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ALBUM REVIEW: Tindersticks – The Waiting Room

Tindersticks have traveled their own considered career trajectory with intermittent suspensions of activity and then a return to active duty, always with the same ear for detail in their nuanced and ornate, soulful baroque pop music.The Waiting Room is yet another excellent entry to their discography. It’s measured and draws on found sounds, field recordings, […]

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NEW MUSIC: Primal Scream – Where The Light Gets In

Primal Scream are set to release their album Chaosmosis on March 18th. Here’s the clip for the single ‘Where The Light Gets In’ featuring Bobby Gillespie duetting with Sky Ferreira. It suggests the new album may have a more polished electronic sound, indeed here they’re showing acts like New Order and Depeche Mode how to […]

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VIDEO: The Holy Soul – There’s A Hair On The Soap

Taken from their excellent new LP Fortean Times, here’s the video clip for The Holy Soul’s single ‘There’s A Hair On The Soap’. Filmed in a shower, it’s a disconcerting concoction of hair, noodles, painted toenails, blood and grinding guitars.

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NEW MUSIC: The Drones – To Think That I Once Loved You

The Drones are about to unleash their new album Feelin Kinda Free on March 18th and ahead of that they’ve just released the video clip for their new 6 minute single ‘To Think That I Once Loved You’, an epic woozy ballad with dissonance emotionally scattered across it.

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LIVE REVIEW: Dirty Three, Mirel Wagner @ State Theatre, Sydney Festival (15/01/16)

I’d heard great things about Mirel Wagner and she played a good if slightly disconnected set that, for the types of songs she writes (acoustic gothic ballads), lacks an element of menace or otherworldly spookiness to match her visceral lyrics. The talkers in the lobby were a complete distraction too. I can never understand why […]

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NEW MUSIC: Damien Jurado – Exit 353

  Damien Jurado has a new LP called Visions Of Us On The Land coming out on March 18h via Secretly Canadian/Inertia. It once again features producer Richard Swift and carries on the themes established on the excellent preceding albums Maraqopa and Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. ‘Maraqopa’ the album introduced a character – deliberately unnamed, […]

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NEW MUSIC: Explosions In The Sky – Disintegration Anxiety

Texan post-rockers Explosions In The Sky return in 2016 with their new album The Wilderness on April 1st. Released locally on Spunk Records, The Wilderness is the band’s sixth album, and first non-soundtrack effort since 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. TRACKLISTING 01 Wilderness 02 The Ecstatics 03 Tangle Formations 04 Logic of a Dream 05 […]

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French Disco Boogie Sounds (1975-1984)

For total indulgence and unabated dance floor pleasure you can’t go past this compilation of French soul, pop, funk and disco tracks from 1975-1984. Selected by Charles Maurice, the album was released last year on the Favorite label. Hit the Bandcamp link below to stream and/or buy the album on 2LP, CD and digital formats. […]

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NEW MUSIC: Savages – Adore

Savages return with their second LP Adore Life, on January 22, 2016. Here’s the video clip for the new single ‘Adore’. We weren’t sold on the earlier release ‘The Answer‘ but this slower, moodier track hits the spot perfectly. Adore Life will be out via Matador Records / Remote Control Records.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Danzig – Skeletons

Covers albums can be hit or miss affairs, sometimes insightful and revelatory, often indulgent and derivative. Glenn Danzig’s selections and interpretations sit somewhere in the middle. He has certainly applied the demonic, grandiose metal Danzig sound to these songs, though often they sound like poorly recorded demos. In particular Elvis’ Let Yourself Go works well, […]

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Album Reviews

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tindersticks – The Waiting Room

Tindersticks have traveled their own considered career trajectory with intermittent suspensions of … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Danzig – Skeletons

Covers albums can be hit or miss affairs, sometimes insightful and revelatory, often indulgent and … [Read More...]

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Favourite Albums of 2015

Another year comes to a close and it's time for the end-of-year lists to be revealed. Here at … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Holy Soul – Fortean Times

The Holy Soul have been a constant on the Sydney independent music scene for over a decade with … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Gold Class – It’s You

Only emerging from the Melbourne scene earlier this year, Gold Class’ art is seemingly fully formed; … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Here We Go Magic – Be Small

On their fourth album Here We Go Magic have lost some of their magic. While 2012’s A Different Ship … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: You Beauty – Illywhacka

Their debut Jersey Flegg initially received no attention on its release but it quickly built a … [Read More...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Fat Freddy’s Drop – Bays

It’s only been two years since the release of Blackbird, making this a quick follow-up in the world … [Read More...]

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Interviews

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INTERVIEW: Dan Kelly

Hippie Days Are Here Again Dan Kelly thought he was going to write and record and quick follow-up to his 2010 album Dan Kelly’s Dream but instead songs were scrapped and re-written, countries were explored and finally, after unexpectedly meeting an old friend in the main street of Nimbin the seed for Leisure Panic was […]

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MERCURY REV: The Director & The Cinematographer

FROM THEIR REHEARSAL STUDIO AND AN AUTUMN HEATWAVE MERCURY REV FOUNDING MEMBER GRASSHOPPER CALLS IN TO DISCUSS THEIR NEW ALBUM, THE LEGACY OF DESERTER’S SONGS AND MORE WITH CHRIS FAMILTON. Grasshopper and singer Jonathan Donahue have been at the core of Mercury Rev from the very beginning, enduring multiple line-up changes and a constant refinement […]

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SONIC KICKS: Deaf Wish

Melbournians Deaf Wish have a new album Pain out via Sub Pop/Inertia on August 7th which finds them striking a rich vein of tangled careering avant-rock, genre-splicing its way through the history of post-punk, post-rock, no-wave and hardcore. It harnesses their propensity for tension, both its formation and release as well as the juxtaposition of atonality […]

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