Counting Crows-Somewhere Under Wonderland

"Counting Crows-Somewhere Under Wonderland"

For more than two decades, Counting Crows have enchanted listeners worldwide with their intensely soulful and intricate take on timeless rock & roll. Now, on Somewhere Under Wonderland —their seventh studio album, the Bay Area-bred alt-rock band push into new terrain with a revamped songwriting approach that’s adventurous and visionary but still rooted in raw emotion.


Propelled by the same earthy passion that’s instilled their songs since 1993’s multiplatinum August and Everything After, Counting Crows (vocalist Adam Duritz; guitarists David Bryson, David Immergluck, and Dan Vickrey; bassist Millard Powers; keyboardist Charlie Gillingham; and drummer Jim Bogios) build each of Somewhere Under Wonderland’s sprawling songs around rich sonic tapestries and a storytelling-esque lyricism that yields some of their most grandiose yet intimate songs so far.

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The Kooks – Listen

"The Kooks – Listen"

“It’s a word that looks and sounds beautiful,” says Luke Pritchard. “I love the roundness of it, the simplicity of it.” The word the Kooks singer is extolling is “Listen” – which also happens to be the title of the band’s new album. Luke’s reasons for choosing that title become clear the moment you dive into the new record – as they do when he starts to describe its genesis, and the personal and emotional transformation he experienced while making it. “To me,” Luke continues, “this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural.”

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Griswolds – Be Impressive

"Griswolds – Be Impressive"



THE GRISWOLDS’ first bio simply read: “The chameleons of pop.” That description holds truefor the Sydney indie pop group, formed almost two years ago by singer/guitarist ChristopherWhitehall and lead guitarist Daniel Duque-Perez, as they look to become a globally known act.
Recorded under the guidance of legenday American producer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Beck,M83, Ladyhawke), BE IMPRESSIVE is the band’s debut full-length album. Featuring breakoutsingle ‘Beware The Dog’ (Top 40 US Alternative Radio / triple j high-rotation), the album willreceive a global release via Chugg Music (AU / NZ) and Wind-Up Records (Worldwide) inAugust.
Melbourne 25-Sep The Corner
Ballarat 26-Sep Karova Lounge
Canberra 27-Sep Zierholz @ UC Live
Wollongong 4-Oct Yours and Owls
Newcastle 9-Oct Small Ballroom
Sydney 11-Oct The Metro
Adelaide 17-Oct Jive
Perth 18-Oct Amplifier Bar
Brisbane 23-Oct The Brightside
Maroochydore24-Oct Sol Bar


Kelis – Food – Feature Album

"Kelis – Food – Feature Album"

Kelis (yes, of ‘Milkshake’ fame) describes her sixth album as “a kind of unspoken lovefest,” produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. It mints a sound that’s rootsy without ever being self-consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel-y organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn’t have been made any time but now. The Cordon Bleu trained chef has a deep passion for food and cooking — as you may have gathered from the title,and indeed the tracks Jerk Ribs, Friday Fish Fry, Biscuits N’ Gravy and Cobbler.


Half Moon Run – Australian Tour

"Half Moon Run – Australian Tour"

Half Moon Run are set to tour across Australia in the wake of their latest album entitled Dark Eyes. Here’s where you can catch them:

Half Moon Run live
The Old Museum
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Half Moon Run live
The Northern
Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Half Moon Run live
The Small Ballroom
Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Half Moon Run live
Heritage Hotel
Bulli, NSW, Australia

Half Moon Run live
The Standard
Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia

Half Moon Run live
Brass Monkey
Cronulla, NSW, Australia

Half Moon Run live
Fly By Night Musicians Club
Fremantle, WA, Australia

Half Moon Run live
The Gov
Hindmarsh, SA, Australia

Half Moon Run live
Corner Hotel
Richmond, VIC, Australia.

Things cafes need to get right…

"Things cafes need to get right…"

If you are reading this you are either a consumer saying “honestly how hard could it be?” or a cafe owner reading the hypothetical consumer comment and saying “If you think it is so easy why don’t you give it a shot???” Possibly with more expletives. We know it can be hard to run a cafe and its exceptionally hard to please everyone. So lets try and keep it simple. We asked customer’s some of the things that cafes need to do right. Covering these bases will make sure you have a solid foundation.

1. Make not just great coffee but OUTSTANDING COFFEE

The coffee that makes you go ‘Hell Yeah, i want another one of those’ is the difference between a customer that goes there once, and a customer that returns. Every minute you spend on making your product better is a minute well spent. Be it practicing your latte art or researching better grinding techniques. Continuous improvement is key.

2. Simple delicious food with not too many choices

6 different types of bread, 25 different ingredients to chose from, toasted, grilled, microwaved, oven baked, toasted in a volcano… Having a lot of choices is a good thing right?


New consumers often get overwhelmed when there are too many choices. Even to the point of even being self conscious that they will get the order wrong and look like idiots in front of everyone when ordering. This can make customers pick the fast food restaurant down the road over your double sifted rye and crushed quinoa seed flame grilled quail burger with truffles. Just keep it simple – Maximum of 10 orders, list the ingredients (they will tell you on order if they don’t want something). This will save you on stock costs too.

3. Friendly , happy staff giving great service

theres a very aussie thing about walking into your ‘local’ and  the barista knows just how you like your brew, thats what sets the huge cafe scene in Australia apart from the chains in the USA for example. If possible, learn the regulars names (there are plenty of tips online for how to learn names via association etc) This will lock them in for good.

