COMEDY REVIEW: EDDIE IFFT IN TOO SOON @ THE FACTORY THEATRE (26.04.2013)

Even with a name like Too Soon you should be warned that Eddie Ifft’s comedy show is not for the faint hearted. Or the easily offended. The American comedian had his claws out and although he made some pot-shots at himself; for the most part he slaughtered some sacred cows, regaled us with sexual (mis)adventures and had the barbs…

ALBUM REVIEW: JUNIP – SELF-TITLED

It was the same producer and recording studio. The line-up remains unchanged but you can tell the members have grown up a little bit. Welcome to Junip, the eponymous sophomore album from the Swedish trio and the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut from 2010, Fields. Junip is perhaps best known as singer-songwriter, José González’s “other” group. He has joked that…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE BEE GEES – MORNING OF MY LIFE THE BEST OF 1965-66

The music world is full of “Overnight successes” that were actually a good decade-in-the-making. The Bee Gees are just one case where their overseas, debut LP was titled The Bee Gees 1st even though it was actually their third one (after they’d released two albums in Australia). But one possible redress of this oversight is their latest compilation, Morning of…

ALBUM REVIEW: FLETCHER – UPON AYR

Upon Ayr is the debut solo album from Fletcher, AKA multi-instrumentalist Ben Fletcher who was formerly a member of Bluebottle Kiss and The Devoted Few. It is a vivid collection of guitar pop and indie folk music. Here, Fletcher puts an emphasis on pure storytelling; something he feels has been remiss in contemporary music. Fletcher has long been inspired by the work of Thomas Wolfe and Jack…

LIVE REVIEW: BRITISH INDIA & THE LOVE JUNKIES @ METRO THEATRE (13.04.2013)

Poor British India. In recent years it seems like everything that could go wrong for the band has wound up happening. From troubles with their distributor to their old rehearsal space being flooded and then a show at The Metro only being half-full. But these guys are resilient buggers and they don’t let things like that stop…

ALBUM REVIEW: BRITISH INDIA – CONTROLLER

British India have been forced to grow up. They released three albums in quick succession starting with their debut, Guillotine in 2007. But by 2010 the band found themselves in an unenviable position. It was sink or swim time, having no rehearsal space or a distributor and this has influenced the style and lyrical content of their latest…

ALBUM REVIEW: MELANIE HORSNELL – THE CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY

If Melanie Horsnell’s third album was a book it would be Wuthering Heights. The songstress and former Sydneysider moved to Candelo near Bega and the broody mountain air from living in the country-town when combined with her tales of love, loss and sadness seems to parallel Catherine and Heathcliff. The Cloud Appreciation Society sees Horsnell move away from The…