Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 by John

WAMi Logo 2011We love the WAMis. So we’re pretty excited that the festival starts in just ten days. The WAMis are about locally made music being played to the people of Western Australia, and developing the music industry through workshops and events designed so that people can take their dreams and learn how to turn them into reality, then of course there’s the Awards themselves – which mean giant cakes.

Huge congratulations to everyone nominated for an award this year (and a little pat on the back for ourselves for getting nominated as well).

You can download a full WAMI Festival program from here.
Like WAM on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter and join the Festival noise at the hashtag #WAMi11

Here’s our guide to the highlights of the WAMi Festival 2011

WAMi Festival Opening Party

Where: The Bakery
When: Saturday 21 May, 8pm start
Tickets: $15 from

Last year’s WAMi Song of the Year winner Geoergi Kay will playing along with Rabbit Island and WAM favourite Abbe May and more. What better way to slip into a week’s worth of musicgasmic festival hijinks than a Saturday night at the Bakery. This is one fo the events you really want to make sure you ahve a ticket for , so get clicking to the Bakery and make sure you’re there with people and get your festival started right. There’s that much good stuff on at the Bakery you’ll wish you could rent one of the sea containers and live there for a week!

Think Twice/Funk Club WAMi Festival Showcase

Where: The Bakery
When: Friday 27 May, 8pm start
Tickets: $20 WAM Members, $25 Non-Members

Kurtis Blow’s The Breaks was the first rap album to become a gold record. So to have the man himself in Perth is something to celebrate. Throw in the first birthday of hip hop night Mass Appeal and you are quickly running out of reasons to stay at home. Western Australian music isn’t just about guitars and rock riffs, W.A. claims the title for Australia’s Bboy Breakdance champion and champion crew, P-town is a hop hop town too.

The Bird Sundowner Series

Where: The Bird
When: Monday 23 May – Firday 27 May, 5-6pm
Tickets: Just turn up

We have long championed The Bird as the small bar with a big heart and during the WAMis anyone making their way home through the city has even more reasons to sink into one of their comfy lounges with a schooner as the Bird present ten acts over five evenings. Stuff daily cares firmly away and relax a moment with Sean Pollard, A Schvendes Duo, Ruby Boots Duo, and Jack Doepel. If you’re thirsty and near the Bird after work any night during WAMi week, drop in.

The Community Beat Canteen

Where: Northbridge Piazza
When: Monday 23 – Friday 27 May, Midday – 1:30pm
Tickets: Just turn up

The Community are calling all beat heads and bedroom producers to come into the Northbridge Piazza during daylight hours for some serious mind expansion with Mathas, Diger Rokwell, Maxy Bills, Boost Hero Man and a whole lot more community minded folks. Electro-futuristic-cnosciousness-exapanding-jamtastic sessions for you while you soak up some sun on the lawn.

City of Perth Northbridge Saturday Spectacular

Where: Northbridge Piazza, THe Bird, Universal Bar, Cultural Centre (wetlands stage), Ya Ya’s, The Court, Mustang Bar, Rocket Room
When: Saturday 29 May, Midday – 6pm
Tickets: Just turn up

Eight stages and fifty local bands, it’s the big day out without fences or a padduck full of people you don’t really want to hang out with. Each of the venues has their own sound for the day so if you like things a little country then The Mustang Bar with The Ghost Hotel and others. Last year’s WAMi Darlings The Brow Horn Orchestra and Simone and Girlfunkle. The Rocket Room has Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Hootenanny and Project Mayhem.

At Ya, Ya’s catch Tracksuit and The Sensitive Drunks. Minute 36 and The Justin Walshe Folk Machine are all over the Cultural Centre. Meanwhile its Sonpsilo Circus, The Panda Band and Emporers in the Piazza. The Bird Seams and Voltaire Twins. See The Devil Rides Out at the Universal Bar.

That list barely covers this monster music showcase, so get the program and spend an afternoon in Northbridge.

