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The Future…

August 18, 2009


Well hello there everybody. Long time, no content.

As many of you are aware, we have been toiling away in the NOTR bunker, trying to get a fresh new crib and a whole bunch of new ideas hammered out. We’re getting close to being ready now, and the plan is to re-launch at our own dot com by the 28th – which for those keeping score, is the 1st birthday of NOTR.

So if you’ve been wondering what to make of kyle and jackie-o aka the worst humanity has to offer aka proof that humanity is regressing, or you are unsure if costco is truly going to save us money or simply increase the prevalence of shitty, non-local products across a wide variety of markets, if you can’t believe that Tony Abbott’s daughter called him a church-going homosexual loser, hell if you’ve just been bored and have watched all the free porn on the internets, then relax, because we’re almost back.

Some of the things to look forward to:

  • more music reviews – from cds downloads to gigs, warehouse parties to wax, we give you the skinny.
  • more film reviews – whats good, bad or uglier than amy winehouse when she’s fiending.
  • local specialised ‘tours’ – giving you the hard facts and key details that your average write-up can’t.
  • guest writers – from some of the local talent, shit, submit something and it could be you getting no money, and less fame.
  • news – as always we’ll be bringing you a uniquely northside take on the world’s events.
  • ‘presents’ – a search engine friendly name for illegal downloads and leaked music.
  • merch – oh yeah, we’ll be dropping it like its hot… which it may be.

as well as a selection of other cool shit that we haven’t come up with yet.

Stay tuned for the drop, and the new location. Tell your friends, it’s gonna be fun.

NOTR crew.



June 26, 2009


RIP Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

I Can’t Help It. I don’t Wanna Be Starting Something, damn you news of Michael Jackson’s death, The Way You Make Me Feel is… Bad.

He was a Smooth Criminal, a bit of a Street Walker, and at least partially In The Closet. Remember The Time he sang Black Or White and tried to Heal The World?

We all need to Come Together, don’t Scream, remember, You Are Not Alone.

Don’t take too much Morphine, because when There’s Blood On The Dancefloor, it’s Dangerous.

Michael had no Privacy during his ChildhoodIs It Scary?

Who Is It? This Man In The Mirror. To the Tabloid Junkies he was trying to say Beat It, ignore the Monkey Business and just Leave Me Alone.

They Don’t Care About Us, they only care about Money.

So, from the Superfly Sister to the Stranger In Moscow, to Little Susie, Dirty Diana and the Liberian Girl, we’re all Speechless.

Whatever Happens don’t Cry, You Are Not Alone. Smile and Keep The Faith, his legacy of 13 Grammies and 750 million records sold is Unbreakable… even if he is Gone Too Soon.

Get Off The Wall and On The Dancefloor, grab a P.T.Y (Pretty Young Thing) turn it up to 2000 Watts and Burn This Disco Out.

Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.

All jokes aside, there is no denying this is one of the greatest dance routines ever. Shit, dance competitions are still filled with talentless hacks trying to emulate the original.

The Voice aka How Not to Retire Gracefully aka When ‘Best Of’ Compilations Walk The Earth…

May 27, 2009

John-Farnham JohnFarnham

“My hair’s a little thinner… I’m not…” – John Farnham

I like John Farnham as much as the next red blooded Aussie bloke, well, as much as the next red blooded Aussie bloke to accept that in the cannon of great Australian singers he stands somewhere between Mark Holden and the Wiggles.


RIP Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell…

May 17, 2009


Spy plane pilot, radio announcer, actor, great bloke.

Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell (1923 – 2009)

State funeral is on Wednesday.

Mother’s Day

May 10, 2009

where did i come from

The contemporary celebration of Mother’s Day was founded by a lady called Anna Jarvis. She was specific about the apostrophe, it’s a day to celebrate YOUR mother, not mothers in general. Of course, Anna Jarvis got so embittered by the mass commercialization of the day that she spent all her family inheritance campaigning against it, you could say, she created a monster. She died in poverty. And never had kids.

Sad story really.

Love your mothers, no one will ever go through more for you.

Giving birth, by all accounts, is no picnic.


Hip Hop Mums – Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J

R’n’B Mums – Three Times a Lady – Lionel Richie (The Commodores)

Lest We Forget

April 25, 2009


For many young Australians, today is a day that celebrates a biscuit.

If you see one of those young Australians, slap them, and explain what the deal is. Raise a glass to the brave men and women who served.


Lest We Forget.

Happy Birthday!

April 3, 2009


Today’s Celebrity birthday boy is the one and only Alec Baldwin (The least tardy of the Baldwin clan.) TV’s Jack Donaghy will be blowing out a few more candles than usual as his career is turning 3 after being reborn on the set of 30 Rock back in 2006. After what seems like a decade of taking career advice from a magic 8 ball Alec is finally back on his grizzy, apart from ethering his own daughter over the phone Baldwin is doing alright, so best wishes from the NOTR team and we hope you enjoy your 50’s. Peace

Talkin’ about Y Generation…

March 13, 2009

The recently released unemployment figures are pretty disturbing, with the rate climbing to 5.2% in Feb this year, with some economists predicting a rise to close to 9% by 2010. As i understand the more recent trends, it isn’t so much that 50,000 odd people lost their jobs, rather that a whole bunch of people lost hours, going from Full to Part time, and a substantial portion of this surely can be credited to the “christmas” season.

Anyway, an economist i am not, and in many ways i’m not too concerned about getting work after i graduate. The audio industry is heading towards a freelance/contract based employment situation anyway, and in terms of producing, its been an independent market for a while. Plus, my ability to talk shit and wear a tie when required, mean that, in an interview situation i am whats known colloquially as ‘charming as fuck’.


clooney ain’t got nothing on me.


Real bloggers don’t have time to blog!

March 4, 2009

Nah not really, I’m just trying to make excuses for being lazy and never posting. Due to my prolonged absence from the blog I feel like I need to re-introduce myself to our readers. Also in the sometime faceless world of blogging I thought it might be nice to put a face to the name, coz I know when you read my post’s you picture a 9ft tall Mathew Fox lookin dude wearing a mink covered mink coat, nah, I’m a bit more humble than that. Anyway here’s some old family snaps from the archives for ya’ll to get a better idea on who I be.

World, meet the Dilla’s…


First off the bat, Pa Dilla, not quite focusing on his game but raking up them stats no doubt. Also peep the classic sneaker lineup on the left. Adidas, Con’s, Nike. Nice


J Detroit I to the L L A.

February 9, 2009


(07.02.1974 – 10.02.2006)

I’ve often tried to articulate how I felt about his death, but in many ways J Dilla aka Jay Dee (James Yancey) represents my first tangible brush with what i’m calling ‘the mortality of musical greatness’. (more…)