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CD Review The Dead Weather Horehound (Warner Music Australia) What a hoot this album is. If you’ve managed not to die before you got old (that is, made it past 30) you might want to ignore the rather affected gothic shtick that the entire package is dressed up in — ah, kids today — but […]

United (Airlines) breaks guitars

It mightn’t be the greatest song ever written but it fulfills the working definition of country music — three chords and the truth — plus it strikes a worthy blow for airline passengers everywhere who’ve been pissed around by airlines. Back story: In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for […]

The resocialisation of music

The resocialisation of music

I’ve been thinking a lot lately — ever since I started this blog and began seriously reengaging with music, in fact — about the whole of experience of listening to music. Growing up, music was always a social experience.  You got an album, you went to someone’s house, and anywhere between two and twenty people […]

Holy crap, another great singer…

Holy crap, another great singer…

Review To Be Still Alela Diane (Inertia Music) Think Hem.  Think The Wailin Jennys.  That’ll get in the territory, though not to the exact spot. I was sent this album just before I left for the US a few weeks back, had a few listens then added it to the iPod for the trip.  It […]

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Music for grown-ups who remember when they weren't

Reality fighters

Ah, don’t you just love it when celebrities appoint themselves spokespeople for idiocy?: Some rock stars want to free Tibet. Others want to save Mumia. The Foo Fighters, on the other hand, want their fans to ignore accepted medical wisdom about AIDS. The multimillion-album-selling alternative rock outfit has thrown its weight behind Alive and Well, […]

Postcard from America: seems like old times

Postcard from America: seems like old times

So I’m back home after a great trip to the US and with much to talk about.  Sorry to be such a poor correspondent while on the road, but a combination of technical problems and having too much fun conspired to keep me away from communications devices of all sorts. Anyway, I wanted to jot […]

Travelling non-Wilbury

Travelling non-Wilbury

Greetings from Washington DC, where we actually weren’t on July 4. Being back in the US is turning out to be an absolute pleasure and a blast. I won’t bore you with all the stories about catching up with old friends, though that has been fantastic. But I thought I’d jot down a few notes […]

Bandcamp

A couple of days back, I put up a post on an alternative site to MySpace, a new web interface that musicians might like to use.  From what I could tell, Bandcamp looked like a much more attractive way for musicians to promote their songs than that offered by MySpace. I’m really pleased to say […]

Has anyone seen the bridge?

Has anyone seen the bridge?

Review Marie Fisker Ghosts of Love (Maryvine Records) I’m conscious that the rave I’m about to do might make you listen to this album, maybe even buy it, and that once you hear it you might wonder what exactly I was raving about. On one level, I can see how someone might not be bowled […]

MySpace alternative

I’m not quite as anti MySpace as a lot of people are.  Sure, the band pages tend to be ugly and the layout is awful and it is filled up with lots of extraneous junk, but really, at the end of the day I find it pretty useful when chasing down bands, especially smaller artists. […]