Andreja Pejic featured in Vogue Magazine

Adland: How to Avoid Rainbow Washing

Clients and their agencies often baulk at using gay and lesbian people in campaigns not because they think it’s too risky, rather they have a misguided belief that they make up too small a part of their customer base. Originally published on

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Baby Don’t Lose That Number

After a year working moonlighting on "Australia's first peer-to-peer, on-demand delivery service", my partners and I threw it all away and re-built the concept in the space of a weekend. It's called Ahoy and in the age of the app, what we've created

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Lady Gaga #nomakeupselfie

#nomakeupselfie: 3 Things You Must Know Before Posting

While the #selfie meme irritates me personally, I’m far more irritated by the short-sightedness by many critics of the ensuing Cancer Research UK campaign, raising awareness and funding cancer research. Make-up free selfies have nothing to do with

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Rudd Deals: Naked vs Native

Kevin Rudd, Nick Kavanagh (Naked Communications) and Alyx Gorman (The Vine) have been in the spotlight for the last few days over what boils down to a bungled attempt at the latest trend in branded content, known as “Native Advertising”. Despite

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School of Pop

Infographic: Perspective on Today’s Record-breaking Pop Music

Today's pop artists are breaking records set by some of the industry's all-time greats like The Beatles and Michael Jackson, with the help of growing digital distribution and consumption.

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Thom: A Portrait of Modern Youth

Thom is a 19 year-old from the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, mid-way down the east coast of Australia. He's also the subject of Riley Blakeway's eponymous, debut biopic film embedded above. Like a lot of films that capture the essence of Australian

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Hong Kong: “City of Dreams”

Jonathan Van Smit lives in Hong Kong and captures documentary-style street photography between the hours of 11pm and 4am. He's one of the most open and interesting guys I've ever met: the kind of guy that makes you want to put the mic away and be

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Hobo Daze

Hobo Daze: The Lords of Shenzhen

Vagabond Skateboards brought together their team to meet up with local skaters from Shenzhen and spend a day cruising through the Cantonese country side. 1322

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DBG #1 The Black Atlantic (Part 1) | Of This Unfortunate Event (The Aftermath)

Location: Shanghai, China Watch elsewhere: 土豆网 [中文] | YouTube [en] | vimeo [en] Artwork by Nini Sum @ Idlebeats Translation by Agina Liu (喜北肉豆蔻) 1309

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DBG #1 The Black Atlantic (Part 2) | Fragile Meadow

Location: Shanghai, China Watch elsewhere: 土豆网 [中文] | YouTube [en] | vimeo [en] Artwork by Nini Sum @ Idlebeats Translation by Agina Liu (喜北肉豆蔻) 1308

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DGB #2 Fetish People | You Got Me When I Stare At You

Location: Taipei, Taiwan Watch elsewhere: 土豆网 [中文] | youtube [en] | vimeo [en] Translation by Agina Liu (喜北肉豆蔻) 1307

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DBG #3 French Horn Rebellion | This Moment

Location: Shanghai, China Watch elsewhere: 土豆网 [中文] | youtube [en] | vimeo [en] Translation by Agina Liu (喜北肉豆蔻) 1295

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DBG #4 杭盖Hanggai | 呼和那木基拉 Yekul Song

Location: 上海Shanghai, 中国China Watch elsewhere: 土豆网 [中文] | youtube [en] | vimeo [en] Introduction translated by Karl Ke (卡尔) Story Translation by Natasia Kawi 1294

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DBG #5 小朋克 Little Punk (Part 1) | Fine Darling

Location: 上海Shanghai, 中国China Watch elsewhere: 土豆网 [中文] | youtube [en] | vimeo [en] Translation by Agina Liu (喜北肉豆蔻) 1293

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DaBaoGe (打包歌) Acoustic Shows

Take-Away Shows for China

It's been a very busy month, being on the road filming a research video with enovate and launching a new music video project with my friend Charles Lanceplaine. Let's talk about the music videos first. The most recent one, filmed in Taipei is

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"We All Want To Be Young in China" by enovate

We All Want to Be Young in China

"We All Want To Be Young in China" is a video I concepted/directed for enovate (edited by Giuseppe Farina). It's a 3-minute crash course on the evolution of contemporary youth culture in China. I really hope it inspires young people in China and

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Click through for Nick Peden's China Outlook Report

China [Youth Culture] Outlook

My mate Nick's thoughts in words and images, on the state of China's youth culture. Review to follow. But for now, gedditindaya. It’s been a couple months in the making, and I couldn’t be happier to release it for all to read. Filled with text and

