Everything to binge on Netflix to see out the rest of August

Winter has well and truly set in now, so the time for curling up into a burrito of blankets and gluing yourself to a screen is here.
But if you’re stuck on what to watch or you just can’t watch another Friends or How I Met Your Mother re-run (psssh, never), here’s a list of everything you can binge to see out the last few weeks of shitty weather.

If you haven’t watched the latest season of Orange is the New Black by now than you’re just not doing life right. This season should have been binged by the 1st of August, but if you haven’t yet caught up with everything going down at Litchfield after the riot, now is the time to do so.
Shit’s about to go down.

If you’re just as obsessed with true crime docos like I am, then I Am A Killer is EVERYTHING.
The Netflix Original gives an in-depth insight into the stories of prisoners on death row in America, awaiting their fate. Each one-hour episode is an interview with a prisoner discussing everything that lead up to the crime, committing the crime and then their time on death row. A truly fascinating new series.

Because who doesn’t love anything from Matt Groening? Disenchantment follows the story of Bean, a rebellious and alcoholic princess, her elf companion Elfo, and her “personal demon” Luci, who live in a medieval kingdom known as Dreamland. So why not binge this ‘offspring of The Simpsons and Game of Thrones’ to escape and and all realities of the 9-5 grind.

While we patiently(not so patiently) wait for season 3 of Stranger Things, I present to you, The Innocents.
The new series follows teenagers Harry and June who run away from their repressive families, before discovering June can shape-shift. Serious Eleven vibes – we miss you Eleven.
A supernatural love story, we love that for us.

Grab the Milo and TimTams, take a seat and let the Netflix addiction take control.

15 Iconic 2000’s Emo Songs That Every Former Emo Kid Secretly Still Loves

You may have thrown out your skinny jeans and extremely regrettable band shirts, but we all know emo never dies. Let this ultimate 2000’s emo nostalgia playlist take you back to the days when My Chemical Romance lyrics took over your Myspace, your Converse were covered in lyrics and your parents just didn’t get why you needed another studded belt.


  1. Famous Last Words – My Chemical Romance 
    Arguably the most emo band of all time, bringing us classics such as The Black Parade and Helena? It’s hard to listen to this without wanting to reach for the black eyeliner.


  1. Misery Business – Paramore

Every hairdresser in Australia has seen a photo of Hayley William’s hair from this music video during peak emo season (circa 2009 – 2011).


  1. Where the City Meets the Sea – The Getaway Plan 

It’s been over a decade since this song was released and it’s an undeniable fact that it’s still a banger.


  1. Weightless – All Time Low

Admit it – you’ve made a New Year status or Myspace update that says “maybe it’s not my weekend, but it’s gonna be my year”.


  1. Jamie All Over – Mayday Parade

You can say your emo days are all behind you, but the moment this song starts it’s the ultimate nostalgia trip back to reading fan-fiction after school and wishing they’d bring Warped Tour to Australia.


  1. I Caught Fire – The Used

We all melted for The Used.

  1. Princess – Short Stack

Say what you will about Short Stack, but you definitely still know the words to this. You could even say they’re contagious.


  1. Dance, Dance – Fall Out Boy

Who could forget Pete Wentz and the incredibly fast, confusing lyrics of Patrick Stump. But more importantly, Pete Wentz.


  1. Adam’s Song – Blink-182

Adam’s Song, or as I like to call it, the song you listen to while looking out the window of the school bus dramatically pretending your life is a movie.


  1. I’m Just A Kid – Simple Plan

I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare (plot twist: I’m an adult and it’s still a nightmare).


  1. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At The Disco

Almost ten years later, and still sad that Ryan Ross left Panic! At The Disco.


  1. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard

The song that made violins emo.


  1. Ohio Is For Lovers – Hawthorne Height

What kind of emo playlist would this be if we didn’t include Hawthorne Heights?


  1. Shake It – Metro Station

Well, this one isn’t entirely emo but it’s too good not to have as an honourable mention.


  1. I Don’t Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem) – Good Charlotte

The ultimate high school break-up song.

Written by Amanda Lousie

Amanda Louise is a writer and photographer based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can view more of her work at http://amandalouise.squarespace.com/

Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ is a must-see

Hannah Gadsby realised she had forgotten to come out to her Grandma when she was asked if she had a boyfriend. She told her grandmother that she didn’t have time for boyfriends. Plural.

The Australian comedian shares this story and many others in her Netflix standup special ‘Nanette’. The show, being praised around the world, takes a deep look at gender, sexuality and abuse, whilst putting society’s general presumptions and views under the magnifying glass.

Hannah shares her experiences of growing up in a small town in Tasmania, coming to terms with her homosexuality and living in a state where homosexuality was illegal until 1997, or as she describes, “not long enough ago”.

