Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun (Warner)
While Mastodon are generally considered one of the best metal bands to come out of the naughts, their newer material really shines. Once More ‘Round the Sun opens as all good metal albums should – with a chugging, stirring anthem about returning to life. I tend to consider this sort of metal, with its aggressive […]
Bo Ningen – III (Stolen Recordings/ [PIAS] Australia)
Bo Ningen (Japanese for “Stick People”) are getting all kinds of attention right now. There’s a lot of hype. Pitchfork is involved. I know what you want to hear though, since you’re here reading this instead of just looking at Metacritic or letting Pandora curate your listening choices: is the hype deserved? I’ve been listening […]
Regurgitator + Wampire + Seja + Mystery School @ The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, 11.10.13
The thing I like the most about Regurgitator is their complete lack of irony (in the hipster sense anyway)
The Ape + Bittersweet Kicks @ The Transcontinental Hotel, 05.10.13
By Jodi Biddle There’s something special about going to gigs held upstairs at sort-of-dodgy pubs. Kinda hot, sipping a drink in front of the Keno screens while waiting for doors to open (late), loitering with the other ill-fitting miscreants who aren’t the kind of rusted on regulars that frequent The Trans but still nonetheless don’t […]
Shonen Knife – Osaka Ramones (Good Charamel)
I just get way more excited by Japanese covers than is really necessary and I’m not sure why.
THE NICE REVIEW An Horse – Walls (Mom + Pop/Shock)
If you’re young, bright-faced, hormonal, passionate, unsure, you’ll probably love An Horse.
Nicki Minaj – Barbie’s Back (mixtape)
One of the biggest things I struggle with regarding hip hop is lyrical content. A pervasive preoccupation with self-aggrandisement does little for me given the typical scope of a rapper’s goals (money, fame and ‘bitchez’).
REVIEWED LOCALLY: Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)
I guess the debate here is whether or not a band is required to continue attempting to evolve past a certain point. Beastie Boys have a solid formula with beats + one-liners = fun, so why should they change?