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 Lee Adcock

NOTS – Cosmetic (Goner): The Analytic Approach

NOTS – Cosmetic (Goner): The Analytic Approach

“No novelty”, shouts Natalie Hoffman, lead singer and guitarist of Memphis punk band Nots, on their sophomore record Cosmetic. It’s one of the last tracks on the record, but it’s the one to reference in case someone wants to point out that this gang of four is “an all-girl band”. Carrie Brownstein has often stressed […]

 Caspar Jacobs

NOTS – Cosmetic (Goner): The Impressionistic Approach

NOTS – Cosmetic (Goner): The Impressionistic Approach

Nots says NO! to everything. We say YES! to Nots. ‘Entertain Me’ is a force of nature. It doesn’t care about you, or me, or any of the other two-thousand people on the beach. It’s right up there with Hookworms’ ‘Away/Towards’. The John Steel Singers’ ‘State of Unrest’. dEUS’ ‘Suds & Soda’, even! It’s a […]

 Caspar Jacobs

Rattle – Rattle (Upset the Rhythm)

Rattle – Rattle (Upset the Rhythm)

There’s the old saying that ‘writing about music is like dancing about architecture’, i.e. pointless. But as Robert Christgau rightly retorts: “One of the many foolish things about the fools who compare writing about music to dancing about architecture is that dancing usually is about architecture. When bodies move in relation to a designed space, be it […]

 Alexis Late

The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset (Hardly Art)

The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset (Hardly Art)

By Alexis Late Sometimes I don’t feel like being challenged by music. I want to escape into the wistful longing of Frankie Cosmos, or swim in the gentle heartbreak of Waxahatchee. I close my eyes and wallow in the miserable beauty that infuses in me like a mellowing tea. Each song is a sliver of […]

 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 […]

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