Hannah has the audience in laughter with her observations and one-liners. However, this laughter unexpectedly turns into tears of sadness and shock as Hannah shares her inner turmoil and devastating experiences. But, as heartbreaking as Hannah’s story is at times, she reminds the audience that she is not a victim.

The multi award-winning comedian is known for her stand up shows and for appearing in television shows such as ABC’s Adam Hills Tonight and Josh Thomas’ Please Like Me.

During ‘Nanette’, Hannah takes the opportunity to announce that she will be quitting her comedy career due to the toll that her self-deprecating humour has taken on her life.

“I have built a career out of self-deprecating humour… and I simply will not do that anymore, not to myself or anybody who identifies with me. Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it comes from somebody who already exists in the margins? It’s not humility, it’s humiliation.”

One moment you will be laughing at Hannah’s jokes and the next, your heart will be dropping through your stomach as she reveals personal stories and experiences; the Sydney Opera House audience so quiet, you could hear a pin drop.

After ten years of standup comedy, Hannah seriously started to question her comedy career after her mother told her,

“The thing I regret is that I raised you as if you were straight… I knew well before you did that your life was going to be so hard… I made it worse because I wanted you to change, because I knew the world wouldn’t”

Hannah reveals her own experiences of rape, child abuse and physical attacks; the latter, a gendered attack because she was seen as “incorrectly female” by her attacker.

It is moments like these where Hannah jerks you out of your laughter and reminds the audience of the still prevalent violence, stereotypes and discrimination against the LGBTQI community.

She also takes aim at people’s obsession with the reputation of men such as Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, not the woman who they allegedly abused.

Hannah tells the audience that she didn’t come out to her Grandma because she is still ashamed of who she is.

“The closet can only stop you from being seen, it is not shame-proof”.

Hannah Gadsby wants her story heard; she would have given anything to hear a story like her own.

“Diversity is strength… There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself”.

‘Nanette’ is completely deserving of the praise and awards it is receiving around the world and is a must-see. It is a smart, witty and at times, tragic reflection on Hannah’s life and the hardships she, and many others still face today.

‘Nanette’ is available to stream on Netflix.


Written by Greta Lannen

10 Instagram accounts you should be following right now

Sick of seeing your best mate’s smashed avo or all of your friends getting engaged and having babies all over the gram? Spice up your insta feed with these must see accounts!

1. Comments by Celebs (@commentsbycelebs)

If you love celebrities as much as I do, then this account is right up your alley. ‘Comments by Celebs’ is my absolute favourite Instagram page at the moment. Run by Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer, they document the hilarious interactions of celebrities, their followers and celebrity friends, “because even famous people love famous people”. Featuring Twitter and Instagram activities from celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen, the Kardashians/Jenners, the Fab Five from Queer Eye, John Mayer, Paris Hilton, Ariana Grande, Seth Rogen and every celebrity in between. With over 500,000 followers even celebrities are stoked to make an appearance.

2. Uncanny Annie (@uncannyannieblog)

Annie Nolan, otherwise known as Uncanny Annie, is an all-round Australian legend. Animal-lover and mum to three kids, Annie is a disability advocate, animal advocate, women’s advocate and LGBTQI advocate, just to name a few. Her fabulous style (checkout the suit she wore to the 2016 Brownlow medal), cute kids and crew of interesting animals make regular appearances on her account. She is also the co-host of the podcast ‘We Want To Be Better’ with bestie Bianka Thompson.

3. The Betoota Advocate (@betootaadvocate)

Everybody’s favourite Australian satirical Instagram account (with accompanying website). The page often poking fun at politicians, media personalities and everyday Australians. Headlines include, “Latent Misogynist’s Eyes Set To Remain Glazed Over Until It’s His Turn To Speak Again”, “Owner Of Bright Pink Toyota Yaris To Someday Learn What Resell Value Means”, “Coalition Frontbenchers Rock Off To See Who Has To Be Humiliated On Q&A Next Week” and “Half-Sick Colleague Heroically Comes Into Work To Carry Out Duty To Make Everyone Else Sick”.

4. Kush and Kisses (@kushandkissesx)

If you love a meme or ten, you’ve got to get on to Kush and Kisses. Especially aimed at the sisterhood, you’ll come for the memes and stay for the captions. There’s even a song named after the account; ‘Boys follow Kushandkissesx too’ by Theoutdoorz. As you can see, boys are welcomed.

5. Nitch (@__nitch)

The simple black and white themed Instagram page features portraits of actors, musicians, writers and more. The photos are accompanied by quotes from the identity in the photograph. “I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better. You get better”- Joan Rivers.

6. Chrissy Teigen (@chrissyteigen)

Chrissy Teigen is a model, married to a Grammy and Oscar winning singer, hosts television show Lip Sync Battle and holidays on yachts, but yet, remains relatable to her 19 million followers on Instagram. Chrissy shows off her delectable cooking, stunning children and her famous husband John Legend, whilst she trolls him for his similar appearance to children’s cartoon aardvark Arthur. Chrissy is the QUEEN of Instagram captions.

