SHOP: Prospector Store, Parramatta

Originally published by Two Thousand in 2015.

A chest full of terrariums. A little wooden bear. A teacup housing a murder mystery. Over 100 vintage coats in pristine condition. These are just a few of the things you’ll find at the Prospector Store in Parramatta.

My two theories as to why it’s called the Prospector Store.

One – It’s kind of difficult to find, the beautiful store hiding inside an average suburban street mall, locating it might become easier if you use a metal detector and/or a diviner.

Two – Store owner Geraldine Mills travels through the lands finding only the most exotic vintage wares. She is one of the few true prospectors in 2015, and her store is actually a trophy room, a testament to her profession.

Where most vintage and second hand stores are a hopelessly organised mess, Prospector Store feels more like an art gallery, an exhibition that you can buy every item of. Everything is curated by Geraldine, whose personality shines through her immaculate arrangements of knick-knacks and trinkets, amidst photos she’s taken and framed over the years.

Due to Parramatta council’s desire to become the biggest, most modern city in NSW, the space that houses Prospector Store will be developed into a million apartments by the end of the year, leaving Geraldine with just a month left of trade. While she’ll be keeping her online store, the real thing is a sight to behold. Do yourself a favour and check it out before it’s too late.

Where

Shop 2, 162-172 Church Street Mall, Parramatta

When

Tues, Wed, Fri 11am-6pm
Thu 11am-7pm
Sat 10am-3pm

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SHOP: A.P.C. Sydney

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Originally published by Two Thousand in 2015.

In the same week that ABC announced they would close all 50 of their retail stores around Australia, A.P.C. opened their first retail store in Sydney. Is the A.P.C. store a suitable replacement for ABC? Are high end, military inspired fashions as good as a DVD box set of Father Ted? Instead of buying your grandparents a Dr Karl book for Christmas this year, can’t you just get them a $250 pair of jeans instead?

If you can afford it, why not? There’s genuinely not a bad item in this sleek boutique, so long as you overlook those kinda suss hats. A.P.C. play it smart and minimal, so there’s nothing garish on the racks (except those pricetags AM I RIGHT? Just kidding they’re very reasonable considering the quality of the garments).

Those legends at Incu, once the only place in Sydney with a decent collection of A.P.C. goods, are behind this new store, and they’ve stocked the beautiful wooden shelves with A.P.C.’s finest jeans, jumpers, sunnies, handbags, dresses, jackets, coats, shoes, candles and of course, those A.P.C. x Aesop ‘post-poo drops‘. All class.

Where
406 Crown St, Surry Hills

When
Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

Contact
02 9380 2010

 

READ: Highlights from 500 issues of Two Thousand

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I first subscribed to Two Thousand in 2007. An old Hotmail account contains every issue since 74 onwards, and although hosting changes have ensured those old issues are a mess of mostly broken links and missing images, you can still tell that each issue is full of reviews and recommendations from young writers who love Sydney.

The editor of that 74th issue was Nadia Saccardo, who is just one of the hundreds of Two Thousand contributors who were passionate about not just the city that they live in, but about getting others to be as passionate as they were. With every new editorial team came a slight change in tone (I hope my last year here can be fondly remembered as the era with the most dick jokes), but the drive was always the same: let the readers know about the coolest stuff happening in Sydney that week.

I got in touch with a few of the writers and editors who’ve contributed to the newsletter over the last decade to bring up some their highlights while they spent every week writing about the parts of Sydney that they were most passionate about each week.


Nadia Saccardo

The thing I loved about 2T through and through was that it was a platform to positively support people who were working hard to make Sydney more interesting and a nicer place to be. We had a lot of fun making the newsletter and website but always took that side of things super seriously.

Alex Vitlin

There were the times we got lost in a carpark looking for Alaska Projects; or woke up locked in a bar after sampling too much of its cocktail list; or when Bethany mused or Aniqa enthused; or when Cleo became the canniest food writer around; and every time Wilfred, our creative node, added a wing to his inner library of pop culture; and Hayley went from Bandits to Berlin. And everyone else found, just, all this goodness.

Two Thousand purported to be about the city but it was really about the people; just a legion of people who lived here forcefully wanting to do all these great things. And they appeared every week. It was hard to get to everyone, and it was a privilege, of sorts, that we couldn’t. Well done Sydney. Don’t stop doing that.

Hayley Morgan

I just know I’m about to leave out some pretty important stories we made. In my mind one editorial meeting melts into the next, especially since we are real journalists and decided we’d hold them at The Crix or The Hollywood. It’s a shared feeling though, that the best bit about working at The Thousands is that you get to share desks and email chains with the smartest people in Australia. So my favourite stories are the ones where I got to hang out, outside the office, with my wing lady Cleo Braithwaite. Snooping around the Design Files Open House with her was a lol – you really had to be there. Driving out to Orchard Hills/Tuscany to eat from a family’s backyard restaurant and squeal about their animals and fresh air was THE BEST too. Cheering from the sidelines when Golden Age Cinema & Bar opened is something I still brag about. But trying to convince all of Sydney to shave a Wu Tang logo into the back of their head is by far my greatest contribution to the internet.

