CD Reviews

Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run - Blood In My Eye For You

A simply cracking release from a sparkling blues-roots band from Sweden. Acoustic, slide, resonator driven jumping stuff here with 12 tracks of generous goodness. Bert Deivert is a personal favourite of mine and with his last offering, Kid Man Blues now a few years old it's encouraging to know he's still producing the Scandinavian goods with this album.
 

The Kentucky Headhunters with Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland

This is the album that almost got lost forever. But thanks to Alligator Records we can finally hear this amazing project that puts one of America’s most original and underrated bands together with the man that Rolling Stone called “the greatest sideman in rock and roll history.” Back in January 2003, pianist Johnnie Johnson was booked to record...
 

Upskirts - Barely Moving

Sydney four piece Upskirts have been going from strength to strength lately. Their single Nothing Happens In Roseville has been getting plenty of radio love, with the boys working their asses off in and out of the studio. Now they’re on the cusp of releasing their third EP Barely Moving, and to celebrate the release everyone in the band, except Mitch, took some time out...
 

Harrison Storm - Sense of Home

Released on March 31 this year, Harrison Storm’s debut EP Sense of Home is a savoury bite of life lessons with a sprinkling of sensitivity, sure to contort your heart into shapes you never knew existed. Based in the Victorian seaside town of Mornington, Harrison sings with maturity beyond his 22 years. Channeling parts of modern folk artists like former The Middle East, Angus Stone...
 

Fred Gillen Jr. - Wage Love

In the midst of the Occupy Movement, “Along the way I got re-acquainted with America, warts and all. I fell back in love with my country and got angry again. It inspired me to pick up this record and finally finish it. Whatever else you do, keep waging love wherever you can! It works,” writes folk artist Fred Gillen Jr. in the liner notes of his latest ...
 

Seth Sentry - Strange New Past

Australians on Australia day love him, and so do triple J, but it’s on his latest record that that love is affirmed. Adored Melbourne bred hip-hop luminary, Seth Matron is back with his highly anticipated album, Strange New Past. Seth has been quiet since 2012 and This Was Tomorrow. Strange New Past is said to entertain a new Seth...
 

Past and Present Riches Celebrated on New Collections   

Great music never goes out of style or sounds dated. Look (and listen) no further than a fantastic box set featuring Little Richard's '50s and early '60s recordings, deluxe reissues focusing on classic heavy metal outfit Thor and power-pop champions The Knack, as well as a Rhett Miller's exciting collaboration with Black Prairie and a wonderful new celebration of the...
 

Tom Guerra – All of the Above

“It all came together for me the first time I ever saw an electric guitar…I was transfixed, and I knew what I wanted to do,” says Hartford-based rock guitarist Tom Guerra, in a 2014 Huffington Post interview. This same kind of focused passion is heard throughout his debut solo effort “All of the Above,” released on Casa Del Soul Records. Produced by this long-time member...
 

Infnity Broke - Self-Titled

In a world packed to the brim with sweet and shiny popstars, where you can hardly listen to a rock tune that hasn’t been polished to within an inch of its life, it‘s nice to hear a band that has a bit of grunt. Former Bluebottle Kiss frontman, Jamie Hutchings, is the man behind Infnity Broke, an experimental rock group that takes cues from garage bands of yore.
 

Dumb Punts - Coupla Couplas

Hailing from the Drunk Mums extended family, notorious pub rockers Dumb Puntsare a Melbourne four piece intent on kicking out short, frenetic and rabidly Aussie garage punk tunes. Formed from Bonny Hills expats, the group came together in early 2014 when Creed McTaggart (WOD, Charging Stallion) began bashing out...
 

Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light

Let’s get serious for a minute guys, you might need a minute or two to take this in… Hermitude have just dropped their new album Dark Night Sweet Light! It’s been been brewing for the last two years and it’s absolutely insane! Sydney boys Luke Dubs and Elgusto have been a bit quiet since the release of HyperParadise in 2012, but after listening to their new...
 

MT Warning - Petrified Heart

Byron Bay’s Mt Warning will mess with your heart. Trust me. With the release of his latest EP Petrified Heart so close you can almost hear it, Mikey Bee has embarked on a solo expedition into the world of crooning. He takes what it means to be a multi-instrumentalist and shoves it right in your face, making, performing and producing all the music on the forthcoming...
 

Sights and Sounds Abound on New Releases

Several new documentary films now on DVD shed much-deserved light on recent albums, while several other new audio CD titles are sure to both challenge and thrill discerning listeners. Artists: Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Rhiannon Giddens, more. Title: Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued (Eagle Rock Entertainment)...
 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Quarters

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have to be one of the most accomplished young Australian bands from the past decade. Aside from being mind-blowingly prolific, they have become widely respected, at home and overseas, for creating music that would, perhaps in a different time, be labeled as niche. They have crossed genre borders like no one...
 

Faron Young - You Don't Know Me

Make no mistake: this is not a collection of re-re-re-released tracks that turn up from time to time, and are often of dubious quality, when someone licenses the songs of a legendary artist. There’s no doubt that Faron Young is a legendary artist, but this album is indeed a rarity: literally a brand new collection from the beloved singer who passed away back in 1996.
 
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