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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #100 on: 06 Nov 2010, 15:50 »

Pavlova

That looks like the sort of inedible dessert you'd find in a 1950s cookbook.

How sad for you guys.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #101 on: 06 Nov 2010, 16:05 »

Shut. Your. Face. It is delicious and the only reason to attend a Mother's Day luncheon.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #102 on: 06 Nov 2010, 16:15 »

That looks like the sort of inedible dessert you'd find in a 1950s cookbook.

That is what it looks like but I'm still gonna have to second that "shut yr damn whore mouth" from Tom
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #103 on: 06 Nov 2010, 16:50 »

LOOK OUT GUYS, ITS A QUOLL





They're pretty vicious, but don't worry, we've killed almost all of them off so you can be safe! Isn't that thoughtful?

Here are some other native mammals that we have killed off to make this place more enjoyable for you:





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« Reply #104 on: 06 Nov 2010, 17:21 »

Don't forget numbats!



Numbats!



Australia loves to kill numbats
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #106 on: 06 Nov 2010, 18:21 »

Dovey you linked to the wrong Micallef sketch you cockburn!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv6OCdfzZ-8
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #107 on: 06 Nov 2010, 19:17 »

Shameful confession: I only saw like two episodes of The Micallef Program(me)
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #108 on: 06 Nov 2010, 19:58 »

This is obviously the best one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyqEjatCSe0
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #109 on: 06 Nov 2010, 21:11 »

Why'd he even have to do a thing like Talking About Your Generation?
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« Reply #110 on: 06 Nov 2010, 21:21 »

Bitch gots to get paid
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #111 on: 06 Nov 2010, 21:26 »

Incidentally I know (not very well) the woman who edits that show and she's very nice.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #112 on: 06 Nov 2010, 22:50 »

I think they're doing another season of newstopia actually.

also

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLqk17iKPYE
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #113 on: 07 Nov 2010, 01:40 »

It is long past time since this thread got a dose of some of the awesome musics that we have down here.  Bonus points if you recognize all the bands/artists without peeking at filenames.  :P



















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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #114 on: 07 Nov 2010, 01:43 »

I got Midnight Oil. Otherwise I'm not sure.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #115 on: 07 Nov 2010, 01:45 »

Yeah, but you could probably just start randomly naming famous Aussie bands.  Odds are you'd hit at least one.

Also I added two more pictures that I forgot to put up first of all.  Those might help.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #116 on: 07 Nov 2010, 01:58 »

Wolfmother, really?
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #117 on: 07 Nov 2010, 01:08 »

1) Hey somehow the ARIA Awards became sentient and registered to this forum... That's... that's cool... I guess

OR

2) Look everyone it's the guy that books the bands on Hey! Hey! It's Saturday!

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3) It's cool that you read Rolling Stone man, no really it is
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #118 on: 07 Nov 2010, 01:51 »

Shots are well-deserved, true.  But in my defence, this is the thread in which we remind the world of good things about Australia, no?  I just picked bands with songs folks in other, lesser nations might have heard of.  By all means list some others, if you'd prefer them.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #119 on: 07 Nov 2010, 02:01 »

Also if you don't like Wolfmother?  Yeah, I'm getting a little sick of them too.  Magic Dirt or Spiderbait not your thing?  That's cool, they're kind of hit-and-miss.  Not a Regurgitator fan?  Eh, whatever.

But if you are suggesting that I am a fool for recommending Midnight Oil?  Mental As Anything AC-motherfucking-DC?

THEN GOOD SIRS I RECOMMEND YOU ENGAGE IN SELF COPULATION

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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #120 on: 07 Nov 2010, 02:12 »

So how do you explain putting John Farnham in there? Or non-Chisel era Jimmy Barnes?
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #121 on: 07 Nov 2010, 02:15 »

...I was younger and more foolish then.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #122 on: 07 Nov 2010, 02:16 »

Nick cave and the bad seeds, birthday party, the go betweens, the drones, jebediah, eddy current supression ring, lucksmiths, the saints, the sunnyboys, radio birdman, darren hanlon, dirty three, further, the hard-ons, Jonathan boulet, kes band, my disco, ohana, ratcat, scientists, seekae, tex Perkins, beasts of bourbon, and maybe even you am I? For starters?    
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« Reply #123 on: 07 Nov 2010, 02:19 »

So basically I have very little dignity left right now.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #124 on: 07 Nov 2010, 02:53 »

Shots are well-deserved, true.  But in my defence, this is the thread in which we remind the world of good things about Australia, no?  I just picked bands with songs folks in other, lesser nations might have heard of.  By all means list some others, if you'd prefer them.

