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About a month ago, I was in Portland, Oregon, on the tail end of my journey around the United States. The weather was warming up for summer, and even though I doubted that it was going to ever get scorching like Australia, the locals were amendment that it would.

Portland is a wonderful, great city, but its homeless problem is pretty bad - I mean much of the West Coast of the USA has some crazy amazing homelessness, and its not a competition... But there was in Portland present needs that weren't necessarily being attended to.

Well, actually, they were. I met a girl called Cordellia - herself an epic fighter - an autistic lady with quite acute sound and light sensitivities, who also had many parts of her body failing - as I got to know her she let on just how often she gets hospitalised from her body letting her down - and these days she feeds herself through a tube on a drip, so she isn't having the greatest time. But this purple haired vivacious girl was totally up for a chat, and I walked around with her as she did what she did.

And what she did was raise money through getting dontions to her go fund me account, and then use whatever funds she has to get food and other things for the homeless. She gets cloths and flannel, cuts it into squares, and cools them water and oils and hands that out so the homeless can wash their face and cool down a bit. She gets them fruit, musli bars and everything else, and makes their life and survival a little bit better. She does this because she cant think of any better way she can spend her time - she cant work because of her disabilities, but she can do this, funds permitting.

I promised her I'd one day share her story, so it would be remiss of me to not also share the link.

If you have a spare $5 or whatever, make her day by allowing her to make other peoples day. She frets about the people she helps so much.

http://www.gofundme.com/helphomelessPDX
Hi everyone! As anyone in Portland and surrounding areas may know it has been very very warm. I have started making reusable cloths, like wet wipes but with a nice cooling solution to help people beat the heat. I am also handing out bottled water, applesauce, and snacks to help. That being said...
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A pretty nice recap on the story so far, thanks g+
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Im going through the Soundwave timetables to work out what I should see, and what gems will be there... Instead of being mad that Slipknot and Fall Out Boy clash with Fucked Up, I have instead chosen to focus on what cool bands I've never heard of will be playing...

This is my favourite so far - they are called Crossfaith, and they are Japanese, trance-metalcore cross over awesomeness. Having been about for 6 or so years it seems, they have gone from strength to strength, to now with their latest stuff tending to be a bit ... soft... but its hilarious in a kind of Enter Shikari meets Chunk! No! Captain Chunk! kind of way, that I will totally adore. 

This song features brutal, screamy metalcore, and insane trance synths, so don't be mad if you click play and dont like it -- but if you are after something completely unlike anything you have heard recently, give this a try.

#music   #soundwave2015   #metalcore   #trance  
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I didn't know that was a thing until you mentioned it. Now my friends seem keen for it.
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Here's Jeff's page. https://plus.google.com/u/0/101473886495696248843/about

Weirdly enough, G+ is the only social network that John Oliver mentioned during the bit.
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My friends, you need a new book to read. Over the next 11 hours, help my friends kickstarter reach its goal and get yourself a new bit of archeological mystery. It sounds different to everything I've ever read. So I'm really excited to have a new book for 2015.
If you too are looking for a new book, or just want to read a book by a super smart and pretty redhead, or have a fascination with backing projects to completion... this is your chance.

 
Folks just 16 hours to go for +Letresha Owen's  Kickstarter project and she's at 89%! I've read the book and enjoyed it tremendously - so please consider buying a copy (or 2) for yourself or a friend or family member so she gets across the line! 
L. J. M. Owen is raising funds for A New Archaeological Mystery Series. Book 1: Olmec Obituary. on Kickstarter! How do you solve a 3,000-year-old murder? Join Dr Pimms in the first instalment of this brilliant new series and find out!
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Well done legends! It got there in the end! 
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Its monday. Put on your headphones, click this, and pretend that its sunrise at a party you were at a decade ago. The echoed vocals, the piano... the pulsing german prog beats... the whooshes... The minute long build up from 5:50 to them dropping more of them keys at 6:49. So blissy. 
Forever in search of sunrise.
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Normally I would just +1 a post like this, but this was so enjoyable I felt it deserved a comment.  Thanks for posting.
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Ha! Can you tell i have a gig tomorrow? I have been djing for over a decade now which is far too long really probably but my favourite gigs that i get these days are weddings.
Usually the weddings i get booked for are about couples that want something slightly different to your traditional playlist, and the wedding that i'm playing at tomorrow is for a couple that wants fun party dance music of lots of different genres - disco, funk, indie, retro and basically anything except house of pains "jump around" which i can understand a little bit.
I have been going through and working out different portions for the evening.
And i'm at that bit where i'm trying to work out whether there should be a section of awesome mid 2000s electro funk stuff.
One of the tracks I absolutely adore is this one. And even though they say they'll be no children at the wedding and not too many old people i'm still not 100 percent sure that the rude contents of the lyrics will actually be appropriate.
What i do like is that it put me on the path of putting together a portion of the beats will be slightly glitchy, and dangerous, and fun, at the party.
As much as many of my friends criticised Uffie at the time for being the embodiment of vacuous hedonism and unashamedly scene embracing, i think they were all being a bit uptight and precious. This track still bangs with the right amount of sass and excitement as well as groove and immediacy.
Just know that if i don't play this tomorrow night, i will be dropping some stuff at some point that will be jolly similar.
Put this on and turn it up. It's of its time, and that time is a good time. 

