Favourite Albums of 2016

And yet again the brain-scrambling exercise of narrowing down our favourite albums released in 2016 has been successfully navigated. Much gnashing of teeth ensued, spreadsheet cells shifted frequently and the dust surrounding the shallow process of rating albums against one another has finally settled. Over at Post To Wire, our Americana music site, we’ve already ranked our 40 favourite albums that fall under that wide stylistic … Continue reading Favourite Albums of 2016

FILM REVIEW: Once More With Feeling

Music documentaries often follow one of a few common narratives, whether documenting the rise (and often) fall of a band or musician, or following the making of an album or tour. Once More With Feeling fills a couple of different roles in that it acts as a preview and scene-setter for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ new album Skeleton Tree, released the day after … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Once More With Feeling

SONIC KICKS: Show Me Where It Hurts

Show Me Where It Hurts are a Rhodes electric piano, drums and vocals duo from Auckland, New Zealand. Both musicians have been key players on the Auckland scene for the last two decades with Josh Hetherington fronting Thorazine Shuffle and Ronny Haynes drumming with bands such as Pash and Fagan And The People. The pair have just released their debut self-titled EP (stream/buy below) which follows … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: Show Me Where It Hurts

Favourite LPs of 2016 So Far

Here we are again, the mid-point of another year. It’s always a good time to take stock of the albums that have been released in the last six months, review the long list of records we’ve heard and dissed or praised. We’re always listening to a wide range of styles here at DS but from looking at this particular list it seems we’ve been embracing … Continue reading Favourite LPs of 2016 So Far

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 Doubtful Sounds we’ve had another 12 months deeply immersed in Americana music (alt. country & folk) so you’ll find plenty of albums from that genre on the list below. That’s not to say we didn’t listen to plenty of other styles of music. As usual we wrapped … Continue reading Favourite Albums of 2015

Favourite Albums of 2014 (so far)

In the obsessive tradition of music lists, here are the albums I found myself listening to and enjoying the most in the first six months of 2014. For a more comprehensive list of our favourite ’14 Americana releases you can head over to our other blog Post To Wire. Sun Kil Moon – Benji Little Bastard – Little Bastard The War On Drugs – Lost … Continue reading Favourite Albums of 2014 (so far)


2013 was a pretty strong year for music. From the established artists hitting their late-period straps to newcomers breathing new life into old forms, it felt like a year where a whole range of styles rose to the top. There were plenty of surprises with new albums appearing out of the blue from Bowie and MBV and also irritating marketing campaigns that felt like they … Continue reading FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2013

Favourite Electronic Albums of 2013

Increasingly electronic music is reasserting itself as a viable album length genre. Sure it still thrives on the single and the remix but more and more there are albums, primarily from the UK scene, that manage to straddle the headphone and dancefloor worlds or in some cases they work most effectively as immersive home listening experiences. Here are the albums that we found ourselves returning … Continue reading Favourite Electronic Albums of 2013

DS Favourite Reissues of 2013

As the trend of deluxe, remastered, expanded, repackaged and newly compiled album reissues continues we were treated to some superb releases in 2013. From classic to more underground acts there was a veritable treasure trove for music nerds. Here are some of our favourites. The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971 Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co. Sly & the Family … Continue reading DS Favourite Reissues of 2013

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: September 20th, 2013

Another week of shake-ups in the local festival scene here in Australia with the cancellation of Harvest Festival and the probably not coincidental announcement that AJ Maddah (Soundwave, Harvest) had become a partner in Big Day Out with Ken West and US company C4. It seems a bit strange that one week Maddah is bemoaning the indie-centric BDO lineup as one reason for Harvest’s slow … Continue reading EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: September 20th, 2013