November 4, 2014
In this Issue:
Prolific on stage and in the studio, Portugal. The Man have to released seven albums while keeping a pace of 200 shows each year since the band’s formation.
Mandy Nolan Founding member and director of Pound Records, Martin Martini, is a true believer. As a musician himself, he tests the boundaries between cabaret and dirty jazz and as a record producer he does the same. Self taught, Martini...
What a fantastic movie – and guess what? The heroes don’t carry guns! True. When it ventures into the realm of social history and comment, cinema can easily become tendentious to the point of preachiness, but director Matthew Warchus and writer Stephen Beresford have avoided that pitfall by treating a serious issue with equal parts earnestness and ebullience, gravity and humour.
The sad truth is that Australian movies are shot on a budget that is like an oily rag compared to the petrol guzzlers of even middle of the road Hollywood productions – the big studios spend more on PR than local filmmakers can muster for cast and crew.
The young up-and-comers of the SAE-Qantm Byron Bay Summer Youth League squad came into their own in round three of this year’s youth competition.
If you think getting that pesky marketing call at 6pm is a waste of time, what if you were surveyed on which famous couple you’d want to holiday with? The results were, well, dare I say ‘interesting’ (I prefer to stay at home, no kids and definitely no celebrities to spoil the peace and quiet - but that’s just me).
Gitta Radau is one of the many talented locals who over the years have called the northern rivers home. There’s something in the human psyche that genuinely responds to fine craft and objects of skill.
Yacht Club DJs bring their eclectic taste in friends and mashup tapes to the stage at the Hotel Great Northern this week.
Soul talent Shaun Kirk has come a long way since his debut release in 2010. It’s been said he has one of the finest blues voices in the country. This explosive solo act is definitely someone well worth catching when he comes to Byron next week
New from Penguin Australia is Utterly Delicious Simple food by Belinda Jeffery. All around Australia home cooks praise food queen Belinda Jeffery for her brilliant knack of creating recipes for dishes that work and you want to cook again.
A plan to try to regulate Byron Shire’s booming but illegal holiday letting industry is now out for public comment. Up to 900 properties in the shire are understood to be currently holiday let, causing many sleepless nights for some residents.
It was my birthday and what we thought was early for a Sunday at one of the most sublime barbecue sites on planet Earth, this of course being Wategos Beach. A contingent of immediate family decided it was a good plan to gather at Rae’s for the special occasion of my birth.
Zac Shabtai is the owner of this locally well-known little take away / eat-in – Yami.
On Sunday morning more than fifty kids, locals and from as far as Doomadgee in Queensland, made a splash at the Burra Jurra Surf Day held at The Pass. Participants in the program welcomed a cool southerly change and a great reprieve from the recent hot northerly winds.
The Widow’s Cottage is an important venue for the Byron Youth Service, which provides great activities for teens in the Mullumbimby area. In recent times the cottage has been in need of spruce-up and a good man has come to its aid.
The growth plan for Byron Bay? To be economically viable, I am told that we need to expand from village to town. The NSW government definition of ‘town’ has a population over 20,000. To my mind, 20,000 koalas is ambitious.