Kiss My Camera

Where: The Old Goal, WA Museum, Perth
When: 21 May – 7 August
Tickets: Entry is free

See the year in review from onstage, side of stage, backstage and down an alleyway when the best in music photography goes on show for the Kiss My Camera exhibition. This year catch pics from Cut & Pasters Jordan Shields, Nicole Norelli and Brad Serls amongst the finalists.

The WAMI Award Ceremony and After Party

Where: The Bakery
When: Saturday 28 May. Awards at 7:30pm Party from 10:30
Tickets: limited tickets for the awards ceremony $15 for the after party.

Hosted by Dylan Lewis and Dom Alessio and featuring performances from John Bennett and Grace Woodroofe the Awards are the moment when dreams are rewarded with cakes. Slightly better than a pie in the face and way better than a Grammy.

This year Cut & Paste is punching with the big boys in the Media Award – Organisation and The Cut & Paste Soundsystem have a chance in the Best DJ category.

Then its after party time. We’ll be there with a Coopers in hand and we hope we’ll see you there too.



Thursday, February 10th, 2011 by Nicole Norelli


WHO: Raashan Ahmad and The Paper Plane Project
WHERE: The Bird Nightclub, Northbridge
WHEN: Friday 4th January 2011
So what? SO WHAT!? Radtimes ensued. That’s what. Need proof? Take a look!


The Return of DeadWeight // The Bird

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 by John

Shit that starts with B: Beats, Beer, Babes and when you’re talking about DEADWEIGHT! you need mention BASS and THE BIRD

Where:  The Bird
When: 07/01/11

© Beck Mansell. 2011



Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 by John


Kate and Leslie, the team behind Day of the Thread, have been quietly hoarding away exquisite drawings, all the while planning to hand print the finest they could find onto organic cotton tees. From a collection of more than 100 the pair have selected a final set of seven designs which will be produced in strictly limited runs of thirty prints only.



Friday, October 22nd, 2010 by John


The time has come for the Cut & Paste and Paper Chain Beatmaker X Filmmaker challenge… Perth’s first cross media music collab where local beatmakers and filmmakers are paired up, set free with $30, a video camera and the creative juices they were born with.
Over the course of the day the beatmakers will be diggin for records/cds/cassettes/anything with a sound bite, while the process in recorded live. Then they head into the studio to create what they can with the selected booty!

So here’s the deal:

1. All participants meet up at The Bird at 9am (that’s right in the morning)

2. Beatmaker and Filmmaker names are thrown into a hat and paired up

3. Take your $30 (That’s $15 p/Beatmaker) and find your samples

4. Make the beat, Film the process

5. The beats will be showcased at The Bakery over beers and a BBQ the next day

The following week, as part of the second 3ON3 ASPHALT COMP the local filmmakers will screen the results of the Beatmaker X Filmmaker challenge on the big screen in the Bakery courtyard.

We still have a couple of last minute filmmakers spots available, so if you are keen and are free tomorrow morning throw the Paper Chain boys an email the here.

The beats will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD from the PAPER CHAIN website as well as the shorts on all interweb platforms.



Friday, October 15th, 2010 by John


Last Thursday saw (The) Right Side put on the sixth installment of Hip Hop Kara’Yo!’Ke. What has fast become a monthly institution for Hip Hop heads, Karaoke lovers and people who like the sound of their own voice Hip Hop Kara’Yo!’Ke is the place to be if you want to drop a verse from your favourite Hip Hop track. With Assembly Line’s Nathan J’s amassed collection of instrumentals anyone and everyone has the chance to get up on stage and spit mad lyrics! Bar cards and booby prizes on offer to the winners… and the worst!

Cut & Paste finally got the chance to get down to The Bird to see Hip Hop Kara’Yo!’Ke in all it’s blinged out glory. Bradley Serls was down taking some snaps of the night, which you can check out in the gallery below.



Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by Matt

TheBluejaysWHAT: The Bluejays with Nathan J

WHERE: The Bird, Northbridge

WHEN: 23/09/10

Occasionally Perth bands go to Melbourne, never to return. For a Thursday night down in Northbridge it was a treat to see, now ex-Perth band, The Bluejays tear the roof off The Bird.



