The Hit List #11

Hey guys,

I have to apologise about the lack of photos today. My camera has died and gone to camera heaven so I am relying on my iphone which is not the greatest.

Anyway a few things to read over your morning coffee arts, a bit of Alexander Wang and of course food ūüôā

1) Chet Faker

If you have not heard of him… where have you been?! JK but if you haven’t I highly recommend giving him a listen. Chet Faker whose legal name is Nick Murphy is a Melbourne artist who won ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ in 2012 in Australia. He has an amazing beard which I am sure adds to the epicness of his voice! He has released an album ‘Thinking in Textures’ which won best independent release in the Rolling Stones Australian Awards. The album is definitely one you could listen to over and over again, however some of my favourites from him are his covers including ‘No Diggity‘.

Mr Short and I were lucky enough to hear him perform on Friday night and he started with my personal favourite ‘Archangel‘ he had me as soon as him and his beard walked on the stage. Go and check him out on SoundCloud.

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2) Girl Scout Cookies

I have an amazing friend who lives in California and does some incredible work for the Girl Scouts. While she unfortunately lives very far away I do get the perks of her sending me USA treats which is always a good thing. I was lucky enough last week to receive some Girl Scout Cookies YUMMM. While I LOVE the Girl Guide (yes different name) cookies from New Zealand the states as usual takes it a whole lot further with some amazing flavours. My favourites are Samoas… (and yes they do not realise that is not right!). My friend loves the cookies so much she had a Girl Scout Cookie bar at her wedding. IT WAS AMAZING!

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3) Bangarra

I love DANCE. Whether its me dancing around the house or watching it on TV its all delish, But my favourite is to see an amazing performance. I am lucky to have been to a number in Australia and one of my favourite groups are Bangarra an Indigenous performing arts association who have the most incredible works. Their main goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians and to tell their stories on stage.

I saw their latest production Blak last night with Muma Short. If you get a chance to see them I would recommend it they are incredible.

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4) Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag

I have a total love hate relationship with this bag. When I was in NYC my gorgeous travel companion showed me this Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag. I instantly fell in love and after a short trip to the Alexander Wang flagship store I had yet another thing to pack in my suitcase home. I didn’t care as this was the best purchase of the trip and something that would remind me of my wonderful time in the big apple.

Where is the hate part? Well this bag is soooo amazing to look at but ridiculously unpractical. It is the heaviest bag ever and you can hardly put anything into it. Because of this after a few wears the strap broke. AW was great and had it shipped back to the states and repaired for me. I was understanding as these things happen and was eager to get the bag back and all fixed. That was until I wore it on its first outing, since its makeover in the states, only to have the strap break AGAIN. I was in a hard place as I LOVED the bag but I had hardly had a chance to wear it with it being in transit pretty much its whole life to get fixed. Any who after AW saying I could only get it fixed and not return it, it has now FINALLY arrived back to me…. nearly 2 years later from first purchase… and I now get to wear it again. I will keep you posted on how that strap goes!

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Ciao for now, have an amazing weekend. I am looking forward to this one! Spending tonight planning our gorge friends engagement party then celebrating Mothers Day, Papa Shorts Birthday and my parentals 30th Wedding Anniversary… Exciting!!!

While I LOVE celebrating special occasions I am a firm believer of celebrating life always as its so precious.

Much love xS

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A Gig-ography – or part there of.

Apologies for the lack of posts this week! ¬†We’ve been a little busier than usual celebrating the engagement of our friends Kristy and Kieran!!! CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO! ¬†OK on to a little musical history . . .

I’m no different to millions of others out there who claim to “love music”. ¬†BUT I can’t carry a tune, play any more than 2 songs on any instrument, my dance moves are a little frigid and my musical knowledge has definitely been on the decline over the past few years. ¬† What I can pride myself on is the number of concerts and gigs I have managed to attend over the past ten or so years… ¬†Of course I have a lot of my friends and mostly Mr L. to thank for partying with me, being able to stand my obnoxious sing alongs in their ears and my dance moves that could scare even gangnam lovers.

I was sorting through a few photos to add to this post (and got way too sidetracked while sorting through them all) and I have also realised how terrible I have been¬†at taking photos of recent gigs and concerts. ¬†There’s no order below I’m just going to throw a collection of photos at you with a few dates and I’m sure you’ll get the idea.

New Years Day Р Summadayze 2012 

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I can’t 100% remember who was here but we did see Flying Lotus (a favourite) oh and Snoop Dog. ¬†It was crazy hot the first 35+ day we had in Melbourne and I’m pretty sure we spent most of it seeking shade in the VIP Areas (NB: ¬†No I’m not an uptight VIP we got those tix so the drink lines were short). ¬†This year we went for the more mellow Let Them Eat Cake in Werribee also featuring Flying Lotus… Such love right there.

Camstonbury – Feb 2011
A really good friend has a sheep station in the middle of the North Island (I’m talking NZ people!) and decided to set up a sound system and portaloos amongst the hay and tractors. ¬†Not a big scale event (at the moment1) but such a fun weekend!!!

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Paper Kites at the Corner July 2011 – The Corner Hotel

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Excuse the grainy iPhone quality photo. I remember this gig being one of my first at the Corner Hotel Рa place I have frequented OFTEN over the past two years for other gigs such as Mayer Hawthorne, Tiki Taane, Bonobo & Andreya Triana,  Band of Skulls, Tijuana Cartel, and most recently Hermitude (I know there are loads of others but they escape my mind right now!)

Florence & the Machine – May 2012 and Kings of Leon – November 2011 – Rod Laver Arena

A couple of epic concerts with Miss Short.

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Awesome set and performance by Flo

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Band of Horses – one of my all time favourite bands, ever in the world, of all time!

