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Ghosts of Australia past

Ghosts of Australia past

CD Review The Paradise Motel Australian Ghost Story (Independent) This new album from enigmatic Hobart/Melbourne band The Paradise Motel is the sort of thing that I’m inclined to view favourably, just because it exhibits some real ambition. The fact that they have had a crack at engaging with an enduring Australian story/legend/psychic rupture — the […]

It Might Get Loud

It Might Get Loud

CD Review It Might Get Loud Davis Guggenheim (dir.) (thru Sony) I finally got around to watching this documentary and am happy to report that it turned out to be much better than I thought it would. In fact, I pretty much dare anyone who likes guitars and/or guitar-based rock and blues to not like […]

Dark side of the why bother

Dark side of the why bother

CD Review The Flaming Lips & Henry Rollins & Peaches Dark Side of the Moon (thru Warner Music) They’re taking the piss, right?

Here’s to Here’s to Taking it Easy

Here’s to Here’s to Taking it Easy

CD Review Phosphorescent Here’s to Taking it Easy (Dead Oceans) Sometimes you get sent new albums and you just want to say thank you. This is one of those times. Love this album. Phosphorescent — largely the work of one Matthew Houck — come under the broad heading of alt.country, though to my ears, there isn’t always […]

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This is a review of the new Black Keys album

This is a review of the new Black Keys album

CD Review The Black Keys Brothers (thru Shock Records) Sometimes I worry about myself. Despite the fact that there is so much contemporary music I love, and that I would even consider my ‘discovery’ of various alt.country artists as a revelation on a par with my early, formative musical experiences, I have to admit that […]

Exile On Main Street: follow-up post

Exile On Main Street: follow-up post

Just wanted to add couple of things. It is worth noting something particularly sucky about the Australian version of the re-release of the album, namely, the fact that the language warning sticker and the bonus-track ad sticker that come with the album aren’t actually stickers: they are printed on the cover itself, so you can’t […]

Exile On Main Street: one album to rule them all

Exile On Main Street: one album to rule them all

With the release of a remastered version of the Rolling Stones’ album Exile on Main Street, the music press (and the regular press) has filled up with articles praising the album as the greatest of the Stones’ albums, if not the greatest rock album of all time. The re-release has even topped the British charts. […]

Bad news for musicians (again)

Bad news for musicians (again)

First up, let me highlight this story about music industry revenues: The record industry was thrown a reality check at the NARM conference this week. 2 percent of releases made up 91 percent of sales from the 98000 releases of 2009. What is even more of a concern, only 2.1% of releases managed to sell […]

Fouling the Foals

Fouling the Foals

I received a copy of the new album by British band, The Fouls, the other day and I’ve been giving it a listen.  Review to follow, but thought you might like to consider the bullshit press release that accompanied the album: The story of Foals’ second album could not be told without the victories won […]

PBS Radio Festival (guest post)

PBS Radio Festival (guest post)

Lou Risdale, who handles a number of artists whose work Johnny’s has reviewed, asked if we could mention the upcoming PBS Radio Festival and I said sure.  This is a guest post on the subject. PS: Note the live-streaming link at the bottom ================================ PBS Radio Festival by Lou Risdale For over thirty years Melbourne’s […]