SKY LARKIN – THE GOLDEN SPIKE

How is it that a three piece alt-rock band from the UK – from Leeds of all places – sounds like the beautiful, over-driven offspring … Read more

WARREN FAHEY – AUSTRALIA: FOLK SONGS AND BUSH VERSE, VOLUME TWO

The second volume of William Fahey’s expansive compilation of Aussie music heritage, subtitled Celebration of the Nation, has for its subject the origins of … Read more

BUSDRIVER – JHELI BEAM

“Conscious rap failed us,” asserts Busdriver at the opening of Jheli Beam, before launching in to a polysyllabic double-time stream-of-consciousness verse – something to … Read more

WARREN FAHEY – AUSTRALIA: FOLK SONGS AND BUSH VERSE, VOLUME ONE

Warren Fahey’s invaluable cultural archiving continues with part one of this two volume, ten CD set put out with ABC Music. Volume One is the … Read more

PHOENIX – WOLFGANG AMADAEUS PHOENIX

Phoenix are basically a pop rock band, but after listening to Wolfgang Amadaeus Phoenix it comes as no surprise to me that Phoenix guitarist Laurent … Read more

RINGO STARR – LIVE AT SOUNDSTAGE

Richard Starkey, a.k.a Ringo “not even the best drummer in the Beatles” Starr, has always been something of an anomaly. The other three went on … Read more

JONATHAN KANE – JET EAR PARTY

Jonanthan Kane – formerly a drummer in the New York band Swans – has released in to the world an instrumental album that will defy … Read more

ST VINCENT – ACTOR

St. Vincent’s Actor is a beautifully crafted album – perhaps too crafted and controlled – but it exudes some stunning poise. “Just as I’m about … Read more

EILEN JEWELL – SEA OF TEAS

Eilen hails from Boston, Sea of Tears is her third album, and she’s better known for her roots-y, country work than what she’s doing here … Read more

OI VA VOI – TRAVELLING THE FACE OF THE GLOBE

“Oi va voi!” apparently means “Oh, dear!” in Hebrew (thanks, Wiki!), which is perhaps an unfortunate name for a band. You don’t want to set … Read more