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Plaster and Paint: Jan Harper

Reviewed by Sally Madsen, Carlton Readings

This is a lovely and unusual book: the ‘twin’ biography of John Colquhoun, orthopaedic surgeon (1899 – 1974) and Joyce McGrath (his patient) Arts Librarian at the State Library of Victoria, and portr…

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Rose For The Anzac Boys: Jackie French

Reviewed by Bruno Moro, Readings Malvern

We are in World War I and 16-year-old Midge Macpherson is in a conservative ‘finishing school’ in England. As the war rages in the trenches, she feels increasingly helpless and useless. With two brot…

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Alas I Cannot Swim: Laura Marling

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

A friend who lives in London started telling me about Laura Marling a couple of months ago. I didn’t seek her out, until speaking to this friend recently, when she insisted I track it down. Knowing m…

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R.E.M: Accelerate

Reviewed by James Power, Readings St Kilda

Think along the lines of the guitar hooks of Out Of Time, Adventures In Hifi and Green with the songwriting qualities of Automatic For The People and Murmur. It’s R.E.M at their best and it’s brillia…

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Holon: Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin

Reviewed by Michael Wallace, Readings Carlton

The most apt term, perhaps, for the music of Bärtsch’s quintet Ronin was offered by the pianist/composer himself: he described it as ‘Zen funk’. Bärtsch’s music possesses a combination of woven rhyth…

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A head full of rain and a heart full of puddles: Clinkerfield

Reviewed by Peter Spark, Readings Port Melbourne

Heroes of the Melbourne live music scene Clinkerfield have finally put together their first full-length studio album, and it’s been worth the wait. The album captures the rawness of the live shows, b…

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JS Bach - Die Kunst Der Fuge: Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Reviewed by Catherine Koerner, Readings Hawthorn

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s solo debut recording for Deutsche Gramophon is also his first recording of the music of J.S. Bach. Aimard is best known for having specialised in interpreting a…

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Standards and Ballads

Reviewed by Michael Wallace, Readings Carlton

This collection encompasses the trumpet virtuoso’s interpretations of jazz standards and ballads between the early ‘80s and late ‘90s. Selected from Marsalis’ vast back-catalogue, the album highlight…

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For Emma Forever Long Ago: Bon Iver

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) has released a fairly startling and a little spooky debut album. He comes across as a kind of alt-country Antony Hegerty (Antony & the Johnsons), with his high falsetto v…

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Of Milkmaids and Architects: Martha Tilston

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

This recent visitor (she was a standout at the Port Fairy Folk Festival) finally gets a local release for an album that is nearly 18 months old. She was immersed in the British folk scene thanks to h…

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