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December 31, 2010

Party! Party! Party! : Sydney : November 2010 – December 2010

Filed under: Clubbing & Gigs,Music — decoded_ @ 7:10 am

Party! Party! Party!

Club nights/events with international techno, minimal, tech-house, deep-house, house DJ/live acts on in Sydney Australia…

I made it out to the red ones. Thoughts and comments to be posted soon.


05.11.10 : Funk D’Void @ Deeper Sounds : PLUS ╬ 1 – Civic Underground
13.11.10 : Shonky @ Pluseradio Presents… – Name This Bar
14.11.10 : Rick Wade @ Sunday Picnic – Secret Warehouse
14.11.10 : Shonky, PQM @ Church Of Techno – Forbes Hotel
20.11.10 : Martin Buttrich [Live], Gunnar Stiller, Jazzanova + More @ Agwa Yacht Club 008 (Sydney Harbour Cruise) – MV Starship
20.11.10 : Martin Buttrich [Live] @ CO-OP & Monkey Tennis : Keep Deep (Agwa Yacht Club After Party) – Tone
20.11.10 : Gunnar Stiller @ P.S Presents… Afterparty – Melt
21.11.10 : Jazzanova @ Future Classic – Sunhaze – Alexandria Hotel
26.11.10 : Jay Shepheard @ Reckless Republic : PLUS ╬ 1 – Civic Underground
26.11.10 : Untold @ Index/Void – Good God Small Club
26.11.10 : DJ Sneak @ Mo’funk & Friends – Hugo’s
27.11.10 : Redshape [Live], Jeff Mills, Ricardo Villalobos, Reboot [Live], Luciano, Technasia, DJ Sneak, Carl Cox, DJ T. + More @ Steresonic 2010 – Sydney Showgrounds (Homebush)
27.11.10 : Alex Smoke [Live] ***, Juan Atkins, Vince Watson [Live] @ HAHA Industries – Versus Round 2 – Marrickville Bowlo
27.11.10 : DJ T. + More @ Stereosonic After Party – Chinese Laundry
27.11.10 : DJ Sneak @ Wham! – World Bar


03.12.10 : Ricardo Villalobos (4 Hour Set) @ Sneaker Peeps – The Metro
03-05.12.10 : Dominik Eulberg **, Heinrichs & Hirtnefellner, Michael Mayer, Tobias Thomas, Extrawelt [Live], Jens Bond, Telefon Tel Aviv, Boris Brejcha + More @ Subsonic Music Festival 2010 – Riverwood Downs / Barrington Tops
10.12.10 : Thomas Schumacher @ Reckless Republic : PLUS ╬ 1 – Civic Underground
11.12.10 : Tiefschwarz @ Chinese Laundry Saturday – Chinese Laundry
11.12.10 : Carl Craig, Moodymann, Theo Parrish @ D25 (Detroit Techno Celebrates 25 Years) – The Forum
11.12.10 : The Field [Live] @ Mistletone + FBI Radio Present… The Gaelic Club
11.12.10 : Extrawelt, Heinrichs & Hirtnefellner, Turmspringer + More @ Pirates Of The Underground 4 (Sydney Harbour Cruise) – MV TBA
11.12.10 : TBA @ Pirates Of The Underground 4 After-Party – Secret Warehouse
12.12.10 : Turmspringer @ Spice – Home Terrace
18.12.10 : Konrad Black @ Organic – Sun Studios Alexandria (5pm-3am)
18.12.10 : Pantha Du Prince [Live] @ Adult Disco – The Civic
31.12.10 : Dennis Ferrer, Riva Starr + More @ Harbour Party NYE 2010 – Luna Park
31.12.10 : Milton Jackson, Bjorn Wilke + More @ Bare Essentials NYE 2010 – Hotel Sweeneys
31.12.10 : Chris Duckenfield, Session Victim [Live] @ Mad Racket NYE – Marrickville Bowlo
31.12.10 : Ralph Lawson, James Curd + More @ NYE @ The MCA – Museum Of Contemporary Art

** Dominik Eulberg cancels Australian tour… again! Read more.

*** Alex Smoke has cancelled gigs, is in a Melbourne hospital due to collapsed lung! Read more.


Please note:

This is not a complete list of every event on in Sydney, these are events that have caught my attention.

I do my best to post up accurate info, but dates, artists, venues can change etc.

TBA = To Be Announced

If you’re after info on other techno/minimal club nights with more local flavour in Sydney, check out the Sydney Loves Techno blog.

The InTheMix – Sydney – What’s On section lists a whole range of dance/electronic music events/club nights, check it out here.

