MUSIC

NEW WEIRD AUSTRALIA – VOLUME 1

Sometime FBi-presenters and musos Stuart Buchanan and Danny Jumpertz have struck on a good thing with their new bimonthly compilation, New Weird Australia. The … Read more

THE MINUS 5 – KILLINGSWORTH

“They’ll mess you up just like a feudal lord / Oh you’ve never seen such a smorgasbord…the disembowlers”.  The Minus 5’s started life as one … Read more

THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS – I THINK THIS IS

The Young Fresh Fellows, twenty-five year stalwarts of Seatle’s indie scene, are a certain kind of eclectic rock band, which is both their biggest strength … Read more

TAKING BACK SUNDAY – NEW AGAIN

It is very difficult to be fair and constructive when writing about music of this kind. Ironically titled, this record from American super-emo merchants Taking … Read more

MIKELANGELO & THE BLACK SEA GENTLEMEN – DEAD MEN TELL A THOUSAND TALES

To live we must die. Many a culture far older and wiser than our own tell tales that rejoice in the part that death plays … Read more

TODD SNIDER – EXCITEMENT PLAN

Observational humour. It’s not laugh out loud, nor side-splitting and up-roarious. It’s wry humour, eliciting gentle smiles of recognition when it manages to nail its … Read more

THE DIRTY PROJECTORS – BITTE ORCA

Bitte Orca is a beautiful, difficult, and ultimately rewarding album. Like much avant-guarde rock music (Deerhoof being perhaps the closest contemporary reference), it’s impressionistic first … Read more

GIG: BLACK ROSE

“Black Rose? It stands for our rock personality…dark, prickly, and beautiful…that and it was the worst name we could think of”. Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross admits … Read more

MICHAEL BUBLÉ – … MEETS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

If you haven’t made your mind up about jazz-pop vocalist Michael Bublé, his latest release isn’t likely to make a convert of you. It’s a … Read more

DECODER RING – THEY BLIND THE STARS, AND THE WILD TEAM

Decoder Ring came to the attention of many with their soundtrack to the acclaimed movie Somersault. They consolidated their reputation with Fractions, but failed … Read more