CD Reviews

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Superstar - Table For Two

Melbourne duo Superstar have just dropped their second LP Table For Two, released through the label Bedroom Suck. It can only be likened to experiencing one of those sensory deprivation float tanks (not that I have, but I do imagine it’d be pretty on point). Ambient and breezy, this LP takes you away from wherever you are and places you on...
 
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Taking Berlin - Degenerate Rot

Merging Aussie folk infused punk with their unique brand of indie rock, Sydney locals Taking Berlin turn out raw and introspective tracks on their sophomore EP. Formed in 2012 from a group of university friends with a mutual affection for music, beer and smashing out great rock tracks, the group currently consists of rhythm guitarist Bradley Christie, lead...
 
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Josh Smith - Over Your Head

To some, Josh Smith will need little or no introduction. Another of those seemingly prodigious young US electric blues guitar guys who has already toured extensively with Joe Bonamassa and regularly trades licks back home on the Florida blues circuit with his good ole buddy, Kirk Fletcher, he clearly comes from the loud, wailing guitar school of playing where...
 
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Charlie Parr - Stump Jumper

Leo Kotkke-esque barrelling twelve-string acoustic guitar picking rips this odd mix of modern Americana-cum-blues release to a rocking start. Parr spent much of his youth in one of the USA's lesser-known rural areas, the home of the great post-war menu filler - Spam - Austin, Minnesota, never a noted musical centre, unlike its big Texan brother. Despite - or perhaps because...
 
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Black Patti - No Milk No Sugar

This is an excellent 12 tracker from a quality German duo. Oddly enough, Germany seems to be producing some truly interesting pre-war blues acts these days. Anyone familiar with the work of The Delta Boys, another German duo with a genuine feel and engagement with the music, will have a fair idea of what to expect here. With Mando and...
 
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Past Riches Celebrated on New Collections   

Great music never goes out of style or sounds dated. Look (and listen) no further than new releases that find Darryl Holter celebrating the legacy of Woody Guthrie, rare live and studio recordings recapturing the magic of jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery, a deluxe reissue of The Kingbees' 1980 debut, and five full decades of rock greatness that are...
 
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Snakebite - My Road

Snakebite was formed in 2005 by guitarist Marty Marsh and lead singer Paul Lowry in the small town of Bothwell, Ontario. Similar to the band Blackhawk, their particular brand of country has a rocking sound to it. Snakebite has shared the stage with Blake Shelton, Lonestar, Kentucky Headhunters, and Jo-Dee Messina, among others. In 2014, they won London’s ...
 
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Lake Monsters - Self-Titled

It’s fair to say most high school bands become distant repressed memories that occasionally get brought up over a few beers many years down the track. There’s a list of reasons why people let go of their music dreams – whether it’s a change of image, change of direction or change of heart. But for a lucky few with big goals and a solid team, the myth of “muso life” can become a reality.
 
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Tyme - Ghosts

These days everyone can suffer from not having enough time. With this in mind, everyone should allocate the time to listen to Tyme, especially if you are a fan of Jazz, Hip-hop and Rap. A local Melbourne artist, Tyme describes himself as ‘specialty rap’ and nothing like you would expect from a daytime motion designer. Tyme actually sounds different, and different because...
 
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Audrey Auld – Hey Warden

The last time San Quentin Prison in California was used as an effective vehicle for a music record, it was 1969 and Johnny Cash was on the upswing as a result of a highly effective prison tour throughout the state. Singer songwriter Audrey Auld harnessed the power within the walls of that now-famous institution to bring audiences her new record, ‘Hey Warden.’
 
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Diane Ward - Beautiful Ways

“…the recording process was a wonderful escape from what was happening at the time,” explains South Florida singer/songwriter Diane Ward, in a late 2014 “livewells latest” blog interview about her fifth and latest project “Beautiful Ways.” “It took a long time to finish the album, however, because I was simultaneously recovering from what my body was going through.” She’s...
 
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Marlon Williams - Self-Titled

If you claim to be an avid reader of all music related news, then you’re bound to have heard the name Marlon Williams being thrown around like a whore*. Williams is a New Zealand native who made the fateful move to Melbourne back in 2013. And now after selling out tours in both Aus and NZ, his much anticipated self titled debut LP has hit us damn hard.
 
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Miami Horror - All Possible Futures

As Australia begins its steady descent into winter, it’s heartening to remember there will be warmth and sunshine awaiting us at the end. In the meantime, Miami Horror have taken the reins with their new album delivering 15 songs of easy, breezy sunshiney vibes. Despite All Possible Futures being a break up album...
 
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Shantell Ogden - Ghosts in the Field

“I actually get high off of writing songs…can I say that?” asks Shantell Ogden, looking straight in the camera lens, tilting her head and wincing a little -- an endearing, off-the-cuff moment captured in her website’s brief video bio. It’s a moment as honest as her song lyrics, as real as the vocals on her fourth album, “Ghosts in the Field.” Five of the seven songs here are co-written...
 
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Totally Mild - Down Time

Winter is coming, which means it’s time to find some toasty tunes to keep you warm at night. Lucky for you, Melbourne four-piece Totally Mild have just released the perfect tracks for your lonely winter down time. Elizabeth Mitchell’s solo project turned four-piece have a cool new look to go with their warm new sound. Adding Full Ugly and The Great Outdoors’...
 
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