OUT OF TOWNERS GUIDE TO BIGSOUND

September 3rd, 2015

fmkb_1_221There is a folk lore that anything you could every want in Fortitude Valley is just a wish away. Now this may sound like we made it up (mostly because we just made it up) but we tell you no lies when we say that the Valley holds the key to all BIGSOUND delights musical, culinary and beyond.

You’re going to need something to keep those peepers open for three days and your number one coffee destination should be Foundry Records. Just a short toddle down from Judith Wright Centre the freshly opened Foundry Records is ready to cater to all your needs from caffeine to newly pressed vinyl. Also, in case you missed it before they’re also offering free coffee to all BIGSOUND delegates.

Now, we don’t condoning drinking to excess but when the damage is done y’all gonna need something to soak up that monster hangover. Enter The Flying Cock, which is not only a bang up music venue but they are also purveyors of some of the finest comfort food Brisbane has to offer. Think bacon cheeseburgers, think Buffalo wings, think Doritos fried chicken. Yes, you read that right. Doritos fried chicken. We’ll give you a second to wipe up your drool.

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Doughnuts have officially taken hold of Brisbane and we for one are happy to bow down to our fried, sugary masters. Doughnut Time over on Alfred St will tantalise you with their Nutella filled monstrosities while Donut Boyz will have you Instagram ready with their injectable creations.

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If you like drinkables with your eatables then look no further than the newest bar/restaurant hybrids scattered along the Valley.  LONg TIME is your go to for the best curry and beer combo out, Bao Down Now is so much more than just a delightful pun and Heya Bar is the home of the best cocktails and the Cheeseburger Spring Roll.

Just remember, Mucho Bravado takes no responsibility for any weight gained during the course of BIGSOUND 2015.

The Do’s And Don’ts Of BIGSOUND 2015

September 2nd, 2015

BS2015It’s that time of year again! Music minded people from far and wide descend on the humble streets of Fortitude Valley to wreak havoc all in the name of the music that we love so much. However, the intricacies of BIGSOUND can be a tricky beast to get around but never fear because Mucho Bravado is here for you. Take a seat, put on your learning glasses and take heed of our BIGSOUND do’s and don’ts.

Do Plan Your Days

So we know you’ve already planned what artists you’re seeing at the live portion of proceedings but we’re talking about getting right up in the planning’s face. If you are an aspiring artist, producer, journalist or someone that wants to make music their bread and butter then BIGSOUND can be one of the best places to get your foot in the door (or more likely get business card in the hand). Scour the delegates list online for the people you want to meet and then just accidentally on purpose strike up a totally lackadaisical conversation with them. Before you know it you’re a world famous artist/producer/journalist living it up on your private yacht with your beautiful partner.*

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Don’t Be A Fangirl

Take our last piece of advice with a grain of salt because as great as it is to go collect those delegates like the rare pokemon they are, nobody likes to be hounded. Be proactive but don’t be overbearing because all that will get you is a one way ticket to the crazy file in the delegates brain rolodex.  The same goes with any artists that you might bump into on your journey. Telling them that you really dug their last EP is acceptable but letting them know about the shrine you have in your closet… Not so much. When in doubt all you gotta do it make like Ice Cube and be cool.

Do See Things That You’ve Never Seen Before

No, we’re not talking about witnessing the lead singer of your favourite band spew in a Brunswick Street gutter. We’re talking about soaking up all the music that you’ve never heard of before. If you’re tossing up between mooching off for a late night kebab or catching that artist with only consonants in their name then just remember what you’re there for. Musical discovery is the name of the game y’all.

Don’t Indulge Too Much

For three glorious days the Valley will be free flowing with what we liken to liquid courage, much of which is yours without even having to touch your wallet. However, if you take only one piece of advice away from this article, let it be this: pace yourself!  You don’t want to be bent over a toilet bowl instead of sitting pretty listening to Peter Garett talk while silently pleading for him to break out those sweet as dance moves.

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Do Milk It For All Its Worth

Whether you dropped four hundred dollerydoo’s on a full conference pass or a shifty $45 on a one day live ticket you have to make the most of what you got. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears on stalk mode for any free food, free merch or free music that’s going around town. Just remember to always say yes to everything, except sleazy old men that don’t have delegate passes trying to sign you to their “promo label”.

Don’t Forget That It Is A Festival

This means that all of the usual festival conditions apply; stay hydrated, seek shade, wear sunscreen and putting a lil’ bit of a snack in your bag is always a good idea. We want you to have the most prosperous and successful BIGSOUND experience possible and that means not passing out from dehydration or hunger.

Happy BIGSOUND!

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*Mucho Bravado cannot guarantee any yachts or beautiful model partners.

THE CAT’S MEOW: METHYL ETHYL ‘OH INHUMAN SPECTACLE’

August 13th, 2015

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This. Record. Is. Fantastic!!! Everyone talks about Western Australia and Tame Impala, but everyone should be talking about Western Australia. I love Tame Impala, don’t get me wrong there, but this lo-fi, sleazy, washed-out and psyche affair is so awesome from start to finish. If I had to do a top five list for 2015 right now, this would easily be on it – it’s definitely one of the year’s best.

