Gruff Rhys + Matt Tow @ Excelsior Hotel, Sydney, 03.05.11

Without the strange adjuncts Rhys has a nice collection of folky tunes. With them he has a nutball bag of charming oddities.

 Matt O'Neill

Africa HiTech – ‘Out In The Streets’ (Warp)

entranced, volatile, enraged, elevated, attenuated, aggressive, aroused


AXXONN tour blog

I’m happy to terrify others grandmothers but wasn’t so sure about terrifying my own.

 Everett True

more Red Bullshit. A further comment on the AMP 2010 shortlist.

Is the Australian music industry – ‘alternative’ or not – racist at its heart

 Everett True

Oh Lord. The shortlist for the AMP 2010 has just been announced.

I got the impression the AMP was supposed to cover ALL forms of music, not just indie. Isn’t Australia known for its hip-hop? Its hardcore?

 Everett True

BLATANT AD: free tickets to see Broadcast live in Australia: BLATANT AD

The way free giveaways usually work is this. You get to sign up to some dumb mailing list that you spend the next six months desperately trying to unsubscribe from You get to answer some dumb question relating to the band and/or record label and/or website, thereby giving the spurious illusion that there is some […]

 Everett True

Song of the day – 236: Lanie Lane

The blues, but done fresh and done with humour

 Everett True

Song of the day – 167: Smudge

Effortless brilliance. The song is called ‘Superhero’, the city is Sydney and the era is early 90s, slacker generation. Here’s what I had to say about the recent Smudge compilation for Mess And Noise. I’ve since been advised that Smudge have never broken up, have gigged sporadically for several years and might well be recording […]