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Two Brilliant Covers: Sarah Blasko Sings Bowie and Aurora Sings Massive Attack

While prowling around the Net in search of a quick David Bowie fix, in preparation for next week’s trip to the “David Bowie is” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, I found a YouTube channel for Triple J, an alternative radio station sponsored by the Australian government. One of its features is a Friday morning segment called “Like A Version”, during which a visiting artist plays one of their own songs, and a cover of a song they love.

Sarah Blasko is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, with a string of highly-praised albums over the past 15 years. She performs a crystalline version of “Life on Mars”.

While on the site, I also found this beautiful cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”* by Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora.

Despite the current foul political atmosphere in the US and the UK, isn’t the 21st century wonderful? Pre-internet, it’s unlikely that I’d ever have heard of either of these two amazingly talented musicians.

*A passing thought: By now, there must be millions of people who have never heard of Massive Attack, but would recognize “Teardrop” within a minute or so.

“Oh! That’s the song from House!”


Lamb — Food of the Gods

I’ve posted in the past about the wonderful ads used to promote Australian beef and lamb. Like this most recent one, they’re often controversial—vegans, in particular, seem to object to them, for some reason—but always brilliant.

Here’s one from last year:

You can see two more at the above link.

Pond — “Sweep Me Off My Feet”

Loving “Sweep Me Off My Feet”, the new release from Pond’s upcoming album, The Weather. The video mixes runny mascara with Jesus, androgyny, and the happy, happy people from corporate stock footage.

Membership in Pond is famously fluid; Pond and Tame Impala routinely share and trade players.

According to Pond’s Nicholas Allbrook, The Weather is a concept album,

“…not completely about Perth, but focusing on all the weird contradictory things that make up a lot of colonial cities around the world. Laying out all the dark things underneath the shimmering exterior of cranes, development, money and white privilege. It’s not our place, but it is our place. British, but Australian, but not REAL Australian. On the edge of the world with a hell of a lot of fucked things defining our little city, still we try and live a wholesome respectful life, while being inherently disrespectful. At the end of all this confusion in our weird little white antipodean world, there’s the beach, purity and nature that brings us all together”.

[Thanks, Nicholas. That answers all my questions.]

The Weather will be released on 5 May 2017.

Happy Australia Day!

Australia Day, the official National Day of Australia, is celebrated on 26 January, which marks the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788. Late January is high summer in Australia, so what better way to celebrate than by throwing some shrimp lamb on the barbie?

WAMMCO* observes the holiday by running a marketing television campaign for Australian lamb. In 2016, it was about Operation Boomerang, a “mission to save Australians abroad from going without the essential lamb barbecue on Australia Day.”

The ad attracted some criticism, because what doesn’t? Vegetarians didn’t like it, and some indigenous Australians and their supporters are opposed to the very link between Australia Day and the landing of the fleet. They call it “Invasion Day” instead.

So this year, WAMMCO bent over backwards to come up with a more inclusive ad:

*Full name: The Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-operative Limited. It’s usually called simply WAMMCO because by the time you can say “The Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-operative Limited,” your lamb will be stone cold.

Vivid Sydney 2016

Another Vivid Sydney Festival has come and gone.  Here’s a highlight reel from the annual event.

Being, as I am, easily distracted by shiny objects, I love this sort of thing!

Here are some of the images that were projected on the Sydney Opera House during the festival.  All photos were found on the Web.