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Nathan Howdeshell – The Collapse Board Interview

I don’t view music as a competition at all.

 Everett True

Song of the day – 328: Crystal Stilts

You have to understand, these are my people. And it’s just nice folk are still talking about them.

 Hannah Golightly

Fuck The Dream. Marry for the love and not the money.

I sense a spirit of love that infuses the music with soul and self-expression. And if you think this description suggests a kitsch twee puke-fest, then I’d have sorely done the depth and strength of their music an injustice.

 Everett True

Song of the day – 300: The Clean (mini-live review)

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I doubt if there’s a single person here who undervalues The Clean’s beauty, their vivid guitar storms punctuated by trebly guitar excess and bursts of down-home, deprecating humour.

 Everett True

Song of the day – 268: The Notes (free download)

The echo is sullen. The harmonies are anything but. The guitar sound is very early Creation and pure Shop Assistants

 Everett True

Song of the day – 206: Sonny & The Sunsets

I dunno. Whenever I see the words “vintage styled West Coast pop”, my heart sinks. It usually means some asshole or other getting all postmodern on the Beach Boys’ widescreen asses

 Everett True

Song of the day – 113: White Woods

There’s a certain strain of Australian music that holds intrigue as its core. If I cared to look closer, I could probably determine its precursors: psychedelic, feedback-laced, blessed with a sense of distance and alienation, probably rooted in the same basic three or four Velvet Underground chords that once led Robert Forster to believe he […]

 Everett True

Song of the day – 68: The Velvet Underground and Nico

For decades now, I’ve steered clear of admitting to a love for either The Velvet Underground or Nico, but damn it. This is the first time I’ve seen this footage. And yes, I used to be fascinated by Nico – a couple of the shows she performed towards the end of her life were among […]

 Everett True

Song of the day – 58: The Go-Betweens

This entry is to celebrate the fact I attended a lecture given by Mr Robert Forster yesterday at QUT to 40 first-year students. Two songs were played, ‘Born To A Family’ (from Oceans Apart) and ‘Surfing Magazines’ (from my own personal favourite The Friends Of Rachel Worth) – two acoustic guitars, plenty of introduction. The […]

 Everett True

Spotlight – 41: Bitch Prefect

This recommendation comes courtesy of the fine Eternal Soundcheck blog. As Matt writes, “Bitch Prefect are from Adelaide and play really nice simple pop music – Think the Clean, Velvet Underground, a bit of Half/Japanese and mix it up with the retardation that growing up in a small city town in Australia would do to […]