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Moodboard: San Cisco

Australian four piece Indie Pop band San Cisco let us know what inspires them. Its a mix of food, books, music and Bafta winning documentaries. Check it out below.

I have loved Seinfeld for as long as i can remember, probably since it was originally aired. I went through a phase during high school that kind of died out when I started touring and got hell busy, where I couldn’t go a day without watching an episode, I would get all edgy and my body would start to do all sorts of weird things. Kind of like a meth addict. Still, I can recite pretty much every line, I’ll know what episode its from, who said it… Its pretty weird but I also find it quite handy. Sometimes I feel like you can watch Seinfeld and actually learn how to live. It has taught me to how to deal with the many super odd and awkward situations that I always find my self in. Its also great for instantly making friends with people. Whenever you drop a Seinfeld line during conversation, it brings people together, you would be amazed at how many Seinfeld fans are around. Super good/funny.

I have been collecting all sorts of old/vintage bits and pieces music related for ages, but recently the flavour of the month has been these old fuzz pedals (below). I re-established a relationship with an old friend of mine who used to own one of my favourite guitar shops in Perth called lounge guitars. When he closed the doors on the shop, a lot of the stock went into a warehouse until recently when he has since been unloading loads of vintage gems. Old fuzzes are among the more desirable pedals in the pedal world, people pay ridiculous amounts of money for these old things. But I am more interested in the authentic vintage guitar tones they can instantly draw. Originally, it literally would have only been a guitar and an amp that bands would use and yet they drew so many varying guitar sounds. Its interesting how these things became a part of music making in the old days when this technology was still only brand new, you can hear how these sounds started showing up in music. These days there are millions of effects you can use to manipulate the sounds you are trying to create. I personally like to restrict myself to caveman tools like these.


Every time we arrive in Melbourne we go straight to Mario’s restaurant to have some great Italian food. My personal favourite is the matriciania pasta, a perfect combination of tomato sauce and meat with a hint of chilli. Simple but good! The owners of this fine establishment are music and art lovers themselves. the food isn’t the only attraction, it has become a bit of an artistic hub. There are works from local artist scattered around the restaurant and the majority are bought by customers by the end of the artist’s exhibition.

JOHN WATERS (Scarlett)
Drop everything you know and just be John Waters. Take on all his insights and observations and you’ll be the most accepting, coolest person ever. Take on board his style tips and you’ll be the most daring, fashionable person out. This director’s love affair with trash, the b grade, those on the margins of society and how he translates that into stories through film, art collecting and writing is really inspiring. He once said to never trust anyone who hasn’t been arrested. His book ‘Role Models’ is full of important life lessons that spring from his encounters of the people he looks up to most in life. His role models include Johnny Mathis, Little Richard, Tenessee Williams, Rei Kawakubo and various Baltimore characters.

So much has been written on Patti Smith’s awesomeness, there’s not really that much left to say… However, I will say that whilst growing up, listening to lots of PJ Harvey, Le Tigre, yeah yeah yeahs and Sahara Hotnights, couldn’t really prepare me for what Patti had install. When I was 16 my coolest friend played me ‘Rock n Roll Nigger’ off the album Easter and I immediately fell in love. That voice, the delivery, the androgyny, heavy rock riffs strung together with clever spoken word, the shared vocals by guitarist Lenny and Patti all made this an exciting discovery. Then when I read  ’Just Kids’ I learnt about Smith’s journey to becoming an artist, her love affair with New York, Paris, poetry and her life long friend and collaborator Robert Mapelthorpe. This is an amazing look at the start of New York’s punk scene and how Patti found her way onto that scene, the friends she met and kept and the journey. Just read it if you haven’t already.


Roxon is one of my personal heroes, she is kind of an unknown Australian treasure, partly because she spent much of her time making an impression on New York city throughout the 1960s and early 70s. Roxon was one of the first rock journalists of our time but she also wrote a sex column and later in life hosted her own radio show which was broadcasted all over America. Lillian Roxon’s biography ‘Mother of Rock’ caught my eye in a bookstore after having read snippets of her 1969 Rock Encyclopedia and thinking how cool it was that she had predicted so much about rock bands and the music industry so early on in the picture. She treated rock’n'roll as serious cultural and social phenomena.

Roxon was also one of the first correspondents to report on the women’s movement, whose story made it to the front page of the ultra conservative Herald Sun back home in Australia in 1970.  In New York, she was a big hit at the round table at Max’s Kansas City, captivating the likes of Warhol, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. I admire the audacity of Roxon to move to a big city and make such a big impact by  influencing the musical landscape of the 60s and 70s and perception of women at such a conservative time in history.


For those who don’t know, Daptone is a soul record label based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They’re a small label thats having a big impact. With artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, The Menahan St Band, The Budos Band, Naomi Shelton as well as being quite involved with the late Amy Winehouse, they’re becoming increasingly well known among music lovers worldwide. Gabe Roth boldly challenges anyone to find a digitally produced record that sounds good and I’ll happily challenge anyone to find a record that’s come out of Daptone that doesn’t sound good. Gabe Roth is not only one of the founders but also the head audio engineer and one of the resident bass players. If thats not enough he also finds time to tour with bands like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, who I finally managed to catch live not too long ago. They’re a very inspiring bunch of people who are being appreciated for not only what they’re good at but also for doing what they want to be doing. Whether its the overall vibe of everybody involved with the label, the analog approach to making records, the homely recording studio or the fact that they’re selling more vinyl than big corporate labels, they’re definitely doing something right.

VINYL (Nick)
With the iTunes reign and the exponential popularity of Spotify, music is becoming really easily accessible for everybody. I use both iTunes and Spotify and love them both, but they both cut out a certain element of the overall album package that I feel is almost as exciting and important as the music. The packaging itself. A vinyl record is the ultimate; aesthetically pleasing size wise, you get a faceful of artwork, clear information about who played what or recorded what where and you get lots of time to appreciate the effort put into getting it from the studio to your hands as you slide the record from its sleeve and navigate the record player. Plus you can’t fast forward or skip songs easily, so you get the whole album experience just as the artist intended it. The time spent debating the sequencing of the album wasn’t voided by someone just buying the songs they like the most.
There is the argument that modern music isn’t recorded with the spectral range of vinyl in mind but doesn’t that apply to past music as well, before high fidelity, and so what? Even if you don’t listen to them, which is cooler? A computer on a desk or shelves of vinyl?

Dad got me into Rodriguez and sure, I liked his music, but at 6 years old it was hilarious that someone had the nerve to ask “I wonder how many times you’ve had sex?”
Rodriguez At His Best was one of about ten records that encompassed my music database as a child. I spent the nineties catching up on music that I’d missed, I suppose one day I’ll catch up on the nineties.
Unfortunately songs like Cant Get Away and I’ll Slip Away did just that and it took one very insightful documentary to get me back on the Sugar Man wagon. Every member of the band was moved by Searching For Sugarman, its an extremely interesting story and what an interesting man. But the awesome part is that Rodriguez is having a resurgence after the worldwide acclaim and overall success of the documentary. They’re reissuing his records, I see reissues on vinyl in most good record stores! I bet he doesn’t even realise he’s becoming increasingly popular decades after his last release.

- Allana Isaacs

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