Saturday, June 29, 2013

Danny Tsun @ Cat and Fiddle Hotel



Dynamic Danny does it again!

This lil pocket rocket fired up the crowd, who braved Sydneys atrocious rainy weather last night to come together and hear Danny and his band perform some awesome covers in the heart of Sydneys pub culture at Balmains Cat and Fiddle Hotel with an explosive setlist and some rather cool talented guest appearances.

And what a stellar guestlist...

We could not help recognise the familar voice and face of Robert Susz of the Dynamic Hepnotics/Mighty Reapers playing a mean harmonica alongside Danny to a few from his set. Gail Page from 'The Voice' was a super addition as back up vocalist, as was Pat Powel of Melbournes Ska Orchestra who added his deep soulful sound to the band. Sally King even stepped up and added her brand of vocal magic to a superb rendition of Stevie Wonders 'Superstition'. What a fantastic evening. Everyone was in the mood to dance and be taken on a trip back in time listening to their faves, downing a few warming nips of their fave drop.

The venue Cat and Fiddle is a cozy pub with an eclectic entertainment area tucked away boasting its own bar, seating and facilities with an ample stage area and more than enough room to shake your boootay. The main bars theme and decor includes an interesting twist of vintage meets urban with evidence of footy fever memorabilia and objets d'art hung on its walls and chalked in bright colours on blackboards... a modern day digital jukebox hangs mid-wall but even that looks vintage.

A photo opportunity with Robert Susz presented itself as we were leaving and he was happily accomodating. It took several goes to get him focused, due to distractions, but in the end we got the shot LOL! I welcomed the extra pics.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Trapped Heart



words unspoken lost in time
futile games played on abandoned paths
broken by doubts and fear
needless of a trapped heart,
why do you persist?
is it craving that miniscule spark of hope
forgetting to breathe
concealing hushed tones
only to realise youre wonted

Listen in to the audio version of Trapped Heart

'Hold on My Heart' by Genesis compliments Trapped Heart soo well


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dark Domination



the flickers of light like pixies
dancing against the shadows
implements and toys hanging like respectable soldiers
Her hand lightly caresses the intimidating tools
absorbing their scent and texture
She is reminded of the tears they have brought forth
and the scars they have left behind
the tinkering of the harsh steel
and clicking of Her heels
sending jolts up his spine
in the dimly lit corner
he is standing,
left alone to prepare for Her inspection
knowing he soon will be in such compromise
and no longer in control of his being
body tensing
trying hard to impress
feeling his hands shaking
a slick of sweat coating his skin
his body a sacrifice
all of him for Her whims
he knows he cannot begin with Her disapproval
the motionless space
taking him to soaring heights of anticipation
the light catching Her black latex
as She draws nearer
the walls seem to fade away
feeling Her power radiate
Her wicked grin
Her piercing stare
Her demoralizing commands
evaluating every part of him
incoherant thoughts mumble impetuously in his head
reverberating
methodical
exhaustive
spearing virtue and tears
standing before him
a pure vision of dark domination
smiling
cracking the rod
not making contact,
but allowing the sound to penetrate his mind,
watching him tremble
morally depraved
a desire to please so strong
it quivers through his veins
building into a warm ache rapidly
imbibing each sensation that is being carved into his skin

Listen in to the audio version of Dark Domination

Saturday, June 8, 2013

2013 vividLIVE Darling Harbour Aquatiques Water Theatre



Today was a total indulgance of the senses. Starting the day with a deep Thai massage, we then enjoyed a delish Japanese lunch followed by some retail therapy of discovering new luscious scents, a nice afternoon treat of catching The Great Gatsby in spectacular 3D, then the superb finale - a visual feast of fireworks, music and aquatique water theatre at Darling Harbour.. WHAT BLISS!




Thursday, June 6, 2013

Heritage Orchestra Performs Vangelis Blade Runner



After witnessing the mindblowing Kraftwerk experience, the Heritage Orchestra performing Vangelis Blade Runner the following evening to a packed out concert hall was the perfect anitdote for restorative balance.

Talk about lush soundscape.

UK's Heritage Orchestra a 30-piece orchestra formed in 2004, have collaborated with the likes of many contemporary artists from a wide range of genres. Their facebook profile quite matter-of-factly states: "We are the orchestra that rocks out arenas, messes with other peoples music, and keeps orchestral tradition in the cellar. Don't be afraid... we are the orchestra you have been looking for"

Indeed. The films eerie dystopian atmosphere was recreated brilliantly. The core neo-noir visuals of continual rain on darkened cityscapes, eerie eye blinking, owls and unicorns brought to life on a rear huge screen, blending with an 18 track continuum of hypnotic xylophones, full strings section, saxaphones, synthesizers and complimentary vocals had the audience mesmerized.

