SONIC KICKS: Sam Shinazzi

Sam Shinazzi has been a stalwart of the Sydney indie scene for years – decades even! His slowburn career has been marked by consistency and a strength of low-key yet mature and heartfelt songwriting. His latest and his sixth album, Days I Won’t Forget (Stanley Records) is his best yet. He’s found a really wonderful balance between that lazy acoustic strum that forms the backbone of his songs … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: Sam Shinazzi


Witch Hats have a few very good albums under the collective belt but their latest, Deliverance, is hands down the best thing they’ve done. It’s a blistering set of lurching rock ‘n’ roll and in our review we said “They’re firmly in the realm of The Clash, The Drones and The Gun Club yet they’ve dug their own hook-laden hole and decorated it with all … Continue reading SONIC KICKS: Witch Hats

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

NEWS: Universal announce ‘In Utero’ 20th Anniversary Reissue

For many In Utero is their favourite Nirvana LP where the band carved out their most unique collection of songs and felt like they were developing into something truly special outside the hype and platitudes of press and mass appeal. Indeed their reaction to that and everything else that was happening in Cobain’s world ran deeply through the record. Universal Music Enterprises will commemorate the … Continue reading NEWS: Universal announce ‘In Utero’ 20th Anniversary Reissue


Bad Dreems are one of the essential bands emerging out of the growing Adelaide scene with their lo-fi, melody-rich guitar songs. 2012 was a big year that saw them release the brilliant single Chills and before dropping Tomorrow Mountain with its darker and moodier undercurrent and the infectiously melancholic Too Old. We caught up with guitarist Alex Cameron to find out some of the albums … Continue reading SONIC KICKS | BAD DREEMS

SONIC KICKS | Albums That Shaped Me

Ahead of the release of his long awaited debut album Breaking Hearts and Saving Souls on August 1st, Roland K Smith of Roland K Smith & the Sinners takes us through some of the albums that shaped his musical life. The band will be doing a run of dates to celebrate the release of the album, check the details at the end of this post… The first album … Continue reading SONIC KICKS | Albums That Shaped Me

REVIEW: Nirvana | Live At The Paramount

Just got back from a screening of this as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind. It was definitely worth seeing it in the cinema to get that ‘in your face’ volume which is kind of essential for music like this. One of things that separates this concert film from others of the band is that it is the only … Continue reading REVIEW: Nirvana | Live At The Paramount

WATCH: The trailer for the DVD release of 1991:The Year Punk Broke…

Finally one of the seminal documents of the early days of the 90s punk/grunge/garage rock boom gets a release on DVD – right on the 20th anniversary of its original issue. Featuring performances, footage, interviews with Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Babes in Toyland, The Ramones and Dinosaur Jr this is essential viewing. All footage has been fully restored with audio re-synced and remastered in uncompressed PCM … Continue reading WATCH: The trailer for the DVD release of 1991:The Year Punk Broke…

NEWS: Details of Nirvana’s 20th Anniversary Nevermind release.

Deluxe and Super Deluxe reissues of Nirvana’s Nevermind will be released on September 26th to mark the 20th anniversary of the record. The 2CD Deluxe edition will contain a remastered cut of the original album plus B-sides as well as a CD featuring the Smart Studio Sessions, The Boombox Rehearsals and BBC Sessions. The 4CD + DVD Super Deluxe edition will contain these two CDs, plus a CD of the previously … Continue reading NEWS: Details of Nirvana’s 20th Anniversary Nevermind release.

NEWS: ‘Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses’ Exhibition coming to Seattle

There is a new Nirvana exhibition opening next month in Seattle at the EMPSFM Museum. Running from April 16th, 2011 – April 22, 2013 you can check out a bunch of Kurt and Nirvana related memorabilia. Exhibition Highlights: Kurt Cobain’s never-before exhibited, high school painting of two aging, Reagan-era punks in the post-apocalypse, informally known as “punk American gothic.” The Teac reel-to-reel tape machine owned … Continue reading NEWS: ‘Nirvana: Taking Punk To The Masses’ Exhibition coming to Seattle