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ALBUM REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Few bands know when to call it quits, the good ones calling time when they are still a potent musical entity, still at the top of their game. Sleater-Kinney never put a foot wrong in the first decade of their existence, churning out eight excellent albums that were immediately recognisable as the work of Corin […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments To An Elegy

Twenty-six years into the long and winding career of the Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan has traveled far enough down the road from that magnificent and defining opening triumvirate of albums, subsequent lineup changes and mild controversies that he’s due, nay overdue, a return to form. Every new album has drawn claims of such from hopeful […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Thee Rum Coves – Thee Rum Coves

This self-titled debut finds Auckland-based Thee Rum Coves continuing the strong lineage of garage rock from ‘60s originators like The Sonics, through the UK beat and punk scenes, the power pop of Sunnyboys and onto its modern manifestation in bands such as The Hives and The Datsuns. Two members (singer/guitarist English Jake and bassist Jimmy […]

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NEW MUSIC: Infinity Broke – Only The Desert Grows

On the heels of last years superb debut LP River Mirrors Infinity Broke are gearing up to release the follow-up Before Before which was recorded during the same sessions as their debut. Here’s the first taste of the new record with the excellent first single ‘Only The Desert Grows’ which sounds like Neil Young and […]

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NEW MUSIC: METZ – Acetate

We were big fans of the debut METZ album and from the sound of this first single ‘Acetate’ the new album (II) promises to be equally brutal and infectious. These guys play physical music that hits like a sledgehammer and hypnotises like a deviant snake charmer on speed. As their press release says:  The guitars are […]

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NEWS: Flying Nun announce The Stones compilation

The Stones (Wayne Elsey – guitar, vocals, Jeff Batts – bass, vocals, Graeme Anderson – drums, vocals) The band were something of an enigma on the scene that surrounded the iconic Flying Nun Records label in the early 1980s. Wayne Elsey had previously been in Bored Games with Shayne Carter (who went on to forge an illustrious career […]

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NEW MUSIC: Dogheart – Holding Out

Dogheart are a trio out of Portland who are about to release their debut full-length What Burns The Best on February 17th. They cut a freewheeling guitar pop swathe through jangling guitars and sometimes distorted melodic vocals. There’s that slacker vibe that makes it all sound slightly DIY and homespun. You feel like you’ve heard it all before and […]

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NEW MUSIC: Viet Cong – Silhouettes

Out of the ashes of the band Women come Canadian quartet Viet Cong. Theirs is a dark and rhythmic post-punk guitar sound. Like a symposium of Interpol, Liars and Bauhaus, fronted by Andrew Eldritch, sweating it out in a dark, claustrophobic basement disco. Their debut self-titled LP is out now via Jagjaguwar. Here’s the clip for the […]

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NEWS: Courtney Barnett announces debut LP releases new single/video

Courtney Barnett has had a crazy last couple of years since she first started building a fan-base on the back of the ‘History Eraser’ single. The 2 x EP The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas cemented her reputation as a quirky songwriter with the ability to pen deadpan lyrics laced with humour and wry observations […]

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LIVE REVIEW: Ben Frost, Tim Hecker @ Sydney Opera House (11/01/15)

Experimental electronica, avant garde, instrumental composition, sound art… all these and more were at play when Canadian Tim Hecker and Australian native, now based in Iceland, Ben Frost brought their immersive and extreme synthetic music to the magnificent surrounds of the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Festival. Tim Hecker performed his set […]

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Album Reviews

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Few bands know when to call it quits, the good ones calling time when they are still a potent … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments To An Elegy

Twenty-six years into the long and winding career of the Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan has traveled … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Thee Rum Coves – Thee Rum Coves

This self-titled debut finds Auckland-based Thee Rum Coves continuing the strong lineage of garage … [Read More...]

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DS 40 Favourite Albums of 2014

Another bumper year of music eases to a close with pretty much all the year's albums now released. … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Infinity Broke – River Mirrors

Over a couple of solo albums Jamie Hutchings has been ploughing fertile ground with more … [Read More...]

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EP REVIEW: Hope Springs – Sooner Or Later

For a couple of years now there’s been talk of a 90s revival in music from the slacker tones of Yuck … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tweedy – Sukierae

It’s quite surprising that this is Jeff Tweedy’s first solo album given the extent of his career as … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jep and Dep – Word Got Out

Writing and recording widescreen and cinematic music, where mood and atmosphere is paramount, and … [Read More...]

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Interviews

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INTERVIEW: Philip Selway

As Radiohead prepare to start work on their ninth studio album, Philip Selway is quietly enthusiastic as he talks to CHRIS FAMILTON about the writing and recording process of his second solo album, scoring for contemporary dance and pauses to reflect on nearly thirty years as a member of the Oxford quartet. Philip Selway first […]

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INTERVIEW: Blank Realm

Blank Realm received widespread critical acclaim for this year’s Grassed Inn album and with that momentum they were able to travel to Europe for the first time, playing a range of shows from intimate clubs to massive festival stages. Ahead of venturing down the highway from Brisbane to play The Blurst Of Times festival at […]

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SONIC KICKS: Greta Mob

Sydney’s Greta Mob are picking up some great gigs at the moment (Beasts of Bourbon) and building some buzz around their music which is built on a visceral mix of Australian swamp rock and dirty post punk blues. We recently caught up with drummer Luke Millar who plugged in the memory card for Sonic Kicks […]

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