Wilfred Brandt

I’m very lucky to have worked with so many talented people at a really fun job. It was exciting to hear all their great ideas and read their awesome writing each week (both within the Sydney office, and from the other cities). It was also really fun emailing something you wrote to someone else in the office for proofreading and waiting to hear them laugh at something stupid you wrote, or an inside joke. Cleo Braithwaite and I had a running competition to fit in puns each week… Scoops were great too, we got in the habit of eating a new place for lunch or dinner every work day (people were always surprised to learn we were all pretty much part-time). As READ editor I was deliriously happy I could email some random publisher in Spain, Lithuania, or L.A. and get free stuff. And it was really fun riding my bike across town to check out a place and write about it, giving terrific new, independent bars, restaurants, shops, festivals, clothing labels, breweries (etc) positive reviews and hearing that customers came pouring in afterwards.

I’m going to be totally narcissistic and talk about things I wrote which I am proud of. It was great to interview people I had always revered, such as John Waters and Cat Power. Other favourite articles: The Nut Shop Factory Outlet (Darren Knight was very pleased with my shout out to his gallery), the Clothing Optional Ice Cream Boat, Mark Drew’s Chronic Youth, the Teen Witch review I co-wrote with Hayley Morgan, and the Prince Tribute Show – fuck knows why about that last one. Maybe because man, that tone; writing in that tone every week was a pleasure, like texting your smart, hip, funny best friend, where you can be as romantic or cynical or cluey or stupid as you want.

Cleo Braithwaite

One of the incredible things about working on Two Thousand was the sheer scope of things that you could feasibly call ‘work’. Video of a kitten in a top hat to watch? Sure, that’s just researching COOL/FOOL links. Therefore work. Sitting with mates in the park on a sunny winter day, eating hot toast and glittery Space Jam? Yeah that’s work too. Eating yourself stupid in a little chunk of Tuscany out near Penrith? . Work, obviously. Getting Marys to put their secret fried chicken recipe down on paper? Delicious, crispy golden fried work. Even making a Joffrey Baratheon voodoo doll somehow fell under the generously-girthed umbrella that is work at Two Thousand.

Claire Finneran

Working for Two Thousand is really great.

Sometimes we get Arnotts biscuits inexplicably delivered in a cute branded carry bag. The best kind of press release is an edible press release as they say in the biz(cuit), but… why? Did we ever write about them in the past? Were they one of our first ever EATDRINKS? Did someone gush favourably over a new Tim Tam range?

I’m not complaining, right before Thursday deadline I’ll guiltlessly eat a whole box of Chicken Crimpy shapes and love every second of it. How great is that flavour dust residue that lies at the bottom of the foil bag, oh man, second only to the Barbecue shape red-finger coat- classic! I like to pre-lick and then get as much flavour stuck to my phalanges as possible. But, the mystery remains, a past editor must have dipped their hand into this bottomless cookie jar and started the supply. I wish I could ask them. I also wish I could show Arnotts how much I appreciate everything they’ve done for me. One day.


I might not use that old Hotmail account anymore, but after almost ten years I’m still subscribed to Two Thousand, and will continue to be after I’m deemed not cool enough to say what’s cool each week (which is actually tomorrow, so good riddance!). Here’s to 500 more issues of smoked mortadellaice cream pairingssmoking areascommemorative platesgross craft beers and fucking burgers. Here’s to Sydney.

Jean Grey #2

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Written by Dennis Hopeless / Drawn by Victor Ibanez

After a disappointing first issue that didn’t suggest anything new or fun was going to happen to one of Marvel’s oldest characters in her first solo series, issue 2 ramps up the excitement levels to the point that it feels like an entirely different book – a book written by the same Dennis Hopeless who gave us the wonderful Spider-Woman series which wrapped up at the start of the year.

After sensing that the Phoenix Force is on its way to find her, Jean Grey gets in touch (via Cerebro, naturally) with every previous Phoenix host she can find – which includes established characters like Colossus, newer ones like Quentin Quire and “oh yeah she’s still around!” characters like Hope. Hopeless handles the different interactions  Jean has with each of her fellow mutants deftly, and artist Victor Ibanez clearly had a ball drawing each of them, especially during their chaotic fight with the Reavers. Jean Grey #2 feels like a more genuine celebration of X-Men history than both X-Men Gold and Blue have tried to be since their launch.