4. Ambience

The Vibe is key. Anyone can lease a shop font, put some chairs and tables in it and call it a cafe. The exceptional cafe’s go about 200 extra miles through creating the vibe of the place through ambience. Good music, uncluttered inviting space, relaxing vibes with the decor, books/local paper  to read if you are going for that. Alternatively you can go completely themed, really give the place a ‘personality’ which can help word of mouth “yeah i went to that cafe that has all those movie props” for example

5. location

-a spot where many folks are going to need a coffee right near a busy bus stop or train station for example

5. location

-a beautiful spot overlooking a park, gardens, beach or water is another good option

5. location

-a cbd spot where everyone stops on the way to work or an area with a certain flavour / style or just off it away from the average places so its a little secret spot in a laneway creating exclusivity. People love the feeling of discovering a new Awesome place thats a little bit special and telling their friends. The location is key to the success of a cafe. Some planning as to the area of your business can go a long way.


There you have it. Try to nail these fundamentals down and you are well on your way to having a successful cafe..

Mark Wilkinson On Tour.

"Mark Wilkinson On Tour."

Mark Wilkinson
Let The River Run Tour

Mark Wilkinson has a busy 2 months coming up. Gearing up for the release of his new album – Let The River Run. Kicking off at Beav’s Bar in Geelong Mark will be touring around the country. With some big shows coming up there is more than enough Mark to go around for everyone. However, If you do miss this one, you just need to get your head in the game.

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Cafe Review – ‘Coast Cafe’ Ettalong

"Cafe Review – ‘Coast Cafe’ Ettalong"

Coast Cafe  
175 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong

Coast Cafe is always busy on weekends. Being 5 minutes walk from the beach and the ferry stop from Palm Beach its in a great location. There is never a problem ordering, as you order and pay at the counter when your ready, so there is none of that trying to catch a wait staff as they rush past. It also frees you up when your leaving, instead of waiting around for the bill.There is a lovely outdoor terraced area which i have seen being used by large groups for meetings and the local cycle groups caffeine fix before they take on the Patonga Hill!

The breakfast menu might be short but covers yummy things like , avocado and tomato on toast, goats cheese omelette with Coast tomato relish and toast, and a seasonal fruit bowl with honey and yoghurt. The lunch menu is also not expansive, but again covers a snack like, bocconcini, tomato & Basil with Coast aioli on Turkish toast. Or something more substantial like , Beef burger Coast style with homemade onion jam and salad. Or more exotic , Poached lemon/lime chicken with cous cous preserved lemons, almonds, mixed herbs and leaves. The food is always consistent, and i love the added homemade relishes and aioli.

Ok now to the coffee, they serve Campos coffee and they do it well. We will cycle past 5 other cafes, and not stop because we know the Coast coffee is best. I have also recently started drinking decaf and most decaf coffee is awful, hot browny water with a bit of milk – yuk! Sometimes i cant tell if the decaf at Coast is really decaf……..

Cafe Review – Fragrance Coffee Lab

"Cafe Review – Fragrance Coffee Lab"
Fragrance Coffee Lab
191 Crown Street Darlinghurst

Tucked away, corner store style, on one of sydney’s most iconic streets – Crown Street is a tiny little cafe known as Fragrance Coffee Lab. Not easy to find but well known by locals as a life saver. This place is an amazing little hole in the wall that is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

In what seems to be a dying art, Andrew – the barista often remember’s the regulars name, order, work issues and life stories. This seems quite amazing to a guy who forgets someones name mere nan0seconds after being introduced. I guess some people just have a natural talent for customer service, Andrew being one of them.

On to the coffee – This is not an understatement when i say it is some of the best i have ever had. I usually get the caramel latte (‘manliest drink on the planet’ as i call it) and it is smooth, perfect temperature and spot on every time. As Sylvia Plath once said – “As a skeptic, I would ask for consistency first of all.” Any skeptic would quickly be turned after a few visits of Fragrance, and i dare say, would never look back.

If you have some pocket change ($3 for a most regular sizes), a case of the afternoon “can’t be bothered’s” and are in the area, drop in, see Andrew and pick up a coffee. Then stay for the delicious food.


Product Review – Aeropress

"Product Review – Aeropress"

We recently received an AeroPress in the mail from Curtis at Aerobie. We must say that since we have opened the box we have been nothing but impressed. Let me just talk you through the thing.

The principle behind it is that it is method of brewing coffee by pressing the crema through a filter by the magic mix of air and pressure. it is remarkable how many top name baristas around the world are putting their name behind the product. there is really no need for us to try and explain how best to use it. take a look at Gwilym Davies – 2009 World Barista Champion explaining how it works.

As you can see it is frighteningly simple. This is the first kind of coffee making product i have ever used, not to mention i wouldn’t know the first thing about making coffee, and you can tell a product is brilliant when the first time i used it, not one thing caught on fire.  Not only that, the coffee i made was delicious.

In the package, comes everything you need to make you’re first cup (coffee not included) Including a year’s supply of filters. Most people recommend that the AeroPress be teamed up with a coffee grinder to keep the coffee as fresh as possible. However, for the less hardcore coffee drinkers out there, pre ground coffee will do fine as well (as long as you at least attempt to keep it in a airtight environment)


So what’s the bottom line? Aeropress is such a convenient small method of pressing up to 4 cups of coffee, in fact it is so convenient that it can be done on an aeroplane. Not to mention the end result is a cup of coffee that is just as good as – if not better than a cup you would buy in a cafe.


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