Monday, August 9th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

Photos by Nicole Norelli



Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 by John


A month or so ago now we gaffered the Sonys and the Flip down to any available speaker or table that gave us a shot of what was the first live-set by Paper Chain artists Kit Pop and Zeke. What unfolded was forty minutes of turntable, mpc/sampler, acapella musical act…

It’s big bass and heavy shakes which is what the DEADWEIGHT! crew are all about. So sit back and enjoy.

This Friday will see the second installment of DeadWeight! @ The Bird… check out the details here



Monday, July 26th, 2010 by John


Film fanatics need not despair. Just as quickly as the hugely successful Revelation Film Festival closes the Future arrives!  Future Shorts is part a short film phenomenon and part the result of the tireless persistance of Amy Broadfoot and Amiko Films, which now sees Future Shorts Screenings in bars and venues around Perth.

The July Screening – Eyjafjallajokull (Volcano) features the Romain Gavras directed film clip for  M.I.A’s ‘Born Free’ (…of banned YouTube fame), an animation with insights into the ritual of the turning of the bones, pulling at the heartstrings and a stig.

You get a serving of  seven fresh shorts from Sweden, Croatia, Malaysia and one produced here in Perth. The local flavour Good Times With Oskar is described as “a dark comedy centring on the banal and solitary existence if an overweight, middle aged man, his love affair with food, and a series of calls, over which he has no control.”  Head along to The Bird on Tuesday for this all you can chow down on short film feast.



WHERE: The Bird, Northbridge and Manhattan’s Victoria Park

SCREENING TIMES: The Bird, Northbridge Tues July 27th, 7.30pm

Manhattan’s, Victoria Park on Tues Aug 10th, time TBA

TICKETS: $15 full $10 conc.
WEB: Visit Future Shorts on them interwebz

Here’s a taste of ‘Born Free’ to get you in the mood


Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 by John

Ras G

The {move} family are back with a very special edition of their monthly Rhythmatism series at The Bird. We are very pleased to announce the imminent arrival of El Ay-Lien #1 … Captain of The Afrikan Space Program, power forward of the Brainfeeder Crew! RAS_G & THE AFRICAN SPACE PROGRAM, Thursday 22nd of July at The Bird.

Ras_G’s music is rich with space-funkified rhythms, air-horns, natty chattin, subterranean bass lines, colossal percussion and glorious highs. This is the music that people will be playing in the ghettos of Mars in the year 3014.

Ras_G has been a fixture on the underground beat/hiphop scene in Los Angeles since the early 90s. He is a proud South Central LA resident and founding member of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Crew! Ras along with Black Monk and Ron Stivers are the founders of the Poo-Bah Label.

Rhythmatism is a new monthly dance party brought to you by the {move} family featuring future music from the past and present. It happens on the last Friday of every month, or thereabouts, at Perth’s premier live underground music venue, The Bird. Get down early to every Rhythmatism night to pick up one of their super limited edition series of {move} mix-tapes. Free for the first 50 people to arrive, these highly sought-after gems feature a new mix from local and interstate DJs every month.


With the {move} family DJs and Special Guests TBA!

WHERE: The Bird, William St Northbridge

WHEN: Thursday 22 July, 8pm

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 by John


A few weeks back now the young chaps from DEADWEIGHT! dropped the first of what is to be a monthly Bass Music night, of the same name at The Bird. I headed down to check out what Chris and the boys had on offer, as well as to film my Paper Chain buddies Zeke and Kit Pop who were dropping a brand new collab routine this particular evening… think five turntables, MPCs, samplers and music pads with cool fluro lights.

To capture what the boys had been up to I decided to bring down a stack of video cameras (ie. pretty much everything I could find). Including our Sony HDR-FX7, HDR-FX1E and our new wee Flip I located three places around the stage and set-up the three camera rig for the night. You might notice that the boys got the bass so heavy the tripod shakes!

Check the five minute grab we’ve put up here and then make sure you get down for the next DEADWEIGHT at the Bird!

