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Wednesday 16 November 2011
Art

artist profile: aida sabic

Lisa Dib
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Melbourne artist Aida Sabic wields her pencil (usually, though all mediums are her playthings) to create darkly and beautiful feminine realistic portraits and intricately captured moments in time. The various displays of elegance, raw winsomeness and symbolic measures of darkness all coalesce perfectly in the hands of Sabic. How did you first discover your passion…
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Tuesday 8 November 2011
Art

artist profile: anna madeleine

Lisa Dib
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The work of Sydney artist Anna Madeleine would best be described as anachronistic; melding the new and old, the archaic and the modern, Madeleine’s art shows that even objects and people and places in time can be connected, even tenuously. Or,  perhaps, in ways you and I had never suspected – but Madeleine has. How…
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Tuesday 18 October 2011
Culture Featured

don’t call me crazy: suck it up, princess

Lisa Dib
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(Or: How I learned to stop worrying…as much). It took giving a couple of spiky-haired strangers the finger to finally figure out what was wrong with me. I was at the ripe, bugger-off confusing age of seventeen; I was on the bus, heading to my fluorescent-lit retail job. The sun was setting in that bright,…
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Wednesday 7 September 2011
Featured Music

how short dick man changed my life: women in music

Lisa Dib
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I am not one to normally fight fire with fire, but once I was old enough to ‘get’ the 20 Fingers song that bares this article’s title (and not just giggle with uncomfortable shock and awe at its easy use of profanity) I was secretly overjoyed that chicks were ‘getting their own back’. For so…
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Sunday 14 August 2011
Music

teenage hero worship

Lisa Dib
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When I was sixteen, I decided to become a punk. After an early adolescence of grammatically specious urban pop, rap and boy bands- and having hit the dreaded years of ‘middle high’ at a public girls’ school- my identity and self-image were in disarray. Then I discovered a band; a band that would, without resorting…
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Friday 17 June 2011
Music

q&a: loon lake

Lisa Dib
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Loon Lake, a Melbourne indie-garage band consisting of  ”three brothers and two mates”, are quickly but stealthily crawling into your life. Much like their namesake, they have been flowing through the local scene, making headway and friends as they go. I do so loathe the term “next big thing”, but… I chatted to Nick, drummer…
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Wednesday 8 June 2011
Arts Featured Music

“wine, women and soul”: clairy browne and the bangin’ rackettes

Lisa Dib
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Melbourne’s Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are officially my favourite Aussie band- hands down. Congrats, dudes. This is a special moment for us all. Clairy and Co. have just finished up their month of Tuesday residencies at Melbourne The Toff in Town with the launch of their new 7”, She Plays Up To You,…
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Friday 3 June 2011
Arts Music

q&a: al newstead

Lisa Dib
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Al Newstead knows music; freelance music journalist and Triple J favourite by day, comedian by night. Write about what you know, as they say. I chatted to Newstead about blunting hipsters, sex in music and fighting Beatles….to say the least. ‘I’m a freelance music journalist and a comedian,’ Newstead explains. ‘I’ve written for the likes…
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Friday 27 May 2011
Arts Featured Music

interview: my friend the chocolate cake

Lisa Dib
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World/folk-pop sextet My Friend the Chocolate Cake may sound, thanks to their flippant appellation, like a children’s party band; but, in listening to their aural wares, you will find a six-headed Eastern European-flavoured folksy combo, lovingly wrapped in traveller’s charm. MFTCC are nice and, luckily, so is founder David Bridie. ‘We’ve been together a while,’…
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