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Run The Jewels statues

Run The Jewels release limited-edition statue of themselves fighting zombies

Now, that’s a headline. Yup, Run The Jewels are releasing a highly-collectible statue of the duo fighting zombies rising up from the earth.You know, normal music merch. Keen-eyed fans will note the zombie hands are styled off those of the front of their albums, too. If you like the look...

ABS survey bumsex

ABS apologises for postal survey barcode which contains the words ‘bum sex’

Man, this couldn’t have been scripted any more perfectly. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has been forced to apologise after seemingly random letters formed the words ‘bum sex’ in the barcode of a postal survey sent out for the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) deputy statistician Jonathan...

Sounds of the Suburbs

Two popular music venues in Sydney are being torn down

Two of Cronulla’s most vibrant music and art spaces, Space 44 and El Sol, will be torn down to make way for more stores and more apartments. As the Sutherland Shire wrote: “Replacing them will be the construction of a six-storey mixed commercial and residential development including 4 commercial stores...

Elton John marriage

Elton John (who actually got married in Australia) urges us to ‘Vote Yes’

Elton John is currently in Australia for a series of shows, and has used his hotel downtime (and possibly the stationery too) to write a touching open letter, urging all Australians, including your homophobic uncle, to vote yes on the same-sex marriage plebiscite. While it’s hardly shocking that an openly-gay...

mgmt

There’s a 2007 throwback party this weekend, ‘cos OMG that was ten years ago

Hit up your MySpace top eight, and dig out the Chromeo CD because the Hudson Ballroom (on Liverpool St.) are holding a party in celebration of all things 2007. Nic Kelly and The Interns DJs will be spinning tunes from that banner year: glitter-infused hits from the likes of Crystal...

Tropical Fuck Storm

Tropical Fuck Storm announce Sydney show, drop batshit music video

Two weeks ago, we called Tropical Fuck Storm’s debut single ‘Chameleon Paint’ one of the songs of the fortnight, and announced, all hyperbole aside, that the song was “almost good enough to make you forget we’re a few weeks away from getting annihilated by a swollen orange fascist with his...

Smash Mouth just gave Alex Lahey a shout out on Twitter for some reason

Masters of the meme and potential Car Seat Headrest collaborators Smash Mouth are famous for a number of things – their unironically excellent 1999 hit ‘All Star’, that time they posted a weird Carrie Fisher tribute, and their all around mastery of the social media website Twitter. This morning, they’ve...

Rebecca Callander of Rackett believes in art, craft and anarchy

“I’ve ended up in a bottomless pit of like, reorganising arts and crafts,” explains Rackett’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Rebecca Callander. Certainly it’s not the Saturday night you might expect from a lyricist who belts out lines like “give me one of those white lines, I’m so fucking bored I...

Sloan Peterson

Premiere: Watch Sloan Peterson’s shimmering new video: ‘I Want You’

Ostensibly a band, named after the love interest in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sloan Peterson is the vehicle for Sydney singer songwriter Joe Jackson, who dabbles in music that sits somewhere between Nico’s solo albums, Bethany’s early Best Coast recordings, Mazzy Star’s swoony creations, and Phil Spector’s less sugary discs....

john lennon

Yoko Ono stops lemonade company ‘John Lemon’ due to those pesky copyright laws

In our post-everything society, ironically-named food and beverages are as common as mis-spelled band n@me$. However, as clever as your Roger Waters Water may be, you can’t just jack somebody’s copyright, especially if that somebody happens to be the heavily-protected John Lennon from the famously-litigious Beatles. Yoko Ono has stepped...