The art of Kulning: Night-scented stock are called in for the long summer evening

The art of Kulning: Night-scented stock are called in for the long summer evening

Kulning is an ancient, sweet and sorrowful form of Scandinavian music used to herd cows and goats back down from their high mountain pastures in parts of Norway and in certain provinces of Sweden, Jämtland and Härjedalen. In practical use since medieval times, the mysterious tones were also thought to be a deterrent to potential predators like wolves…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

An Interview with Dreamy Dark Ambient Ingénue: Pat Moon

Pat Moon is the artist name of 26 year old musician Kate Davis. She’s a busy woman whose record label Track and Field in Portland Oregon is in its third year of existence and pulling in eclectic musical talent from LA, Australia and beyond. Don’t Hide from the Light by Pat Moon is a holy…

Viola Smith is a badass 104 year old drummer

Viola Smith is a badass 104 year old drummer

Born in 1912, Viola Smith is one of the first professional female drummers and is pretty badass on the drums. Born Viola Schmitz in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, her dad owned the town’s restaurant and dance hall. He made sure each child played an instrument, and the family orchestra became known as the Smith Sisters. Later Viola and…

The Iconic & Subversive Oz Magazine – In all its Psychadelic Glory

OZ magazine was published in Australia and London between 1963 and 1973 and under the stewardship of Richard Neville and later also Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis. This magazine left the door wide open for everything wild, illegal, outrageous, radical and until then largely unimaginable. OZ magazine is reproduced by permission of Richard Neville in…

The cosmic beauty of Cate Le Bon's music will stick to you like lichen

Music Review: The cosmic beauty of Cate Le Bon’s music will stick to you like lichen

Cate Le Bon is a bit like a remixed, post-post-post modern love child of Bjork and David Byrne. She hails from Carmarthenshire in Wales, a sleepy part of Britain with a lot of fond memories in my heart. There's a gentle tinkling and slow-burn epicness to this LP 'Mug Museum' from 2013, which latches onto you…

Nick Cave's new album: Skeleton Tree and the film 'One More Time With Feeling'

Nick Cave’s new album: Skeleton Tree and the film ‘One More Time With Feeling’

Possibly one of the most  brave and bold things that you could do after the sudden and tragic loss of a son is to create a new album. That's what Nick Cave has done this past week. I saw Nick Cave in Melbourne a few years ago and it was truly the most remarkable concert…

Krakow Summer Opera Season at Wawel Castle

Krakow Summer Opera Season at Wawel Castle

In the walls of Wawel castle on the night of midsummer, an atmosphere of enchantment abounded. The mauve and violet light of the sky melted into the golden lamps that fell onto the cobble-stone pathways, this skimmed and bounced across gabled iron rooftops of the castle. The light from the opera ballet performance stage shone…

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The mindblowing history of Wrocław told with music and light on the banks of the Odra

The Odra river is the lifeblood and backbone of Wrocław. The river stretches from the Baltic sea and snakes past the borders of Germany and Poland through Wrocław. On the banks of the Odra there are countless beautiful bridges, islands, parks, streets, municipal buildings. As the sun set during one of the longest days of…

The lost art and history documentaries of YouTube

The lost art and history documentaries of YouTube

Forget Netflix, YouTube has some incredible vintage documentaries about art and history. Made during the days of  analogue, these docos may seem pixellated and blurry by today's standards. Yet if you persevere, you'll be rewarded with terrific storytelling, great production values and enigmatic and fascinating subject matter. Here for you are some great documentaries about material…

Music Prediction: Onuka are Ukrainian #FutureGarage Dynamite

Music Review: Onuka are Ukrainian Future Garage Dynamite

From what I can gather (by way of Google), Onuka aren't really very well known yet in the Western World. Yet this #FutureHouse #Trap #FutureGarage duo from the Ukraine should be better known because they are quite frankly awesome. In the same glimmering stand alone way that Bjork, Jamie XX or Lorde are truly remarkable…

Vale David Bowie: Goodbye to the Best Part of the 20th Century (Bowie’s Music, Art, Fashion)

Today the world received the most devastating news. David Bowie died at age 69. This news is monumental to anyone who is a lover of avante-garde art and rock music. Anybody who respects and reveres a life lived to its fullest would feel sad about the passing of David Bowie. A man elegant, humble and…

Björk Deconstructs a Television in 1988

Björk Deconstructs a Television in 1988

The impish and magical Björk talks about the analogue wonders of TV in 1988. In her typical bewitching and charming way she manages to lull me into strange sort of melodious half-sleep. What she is actually saying is quite profound, about us being the audience to a medium so absolute it orders us to leave behind our…

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

One electronic music channel to rule to them all

I love my music fast, furious and energetic. Electronic music of all kinds certainly rocks my boat. It's been a long term companion soundtrack to my life from the late 90's until today and for the foreseeable future. So I happened upon an amazing channel on YouTube the other day, called MA Lite, or Most…

Gig Review: Mark E. Smith of The Fall: A Fly in the Ointment of Music 

Gig Review: Mark E. Smith of The Fall: A Fly in the Ointment of Music 

Forgive me all of you die-hard Fall fans but Mark E Smith is a bit of an annoying idiot if you ask me. Of course – nobody has asked me and nobody gives a shit about what I think, thus why I’m saying something on my own blog about it. After attending a baffling gig…

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

Philosophical Friday: The Pleasure of Being a Homebody

This poster is absolutely priceless, I found it on Reddit.  While there's much to be said for going on an epic journey into the unknown, or gearing up for a massive weekend festival, we are often champing at the bit when we see a line-up for a festival. Yet the reality is, we end up…