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  • Mika - The Boy Who Knew Too Much

    The Boy Who Knew Too Much
    Mika: The Boy Who Knew Too Much

    I was a bit worried when a young artist releases a really wonderful first album. Is that all there is going to be? Is that as good as it gets? Mika once again proves how bloody talented he is. This is a far more lush and darker album. I absolutely love it! Cannot wait to see the boy in action in November 2009!!!! (*****)

  • Mika - We Are Golden

    We Are Golden
    Mika: We Are Golden

    I am loving this! To say nothing of the film clip ;-). The Boy strikes again. I love it! Cannot wait until the album comes out. Only a few more sleeps now!! (*****)

  • Sia - Some People Have Real Problems

    Some People Have Real Problems
    Sia: Some People Have Real Problems

    F*cking Awesome. (*****)

  • Michael Jackson - Number Ones

    Number Ones
    Michael Jackson: Number Ones

    This one was brought the day he died. The kids have not let me play anything else in the car ever since. Dear God, as much as I love MJ, please let me play another album one day soon?!?!? (*****)

  • Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary of Thriller (CD+DVD)

    Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary of Thriller (CD+DVD)
    Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary of Thriller (CD+DVD)

    Yeah yeah yeah, I know... Excellent version of Beat It featuring Fergie (*****)

  • Michael Jackson - Dangerous

    Michael Jackson: Dangerous

    Gotta Love it. Great Album!! (*****)

  • Icehouse - Measure for Measure

    Measure for Measure
    Icehouse: Measure for Measure

    Saw the ballet of Boxes which Iva Davies scored. It had the wonderful "No Promises" song. I am loving this album all over again, having just got it on CD. Sort of a Down Under answer to the great Bowie (*****)

  • Tim Finn - The Conversation

    The Conversation
    Tim Finn: The Conversation

    This is such a lovely album. I never realised how distinctive Eddie Raynor's piano playing is, and how much it can lift Tim Finn's music. Beautiful, balanced, thoughtful, totally immersing - just as a good conversation should be! Love ya Tim. (*****)

  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

    Raising Sand
    Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

    Sublime. Although T Bone needs to get some more producing tricks up his sleeve, he can turn anyone into a Patsy Cline clone. Not that this is a bad thing..... Really nice album, but no real surprises. (****)

  • Robert Plant - The Honeydrippers, Vol. 1

    The Honeydrippers, Vol. 1
    Robert Plant: The Honeydrippers, Vol. 1

    Robert Plant strikes again. God how I adore 'Sea of Love'. It was playing in Myers today, and I started to sing along. Ya just cannot help it! Lovely (*****)

  • Yo Yo MA Edgar Myer Mark O' Connor - Appalachian Journey

    Appalachian Journey
    Yo Yo MA Edgar Myer Mark O' Connor: Appalachian Journey

    I got this one as I love Appalachian music, and Alison Krauss features on some of the tracks. Yo Yo rulz the cello!!! (*****)

  • Vol. 2-Countdown One Hit Wonders
    : Vol. 2-Countdown One Hit Wonders

    Boo Yeah! Great selection from in some cases, truly forgettable artists. Mind you, I do NOT agree with groups like DEVO being lumped in as a 'one hit wonder'... (****)
  • Watch Me Disappear
    Augie March: Watch Me Disappear

    Haven't yet finished this but am very EXCITED. Very Finn sounding.... (****)
  • P!ink: Funhouse
    I really like P!nk's music. I particularly love the filmclip to "So What". Gotta love a girl that can take the p!ss outta herself. (*****)
  • Laura Marling -

    Laura Marling: Alas I Cannot Swim
    I SO love this album. Really unique. Despite being compared with Duffy and Colbie, I think she maintains her uniqueness and I think is a step up from the rest. I actually paid for a hard copy of this, as I think it's in line with Laura's philosophy of maintaining that intimacy with the recording artist.... Thank you to 666 ABC radio Canberra for turning me onto this artist! (*****)