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Zach Wahls

19 Year-old Zach Wahls on Gay Marriage

Yesterday, was the first day in the court hearing addressing the proposed ban of gay marriage in Iowa, which has been legal in the state since 2009. I'd challenge anyone to make a more compelling case for the legalisation of gay marriage than 19

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Spike Jonze Lakai Fully Flared

Spike Jonze: Most Epic Skateboarding Film Ever

So it seems I've been a little bit swept-up by skateboarding films lately and I haven't even been seeking them out. I haven't got much to say about this one. I'll sum it up for you in a few words. Spike Jonze, Ty Evans and Cory Weincheque

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Converse Ni Skate Film

Converse Skate Film “Ni” 逆

The idea and the resources behind this film gave it a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the execution was lacking something: in the narrative, the message and the (skateboarding) tricks. 1226

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Premakes Empire Strikes Back

Reel Cool #4: Film Premakes (How To)

I recently came across a YouTube meme of posting "Premakes" or in plain English, scenes from old movies (the older and more obscure the better) re-cut and re-titled and passed-off as more recent modern classics. It's a similar concept to the sweded

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4Chan Guide to Adland

The 4Chan Guide to Adland

A group of Shanghai's young advertising professionals (if you've got a better way to describe us, leave it in the comments) re-bonded last night over a few hot pots. It's also a great opportunity to work out which agencies you could see yourself

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Music Test

The BBC Called: They want to know how musical you are…

BBC Labs are running some online tests that examine your relationship with music. Being someone who has played music for most of my life, listens to it heavily and even worked in the industry, I was curious to know how I scored. Link for the test and

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Smooth Criminal: Shredding the Cello

Two cellos, literally shredding their bows in an acoustic arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". The performance is to classical music what Center Stage was to classical ballet. Forget the bad acting. It's the unfakable intensity of the

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Anybody’s Fixed Gear: One Gear Book

A couple of my photographs are being published in a forthcoming book about fixed gear bicycles. It's called "One Gear". Congratulations to the guys at Anybody's Fixed Gear. The sample spreads (below) look great. 1076

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Music From Saharan Cellphones: Volume 2

I suppose you could call Christopher Kirkley the audiophile's linguist. He travels the world researching and documenting the music of largely unknown traditional cultures and their relationship with modern technology. I've been reading his blog

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Christian Were: Vinegar Girl

Christian Were: Vinegar Girl

Also, Check out Christian Were's shots of Xinjian, China on flickr. Full of that nostalgic magic, produced when a great photographer masters the art of film. [via Ruby Pseudo]

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Music Data Visualisation: End of Year Top Albums 2010

Music Data Visualisation: End of Year Top Albums 2010

If you're like me and you don't have time to look at every Thom, Mick and Iggy's "2010 Best Album" list. Head straight for the buffet of the most respected "2010 Best Album" lists –an incredibly thorough, beautifully designed, interactive data

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Shoes of Prey: Thanks Jodie

My very lovely friends Jodie, Michael and Mike from Shoes of Prey recently dropped-in to Shanghai for a visit. I have a lot of fun getting dressed in the mornings and Jodie happened to take a liking to this particular outfit. Read her post and design

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Visual Life Satorialist

Visual Life Documentary: The Satorialist

I really enjoyed this short documentary on street fashion photographer, Scott Schumann aka The Satorialist. He has such an professional, friendly, but somehow odd report with his subjects. There were two quotes from the film that particularly

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Hero of Naples

Shanghai’s Real Life Superheroes

Yes, the chap in this photo is for real. He's one of the real life, crime-fighting vigilantes dishing out justice on the streets of Naples, Italy. There's an entire online registry of people just like him patrolling neighborhoods all over the

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Shanghai 5 Skate Documentary by Charles Lanceplaine

Shanghai 5: Skateboarding Documentary

Shanghai 5 is a documentary of the development of the the city's skate culture and their on-going love affair with it's dreamy urban architecture. The debut screening was held at The Source, back in early December and I really wish I could have made

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China’s Youngest Skater + World’s Biggest Skate Park

Yesterday Mattias and I rode our bikes to the outskirts of Shanghai to check out the world's largest skate park ('SMP International Skate Park'). We ran into seven year-old Xiao He, comfortably dropping-in and rolling around the various banks, hips,

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Acrylics 'Nightwatch'

Listen to Acrylics ‘Nightwatch’

