Alex Lahey

Alex Lahey on her debut single, letter writing and Willie Nelson’s guitar

Hailing from the soy-latte, street art and capricious weather capital of Australia, Melbourne, Alex Lahey is a 23-year-old bandless bandleader whose just released her killer debut single.

Air Mail sees Lahey explore her experiences in a long distance relationship and the amount of letters she’d write back and forth, across landlocked continents, boundless space and vast oceans.

“I got involved with someone who went overseas for an extended period of time and we wrote letters to each other while they were away, along with the classic 21st Century methods of communication,” Lahey said.

Reflecting on letter writing, Lahey said there is a real intimacy associated with writing a letter to someone. She said, “If you receive a letter from someone, then you know they’ve taken time to think about you and what they want to say to you. That’s always a nice feeling.”

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Alex Lahey

The song is an instant classic with driving bass riffs, jingly rhythm guitar and a busting chorus that sounds so classic it could be something off an early Bruce Springsteen album.

As soon as the song breaks into the all out jam that is the guitar solo/ epic closer, you can really hear Lahey knows what she is doing and she is clearly having fun whilst she’s doing it. She’s not scared to rock out with passion and furious enjoyment.

When asked about her influences Lahey mentioned, “Good people, not so good people, good music, good stuff that happens, shit stuff that happens, Bruce Springsteen” so it is clear she takes a wholistic approach to her musical influencers.

There’s a real intimacy that I associate with writing letters to someone.

Even in her song songwriting, Lahey has a no-bullshit, tell the story as it is with all the feelings involved approach. “I was having a conversation with someone recently about how I struggle with ‘grey area’ and I guess that’s kind of reflected in my lyrics – they’re pretty to the point, but people seem to find room for interpretation,” she said.

We asked Lahey the quintessential question of, ‘if you could be one musical instrument what would it be and why?’ and she delivered a well thought out answer.

“Willie Nelson’s nylon string guitar. It’s called Trigger. It has its own Wikipedia page and many documentaries made about it. Imagine seeing the things that guitar has seen,” she said.

Alex Lahey rocks out with passion and fun

In the next few month Lahey will be playing the Shady Cottage festival, just outside of Melbourne, but her real ambitions for 2016 include “drink all the beers, release my debut EP, play heaps of shows, write better and better songs, drink all the beers.”

Alex Lahey’s debut single, Air Mail, is out now and you can download it from iTunes.

KT

 

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Meanwhile in the Legion of Doom

During my time at Katoomba community radio station BLU FM (now renamed Radio Blue Mountains) I was apart of a team that came up with the idea of making a ridiculous radio series called, Meanwhile in the Legion of Doom.

I stress we made Legion of Doom out of a pure magical creative whim, and it wasn’t a very good whim, nothing like that helped Warhol or David Bowie or even David Fincher create their finest works, our whim was fuelled by silliness and a lust for radio.

Our very first episode aired on The Afternoon Show, a program I produced, wrote and presented on Saturday afternoons, way back in 2011. We didn’t know how it would go down. We did know if it would break the fabric of the time space continuum. And even to this day I don’t understand if people even liked it.

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When I left BLU in 2012 Legion of Doom ended and we had felt like we’d ended on a solid note. We had produced 8 episodes and 9 live to air episode. We had reacted a good climax.

Though only last year I felt the need to produce more stories, there was more Doom to be made. And with that, a new season of Legion of Doom was created. Much of the new season is still in production, and I hope we can bring you more Legion of Doom very soon, but until then we are making the whole first season available on iTunes as a podcast.

Like, share and download the whole first season of Meanwhile in the Legion of Doom. 

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World Radio Day – February 13

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Someone took it upon good authority to dedicate one of the 365.242 days of the year to one of the greatest inventions and methods of communicating, the common radio.

In 2010 the Spanish Envoy to the  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation stood up and asked, “Why don’t we have a day of the year dedicated to the radio?”

Damn good question if you ask me!

So in 2012 we celebrated our very first, World Radio Day.

Now I know that I’m very biased towards this topic but I say finally, some smart Alec decided to make a day for radios!

