Archive for May, 2010

McGay

// Just in case the gay’s felt uncomfortable or ridiculed, French McDonald’s has released a commercial designed to promote equality throughout it’s restaurants.

Bitch, please. We know pretty gay boys wouldn’t be seen dead scoffing McNuggets in public. 

// Dan Z

Nickabocka loves: Tuula

// Vintage clothing can be so damn expensive. I get cheesed off when I stroll into any local vintage store expecting to pick up a bargain or four, only to discover the clothes are often five times the price of what I’d usually pay on a good day at Salvo’s (yes Retro Star, I’m talking to you). I understand and respect that some clothes are genuine one-off’s and deserve the three digit price tag. Heck, many a time I’ve paid an unnecessary amount for vintage because in my own rationalisation, it is worth every cent. However what really grinds my gears are people that buy a dress from Savers for 10 bucks, take the hem up, and then sell it in their hipster store for 100 big ones. No fair.

Just over a month ago, I was recommended by a friend during a ridiculously boring tutorial at Uni to check out an online vintage store by the name of Tuula. Just when I was starting to think vintage ain’t what it used to be, maaan was I pleased to discover this marvelous blog. I was ecstatic to see such a splendid and diverse range of pieces, all hand crafted and modeled by Jessica Stein (who is breathtakingly stunning might I add). The pre-loved and new pieces are all at a ludicrously affordable price, suitable for any Uni student’s poormans budget.

21 year old Jessica Stein, who hails from the Central Coast of NSW, started Tuula when she arrived home from Europe last year with a titanic 75kg’s worth of clothing that she’d collected throughout her European escapades (I get sad trying to guess what Jess’ excess luggage fee was). At the time of writing, Tuula currently has a cult following of 22,198 people on facebook. That many ‘likes’ really speaks for itself. Yeeep – this gurl has some good shit.

Jess is heading back to London shortly, but don’t be alarmed. Tuula will live on from across the globe. Jess has promised that she will continue to update her blog, photograph and hunt for more amazing London-chic pieces, which us kids Down Under will be able to buy online. Feck yeah.

What if vintage isn’t your thang? Well, Jess insists that ‘confidence is always the key, and mixing vintage with up to date basics is my wardrobe staple. I know a lot of girls that love vintage, but seem to admire from a distance as they think they would never suit an all vintage look’. Jess hopes that Tuula inspires girls to find their own style in their everyday outfits. Naww.

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Check it: store / blog 

// Bear-Z

 

Another week, another festival.

// As a tricky industry to break in to, the The 2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival will do its best to lend a hand at making sure Australian writers are down with the process. 

Running from May 21 – 30, the festival will hold a number of events that promote the interests of emerging writers, from a spotlight into non-fiction in Write What You Know, to a Triple J presented expose’ on how the disco movement has affected literature, there is something for every niche writer. Of particular note is the world’s first mobile magazine fair, which travels via bus to visit zine markets and chat with various artists (guerilla style, of course). 

I gotta say, I love creative forums. We all know putting pen to paper can be difficult (or putting finger to keyboard for that matter) – but thanks to a few passionately charged individuals who cared enough to share their knowledge and arrange for others to do the same, writers of all shapes and sizes can learn how to design plotlines, write dialogue, find a voice, find an agent and get published. All for around $10 a session. 

The festival includes a wonderful selection of events at the Melbourne Town Hall; grab a weekend pass for $30 and experience the lot. Check out the program of events here.

// Dan Z

Nickabocka loves: Glee

// They quite triumphantly tackeled Madonna a few weeks ago, and now prime-time musical dram-edy Glee takes on the music and fashion of Lady Gaga. 

Glee is taking leaps and bounds in becoming one of the most popular shows of our generation. Not since Gossip Girl hit the screens three years ago has a program really captivated pop-culture enthusiasts with their novel story ideas and hot cast (see below). Not to mention talented! Of course, I’m a sucker for the musical in most forms. In my opinion, shows brave enough to embrace the genre (Scrubs, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) should have extended their musical affiliations for at least a season or two (okay, maybe not). But the primary difference with Glee is that these kids are actually singers. And dancers. They’ve got it all going on. And with five best-selling records under their belt (including and not limited to the #1 selling iTunes hit, The Power of Madonna), the gang are building up quite a repetoir of modern pop hits as well as classic tunes. For anyone whose fantasized about losing their virginity to the sweet serenation of their boyfriend singing Like A Virgin, this is the show for you.

Single handedly responsible for the rebirth of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, including the art of the ‘mash up’ (mixing such artists as Bon Jovi and Usher in the same number). Stand out numbers throughout the season have included unexpected renditions of Dionne Warwck’s A House Is Not A Home, Lily Allen’s Smile, Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of The Heart and Lennon’s Imagine (shared on screen with a deaf show choir. Tear). 

