Turn it up to 10 – Brendan Eales owns a pair of binaural micorphones that he wears out and about Brisbane. He provides free, live recordings of bands including The Grates, Violent Soho (including a performance where I’m guest cellist and general noisemaker) and the Pixies. Heaps of internationals as well.
Pablo – A small cafe situated in New Farm owned and operated by newlyweds, Michael and Amy. Their ever(life)changing breakfast-lunch menus and stellar coffee (available by the “bucket”) are sure to impress. Michael’s chorizo and mushrooms. yep, that’s all I can say. Pablo take an unspeakable amount of my paycheck and they’ll take yours too with a smile on their face.
Buzzstop Cafe & Ya Ya Bar and Eatery, Samford – Another great cafe and restaurant that’s worth the roadtrip. Jodie and Jamie’s Bruschetta with added sides of bacon, mushrooms and avocado accompanied by one of their freshly made juices is sure to cure that killer hangover.
Southside Tea Room – Established by John and Patience of The Grates in May 2012, Morningside’s Southside Tea Room offers affordable caffeinated beverages, homemade cupcakes and cookies and comical items to purchase, including some fairly grim greeting cards. You’ll never feel as welcome anywhere else as Patience pulls you in with great enthusiasm and introduces you to John and her sister and head barista, Raven. I had to bite my tongue (HARD!) to not scream “QUESTIONABLE CONTENT!” or “COFFEE OF DOOM!”
Charlyn Cameron – Charlyn has photographed the best of the best. Disregarding myself, the Brisbane based photographer and blogger has shown witness to Lady Gaga, The Jezabels and Andrew WK. Her love for Nirvana, Tegan & Sara and the Brisbane Music “scene” is passionate and worth reading about.
Stephen Goodwin – Goodwin and I have known each other since I was spotty pre-teen music elitist on the internet forum, FasterLouder. Being in the minority having outgrown the website (MaB), I have established a friendship with the No Anchor fanboy who possesses a great skill for photographing and reviewing both the brutality of Brisbane and the interesting internationals that grace the stages of The Tivoli, The Zoo and Splendour in the Grass.
Craig Schuftan – saved my university degree.
Kill the Music – destroys my wallet. Owner, Paul Voge and young padawan, Lachie Smith, have dealt with my endless rants about Brisbane along with the current and past states of hardcore. Specializing in records and cds, the store also stocks band merchandise, alternative fashion brands such as Brixton and Afends, shoes, books and magazines. Hell, if they installed a coffee machine, I’d be sleeping underneath the counter. Being one of the remaining independent record stores left in Brisbane, let alone Australia, they’re worthy of your support.
Tym Guitars, Rehearsal Rooms and Records – originating as a guitar store, Tim Brennan fulfilled his lifelong dream to open a record store, and fuck, he couldn’t have done a better job. The walls inside of 5E Winn St are decorated with Mosrite guitars, Dead Kennedys and Ramone records and vintage tour posters. The store regularly holds instore events, that of which have included performances from, The Future of the Left, Violent Soho, SixftHick and Harmony.