Monday, December 5, 2016

mixed media experimental works

here are some recent mixed media experiments I am working on. Perhaps for an exhibition or something else!

all images copyright matthew schiavello 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Almost forgotten

Here are some abstract photographs I had taken mid last year and almost forgotten all about.

These are imaginatively titled - 'Fences':

All images copyright matthew schiavello 2015-2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Smiths: 50 greatest songs: pt 2

Recently MOJO magazine listed the 50 greatest Smiths songs. Here is the second and final part of that list, including some videos.

Here is the rest of Mojo's 50 greatest Smiths songs, from 20-1.

20. Girl Afraid
19. The Headmaster Ritual
18. The Boy With A Thorn In His Side
17. Stretch Out And Wait
16. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
15. Bigmouth Strikes Again
14. I Know It's Over
13. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
12. Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me
11. Back To The Old House
10. Still Ill
9. Hand In Glove
8. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
7. Panic
6. William It Was Really Nothing
5. Reel Around The Fountain
4. This Charming Man
3. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
2. The Queen Is Dead
1. How Soon Is Now?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Smiths: 50 greatest songs: pt 1

Recently MOJO magazine listed the 50 greatest Smiths songs. While such lists are subjective and can lead to many a disagreement, I thought it a good time to share the list and some of the music. When I first learned to play guitar, a Smiths fan at my school taught me to play 'please, please, please let me get what I want'. He also suggested that if I wanted to start with any Smiths Lp, the best one to start with was the compilation- 'Hatful of Hollow'. I since realised how right he was. It is my favorite of their albums, compiling non album singles, b-sides and live tracks.

The Smiths formed in Manchester in 1982 and ended in 1987. They released four studio albums;The Smiths, Meat is murder, The Queen is dead, and Strangeways here we come. A live album 'Rank',  a slew of singles (including many non-album singles), and a handful of compilation albums.

Here is Mojo's list from 50-21

50. Barbarism Begins At Home
49. Ask
48. Cemetry Gates
47. Meat is Murder
46. Is It Really So Strange?
45. Nowhere Fast

 44. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
43. Suffer Little Children
42. You've Got Everything Now
41. I Want The One I Can't Have
40. This Night Has Opened My Eyes

39. Pretty Girls Make Graves
38. These Things Take Time
37. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

36. Rubber Ring
35. Jeane
34. Shakespeare's Sister
33. Rusholme Ruffians
32. London
31. What Difference Does It Make?

30. Half A Person
29. Well I Wonder
28. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
27. Handsome Devil
26. I Won't Share You

 25. Accept Yourself
24. Death Of A Disco Dancer
23. A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours

22. Asleep
21. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Here are some new tunes I have been listening to. The last music post was decidedly guitar based and raw, this is quite the opposite.

Kari Faux- Fantasy.

Aside from great lyrics, this track has an interesting clip, which I can't stop watching.

Mark Pritchard (feat Thom York)-  Beautiful People.
This track has a meditative quality to it. I first heard it on a quiet sunday morning.

Trentemøller- Redefine.
This track has a nice groove to it, but I have no idea what is going on in the film clip!

Case/ Lang/ Veirs- Atomic Number.
If you are a music fan you will know those names. Neko Case, Kd Lang and Laura Veirs are three amazing  singer-songwriters who came together to make a beautiful lp.

Lastly, I have been relistening to some older Kate Bush and yes, I still love this track.

 Kate Bush-Wow

All copy right, of the respective artists.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


AK and I went to Brisbane (and Nth Stradbroke Island) for a couple of days. It was beautiful.
Here are some photos I took.

At the hotel/apartment:

At the train station:

At the gardens:

All photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Torn, decayed and beautiful

I thought it time to once more share some of my urban decay works. These are works, where I find beauty in spaces which are widely believed to be devalued.

All images copyright matthew schiavello 2015-2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Local music

Recently I have been really enjoying some music which just happens to be local, or local-ish.

