Latest record reviews

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    Lawrence Arabia – Absolute Truth

    The lyrics of New Zealand musician Lawrence Arabia (James Milne) are snort-out-loud funny but in the manner of Oscar Wilde, they ring true too. “I was so fresh ...

    December 16, 2016
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    Scraps – TTNIK

    The synthpop of Brisbane’s Scraps (Laura Hill) is described by her US label Not Not Fun as “alienated karaoke”. It’s spot on. She is both solo and solitary ...

    December 16, 2016
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    Pale Earth – Always

    When Pale Earth’s Benjamin Thompson came to Room40 with a two-hour triple album of 33 electronic tracks, he thought label head Lawrence English would suggest he trim it ...

    December 16, 2016
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    Rebel Yell – Mother Of Millions

    The industrial techno of Brisbane’s Rebel Yell (Grace Stevenson) is anything but bleak. Run through a metal guitar pedal, Stevenson’s vocals are like the commands of a berserk ...

    December 16, 2016
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    Jordan Ireland – Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra

    Jordan Ireland, previously singer and guitarist in Townsville “buzz band” the Middle East, told FasterLouder in May: “All the hype and excitement surrounding our little knot of young ...

    December 16, 2016
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    Kate Carr – I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring

    Last year Brisbane expat and field recordist Kate Carr spent a month in Marnay-sur-Seine: a small town in France next to a nuclear power plant which turned into ...

    December 16, 2016

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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    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
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    Dark Mofo, 2016

    A mirror hangs from a tree reflecting the clean Tasmanian sky. I’m in the exercise yard of New Norfolk Hospital For The Insane, taking a break from what’s inside. The asylum – originally built for sick convicts – sprawls over both sides of the River Derwent in this small town 40 minutes from Hobart. The asylum closed in 2000: its 185-year history ...

    October 6, 2016
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    Music You Missed: April, May, June 2016

    Time’s the revelator,” country musician Gillian Welch sings in her song of the same name. I assume she meant things such as love and grief, but it applies to music more than anything. Only time can reveal which records will bloom, then shrivel and fall from the vine – and which will make a late great run towards eternity. ...

    July 6, 2016