That only a few great rap albums have been released this year should not diminish the strident, unparalleled brilliance of Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Lamar’s first LP, the independently released Section.80, was a violent rendering of his street-level LA environment and the many twisted channels navigated by its inhabitants in their search … Continue reading Kendrick Lamar — good kid, m.A.A.d city ::
There is room in my heart for country music and this occupies a lot of it.
True album covers that surprise and delight #2.
True album covers that surprise and delight #1.
Back at the house we passed around another couple of joints in the dusky backyard and fell to the grass or the couches inside. The walk back through the city not to mention back to the house had been devastating. It had become that day, the day that comes every year, where you truly break … Continue reading 24 hours in Melbourne — Part three ::
In recent years remixes have taken on a quality of reinvention only great covers have embodied before. See also: Florence & the Machine -- You've Got the Love [The xx Remix].
The train arrived a little over half an hour late and I made my way out of Southern Cross Station. Across the street I joined a fast-moving queue of people next to a sign that said: '$2 Coffee'. With coffee and a croissant I sat outside the station and watched the people crossing the junction … Continue reading 24 hours in Melbourne — Part two ::
The train station was deserted. It was a country rail station with Victorian style lampposts casting pools of light up and down the platform. I smoked a joint and paced in front of one of the benches on the platform. I had an eight-hour overnight train ride ahead of me and needed to use my … Continue reading 24 hours in Melbourne — Part one ::
Hip hop is as synonymous with insight, passion and empowerment as it is with everything to which it is thanklessly reduced.
People should be freely allowed to purchase whatever kind of music they wish. This is a truth I’ve come to accept. Having worked in a record store, the pain of watching consumers pick out Michael Buble before Sinatra, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole or Aretha Franklin gouged a hole in my head, but you can’t … Continue reading Music is a legitimate discipline and radio is a poor educator ::
A cover that redefines the original is rare. See: Joe Cocker -- With A Little Help From My Friends; James Blake -- A Case Of You; Lior -- Needle And The Damage Done; Johnny Cash -- Hurt; and of course, Jeff Buckley -- Hallelujah.
The National Folk Festival 2012 :: A landmark in Australian music and art. Not everywhere do people fly.