MasterClef Episode 4: Em Lubitz’s Triple Threat Pancakes!

I popped round to Em’s place, she showed us around her beautiful home and made us her own special pancake recipe.
Give it a go yourself! Recipe below…

Emi’s/Mama Kins coconut and banana pancakes

2 Cups Flour
1 Can Coconut Milk 400ml
1 or 2 Ripe Banana
4 Eggs
Vanilla essence
Coconut Oil for frying pancakes

Then serve with cream, walnuts, coconut flakes, maple syrup and fresh berries/banana (and a sprig of mint if you like!)

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Video by Seonaid Drummond & Glenn Luck

 

Why not invite a musician around to your place!?

MasterClef Episode 3: Oh Pep!'s Embellished Tour Food

Liv and Pep of Oh Pep! are couple busy bees, with their Australian tour from the 6th - 15th of April, followed by Europe and the US, they're also launching their new album in the middle of this year, and still managed to find time to cook me lunch and hang out. Check out their superb cooking skills, a live version of their new single Doctor Doctor, as well as the much anticipated interview with Will the Italian Greyhound.

Post, Video & Photos by Glenn Luck

Parlour Ladies: Making waves in all the right ways

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I've seen so many house concerts played by new, emerging and successful musicians over the past 12 months. I would've had no idea of the wealth of talent that plays in and around my own backyard (literally and figuratively) without the realisation of Parlour.

Going through the archives of our past featured gigs, I realised; a majority of those gigs are female musicians. This is an incredible thing for Australian music and the music scene in general. 

A number of young Australian women have started making waves in the music industry, and we're super excited to see where they go from here. 

At Parlour we’ve had the pleasure of following many of these ladies on their musical journeys. We have introduced them to hosts and watched them share stories with guests at intimate Parlour gigs across the country. From the more established to the eager up-and-comers, we’re stoked to be able to support so many ladies at different stages in their musical careers.

We’ve picked a bunch of Australian women who have exciting things in the making. Today we’ll introduce you to a selection of our current favourites, including Julia Jacklin, Woodes, Oh Pep, Rowena Wise, The Mae Trio and Jess Ribeiro. 

Julia Jacklin

Born in the Blue Mountains, Julia Jacklin, now 25 draws influence from Angel Olsen and lyrical genius, Fiona Apple, crafting lyrical stories of her youth and the strange feelings she associates with growing up. Jacklin’s debut album Don’t Let The Kids In features her distinct country-style twang on the catchy single ‘Pool Party’. 

Woodes

Woodes combines her talents as an electronic producer with eerie vocals that create a spell over any audience she performs. She is about to release her debut solo EP, and her first haunting single ‘Daggers and Knives’ has just dropped. We can’t stop listening. 

Oh Pep!

Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs met at the Victorian College of the Arts in High school and have been playing together ever since. Last year they travelled to the US, delighting Americans with their take on folk-pop with that distinctly Australian voice featuring on all of their songs. The girls recently performed at SXSW and are preparing for a national tour with their new EP Living when they return home to Aus in April.

Rowena Wise

Rowena is somewhat of a Parlour veteran, having played one of the first ever Parlour gigs in March last year and appearing in the first episode of Impromptune. Rowena will release the first single ‘Then We Met’ from her debut album on the 22nd of March, and will be on tour across Australia in April. 

The Mae Trio

The Mae Trio are a three-piece lady group who have been making music together since 2011. These three women each boast multiple talents, blending complex harmonies with an array of traditional (and some not so traditional) instruments like banjo, ukulele and cello. With their combined talents these ladies present an infectious form of acoustic indie-folk. They recently took their instruments and ideas to the US to record in the home of country and folk, Nashville. Very big things are happening for this Trio!

Jess Ribeiro

Jess Ribeiro is a modest, Melbourne based singer-songwriter with a sound inspired by old school Americana. Nominated for the Australian Music Prize last year alongside Tame Impala, Ribeiro has gained a swell of recent local and international recognition. Jess’ voice is strong and smooth, contrasted beautifully with the dark lyrics present on her most recent album Kill It Yourself. She’s a Melbourne girl with gutsy music ambitions, and we love what she’s producing.

Watch this space, there’s a lady shaped tsunami coming your way…

 Article by Juliette Lalli

MasterClef Episode 1: Jordie Lane's BBQ Salmon.

Once a month we're going to ask a great local artist to make their favourite dish and share stories and a song with us.

We couldn't think of a better artist to launch this series than our friend Jordie Lane. 

Some people need careful planning and a sense of order to create magic in the kitchen. Others are much more spontaneous, producing brilliance out of whatever they have lying around. Jordie Lane fits somewhere in between these two categories, he is organised kitchen chaos at its most impressive.

Jordie expresses his creativity in the kitchen with a unique style that blends an obvious knowledge of key flavour combinations with a slap-dash technique that involves no measuring and little planning. He prefers to create non-recipes by selecting a few key ingredients and dressing them up with whatever is available in the fridge or pantry.