Robert Smith fans will love the way that guitar is struck. But those warm, handfuls of keys played through a heavy woolen blanket are what seduced me into the lap of a third consecutive listen. Please enjoy the Acrylics track below. 855

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Wiki WikiLeaks: Hip Hop Style

A tongue-in-cheek video outlining the latest 'news' in the on-going WikiLeaks slash Julian Assange case. There's even a hat tip to one of 2010's biggest viral video successes and current #1 most-viewed clip on YouTube, Antoine Dodson's "Bed Intruder

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Li-Ning: Running with Nike + Adidas

A hilarious new video spot from Chinese athletic company Li-Ning. According to chinaSMACK, a number of Chinese sites are predicting Chinese expats in the US to take offence. But I think, if anyone, it's the mainstream American population who are most

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Creativity: New Ideas Not Required

I don't want to get all philosophical on you. But sometimes I enjoy stretching my brain in this way. In this TEDx video, so-called "Account Planning Guru" Paul Feldwick explains the need to re-define "creativity" away from terms like originality and

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Online Fashion: 9 Innovations for Online Sizing

Lately, I've been trying to problem-solve  how to get accurate fittings online for a product like custom mens' shirts. Here are 9 possible innovations in determining sizing when shopping for clothes online and the advice I received from a handful of

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Massive Music Shanghai: Tang King

Earlier this week Diederik van Middelkoop of Massive Music emailed me their latest music video, "Shanghai, Shanghai" featuring rapper 'TK' Tang King. It's a really fun clip, featuring glimpses into all the iconic scenes you encounter everyday, living

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You Stole My Idea

You stole my idea. But it's OK. Because without me, the execution of my idea is (at worst) nothing and (at best) yours. It's a sentiment that I've held for a long time and today I read about some clever people who agree. 786

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Carsick Cars Announce Split

Carsick Cars, perhaps one of China's most well known indie acts to international audiences, has split. Read an English translation of the band's official statement on Douban today below. 778

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Queen Sea Big Shark

Queen Sea Big Shark @ Mao Livehouse

Beijing indie-pop rockers Queen Sea Big Shark played at Shanghai's Mao Livehouse on Friday night. I've had people in the (China music) industry tell me their live show was over-rated. Friday night was anything but. The venue brought great sound and

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Video: 5KUAI (Shanghai)

My first attempt at a technique called "lens wacking" or "free lensing": A short film about our neighbours. The couple downstairs in our Shanghai laneway compound spend every afternoon dicing up fresh vegetables and cooking fresh noodle pasta.

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Yimmy Yayo

Yimmy Yayo: Untitled & Unrelated

If you're in Sydney on Thursday 11 November, don't miss what will be a hella exciting collection of photographs from Yimmy Yayo, aka my dear friend James W. Mataitis Bailey. All prints will be raffled off (tickets $1) with the proceeds going to

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Five live tracks from two of China's most influential indie punk acts

Reel Cool #3: New York (China) Dolls

Five live tracks from two of China's most influential indie punk acts and one incredible, 'free folk' act. Filmed almost exactly 12 months ago in Brooklyn's powerHouse Arena. I love the film grading and production. Feels like it could have been

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JR exhibition

Images from JR Exhibition in Shanghai

Wrote a post yesterday about JR's work. Went and check out his latest exhibition opening at 18Gallery on the Bund tonight in Shanghai. JR himself (+team) was at the gallery and I managed to catch him to ask a few questions that I was keen for answers

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Transmedia: Time To Think About The Past

"Future, it's a time to think about the past" Cut Copy (2004). I'm constantly reminded by people a lot smarter than I am (like my friend Craig Schuftan) that so many of our latest trends and our brave new 'future' world is actually just clever

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Ted Prize Artist JR

TED Prize Winner in Shanghai: Street Artist JR

Pervasive street artist JR, who was just awarded the TED Prize, is opening his latest exhibition 'The Wrinkles of a City' in Shanghai tonight. His work is characterised by intimately-shot black and white photographs, super-sized and pasted in

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New Warpaint Album The Fool

Listen: New Warpaint Album ‘The Fool’

Stream The Fool below. The latest album from LA's dreamy psych-pop quartet, Warpaint will be released next week. I love these guys. My review (or someone else's) to follow. 720

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Adam Perry iPhone

Adam Perry’s iPhone App to Change Music Industry

Last weekend, the Guardian reported on the launch of Adam Perry's (A and Bloodhound Gang) new iPhone app. But is it really going to change the music market in the way that it needs to? 711

