Latest record reviews

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    The Necks – Unfold

    For decades the albums of Sydney experimental jazz trio The Necks fell into two categories for me. Both serve a purpose. The first is a state of suspension ...

    April 13, 2017
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    Oren Ambarchi – Hubris

    About a decade ago a friend introduced me to the concept of a “tone poem” with a 10-minute piece called Corkscrew by experimental musician and guitarist Oren Ambarchi. ...

    January 5, 2017
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    Corin – Virtuality

    It strikes you most when a track from Virtuality comes on in a shuffled playlist. Compared to anything, really, Corin Ileto’s songs gleam as sterile and silvery as a tool ...

    January 5, 2017
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    Thigh Master – Early Times

    Some critics say a gig mustn’t inform your evaluation of a record, but they haven’t seen Thigh Master. When the Brisbane band played late and loose at the ...

    January 5, 2017
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    The Peep Tempel – Joy

    A flock of corellas squawks as a car revs to life; a Land Cruiser, probably. Singer and guitarist Blake Scott (originally from the country himself) gears down into ...

    January 5, 2017
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    Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like

    When you listen to the other women Carla dal Forno’s voice is suggestive of – Laeticia Sadier (Stereolab), Zoë Randell (Luluc) or Victoria Legrand (Beach House) – you ...

    January 5, 2017

Latest live reviews

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Max Richter’s Sleep (Opera House)

10.15pm would usually be a wrap at the Sydney Opera House, but not tonight. New Order has just finished performing in the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the smell of ...

August 6, 2016

Latest features

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    Empire of the Sun on the ad that changed their lives

    On YouTube, views of the Honda Civic advertisement first televised in January are ticking towards 200,000. “Song iz awesome,” reads one comment. “Hey what is that song called and who is it by I like that song,” reads another. A commercially placed song, known as a “sync”, is an increasingly legitimate way for musicians to make a buck in an industry where ...

    February 26, 2017
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    Paradise Daily Records Turns Two: Interview

    While fossicking in a recycled garbage shop in late 2014, Sydney’s Jaz Brooking found a cassette duplicator. Brooking played in five or six bands and had a bit of money saved from trading second-hand goods. It was a logical next step to start dubbing tapes of her and her friends’ bands and thus, Paradise Daily Records was born. The label has racked ...

    December 15, 2016
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    The Drover’s Wife review – plot twist leaves Australian classic spinning on its axis

    A selection of short stories by Henry Lawson was published in 1959 called Fifteen Stories. Australian author Colin Roderick wrote in the introduction: “[Henry Lawson] never attempted to draw people he did not know … it was the world of the drover, the prospector, the miner, the rouseabout, the shearer, the railway worker, the swagman and the sundowner, the cocky, the timbergetter, ...

    October 10, 2016