know. Live on Jools Holland

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on May 1, 2009

I’m declaring May: Sonic Youth month. Because after a few listens of their 16th album “The Eternal” …basically they’ve still got it. No other band in History has been able to pull this off in my opinion; that is not making rehashed or dull or just plain dinosaur music after 30+ years. Maybe Bowie… or The Beatles.

The Eternal is as fresh as their 15th effort Rather Ripped but rather than emitting a cleaner lighter vibe that album had it has memorable heavy/dirty hooks as if giving nods to albums like “Goo” and “Dirty”. Full review in the coming weeks.

But here’s the band playing “What We Know” on Jools Holland (above). Jools rightly mentions the band played way back on the shows debut in 1992. So I’ve tracked down that performance (below) 18years later, its all still there. Bravo.