ALBUM REVIEW: Wooden Shjips | Back To Land

Wooden Shjips have been mining the same rich vein of droning, psychedelic space rock over three albums and a couple of compilations yet here, on their fourth, they show no signs of going stale as they slyly inject subtle variations into their tried and true style. If Back To Land has anything to differentiate itself from previous releases it is in the looser and lighter … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Wooden Shjips | Back To Land

ALBUM REVIEW: T54 | In Brush Park

Noisy psych guitar pop is in abundance in New Zealand at the moment and the cream of the crop like Popstrangers, Surf City and these fine gentlemen, T54, are improving with each new release. Flying Nun is a natural home for the band as they deal equally and unassumingly in melody and adventurous sonics, soaking up the influence of their predecessors like 3Ds, JPS Experience … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: T54 | In Brush Park

ALBUM REVIEW: Surf City | We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This

Three years after their debut album, Surf City return with another batch of songs that maintain the dense, opulent melodies and archetypal kiwi indie sonics but now built around a more confident compositional core. From the outset the band fall straight back into the deep end of their hooky, slacker vocal delivery with oohs and doo doos aplenty. Their songs are deceptively simple, based around … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Surf City | We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This

ALBUM REVIEW: The Ape | The Ape

Tex Perkins sure knows how to draw a gang of musicians together for each new band and project he convenes. From Beasts of Bourbon to The Cruel Sea, Tex, Don and Charlie to TNT, Perkins has always surrounded by some of the best players on the Australian rock scene and here, as The Ape, he’s joined forces with Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt), Pat Bourke (Dallas … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Ape | The Ape

ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Live From KCRW

This is Cave and cohorts fourth live album, capturing them at in interesting junction in their career with Grinderman running its course, Push The Sky Away being the first album to not include founding member Mick Harvey and unlike some of its more varied predecessors it is for the most part considered and restrained in its delivery. Live from KCRW continues that mood, even when … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Live From KCRW

LIVE REVIEW: METZ @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (05/12/13)

Batpiss kicked things off with a blistering set of punk rock riffs and barked/screamed vocals with rhythmic deviations and a melodic interplay between the guitar and bass elevating them above generic thrashers. One song dropped the BPM considerably, for part of it at least, with the resultant dark and doomy groove sounding like Earth and a sign that the band can match their live intensity … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: METZ @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (05/12/13)

ALBUM REVIEW: Machine Translations | The Bright Door

J Walker returns with a new collection of dreamy and inventive songs that simultaneously serenade and gently challenge the listener. Ostensibly the solo project of J Walker, Machine Translations is now eight albums deep in a discography that has proven to be one overflowing with inventiveness, creativity and in many cases unassuming genius. Walker is one of those musicians who flies under the mainstream radar … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Machine Translations | The Bright Door

LIVE REVIEW: ARIA Week Showcase: Bad//Dreems… @ Upstairs Beresford, Sydney (27/11/13)

Bad//Dreems nearly didn’t make it up from Adelaide due to cancelled flights. Thankfully they did as they provided the most rock n roll and adventurous moments of the night. The four-piece showed why they have deservedly been 2013’s most exciting new proponents of melodic Australian guitar music. Songs like Caroline, Hoping For, Too Old and Chills were given a more caustic and anxious edge on-stage … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: ARIA Week Showcase: Bad//Dreems… @ Upstairs Beresford, Sydney (27/11/13)

ALBUM REVIEW: Cate Le Bon | Mug Museum

Le Bon’s third album finds her retreating/advancing from the warmth and intimacy of her earlier releases and taking her quirky voice into stranger and more experimental pop places with mixed results. Instrumentally her songs have for the most part been stripped back to guitar, bass drums and organ and repeatedly the art rock pillars of The Velvet Underground (the deconstructed guitar solo of Cuckoo Through … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Cate Le Bon | Mug Museum

NEW MUSIC: Swervedriver | Deep Wound

Swervedriver return with their first single in 15 years. Deep Wound has been floating around for a while now with the footage in the clip below taken from their studio performance for radio station KEXP in Seattle back in April 2012. The single is available now via iTunes, Amazon and the band’s Bandcamp page backed with a dub version called Dub Wound. The single includes backing … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Swervedriver | Deep Wound

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