This is the story behind the creation of World Radio Day and why it is important to have it on our calendar.

Produced and Written by Keegan Thomson

Music by Crooked Colours

Previously posted on A Story For A Day

Five fun ways to make cash before semester one begins

In around six weeks, semester one will kick off and we’ll all be back at uni. And with this return to the books comes the return of the struggling wallet. Everyone finds the first couple weeks of uni expensive, but it doesn’t have to be so hard.

We’ve come up with a few handy hints and tips to make, and save, yourself some cash in the weeks leading up to the start of semester one.

Start a swear jar

The summer break means relaxing, and a relaxed mind often comes with an equally relaxed vocabulary. But sometimes the habit of dropping an f-bomb into every conversation is hard to break. This means the rise of potty mouth across the summer break could leak into your university work if you don’t nip it in the bud early enough.

If you want to save some of your loose change and break that nasty habit before semester one begins, start a swear jar. Every time you drop a cuss, drop $1 into the jar. If it’s a two-pronged gutter bomb (two curse words in quick succession), then you donate double to your jar. On the first day back, crack open that bad boy, and you should find a hefty bank of spare change.

Start a band

With a solid month left of the summer, why not try to pen the next big summer hit? There’s so much money in music; Justin Bieber pulled in around US$80 million in 2014, so why not have a crack? Another option for those wanting to give their music career a go is busking. Grab some musical mates or start a one-man band, and head on down to your local shopping centre, boardwalk or park and jam up a storm. Musicians such as Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran and Tracy Chapman became household names from busking. Check out your local council’s regulations surrounding busking permits.

Offer to mow all the lawns in your street

How can you get brownie points and make a quid or two? Offer to do some yard work for your neighbours, of course! By volunteering to weed, mow, paint, clean, clear gutters or even wash cars, you’ll earn a few bucks and you’ll also receive some solid street cred. It might be hot and exhausting work doing all this during the peak of summer, but at least you’ll have some cold hard cash to show for it all.

Do some ‘summer’ cleaning

Each year we lose hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars around the house. Do some spring cleaning in the summer time and you’ll easily find a hidden mint around your house. Narrow down your search for cash by cleaning out the back of your couches, near your washing machines, wherever you leave your keys, and on the bedroom floor. If you’re feeling extra conscientious, check the centre console of your car – there’s bound to be some spare change there.

Attempt to write the next bestselling Young Adult novel

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 18 months, YA novels are so hot right now. So why not use all your angsty, awkward and heartbroken high school days as inspiration to pen your own YA novel? If you manage to write something worthwhile, you might even be lucky enough to sell the movie rights for millions. The Fault in Our Stars grossed over US$300 million at the box office, and I’m sure the writer, John Green, made a healthy couple of bucks from it. Start writing, and you too could be the next overnight success.

This article was originally published on Hijacked by Keegan Thomson

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Seven things you should never travel without

The excitement and thrill of packing for a big trip somewhere can sometimes make your brain melt, and that’s why it is important to mentally, or even properly, note what to take.

Often the things like sexy undies, sexy swimmers and sexy clubbing outfits are the first items to go into your bag, but sometimes the most important things like toothpaste, hairbrushes and phone chargers are left at home.

To help you get excited and keep you from getting forgetful, we’ve come up with a list of things you might not think about, but definitely need, when travelling.

A notepad and pens

Pen and paper are staples for any smart traveller. Drawings come in handy in countries where the population doesn’t speak English, and if you’re lost, someone can draw you a quick and dirty mud map.

Zip-lock bags

If you’re staying at a hostel with free breakfast, then a sneaky zip-lock bag will turn the free breakfast into a free lunch. ‘Borrow’ some food from the free brekkie and keep it fresh all day long. Also, most airlines won’t let you take any liquids on a plane unless they’re in a zip-lock bag.

A scarf

Probably the most versatile piece of clothing anyone can have, a scarf can add a little bit of comfort to any situation. Your trusty and super stylish scarf can be turned into a pillow, an eye mask, a sling, a face cover, a hot drink holder, or even used to tie things together. Best of all, a simple scarf can pack up pretty tightly and be thrown into any bag.

