Sarah Mary Chadwick: "I Always Feel Like I Kill The Party"

Her second solo album is being released this week and Sarah Mary Chadwick has her priorities all sorted. "I'm just at my mum's house in Wellington. I've got a face mask on and I'm looking through all my old childhood photo albums", the 32-year-old singer-songwriter chuckles down the phone line.

It's been over ten years since Chadwick left her New Zealand birthplace to pursue her music career, initially as the lead-singer of swamp-doom outfit, Batrider, and more recently with her own solo work, which over the past few years has included her debut LP, Eating For Two, and a collection of b-sides and demos entitled Hit and Miss. She's only been back 'home' intermittently since her departure, amidst brief stints in the UK and, mostly, Melbourne, where she now lives. Her current residence, a house she shares with partner and fellow singer-songwriter Stephanie Crase (aka Summer Flake), was where she wrote her latest album 9 Classic Tracks.

"It was all written on a big old organ that I've got", Chadwick explains of the album's genesis. "I learnt piano for years and years when I was a kid, maybe 12 years, and I lived with a guy in Melbourne when I first moved back [from living in England] and he had this organ. So I started writing songs on that."

"I think I was a bit over guitaring", she adds, conceding her own boredom played a key role for the push towards a rejuvenated songwriting approach. A creative shift which has now found it's way into the final product, with 9 Classic Tracks featuring songs prominently partnering her daydream drawl with more illuminated, keyboard-based backings.

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Bookmarks for March 27, 2015

» The Guardian - New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book "Privacy, at its most basic level, is about the right of citizens to be let alone by their governments. At the heart of what is happening right now in Australia is a debate around this very idea. And as the federal government succeeded in passing its data retention laws on Thursday, it is an idea that is being challenged more than it ever has before."

» The ignorance and intolerance of Mark Koszelek, alleged anti-racist Andrew Bolt vs Sun Kil Moon. Wow.


Bookmarks for March 25, 2015

» Third Drawer Down

» The Age - Data retention laws mean whistleblowers will become rarer and rarer "...any digital transaction has instruments at both ends. The easy way to look for a reporter's source is to interrogate his or her phone and email metadata. But with modern software, it only takes a bit more effort to comb through the records of possible sources – and that won't need a warrant, or trigger a report to the Ombudsman, under the new act. It only needs one match to a reporter's phone number or IP address, and the source is blown sky high." Great piece by Media Watch's Jonathan Holmes.

» - Sources must be protected: Government’s bid to allay fears about surveillance legislation fails Laurie Oakes weighs in on the contentious legislation and it's effect on journalism in this country. Too little, too late?

» Buzzfeed - Twitter Chokes Off Meerkat's Access To Its Social Network

» - Beautiful JavaScript editors

» Transport Infrastructure Commitments for 2015 NSW State Election (as at 17 March, 2015) Side-by-side comparison of the two parties' policy differences.

» Thigh Master - Songs To Wipe Your Mouth To 7" (Tenth Court)

» Medium - Is social video a winner-take-all proposition? "If a tree falls, on a Meerkat with no viewers, does it even make a sound?"

» Benedict Evans - Why is Apple making a gold watch?


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» "Limited to 400 hand-numbered copies, Damn Son Where Did You Find This? is the first book ever to focus on the cover art of the modern US hiphop mixtape."

» Concrete Playground - Burger Liquor Lobster Pop-Up Neil Perry-run eatery upstairs at The London Bar in Paddington, ends March 31.

» Primer "The CSS toolkit and guidelines that power GitHub."


Bookmarks for March 23, 2015

» Imgur - Rumoured Netflix Australian Catalog

» Sydney Morning Herald - Netflix Australian launch: Subscription prices reveal plans to undercut rivals Stan, Presto

» Sydney Morning Herald - Meerkat app taps into demand to watch other people's lives online "Meerkat, the live-streaming app, that lets iPhone-owners share real-time video directly from their phones to their Twitter feeds, is on the lips of even the most far-flung technorati. Since it launched on February 27, Meerkat has attracted more than 120,000 users."

» The Shire Pride - Decision Time Sharks' woeful start to the 2015 NRL season is primarily due to their lack of attacking options, most significantly the fact they're trying to build plays around Ben Barba, who is clearly (not yet) a natural five-eight.

» Medium - How Betabrand Is Making It Cool To Be Uncool "Lindland's the kind of guy who created a data storage company that's like an early version of Dropbox and also sold a sitcom script to Spike TV about world record holders."

» Soundcloud - Surf City 'Jekyll Island'

» Bandcamp - 'Alyx Dennison' by Alyx Dennison


the right reaction to @romi_online's claims that there was once a female pope


nah , I'm stoked kendrick ran modernizer.js over and reinstalled the LodiDodi module #worldwidewebs #shotsfired


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» Crikey - Your guide to the data retention debate: what it is and why it's bad

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» The Age - iiNet backs TPG Telecom $1.4B takeover

» Rolling Stone Australia - Review: Kendrick Lamar 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Great words from Greg Tate: "To Pimp a Butterfly is a densely packed, dizzying rush of unfiltered rage and unapologetic romanticism, true-crime confessionals, come-to-Jesus sidebars, blunted-swing sophistication, scathing self-critique and rap-quotable riot acts".

» Mess and Noise - Courtney Barnett 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit' by Andrew P. Street

» Uncut - Daevid Allen: "Absurdism is the highest form of comedy"


Automatic For The Bookmarks

The final step for this hastily slapped together site (for now) was to automate the old "bookmarks" posts.

As all blog posts are static (I know, right?) and created initially within the localhost version of this site (!), the whole process is fairly straight forward.

1. Javascript Prompt

2. Bookmarklet Crunchinator

3. Update.php

Messy, but sufficient (for now). Extra little comments like this still need to be manually added into the HTML file before it's committed and deployed (currently, via this process).


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» The Age: 18 reasons why registering bicycles is a bad idea

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Probably as clean as it'll get (for now).


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A title that should be accompanied by an exclamation mark. And maybe an asterix. Because This is Sydney. And it's loaded with equity and people unafraid to use it, especially in the shadow of the lowest interest rates for 400 years.

An auction game. A rush of blood, days later pin-pointed to being precisely akin with gambling with it's brash splash of confidence, an escape from permanent insecurities and lifelong attempts of humility. Just for a moment, but that's all that was needed.

People outside of this tough town probably won't understand the magnititude of hyberbole expressed here. And maybe I am making too much of it anyway, but awash in the hangover of relief, I could hardly care.


when your whole day is just sitting under a tree waiting for mangoes to fall off , that's pretty chill


new start / maybe the only guy that won an auction today in a straight arrows tshirt [citation required] / repost for typo fix because, suffice to say, im pretty pissed right now #gettinpissed #realestate


brisbane, home of the go betweens bridge, fortitude valley and expert tour guide @paradisenights


go on then #lynchin #goma




molto buona weekend with these piccolo plumbing partners over on @rollingstoneaus IG #alliteration #crewrollsdeep #deeplikebakedzita


end of an era #tears #unblessed