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Hush Lil’ Baby, Don’t You Cry…..

Review of “New Music To Fall Asleep To…(Lullabies by Justin Ashworth)”

When new members join the merry band of subscribers, occasionally one observes that the email with which they have subscribed deserves further investigation. It is with no small amount of pleasure that I have discovered that we have a broad church of libertarians under our humble canopy, from visual artists, poets, magicians, distillers, dancers, authors, actors, courtesans, journalists, the odd dominatrix or two, and importantly, musicians.

One such Australian musician, and dedicated absintheur, that I would like to bring to your attention is Melbourne based Justin Ashworth.  I have for many years been a devotee of the dark ambient and experimental soundscape genre, and certainly Australia has had no shortage of exponents of this particular craft over the decades.  The opportunity then to explore new work by a local artist over a glass of absinthe or two is a welcome one indeed.

Being armed with droning loops, acoustic neo-folk attitudes and unpredictable acts of psychadelia, he is actually a hard artist to buttonhole through comparison. A good thing I say. You can hear a track or two from the following reviewed album on Justin’s MySpace page – maybe pour yourself a glass before you click through.

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Posted by Jonathan on Jul 25th 2008 | Filed in Art,Culture,Music,People,Reviews | Comments (0)

Pas de Feu

fire head

Just a friendly reminder why it is neither good practice, nor good sense, to set fire to your absinthe. You may end up slightly crispier than when you first decided to impress your friends.

An oldie but a goodie, via Static. For more alcohol-related self-immolation hilarity, go here

Posted by Robert on Jul 23rd 2008 | Filed in Culture,Huh?,People | Comments (0)

You Gotta Love This…

Absinthe by Michael “Pooch” Pucciarelli (acrylic on masonite, 2005).

See more of Pooch’s incredible Lowbrow-meets-20th-Century Surrealist gorgeousness at Pooch Island

Posted by Robert on Jul 21st 2008 | Filed in Art,People | Comments (0)

A Japanese Celebration of Death

Skull by Spencer Higgins, 2007

For those of our readers who find themselves in Yokohama in the near future… this may rock your coffin.

“The phenomenon described as goth / gothic exists in various cultural fields including music, fashion, movies and literatures. It originally referred to a style of art in Europe in the Middle Ages, however, today it functions as a term indicative of a certain lifestyle. Body modifications, such as tattooing or piercing, and a focus upon death and illness are not merely a matter of taste, but instead are an expression of the self trying to stand up against a conservative world…”

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Posted by Robert on Jul 21st 2008 | Filed in Art,Culture,Events,News,Style | Comments (0)

Duplais Verte Review

One begins to develop specific criteria around when you want to have an absinthe, and how you would like an absinthe to be prepared. I for one seem to prefer to partake in absinthe when the weather is warmer, as the chilled water is more refreshing, and yet the ambient temperature allows for the heady aromas to burst forth from the bottle and the glass to add to the olfactory enjoyment.

It is therefore with some trepidation that I review this absinthe, Duplais Verte, as it is below 15 Celsius, wet and miserable outside. I will however press on with this review, but perhaps reserve the right to revisit my thoughts when spring has sprung and conditions are more to my liking.

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Posted by Jonathan on Jul 15th 2008 | Filed in Absinthe brands,Absinthe Reviews,Distilleries,News,Reviews | Comments (0)

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