Big thanks to everyone who made it down to Tatler, and special thanks to those behind the beats... Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Baio (Vampire Weekend), Canyons and Ariane, plus our mates at Lexus for the wheels!
Bit of a big night last night with A Very Modular Affair running well into the night. A host of A-Grade Modular DJs and a special international guest played all night long. And who was this guest? None other than Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, fresh off a big Sydney Entertainment Centre gig.
Last night, Pond took the Metro Theatre in Sydney by storm and jammed the night away with all their 'Beard, Wives, Denim' classics. Check out the gallery and experience the live show vicariously through it. All photos from Zoltan Blazer.
For those in Melbourne, the boys are closing their brief Aussie tour at The Corner Hotel on Sunday Night, tickets here.
Who can combine feathers, rhinestones, human hair and tinsel into one psychedelically beautiful dream? Her name is Christian Joy and she did just that as the costume designer for Karen O's 'psycho opera' "Stop The Virgens".
Even as a little girl, this Iowa native knew that she wanted more out of life than a typical suburban existence. Following her dreams led her to New York City, where she started dabbling in fashion design while working as a shop assistant. It was here that she met the young Karen O and their friendship led them to a fruitful and fantastical collaboration that continues to this day. Christian's irreverently DIY approach to creating clothes and a keen understanding of colour naturally progressed into making some awesome art. Tanja G spoke to Christian about her projects and what's next in the pipeline.
Last year Karen O premiered her 'psycho opera' Stop the Virgens in New York as part of the Creators Project. This year there's a second staging of the production as part of Vivid Festival at the Sydney Opera House.
We held an intimate dinner catered by the awesome Longrain at the Modular headquarters for friends and family in town for the Vivid festival. Guests included Kindness, Tom Vek, Nick and Brian from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs', Van She, Canyons, Beni, as well as friends Money Mark from the Beastie Boys, Sam Spiegel, Lover and Ksubi.
Kindness and Tom Vek visited Australia for a lightening visit last week. For both, it was their highly anticipated first visit to the Land of Oz. Hopefully the first of many. Playing with label mate Jonathan Boulet they wowed Melbourne and helped get the opening weekend of the Sydney Opera House's Vivid Live Festival off to a rollicking start.
Kindness' debut 'World You Need A Change Of Mind' is available now from JB HiFi, iTunes (w/ video bonuses), iTunes (standard). Tom Vek's second album 'Leisure Seizure' is out now thru the Mod Shop, iTunes or Get Music.
It's been a while since we have seen Jonathan Boulet live and but his absence has not been an idle one. Taking time to increase his manliness ten-fold with a new beard and his catalogue with an incredibly energetic and barnstorming new album, he took the stage with band in tow at the Opera House Studio on Saturday night and proceeded to tear the place to pieces.
Our good friend Maurice Terzini provided us with signature lamb chops, squid and octopus, quinoa salads and vine leaves from his restaurant, Neild Avenue. The wine and margaritas flowed freely. Taste-maker blogger and photographer Yimmy Yayo came, he brought his camera and charted some of the goings on as shown in the above gallery. For more from Yimmy's blog, head here.
Last Friday night we held an intimate family & friends dinner at Modular HQ. Azari & III, The Rapture and Horse Meat Disco were in town so we got our good pal Maurice Terzini from Neild Avenue to sort the food and invited other long-time friends and Modular collaborators Juan MacLean and Hercules & Love Affair, who were on the same tour for Future Music Festival.
Our guests were exemplary, the wine was abundant, and the menu displayed some of the best of Sydney cuisine. Modular's head honcho Stephen 'Pav' Pavlovic might've even rewarded late-stayers with a snippet of as-yet-largely-unheard-but-highly-anticipated-releases. We can't confirm or deny, but we can share these photos, taken by Kasia Werstak.
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