I’m not that much of a fan of dubstep, but if you’re into it, there is a crew (Void/Index) in Sydney putting on regular quality events, often with internationals, check here for more info.

Party on!

December 21, 2010


Filed under: Clubbing & Gigs,Music — decoded_ @ 10:10 am

So, 2010 is almost over, looking back over all the electronic/dance music events and club nights I got out to, here are my favourites…

Sydney 2010

Danny Tenaglia @ Nevermind – 07.01.10
Robert Babicz [Live] @ Civic Underground – 30.01.10
Orbital [Live] @ The Forum – 23.02.10
Derrick May @ 202 – 18.04.10
Steve Rachmad @ Creamfields – 01.05.10
Autechre [Live] @ Forum – 28.05.10
The Revenge & Underworld [Live] @ We Love Sounds Winter Festival – 05.06.10
Marcel Dettmann @ Space – 18.09.10
Surgeon @ The Forum – 23.10.10
Jeff Mills @ Stereosonic 2010 – 27.11.10
Pantha du Prince [Live] @ Civic Underground – 18.12.10

EU holiday 2010…

Redshape [Live] @ Panorama Bar Berlin – 13.08.10
Function @ ://about blank Berlin – 14.08.10
Paul Kalkbrenner [Live] @ Th!nk Festival Leipzig – 15.08.10
Pacou [Live], Alexander Kowalski [Live] @ Krautok 2010 Maria Berlin – 21.08.10
Ellen Allien @ Berghain – 21.08.10
Surgeon & Shed [Live] @ Berghain – 27.08.10
Scion Versions [Live] @ Berghain – 28.08.10
Sandwell District [Live] @ Sankeys Manchester 10.09.10
Surgeon & Shed [Live] @ Cable London – 11.09.10

Yep, looks like I’m very much so back into techno.

December 17, 2010

Lots Of Laughs : Robin Williams : Arj Barker

Filed under: Live Comedy — decoded_ @ 4:51 pm

Robin Williams
Robin Williams

A month ago, Tuesday 16th November, Joanne and I went and saw actor and comedy legend Robin Williams, perform his ‘Weapons Of Self Destruction’ stand-up show, at the massive Sydney Entertainment Centre, where he sold out 4 nights in row, we went to his last night, our first time seeing him live.

Tickets were close to $200, not cheap, and those were the lower priced tickets! But, after it was all over we felt we got value for money. He was excellent, an extremely funny and entertaining performance. He had us laughing non stop for his whole two hour show, laughing till we had tears in our eyes and pains in our side.

Keeping the energy level high his entire show, working his way through a wide range of topics, at a blistering pace, with some nods to his past film and TV work thrown in too. Never a dull second.

I’m really glad we decided to go see him. I struggle to find the right words every time I open my mouth, he didn’t slip up once the entire show. I guess he’s had many years and 100s of performances to perfect it.

He has certainly come a long way since the ‘Mork & Mindy’ TV show. I loved that show as a kid in the late 70’s, early 80s. I really like him in his more serious film roles, like ‘One Hour Photo’, and ‘Insomnia’, I’ve watched both of these again recently, great films.

Aussie lads The Umbilical Brothers doing warm up got some good laughs too, usually not a fan, but they had me laughing.

And now for something completely different… Slowing the pace right down…

Arj Barker
Arj Barker

Arj Barker at the State Theatre, performing his ‘Let Me Do The Talking’ show, Tuesday 7th December.

I’ve seen him perform a few times now, he always brings the laughs, with his very laid back, slow-burn style comedy, with humorous observations on our use of technology, and on our on-line, social network connected lives. I love the way he pulls back the microphone and hits us with that radio announcer voice, for stats and facts.

He had some great digs at JB HiFi (how many there are, everywhere, and how you usually can’t walk out of one without buying anything), and he loves to pay out our Australian accent, I think he does it so well now, because he spends so much time. It’s interesting how he performs in the regional areas first before doing the cities each time he’s out here, gathering material I think.

Unfortunately this performance will be remembered mostly because of some idiot in the audience who heckled via a loud/long whistle a few times during the performance, Arj eventually stopped the show, demanding the guy was ejected before he would continue, which darkened things a bit, but brought a big cheer when the guy was actually ejected, and then the comedy continued. Not one of my fave, or the best Arj performances, but I had some great laughs. Think I laughed more at the older material he fell back on a few times, than the newer stuff.

A feature, and review of the same performance here:

More data:


More laughs coming up next year, seeing a couple of other legends of comedy: Weird Al Yankovic and Billy Connolly

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