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embodiment of vacuous hedonism and unashamedly scene embracing,,, sounds like the epitome of electro... makes me wanna fire up the decks, it's been a while, probably an electro track on there still.
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Hello Resistance! 
I am agent @CarltonDragget, visiting from Sydney, Australia! 
A complete addict for unique portal hacks, but even more addicted to music, I am staying in a terribly green part of the world at the moment (near lopez and canal) and will be mostly spending the next few days at jazz fest, but will be looking to get out and explore properly on monday tuesday and wednesday
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He's a champ, lee kernaghan :)

Yep new Orleans was great, but had I started any longer I reckon my liver would have shut down... Just took the train to Chicago now :)
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Will be back mid July +Eve Illeyis​, I'll be in touch
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The Whitlams are pretty good at writing songs about Sydney. This one, "Sydney 2000 Olympic Theme", the B-side to the I Make Hamburgers single, would later become the title track to their 3rd album "Love This City", but unlike the terrible adult contemporary spin they put on all the songs on that record, this is a nice, arrogant singer songwriter with a piano and a nice band and an acid tongue and a deep love for the city I call home.

Of all the unofficial olympic theme songs from the period, I think its probably second to Regurgitator's "Crush The Losers", but whats striking about the lyrics of this tale of Sydney is that it could still happen this week, probably 20 years on from when it was set.

"trips in vein because awaiting him is his lay off notice and his severance pay, he stumbles back to the train again"

"enough oprah! its time to move and take em on!" (replace oprah with ellen for the now)

"and the girls are pretty and the lights are bright.... he loves his city!"

"It was busy everywhere he went, there was a crowd over the bay, and a fireworks display, and its all very strange for a Thursday night thought he..."

The thing about Sydney is that, pound for pound, there is no better body. Everywhere else is nice. But Sydney... holy smokes. Might not be the sharpest place in the world, but you get over that.

What was awesome about this was that there were so many people that were worried about the Olympics

"he screamed my city is a whore, who's opened its legs to the world!"

and there were things that Sydney did when the world was here - for those three weeks in September... You have never ever seen better weather in Sydney. It tarted itself up properly, and didn't lose focus once. She showed off so hard, that it changed the idea from being something bad about her inviting everyone to come be inside for a few nights,  to Sydney being the hostess with the mostess... 

Since then, there have been fears about other things Sydney has done. Vivid was widely criticised as a waste of money before it started, and its now undisputably the best thing about Sydney. Any mooted changes to the Sydney Festival brings "oh you're killing it" things, when really moving its first night to Paramatta is exactly what it needed.
The brain isn't great here

But you gotta love its body.
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Ive been lucky enough to travel a bit already (far from done!) and while there are more awesome places then you can count to spend a week, month, or even a year or two... there is only one city to be home. Bias much? yep. Perfect city? Far from... but a better mix Ive yet to see... except the property prices... they can get fraked ;) 
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A few days ago, I got an email saying that there were further delays with the limited edition linocut print that was being included in the vinyl re-issue bundle I had ordered of Gravenhurst's first two Warp records releases. As each delay was announced, it confused me - I basically just wanted the wax - though the linocut would be nice I guess... 

A few years ago, I was dating a lovely, vivacious, amusing and amused archaeologist who lived in Melbourne when she wasn't out exploring the Pilbara. I had been down to visit her one weekend, and had brought along a CD I thought we would both like together. It was a volatile weekend that one - she told me she had started dating her housemate and she thought we should remain friends and she was sorry but not really. I left Melbourne pretty quick snap - my brain buzzing with adrenalized heartbreak, the last thing I thought to do was check the CD player. I left that CD there. Months later I would catch up with the girl again, and the first thing she said to me was "That CD you left in my player - its really really good! Where did you find it?".

I had been writing reviews for the Canberran street press magazine BMA and one day in the office scouring the new releases for review,  I had seen its cardboard slip sleeve cover with its linoprint and reference to a record label that rarely steered me wrong, and popped it on my pile. I listened to the recording of a young man, who had locked himself in a bedroom with just a recorder, a few mics and his guitar, and the scratches and slides on the strings percussed beautifully his sullen wistful songs. Not my type of music at all, but totally obviously outstanding.  

