Latest record reviews

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    Cable Ties – S/T

    When I arrived at Camp Cope’s pub gig earlier this year everyone asked: “But did you see Cable Ties?” The Melbourne three-piece had clearly done their warm-up set ...

    August 14, 2017
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    Julia Reidy – Dawning On

    Experimental guitarist Julia Reidy moved to Berlin last year where, in addition to her solo work, she plays in a “thrashy improv” duo called Pales in “places you ...

    July 14, 2017
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    Kris Keogh – Processed Harp Works Vol. 2

    Kris Keogh is based in Nhulunbuy and his toddler won’t sleep without this music. As for others in the tiny Arnhem Land community, Keogh says: “I think zero ...

    July 14, 2017
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    Acharné – Innocence and Suburbia

    The dissolution of two romances – the first with his partner; the second with Berlin – saw techno producer Rick Bull, better known as Deepchild, forge new ground ...

    July 14, 2017
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    Wolf Shield – Residuum

    This is Wolf Shield’s debut but I’ve heard these songs before. Well, fragments of them anyway. These days Randy Reimann is best known as the founder of electronic ...

    July 14, 2017
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    Au.Ra – Cultivations

    Great shoe-gaze isn’t defined by wall-of-sound guitars – though they sure help. The vocals should elicit genuine pity because unless I think things are insolvably fucked I can’t ...

    July 14, 2017

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Four days at Øyafestivalen, Norway

In August I went to Scandinavia for the first time. I was a guest of Music Norway as part of its international delegate program, showcasing Øyafestivalen. I listened to all ...

September 3, 2017

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    Four days at Øyafestivalen, Norway

    In August I went to Scandinavia for the first time. I was a guest of Music Norway as part of its international delegate program, showcasing Øyafestivalen. I listened to all of the Norwegian acts before I left Australia. There were heaps! That was my favourite aspect, hands down. Vince Staples will play Sydney again but it’s doubtful I’ll see Stein Torleif Bjella down under. I could ...

    September 3, 2017
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    Reflections on a weekend in exile

    “This song is about underground communities and how they tear themselves apart.” Fifteen minutes after Shogun of Royal Headache said this onstage, I began to experience an offstage version. Only there was no catharsis; no song. In the gig washout, a message popped up on my phone. It was from the admin of a Facebook group I’ve been part of pretty much ...

    July 3, 2017
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    Music You Missed: Jan, Feb, March – 2017

    Last weekend in Melbourne, and the week before in Brisbane, A Rock & Roll Writers Festival returned for a second year to put songwriters, music critics and novelists on stage to discuss their craft. Speakers included Adalita, Bunna Lawrie, Tim Rogers, Jess Ribeiro and Jenny Valentish. I took part in a panel with three other music critics. The festival claims to “celebrate ...

    April 30, 2017