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Yuri Suzuki Product Design Meets Music

Yuri Suzuki: Product Design Meets Music

The Sound Chaser is an amplified toy train with a stylus (record needle) that runs along tracks made of old vinyl records. The artist, Yuri Suzuki is an amazing dude who, for the last few years, has been leading innovation on the relationship between

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Tame Impala

Best Live Tame Impala Session Ever

Free download or stream Tame Impala's very special Daytrotter session below. I've been a die-hard Daytrotter fan for years now. It's a unique free music model with an amazing story behind it. And I recommend it to almost anyone who ever asks me where

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Jarvis Cocker Does Disco

Jarvis Cocker Does Disco

I've been sitting on this track for a couple of weeks now. It's time to share. Without further ado, a match made in futuristic disco heaven...French duo Discodeine "Syncronize" featuring Jarvis Cocker (formerly of Pulp). Out next month on Dirty /

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Reel Cool #2: Five Music Videos Trying to Change the World

Below are five amazing music videos that will change your view of the world. Heck, with your help they may even change the world. The artists involved include: Muse, Radiohead, The Killers, David Bowie, Queen, Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene, Grizzly

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Little Punk

Little Punk: China’s Answer to SoKo

Shanghai lofi indie-folker, Little Punk has just dropped her sophomore album, Hey guy, you are big time alright. and it's well worth a listen. Now. 672

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Joel Burns Gay Teens

The Ugly Side of Youth Culture

Gay, straight, bi-sexual, whatever you are, you need to watch this. It's not something that many youth trend/culture blogs like to talk about, which is one reason I'm posting it here. Youth suicide is the third highest cause of death amongst 15-24

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24 Hours in Mumbai (Bombay) for Qantas

24 Hours in Mumbai (Bombay) for Qantas

On the surface, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is true to the imaginative representations of popular fiction. But chaos, noise and filth are merely birthmarks on India’s biggest and most diverse city. Offensive contradictions coexist harmoniously in its

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Patrick Seabase Motorpace

Patrick Seabase: Motor-paced Cycling

Brand new video from Switzerland's Patrick Seabase (former pro skater and sponsored track bike rider). Great to see him spending a lot more time on the bike these days. He was the driving force behind the recently defunct GOrilla bicycle company and

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Nick Peden China Youth

Nick Peden: Images of Contemporary China

Here's a selection of really interesting images from Nick Peden. Nick recently returned to Shanghai, after a research adventure through greater China, focusing on youth culture in the country's second-tier cities. These images remind me why I love

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Wham in China

George Michael Released + Wham! in China

[October 12, 2010] George Michael has been released from prison after serving half of an eight-week sentence for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. [via Guardian] To mark this day, here's Lindsay Anderson's "Foreign Skies"

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9 Ways to Improve the Lifelounge Youth Trends Report

Recently, I was contacted on Twitter (along with a few others) and offered a report containing "research on 16-30 y.o tastes in music, sport, fashion, entertainment". The Urban Market Research (UMR) report is a collaboration between Lifelounge and

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Yann Tiersen Dust Lane

New Album: Yann Tiersen’s ‘Dust Lane’

Stream 'Dust Lane', the new album from Yann Tiersen, composer of the soundtrack to the cutesy French film "Amelie". 596

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Reel Cool Music Videos

Reel Cool #1: A Week of Music Videos

"Reel Cool" is a weekly post series featuring five videos worthy of your eyeballs. Here's the first and it's all music: El Guincho (Spain), Oh Mercy (Australia), Twin Shadow, Airport (India) and Bang Bang Tang (China)... 589

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Indie India part 2

Indie India: What’s the fuss about? (Pt. 2)

Read Part 1 of this series: "Indie India: 'Early Influencers'" This is the second post in a three-part series, reporting on Mumbai's independent music scene today and offering some commentary on the challenges facing India's emerging music

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Mark Ronson Bike Song

Mark Ronson & the Business Intl

Mark Ronson's latest album, Record Collection, is a cracker. I've been steaming it for most of the day. "An album of seductive retro pop and soulful dance-floor jams", is a spot-on assessment from flavorpill. See below for a review of the album and

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Indie India Early Influences

Indie India: “Early Influencers” (Pt. 1)

This post is the first in a short series detailing my learnings in India. For the last decade, indie music has been battling for a credible presence in India’s first-tier cities, like Mumbai. Despite some media outlets prematurely breaking the

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Mumbai Shaair and Func

CNNGo Mumbai: Shaa’ir + Func

A profile on Mumbai's most popular indie music act, Shaa'ir + Func, and their contribution to the city's emerging music community –published on CNNGo. More images from Shaa'ir + Func's live show here.

