Hottest 100 2017

Gracie Crowley | January 26, 2016

Happy Hottest 100 Day everybody! This is probably my favourite day of the entire year, and it really hasn’t a great deal to do with Australia Day. More of the fact that I get to sit for hours and listen to wonderful music from all over the world, voted in by us! What makes this year particularly exciting is there is a incredible amount of votes that are for Australian Artists – from all different cultural backgrounds -which shows how much growth is taking place inside the Australian Music Industry which hopefully make us all very happy and proud. As follows are my Hottest 100 votes. I’ve ranked them from 10 to 1 for dramatic effect and ramble a little on why I’ve ranked them as such. Please remember that this is my own personal opinion, and I’d love to hear what your top picks were and why below!

10) Band of Skulls – Killer

These humans stole my heart when I was about 13 years old and played ‘the Funeral’ on repeat in my bedroom. From then on I’ve always had a soft spot for the English rockers. Killer is from their latest album By Default and this particular song hits all my soft spots, good lyrics, a unique sound, and I genuinely cannot fault it.

9) Glass Animals – The Other Side of Paradise

My favourite Glass Animals song, which is quite a big call for me considering how consistently great their songs are. The chords are bizarre, the lyrics are wonderful, and to put it simply, it is such a fun song to listen to. These guys are playing various Laneway festivals this year, Melbourne this coming Saturday, and it is going to test my physical strength to move my ass from their stage to Tame Impala’s. Who needs to be front row anyway?

8) Radiohead – Burn the Witch

I cannot not have Radiohead on my list, if I had a religion it would somehow be against it. The lead single from A Moon Shaped Pool is flawless. Coming from their last album which I admired, to this very fresh instrumental creation with synthetic beats, lush bold strings and vulnerable piano moments that move your emotions with each note cement the fact it is a fantastic album, that Burn the Witch is a perfect lead single, and also that any time I write about Radiohead it sounds like a love letter.

7) Matt Corby – Empire’s Attraction

I love Matt Corby, I love his voice, I love his lyrics, I love the composition of almost every song. I admire his creativity and how much time and effort went in to creating the album Telluric, and this is easily my favourite track off the album, I can say no more without sounding like a fangirl.

6) D.D Dumbo – Walrus

In my mind D.D Dumbo aka Oliver Hugh Perry is the musical incarnation of Wes Anderson. A little weird and you never quite know what to expect, but what he delivers is remarkable and an instant favourite. I cannot wait to see what this Aussie guy does next; Walrus is easily my favourite track to date. His incredible vocal skills and the way he utilizes a loop pedal blows my mind and creates something totally original.

5) King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – Gamma Knife

They appear to never not be recording, writing or creating. They consistently experiment and change, which whether you love them or hate them you do have to give them credit them for. Gamma Knife is my personal favourite track from Nonagon Infinity. The album was recorded so that each song bleeds into another then jumps back and forth ambitiously. I honestly just want to individually high five each of them.

4) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

Listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is an emotional experience. With at times challenging lyrics, biblical and religious undertones, expressed with such raw human emotion, makes them one of my favourite bands of all time. These guys have experimented with every element of their music, each album is a totally different experience and Skeleton Tree will tear out your soul and force you to look at life, loss, and love in a way you may not have thought about before. Skeleton Tree is one of my favourite tracks off the new album, it is near impossible to pick just one. The entire album is a journey and should ideally be listened to from start to finish while consuming one to two bottles of red wine. Also, playing Friday night at the Sidney Myer Music Bowel, tickets are still available – hint hint.

3) David Bowie – Lazarus

Last year the music industry lost one of its icons. Words can never do justice to the sheer brilliance of David Bowie’s life and career. His final album Black Star, released days before his death and recorded whilst battling cancer, is a testament to his musical brilliance. I limited myself to one song – Lazarus. It has everything you could want from Bowie, incredible lyrics, beautiful vocals and amazing production.

2) Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

This is my go to song since they released Three last year. I thoroughly enjoy every song on this album and I have no faults or complaints. The vocals are remarkable, the lyrics are fantastic, with quite serious undertones, and I just had so much fun listening to this song, I really hope to see them break at least the top 20 this year.

