This is an excerpt. The full episode can be found here. This was really last minute so I had to take my little girl with me into Triple J. They were really great about it but she freaked out when she met the host, Tom Tilly.
Amongst a million other things that happened this year, I produced a street festival for Young Henrys called Small World. We had a tonne of great bands on including Tumbleweed, The Snowdroppers, Little Bastard, Bloods and Richard In Your Mind. Food provided by Porteno, Marys, Bloodwood and Cornersmith. Photos below for brevity
I love the United States so much. Whenever I go for work I manage to carve out a few days to sight see. This time I made it to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.
The second record is always difficult. You spent the whole last album cycle building your audience up and working your ass off to establish yourself. Then when it’s all done you have to take at least 12 – 18 months off to write, record and release your next album. You need to be progressive and move forward, but you can’t go too far or you’ll alienate your existing audience. Write the same record and you’ll be criticised for being too one dimensional. You’ve also got a full team around you including labels, managers, agents, publishers and more. These teams are hopefully set up globally and now they’re all relying on you to deliver an income for them. The pressure is extreme to say the least. This is a collection of photos from the pre-production and recording phase of The Rubens second record. Pre-production took place in Byron Bay, NSW Australia. Recording was in New York City at Avatar Studios.
I recently upgraded my brewery. Previously I was ghetto to the max with just a pot and a bag. Now I’ve got myself a version of the Brutus 20, a counter top, 2 vessel electric system. I based my build on this one. I’m really only posting my build here in order to document it, Jeff Karpinski’s plans and equipment list were really good. I’ll not go far beyond that except to include some of the mistakes I made and the lessons I learned. I’m not a “handy guy” by any means so this might really only be useful for folks who have some solid man skills, but are still figuring out how to convert metric to imperial. Firstly some photos and what it is: Tools you will need Variable speed drill, don’t use a battery operated one A file suitable for round edges A hack saw (for trimming your bits down ie. nipples and what not). Cable cutters Pliers 2 x Adjustable wrenches, really big ones (to tighten everything up). Parts list – You can find a comprehensive parts …
This is my third year running the festival. I’ve got an epic team this year and it’s making everything a whole lot easier. www.sydneycraftbeerweek.com
Earlier this week @Caitlin_Welsh and I had a few things to say to each other on Facebook over the current state of music journalism and some of the criticism artists are throwing at journos. It’s a pretty controversial debate going on at the moment with Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Hayley Mary all getting their noses bent out of shape at critics, and critics firing back in equal measure. Personally, I feel like artists aren’t representing themselves that well in the debate, and I also think some shitty tricks are being used to make them sound like they don’t know what they’re talking about (one trick, recently used by Everett True, is to quote someone verbatim, including their “ums” and “ahs” and “likes”, the net result in this case was Mary coming off as ditsy, which she is anything but (to be fair, True did end this article conceding that Mary made some good points, but not before doing his best to make her sound stupid)). Welsh happens to be one of the best critics in the country, so I felt OK complaining to her …