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No Promises BUT we’re hoping to put the whole 45 minutes set online in the next week..or two..or if you comment on this post saying you want us too..

Local photo man about town Bradley Serls was down at The Bird this particular evening so he swung us a bunch of his snaps for you all to look at!



Friday, June 4th, 2010 by John


New kids on the block DEADWEIGHT! crash the scene with style tonight as they launch the first of a monthly night by the same name.

When Chris Caravella noticed there was no regular “bass music” nights in our fair city (we’re talking hip-hop, glitch, dubstep, UK funky & future garage) they hit up new music venue The Bird and found an ally in Mike O’Hanlon and so DEADWEIGHT! has come into existence.



Monday, May 24th, 2010 by Chris


WHAT: City of Perth Northbridge WAMI Saturday Spectacular

WHERE: All over Northbridge

WHEN: May 22

It’s not often Western Australian music is the most important thing in Perth. This past Saturday, Northbridge became the centre of the scene as fifty acts did their thing across nine venues for the City of Perth Northbridge Saturday Spectacular. My story covers fourteen bands, seven venues, soggy jeans and one hell of a showcase for this big little city.



Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 by Matt

IMG_1679The Issue Nine Launch was a total success. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it along. After some concerns about the event selling out, the persistent and the patient were rewarded as we were able to get quite a few people in on the night. Very special thanks to Virginia and her team of ninja door girls who kept the riff raff away and made sure only the most delicious and well ticketed were able to get their way inside.

The Bird was the perfect venue. I liked the way people used the courtyard area like its a backyard and you can’t help but feel like you’re at the best house party of the year when you hang out there. Look up and you are reminded that you’re right smack in the middle of town look down and you’re at your best mate’s house without a care in the world. Let’s hope the Bird keeps that feeling.

Inside The Bird it was cooking! Right from DJREKAB’s first set you could feel it building. A little shower of rain just brought more steam to the mix and when TA-KU got up with his crew of vocalists and his own special tricks, it was damn hot in there.

“Curve ball” Macliver sure knows how to mix it up, just when you thought the night was going to be all beats THE SCOTCH OF ST JAMES injected some whiskey bottle rock and roll swagger into the event.

The big set from the CUT & PASTE SOUND SYSTEM ripped (yeah yeah I know I’m hardly impartial) and by that time The Bird was getting sweaty like a London or Melbourne club, you know those down the lane, round the back corner and down the stairs kind of places that every person who comes back from holidaying in either place pines about for months  afterwards. Yes.

We hope you has as much fun as we did.

Thank you for supporting Cut & Paste :)

Check out Pussy Thomas’ Photos from the night here

Check out Paul’s photos from the night here

GOT PHOTOS FROM THE NIGHT?? Comment on his post with a link to your photos so everyone can enjoy them :)

Here’s a little video shot on the night by the youtube phenomenon Grum

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Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 by Matt

CP9 Launch Poster

Cut & Paste Issue Nine: Launch Party

The Cut & Paste Issue Nine Launch Party will be held at The Bird on William St, Northbridge on Friday April 30 doors open at 8pm and going until the riot squad arrives. The launch will be an exclusive event featuring Scotch of Saint James, local producer Ta-Ku (Paper Chain records) in his first live-showcase featuring a list of local emcess and singers. Cut & Paste Nine’s Mixtape creator, dub-step leader Rekab as well as exclusive outing for the Dub Get Dirty Jam Band (last seen supporting HEALTH at Beck’s Music Box). The Cut & Paste Soundsytem, will be showing off their new visual hi-jinks mixing sounds and sights. Extra visual stimulation will be supplied by Creepy who will be showing new artworks ahead of his solo exhibition at Turner Galleries in Melbourne in addition to new works from Timothy Rollin and Martin E. Wills.

We have found an Online ticketing company that is based in Perth, so we’re still supporting our local by using their service. They’re called Epic Events and you can hit ‘em up here When we open the box office next Tuesday April 6 this post will be updated with a direct link to our Launch on the epic website.
You will need a credit card or paypal details handy and you are required to register with the site. The registration is free.
Your tickets will be delivered by email and you’ll need to print them out and bring them along on the night.
If you have ANY problems at all using the Epic Events Website or with the event itself we need to know so please email and we’ll sort it out.
Thanks all and we will see you at The Bird!