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Kings of Leon

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The Nextmen (cannot remember date!) РSection 8

It was one of those nights out where you don’t expect much (and are kind of hoping it won’t be because its a school (work) night) but you end up a little drunk and happy with a few holes in the night. ¬†I do remember however a quick hilarious chat with one half of the duo down a random laneway in Chinatown…

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 Parklife 2011- Sydney Myer Music Bowl

One of my fave venues in Melbourne and the home of inner city outdoor concerts. I also saw the Black Keys here most recently.

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The Streets last tour . . . Ever apparently . . .

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My girl crush Lykke Li.

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DJ Crush – Kubik as part of Melbourne Music Week 2011

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This is what you get when you make a venue out of plastic water disposal units and good lighting. ¬†Don’t remember much about the music because you could stare at the stage all night watching the lights change.

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Splendour in the Grass Woodford 2010 and Belongil Fields Byron Bay 2006.

One of my favourite Australian Festivals (still need to try a bunch) so far and I can barely remember seeing specific artists in 2010 just Mumford and Sons, Temper Trap, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sneaky Sound System, the Pixies, Ben Harper, and Passion Pit. ¬†I also remember the best burger I have ever eaten and Mr L. purchasing the most hideous scarf I had ever seen instead of a hot drink to keep warm.

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and 2006 . . . With ‘the girls’ and Will.

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Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival 2005

This was my first time in Byron Bay and now I claim it as my 3rd favourite place on earth (that I’ve been to of course!) ¬†Miss S and I went a little crazy on a three week holiday getting ourselves into all kinds of mischief, you can read more about that here.¬†¬† Part of the fun was Byron Bay Blues and Roots festival where we saw Michael Franti, Batucada Sound Machine, David Gray and we were supposed to see Public Enemy but they cancelled at the last minute ūüė¶

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Rippon – Rippon Vineyard Wanaka 2006

Again with Miss S at one of the most spectacular venues I have ever been to. ¬†We partied like rockstars with an amazing holiday house for the weekend complete with heated kitchen tiles we lounged around on after the festival. ¬†We saw a plethora of awesome kiwi bands . . . Shapeshifter, fat Freddy’s, Kora, Shihad . . . and a bunch more. ¬†I have been meaning to head back to this Biannual festival but haven’t managed it yet.

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Big Day Out 2000 Р2011 (with two missed sometime in there) 

Big Day Out was my first ever big scale festival back when I was 14 (before the 15+ age rule came into play!) ¬†I remember seeing the Chillies, blink 182, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters and more . . . I have an excuse for not including photos from then . . . ¬†I didn’t own a digital camera for another 3 years . . . and I’m sorry but I don’t have the patience to scan any such photos. ¬† The last year I went (before it turned into the minimalist show and then eventually cancelled in Auckland) it was the first time it rained and I was under the weather (haha) after suffering a severe bout of gastro, a little anger after Mos Def had cancelled a gig in Auckland two nights before and frustration after the Black Keys cancelled their BDO performance. ¬†Our BDO ritual usually consisted of hanging out in the sun at the Lily Pad waiting for the big acts to come on and although our ‘must see’ act had cancelled we stil got to check out Edward Sharpe (my highlight) and the pyrotechnics of Rammstein (music I could potentially do without though). Trust me I have a million Big Day Out photos in my computer these were the most accessible. ¬†I’m sure you’ll see most of them in upcoming posts! ¬†Side note: ¬†BDO Auckland is returning!!!! Wooooohoooooo

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FYI Hannah is a babe!

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Batucada Sound Machine 2010

Sound Splash 2006 & 2007 – Wainui Raglan

I’m not sure if you can get a better view from a campsite. ¬†Soundsplash tied with Splore are my favourite New Zealand festivals of all time. ¬†Unfortunately Sound Splash is no longer as the venue Wainui Reserve used to take a hit from all the campers. ¬†It was so mellow with mostly roots and reggae sounds but you can get a similar vibe at Splore although bigger international acts hit there (such as Pharoah Monch and Talib Kweli when I went). ¬†I would choose these festivals over the bigger ones like Rhythm and Vines or Coromandel Gold (although they are still amazing!!)

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Shapeshifter – Christchurch Town hall 2009

My first gig when I got back from Canada and the States. ¬†Such a cool welcome home and good excuse to catch up with friends all at once. ¬†I’m pretty sure I had already seen both Shapeshifter and Fat Freddy’s twice here.

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A Huge Range when I was in Canada and the States 2008/2009

Mr L and I were so lucky to spend over a year in North America working and holidaying up a storm.  Here are just a few pics of the greatness and some cheesiness we saw!

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I could never forget the Sook BlueGrass Festival held in Sook on Vancouver Island.  It was not exactly what we had in mind when a friend said there was a festival on BUT it ended up being a fun day out of Victoria (Canada) anyway.

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Z Trip we managed to see him twice while in Victoria.

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Incubus in San Diego . . . SO . . . EPIC

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Colbie Caillat (shut it haters) in Portland, Oregon.

Damn I thought I had loaded more photos from the states . . .we also saw . . . Mos Def, Brother Ali in Portland, Afrika Bambaataa in Vancouver, Taib Kweli, Hi Tek and Supernatural at the Belly Up in Southern California, Rock the Bells (feat the Roots, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Damian Marley and Nas, Slick Rick, KRS-One, RZA and GZA) in LA and I’m so sure there is more . . .

I almost feel bad for leaving a lot out as I am starting to remember more BUT they’ll just have to wait for another time because I’m sure you’re almost sick of this marathon walk down memory lane! ¬†Hope you enjoyed it anyway . . . let us know what your favourite, first, or latest concert or gig was??!

Enjoy the rest of your week!! xx L