ALBUM REVIEW: The Lemonheads – Lovey (30th Anniversary Edition)

THE LEMONHEADS LOVEY (30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) FIRE RECORDS In 1990, Lovey was a huge step forward for Evan Dando and his Boston band The Lemonheads. It was their major label debut on Atlantic Records after releasing their first three albums in the previous three years. Those records were a collision of noisy melodic punk rock. Part Black Flag, part The Replacements. Co-founder Ben Daily had … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Lemonheads – Lovey (30th Anniversary Edition)

FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

Despite the weirdness and social and political fracturing of 2020, there were still plenty of great albums that saw the light of day – and that light was a salvation for many. You can check out our Post To Wire (alt-country, cosmic Americana & dark folk) Favourite Albums of 2020 HERE and Favourite AU & NZ Albums of 2020 HERE. Here are our 40 favourite … Continue reading FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

NEW MUSIC: Dave Cherub – Chalk and Glitter

There’s some clever stuff going on with this glorious new single from Dave Cherub. Sweet soul music meets 60s psych pop, country-folk and the kind of skewed indie guitar rock that bands like Built To Spill and Flaming Lips mastered. ‘Chalk and Glitter’ comes from Dave Cherub, the self-titled debut album from the Vancouver country-folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the same name. Thirteen songs, written … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Dave Cherub – Chalk and Glitter

NEW MUSIC: S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling

There’s a great upbeat feel to ‘Old Time Feeling‘, a song that skips along with loose shakedown rhythmic feel. S.G. Goodman at times remind us of a more rural Hurray For The Riff Raff in the way she blends indie rock and Americana and mixes hooky melodies and open-highway, rustic grooves. The song, with its biblical images and Southern feel, is the title track from … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling

NEW MUSIC: CJ Stranger – Strange One

“A stream-of-consciousness ramble of a day living in the inner-west” Hooks and riffs abound with laidback verve and hypnotic charm on this new single from Blue Mountains, NSW resident CJ Stranger. That’s the nom de plume of songwriter and guitarist Cameron James Henderson and on this track he hits a sweet spot between The War On Drugs and Kurt Vile with a cool blend of … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: CJ Stranger – Strange One

NEW MUSIC: J.R. – PAL

J.R. is the moniker of Ontario songwriter Julianna Riolino and her group that includes musicians who have worked with Daniel Romano. ‘PAL’ is a light and bouncy slice of indie country rock that wins due to her great melodies that she builds into the song’s two and half minutes. It reminded me a bit of Margaret Glaspy. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: J.R. – PAL

Sunny Flynn Hugo, live @ Sonic Sherpa

Brisbane band Sunny Flynn Hugo first impressed us with their self-titled 2018 album which artfully and seamlessly blended Americana and indie rock sensibilities. Songs that sparkled and chimed with melancholy and warm melodies. Since then they’ve released the EP City Always lets You Down, which continues their exploration of introspective mood-driven songwriting. They recently played an in-store at the fine Sonic Sherpa record store in … Continue reading Sunny Flynn Hugo, live @ Sonic Sherpa

NEW MUSIC: Edwin – Lucky Penny

Americana sounds are the order of the day on this lovely understated track from Chicagoans Jacob and Matthew Boll, under the name Edwin. There’s not a lot to find online about the American duo other than they’ve previously released two EPs. They’ve got a nice autumnal and melodic sound, reminiscent of Wilco, Elliott Smith and The Lemonheads. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Edwin – Lucky Penny

ALBUM REVIEW: Lambchop – This (is what I wanted to tell you)

Lambchop This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You) Merge Records The band Lambchop is a very different beast these days, compared to a decade ago when they numbered up to 12 members with more of a conventional country soul sound. Now Lambchop is essentially Kurt Wagner with a small coterie of collaborators – a much more intimate proposition yet still possessing the gorgeous and … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Lambchop – This (is what I wanted to tell you)

NEW MUSIC: Shifting Sands – The Intensity

Brisbane band Shifting Sands recently released the video clip for their track ‘The Intensity’. It’s a haunting, heavy and steady marching song of solemn reflection on the slow decay of the emotional impact of love. It carries the same kind of bruised romanticism that artists such as Mark Lanegan and Leonard Cohen do so well. Shifting Sands are Geoff Corbett (SixFtHick) and Dylan McCormack (Gentle … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Shifting Sands – The Intensity

Doubtful Sounds Presents: The Ramalamas, Darren Cross, The Finalists @ The PBC

Hey, we’re putting on a gig! Yep, we go to so many gigs and we know a good lineup when we see one so we’re putting on a Sydney show with three great acts. There’s a personal disclaimer with this in that I play bass in The Finalists. Head to The Petersham Bowling Club on Sunday March 10th and you can catch the cosmic country, … Continue reading Doubtful Sounds Presents: The Ramalamas, Darren Cross, The Finalists @ The PBC

NEW MUSIC: Aaron Taos – Loneliness

The idea of loneliness is explored beautifully on this track from Aaron Taos. He places the vocals right in the middle of the mix while drum machine, atmospheric guitars and other effects swirl and drift around the central vortex of the song. Taos says of the song… ‘Loneliness’ is a song I wrote when I was going through a really rough patch. I was in the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Aaron Taos – Loneliness