1) Childish Gambino – Redbone

How do I even begin to explain my reasoning for this, just listen to the damn song. In the past I’ve liked Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover, his first album was good, his second was great, and his third is incredible. I have the upmost respect for artists who grow, experiment and change in order to better themselves as artists and to create a constantly evolving sound, which is exactly what Glover has done here. This is a very special record – the funk, the soul, I adore every element. I found it near impossible to pick one song, but it just had to be Redbone. If this doesn’t break AT LEAST the top five you’ll see my speakers go flying across Williamstown Beach today.

I wish you all a very happy Hottest 100 Day today, filled with wonderful tunes and all the cold beverages that your liver can handle!

Please share your opinions and votes below!

Credit: Artwork from Triple J Website

The Juliet Journal: Challenge Update

Juliet Sulejmani | January 23, 2016

2017 Challenge Update

Books: 2/100
Films: 4/100
Recipes: 6/100
Places: 4/100

**I’m going to post each week in a separate post**

Week One:

  • PLACE: Jethro Canteen
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    385-389 Burnley St. Richmond 3121. Ph (03) 9421 2900

Great vibes, nice open space, exposed brick walls and a lot of green. I had the Coconut and almond milk Chia pudding with almond milk, freakin’ awesome jelly, mango, cashew cream, nut granola, (HERE’s MINE), and of course a latte. DELICIOUS, highly recommend, so yum!

  • PLACE: Father’s Office
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    249 Little Londsdale Street, Melbourne

Went here for some drinks with friends, It was a great night for sitting out on a balcony and watching the city go from day to night. I’d been here before when it was called Match Bar or something, and liked the vibe much better than before. We didn’t eat, but they had this really cool dining area. I had an aperol spritz, I must say it wasn’t the best I’d had, but it was one of the happy hour drinks, so I guess I got what I paid for.

CLICK for a photo of my friends at Father’s Office

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  • BOOK: To Capture What We Cannot Keep – Beatrice Colin
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    I was given an advance copy of this book by My Bookshop.

Really enjoyed reading this book. I actually couldn’t put it down. The book is set in 1887 Paris right before construction begins on the Eiffel Tower. There is a romance, historical references and fashion references. I hadn’t actually read any fiction set in Paris in this time, and I loved being taken back to this era, it also made me curious and I started researching the French Revolution again. I have a lot of favourite quotes from the book, here are a couple:

– “Jamie” she said, “Before you start your matchmaking, I’d like to point out that he wasn’t even wearing a hat!”

– “Ice flowers, as snowflakes were sometimes known. He caught one in his hand and watched as it melted into a drop of water.
Were beautiful things more beautiful when you couldn’t keep them?

Week 1 update:

Books: 1/100
Films: 0/100
Recipes: 0/100
Places: 2/100

Happy New Year

Juliet Sulejmani | January 13, 2017

Can you believe we are almost two weeks into 2017 already!! Wowza!

My first post for 2017 and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and say thank you for your ongoing support and love throughout 2016.

The beginning of a new year is a great time for reflection and appreciation for the year that has passed and also a great time to think about the future, or even just the year ahead.

Here’s a quick little exercise:
Make a list, write a journal entry or a blog post, recapping all the highlights and lowlights of the year past. And then think about all the things you didn’t have time for, or things you’d like to do more of, these things can form into your goals for 2017.

There’s always so much hate regarding new years resolutions or goal setting and that makes me kind of sad, mainly because from my experience and my friends experiences, I’ve learnt that they are actually an important tool in realising your dreams, and help to make sure you have the chance to do all the things you love doing in your life. I’m reminded of this quote actually,

“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

It sounds kind of harsh, but I’ve found that even just having a vague idea of things to achieve, it keeps the important things in the top of your mind. If you know me I’m all for spontaneity and going with the flow, but looking back on 2016, I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t really take any trips or really spend any time doing things just for me, so that’s something I’ll make a conscious effort to improve on in 2017.

The other thing is, you don’t have to wait for a new year to make new goals, it’s just a good marker, but I have a friend who uses his birthday as his reflection point. My birthday is in July, so it’s pretty much the halfway mark, and i’ve found I can use that marker to see how i’m going and see what i need to do to get closer to the goals, or even if I need to set new ones.