Kamandi Challenge #5

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Written by Bill Willingham / Drawn by Ivan Reis

DC are celebrating the 100th birthday of comics legend Jack Kirby this year by having some of their top creators compete in the Kamandi Challenge. Each issue sees a different writer/art team work on one chapter in the life of Kirby creation Kamandi, the last boy on earth, ending their issue on a cliffhanger that must be solved by the next creative team. It’s been patchy so far, maintaining a sense of fun overall that pays homage to Kirby nicely but rarely offering anything that memorable. That all changes with this phenomenal fifth issue, written by Fables scribe Bill Willingham with art by Ivan Reis – a genuinely top tier creative team.

Willingham ups the stakes for Kamandi almost immediately in this quick moving adventure that feels more packed with development than all the issues prior to this one combined. We meet pirate dogs (literal dogs – Kamandi is a boy surrounded by anthropomorphic animals at all times), lemur mad scientists and a Sherlock Holmes-esque lion detective who almost steals the show – were it not for an incredible, genuinely shocking cliffhanger at the end. I don’t envy the next creative team who have to get Kamandi out of this one. Provided they do, and the Kamandi Challenge finishes as planned at the end of the year, fingers crossed we get more Kamandi adventures from Willingham and Reis, because this was fantastic.

James Bond: Service

Written by Kieron Gillen / Drawn by Antonio Fuso

It’s possible to be a James Bond fan even if you haven’t enjoyed one of his movies in a good 20 years. Warren Ellis made it especially easy last year when he wrote a 12 issue run featuring the character, a genuine surprise from Dynamite comics which saw Ellis modernise the M16 characters from Ian Fleming’s 1950s novels, ignoring the flashiness of the movies and getting to the heart of the character. This was a sharper, more brutal take on 007 – perfectly paired with cold, precise art from Jason Masters.

Since then Dynamite has given us shorter James Bond runs by Andy Diggle and Benjamin Percy but neither have lived up to Warren Ellis’s stint. This week’s new one shot James Bond: Service sees writer Kieron Gillen build nicely on that run, while adding his own signature wit and a risky story that mirrors the current American politic climate. In the most 2017 Bond story ever, America’s new Secretary of State rudely understates the value of Britain before a visit, upsetting one nationalist enough to plan an assassination attempt, which M16 plans to stop.

This well paced one and done story features a rarity for James Bond – having to hunt down a would be assassin who’s British for once – but there’s enough appearances from M16 staple characters to keep the feeling of familiarity. Gillen’s Bond is razor sharp, but there’s a warmth to Gillen’s writing that stops the book from ever feeling as brutal as Ellis’s run did.

Although Antonio Fuso draws a few dodgy faces in the opening, exposition heavy pages, as soon as the action kicks in he’s in his element, keeping the book moving forward as fast a good thriller should. Dynamite should consider releasing more Bond one shots like this, especially if they all get covers as gloriously phallic as this one, drawn by frequent Gillen collaborator Jamie McKelvie.

LIVE FROM MEREDITH

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I played the Meredith Music Festival in Melbourne at the end of last year and some people were mad at my set so I was a bit of a dick to them online and a few people thought that was funny/newsworthy so for a hot December minute I was all over the internet.

I finally got my hands on the audio from the festival and uploaded my set. I really like it, it’s just a bunch of party songs with me telling a few shit jokes and farting out a few airhorns from time to time (the intro in particular is obnoxious as hell) but I’ve never uploaded a straight up party mix so have at it.

My Soundcloud got deleted for having too much fire on it and endangering the lives of others so it’s up for streaming on Mixcloud. Let me know in the comments if you want me to upload an mp3 of it somewhere and I’ll break the law for you.

Earlier today Thump put up a pretty funny piece about it all – ‘An Oral History of Levins’s Iconic Meredith 2015 Party Set‘. Read that while you listen. If you like this mix and would like to hear something like it in a club near you, get in touch using the contact form in the top corner.

