Category Archives: Music

Your Turntable’s Not Dead: Record Store Day 2013

Here’s an article I wrote in April for International Record Store Day, an event I can very easily get behind. Eight years ago, while I was at the height of my White Stripes fandom, I discovered an early EP of theirs called ‘A Party of Special Things to Do.’ The EP, which due to the …

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S.L.A.M. Day

It seems that every other week there is a fresh blow to the Australian live music scene. Whether it is the closure of a beloved venue, a street press going out of print, proposals of restrictive new laws or a festival going under due financial pressure (or in hip-hop festival Supafest’s case, extreme stupidity), there …

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Kim Salmon and Spencer P. Jones – Runaways Review

Unfortunately, Novastream Music Oz has shut  down. So, I’ll put a couple of the articles I wrote for it here because, well… I need more things to put on this blog. When two veterans of the Australian rock ‘n’ roll scene get together to play gigs you expect raucous time. That’s exactly what punters got …

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Novastream Music Oz

I’ve started writing for an Australian music blog called Novastream Music Oz. My first article is up now, it’s about SLAM day: http://novastreamusicoz.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/slam-day.html

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2012 in Retrospect: A Year in Dirty Lyrics

2012 was a great year for music, with plenty of new music to please everyone’s tastes, not to mention the increased presence of Australian music thanks mostly to Tame Impala’s Lonerism and the US’s continued obsession with Gotye’s ’Somebody That I Used to Know.’ Yet despite all this quality, one thing that struck me was …

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MC Lars @ Mana Bar 6th October

What do you do for people when it’s your birthday? Perhaps give them some cake and a bowl of mixed nuts. Well, if you’re Californian post-punk rapper LC Lars, you hold an intimate free show in the venue that his fan base would greatly appreciate. Mana Bar (336 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy) is a haven for …

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Muse – The 2nd Law Review

There’s been a lot of hubbub surrounding the latest release from world-conquering Brits Muse. A bonkers Olympic theme, a fascination with flavour-of-the-month genre dubstep, and the kind of statements that make you think that Matt Bellamy adorns a tin-foil hat when he’s at home.  It doesn’t really inspire confidence considering their overblown but underwhelming previous …

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Drawn From Bees – The May King and his Paper Crown Review

A young king struggles to retain his crown as he chases the woman he loves and faces the loss of his innocence. It sounds like the work of a high fantasy author, but in fact, it is the plot that runs through The May King and his Paper Crown, the second album from Brisbaneband Drawn …

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Kingswood – Change of Heart Review

Melbournian four-piece Kingswood have arrived with their debut EP Change of Heart and are ready to punch you in the face with their brand of hard and fast rock. Influenced by Josh Homme and co., Change of Heart features loud, brash guitars, heavy bass lines and occasionally powerful vocals from front man Fergus Linacre. New …

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Cybernetic Express – Love Rocket Review

Grab your oxygen tanks and set phasers to kill, because former 1200 Techniques member Simon Foretti, a.k.a. Cybernetic Express,  is taking you on a journey to through space to tackle cyber-terrorism with electronic funk in his debut solo EP Love Rocket. Foretti, whose debut effort must be close to the longest ‘EP’ ever at 41 …

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