CD Reviews

Flight Facilities – Down To Earth

Welcome aboard ladies and gentleman. Today’s flight will be a little over one hour. Just a few safety precautions before we head off – we ask that you move about the cabin as much as possible, be sure to loosen those belts, and remember, all our flights are fitted with smoke detectors so do try not to get caught. We’ll be dimming...
 

Ipso Factopus – Trouble

Ipso Factopus… sounds like the name of a new indie pop-rock band, or a bizarre creature of the future – part machine, part space monster. Clearly a name you won’t forget, whether you’re asking yourself time and time again: “What does it mean!” or “Why have I not heard of them before!”. Either way they will be on your mind as they keep...
 

Machine Translations – The Bright Door

I’m bound to lose a lot of my cool muso journo cred with this following statement: I’ve never listened to vinyl before*. That is until today. With a vinyl player casually hanging out in the Happy office I was able to take the plunge and pop my vinyl cherry. And there is no better LP to do so than The Bright Door, the latest from...
 

Dark Waves – Self-Titled EP

Dark Waves are a welcome addition to the ever current genre of indie-pop. Basking in their own L.A. drenched stylings, they draw notable comparisons to bands such as The Neighbourhood and Bad Suns. However, that’s not to say that they aren’t without originality. Their latest self titled offering brings much to the somewhat overstocked indie table and they...
 

Collarbones – Return

When the cover art and the nine songs that follow the album are equally brilliant, you know that the third Collarbones album is truly better than sliced bread…and possibly any of this year’s Aria award winners. My favorite bone band, the long distance interweb duo, Marcus Whale and Travis Cook welcome their...
 

Music Worth Buying - Johnny Marr and Stevie Nicks

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week Robert and TJ discuss Playland by Johnny Marr and 24 Karat Gold by Stevie Nicks.
 

Trophy Eyes – Mend, Move On

I remember a few years ago, seeing Wil Anderson’s response to the news that Mike Myers was working on a sequel to Goldmember; the Gruen host simply tweeted “Horse, flogged, etc”, or something to that effect. If I’d been told of the genre (the punk / hardcore / metalcore general mishmash) that Trophy Eyes found themselves in before I reviewed...
 

Daily Meds – Sour Milk

With a strong base beat, a truck load of attitude and some brilliantly spun lyrics Daily Meds are back to tell you what’s what on their second album, Sour Milk. Two years after coming to the attention of some of Australia’s big radio stations with their hit song Insane, Daily Meds have continued to develop their sound, building on their strengths and ...
 

David Shelby - Oh Yeah

Traditionalists have long sought a reprieve from bro country and the pop crossover movement. Enter David Shelby. On his new EP, “Oh Yeah”, the Michigan native simply bludgeons the current landscape with a complete 180 degree shift to what he calls “Rust Belt country.” The scorching opener, “Southern Drawl” sets the tone for a tight 18 minutes that runs the gamut from...
 

Moses Gunn Collective – Morning Shakes

Remember the last night you passed out on the couch because you drank away your sorrows after being rejected by your crush… yeah neither do I, because I don’t know whether it was a dream or real. I actually couldn’t care less because unlike some people in our lives, there is music we can seek refuge in to ease our pain and have peace of mind...
 

ANCRIP – Collect

Picture a hot blaring summer’s day in Perth. Temperatures reaching 40 degrees. Baby faced producer Jonus, waits by the train station with a field recorder in hand, waiting to capture that perfect moment – the sound bite of a distant train rushing through. The balance between distance and sound needs to be just right – meaning failed attempts would...
 

Hollow States – Darkness Is Laughing

Hollow States is gathering attention through a hard working performance mentality in Sydney. The group has now released their debut EP Darkness Is Laughing, and with a relatively strong first crop of tunes they are only looking up from here on out! If I Have to Grow Up is the opening track from the Sydney...
 

Misun – Superstitions

Female vocalists in bands are a little rare nowadays. You can see the attraction to try and make it work, but after a few band jams, they usually fizzle away and amount to the pricey sum of falling out with a hot girl who used to like you, but now is writing ferocious slurs on Facebook about how she thought she was too good for the group anyway...
 

Ring in 2015 Watching First Class Releases   

Before bidding 2014 farewell, make sure to check out a number of fantastic releases featuring the celebrated likes of Bob Marley, James Brown, Jack Bruce, and Monty Python. All are available now and would make for a great excuse to put those Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Best Buy holiday gift cards to work. Artist: Bob Marley. Uprising Live! (Eagle Rock Entertainment)...
 

Low Life – Dogging

Much like math rock, ‘space punk’, as named and practised by local Sydney band Low Life, is quite a misnomer. There’s nothing remotely space related with this band; no concept albums about black holes or the Mir space station, nothing. There’s not even a punk cover of Space Oddity. Rather, the ‘space’ in space punk instead should probably read ‘spaced-out’.
 
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