I know what you’re thinking: birth is a curse, and existence is a prison. But don’t think about that! Don’t be sad, you guys! Focus on something great, like Drakkar Noir… Woo! Which I am wearing a lot of tonight!

Michael – The Good Place

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Stonefield stoked to play @ UOW UniBar, May 26th

Stellar Aussie rock outfit Stonefield are v excited to be playing at UOW UniBar this Saturday night, accompanied by Kimono Drag Queens & Comacozer. I asked the Findlay sisters what they were most looking forward to about their brief stop on the South Coast,

We’re stoked to be coming back to Wollongong on our ‘Far From Earth Tour’. Every show we’ve played there has been a fun one.. there’s just something about little towns outside of the city.

Hailing from a small town in rural Victoria themselves, this doesn’t surprise me!

It’s Sarah’s birthday weekend too so I hope you’re all ready to party extra hard for her.. but not too hard that the police come like last time we played a headline show in Wollongong. 

Plug your ears into Stonefield‘s latest album, Far From Earth on Spotify. Tickets are still available, so what the fuzz are you waiting for? Get yours here, and show Sarah how birthdays are done down South.

BlacKkKlansman takes out Cannes Grand Prix, Grand Wizards to follow

Spike Lee’s forthcoming flick, BlacKkKlansman has taken out second place in its run at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Loosely based on the real life Ron Stallworth’s autobiography, the film blends the intense social upheaval of civil rights in the 70’s and the current volatile cultural landscape. Lee has applaudably woven the 70’s based film and subject matter, with footage from last year’s violent white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The 71st Cannes festival film jury, led by Cate Blanchett, selected the film for the Grand Prix prize. The highly coveted Palme d’Or prize was awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film ‘Shoplifters’.

Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to join the Colorado Springs Police Department. Facing tension and hostility in the department, Stallworth sets about making a difference in the community. And, well, he goes straight to the klux of the issue.

Stallworth cunningly poses as a racist extremist and infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. ‘How the fuck does he manage that?’, I hear your mind whirring. He enrols the help of his white (and Jewish) colleague Flip Zimmerman to meet with the klan face-to-face, and apparently Davey Duke and his equally rancid cronies are none-the-wiser.

As a white Aussie, it kind of goes without saying that I am pretty far removed from this particular subject matter. Regardless, it’s pretty simple to comprehend that a violation on an individual’s civil rights borne of misconceived notions of ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ race and ethnicity is absolutely abhorrent. I think Roy Trenneman put it best when he said, ‘People, what a bunch of bastards.’

And maybe I’m hella naive, but the amount of batshit, fire torch-wielding racists that came out of the woodwork during America’s race riots last year was astounding. If ever there was time for a film that touched on white supremacy, it’s fucking now – and that is a sentence I never expected to utter.

On a lighter note, maybe after BlacKkKlansman I’ll be able to see Adam Driver as a separate entity from the eccentric and erratic Adam in HBO’s Girls, ’cause Sith Lord knows his run as Kylo Ren hasn’t done the trick. Oh, and prep yourself for Topher Grace donning the robes of the KKK’s notorious Grand Wizard, David Duke. It’s going to be a wild ride on all fronts, folks.

In case you’ve missed it, check out the trailer for BlacKkKlansman below. The film is due for release on August 10th. 

Featured image credit: David Lee / Focus Features

Anderson .Paak steps out of the ‘Bubblin’ bath literally dripping in cash for latest clip

I don’t know if I’m just cheap, overly anxious, and/or environmentally aware; but an ATM spilling out loads of cold, hard cash seems like way too much trouble for what it’s worth… which, going off the clip for Anderson .Paak’s latest track looks like a coupla’ cheeky mil. Side note, how many wads does a real-life cash machine actually hold?

Absurd cash wastage aside, the Calmatic-directed clip for .Paak’s fresh track ‘Bubblin’ is a playful take on the usual RnB/Hip Hop ‘boats n hoes’ motif. Anderson, burdened with a spewing ATM, takes the fast track to the high life – living large in dapper suits, gold chains and extravagant furs. And you know you’ve made it big when you’re rapping beside a zebra, right?

‘Bubblin’ illustrates excess on street level; blending the spoils of the high life, with what I’m sure is a basic human instinct to reap the bennys of the burden of a sudden and unexpected cash flow.

Tbqh, I hadn’t really heard of Anderson until FKA Twigs shimmied down to ‘Til It’s Over’ in the Spike Jonze-directed HomePod video for Apple. But having read up on the guy, it seems his new ‘Bubblin’ lifestyle is well-deserved. The trap/hop fusion puts the kibosh on .Paak’s days bagging groceries and ‘pushin’ them carts’ to which he alluded in his 2017 collab track with Knxwledge, ‘Get Bigger’. ‘Bubblin’ is a swirling hot pot of .Paak’s cheeky lyrics,

‘Im’ma need all the fries you can gimme / All the hot sauce, all the pie you can gimme’

(my dream diet, just quietly) ladled over a steady bassladen beat and some seriously frenetic string synths. There is a hell of a lot happening in this track, but my ears are drinking up what .Paak’s pouring.

Take a dip in the evergreen pond that is Anderson.paak’s ‘Bubblin’ below, and get your greedy mitts on the track here.

Featured image source: Bandwagon