ALBUM REVIEW: BARRY MORGAN – THE TOUCH OF YOU

Barry Morgan’s a piano man but he’s not singing songs. The man who put the “organ” into “Morgan” is the alter ego of comedian, Stephen Teakle, who originally rose to fame on Spicks & Specks. On his debut album, The Touch Of Youhe pulls out all the stops (that’s an organ joke) with eight instrumental…

FILM REVIEW: PINK RIBBONS, INC.

Producing an exposé on the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s pink ribbon sounds like an attack on a sacred cow. Yet documentary filmmaker, Léa Pool’s Pink Ribbons, Inc. is not about stigmatising the raising of money for a worthy cause. Instead, it uses frank discussion to encourage debate about a grass-roots initiative that has grown into…

ALBUM REVIEW: BEARHUG – BILL, DANCE, SHINER

If there was ever a band that sounded like they were giving a giant bear hug to J. Mascis then it’s – ahem – Bearhug. Frontman and singer, Ryan Phelan even sounds a lot like the Dino’s J. And while that grey-haired, skateboarding elf and king of distortion no doubt gives good hugs, the band’s…

EP REVIEW: THE DIRTY EARTH – SELF-TITLED EP

Prince has a dirty mind. Magic Dirt have dirty jeans. And now Sydney get The Dirty Earth. They are a 5-piece rock band that formed in July 2011 and have just released their eponymous, debut EP. The Dirty Earth came together due to a mutual appreciation of groups like MC5, The Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy…

LIVE REVIEW: BARRY MORGAN @ NOTES NEWTOWN (22.06.2012)

Barry Morgan is the man. He puts the “organ” into Morgan and the “boss” into bossa nova. He was originally discovered on Spicks & Specks and is the alter ego of performer, Stephen Teakle. At his album launch at Newtown’s Notes he pulled out all the “stops” (sorry, it’s an organ gag) by performing cuts…

EP REVIEW: MOSMAN ALDER – BURN BRIGHT

There’s a scene in “Nowhere Boy” when a young John Lennon turns to the even younger Paul McCartney and asks, “How’d you get to be so smart?” It’s always a curious thing to see something so mature coming from the pen or hands of someone without the breadth of experience behind ‘em. And in many…

FILM REVIEW: PLAY IT LIKE GODARD (J.C. comme Jésus Christ)

Have you ever cooked something and had all the right ingredients but it’s still turned out not quite right? Well, that’s a lot like the experience of watching Jonathan Zaccaï’s Play It Like Godard.This French mockumentary held a lot of promise – from its premise to its title – and yet it still left you…

FILM REVIEW: HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE

The Internet has offered opportunities for people that previously didn’t have outlets for their voices to be heard. Two shining examples of this are the subject of Stephen Maing’s documentary, High Tech, Low Life. While living in China, both have been subject to the “Great firewall” that blocks and filters internet content. But with the…

FILM REVIEW: THE COMEDY

The Comedy is not at all what you expected. With a lack of strong, laugh-out-loud jokes the title actually seems like a misnomer. A far more appropriate one would’ve been How To Lose Friends & Alienate People. Except that was already taken. The film’s director, Rick Alverson, has described it as “A look behind the…

EP REVIEW: MAJOR TOM & THE ATOMS – SHAKE IT TIL YOU BREAK IT

We all know Bowie’s Major Tom’s a junkie. But Little Red’s one is much straighter. Not super-straight (that’s Regurgitator) perhaps a Scientist (oh sh*t, that’s Kim Salmon). Look, what I’m trying to say is that this Major Tom is unlikely to be strung out in heaven (well, unless he decides to change 60s reference points…

FILM REVIEW: A ROYAL AFFAIR

Tasmania’s Mary Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederik and created an interesting chapter in the Danish monarchy. But some 200 years prior to this was an even more intriguing royal tale. It is now the subject of the opulent, period film, A Royal Affair. Writer/director, Nikolaj Arcel and co-writer, Rasmus Heisterberg (The Girl With The Dragon…