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Of Milkmaids and Architects: Martha Tilston

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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Hand Built By Robots: Newton Faulkner

Well, it had to happen. Each year we have a hot new talent with a sound that appeals to the masses, millions of records are sold and then The Next Big Thing comes along. Headlines in the music pres…

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R.E.M: Accelerate

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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Attack and Release: The Black Keys

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney continue along the blues-rock soaked path to follow up their 2006 effort Magic Potion, but this time with some help from their friends. From the slow country blues ope…

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Even: Even

Like a the view from the espy’s bay window with a cold beer or the vibrancy of Brunswick Street with a coffee from Mario’s, Even are a bloody great Melbourne institution we should all enjoy more ofte…

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Alas I Cannot Swim: Laura Marling

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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Holon: Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin

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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JACARAS 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia

You want dance music? Real dance music? This is it! Paul O'Dette celebrates the baroque guitar with Andrew Lawrence-King (of the famed Harp Consort), two additional guitarists and percussion that set…

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Nothing To Be Frightened Of: Julian Barnes

This is the year for books about death – how we approach it, worry about it and prepare for it. And while Julian Barnes’s new book is not only about death, the grim reaper is certainly causing Barnes…

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Something to Tell You: Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi might forever be associated with the 90s (The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette) –but with Something to Tell You, I am very happy to report that he’s back(!), with a rich, im…

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