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The Time We Have Taken: Steven Carroll

If you’ve read the The Art of the Engine Driver and The Gift of Speed you will no doubt be eagerly awaiting this third instalment of Steven Carroll’s exploration of frontier suburbia. The Time We Hav

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The Road: Cormac McCarthy

Set in an American landscape destroyed by unknown catastrophe, this extraordinary novel tells of a father and son’s relationship amidst utter devastation. Armed with a pistol and a tattered map, they…

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Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship: India Arie

Atlanta-born India Arie presents us with her third album, which sees a maturing of her delivery and song-writing skills. A warm mix of rhythmic blues and soulful soul, the 15 tracks collected togethe…

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Q & A: Vikas Swarup

Ram Mohammad Thomas is a poor, uneducated orphan from Mumbai who just happens to win a billion rupees on a quiz show. What follows is his arrest by the police and an inquiry into how someone like him…

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The Proposition Soundtrack: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Bob’s Pat Garret and Billy The Kid is not so glib a reference here. Like Dylan’s soundtrack, The Proposition on its own is an elegiac skeletal beautiful thing that leaves the dread violence to the sc…

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Shootenanny: Eels

Since discovering Mark Oliver Everett/the Eels via The Panel. I have become a huge fan. Shootenanny, like the previous four albums, again delivers a set of songs that deal with a desire to find happi…

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Alice Through The Looking Glass: Lewis Caroll, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.’ Every word in this classic sequel is put to excellent use, taking…

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Antics: Interpol

An electrifying sophomore effort from NY’s second favourite sharp-dressed New Wavers, Antics is an intense, brooding effort. There’s a bit more space in the arrangements and Paul Banks’ vocals are mo…

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Somersault Soundtrack: Decoder Ring

Haunting and gentle this album drifts along seamlessly from track to track. It’s not hard to reason why such a band as Decoder Ring was chosen to take on this soundtrack, as their musical style refle…

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Somersault: Cate Shortland

Short film-maker Cate Shortland’s first feature, Somersault, heralds a promising future ¾ not just for her as an emerging filmmaker but also for Australian films. Somersault takes viewers on a visual…

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