The original Vangelis score released a decade after the film, included most of the music from the film, although some were not used in the film. At the same time, other music from the film did not appear on the soundtrack. Heritage Orchestra, comprehensively, put together the ultimate compilation.

Setlist
Main Titles
Unveiled Twinkling Space
Wait for Me
Rachel's Song
Longing
Blush Response
Love Theme
Mechanical Dolls
One Alone
One More Kiss, dear
Blade Runner Blues
Damask Rose
Dr. Tyrell's Death
Memories of Green
Tales of the Future
Dr. Tyrell's Owl
Blade Runner (End Titles)
Tears in Rain


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kraftwerk



The moment I had discovered Kraftwerk were headlining the 2013 Sydney vivid LIVE festival, I was instantly transported back to a time where I had my first taste of Kraftwerk. It was the early 80's. David Bowie had taken up most of the space in my record collection and then I heard The Robots. Something went off.

Fast forward 30+ years and I had secured tickets to Kraftwerks 3D 12345678 Man Machine at the Opera House. Nothing would prepare me for the event of a lifetime. Kraftwerk in 3D was too hard to grasp. What did in '3D' mean? How can a bands presence be 'improved' on? Will it be a 3D backdrop? Reviews and videos attested to the mindblowing brilliance [although I tried to avoid them as much as possible as I didnt want too much given away] but I was about to find out how much.

Come Saturday evening, it seemed everyone in Sydney was out to see the 'lights on' vividLIVE spectacle. I had reached Town Hall at crawling pace then George Street became gridlocked. NOTHING was moving in the direction of Circular Quay. Dilemma! Panic! AAARRGGGH! How do I get to Circular Quay in less than 15 mins? The only solution seemed to be the train. If there really was a God, then He was definitely a Kraftwerk fan and was on my side that night. It proved it definitely was the way to go. I arrived just in time to grab my 3D glasses, get seated, before the lights dimmed and Kraftwerk emerged. The Man Machine had kicked off with me uttering a very loud OH WOW upon experiencing the first taste of 3D. OMFG this was unbelievable. Kraftwerk took me to another dimension, somewhere off in space, floating, soaked in their synth laden electronic masterpieces, with objects being hurdled into the crowd amongst very audible gasps and backward head motions. During Spacelab, I swear I felt the antennas tip touch my nose.

Kraftwerk performed all the Man Machine and we also revelled in the prodigious Autobahn in all its 22 mins glory, Radioactivity, Trans EE, Tour De France, Computer Love and exceptional remixes of Numbers/Computerworld/Its More Fun To Compute/Home Computer and Boing Boom Tschek/Techno Pop/Musique Non Stop. The visual element was quite spectacular. Extensive use of Bauhaus aesthetics in colours and architecture, German cars lacking drivers, trains, spacecraft, computer graphics, radiowaves, man-robots, signage and classic archived film sequences. One was left in astonishment if they really were at a music concert.

During Musique Non Stop fadeout, the Kraftwerk members one by one, walked to the far right of the stage, bowed, then disappeared down the stairs. The crowd relentless in cheering surely would prompt a spectacular encore. Sure enough, Kraftwerk were back, firing up the decks with Ralf Hutter stating they were "restarting the computers for an encore" preceding a green lit 'Kraftwerk' animated screen and an awesome mix of Expo 2000 and Planet of Visions. It seemed all eternity ended when they finally, in single file, bowed once again and disappeared to LOUD applause and a highly enthused crowd. WOW just WOW!!

Upon leaving, I decided to treat myself to an amazing 3D Kraftwerk picture book and an authentic, Klingklang Man Machine tee.

I truly was left gobsmacked! You know that jaw dropping, speechless, dumbstricken, everything frozen look you get when you are totally blown away? I was left dazed and utterly bemused at what I just witnessed. It made me think every concert ive ever been to was nothing compared to this and how it may take me a while to go to another concert again. Finally getting to write this review proved difficult and somehow, it still doesnt do the Kraftwerk experience any justice either. It felt as if my brain was left scattered somewhere behind seat A10. Do let me know if you find it. ◔◡◉

Below is The Man Machine Setlist, slideshow and playlist of 8 videos. ENJOY!

Kraftwerk Setlist Opera House, Sydney, Australia 2013, The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8