We have found an Online ticketing company that is based in Perth, so we’re still supporting our local by using their service. They’re called Epic Events and you can hit ‘em up here.  When we open the box office next Tuesday April 6 this post will be updated with a direct link to our Launch on the epic website.



Monday, March 8th, 2010 by Nicole Norelli

Mister KillahIt’s official! A gig and a venue like no other in Perth certainly gave you a night to remember. Into an intimate 170 capacity, with pizza on arrival, the event was strictly bring your own, with plenty of champagne popped over head, sweat, fashionistas, politicians, the who’s who of the art community, the posers, the doers, the promoters, the originators, the creators, the models, the painters, the artists and the self-claimed artistes, the fixers, skaters, rockstars, and musos all let loose in the club: Welcome to The Bird.

Opening with an exclusive prequel secret show last Thursday, who could have given a better blessing for the newest underground music venue in Perth than by the muthafucking Gaslamp Killer.

NAIK jump started the night and played a passionate live set, setting the pace for when GLK arrived, and for a man who shares a similiar and well known story to Perthites, (inspired to name himself the Gaslamp Killer in disgust for much of the patronage in the downtown Gaslamp District bar scene in his hometown San Diego, which led to him uprooting and relocating to Los Angeles, where he found a niche for himself amid the city’s massive underground party scene), the MFGLK served well as the evening’s psychadelic Master of Ceremonies.

A fairly straightforward recipe for success, GLK launched into what can best be described as a trippy initiation ritual proceeding into definitive dubstep and left-field hip-hop mashups climaxing with a drum and bass finale. All I can say is it was one hell of a show. A massive congratulations to Mike and Brenton, for bringing a much needed and most highly anticipated new music venue to Northbridge, Perth and the {move} crew for getting GLK back to Perth!



Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 by John

MD5 LaunchMD Limited Editions is an arts magazine released quarterly. Each issue of MD Limited Editions showcases work by emerging artists in graphic design, photography, visual art, music, fashion design, writing, and Video-VJ’s.

MD Limited Editions 5: The Photography Issue. This issue features editorials from Esther Tetris, Tom Cramond (Six Thousand), Brad Serls, Dave Adams, Jake Casteldine, Virginia Ivory, Michael Ellis (relative Magazine), Jordan Shields (The West Australian), Nicole Norelli and Alberto Sanchez. That’s ten professional and avid photographers from Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and London.

MD Limited Editions 5 will be launched at The Bird, Thursday March 11 2010. The event is BYO.

MD Limited Editions 5 launch will feature a special Vinyl-only showcase from Naik, Arms in Motion, King Jon Ill and Kit Pop, playing favourites from their treasured record crates.



Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 by John

Picnic LaunchPicnic Records will be celebrating its birth as a label alongside the launch of its third release Love Vacation on Saturday, March 13.

Picnic Records is the brainchild of Perth producer and DJ Nathan Nisbet (aka Captn K), who conceived it as an avenue to release original local music with an eclectic style that blends psych, blues, funk, dub and disco.

“I wanted to have full control over the sound and not have to wait in vain after sending out demos to labels that would probably never be listened to, so starting my own label seemed the sensible option,” Nathan explains.

Nathan describes Picnic’s upcoming release as being “all about love, sunshine and dancing”. The title track “Love Vacation” is a feel-good disco-boogie sensation with sunny vocals and a smooth bass line, while “Beat Vacation” is a dance floor-ready remix by label affiliate Francis Rae. On the B-side “Inaku Dreams” builds with haunting guitar work followed by “Tumble” a laid-back track with an Italo/disco vibe that nicely rounds off the 4 track 12-inch vinyl release.

Founded in 2008, Nathan has chosen to delay the official label launch of Picnic Records until it had at least three releases and tangible success – with international distribution through UK-based Kudos Records, as well as airplay on radio stations and bars/clubs in Australia and around the world.