Lea Michele in Elle, February 2010.

Dianna Agron (in Chanel jacket), Interview, January 2010. 

The Male Cast of Glee, Vanity Fair, December 2009. 

Rolling Stone, March 2010.

Not only is Glee insanely entertaining, but it highlights the importance of arts education and gives the big fat finger to anybody that gave a wedgie in high school. The show stars broadway actress Lea Michele, who has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award for her performance as overbearing starlet Rachel Berry (the show also scored a win for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy). Michele is also set to star as Dorothy in the CGI animated remake of Wizard of Oz next year.

The Gaga-inspired episode is directed by Joss Whedon (the creative brilliance behind the Buffy empire. Yes Buffy-nerds, he’s back on prime time!) and also guest stars Neil Patrick Harris. And just who can get away with donning Gaga’s McQueen outfit in a respectable tribute to one of the biggest pop stars of our time? Kurt can. Check out the episode’s trailer:

// Dan Z

A night in Berlin

// Cocktails in Berlin anyone? It’ll only cost you a walk up Little Bourke and a damn cute outfit.

Walk up two flights of darkened stairs and ring the bell to Berlin. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by one of the many ridiculously good looking foreign bar staff, who are surprisingly unpretentious and happy to give you advice on their delightful menu choices. Although the bar itself is quite small, the space has been utilised exceptionally well. Set amongst a back drop of classy European furnishings, its divided into two sub-sections. East Berlin is furnished with low slung couches or booths and proves a cosy spot; the perfect place to take a date – intimacy is guaranteed. The West side is more of a draw card as it offers a slightly more unique and stylised decor. Boasting the same concept as the famous “Bed” night club from Sex and the City, Berlin has set up several double bunks (be mindful and watch your alcohol consumption – drunkenly climbing down a thin ladder or jumping off in heels could leave you feeling like an idiot).

If the bunk beds are perhaps a little too out there for you, grab a table at one of the many bath tub turned cocktail benches or book the king bed in the corner, allowing a full 270 degree view of the room from a risen stage set. You may feel like a bit of twat sitting up there with everybody secretly peering (you’re literally staged for everyone to see) but hey, you’re out in Berlin, you may as well go all out.

Berlin is located on top of the not-so-hot Eurotrash and next to Fad Bar in Corrs Lane, Melbourne CBD. Menu choices here

// glitterali

Biko, toughen up.

// Two months ago Kele Okereke, Bloc Party front man, came out as a raging ‘alt’ queer via BUTT magazine on the brink of his new solo endeavor. He tactfully avoided directly labeling himself for years, briefly touching on homoerotic themes in his music but never confirming his questionable sexuality. Now, despite fear of derailing the thriving Kele empire he has built, he names his parents as the reason he has finally chosen to come out swingin’. 

UK’s Attitude Summer 2010

BUTT Magazine, Spring 2010

I was never sure. And of course I’d alway hoped. Three years ago my friend tried to break it down for me: ‘He says We left our trousers by the canal.. and I’ve been waiting for you in The Joiners Arms which is like a gay pub in East London dude – total mo’. At long last he claims he is worried his parents will die without ever really knowing a large part of his person. Tear. 

Kele, stage name Kele, has been working on his solo record for the past year with UK producer Hudson Mohawk. Much like the pre-release anticipation that Bloc Party fans experience, compiled evidence thus far is really not enough to predict what Kele’s new sound will entail. His first single Tenderoni is less Intimacy and more Flux, lending one to assume Kele has hung up his Converse sneakers and taken the club-tech road. I’m not adverse to this one bit. Indie records have to be pretty damn special these days to make much of an impact. 

Anyway, check out Tenderoni. On display throughout – hot, ripped, naked black men:

Kele’s solo record The Boxer is out June 21 and probably available for illegal download a few days before that (not here, of course). 

// Dan Z

What would mums say?

// Every now and again America will produce a film that defies the glitz and glamour of traditional Hollywood filmmaking. No explosions, no 3D aliens from another planet, no massive casts of 10-15 B-list celebrities fighting for camera time; just pure heart and soul. Thank Christ.  

I caught The Kids Are Alright at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and only afterward discovered that Mia Wasikowska was Alice (of Wonderland fame) and Australian. Unlike Alice In Wonderland, you can really begin to tell why this little Aussie unknown has been plucked from down under and thrust into America’s view finder; she has some truly beautiful moments in this film. I’ve also developed a mad crush on Mark Ruffalo and an equal appreciation for Julianne Moore. Together with Annette Benning, they bring this new-age family to life with their honest portrayal of monogamy, coming of age and the burdens associated with having two mummies. Soundtrack features Julian Casablancas and Joni Mitchell. 

SEE IT IN JULY. 

// Dan Z