BOOK REVIEW: THE CSIRO & BAKER IDI DIABETES RECIPE BOOK

  Diabetes – and the type II variety in particular – is becoming increasingly common. There are now more than 1.5 million Australians with the disease and this number is set to double in the next five to 10 years. In the past, when people were diagnosed they were often told they would have to…

ALBUM REVIEW: BUFFALO TALES – ROADTRIP CONFESSIONALS

  Wes Carr has released his first album under the moniker, Buffalo Tales and simultaneously pulled a Matt Corby and a Bob Evans. The former parallel comes courtesy of shaking off the Australian Idol tag and turning your back on pop by following the folk troubadour route. The latter is because this is Carr’s most personal record to…

EP REVIEW: TIGERTOWN – WANDERING EYES

The third EP from indie pop quintet, Tigertown looks just like a vinyl LP from the seventies. Heck, Wandering Eyes even sounds like a record from that era. The group certainly know their Fleetwood Mac’s from their Fairport Conventions. They also offer something homely and not altogether unexpected here. The band members are all tied together by either familial…

THEATRE REVIEW: FREUD’S LAST SESSION @ THEATRE ROYAL, SYDNEY

Photo credit: Mel Koutchavlis Theatre has already seen a “War of the Worlds”. But are people ready for a ‘War of words’? This is just one way to describe the two-man show, Freud’s Last Session. It’s a meeting or ‘session’ between two intellectuals that was written by Mark St Germain and was first posed in the book, The Question of God by Dr…

BOOK REVIEW: CYNDI LAUPER & JANCEE DUNN – A MEMOIR

For such a quirky and creative individual, the title to Cyndi Lauper’s autobiography seems so safe and boring. Simply titled, A Memoir, on reflection it could’ve been named Things The Grandchildren Should Know, except that Mark Oliver Everett from Eels had already used it. In Lauper’s book she proves to be the world’s kookiest agony aunt, reflecting on most aspects of…

FILM REVIEW: YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG

Some of you have seen it. Heck, some of you may have even been in a similar situation. You Make Me Feel So Young is centred on a deteriorating relationship between two American twenty-somethings. The film is the work of writer/director, Zach Weintraub who also doubles as the film’s star. He is the boyfriend of Justine (Justine Eister). After…

LIVE REVIEW: BERNARD FANNING & BIG SCARY @ ENMORE THEATRE (02.08.2013)

Bernard Fanning and Big Scary’s Sydney show was all about presenting something new while still retaining a firm handle on the past. The fact is the former Powderfinger frontman is promoting his second solo album while Big Scary’s sophomore effort lobbed some creative curveballs at the listener. All of this was celebrated through two solid…

EP REVIEW: BEN SALTER – EUROPEAN VACATION

  Some people send postcards and then there’s Ben Salter. The troubadour spent five months in Europe and rather than come home with souvenirs, he has gone and produced the European Vacation EP. These seven tracks follow on from his debut solo album,“The Cat”. It also references the country, folk, rock and pop that he’s known for…

ALBUM REVIEW: PET SHOP BOYS – ELECTRIC

  In one year, the Pet Shop Boys have managed to turn themselves around. The lukewarm Elysium caused some to think that the band had finally become irrelevant, but their 12th studio effort quashes this negativity. Electric sees the now 50-somethings create their own record label, X2, and their sophisticated electro-pop sounds are more fresh and vital than ever….