DMA's their LP 'Hills End' is really strong and well worth exploring. They are from Sydney and sounds like they have a bit of a brit-pop/oasis influence, which is especially noticeable in their track 'Timeless'
Here are two songs from them:

DMA's- 'Delete':

The next clip is full of interesting older people, it was filmed at the Globe Pub in Hackney, London. I can't stop watching!

DMA's- 'Timeless':

This next band, Gold Class, are from Melbourne. I am really enjoying their LP 'It's you'. Spiky, raw and urgent, this may not be for everyone. You can buy their work on bandcamp! Here are two tracks from them.

Gold Class- 'Life as a gun':

I love the clip for this next track and especially love the 'echos' of each person projected on and behind them.

Gold Class- 'Bite down':

This last band, Methyl Ethyl, are from Perth. I quite like the cover to their lp 'Oh Inhuman Spectacle'. I keep meaning to check out the LP and hope to soon!

Methyl Ethel- 'Twilight driving':

Here is their Lp Cover:

All work copyright of the respective artist/s.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

More Melbourne

Following on from my last post, here are some more images of Melbourne that were considered for a small job. Some of these may have been previously shared on this blog before.

all images copyright matthew schiavello 2012-2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


I have been working on a small photography job, where I needed to provide four images of Melbourne to have put in a small city shop. In the process of taking some new shots and relooking at some older shots to possibly use, I thought I would share these with you. Some of these have been shared previously on this blog.

all images copyright matthew schiavello 2012-2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Music from a time gone by........

The title of the blog post, may make it sounds as if I was going to share music from a bygone era, where people huddled round a camp fire and road on horseback, but the truth is, this is music from when I was much younger. I stumbled across one of these bands the other day, in a blog post on Double J radio about Aussie bands from the 90's and it prompted this post.

Big Heavy Stuff- 'May'. I love the line "I should have known better than to wish, I wished too hard and then it slipped through my fingers"...

Tumbleweed- 'Sundial'.  This track reminds me of going to the Big Day's out, when they first started up in Melbourne.

Front end Loader- 'Pulse'. This track is still on my i-pod (is that the modern equivalent of a walkman?). The love the line 'at the end of your life, who gets to decide that it's over?'

Regurgitator- "blubber boy". This track has a word in it which may be offensive to some or many (most people never pick up on the word).  This was and possibly still is, a band that was awesome and so energetic live.

Skunkhour- 'up to our necks in it': This song still resonates. Really great stuff. Urban poetry wrapped in soulful, lite funk and jazz sounds'.

Magic Dirt- 'Pace it': Adalita  Is such a rock goddess. Magic Dirt a band I dipped in and out off over the years and along the way, really liking a few tracks. This is fun and energetic. It is still on my i-pod. Though I love the spikey raw edges to their sound, this is pretty polished sounding (for them!).

Gerling- 'Death to the apple gerls': Ahh Gerling. How I loved your debut LP. I played it and played it and still sometimes listen to it in my studio. The singles from the LP (aside from this one- which has swear words censored out), were different mixes and in some cases almost completely different songs (ie. 'Enter, Space Capsule'). I loved that and it gave me much reason to buy the singles as well.

Dave Graney and the coral snakes-'rock n roll is where I hide' (live): What can I saw about Mr Graney? He is so, so good. This track is one of my favourites and if you listen to the lyrics, it is a  great little story. Trainspotter note:I once peed next to him at a toilet urinal at the Prince of Wales hotel.. I was so excited at the time and wanted to say hello and tell him how much I love his music, but felt it may be a little odd! This recording was from 'Recovery', which was a great Saturday morning music show on ABC.

All music copyright the individual artists.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

collage work late 2015/ early 2016.

Here are some collages I made late last year/early this year. These are made up of my own photographs (cut up), watercolour, card and ink.

all work copyright matthew schiavello 2016.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Late Autumn, Early Winter in Melbourne 2016

Here are a few photographs I have taken whilst walking about over the past 3-4 weeks. Just as Autumn turned to Winter.

I love reflections:

The sun is so low around this time of year. Here is a shot taken around midday, where the shadows were long:

Something bright and colourful:

All photographs copyright matthew schiavello 2016