NEWS: FOR SALE: SEX, HARDLY USED

I have written a new post on my Global Blogger Search competition blog called Tales Of Absurdiah.  If you want to read about my horror speed dating experience or avoid making the same love mistakes I have then read here. Photo credit: Clare Bloomfield

NEWS: WHAT’S A RAMONE?

I have posted a new post on my Global Blogger Search competition blog called Tales Of Absurdiah.  If you want to read about some fine musical gaffes or witness someone ask a stupid question like “What is a Ramone?” you can read more here.    

EP REVIEW: THE LAZYS – TEMPTATION NEVER LIKED YOU

Just like Death Cab For Cutie, Vampire Weekend and The Basics, The Lazys are a group whose band name is more for decoration than an actual indication of their sound or approach to music. They released their debut LP, Prison Earth in 2010 and are now back with a five-track EP. And if anyone thinks…

NEWS: HOW ROBERT SMITH OWES ME A PIZZA

A few weeks ago I entered the GLOBAL BLOGGER SEARCH COMPETITION with a blog called Tales Of Absurdiah.  I designed the blog specifically for the people who feel like their lives are like an episode of The Office or Fawlty Towers because their day-to-day seems littered with one too many weird or stupid events. Of course,…

EP REVIEW: WILCO – ITUNES SESSION

The iTunes collections are curious ones. Lacking the romance of a new album and the spontaneity you hear when an artist interacts with a live audience, for some people it’s just an excuse to listen to slightly less polished versions of album material. But then, when it’s a group like Wilco is anyone really complaining?…

ALBUM REVIEW: DEEP PURPLE – THE BBC SESSIONS 1968-1970

It’s hard to imagine a time before they had more line-up changes then some people have hot dinners and before they’d released a slew of classic, hard rockin’ tunes about women, trucks and smoke, but Deep Purple was once just another band trying to catch a break. The group’s original producer Derek Lawrence remembers walking…

ALBUM REVIEW: SHELLEY SHORT – THEN CAME THE AFTER

Short and sweet. Dashes of sugar and spice and looking pretty in pink. These things describe singer-songwriter Shelley Short’s fifth album, Then Came The After to a tee. It is full of soft and sparse folk tunes that are often as quiet as a lullaby or as smooth as a teaspoon of honey. The Portland-born…

ALBUM REVIEW: RYAN ADAMS – ASHES & FIRE

Rocker, metal fan, acoustic troubadour and pseudonym-touting punk. If you’re confused what hat Ryan Adams has decided to wear today then spare a thought for the prolific man himself. On his thirteenth studio album, Ashes & Fire he is occasionally plagued by but more often simply takes time out to consider questions like: “What am…

ALBUM REVIEW: UNDERGROUND LOVERS – WONDERFUL THINGS : RETROSPECTIVE

A retrospective by Underground Lovers sees this underrated Aussie band’s best material including singles, remixes, b-sides and band favourites combined in one handy place. It’s one strong set that draws together the seminal singles and cuts from their six studio albums and numerous EPs. The group had many and varied influences from Manchester stalwarts Joy…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE CHECKS – DEADLY SUMMER SWAY

Imagine a couple packing their suitcases. Some Nick Cave darling? Check. R.E.M. sweetheart? Check. Jack Johnson perhaps? Check. Okay so these 3 artists seem to be at odds with one another in terms of musical style but if you’re New Zealand band, The Checks then they all make for essential listening because the artists lend…

LIVE REVIEW: THE DRUMS, CULTS & DUNE RATS @ METRO THEATRE (08.02.2012)

For those that needed fun in their lives and lives in their fun then they needn’t have looked any further than The Drums’ Laneway sideshow at the Metro. All three acts that performed offered plenty of opportunities for “Fun, fun, fun” with their infectiously happy tunes, plus effervescent and pithy observations. It was almost like…