ALBUM REVIEW: BABY ANIMALS – THIS IS THE END

  It’s been 20 years between drinks (or the break between studio records) for our very own, Baby Animals. Yet, their third effort, This Is Not The End has moments that will make you think their nineties heyday was only yesterday. A come-back record of sorts, this one offers a consistent album of solid rock tunes. The 11…

ALBUM REVIEW: JOSH PYKE – THE BEGINNING & THE END OF EVERYTHING

  Josh Pyke has never been one to shy away from wearing his heart on his sleeve. It therefore comes as no surprise that his fourth studio album, The Beginning & The End Of Everything is his most self-proclaimed “personal” one to date. And although this is arguable given his previous EPs and albums, it seems as though…

ALBUM REVIEW: ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK – ENGLISH ELECTRIC

Whoever said history never repeats itself clearly hasn’t listened to the album, English Electric by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD). The record is their twelfth overall and their second since their reformation in 2010 and the release of History Of Modern. It is also a superior record to this latter mention (though that doesn’t say very much) because the Liverpudlian…

ALBUM REVIEW: BIG SCARY – NOT ART

  Big Scary may not consider their second album “art” but it sounds like could be a film soundtrack. The duo from Melbourne proved inventive and versatile on their debut album, Vacation where they explored garage rock, dream pop and piano-driven ballads. A similar approach has been adopted here. Not Art is a lush and mature record with pastoral,…

LIVE REVIEW: BEN OTTEWELL @ THE BASEMENT, SYDNEY (11.07.2013)

  Ben Ottewell’s vocals are the defining characteristic of Gomez. So imagine our surprise when he told us that his bandmates treat him like the “new” boy because he was the last one to join. Never mind the last sixteen years, they had all grown up together. At Ottewell’s show at the Basement he wore the folk troubadour…

BOOK REVIEW: MARK TEDESCHI QC – EUGENIA

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. And never has this been more apparent than in the case of Eugenia Falleni. Her story is a true one, about a woman that lived as a man at the turn of the twentieth century in Australia. Gender Identity Disorder was not widely acknowledged, even though the tale does share…

ALBUM REVIEW: GLASS TOWERS – HALCYON DAYS

WARNING: this is not an album for adults, unless they’re exceptionally young at heart. The debut from Sydney-via-Byron Bay youngsters, Glass Towers, does just as prescribed; Halcyon Days captures the adventures and mystery of youth. The band started as a one-man show in 2008 in Ben Hannam’s bedroom. Now he feels like a young man on the precipice of adulthood….

ALBUM REVIEW: THE BEE GEES – THE FESTIVAL ALBUMS 1965-67

  The Bee Gees’ Festival Albums Collection 1965-67 shows the brother Gibb in an embryonic phase. These are, after all, the first three albums they recorded in Australia after arriving here from England. Their debut was recorded when Barry was just 19 and the twins, Maurice and Robin were 16. It seemed like a fun, joyful time because this feeling makes its way onto…

LIVE REVIEW: ART OF MUSIC LIVE FEAT. DRAGON, IVA DAVIES, IAN MOSS, TIM FINN, SUZE DEMARCHI, JOSH PYKE, KATIE NOONAN, DAVE MASON, REG MOMBASSA & PETE O’DOHERTY @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (24.06.2013)

A cold, wet, miserable night in Sydney did nothing to dampen the spirits of the people fortunate enough to be at the Art of Music Live. The intimate concert held in the Studio at the Sydney Opera House was a charity event for Nordoff-Robbins. The show proved to be just like the organisation, a confirmation…