 

Take a risk, if you don’t know it and buy a copy.

- Shannon Logan (Jet Black Cat Music)

Top 5 Most Sexually Charged Moments In Music

August 13th, 2015

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Whether its the bass in a club banger or the falsetto in a folk tune, there’s no denying the music has the ability to make us feel all tingly in downstairs places. Brisbros The Jungle Giants totally understand this phenomenon (I mean, just look at that press shot, it just oozes sex appeal) so we asked guitarist and resident sex face maker Cesira Aitken to tell us what five musical moments really boil her potatoes.

1) Prince – Cream

Nothing much to say about this one, just watch/listen/enjoy it. Yay Prince!

2) Ginuwine – Pony

He’s not singing about some sort of barn-yard-farm-animal stable at the Ekka… Definitely not. He really sticks with the analogy the whole way through, which is something to admire.

3) Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight

One of the more suggestive songs on this list. The lyric “The thought of rubbing you is getting so exciting” has a very clear implication.

4) Kelis – Milkshake

This I pre SXSW food-truck Kelis. I’m not exactly sure what she is referring too exactly, but she’s suggesting something. Maybe I’m just an idiot. Haha!

5)The Jungle Giants – Every Kind of Way

The film clip for EKOW is filled with innuendo and our director Michaela Holmes nailed that kind of raunchy/cheeky thing we wanted for the clip. She’s our gal.

 

THE CAT’S MEOW: LEON BRIDGES’ COMING HOME

July 2nd, 2015

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I’m a massive soul lady and this record is something else, pretty much designed for vinyl right? I love that I can now put on a soul record from someone that isn’t from 40+ years ago, I’m putting something on from someone who is young (he’s 26!) and doing it right and uninfluenced. It’s from the same school as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke – he gets it, he gets soul and I can’t remember the last time that happened. It’s not R&B or anything else, it’s just pure soul – I’m into it.

Even in the artwork, you can see that the record is going to be something great – it looks like a classic soul record. Coming Home is the pick here for me, the best and most awesome way to kick off a record like this.  AND, what I love about this so far is that all these kids have been coming into the shop to get a copy – I love it when I can see this old stuff re-emerge for a younger generation.

- Shannon Logan (Jet Black Cat Music

ROB G’S TOP 5 VACUUM CLEANING RECORDS

July 2nd, 2015

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Each and every Sunday morning while casually scrolling through Instagram, we stumble upon photos with an illusive theme from one of the biz’s effortlessly cool individuals. Rob G is clearly as homely-disciplined as much as he is a gifted booking agent, for each week he posts an album cover alongside the caption “Sunday Vacuum Music”. This got us thinking – how the hell does he listen to this music with the constant drone of the cleaner: “I wear headphones that are wireless,” he reveals, “so I can roam from room to room. My weapon of cleaning is the Dyson DC37 Origin Bagless Vacuum Cleaner. In consultation with Dyson we choose the music. It happens every Sunday morning.”

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Screen grab lifted from https://instagram.com/robgiovannoni (@robgiovannoni)

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Rob Giovannoni
 has over 20 years experience in the music industry. He has worked with Severed Heads, Itch E & Scratch E, Custard, Sidewinder, Swervedriver (UK), Aphex Twin (UK), Clouds with companies Trading Post Agency,Hype and Underground Promotions. Talent Booker for Spectrum, FBi Social, Oxford Arts Factory,The Gaelic Club, Newtown RSL & The Globe Venue &  promoted club nights such as Underground Radio, Bleach & P*A*S*H. Currently he is the co-director of *SELECT MUSIC AGENCY for acts such as Ball Park Music, The Jungle Giants and Tkay Maidza amongst many others AND co- director of *SELECT TOURING – Crystal Castles, Public Enemy, The Dandy Warhols et al.
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We thought we’d have to convince him to do this but he embraced the challenge of naming his TOP 5 VACUUM CLEANING RECORDS. He says, “vacuuming has always been a joy! Music (the album format) must be part of the cleaning party (parties can be uplifting/can be mellow/can be anything…)! NO BETTER WAY TO MERGE THE LOVES – Cleaning + Music (the album format) = Brilliant!!!  The selections are chosen just before the vacuuming starts. More a feel vibe on the day. The Music chooses itself…. “As I love every album that Dyson and I have shared, I’m going to go with the people votes –  based on the highest likes via Instagram/Facebook/twitter. Its been awesome all the cool comments every week. I feel like that there’s a movement going on here!!  In order so far – we have been sharing selections since 2013.- are…

1. JOY DIVISION – UNKNOWN PLEASURES

2. NWA – STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

3. THE AVALANCHES – SINCE I LEFT YOU

4. SONIC YOUTH – GOO

5. BLUR – BLUR

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