FILM REVIEW: LEFTOVER WOMEN

  Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. But what do you do if you’re a single woman who is over a certain age living in China? The documentary, Leftover Women, is an illuminating look at three individuals who grapple with various stigmas and expectations, in a society where women are encouraged to marry…

BOOK REVIEW: JACQUELINE RAPOSO – THE ME WITHOUT

  In 2005 Nigel Marsh wrote Fat, Forty & Fired about his year embracing life away from the office. In some ways, Jacqueline Raposo’s The Me, Without: My Year on an Elimination Diet of Modern Conveniences is cut from the same cloth. Raposo’s book is both memoir and a case study into her failed life at the age thirty four, when she…

FILM REVIEW: THINGS TO COME (L’AVENIR)

  Just like starting over. That’s the name of a John Lennon song but it’s also a line that could be used to sum up the French film, Things To Come (L’avenir). The story is a subtle character study about a middle-aged woman and how she negotiates a bunch of set-backs with a kind of…

SINGLE REVIEW: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS- WEEKEND LOVER

  They’ve done krautrock, guitar pop, folk-rock and even psychedelia and now Brisbane’s John Steel Singers have added another feather to their caps with, “Weekend Lover”. The single is from their forthcoming third album, Midnight At The Plutonium (named after their record label and studio) and sees a mix of seventies funk and soul. These…

DVD REVIEW: SCOTT DOOLEY – DEBUT

  Scott Dooley’s Debut is a “Stand-up comedy film”. It’s not strictly a recorded version of his live show nor is it an in-depth documentary of his travels. In Debut Dools offers us an account of his life spent on the road, performing stand-up and doing promo spots and above all, making people laugh. Dools’…

SINGLE REVIEW: THE VINES – METAL ZONE

  The Vines is a loaded name that can mean anything from the early successes of their debut album, Highly Evolved, all the way through to front-man and mainstay, Craig Nicholls’ tortured past. If we can set aside the bullshit and listen to ‘Metal Zone’, the debut single from their forthcoming, crowd-funded and independent record, Wicked…

ALBUM REVIEW: JOHN BUTLER TRIO – FLESH & BLOOD

On album number six, John Butler takes a step off his social and political soapbox to sip wine at the altar of love. Flesh & Blood is Butler’s most collaborative effort to date. To give you a taste, there’s the catchy single, ‘Only One’; the high-energy, blues rock number ‘Devil Woman’; and the dub, ‘Blame It On Me’,…

EP REVIEW: DAVEY LANE – THE GOOD BORNE OF BAD TYMES

He’s You Am I’s guitarist, so most people would probably bet that Davey Lane’s first solo output would be guitar-based and probably rock. But they’d only be half right. His debut EP, The Good Borne Of Bad Tymes has guitar pop sure, but he’s also added another feather to his cap with vocal effects and spacey keys punctuating these proceedings. Lane…