This morning I found out via my friend tagging me in a post on Facebook, followed by an email from Bleep, that Nick Talbot passed away this week - the songwriter and the main force behind Gravenhurst. While not all of their albums are superb, I wholeheartedly recommend getting Flashlight Seasons - the solo acoustic one I write about above and that this track is taken from, I love love love the dark and cynical rock monster that is his Fires In Distant Buildings LP of a few years later, and 2012s The Ghost In Daylight had some beautiful moments too. A voice that easily touched a part of my soul that few artists or even people have a line to.

Sleep well.

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thanks +Eve Illeyis , lets chat in the new year :)
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Maybe it's because a terrible accident has just taken the life of a young man in Australia that kind of took everyone by surprise, but I've been thinking a lot these last few days about loss, about luck, about love and about the ease of which things can change remarkably.

I also woke up this morning with Sleater-Kinney in my head so have been jamming to that all day. 

This track is crazy amazing. Corin, having had the experience of having her son Marshall be born 9 weeks premature, wrote this amazing song about the experience. It's everything that I love from SK - bold, loud, slightly discordant, harmonic, energetic and meaningful.  Its that bit where you can be relieved and grateful for the things you still have, and feel for those that have lost, and just acknowledge the everything everything everything... 

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I hear that,mate.I was born with some life distrophies like many,& experience suchness every day.But,since I was born, I knew to never ignore what goes on with others also.Keep on rockin'!!!
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The best breakfast place on glebe point Road. While the coffee won't win any competitions, it comes in 3 sizes including "way too big", perfect for your Sunday head. The atmosphere is great, especially if you can get a seat upstairs - the balcony is good, but inside is very nice too. Relaxed and friendly, the service is pretty attentive but not irritating. The real superstar is the menu though - from straight up eggs on toast, through Mediterranean breakfast boards and scrambled tofu plates, it's a dream for vegetarians, vegans and carnivores compared to most places. Really worth checking out.
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This is a great local pub with a sneakily amazing kitchen. The front bar is a great aussie dive, with some interesting beers on tap as well as your domestic swill at decent prices. There are two or three rooms, all with different music piped into them. A hodge podge of tables and chairs and sofas and stools, you never really know where to plonk yourself, but everywhere is great because once you settle in, it's very comfortable. But the real reason to come is the specials board of the kitchen. An amazing array of mostly meat dishes, but jolly good meals, always served with interesting vegetables and delicious sauces. Prices slightly above an eat there every day decision, but you never regret getting the food. Totally worth venturing away from King St for.
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Just next to the station, this cute-as-heck little coffee place is a great gem. Using interesting beans, and the consensus on the varied order of coffees is that they made a mean flat white, soy latte and skinny cap, plus the food came quickly and was delicious, without that typical Sydney "that was probably a dollar too expensive" thing you get at other cute-as-heck cafes. Friendly staff, quick service and lovely vibe. The only thing that makes me sad is it closes at 4, meaning I can't get one to walk home with.
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Fantastic pop culture shop with super friendly staff, amazing stock and everything from comics and books to clothes, toys, dvds and so so much more. It's geek heaven and my go to shop for any gift for anyone as there will always be something in there that fits the recipient perfectly and uniquely.
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Constantly interesting coffee, sourced from awesome beans from around the world, always with a wonderfully bliss bitter edge. The trendy baristas know their stuff, and it feels pretty cool sitting in a warehouse space under the harbour bridge whilst people repair pushbikes and I've never been there when it's been too crowded. Not your usual coffee place, might not be everyone's taste (their bean cycle means it's always a surprise), but it's totally worth checking out.
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It's rarely quick. The menu has shrunk and the prices increased since the stupid lockouts came in. There is virtually no where to eat it. But holy moly if you want some excavate amazing pork rolls Mr Crackles is just amazing. You have to do it once at least. Ahh just writing this has ignited my cravings for it. So delicious. The first time you are there get the crackles classic. You will return.
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In this area you have three late night food options - a servo pie, maccas, or Maisys. Maisys is an institution. Back when I first went there, they had a laserdisc jukebox, and it was the first place I ever heard Britney Spears "baby one more time". Years later i would be in there getting a late night BLT and the staff were playing DJ Shadow "endtroducing". These days i never really remember the music but I do remember that the menu rarely changes, the food is always like a dollar or two more than you feel it should be, but it's open All The Time and that makes it super valuable. There are no bad dishes on the menu. Usually the best thing is a pasta special, but the classic cafe grub goes pretty well too.
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