Archive | November, 2011


30 Nov

I visited Banneton Bakery on the weekend, which fantastically was open on a Sunday afternoon in Woolloongabba, when my friends and I were in need of some sustenance and a caffeine lift. I ordered a large flat white (good coffee) and my very *first* macaron. I know! My first! Sacrilege darling! It was really delicious. I bought the raspberry flavoured delicacy and I could have easily scoffed another one.

The cafe/bakery had a really awesome selection of sweet and savoury treats. Visit soon. More details here.

The Dyanmites Featuring Charles Walker/Cheap Fakes

29 Nov

Here is the review of last Thursday’s gig I finally got around to writing up yesterday:

The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker/Cheap Fakes – The Zoo – 24/11/2011

It is a cool evening as we make our way to the Zoo in the Valley. A perfect night to share a dance to some good soul/funk. We arrive a little late and climb the stairs as the first band, Brisbane’s own Cheap Fakes are playing on stage. It’s one of those times I’m so glad I have got along early enough to hear the support. These guys are so much fun! A great mix of reggae, pop, and ska make for music that you simply can’t sit still to. There is only a small crowd gathered so far, but the ones that are there, are clearly enjoying it. One lady in particular, has let loose and is showing her appreciation for their awesome tunes through dance. I too can’t help but move to the music with a silly grin on my face. You can tell these guys are having fun. I’m sorry to see the Cheap Fakes leave the stage at the end of their set.

The Dynamites emerge not long after, all dressed up in waistcoats and ties. They comprise of a seven piece group hailing from Nashville, evidently keen admirers of each member’s craft. The band starts, Leo Black on rhythm guitar leads the band in welcoming the audience, encouraging all not to leave without t-shirts and CDs. And then they’re into it. Leo Black begins by singing along for the first four songs. I’m not sure if it’s just the anticipation of seeing and hearing Mr Charles Walker, but I think having Mr Black on lead vocals to begin is a mis-step. His voice is clear and strong, but it lacks in this soul/funk environment, it sounds too clean.
Luckily after about four songs the star of the show, Charles Walker, is invited to the stage to bring the funk! And he certainly gets the party started. That’s the voice we need. A man who started out at the age of twenty supporting James Brown. Coupled with the very tight band, more people throng to the front of the stage.
Cue an hour and a half of constant great music, with such a great front-man Mr Charles Walker, there is a room full of very happy punters. Charles Walker is the spectacle, the focal point, but he gives back to his band, and always encourages the audience to become involved with sing-a-longs and hand-claps.

The night ends with a medley of James Brown songs, one encore tune and Charles dancing from the stage.
The crowd lingers as the music fades out. I can’t help but walking out of there with a smile on my face.


28 Nov

This take on the iconic beauty looks really good:

Bring the funk!

25 Nov

Last night at the Zoo I went to see The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker. (Review coming soon) Must say something about the support act. I knew nothing about them. As we climbed the stairs the wonderful noise that greeted us were Brisbane’s own Cheap Fakes, a great band full of sounds reminiscent of Trout Fishing in Quebec and Madness with their rock/ska/reggae. There were not many people there when we first arrived but the small bunch were all dancing to the music. Some more enthusiastically than others.

I love it when you see support acts that just blow you away. I definitely want to see these guys live again!

Check them out here:


24 Nov

I’m going along to The Zoo in Brisbane to review “The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker” tonight. I hope I’m ready to get my funk on! I haven’t heard much of this band, nor read too much about them, I hope I can write about them! That’s yet to be seen! For more details go here. Check them out:

Small Town Hilarity

24 Nov

While my friends from Western Australia were in Queensland we decided to do a little road trip to Toowomba (The Womb) and Noosa. On our way to Toowoomba, on the spur of the moment we stopped off at Marburg, a very sweet little town just off the highway. It was a dry, hot afternoon. But the extensive antique centre in the main drag enticed us. What captured our attention and made us want to explore more were the highly intriguing tags on the items. Take for instance:

Aren’t they great?

After a tour of the shop we went over the road for a quick refresher at the local pub before setting off once more for the Womb.

Another Wednesday Tune

23 Nov

This video and song is so far beyond daggy but I just had to post it for sentimental reasons. It was one of many anthems that my friends and I shared on holiday last week. We sang the first few bars of this tune over and over again – on the streets of Noosa, down the paths of Kondalilla falls, in supermarkets. This one is for you E!!!