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Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Immortalised: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Charles Haddon, frontman for UK electro-pop trio Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, reportedly committed suicide yesterday, following the band's set at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. To be honest, I never really listened to much of the band's work and it's

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The Most Badass Music Video in India

Athiradee Kaalam has taken Bollywood music videos to a whole new level of 'badass'. Picture an Indian Michael Jackson, Erik Estrada, James Bond, David Lee Roth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and John Travolta all stitched up into one impossibly cool gent

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Handsome Furs China Tour

Handsome Furs: Live @ Yuyintang (Shanghai)

Handsome Furs live @ Yuyintang Livehouse, Shanghai, China. Images shot by Andy Miller. Full set below. 622

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Inside China Straddling Bus

China’s Straddling Bus: The Inside…

The unveiling of China's innovative, congestion-alleviating new bus design caused a web storm this week. But what hasn't been released yet is what the inside of such a groundbreaking concept will look like. Here's the answer. 493

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Lady Gaza Music Israel

The Music World Goes Anti-Israel

I finally got around to reading a series of articles—open in my browser for sometime now—on international artists [not] performing in Israel. And in an attempt to post a balanced piece I read a bunch more. It seems to me that there is simply no

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Reptile and Retard China Tour

Reptile + Retard: The Know China, But Still Don’t Know How to Spell Beer

[image credit: Rasmus Weng Karlsen] A few months ago Danish duo Reptile and Retard completed a massive and very debaucherous tour of China. Here are some of the highlights published by Vice Magazine this week. 406

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US Decriminalise Piracy

Six Groundbreaking New Rules: US Decriminalises ‘Piracy’

The US Copyright Office announced today 6 groundbreaking new rules that bring Copyright Law into line with fair use of new technology. The rules below now prevent you from being prosecuted for the following common practices. However one huge omission

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The Problem with China’s Music Festivals

The downfall of the majority of music festivals in China is made obvious by one short quote from Suzhou International Music Festival's Chief Coordinator, Yu Hui. 396

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Bangalore Youth

Bangalore Youth: More in Common with NYC than Rural India?

“My fundamental belief is that people across the globe are more alike than dis-similar. My belief is there's a global youth culture, where a youth in India has more in common with youth in NY than with people from rural India.” Joseph Tripodi,

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Mobile Youth

Ruby Pseudo: How Kids Use Their Phones

Below is my response to an article posted on Ruby Psuedo's blog. The original post, '10 Notions to consider about how kids use their phones... Up and at 'em again: Vanity' is 12 months old. But the themes are still being widely discussed. 369

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Baker and Spice Shanghai

China’s Best Baked Goods: Baker & Spice

The best bakery in China sits in the heart of Shanghai's French Concession district. Here are some images I took this week for an article appearing in New Zealand media. 350

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ARAB in Shanghai

Swiss artist and my good mate, Ian White (aka Cutterskink, aka ARAB) recently dropped into Shanghai for a visit. Among some of the the mischief while he was here, we thew some paint up in an incredible abandoned old building. Check out some of the

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RIP Gingers: Evolution of a Media Meme

It's been building for 5 years. Content featuring (and often abusing) gingers was controversial, trendy, popular, socially acceptable and most recently endorsed by the Victorian Government in Australia. It was funny for a while. But thanks to a lame

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The Algorithm of a Meme

Good friend and pop-blogger Julian Cole, recently posted an article on The Algorithm of a Meme. It reminded me of an interesting piece of software called Current, which contains the exact said algorithm –a meme radar of sorts. 335

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The Wire

What ‘The Wire’ taught me about Australian Politics

If The Wire taught me anything about politics it's that it doesn't really matter who Australia's leader is, under the current system. For whatever good intentions and false hopes potential leaders hold for delivering on promises, 'setting things

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Sa Dingding

Sa Dingding: First Chinese Artist to Infiltrate the West

Sa Dingding (萨顶顶), a 26 year-old electronic-pop-folk artist, will be the first Chinese musical artist to 'conquer' the western music market. Here are 5 reasons why: 296

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Unlikely Allies: China + The Wu-Tang Clan

C.Custer posted an interesting retrospective on the ChinaGeeks blog this week, discussing soft power, censorship and how the Wu-Tang Clan became unlikely ambassadors for China and its traditional culture. So what do 90s east-coast hip-hop, the

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New Music for the Time Poor

The biggest challenge to discovering new music time, or lack thereof. Best friend and music marketing executive, Sophie Hirst has the solution. Her new blog, The Perfect Five –the music blog for people who don't have time for music blogs. 256

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Canada + China Leading Piracy

The US names and shames the world's worst piracy offenders. The release, circulating news wires around the world couldn't come at a more opportune time for two of the main offenders. From 28 May–4 June 2010, a league of Canada's key music industry

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Who Are The Favourite Bands of China’s Youth?

