YOGA THROUGH A LENS - 1 by Kian West


As you will notice this image isn't the same as the one inside Mirage for August. It appears we are but mortal humans and made a mistake. Many apologies to Cathy Mead that this has happened. Now when you look at the image and read her article it will all make sense...


Imagine yoga in front of iconic Newcastle locations. That’s what this is all about.


Newcastle is incredibly beautiful. Without looking too hard you can find an amazing vantage point to see so many things. Sadly, over the years I had forgotten this and my daily routine consisted of work, shop, home. Sometimes I’d go to the gym and, of course, I had my regular gymnastics session every Friday night. However, this all changed about a year ago when I finally went to a yoga class. I’d always thought that I just didn’t have enough inner peace for yoga. I quickly realised that that was the entire point of practicing. Combining this with my recently remembered love of photography, I have had my eyes opened to the beauty all around that has been here all along. This photo is at Shepherd’s Hill in Newcastle (at the top of King Edward Park) and it has one of the best views over Newcastle’s ocean and beach that you can get. So I’m Cathy, and I’m the random yogi you might see running around at sunrise trying to get in front of my camera before the timer runs out. Namaste.


If you like what you see, You can follow Cathy on Instagram

@cat_mead and @yogathroughalens








CROSSES × BITCHES BREW We’re only a few months into 2014 and already the debut self-titled album from electronic rock band Crosses stands out as one of the year’s potential highlights. The album’s lead single, “Bitches Brew”, is a great example of the attention to detail and overall restraint found throughout the album, which keeps the listener engaged but on edge. However, the track erupts in an intense ending sure to please fans of frontman Chino Moreno’s other projects. Check this out if you like: Puscifer, Nine Inch Nails, OSI. BALL PARK MUSIC × SHE ONLY LOVES ME WHEN I’M THERE While I didn’t mind the band’s first two albums, I never thought a Ball Park Music track would grab my attention the way that “She Only Loves Me When I’m There” has. The band has absolutely stepped up their game as far as production and songwriting is concerned, and they have managed to strike a perfect balance between layered and dense without being too busy or cluttered. All of this combined with a creative song structure and a series of amazing vocal melodies have made this one of my favourite 2014 tracks to date, one that will likely get my vote in that big old countdown. Check this out if you like: The Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand, The Rubens. ARCADE FIRE × NORMAL PERSON Like many, I was lucky to see Arcade Fire live a couple of times at the beginning of this year when they toured Australia as part of the Big Day Out festival. While there was much to love about “Reflektor”, the studio album they released towards the end of last year, there were a few tracks that didn’t strike me as being particularly strong (as can be the nature with many double albums). One such example was the track “Normal Person”, which I thought was good but nothing to write home about until I saw the band open their Sydney festival set with it. The sheer energy and excitement the band injected into the track’s live performance gave me a whole new appreciation for it, and I’ve had it on high rotation ever since. Check this out if you like: Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, Broken Bells. PERIPHERY × FEED THE GROUND Periphery kicked off 2014 by releasing “Clear”, a brand new EP consisting of tracks written individually by each member of the band, rather than collaboratively as heard on their studio albums. Given that the EP was described as more of an experiment than a legitimate entry in the band’s discography, its polarising reviews from even the band’s biggest fans are unsurprising. “Feed The Ground”, an uptempo metal track with accessible, memorable pop-influenced vocal melodies, is one of the highlights from the EP. The occasional screamed vocal and heavy riffing won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but as far as quality heavy music goes, there certainly is a lot here that fans of pop and/or alternative rock could enjoy. Check this out if you like: Protest The Hero, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dead Letter Circus. MAGIC NUMBER × COMING BACK TO ME [ATJAZZ REMIX] I came across this track while compiling some new material to play at Sunday Republic a few weeks ago, and was absolutely blown away. While I can’t say I’m familiar with any previous material released by Magic Number or Atjazz, this remix is by far one of the tastiest soulful deep house tracks I’ve heard in a long time. The use of syncopation and occasional glitched vocals throughout adds a subtle, unique dimension to the track’s stripped down, jazz-influenced ensemble. In a perfect world, this is the kind of track that would receive some kind of widespread recognition and popularity. Check this out if you like: Moloko, Goldfrapp, Massive Attack. AMOS WELLINGS × MARCH DATES Saturday 15th March × THE ARGYLE HOUSE Wednesday 19th March × THE ARGYLE HOUSE Saturday 29th March × KING STREET HOTEL *More to be confirmed

Nick Milligan - Enormity by Kian West


Before joining NASA’s space programme, Jack had dreams of a career as a professional musician. When a deep space mission goes awry, he crashes on an alien planet. Jack discovers that his new world is inhabited by a race of humans that have evolved in parallel to those on Earth. He picks up a guitar and performs the most wondrous rock songs of his home planet. Neil Young. Leonard Cohen. Bob Dylan. Superstardom beckons as audiences around the globe revere Jack and his apparent songwriting abilities. He basks in the boundless glow of a hedonistic dream world. But Jack soon learns that his lie will have sinister consequences.

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Lets set this up right, if you take a second to read reviews (I don't usually) Part One of Nick's book Enormity on Amazon had 15 reviews prior to the official release and every one of those gave his book at least a 4/5 rating. I'm no scientist, but that is a pretty incredible feat.

Officially launched on November 24th at Newcastle's Depot on Beaumont in their stunning VIP section on the third floor. Featuring a live reading and book signing from the one and only Nick Milligan. Nick is a fantastic human and Novocastrian that deserves the communities support in what is no mean feat writing a whole book, especially a book that is arguably quite good. If you don't already own a copy after grabbing one that was carefully signed at the official launch there are a few ways to rid yourself of this awful predicament. 1. go to Amazon and order yourself a paperback version or Ereader version and get that bad boy delivered. 2. Head in to Abicus on Darby St. and hand over a couple of dollars and collect a print copy today!

He even has famous people reading his book: "Raunchy and rowdy, poetic and perplexing, Milligan's Enormity is aptly named. Much like another favorite Aussie export, Nick Cave, Milligan doesn't shy away from the grotesque and the absurd as he shines his light on the terrible beauty of the human condition. This is compelling fiction that leaves you wanting more..." - Jace Everett, American songwriter, writer/performer of True Blood theme 'Bad Things'

Nick Milligan has been an amazing writing talent since entering the entertainment journalism scene back in 2002, quickly becoming one of Australia's favorite talents with articles in Rolling stone, Hotpress, Frankie, and Smash Hits. Nick then moved on to become the editor in chief for Reverb.

It is amazing to see such talent from a Novocastrian rise to the top of national and international literary circles and we here at Newcastle Mirage fully support his endeavors! We have also been lucky enough to score 3 signed copies of Enormity to give away to our subscribers, So subscribe before December 20 and go in the draw to win!!! (you might even see it in your mailbox before Christmas).


 Handsome as well as talented, this here is Nick Milligan, the man behind the words on the paper

(or screen).