Last year I set my self the 100 Challenge: Read 100 books, watch 100 movies, make 100 recipes and try 100 places. I didn’t really make it to 100 in any of the categories, but in each category I did more than I ever have in any other year. And so, yes, I didn’t achieve my goal, but I don’t really see that as failing. In 2016 I read 43 books ( the most I’ve ever read in a year before this was 20), I stopped keeping track of the others but the last numbers I tracked are: 37 movies, 32 places and 16 recipes.

I’ve decided I’m going to attempt this crazy challenge again this year. At a minimum I have to beat last years number, but I will try my best to achieve 100% in each category.

My other goal is to document each thing i read/watch/make/visit here in the blog, so that will take the form of either a dedicated blog post or Juliet Journal entry.

I’d love to know what challenges/goals/resolutions you’ve either set or would like to set for yourself this year, leave me a comment below so I can read them!

Jx

Pen, Paper and Prosecco at The Larwill Studio – Part Two

Juliet Sulejmani | December 07, 2016

On Saturday the 27th of November I hosted an illustration workshop in partnership with The Art Series Hotel Group. The workshop was held in The Larwill Studio Event space and we enjoyed some Prosecco from Brown Brothers, personalised cookies from Sweet Mickie and beautiful cheese and fruit platters from Smith and Singleton.

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It was an incredibly fun afternoon of creativity, creating and play and I enjoyed every minute of it, and everyone left feeling inspired and more motivated to experiment and create more in their daily lives.

In the workshop I focussed mainly on my personal experience with creating and illustrating and emphasised that it is our personal experiences, our own lives and also regular practice that ends up defining our personal style and approach to our illustration or art.

I encouraged the class to have a more free and relaxed approach to illustrating and to not be so focussed on recreating exact replicas of what they are drawing but to spend time connecting with an item, to notice and appreciate it’s beauty and all its characteristics. Then translating that into marks and gestures onto the page.

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What normally is a solitude practice for me, working daily mostly from my studio, was so much more magical, by being surrounding by other creative and like minded people, each creating their own works of art.

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The Larwill Studio also played a big part in the enjoyment of the workshop with the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the greenery of the parkland that surrounds the building and the inspiring space filled with artwork by David Larwill.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the workshop come to life and to all the beautiful people who attended and let me help inspire them to create more.

Jx

 

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The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | September 21, 2016

Girl on Fire

She wears her attitude on her feet.

Makes cool look easy.

On her way to dump her boring boyfriend.

Effortless denim x denim.

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GUCCI – Princetown Leather Slipper
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Building Block – Box Bag
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Nylons – Gold Star Studs
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ZARA – Denim Jacket and High-Waisted Button Jeans

 

Credit: Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani

List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

Or…(more accurately) a compilation of many lists found online and written by hand by me.

Juliet Sulejmani | August 30, 2016

If you’re familiar with The Juliet Report, it will not come as a surprise to you that I LOVE BURGERS.

About two years ago I set out on a mission to eat all the burgers, and made THIS LIST which was an amazing idea.

Any time I was going out with my friends and needed a place to go, I would google search ‘The Juliet Report Best Burgers in Melbourne’ and my list would come up.

I also love lists and challenges so it was kind of a game and who doesn’t love a game, especially one that encourages you to eat more burgers.

At the moment we are living in the time of ‘The Burger Craze’, which means that Melbourne is exploding with places where you can eat burgers. This craze, obviously, has been my favourite one so far. I did enjoy the Mexican craze, and the crazy donut milkshake craze, not so into the American BBQ craze, but burgers, burgers is in my opinion the one that will stand the test of time. Because, be honest, how can you not love a burger.

So here, I present to you my The Juliet Report List: Best Burgers in Melbourne 2016

2016 Melbourne Burger List – Printable

Print it out and tick them off once you’ve gone there.

As a disclaimer, I have not been to all of them, I have been to about 12 of them, but people on the internet have included these places in their lists of best burgers in Melbourne.

If you have any suggestions of places not on the list, please comment below and inform me. I will be documenting my burger adventures on the blog as I experience them.

For those who have asked, my top 5, in no specific order (except for No 1, which is my all-time fave).

  1. Leondard House of Love
  2. Royale Brothers
  3. Mr Burger (Fed Square Truck)
  4. Grand Trailer Park Taverna
  5. 8 Bit

You’re welcome!

 

Jx