How to Review Stuff ::

[I wrote this “how to” for a group of reviewers currently assigned by Canberra writers organisation Scissors Paper Pen, via their Papercuts program, to the 2014 You Are Here festival. They’re reviewing all sorts: theatre, dance, film, panels, music, collaborative projects, so I was general and succinct.  It is divided into two sections: “Conduct”, covering what to do whilst attending the event, and “Content”, covering … Continue reading How to Review Stuff ::

Kanye West — Yeezus ::

In the first two minutes of self-declared pariah Kanye West’s sixth album, he has already drawled, ‘I put ma dick in her maaaaaaaouth’. It’s little wonder people mock Kanye, unapologetic, misogynistic, incapable of lyrical or emotional evolution as he is. His one foray into baring his soul (2008’s 808s & Heartbreak) exposed his capacity for emotional reflexivity for what it was: self-inflated, stunted, stupid. Who … Continue reading Kanye West — Yeezus ::

Bonobo — The North Borders ::

Music of the type created by London producer Simon Green (aka Bonobo) has become an over-saturated commodity. Chillwave and experimental future bass has been pushed to popular extremes – even Australia finally has its own poster child in Flume. Ten years ago, Green was a pioneer of this sound. In 2010 he pushed it with brave, eclectic experimentation to an extreme in his fourth LP, Black … Continue reading Bonobo — The North Borders ::

The Top Five Albums of 2012 ::

This list will add nothing to the playlists of dedicated music listeners who paid attention during the course of 2012. That said, this month of June provides probably the last legitimate moment to pay respects to the best music of that year and advise anyone in need of good new music to start here before moving on to the best new and yet-to-be-released music of … Continue reading The Top Five Albums of 2012 ::