So, 2014 is done. After a very successful year for Bluebeard Music, we are excited to start 2015 with new EPs from both Fox & Fowl and The Phoncurves on the horizon plus the bookings department working in overdrive. Watch this space.
But to cap off the year, Dom and Ruby sat down and worked out their favourite music for the year of 2014. And here it is.
If you wanna hear my playlist of my favourite songs of 2014 on Rdio, head here.
Top 20 Albums Of The Year
9) Cold – Winterbourne
10) Lower Now – Pool Shop
Top 10 Albums // EPs
Okay so my top song is a tie between Queen Bey and the Nouj. Drunk In Love is my staple for any pre-Valley outing with my housemates (it’s provocative… it get’s the people going!). Bluff is just so infinitely cool! Harriette’s honey sweet vocals juxtaposed with the frustration of living up to relationship expectations is so bittersweet. It makes me want to weep and high five someone at the same time.
3. DMA’s – Delete
4. Tempura Nights – R.I.P CHIX
5. Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
6. WAAX – Wisdom Teeth
7. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Hot Wax
8. Orphans Orphans – Orphan
9. HAMJAM – Love
10. Velociraptor – Ramona
Arrr you ready?!! Somewhere between the devil and the deep brown river awaits a new nautically-themed bar for those left high and dry. Setting sail this Thursday 2nd October, The Milk Factory Kitchen and Bar is located in the heritage listed former Coronation Hotel, on Montague Road, South Brisbane (formerly the site of The Joynt). Brought to you by the owner and creator of Shady Palms and Lady Marmalade Cafes in Stones Corner, Mal Gill, in conjunction with two new award-winning partners, it’s no wonder so many scallywags are getting their knickers knotted.
Waiting to welcome you aboard with Mal are business partners Brisbane chef Asher Blackford and gun drink slinger Daniel Gregory. Dan is a former hometown boy who has been drawn back after managing bars in Melbourne and Sydney (Baxter Inn, Shady Pines, Black Pearl, Eau De Vie) in what is a coup for our city’s burgeoning bar scene. Before leaving our fine port he was an integral member of The Bowery and Byblos teams that created such big waves in the mid-late noughties.
The painstakingly handmade bar will feature five beer taps and one cider tap as well as a crafted cocktail list from Dan and a small selection of wines. With a strong focus on rum and classic cocktails we will look to compliment our food offerings with interesting drink options or feel free to hit up our crew for whatever tickles yer fancy.
Behind the porthole in the galley, Asher’s menu will focus on playful & witty bar food based around a semi-played with or altered world map. The concept is a floating menu, which will travel at least every 3 months with the style of cuisine portraying the journey undertaken. First ports of call will be Hawaii, Japan, Korea through to East China and the Philippines. With a block of family-owned beautiful volcanic Maleny soil producing some hard to find ingredients and inspiration for use in his first ‘own’ kitchen, something he’s been dreaming of and plotting for many years. He has previously been head chef at city favourites; Laruche, Canvas, Sardine Tin, Survey Co, Jam Jar and a few others.
The Milk Factory will also feature live music and/or beats, across a broad range of genres, six days of the week, booked by Bluebeard Music’s Dominic Miller. Keep an eye on the messenger pigeons of social media for all our gig info.
The venue will have a nautical feel featuring some one-off art pieces made for us, street art from Fintan Magee and Sam Hill, as well as antique scuba divers helmets and other vintage or upcycled pieces. This is not just another cookie cutter, order from the catalogue sort of venue. The three partners and their long suffering family and friends have had all favours called in! The Milk Factory team have pretty much done the entire fit out of the site themselves. The bar front is made from recycled river bridge wood, painstakingly sanded and varnished until it sparkles with uniqueness (mainly by our in house artist/chef/owner Asher!) Dan’s father (Bob) built the bar frame from scratch and delivered it on the back of a truck.
The Milk Factory Crew are hoping to start pouring and plating from October 2nd although… Keep an eye on social media in case we set sail early.
Batten down the hatches me hearties!
Another update from your pals at Bluebeard Music!
Fox and Fowl
Fox and Fowl are heading down to Sydney this Friday, 1st August to play Standard Bowl! Get down there!
Friday 1st August
The Standard Bowl
The Phoncurves have finished their tour with Bell X1, which went amazingly well, and have just been announced on the Big Sound Lineup! You can read more about that here.
For now though, the girls are starting to work on new music for their next EP and are currently filming a clip for the next single from their second EP.
Magoo is once again involved in The City Sounds Amplify Competition this year and he has chosen this year’s winners are Babaganouj!
The band will be working with Magoo later this year to record a new single!
Fox & Fowl have finally released the clip for Jungle Punch when it was premiered on Happy.com today. The clip, which was directed by Philippa Musso is an examination of the aftermath of consuming “Jungle Punch”. You can watch it right here.
On another note, the Magoo-mixed song from Velociraptor, Sneakers, premiered on Triple J Mornings with Zan Rowe this morning. Have a listen here:
Fox & Fowl with The Seed Fund grant!
Fox & Fowl were last week announced as one of the three recipients of The Seed Fund “It’s All About The Song” grant. The band will now be heading down to Melbourne to record a new song with one of their favourite producers, Steven Schram, who has worked with San Cisco, Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes, The Cat Empire and Eagle & The Worm!
You can read more about the initiative and who else was helped by the amazing Seed Fund, right here!
The Phoncurves start tour with Bell X1
The Phoncurves start their tour with Bell X1 this week! The Irish superstars are touring Australia for the first time and the girls are very excited, as Bell X1 is one of their favourite bands!
Here are the dates:
Thursday 3rd July:
The Hi Fi, Melbourne
Friday 4th July:
The Zoo, Brisbane
Saturday 5th July:
The Hi Fi, Sydney
Sunday 6th July:
The Capitol, Perth
You can buy your tickets from here.