  • David Bowie -

    David Bowie: Best of Bowie
    Ah now, what can you say about the man who has been part of your musical life for, like, forever. Sigh. He's always had it, has still got it and always will! (*****)

  • Colbie Caillat -

    Colbie Caillat: Coco
    Really nice album. Gracie in particular likes this. This just shows you how bizarre my taste is in music. One minute it's the Cavester, then Colbie Caillat. Very easy listening without being like the rest of them there young Americans... (*****)

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig Lazurus Dig
    The Cavester returns. Only he now sounds a little bit like a cross between Tom Waites and Johnny Cash. Not at all a bad mix, just a bit disconcerting. But Nick, like the rest of us is getting on. No longer the skinny teenager scaring the hell out of the mundanes with the Birthday Party... Heh, now those were the days
  • Soundtrack -

    Soundtrack: Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Deluxe - Complete Edition
    Despite people hanging sh*t on the very idea of Hollywood making this version, Johnny Depp carries off the title role quite impressively thank you very much. It's a very different interpretation, and Sondheim has really, really knuckled down on the singers as far as following the highly syncopated melody lines. This is an incredibly hard musical score and the cast are to be commended on how well they handle it, particularly those actors not known for their singing. (*****)

  • Mika -

    Mika: Life In Cartoon Motion
    Gotta LOVE this guy. Freddie Mercury will never be gone while Mika lives! Fanastic voice. (*****)

Podcasts and Audible books I am LISTENING to...

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Jill Smith

Hi, does vomit fabric include rust fabric as l can't understand people going in raptures over it. Just reminds me of the old nappies when you changed them .lol

Caitlin O'Connor

VOMIT FABRIC! Oh mygawdYES I am so sick of seeing vomit fabric! Especially when it's presented as "art" by itself - NO, TEHCNIQUE does not art make, you bloody poseurs, art is meant to be about something.. or about not being about something - whatever, it's not jsut technique, that's called a SAMPLE!!!

Ahem. Good thing I don't have any strong opinions, eh?

I have started using Bottom Line for piecing, too - funny how the width of two strands of thread can much such a difference to accuracy, isnt' it?

Crisp spray starch is a treasured smell here, too - Mr Beloved gets quite teary and sentimental over it. I crisp ALL my fabric now before I cut and stitch it (worried about the possible long term effect of attracting munchie beasties to my stash)and again, it's improving my piecing. I'm never going to be a super piecer, but I'm getting better! So much easier than trying to shove floppy fabrics through the machine....

Annie Morris

Dear Jill,

Yes the RUST!!! It's been creeping in hasn't it? Somerset Studios started it a few months ago, and now it's EVERYWHERE!!!

Yup, the stains are very reminiscent of my life about seven years ago.... Why do I want to revisit THAT!

Beware though, there's also a movement out there that insists that we have to bury the fabric out in the back yard for four moths before using it. Sigh.

Annie Morris

Dear Caity,

That's it in a nutshell. A sample piece is a sample piece. One of the most foul pieces of vomit fabric I ever saw, was immediately redeemed on the next page in the magazine, when it was cut into smaller pieces and 'laced' together using FME and solvy. **THAT** took it into the realms of art, and quite pleasing art at that. But before... yikes.

I too had heard that the critters like starch... But I have heard that oil of cloves apparently sends them packing, especially if there's lavender in the mix.

Annie Morris

UH OH. That should have been MONTHS not moths in the prev comment. I can just see it now...... BRAND NEW TECHNIQUE - MOTH FABRIC. Just bury your fabric in the ground with four moths.... I'm not laughing.... well... yes I am... just a bit!

Caitlin O'Connor

Moths! Worms! Gawd only knows what else those great big lawn grubs would do to the fabric? But have you seen the new "Flutterby" range by Tula Pink for MOda? *swooooons* THAT"S the sort of insects I want in my stash, thank you very much, not the wriggly alive kind!

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