We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
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Tamsin Creed, Publisher
CD Review The Smoke Fairies Through Low Light and Trees (Shock Records) I love this album. It’s like I dreamt it, a beautiful dream in which so much of the music I love magically combined somewhere deep in my unconscious and came out just the way I wanted it. And then it was sitting there […]
CD Review Gareth Liddiard Strange Tourist (Shock Music) I’ve been listening to this album for a couple of weeks but I don’t think I really appreciated it till I happened to be listening to it in the recovery room after a recent operation on my knee. The surgery itself was pretty minor — repairing some […]
CD Review Ben Folds and Nick Hornby Lonely Avenue (Warner Music) This is an album of great highlights and utter crap, an oddly self-conscious outing by two artists who in some ways were made for each other and who in some ways bring out the worst in each other. Ben Folds, in case you don’t […]
Yesterday independent music distributors Shock Records (one of the best, most efficient groups we deal with here at Johnnys) sent around a press release noting the success of one of their acts: BRING ME THE HORIZON ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 ON ARIA CHARTS In an industry where times are tough and naysayers are plentiful, Shock […]
Music for grown-ups who remember when they weren't
I stumbled across Joni Davis’s album, A Bird’s Heart, while frigging around on We Are Hunted one day. What a find. A lovely singer-songwriter album of understated but powerful songs by someone I’d never heard of before. Serendipidity doesn’t get much better than that. For me, the stand out track is ‘Black Smoke’, a scary […]
CD Review Robert Plant and the Band of Joy Band of Joy (Rounder) I like the musical trajectory Robert Plant has taken since the heady daze of Led Zeppelin, not least because my own tastes have described a similar arc. Not that I’m comparing myself to the rock icon, you understand; just that I find […]
Written by David Simon, the person behind the acclaimed series, The Wire, Treme is a 10-part HBO series that dramatises the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s effect on the people of New Orleans — specifically in that district known as the Treme — and it is so good that it bears repeated viewing. (Please note, there are spoilers in what follows.) Like […]
CD Review Fisherking Circles (Independent) Fisherking is a four-piece Sydney band that came to some prominence after winning JJJ’s Unearthed FUSE Festival Competition in 2009. They have previously released an EP and this is their first album. It’s great. Their own blurb describes their music thusly: “Bringing a fresh new approach to blues ‘n’ roots, FisherKing’s captivating […]
CD Review The Verses Seasons (thru Warner Music) The Verses is the new band by former Killing Heidi siblings Ella and Jesse Hooper. And oh, what a disappointment this debut is. I love Ella’s voice, and the previous Verses’ EP showed some promise, but this album just falls flat. I’m not going to spend a […]
Book Review Rock Connexions by Bruno McDonald (Murdoch Books) My son and his friends at school play this game with Wikipedia where someone nominates a start page, say, Julia Gillard, and then someone else nominates an end page, say, the Codex Veronensis, and then you have to use the links embedded in Wikipedia to move […]