Posted by kluster on September 8, 2009
Ok, ok, we’ll admit it. We love SPOD. To start, it was his live stage show that tickled our fancy. They're so darn entertaining (we fell in love with him in the Boiler Room at Big Day Out, Sydney circa 2002 and have maintained that burning... affection, ever since) Then there was Fantasyze. Kluster staffer Kristen Dagg caught up with SPOD over a beer or two to chat. Happy day. While we were at it we also arranged for our good friend Dan Boud to take some photos of SPOD. In a pool... yeah!
Covered: Fantasyzing, getting fit in flowing robes, loving local music, loving to hate 16yr old screamo.
Kristen Dagg: What’s SPOD been up to?
SPOD: The second record came out last year and that took up my whole life for a while, so since then I have been doing lots of remixing for people. I have started working on the third album and started this Fantasyze thing to fill the gap between - also to get fit leading into my next record.
KD: So what the hell is Fantasyze?
SPOD: Part of it was just to release a bunch of music I had been working on with friends. It’s been in the back of my mind for ages. And then I was about to start on this workout program my friend told me about, this jogging thing for unfit losers. She told me that it was really good but the downloads were terrible, so she makes her own, and I thought yeah alright, I’ll make my own tapes too. I started doing it and I thought, man I should release this. Most people might sit around smoking bongs to it, whatever I don’t mind, but it’s pretty cool that you can release stuff you have been working on and there’s a chance people might actually use it to get fit.
Posted by Danni Le Toullec on September 2, 2009
We’ve been around for five whole issues now so, we thought, it’s high time we create an issue dedicated to all the things that Kluster loves, right? We love you. Promise. But we also believe that our creative affections are best served polygamous. So… we also love Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn’s best outdoor event McCarren Pool Parties, The Ravonette’s Sune Rose Wagner, Sydney photographers Dan Boud and Cybele Malinowski, delightfully quirky concept artist Sonya Gee, fixed gear bikes, bees (because they are dying, people), the internet, and so much more.
Posted by kluster on July 17, 2009
Sydney band, Dappled Cities, are set to release their third studio album, Zounds, next month. To mark the arrival of the album on the international music scene the band organised a little listening soiree at Kennards Storage in Surry Hills, Sydney. Yes, a storage facility.
This seemingly strange venue selection was demystified upon arrival. As it turns out, it was made to facilitate the band’s commissioning of a selection of artists, each asked to interpret one of the 11 tracks on Zounds. Each track was allotted a room inside the storage facility. The art it inspired was displayed in the room.
Guest were given a map and invited to explore, find and listen at their leisure. At the end of their exploration guests converged in a courtyard found at the centre of the Kennards, where Dappled proceeded to play the album from inside another storage room.
If their performance was anything to go by the album is bound to be a roaring success. We were particularly excited by the closer, ‘Stepshadows’. It’s the kind of track Beatrix Kiddo/Black Mamba/The Bride/Mommy would listen to while careening down the highway towards (Kill) Bill, heralding the final showdown and his inevitable demise.
It seems like only yesterday that we were talking to Dave Rennick about the creation of their second album, Granddance. My, how our boys have grown.
Dan Boud kindly provided us with some of his shots from the night. You can check them out on our new gallery.