My Hometown

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Ol mate Munro Melano has a video out for his track My Hometown. Munro kindly filled out a Q&A for us last year and makes reading press releases more enjoyable with NBA talk and mention of my beloved Boston Celtics.

Check out the chill track below.

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Nancy Magoo’s Weekend Mixup #19: Australian School Days.

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About once a year I get the urge to listen to Vinegar Stroke by Sunk-Loto, well not so much the urge as that I remember it exists. Back in primary school I used to listen to a heap of Australian artists. My brother is 9 years older than me and he’d let me listen to his Hottest 100 CD’s, I’d watch Rage and Recovery. Now I’ve turned into one of those annoying old people that can’t stand the new Australian stuff and thinks my era was the superior one. Which is stupid, I realise this.

Anyway, here’s some of the stuff I used to listen to during that period (1991-2003). To get my real high school experience pull out your bong, dye your hair pink and hang out with your older teen boyfriend who plays bass in a band that covers Limp Bizkit.

 

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Currently listening to: Jon Batiste and Stay Human

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Have you heard of Jon Batiste? Well you probably discovered him before me but I’m slightly obsessed at the moment. His stuff is jazz and soul and blues and all things good. Jon Batiste and Stay Human have an album out called Social Music which you can purchase over – here. Or have a listen on Spotify. Also check out his interview and performance on Stephen Colbert if you get the chance. He could charm the pants off anyone, especially me.

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My father was a boat person

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 Image via – History Learning Site

A small rundown fishing boat crammed with 77 people on board, drifting in the South China Sea, escaping persecution, fleeing for their lives and searching for freedom.

One of those on board is my father, Chau Minh Than Le.

He was one of many Vietnamese refugees that built a new life in Australia.

Only in the past five years or so has he started opening up to me about his life in Vietnam, whether it was to shelter me or because he didn’t want to relive the past he had left far behind him.

To be honest it was probably the latter.

Even though he has been in the country for 36 years, his voice still holds remnants of his life before Australia. His accent is a mix of old and new, using Australian colloquialisms with a Vietnamese twang.

Born in 1960, his mother, my Ba noi (grandmother) Mrs Thi Khanh Than said that his birth brought about great excitement for her, her husband and my dads great grandmother, as even though he was the eighth child born, he was only the second male in the family.

“Everyone loved him for he was such a cute, chubby baby. He looked exactly like the baby in the Nestle milk advert which was popular at the time,” my Ba noi said.

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 My father as a child

“As he grew up he was a very studious student and a well behaved boy. He was healthy and sporty and everyone loved him.”

My dads older brother Than Chau Le, shared similar sentiments.

“He was a chubby and well behaved baby and child. In his teenager years, he was a well-mannered and hard working student and also a passionate sports fan”, explained my uncle.

“There was a generation gap because I’m 7 years older than him. But we had a good relationship between brothers! We both were passionate sports fans and played in the local volleyball (team)”.

While childhood brought happy memories, the spread of communism across the country threatened that happiness, and their lives.

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Q&A with YOKE

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YOKE are an alt-pop band from Sydney who have a video out for their track ‘Burden‘ which is from their upcoming EP ‘Jabiluka‘. You can check out the video below along with the answers from the painfully handsome lead singer Kyle Linahan who had a little help from guitarist Julian Boswell.

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HOWGOODISGOOD? VERY GOOD.

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Baro is 17(!?), describes his music as lounge rap and is a million times cooler than I’ll ever be. I’ve been listening to his mixtape ‘HOWGOODISGOOD‘ all day and it’s making the task of job hunting a lot less stressful. You can download his mixtape over at Bandcamp – here and you can name your own price, so even better. It reminds me a lot like Canadian jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, which if you haven’t checked out already, what the fuck is wrong with you?

 

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Creepin on ah Come Up

Bone Thugs N Harmony Tour

Bone Thugs N Harmony will be touring Australia, well two of them. I do have a very soft spot for 90’s hip hop and rnb, except I really hate that song they did called Tha Crossroads. Holy fuck that song is repetative and boring, Thuggish Ruggish Bone on the other hand though, amazing.

 

 

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Tough Love

Jessie Ware

When I was going through my play SBTRKT all the time phase, I was introduced to Jessie Ware. My voice sounds very similar to Jessie’s when I’m in the shower. I also sound a lot like Stevie Nicks as well…Enough about me, the official video for the track Tough Love has just come out. Also if you click the read more bit I’ve added a few tracks that Jessie Ware is in, that I love. Also Sampha has the most perfect voice ever.

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