Oh yes it’s another birthday! Mighty Mighty (it’s so good they say it twice) in Wellington New Zealand is celebrating double trouble two years of non-stop partying. These cheeky music lovers host everything from surf, country western and be-bop to modern pop and electro. Purveyors of kitsch, burlesque and general silliness these guys know how to put a smile on your face, ants in your pants and warm the old cockles. They last day of this weeklong big birthday bash is on Saturday 29th with fun and frolics to the musical gyrations of rockabilly and country by Labretta Suede & the Motel Six, The Hardy Ha Ha’s and Les Belles Bombshells. With this lot anything could happen… Check out their hilarious gig guide every week: www.myspace.com/mightymightybar
‘The Espy’ in St Kilda has been Australia’s premier live music venue since the late 1800’s and was a little worse for wear when it was bought up by nightclub owners Paul Adamo and Vince Sofo in 2001. They gave the place a new lease of life adding a restaurant and different floors all featuring live music. The impressive Gershwin room upstairs hosts main acts and the Front Room (Live on Awdio) has become the place to discover live local talent. Sunday night’s celebrations feature the Sunday residents Headspace, Nudist Funk Orchestra and Bad Boys Batucada. More details on: http://theesplanadehotel.com.au/
Time flies by when you’re having fun and Favela Chic have been bringing Brazilian sunshine and good vibes to London’s Shoreditch for the past 3 years. If you can’t physically be there you can join the party from afar with the sounds of Gringo da Parada, Victor Lavish and Ross Clarke spinning party tunes into the wee hours.
'On the One' is the new mid-week party at Sutra Lounge hosted by radio DJ and Highwater label manager Sucio Smash. He has been named one of America’s top DJs by Complex Magazine and Best Hip Hop Show (Squeeze Radio Show) by Time Out New York. He launched his label Highwater Music this year with releases by Sputnik Brown, Senor Kaos and P.CASSO. For this new weekly residency he invites some Hip Hop heavyweights starting with DJ Spinna on the 26th November followed by Large Professor, Evil Dee and Psycho Les. www.myspace.com/suciosmash
Mondays are the new Saturdays as far as the Urban Rescue team is concerned as this is when the ‘real’ clubbers come out to play! Tonight is no exception. Tonight’s Zbell Monday (which loosely translated means trashy Monday) at Cithéa Nova in Paris, is a minestrone soup of sounds with a live break-core set by French producers Tambour Battant, Paris based Nu-Ravestress Dactylo spins music that makes you reach for your glow-sticks and Ma and Elliott Lirowski polish things off so that come Tuesday morning you’ll just have to call in sick.
This little lady arrived in Melbourne with a free spirit and an open mind to bring the city a place where people can listen to good music without being tied down to specific genres. From Djs spinning drum ‘n’ bass and minimal house to live reggae and hip-hop from international acts, Miss Libertine draws them all into her lair for our listening pleasure. So many happy returns Missy, and wishing you many more successful years to come!
The Canadian DJ and producer A-Trak famous for working with Kanye West, having a brother as half of Chromeo, releasing loads of dance-floor killer tracks and running Fool’s Gold Records, has been hanging out in Paris for the past month. The concept store Colette asked him to start a blog for them during his stay. Take a peek into the incredibly busy world of A-Trak..
Every Tuesday night Bar Open in Melbourne invites musicians to come and improvise experimental sounds. Founded by percussionist Will Guthrie and guitarist Ren Walters in 1998, ‘MIUC’ has become the longest running program of its type in Australia. It has helped to cultivate a vibrant and diverse scene for avant-garde improvisation, challenging boundaries of current musical trends while remaining open to all genres idioms and instrumentation. Listen in and keep and ‘Open’ mind.