Junior Magazine cover story: Kaiser Chiefs, July 2011

A cover story for Junior Magazine‘s July issue. Click on the scanned image for a closer look, or read the article excerpt underneath. There are two truisms usually associated with music critics. The first is that they can’t take a joke. The second is that they’re all cynical arseholes. It’s not wholly surprising, then, that […]

TheVine story: ‘Exclusive – Oz hip-hop industry reacts to Chris Lilley’s ‘Angry Boys”, July 2011

The second of a two part story for TheVine looking into Australian comedian Chris Lilley’s ‘Angry Boys’, and in particular his Los Angeles-based rapper character, S.mouse. This time I asked Australian hip-hop industry figures what they thought of the show. Check out an excerpt below. For an American perspective on S.mouse, take a look here. […]

triple j magazine album reviews, July 2011: Fink, Ty Segall

Two albums reviews for the July 2011 issue of triple j magazine. ++ FINK – PERFECT DARKNESS (Inertia/Ninja Tune) PERFECT Darkness marks another step in the steady evolution of Fink, as much as an artist as quietly consistent as this can actually evolve. The soul inflections that peppered his older releases have receded slightly, leaving […]

TheVine story: ‘Exclusive – US hip-hop industry reacts to Chris Lilley’s ‘Angry Boys”, July 2011

My first feature story for TheVine. This received a massive response from readers, both on TheVine, where it was first published, and also on the digital versions of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, WA Today and Brisbane Times, all of whom picked up a syndicated version of the story. Excerpt below: Chris Lilley’s new […]

Mess+Noise interview: ‘Rocking Horse: ‘The Sums Have Got To Add Up’’, July 2011

After it was announced that Brisbane’s iconic Rocking Horse Records may have to close its doors for good, I interviewed owner Warwick Vere for Mess+Noise on store’s history and its prospects for the future. Excerpt below. The digital age hit home with a thud for many people earlier this week when a Courier Mail report suggested […]