For our visit Jordie prepared a loosely Asian inspired meal of marinated salmon steak, grilled veggies and crispy rice.  A born storyteller, Jordie explained his approach to cooking while preparing our dinner on a big round table in the backyard.  He told us that creativity stems from the need to use up whatever ingredients he has in the kitchen. This economical approach sees Jordie using locally sourced, base ingredients combined with anything from the fridge or pantry. The result is an experimental style that champions with creative flavours and produces little waste.

Cooked on his parent’s balcony by the bbq with new age light-up tongs the whole experience was the most authentic version of quirky that we could have hoped for.

While cooking for us on Thursday night, Jordie offered an interesting analogy for his two creative passions“I’m starting to realise that it’s far more rewarding to make music in a space where I have fewer constraints, kinda like the way I cook without a recipe”, he said.

Jordie Lane launches his new single Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson next week. 

Details: 

Friday 18th March @ The Gasometer, Melbourne.

w/ special guests, Sweet Jean + Leah Senior

Tix from here.

If you want to whip up your own Jordie Lane inspired Salmon dish, follow this recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 4 Salmon steaks
  • 1 cup of Basmati Rice
  • 1 Eggplant
  • 1 Zuccini
  • 1 Capsicum
  • Sesame oil
  • Soy sauce
  • 1 Lime
  • Coriander
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • Thumb sized piece of Ginger
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

Grate the garlic and ginger into a large dish then add soy sauce, a splash of sesame oil, juice of one lime, chopped coriander, salt and pepper and stir. Add the salmon and marinate for 15 minutes to a couple of hours, however long you like or have time to wait.

While the salmon is marinating slice your veggies, salt the eggplant and leave to sit while you fire up the bbq. Once you’re ready to cook the veggies add a couple of glugs of olive oil and salt and pepper, remembering to wash the salty eggplant before marinating.

Cook the rice using the absorption method and add a few drops of sesame oil (Jordie’s trick).  Once the Barbie is hot and the rice is almost ready place the veggies on the hot plate and cook for about 5 minutes on each side until soft and charred.

Place the salmon on the hot plate, skin side up and cook for about 15 minutes, turning once. Cook for 10 minutes if you like your salmon a bit more pink.

All measurements are dependent on personal taste preference, just experiment and create something yum.

Article by Juliette Lalli

Video by Glenn Luck & Mina Mokhtarani

Under the Covers - Alice Ivy & Oscar Lush cover David Bowie

We invited singer songwriter Oscar Lush and electronic musician Alice Ivy into the Parlour office and got them to collaborate on a David Bowie song. 

Having never met and playing vastly different styles of music, we were absolutely blow away with the result...

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Video by Glenn Luck. 

Sound recorded by Andrew Watson

Song: Lazarus by David Bowie. Taken from the album 'Blackstar' (2016). 

Tinpan Orange National Parlour Tour

To celebrate the release of their fifth studio album Love is a Dog, critically acclaimed Melbourne indie-folk darlings Tinpan Orange with us as part of their national Love is a Dog album tour. Giving fans the chance to connect with the trio and host an intimate acoustic performance in their back-garden, Tinpan Orange are offering to do one house concert in every state. The tour kicks off in April and continues on until June.

Impromptune! Rowena Wise entertains some unsuspecting strangers

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We all play music in our homes, whether through our phones, computers or converted suitcase speaker systems. But there’s rarely an option to have a musician spontaneously appear at your front door and serenade you.

A week ago, the beautifully talented Rowena Wise and myself walked the streets of Northcote, guitar in toe, looking for unsuspecting strangers to entertain.
We found our four victims sitting by candle light, playing cards and drinking wine in their front yard. They gratefully accepted our intrusion and Rowena supplied a stunning performance that I doubt these people will forget.

Watch the video for yourself:

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Serious Payment for Your Serious Career

Artists, this one’s for you...

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Here, at Parlour we exist primarily to push the music industry towards a changed future economy, where being a musician isn’t just a hobby addressed alongside your other two or three day jobs. Unfortunately, it’s a fact that 87% of Australian musicians supplement their income with a second job .This fact exists because, in the current environment it’s not realistic or economical to be a full-time musician.

We want passionate people to be able to put their all into their creative talents, and receive realistic returns that will push them towards a continued career in music.

We don’t want musicians to practice passionately for days before a gig and leave the night with a half smile and a mere $50 in their pockets; we wouldn’t call that fair, and we don’t want to see it continued.

Too many musicians give up on their passion, or toss it to the sidelines to focus on money-making careers that will help them sustain a steady income - seriously, we don't blame them.

After playing a Pub gig, all overheads have to be covered before a musician gets anything at all. Because of this, 45% of Australian musicians are paid below the minimum wage. At Parlour, we have created a platform that eliminates these overheads, meaning that 80% of profits go to you, the artist.

By changing the payment structure of a gig, we have begun a movement towards a fairer future for Australian musicians. We want to see money in your hands, smiles on your faces and more full-time artists in our community.

We promise you :

  • Minimum fee of $300
  • No capped maximum fee
  • An engaged crowd in an intimate setting
  • An experience rewarded with fair payment to inspire your continued commitment to a career in music.