Photocopies and backups of your travel documents

Photocopy everything and upload it to a safe cloud-based server like iCloud or Google Drive. If you don’t feel safe about uploading your travel documents, just put them on a small USB. Make sure a family member or friend back home knows how to access the photocopies just in case something happens.

Travel insurance

Don’t let a hefty medical bill or stolen wallet ruin your trip; get yourself some decent travel insurance. You might be set back a couple-hundred bucks, but if it all goes to shit, at least you know you’re covered. Last year when on holidays in the United States, my passport was destroyed. All up I paid nearly $500 in fees, but I was able to claim all of it back when I came home thanks to my trusty travel insurance.

Heavy-duty waterproof Band-Aids

No matter if it’s a scraped knee, a punctured bike tyre, a rip in a backpack, a leaky drink bottle or broken a set of glasses, handy and heavy duty Band-Aids can pretty much fix anything. For more versatility, get the waterproof varieties, because sweat destroys Band-Aids just as quickly as water.

Vegemite

No matter where in the world you are, if you have a small jar of Vegemite packed, you’ll always make new friends. (Or you’ll manage to gross out your new friends.) Rumour has it that when a Vegemite jar is opened for the first time, it has the powerful ability to attract Aussie tourists. It also helps alleviate homesickness and is a great hangover cure.

This article was originally published on Hijacked by Keegan Thomson

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Seven things travel teaches you that you won’t learn anywhere else

University teaches us how to become professional people in our chosen fields, but we’ve gotta do more to gain the life skills we need in order to become well-rounded individuals. For these skills we should turn to travel, and to the classroom around us called Planet Earth.

These are the seven things I’ve learnt as a student living out of a suitcase that I never would’ve learnt at uni.

Your greatest asset is common sense

Don’t discount common sense – it keeps you from doing all the stupid and dangerous things that end up leaving you in a sticky situation. When you’re on the road, you learn to trust your common sense more than when you’re in your normal day-to-day routine, and this develops into a solid gut instinct. These skills can be translated back into uni work: it probably isn’t smart to leave the 2,000-word essay until the night before – that’s your common sense talking.

How to appreciate different cultures

At uni we learn things like ‘what is culture’ and how to ‘understand other cultures’, but we can only be taught so much from afar. Travelling takes you to the places you learn about at uni, and learning about a culture firsthand beats a colourless textbook any day. Going beyond the lecture and out into the real world really helps you appreciate and understand the ins and outs of cultures all over the world.

You learn how to deal with tough situations

Travelling will show you what you’re really made of. Last year I travelled on a three-month long bus tour across America. Only two weeks into my trip I accidently put my passport through a washing machine – this meant I needed a new Aussie passport and a new US visa. Everyone back home was freaking out, worried I’d be detained by US immigration services and sent to Guantanamo Bay, but to my credit I was very cool, calm and collected.

It’s important to unplug from social media

Social media is a great way to share travel pictures, but keeping up a social profile whilst travelling comes at a price. If you’re spending all day hooked to the wi-fi in the commercialised coffee shop chain, are you really experiencing the wonders of travelling? No matter where in the world you are, when you unplug from social media you become more observant and submerged in the world, and others, around you.

The world isn’t as scary as you think

Turn on the nightly news and you’ll see stories about car bombs in Iraq, the migrant crisis in Europe or another mass shooting in the US – but I promise the world isn’t like this. Travelling to these places you don’t see the dramatised TV news versions of the events; you’ll see a humanised and often conflicting version of the story.

Good things come to those who wait

Patience is a valuable tool for all travellers. Every aspect of travelling takes time: saving up for the big trip; searching the internet for the best flights; waiting in the endless lines at the airports – it all requires a lot of patience.

There’s no place like home

When you’re in a dank hostel, your mattress is filled with bed bugs, the bloke on the opposite bunk is snoring his head off and you’re trying to get over a bout of gastro, there really is no place like home. Travelling gives you a sense of perspective and a new outlook on life. Homesickness is a thing but it passes, and with it, you gain a new sense of belonging.

This story was originally published on Hijacked by Keegan Thomson.