Tracklist

FETTY WAP feat MONTY 679
KAMAIYAH how does it feel
YG feat DJ MUSTARD left, right
TRAVIS PORTER feat TYGA ayy ladies
JCE feat SKIPPA DA FLIPPA twerkin
JUVENILE feat LIL’ WAYNE and MANNIE FRESH back that azz up
HOT BOYS feat BIG TYMERS i need a hot girl
PARTNERS-IN-CRIME feat DJ JUBILEE n.o. block party
MAGNOLIA SHORTY monkey on tha dick
BIG FREEDIA azz everywhere
BIG FREEDIA rock around the clock
NICKY DA B hot potato style
NICKI MINAJ feat LIL’ WAYNE and DRAKE truffle butter
BASENJI can’t get enough
DRAKE feat MAJID JORDAN hold on, we’re going home
GYPTIAN hold yuh
JUSTIN BIEBER sorry
KREPT & KONAN feat JEREMIH freak of the week (SEAN PAUL hype edit)
THE MEETING TREE r u a cop
TINASHE all hands on deck
USHER good kisser
SAGE THE GEMINI feat JUSTIN BIEBER and IAMSU gas pedal (remix)
BEYONCE love on top
RIHANNA no love allowed (BIGGI & RAJEEV GUALTIERO zouk edit)
RICH GANG lifestyle
JAMIE XX feat POPCAAN and YOUNG THUG i know there’s gonna be (good times)
DEJ LOAF try me
DEJ LOAF back up
iHEART MEMPHIS hit the quan
RICH HOMIE QUAN flex (ooh, ooh, ooh)
T.I. what you know (CUTSO remix)
RAE SREMMURD feat NICKI MINAJ throw sum mo
BEYONCE drunk in love (JR BLENDER remix)
USHER climax (JR BLENDER remix)
RIHANNA where have you been (JR BLENDER remix)
FRANK OCEAN thinkin bout you (RYAN HEMSWORTH bootleg)
DRAKE hotline bling
SILENTO x ARIANA GRANDE whip it one last time (VAPORDOG x CASHMERE CAT bootleg)
JEREMIH pass dat
TRAVIS PORTER turn up
DRAKE feat RIHANNA take care
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE my girls
WHITNEY HOUSTON million dollar bill
CARIBOU odessa

My new podcast: Hey Fam!

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I’ve started a new podcast, three years after the death of my short lived Hip Hoptimists podcast with Franco. This new one is called Hey Fam..! and I host it with with my good friend Angus Truskett, the genius behind my favourite Facebook page, Plucka Duck Memes. Each week we hang out in his living room and talk about all the pop culture we’ve ingested over the past week – movies, tv shows, comics, video games etc etc. Recording the podcast has become the highlight of my week and we’ve started getting guests to join us in Angus’s living room.

You can subscribe on iTunes (and leave a review if you like it!) or listen to each episode individually below. Thanks fam!

Episode 1: Entourage

For our very first episode we slap on a few classic Entourage eps and talk about the new season of True Detective, our reservations regarding the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, the emotional rollercoaster that is being a Nintendo fan and our favourite lines (AKA every single line) in The Rock’s new HBO sitcom Ballers.

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Episode 2: The Review

Episode 2! Levins and Angus get deeeeep into Pixar’s new movie Inside Out, catch up on the latest True Detective (and Ballers obviously), discuss the recent Spider-Man and Marvel comics news and compare Arkham Knight to Yoshi’s Wooly World.

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Episode 3: Talk Show

We’re back! Angus and Levins check in on Vinnie and the boys before going through the highlights of the latest episodes of Ballers and True Dickies. Angus tries to convince Levins to buy a PS4, we go through the latest Star Wars news (and comics!) and try to work out what those darn Minions are all about!

Episode 4: Date Night (with Gen Fricker)

Angus and Levins welcome the first ever guest to Hey Fam HQ: comedian Gen Fricker! She brings with her some hot takes on Magic Mike XXL, we reflect on the new DC previews from Comic-Con, read the new Archie comic, catch up on True Detective and pay homage to gaming legend Satoru Iwata.

Episode 5: The Script and the Sherpa (with Siobhan Coombs)

This week the babybros are joined by comics guru Siobhan Coombs for A long look back at the work of Geoff Johns after it was announced he was co-writing the new Batman movie! We also review Marvel’s latest flick Ant-Man, dissect another episode of True Detective and make some bold predictions for the future of Ballers!

Episode 6: Busey and the Beach (with Henry Stone)

Our first drunk episode! The fam is joined by Henry Stone, former YouTube star and host of our rival podcast The Blank Slate Movie Podcast. Angus plays a drinking game where he drinks whenever Levins says something. We discuss the latest episode of True Detective, Henry’s habit of finishing the Arkham games a day after they’re released, the dark side of the extended Star Wars universe and work out what the funniest part of the male anatomy is. Oh yeeeeah!

Subscribe to Hey Fam..! on iTunes or stream it on our Libsyn page.

HOTTEST 100… LEAKED!

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After weeks of what I assumed was a joke campaign to vote Taylor Swift into triple j’s Hottest 100, it turns out everyone’s fears were completely valid. I thought for sure that those suits upstairs at ABC would never let Taylor get past 50, let alone into the top 10. But then I saw this leaked Hottest 100 and my world turned upside down. I mean sure, she definitely has a lot of fans, but I would put good money on that NOBODY saw this coming! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to listen to music again.

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1. The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) 

What a result huh? Talk about a “shake” up! Sorry to make a joke during this hard time for our country. RIP MUSIC.

ALL CAKE EVERYTHING


 

Good pal Sampology promised me he’d make a video to my stupid edit of the dumbest Jay-Z verse of all time. A few months passed and Sam came good on his promise.

This video is truly wonderful and in three days it’s gotten more than 16,000 views. Hopefully Jay-Z records more songs about pastries this year!