Honestly I had no good reason for saying what I said 'cept it's actually pretty fun to be snidely dismissive and it's that special time of night when my tact and empathy completely desert me. Not a good time to be on the Internet, no sir, nosireebob.

Anyway I was gonna do a big list of amazing Aussie bands but actually Lunchy more or less nailed it. I'll add a few more (and re-state some that people really, really, really should listen to though just so I'm not completely useless)

The Drones- Noisy noisy noise rock, and quintisentially Australian, but not just because of Gareth Liddiard's thick 'Strine. Kind of has this whole "Wild colonial boy" vibe to it. The Minotaur

Dirty Three- The most beautiful music ever to be made by three splendidly-dressed cavemen. Authentic Celestial Music, performed live on Recovery (hey guys, who remembers Recovery? holy shit)

Darren Hanlon- When The Hugs Revolution Comes, Darren Hanlon Will Write The Songs We March To. All These Things

Abbe May- Went down to the crossroads and punched the devil in the balls and played a mean slide guitar solo and smoked all his cigarettes too, probably. Costanza

Grinderman- Do these guys even count as Australian? Who gives a shit. In addition, mustaches. No Pussy Blues

Tangled Thoughts of Leaving- Industrial Cruise Ship Jazz Post-Rock Metal. You'll probably hate 'em, you fucks. Tiny Fragments, pt. 3

The Panics- Ennio Morricone joined an indie band! Innit purty? Get Us Home

Eleventh He Reaches London- Made my favourite album last year. More noisy, shouty stuff, and riffs, and pretty tinkly parts too. Hollow Be My Name

Gotye- I uploaded his album to the mediaf!re thread a while back, everybody seemed to like it. Cut 'n' pasting sample geek puts together heartbreaking, hopeful and soulful tunes instead of pop cultural dick tugs. Refreshing! Heart's A Mess

Sarah Blasko- Fantastic lady makes haunting chamber pop, beats "sensitive"-type boys back with a stick, I presume. All I Want
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #125 on: 07 Nov 2010, 02:54 »

Nazxul, Sadistik Exekution, Gospel of the Horns, Alchemist, FUCK! I'm Dead, Lord Kaos, Sakkuth, Portal, Astriaal, Psychroptic, Psichrist
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #126 on: 07 Nov 2010, 06:19 »

Look, Midnight Oil is fine, except that GAH PETER GARRETT YOU ARE NO GOOD AT POLITICS, PLEASE STOP BEING IN CHARGE OF EDUCATION IMMEDIATELY
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #127 on: 07 Nov 2010, 10:38 »

Jesus fucking Christ, they made him Education Minister? What on earth inspired that? Killing tradesmen not enough, now they're sending him after Australia's children?
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #128 on: 07 Nov 2010, 16:32 »

Well someone has to do something about the mess the kangaroos are making when the kids ride them to school.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #129 on: 07 Nov 2010, 17:49 »

Would you verb:
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I would.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #130 on: 07 Nov 2010, 18:04 »

kangaroo

I know we're all chuckling now but I just want to tell you that if that was a dog instead of a person the kangaroo would probably hold its head under the water and drown it.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #131 on: 07 Nov 2010, 19:55 »

Sarah Blasko- Fantastic lady makes haunting chamber pop, beats "sensitive"-type boys back with a stick, I presume. All I Want

I'm enjoying a lot of these, but this one in particular, WOW.

I always gotten quite a bit of my music from Australia, but until fairly recently, it's been what has made it commercially, at least a little bit, here in the states, so I missed out on a lot of good stuff. Found a good bunch of 80s stuff via YouTube last year, and now starting to get a small sense of more current artists.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #132 on: 07 Nov 2010, 20:36 »

Sarah Blasko is fantastic.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #133 on: 07 Nov 2010, 20:56 »

Oh hey have I mentioned the Mann brothers of Melbourne yet this week? I haven't? Great!