7. BitchBeWithYou (@bitchbewithyou)

For all you 90s/early 2000s loving people, get your daily dose of nostalgia with this account. Lizzie McGuire, Laguna Beach, The OC, Nicole Hilton, the Parent Trap, the Olsen Twins and more. Flashbacks galore.

8. Brown Cardigan (@browncardigan)

Brown Cardigan can’t really be described. An Aussie look at anything and everything; specifically, people acting in weird and wonderful ways. The videos and images that are often sent in by followers have to be seen to be believed.

9. The Fat Jewish (@thefatjewish)

One word: Memes.

10. Humans of New York (@humansofny)

‘New York City, one story at a time’. Popular for many years, Brandon Stanton’s ‘Humans of New York’ gives an insight into the people of New York and their personal stories. Recently it went international and featured humans from countries including Australia, Jerusalem and Iraq. A must-follow to get an emotional and unique look into people’s lives.

– Written by Greta Lannen 

Is the Australian hardcore scene dying?

219 Parramatta Road was the home of one of Sydney’s most important venues, Black Wire Records. A beloved space for many of Sydney’s subcultures, it had (and still has) a profound impact on the cultural fabric of the city.

Black Wire closed in 2018, after a significant rent and rate increase plus a local council crackdown on zoning, following an incident with a café turned bondage club just up the road.

Black Wire was special – an intimate space with tour posters covering the walls, barely enough room to move and a giant bear claw located in the corner for reasons still unknown. It had space out the back, down the stairs, with tables and chairs and greenery where we sat and spoke to our friends between bands. It was more than just a venue. It was a space for community, acceptance and a platform for anyone from any background to share their art and music.

Venues shut all the time. Hardcore music in Australia has always managed to adapt. But, with less All Ages spaces and even less shows being put on across the country, the closure of Black Wire was another nail in the coffin to a seemingly already suffering scene. With the closure of Blacktown Masonic Hall still so fresh in the minds of those involved in heavy music, does the closure of these spaces mark the end of hardcore in Sydney, and Australia alike?

Pocketed deep within suburbia, Blacktown Masonic Hall was the place where many of the hardcore kids today began going to shows. A large variety of bands from overseas, interstate and across New South Wales played to the mix of hardcore and metalcore kids who came out to the countless shows over its eight years of existence.

Blacktown Masonic Hall’s final show was in June 2015. The building went up for sale, and rumour has it that it would be demolished and turned into an apartment block. Reminiscent of your local school hall, the venue was large and memorable for its hanging flower pots over the moshpit and a photo of the Queen directly behind the stage. Like Black Wire, it’s now a relic of the past.

Svetlana has been going to local shows for 8 years. “If I was to describe a Masonic Hall show to someone I would call it wild and unapologetically Western. Everyone knew each other which helped to bring a sense of familiarity and friendliness to every show, and by that same token, weren’t afraid to be rough with each other, even to the dismay of others,” she said.

“Each show began as seeing and meeting friends, and ended with people leaving the venue sore and injured but feeling accomplished -it was part of the culture of the venue,” she said.

While the hardcore scene is known for its often violent and chaotic live shows, it’s about more than just that. It’s also a mindset based on ethics, positivity and a DIY attitude.


“Hardcore has impacted my life in a big way. Without hardcore I wouldn’t have met some of my closest friends and experienced some of my most memorable moments. It has been an influence on me in many ways, and gave me a place of belonging as I grew up,” Svetlana explained.

The closure of these spaces carry negative consequences for the wider Australian hardcore scene. But, new bands, record labels and spaces are popping up to carry the weight of what has been left behind. I spoke to two individuals making their mark on Australian hardcore: Drew, owner of Naked Noise Records, and Sabrina, vocalist of up-and-coming Brisbane band Empower.

Drew started Naked Noise Records out of an interest in how they operate and the organisational end of the music industry: booking shows, promoting and organising releases.

“Hardcore has taught me some valuable life lessons. It’s shaped me to be who I am today and I’m very thankful for that,” Drew said.

“If anyone is saying that Australian hardcore is dead they either A, aren’t paying attention, B in it for the wrong reasons or C, just don’t care anymore.”

Sabrina, the vocalist of up-and-coming band Empower, mirrors these views: “I wouldn’t say hardcore is dead. Sure, it’s not as active and alive as it once was, but it’s still around. At least in Brisbane, I feel like it’s picking up again but it’s hard to say how long it’ll last. We need to encourage others to start bands, put on All Ages shows or even bring their siblings to shows to keep the flame burning.”

For the bands and people like Drew and Sabrina who don’t care about the money or trying to make a brand out of it, hardcore will always live. No matter how many or how few venues there are.

Written by Amanda Louise

Amanda Louise is a writer and photographer based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can view more of her work at http://amandalouise.squarespace.com/

Image Credit: Sound Advice, Black Wire Records