CD Reviews


Surf City - Jekyll Island

You can tell just from looking at the album cover* of Jekyll Island that there is going to be an abundance of psychedelic elements to this record. A fine display of a ten year old mastering colouring in within the lines, the vivd imagery evokes a sense of a higher existence. Set to release their fourth album Jekyll Island on March 20, New Zealand’s Surf City...

Jorma Kaukonen - Ain't In No Hurry

A new release from Jorma is always welcome and eagerly anticipated by his legion of fans worldwide. 'Ain't In No Hurry' is a typically laid-back bit of work with Kaukonen's trademark, spicy guitar-work and gripping gritty vocals both working full tilt. As usual these days, he's joined by his old buddy from Jefferson Airplane rock-star days, and Hot Tuna Bassman the...

Shoutin' Red - Introducing

'Introducing' is exactly that, an intro to a new kid on the Scandinavian blues block. From Sweden, Felicia Nielsen, aka Shoutin' Red, is a new, young performer with a debut release that marries traditional 1930s acoustic blues with a few standard traditional folk songs to provide this 12-track album.

Soak - Before We Forget How To Dream

When you’re in your teens there are plenty of things to deal with. The turmoil of school mixed with an influx of hormones, those damn pimples and the stress of getting your license – it’s a lot for one to juggle. Add to that a massive break in the British music scene with two EPs that were written and recorded within a year plus an album on the way and you’re living the life of SOAK.

Telling - New Love

A lot of people are saying rock is dead, so it’s all good and well that there’s a load of new exciting electronic talent pouring out of Australia. It’s the sort of forward thinking about the future of Australia that 90% of our (mostly career) politicians fail to exhibit. Through the misty malaise that is a mining boom being pissed up the wall, has stepped Telling, a Melbourne-based duo...

Elwood Myre - Self-Titled

Elwood Myre is a young singer songwriter duo from the central coast of New South Wales and have recently released their self-titled debut album. The soft and airy folk sound is great to listen and unwind with and delve into a relaxed state of mind. The impassioned vocals are great to tune into while driving along, whether it be...

Love of Diagrams - Blast

The 90s, for all its faults, is one of the most enduring eras of music to date*. Recently we have seen hordes of bands inspired by shoegaze, grunge and Brit-pop making tracks in the Australian music scene and overseas. Blast, the new album from Melbourne rockers Love of Diagrams, is an amalgamation of a whole lot of things that were good about music in the 90s.

Kagu - Self-Titled

Kagu is the solo project of Sean Heathcliff, formerly of Snakadaktal fame. Whilst Snakadaktal disbanded in March 2014, Heathcliff continued writing and recording under his new moniker, unveiling his first track Shadow of the Wind online late last year. Atmospheric and melancholic, Shadow of the Wind combines acoustic guitars...

New Music DVD Titles Are First Rate

A number of new DVDs (several also available on Blu-ray) celebrate the far-flung corners of the musical universe in essential, bonus material-loaded packages. Artist: Kansas. Title: Miracles Out of Nowhere (Epic Records / Legacy Recordings). You might like if you enjoy: Kansas, Rush, Queen. Tell me more: Phil Ehart, Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren, Robby...

Gabriella Cohen - Updated Regurgitated Sever

There’s always been place for bittersweetness in music; it resides in that space where happiness and sadness collide, and despite an innate sense of emptiness you can’t help but smirk. Gabriella Cohen's music encapsulates this feeling perfectly, and never more so on her brand new EP Updated Regurgitated Sever.

Sarah Brusco - The Woven Whisper

There is a type of music that is a backdrop for unrelenting focus on God. Sometimes featuring words, sometimes not… “soaking” music. Music that floats and drifts, and coaxes you from a world of clashing sounds, emotions, and demands into a world where spirit, soul and body meet at the intersection of heaven and earth. Sarah Brusco’s album weaves a heavenly mix of...

Eternal Death - Self-Titled

Without hearing any of their music, you expect Eternal Death to produce some sort of hardcore, death metal… well at least I did. But their music is actually quite the contrary. Their LP Eternal Death is a combination of modern pop with very strong electronic and synth influences. Swedish duo Johan Angergard and Elin Berlin, with the help of Labrador...

Sports Coach - The Ballads of Coach Lazy Eye

I don’t know exactly who Sports Coach is. I do know however that he just released a new album, The Ballads of Coach Lazy Eye. You can download it for free on his Bandcamp page. You should, its great. Sports Coach who also goes by the alias Coach T-bone said that he wrote The Ballads of Coach Lazy Eye whilst watching snow fall from his window...

David Corley - Available Light

Before saying it’s far too late to shoot for your dreams, you ought to listen to Americana artist David Corley’s debut album, “Available Light.” This collection of ten tracks by Corley, recorded in Wolfe Island, Ontario and Brooklyn, New York and produced by Hugh Christopher Brown, is a dynamic introduction to this 53-year-old Indianan singer...
Robert Kinsler & TJR

Music Worth Buying: The Lone Bellow and Elvis Costello Tribute

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week TJR and Robert look at the The new album by The Lone Bellow And Then Came The Morning and Beyond Belief A 3 disc tribute to Elvis Costello.
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