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 Nicholas Kennedy

Tourist Dollars – Tourist Dollars EP (Deaf Ambitions)

Tourist Dollars – Tourist Dollars EP (Deaf Ambitions)

Listening to Melbourne’s Tourist Dollars on their debut EP is like drifting into scenes of a slightly melancholic 1970s romance movie. They’ve got this nostalgic swagger to them, like a band performing to a mostly empty school hall covered with adornments from a local party supply store, with two star-crossed youths swaying beneath a softly […]

 Lee Adcock

Eagulls – Ullages (Popfrenzy)

Eagulls – Ullages (Popfrenzy)

Don’t put faith in a new band. Few religions pass the scrutiny of reason, but identity and happiness can’t be entrusted to a handful of fallible human beings, let along twenty-somethings with a whole life of lessons ahead of them. Eagulls had me for a while, though – and probably you, too, if you’re reading […]

 Caspar Jacobs

“This is the indie establishment”: Red Hot’s Day of the Dead

“This is the indie establishment”: Red Hot’s Day of the Dead

Disclaimer: I’ve probably never heard a Grateful Dead song in my life. At least not knowingly. This is an unfortunate position for me to be in, considering I am reviewing an album containing 59 covers of songs by the Grateful Dead. Just so you know. In 2009, the Red Hot Organization, fighting AIDS through pop […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Zone Out – Transience (Deaf Ambitions)

Zone Out – Transience (Deaf Ambitions)

Ashley Bundang is a busy person. Totally Mild, Ciggie Witch, the live outfit for Sui Zhen; many fingers, many pies; you’d think she’d get burnt out. However, when you’re ultimately presented with Zone Out’s Transience – this new somethin’ somethin’ from Bundang and Scotdrakula’s Dove Bailey – all those origins work together to pull the […]

 Nicholas Kennedy

Gregor – Thoughts and Faults (Chapter Music)

Gregor – Thoughts and Faults (Chapter Music)

There’s two videos on the YouTube page of Melbourne lo-fi pop fellow Gregor. One of them is him sitting behind a Yamaha keyboard playing a twinkly pop tune, and the other is entitled ‘stylised trout response’, or to use the video’s description, “a romanticised look at how the movement of swimming trout might be translated […]

 Megan Beard

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Person A

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Person A

When Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros started off back in 2007, they had a vision of egalitarian unity with unofficial leader and main vocalist, Alex Ebert, at the helm. However, three albums into their experiment, Ebert noticed it was becoming less of a community of merry pranksters and more of a business venture. With […]

 Matthew Chin-Quee

Jude Perl – Modern Times

Jude Perl – Modern Times

After about 2 years of on and off correspondence, I was lucky enough to have Jude Perl’s first LP Modern Times sent to me by the Melbourne-based singer/songwriter herself. I was first introduced to Jude by way of Youtube, where I randomly came across a video of her performing Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity”. I was really […]

 Lee Adcock

Mothers, From Up Close

Mothers, From Up Close

First off, Athens isn’t a magical place. Get that out of your head. J. Crew and Urban Outfitters loom over the main drag of downtown; luxury apartments crowd around the center; boutiques and chain restaurants line the streets. The people that stay there do so purely cos of inertia. Like anywhere else with a pro […]

 Caspar Jacobs

Mothers, From A Distance

Mothers, From A Distance

Rarely have I so desperately wanted to understand a piece of music as with When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired. I once had a nightmare in which my vision was blurry and I could not focus. Listening to Mothers is a bit like that: I know there is something, but I cannot […]

 Lee Adcock

The Veldt – The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation (Leonard Skully)

The Veldt – The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation (Leonard Skully)

Funny what people remember, eh. On Friday evenings at work, my co-worker Karl flips on the local college radio station, the much-belabored WRAS. From 8 to 10, all kinds of dreamy goodness fill the dish room – y’know, MBV, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, Kitchens of Distinction, all the way up to Pinkshinyultrablast and other bands that […]

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