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Occupying Sydney this weekend

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by Weary Hobo
With three killer events this weeked, consider your weekend planned.
 
First, Friday Night in Marrickville is Food and Toonz at Addison Rd Community Centre where we’ll be performing
 
Music will include Johnny G and the E Types and Quimbombo, the latin band. We’ll be on early so come and get dinner and party.
 
Second, Saturday 2:30pm the global tradition of occupying the commons as a protest has come to Martin Place under the banner of Occupy Sydney. They say
We seek an end to the corporate stronghold over all governments. We seek an authentic democracy that represents the 99% majority – us. We hold corporate entities responsible for their crimes against us and the Earth. We are inspired by and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters striving for liberty in North Africa and the Middle East, Europe and more recently, the United States.

Here they are on Facebook. Also, if you are in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or RAdelaide

Lastly, on Sunday TEDxMacquarie is on for the first time. We’ll be performing on all things radical using subversive bluegrass as our expressive medium in a 10minute lecture. The event is free from 10am-5pm with a live simulcast in Building Y3A. If you use the train to get there you’ll experience the wonder of three flights of esculators up to ground floor of the University.

Someone else who has played at TED. This is a video of Paul Kelly performing ‘How to Make Gravy’ at TED Sydney in June this year.

Yours,

W.H.

DIY Sydney Punk

Posted in Activism, Festivals, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Dear Lurkers,

I hope you’re enjoying the queens b’day longweekend. Coinciding with this was two nights of the raw Australian punk, thrash, grindcore and heavy metal (and a touch of ska) over the weekend.

The event was called Decolonise II – diy punkfest held in the murky underground the inner west. Recently, I’ve been asking around to get some experience with sound and so I was helping a bit behind the desk, mostly just turning everything up to 11.Being involved with awesome bands like Thorax, Infinite Void, Kids on Glue and White Male Dumbinance(video) made me ask some questions about whether we have any right to call ourselves punk. The diy attitude, subversion and having fun while not taking yourself too seriously are things we have in common. At Midien there was a bunch of ‘scrn-prntng’ where you could print your favourite band name onto your hoodie. Also, there was a free stew going for the punks.

All of this along with not being out there to make money, not afraid to sing songs you love but think might challenge others and doing it for the  love is what we have in common with this sound.

There is also a tradition in punk for activism and speaking out – bands like Dead Kennedys, Propaghandi and Black Flag don’t hold back. Neither do these great young Australian bands.

Decolonise II was the last gig for Do Not Resuscitate and Thylacine and they rocked the crowd. New bands like DOSS and Las Banditas are just firing up and definitely worth checking out. My fav band from last night was Steppin’ Razor (myspace).

And to promote us… coming up soon is this tour!!

Wednesday 6th July, Students of Sustainability conference. Charles Sturt University Albury NSW. Thursday 7th July, The Pheonix Pub, Canberra ACT. Friday 8th July, Jura Books Petersham NSW. Saturday 9th July, Dirty Shirlows NSW

Griffin will be in his best punk gear. Hope to see you there!

Yours punkfully,

 

Weary H.