Category Archives: Music Reviews

September 24

The Mysteries of Mad River: A Swamp-Folk Operetta – Sydney Fringe

The Mysteries of Mad River: A swamp-folk Operetta This show has completed its run at The Fringe, but you can find out more about future performances here. In the show The Mysteries of Mad River, Keppie Coutts plays a school teacher reveling in the mysterious deaths of children at her school. Keppie Coutts is also […]

December 01

Benny Time – What a Beautiful Day (Music Review)

What A Beautiful Day Benny Time Out now. You can grab a copy here.   Benny Time’s long-awaited first album – the perfect combination of early childhood educator meets established musician – is not so different from what Benny does in the course of a day working with children, using music to build bridges between adults and kids, between […]

August 22

Articles at The Essental

  My blog has been pretty quiet lately. For those of you who don’t know, my day job is in accounting and this time of year is a total punish for me. It all starts mid June and each year seems to stretch on a little longer. I’m racing to complete all my accounting obligations […]

July 14

Squarepusher: Damogen Furies @ The Essential. (music review)

Sooo…. check out my review of Squarepusher’s Damogen Furies and if you’re up to it, AFTER you’ve read my piece (and not before… never ever before) check out this awesome interview the beautiful Keith did with the man himself. (Can’t and won’t hide my big Keith Fullerton Whitman love) You can read the full article here. In […]

April 14

Doldrums – The Air Conditioned Nightmare over at The Essential. (Music review)

Check out my Doldrums review over at The Essential: A problem common to all writers facing their terrifying confrontation with the abyss is to avoid the much-needed soul soothing until after the experience’s detail has been taken down. You can’t just talk about anxiety. It must accompany you in order for it to properly infuse […]

April 08

GY!BE – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. Music from the muse. (Music Review)

I had a glorious time reviewing Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, the latest offering from Godspeed You! Black Emperor. One of my favorite musical experiences of 2015 so far. Check it out over at The Essential: Since the 2012 release of Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend, Efrim Menuck has come out as an anarchist, which is […]

April 03

Courtney Barnett : Sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit. (Music review)

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit. Courtney Barnett Milk Records The trick with the slacker style lyric is to take the mundane and give it a borderline spin that skims the surface from trite through to catchy clever, taking the listener constantly  by surprise from the sparky initial engagement through to […]

March 30

Music Reviews at The Essential

I’ve reviewed some great music at The Essential recently, so check out some of the links below: Sleater-Kinney: No Cities To Love Through the mire of contemporary left wing labeling and the burdens of consciousness for a myriad of social ailments, Sleater-Kinney’s strength is their ability to do their thing and trust themselves. Forging a […]

September 21

The vegetable Plot – Kids win at The Sydney Fringe (Kids show/Music review)

The Vegetable Plot Sydney Fringe on the 20th and 21st of September. You can grab tickets here, or check out The Vegetable Plot website here. The funky get-with-it-world of child entertainment seems to get blessed with more and more talent every day, as changing societal norms allow parented creatives to ‘diversify’ rather than go on […]

September 16

To Stowaway – Depth meets simplicity in a timeless place. (Music review)

To Stowaway Visit the To Stowaway website here, and download the album. When a great deal of music passes by your desk, as it does mine, one learns to listen to the body, not always trusting the rational faculties to make the certain kinds of judgement calls one is forced to make when more music […]