Paddy Mann performs under the name Grand Salvo and writes beautiful folky tunes of incredible emotional punch. He released an album a couple of years ago called Death which was a song cycle about a group of animals and a hunter and which was kind of an album for grown-ups disguised as a kid's story-time album. It's dense and delicate and absolutely and crushing and wonderful. Last year he released an album called Soil Creatures which was much a more straight-forward bunch of songs but which was equally amazing. His music is simple, often repetitive or minimalistic, and works by an accumulation and intensification of emotion which can become quite overpowering. Listen to the lyrics!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc08SK5PPqY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA8xo7B4Rp4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4jasgYT3VI

His brother Oliver Mann performs under his own name. He has an amazing voice - he's a baritone who as well as doing his own music sings with the Victorian Opera - but unlike many classically trained singers who try to sing non-opera material, he writes his own songs which means that his voice become a perfect fit. Also unlike a lot of singers with amazing voices, he has enough taste to realise that the more he unleashes the full power of his voice the lesser the effect will be, so mostly he keeps it in check which means that when he finally opens up it's just flooring, especially live. A great example of this is his song "Shoes of Leather", which starts with a strange halting description of being arrested in China and then blossoms out into a mesmerising and incredibly powerful slow movement (for want of a better term):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEv3ggRJuB8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBFIWd2F3ak
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #134 on: 08 Nov 2010, 01:22 »

TISM

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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #135 on: 14 Nov 2010, 18:34 »

Another great Australian.

Lee Lin Chin is awesome! Intelligent, multi-lingual, funny, unafraid to let her hair go grey in media, and one of the very few Australians of Chinese descent in the public eye. Just take a look back through the photos posted to represent Australia in this thread... :-(  I can't work out how to embed Youtube in my posting like est, so:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZIN02mTgeA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QhH8kPRVc8

Oh the other hand, racist humour is still funny, right?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsjjIgPqJ8
That TV show was nominated for Best Television Comedy Series at the 2003 Australian Film Institute Awards. I doubt nowadays that a white comedian would "black up" and make fun of an Aboriginal Australian's accent, but Chinese people are still fair game, it seems.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #136 on: 14 Nov 2010, 22:55 »

You guys are all upside-down, how do you get your posts to come 'round the right way?
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #137 on: 15 Nov 2010, 00:42 »

I can't work out how to embed Youtube in my posting like est

You can't. Admins are the only ones with the permissions to embed videos. With the recent spate of spambots around I for one am glad of this fact.

Also, I swear I have seen that same Lee Lin Chin parody back when it was on Full Frontal, or Fast Forward; people have been making fun of Lee Lin Chin for ever. I am not saying that makes it ok or anything, I just got a bit confused. What I would like clarification on is this one thing; Are you just focussing on Chinese people being made fun of for a reason? I mean, Chris Lilley was essentially making fun of Polynesians with Jonah in Summer Heights High and people were lapping up that shit. Chinese people are in no way the only parts of society getting made fun of, not even taking into account the big comedy targets like the opposite sex, or gay people (oh hello, Summer Heights High again! How I hate you). Would it be ok if the people making fun of the Chinese were Chinese themselves? I just wonder why you always seem to be so asian-centric in your opinions.
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« Reply #138 on: 15 Nov 2010, 00:43 »

You guys are all upside-down, how do you get your posts to come 'round the right way?
I just hold my laptop upside down when I hit post.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #139 on: 15 Nov 2010, 02:53 »

I just wonder why you always seem to be so asian-centric in your opinions.

Pretty sure it's because she's asian.
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« Reply #140 on: 15 Nov 2010, 02:59 »

I figured as much, but I always like to hope that you can be of a certain race (man, is there a better way to say this that doesn't bring to mind some dumbass saying "WE'RE ALL THE SAME RACE! THE HUMAN RACE") and not be incredibly biased towards that race.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #141 on: 15 Nov 2010, 03:01 »

What I would like clarification on is this one thing; Are you just focussing on Chinese people being made fun of for a reason?
I am myself Han Chinese. I'm fully aware that other groups get a kicking too, and I'm not a fan of Summer Heights High either, but does that mean I should just shut up when Chinese people are targeted? Would you find it surprising or somehow wrong if a gay person focussed more on homophobia than other forms of discrimination? If not, why would you be confused by the fact that I am particularly sensitive to the form of racism that I suffer from myself?*

Thanks for the tip about the video embedding thing.

*Edit: And this makes me "incredibly biased"? Er...  :?
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #142 on: 15 Nov 2010, 03:08 »

You could say ethnicity?