BBC Radio 4 correspondent, Rajan Datar, went to a recent gig at one of Beijing's major live houses and asked a handful of Chinese youth to name their favourite bands. Their responses were varying combinations of the acts listed below. Oasis, Joy

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Beck + INXS

With a decade separating the prime of these two pieces of ear candy, there was, until now, only one way you may have come to witness them grace the credits of the same track –a bedroom mash-up, beat-matched within a bunny whisker of obscurity by a

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Music Wars: Converse vs Nike

Above: The making of the Hifana+Nike Music Shoe. In August last year Converse stamped a giant Chuck Taylor star on the Chinese indie music scene with its hugely successful Converse Love Noise campaign, engineered by Shanghai agencies W+K and Split

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Article (link): The Breakdown of Tribal Borders

(via @NeochaEDGE) The article above discusses insights into the failures of marketing efforts targeting China's Youth, and recommendations moving forward. Finally, hard numbers to prove that youth don't have to belong to one tribe. In fact, the

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Dead: Australia’s Best Music Blog

Yesterday Google removed one of Australia's top 5 music blogs—the best, in my humble opinion—after repeated complaints from labels and web sheriffs. On the surface, it appears Google shouldn't be blamed for removing unlicensed material (like mp3s)

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Shanghai (Spring) Breakfast

The most over-observed, polite conversation point in Shanghai: the tardy arrival of the new (warmer) season. Rather than pine about how much we missed the weather, with it's beautiful blue sky, tweeting birds and golden morning sun, we celebrated

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Wale In My Ears

Wale's debut album, Attention Deficit (2009), has been popping up on my playlist sporadically since my good mate Dave recommended it. I relocated to Shanghai just over a month and have been helping local music company, Split Works put this together.

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Tokyo Travel Insider

The images from my recent post on Tokyo have been published at Qantas Travel Insider. Check out the site and their Twitter account for loads of great food and travel tips too.

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Music is Just Advertising.

Music is just advertising (for itself): it's a self-promoting product. Another way of looking at it is that a single song is an advertisement for the artist that wrote it. Each single that's released – aside from hopefully generating revenue in its

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New York Bicycle Film Festival

I recently had the opportunity to head to New York to check out and hang out at the Bicycle Film Festival 'world headquarters'. Friends from BFF HQ some of the other visiting cities bombed around between bars, parties, and art shows in mild summer

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Touring NYC on two wheels (article published by FHM, July 2009)

Words and pictures covering the New York Bicycle Film Festival published by FHM: (full article).

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Darth Vadar

What to buy when you’ve got no money

What would you spend your last $200 on? 91

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Memes (article published in jmag, April 2009)

Below is an small piece I wrote for jmag (music magazine). Look out for it in the April 2009 issue: 120

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Seven things you didn’t know about me.

To show my appreciation at Julian Cole's efforts to jump-start my blog, here are a few things you may not have known about me. 68

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Bloc Party @ Hordern Pavillion

I'm really not a fan of the Hordern Pavillion as a venue. But for a huge act like Bloc Party you really can't argue with that venue choice. The guys were extremely gracious during a meet & greet with triple j winners. Kele welcomed the 10 winners

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Seven Ways to Make Your Gig a Success

There has been an incredible run of really great gigs lately, and a few that only held my attention long enough to finish the plastic up of beer in my hand and muscle my way out of there. Obviously each act was interesting enough to get me through

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Emiliana Torrini @ Metro (Syd)

Emiliana Torrini's live show was beautiful. It was one of the best I've seen since Regina Spektor toured in 2007. CW Stoneking, who played at the Metro the night before Emiliana was also one of the most brilliant shows I've seen this year. The key is

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Pyjama Boy Returns

Faced with a creative cul-de-sac and with the advice of my good friend Nick Crocker looping around in my head — write what you know — the focus of my first post seems obvious. After almost five years, Pyjama Boy is still one of the most successful

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