Category Archive: Music

Music: The Best of 2016

Every year I usually put together my list of the best albums and tracks from the year that was for Beat Magazine. However, because I was travelling abroad I missed the deadline and… Read More

The Rolling Stones, Rod Laver Arena

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 For anyone who thinks The Rolling Stones are over-rated I can only say, “You stupid, stupid wanker”. To deny them of greatness just because you don’t appreciate their music… Read More

Downloaded

I remember when I first discovered Napster as a teenager. Being from a small town, where the local music store specialised in Top 40 artists and Country & Western, it was the greatest… Read More

The Best Songs in Movies

Good music to a film is kind of like tomato sauce on a meat pie… it’s not essential but definitely makes it better. There are so many awesome soundtracks out there, some better… Read More

Rolling Stones Mix Tape

The Rolling Stones just rocked the shit out of Glastonbury Music Festival last week, and even though the band’s youngest member is 66 (guitarist Ronnie Wood), they sweated out a mammoth two and… Read More

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

ALBUM REVIEW The more I listen to this album, the more I love it. At first it was just an obsession with the first single, So Good At Being In Trouble, but now… Read More

Katalyst – Deep Impressions

ALBUM REVIEW Part of Katalyst’s appeal is that he finds vocalists who are not only talented in their own rights, but complement the soul-inspired, urban sound that he has perfected. His relationship with… Read More

Washed Out – Within and Without

ALBUM REVIEW The chill-wave scene became overcrowded quickly, but Atlanta’s Washed Out (alias of Ernest Greene) has developed a unique sound that isn’t so repetitive. Now after the two stand-out EPs Life of Leisure and High… Read More

Smoke Fairies – Through Low Light and Trees

ALBUM REVIEW The truth is that I write for something of an alternative music magazine, not weekly newsletters for a middle-aged music appreciation club. If you were expecting me to write that this… Read More

The Field

MUSIC FEATURE This is the first time The Field have travelled down-under, and I was lucky enough to catch up with leading man Axel Willner while he was in Berlin. Over a bad… Read More

Drapht

MUSIC FEATURE On the phone, Drapht seems to be in a bit of a daze. He’s only just arrived in Hobart to kick-start his national tour after shooting a music video in Sydney… Read More

The Dodos – No Color

ALBUM REVIEW Even though The Dodos have maintained the same drum-heavy rhythm across four albums, the Californian duo’s formula still hasn’t lost its appeal… entirely. No Color (yes, I have to keep the American spelling)… Read More

Nick Batterham – Second Lovers

ALBUM REVIEW With a lengthy band resume up his sleeve, including Cordazine, Blindside and The Earthmen, Nick Batterham has finally released his first solo album. As a result, Second Lovers has obvious production value, as… Read More

The Stillsons

MUSIC FEATURE For local country-roots band The Stillsons, the road has been long and bumpy but their hard work is beginning to pay-off. Now, with the launch of thei r new music video, lead… Read More

Triple J’s Like A Version: Volume 6

ALBUM REVIEW The Like A Version series has become a pretty big deal. And why wouldn’t it? It’s like hearing your favourite new artists at a karaoke party. Unlike previous volumes, which featured predominately older… Read More

Ronnie Wood – I Feel Like Playing

ALBUM REVIEW Ronnie Wood has featured regularly in the media over the past decade. If not for his work with The Rolling Stones, then for his many stints in rehab (which is likely… Read More

Aloe Blacc – Good Things

ALBUM REVIEW With the recent release of John Legend and The Roots’ Wake Up, it seems that soul music is making somewhat of a comeback. And while Legend and The Roots attempted to modernise… Read More

John Legend – Wake Up!

MUSIC REVIEW During the hype of the Obama election, John Legend and hip-hop favourites, The Roots, collaborated to raise community awareness with a compilation of ‘60s and ‘70s covers. What could have been… Read More