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LO CARMEN GETS GLORIOUSLY DREAMY AND SWAMPY ON NEW SINGLE ‘HALF GIRL HALF BEAST’

Sydney songwriter and author Lo Carmen has been busy of late, on the promo trail for her excellent book Lovers Dreamers Fighters and a run of live shows with her band The Great Beyond. Now the recorded fruits of their labour has arrived with the new single ‘Half Girl Half Beast‘ which slithers from the swamp in a sultry and ghostly crawl – a long overdue … Continue reading LO CARMEN GETS GLORIOUSLY DREAMY AND SWAMPY ON NEW SINGLE ‘HALF GIRL HALF BEAST’

WADE JACKSON STEPS INTO THE LIMELIGHT WITH NEW SINGLE

NSW songwriter and filmmaker (WAITING: The Van Duren Story) Wade Jackson has released his new single ‘Limelight’ (Broken Stone Records), his first new music since his 2020 album Sensationalized. ‘Limelight‘ emerges twitching, writhing, pulsing and electronically convulsing. Like Bowie and Suicide in hi-fidelity 4K, ‘Limelight’ is hypnotic, with waning vintage synths and tribal-esque drums, the latter evolving from the coal freight trains passing through regional NSW. The middle … Continue reading WADE JACKSON STEPS INTO THE LIMELIGHT WITH NEW SINGLE

DEFINITIVE EDITION OF NEW ORDER’S LOW LIFE OUT NEXT FRIDAY

Definitive edition of their 1985 studio album Low-Life that includes the original album on 180g vinyl LP and CD – remastered. A second CD of unreleased audio, x2DVDs of live performances from 1984 & 1985, plus a hardback book.  The vinyl album and CD are both wrapped in the original tracing-paper sleeve – not available since the very first pressing, and the first time ever for the … Continue reading DEFINITIVE EDITION OF NEW ORDER’S LOW LIFE OUT NEXT FRIDAY

NEW HEAVY BLANKET (J. MASCIS) LP OUT END OF JANUARY

Returning after a ten-year sojourn, freshly stewed from the mind of legendary rock outlier J Mascis, instrumental psych sideshow Heavy Blanket are back with the release of new album Moon Is on Outer Battery Records. Forever the creator and custodian of noise in all its inimitable forms, Mascis’ recent raid on a stash of unused riffs has yielded an exceptionally heavy trove of new tracks. Over six … Continue reading NEW HEAVY BLANKET (J. MASCIS) LP OUT END OF JANUARY

LISTEN TO THE DREAMY DRIFT AND SMOKEY SWAY OF MEG BAIRD’S NEW SINGLE

ARTIST PHOTO: Rachael Cassells The new single ‘Ashes, Ashes’, by Meg Baird, taken from the forthcoming new LP Furling, out on LP/CD/Digital on January 27, 2023 on Drag City. Furling moves through the breadth of Meg’s musical fascinations and the environments around them—edges of memory, daydreams spanning years, loose ends, divergent paths, secret conversations under stars—all led by a stirring, singular voice calling experience and enlightenment, elation, … Continue reading LISTEN TO THE DREAMY DRIFT AND SMOKEY SWAY OF MEG BAIRD’S NEW SINGLE

Favourite Albums of 2022

2022, another year of new music and further blurring of the distinction between genres new and old. This fragmentation and amalgamation of form continues to thrill and rejuvenate my depth of listening and inspire a renewed sense of vigour in digging deeper to find new artists. Like all of you I trawl the web, listen to favourite radio stations and shows, draw on the recommendations … Continue reading Favourite Albums of 2022

VIDEO PREMIERE: Ben deHoedt – Divided Souls

Our final video premiere for 2022 and it’s a damn fine one to go out on. The glistening, synth slow-burn of Ben deHoedt‘s new single ‘Divided Souls‘. Seemingly with one foot in the 80s and one in the future, De Hoedt pays tribute to the iconic TV series Miami Vice, transforming it into a gritty, stylised noir that, as deHoedt explains, is “a re-imagining of … Continue reading VIDEO PREMIERE: Ben deHoedt – Divided Souls

TRISTAN COURTNEY-PRIOR TAKES A DARKLY SWERVING ELEVATOR RIDE

Tristan Courtney-Prior is stepping out for the first time as a solo artist with his single ‘Elevator‘. Best known as guitarist for Sydney bands Peabody and Shearin’, Tristan takes a darker, moodier swing into post-punk rhythms and guitar shapes on this track. A stately and stentorian vocal marches the song along, distorted guitars swaying and riding the propulsive bass and drums. It’s heady, hypnotic and … Continue reading TRISTAN COURTNEY-PRIOR TAKES A DARKLY SWERVING ELEVATOR RIDE

SYDNEY BAND THE FRAGMENTS RETURN WITH FIRST NEW SINGLE IN NEARLY 20 YEARS

The Fragments are an indie rock band from Sydney, originally active from 2001 to 2006, and reformed in 2022. While active, The Fragments only put out two singles! So, in 2019, they released ‘Transporter Volume I’ and ‘Transporter Volume II’, a double album compilation of music recorded in the 2000s. The two volumes are available on Bandcamp and streaming services. In 2022, the band set up a mobile recording studio in a … Continue reading SYDNEY BAND THE FRAGMENTS RETURN WITH FIRST NEW SINGLE IN NEARLY 20 YEARS

Metallica release first new single in six years and announce new album

After celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary last year, Metallica have today released the official music video for ‘Lux Æterna,’ from the album 72 Seasons available April 14th, 2023. James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich co-produced the 77-minute, 12-song album with their longtime producer, Greg Fidelman. The record is a rumination of sorts on childhood, with “72 seasons” representing the number of seasons we live through … Continue reading Metallica release first new single in six years and announce new album

DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE SEDUCE AND HYPNOTISE ON NEW SINGLE ‘TANG’

Dave Graney / Clare Moore will release their new album In A Mistly next Friday (Nov 11th) and the first single from it is the intoxicating pulse and seductive fuzz and croon of ‘Tang’. Like a wonky version of Stereolab in a psych-pop and krautrock altered dream-state, the single beautifully blends an insistent rhythmic undercurrent with Graney’s sartorial and poetic eloquence in free flow, urging … Continue reading DAVE GRANEY AND CLARE MOORE SEDUCE AND HYPNOTISE ON NEW SINGLE ‘TANG’

ITALY’S LEATHERETTE CREATE A FRANTIC AND ANGULAR WASH OF DISTORTION AND MELODY ON NEW SINGLE

In little more than one and a half minutes, Italian post-punk band Leatherette create a consummate serving of post-punk imbued shoegaze. Brittle yet warm, like cascading sheets of distorted rain and melodic vocal anguish, ‘Sunbathing’ is an urgent dispatch, an existential howl and yelp over glorious harmonic noise that ends too soon, yet delivers all that’s required. The group are based in Bologna, but all … Continue reading ITALY’S LEATHERETTE CREATE A FRANTIC AND ANGULAR WASH OF DISTORTION AND MELODY ON NEW SINGLE