ALBUM REVIEW: Beck – Colors

Beck’s much anticipated 13th album follows the lush and melancholic Morning Phase and though Colors is equally lush, it’s an album built on widescreen technicolor, bold sonic brushstrokes and a saturated pop aesthetic. On first listen it feels like the quirks and eccentricities that made Beck so iconic are absent on this album but dig below the pop-laminated surface and you’ll find an equally audacious … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Beck – Colors

LIVE REVIEW: Beck @ State Theatre, Sydney (14/11/12)

by Chris Familton It is always a pleasure to visit the ornate surroundings of Sydney’s State Theatre with its outlandish detailing and proclivity for gold and chandeliers. It creates a certain mood and atmosphere and definitely lends a sense of occasion to whichever band is gracing its stage. UK’s Dark Horses had the opening honours and, with quite a different sound to Beck, they played … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Beck @ State Theatre, Sydney (14/11/12)

NEWS: Harvest Festival 2012 first line-up announced

The Harvest Festival is back for its second year after proving to be the perfect middle ground between the likes of Splendour In The Grass and Laneway Festival in 2011. With such a stellar list of bands in its debut year (Portishead, Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, The National, Mogwai etc) it was always going to be a hard act to follow but the initial announcement … Continue reading NEWS: Harvest Festival 2012 first line-up announced

VIDEO: BECK’S Record Club | Guns In The Sky (INXS)

Beck has convened the 4th session in his Record Club that features a revolving line-up of guest musicians. This one features Liars, Annie Clark and Daniel Hart from St. Vincent, Sergio Dias from the legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, as well as RC veteran Brian Lebarton, just back from the Charlotte Gainsbourg tour. The record covered this time was 1987 blockbuster ‘Kick’ by INXS. The … Continue reading VIDEO: BECK’S Record Club | Guns In The Sky (INXS)

OPINION: FAVOURITE SONGS OF 2008

1.  The catchiest album of the year gave us the single She Doesn’t Belong To Me… 2.  The ever elegant Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds produced the slo mo wordy swagger of More News From Nowhere… 3. Bon Iver was the shooting star of 2008 and this was one of the most beautiful songs of the year… Skinny Love…. 4. M38 delivered a convincing … Continue reading OPINION: FAVOURITE SONGS OF 2008