Category Archives: CD Review

Art of Sleeping – Shake Shiver

A heroine is the woman of the hour*, someone with great courage, strong morals and positivity that radiates. However this isn’t necessarily the case in Art of Sleeping’s upcoming release. She’s described as a lover, a saviour, a friend, but also a heartbreaker, a puzzle and even a witch doctor. She pulls you up to the highest highs before plunging…
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July Offers an Eclectic Celebration of Rock

From the ’50s rock ‘n’ roll-minded cult classic flick “Daddy-O” featured on “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ and a stunning look back at The Rolling Stones to the final release from power-pop champions The Knack and an ambitious look at the Continental Drifters, July has racked up an eclectic wealth of sonic riches. Artist: The Rolling Stones…
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Ouch My Face! – Bunyip

I said it before and I’ll say it again, there are some great musicians who have never had a lesson in their life. They just picked up an instrument and thought “I’ll give this a crack”. Others like The Cat Empire, Art vs Science and Jasia have had years of musical study, allowing them to excrete mountains of beautiful and original work on command.
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Helen Shanahan – Finding Gold

There are some of us that unfortunately don’t have a musical bone in our bodies. When we sing it is enough to bring tears (not those of joy) to anyone in a close enough proximity to hear it, and don’t even think about letting us touch an instrument. There is a 98% chance it will be broken within five minutes. It is this lack of talent (it would be a sad world without…
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HYLA – Fever Calls Late

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Perth know how to produce a damn fine rock band. It has to be something in the water, and the bread, and the beer, because each of these bands have a ridiculous knack for pumping out quality tunes drenched in the sweat of grunge and prog rock without feeling stale or contrived. This issomething HYLA have done well…
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Flowermouth – Cassette Single

I like it when I have to learn new stuff. So thanks to four fellas from Perth, I now know what urethane is. Cheers guys! That’s because Urethane is exactly the name of one of the songs of Flowermouth’s brand new release, Cassette Single. Cassette Single also contains a cover of Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag, and I already knew about them because…
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Robert Bidney – It’s All About The Love

“Making this first album was a pure labor of love…Maybe, just maybe, my songs will make a difference,” writes Fort Lauderdale-area singer/songwriter Robert Bidney, in the liner notes of his debut CD, “It’s All About the Love.” Produced by Fernando Perdomo and recorded in Southern California, this collection of original songs, of which Bidney has a hand in penning all nine, reveals an…
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Anthonie Tonnon – Successor

There’s something absolutely sweet when listening to Successor, the debut album from Anthonie Tonnon. His easy going vocals, the twangy guitars, the peppering of pop sensibilities. All very endearing elements to the listener. It’s one of those albums that feels like stories from your home town told by a stranger that knows too much. Think of this album as the…
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Grenadiers – Summer

We need to change our national slogan (if we don’t have one already) to “Fuck it’s fucking cold“, because you can’t start a conversation or scroll through your social media feed without coming into contact with the phrase. We’re sun worshippers, always have been and always will be. These chilly mists just don’t agree with our beach going, barbecuing…
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Hank Woji – The Working Life

A 13-track album of impassioned acoustic Americana from a Texas-based East Coaster, this marks the third release from a guy with a clear empathy for the troubles and struggles of the working man. The dedication in the cover with thanks to the late Pete Seeger gives more than a hint of this guys thinking in general. Backed by his big 12-string acoustic guitar…
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Early Summer Includes Hot New Music Releases

Music lovers have to be pleased with the parade of stellar releases that are being released in the first few weeks of summer. Artist: Kacey Musgraves. Title: Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville). You might like if you enjoy: Kacey Musgraves’ debut “Same Trailer Different Park” Tell me more: One of the few successful artists…
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Music Worth Buying – Florence + the Machine and Laura Marling

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week we look at the latest releases by Laura Marling and Florence and The Machine.
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ALTA – Awake For Days

Master Melbourne duo, ALTA (not to be confused with Asta) graces and experiments with the electronic Australian music scene once again with their newly released EP, Awake For Days. The stylish girl-boy band concept never seemed more fun with vocalist Hannah Lesser and producer Julius Dowson who take on electric sound waves, upbeat synths…
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A Trio of Legends Grace New Multi-Format Releases

Fans of The Rolling Stones, Carole King and Asia have to celebrate the release of highly-anticipated multi-format titles that have all found their release on June 23. Artist: The Rolling Stones. Title: From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: The Rolling Stones’ 1970s recordings…
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Rock, Blues and Roots Treasures Highlighted on New Discs

Leave it to the gifted likes of Dawes, Roy Rogers, John Wetton, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and The Rolling Stones to mix it up on their latest releases. Artist: Dawes. Title: All Your Favorite Bands (HUB Records). You might like if you enjoy: Jackson Browne, The Eagles, CCR. Tell me more: While Dawes is at the forefront of today’s globe-spanning roots and…
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Billy Price and Otis Clay – This Time For Real

Soul music at its best here. As usual, there’s nothing to fault with Otis Clay, a genuine voice of southern soul from backwoods Mississippi who learned his craft in the churches, bars and Juke Joints of his native deep south before moving, like many musicians before him, to the northern blues capital, Chicago. Here he refined his craft and became an important and…
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Dan Livingstone & The Griffintown Jug Addicts – Self-Titled

This is a delicious album full of traditional, acoustic blues music from an American picker now based in French Canada, Montreal. The music comes from a bellowing, billowing Jug Band of the old kind, full of whomping sound, style and love for the music. The nine tracks cover the usual gamut of acoustic blues from Fred Mc Dowell’s ‘Write Me A Few Of Your Lines’…
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The Durries – We Build Schools

“Mate, there’s nothing I’d rather kill myself with than a Marlboro Gold.” That may tell you all you need to know about Brisbane’s The Durries, who have taken over from The Beards as the supergroup of jokesters everyone loves. Comprised of eight members from Boss Moxi, Twin Haus, and Baskervillain, The Durries make entertaining music…
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LoveCollide – Self-Titled

“We completely changed our direction. Although our music before was positive and we were faith-based, it wasn’t overtly Christian. We both felt like our music was missing a really important part, which was the message, which was the Gospel,” says Brooke and Lauren DeLeary in a 2014 Hickory Daily Record interview. These sisters, previously professionally…
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Groundbreaking Artists Release Superb New Titles 

Melissa Etheridge, Florence + the Machine, Sonny Landreth and Ryan Montbleau have returned with fantastic new releases providing a growing appreciation for their ever-expanding legacies. Artist: Florence + the Machine. Title: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Republic Records). You might like if you enjoy: Kate Bush, Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Rós…
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