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The Smoke Fairies (and goodbye)

The Smoke Fairies (and goodbye)

November 12, 2010 6

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 […]

Gareth Liddiard, his guitar and his issues

Gareth Liddiard, his guitar and his issues

November 4, 2010 2

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 […]

Self-consciously yours, Nick and Ben

Self-consciously yours, Nick and Ben

October 21, 2010 7

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 […]

The  state of the music industry

The state of the music industry

October 19, 2010 16

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 […]

Joni Davis interview

Joni Davis interview

October 7, 2010 2

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 […]

Robert Plant and my part in his renaissance

Robert Plant and my part in his renaissance

October 5, 2010 5

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 […]

Down in the Treme

Down in the Treme

September 28, 2010 6

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 […]

Fisherking move in graceful circles

Fisherking move in graceful circles

September 24, 2010 1

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 […]

Me versus the Verses

Me versus the Verses

September 21, 2010 2

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 […]

Making connexions

Making connexions

September 20, 2010

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 […]

Marie Fisker interview

Marie Fisker interview

September 16, 2010 1

Last year I gave this blog’s coveted best album award to an album by Danish performer Marie Fisker.    As I explain in the original review, I discovered the album by accident and was completely blown away by the music. It was just one of those rare albums that did many things that I want […]

Sonicbids

Sonicbids

July 20, 2010 1

This is just by way of information to any bands/musos out there.  The following press release came across my desk this afternoon and it looked like it was worth passing on. If you have any further information, feel free to let me know: Sonicbids is the website the helps bands get gigs and promoters book […]

Rebirth of Cordrazine

Rebirth of Cordrazine

July 9, 2010 4

CD Review Cordrazine Always Coming Down (Rubber Records) IF Barry White is fuck-your-brains out music on a round bed with satin sheets and a mirror on the ceiling, then Cordrazine’s new album is more like a bit of a cuddle on the lounge on a cold afternoon after a nice bowl of soup. As lead […]

The distribution system formerly known as the Internet

The distribution system formerly known as the Internet

July 7, 2010 1

Toss out your iPods, music lovers, the Internet is dead.  According to Prince: “The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. “The internet’s like MTV. At […]

Back stairway to heaven

July 5, 2010 1

Folk singer Jake Holmes, after many years of waiting, is suing Led Zeppelin for allegedly ripping off his song, ‘Dazed and Confused’. Here is Jake’s version: And this is a song of the same title that appears on Led Zeppelin’s first album: They don’t sound anything alike! Well, except for the tune and the lyrics. […]

A new song can make your day

July 2, 2010 4

There are few things I like more than discovering a new artist. I hadn’t heard of Joni Davis until @genrobey mentioned her, but I’m glad to have found her.  I’m in the process of tracking down a review copy of the album, so for now all I have go on is her MySpace page and […]

Wake up!

July 1, 2010 1

If you’re having trouble waking up this morning, this might help

Devo: it’s short for devolution

Devo: it’s short for devolution

June 29, 2010 4

CD Review Devo Something For Everybody (thru Warners Music) What is the point of Devo at this stage of world history? Once they were a nice, idiosyncratic band who made funny, catchy poppy rock songs that went down a treat and they used the-then relatively novel medium of film clips to add another dimension to […]

The Republic of Petty

The Republic of Petty

June 28, 2010 2

CD Review Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mojo (thru Warners Music) If you think of, say, Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan as superpowers of a certain type of music, the sort of artists who others pay a lot of attention to and who are capable, in and on their day, of upsetting the existing boundaries […]

Liz Stringer

Liz Stringer

June 23, 2010

CD Review Liz Stringer Tides of Time Liz Stringer is a class act. That deep, smokey voice, backed up by a genuine songwriting ability, not to mention some decent musicianship, means that it is just about impossible for her to turn out a bad album, even a bad song. The other thing I like about […]