Akima is totally justified in being concerned with prejudice being directed at Asians given that it's something that she has to deal with. If I got discriminated against (I guess occasionally people call me a fag for painting my nails but frankly I'm pretty privileged) I would probably tend to focus on that particular kind of discrimination. The kind against me.

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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #143 on: 15 Nov 2010, 03:34 »

Akima, you didn't answer my question as to whether it would be ok if that was a Chinese lady making fun of Lee Lin Chin's voice.

Also, I understand you being more sensitive to that form of racism, and already knowing that you were Chinese it wasn't really that surprising that you brought up the situation that you did, but that doesn't mean that your whole set of views and opinions has to be so heavily coloured by your ethnicity. Hell, I am not telling you how to live you life, and I really was generally interested as to why you singled out that specific kind of racism in Australian humour, rather than the fact that Australian humour is pretty racist in general. I just would have thought that you (you in a general sense, not you specifically) could have your ethnicity as part of yourself without being defined by it, and could use your personal history to give you a broader view of the situation rather than a narrower one. Maybe I am a bit idealistic in that way. In any case I will backtrack and apologise for offending you somehow because I don't understand because I am a straight white Australian female who is generic enough to blend into the masses, so whatever.

Honestly though, I didn't think that skit was particularly racist. It wasn't funny, but it still was more that they were making fun of her because she had a funny accent rather than her being specifically Chinese. The way it seems is that you looked at it was that they were making fun of a Chinese lady, that makes it racist and wrong. This wouldn't be an issue for you if the newscaster they were making fun of had a lisp and was white.
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #144 on: 15 Nov 2010, 04:28 »

Hannah I dunno, I guess the difference might be, in part, that whole groups have not suffered serious prejudice on the basis of a lisp. And, from what I can tell based on my little knowledge of the newscaster in question, that skit wasn't so much a funny take on particular characteristics of that person as just a crude and kind of uncomfortable racial stereotype.

I mean sure, on occasion Akima has brought up the "Chinese girl in Australia" thing in threads where it may not have seemed particularly relevant, but in this case I think it was a pretty interesting and topical contribution to the thread.
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« Reply #145 on: 15 Nov 2010, 04:38 »

I was actually getting angrier and angrier the longer this thread went on before anyone mentioned The Saints, The Go Betweens, Radio Birdman and The Birthday Party.

Good save, Lunchy.
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« Reply #146 on: 15 Nov 2010, 04:46 »

Oh wow, you heard Radio Birdman outside Australia? Awesome!
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #147 on: 15 Nov 2010, 05:03 »

I mean sure, on occasion Akima has brought up the "Chinese girl in Australia" thing in threads where it may not have seemed particularly relevant, but in this case I think it was a pretty interesting and topical contribution to the thread.
I didn't think I was that bad, but I'll bear it in mind in future.

Also Akima, rad Batman Beyond avatar.
Well spotted.  :-)
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #148 on: 15 Nov 2010, 06:13 »

Man to be honest that was overly harsh on my part, I'm sorry. I mean, thinking back I guess I only thought that once or twice, and it probably had more to do with my perspective as anything else. Was just trying to establish some kind of context I guess.

But back to the topic at hand, have you guys heard of this awesome new rock and roll band called JET?!
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Re: The Australia Thread
« Reply #149 on: 15 Nov 2010, 13:21 »

I don't know about that Lee Lin Chin parody being racist in the first place. I think it's more playing on her very obvious eccentricities of dress and appearance, and also the cadences of her voice, none of which are because of her ethnicity. She's just a weird bird in general. I love her 'cause of it, it's better than the dozens of cookie cutter pretty young women and square-jawed handsome older gentlemen on every other news program ever, but it's also pretty easy to understand why that makes her a pretty ripe target for parody. Yeah, she talks funny, but less in a stereotpical Chinese way (replacing "r" sounds with "l" sounds or something, I guess?) and more like she's an automaton in a 50s sci-fi flick.

Australia and it's humour industry has a big problem with racism and lazy stereotyping no doubt, but that doesn't make every single depiction of a visible minority on a humour program automatically racist. Isn't it entirely possible that for the people who wrote and performed that sketch, the fact that Lee Lin Chin is Chinese didn't even enter into their heads? Like I said, there's enough that's interesting about her without getting into that at all.
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