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Single Reviews

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 4:36pm

Sugar Mountain was great, but there were too many hipsters.

 

Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar : No More Parties In LA
This is fun. Kanye goes in, sounding like he’s racing the beat to purge thought, his focus everywhere, which plays to his strengths. K-Dot’s verse is solid, Ye is honest, “High speed turbo thoughts”, the biggest punchline coming in another shoutout to the...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 2:27pm

Zooper Doopers are like brie: you should leave them out for a bit before you tuck in. And that’s a foodie life hack you can take to the bank.

 

Future : Inside The Mattress

Releasing his fifth full-length in the space of a year (including album Dirty Sprite 2 and joint Drake mixtape What A Time To Be Alive), Future gifted Purple Reign to the world over the weekend...

Posted 13 Jan 2016 @ 12:28pm

I grew up in a small town. Music was hard to get to, and I can't remember how Bowie entered my life – perhaps a late night Rage binge, this thin alien, entering my early teens like his own Starman, through the glow of an early AM TV screen, maybe it was Be My Wife, or the well-spun Ashes To Ashes clip. This was another world, truly. Unlike anything I'd ever heard. I worked the local...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 7:45am

Pleased to announce I will be taking the place of whichever Wu-Tang members don’t make it to their Australian tour.

 

Radiohead : Spectre 

Sam Smith’s Spectre theme was trash, and the marketability of his name was more than likely undermined by lacklustre schmaltz. Radiohead’s rejected theme, put out into the world by Thom “St Nick” Yorke on Chrissy day, broods...

Posted 26 Dec 2015 @ 8:08am

A few other non-music things of the year: VIDEO GAME OF THE YEAR: games are for children and nerds to be honest. BOOK OF THE YEAR: Hot Little Hands ­Abigail Ulman. MOVIE OF THE YEAR: did Ex Machina come out this year or last year I can’t remember Joe Dirt 2 instead if not. HUNK OF THE YEAR: Lachlan Kanoniuk. MEME OF THE YEAR: Why You Always Lyin. Thanks for tuning in folks see you next year....

Posted 17 Dec 2015 @ 6:09pm

Massive shouts out to whoever decked out one of the Meredith toilets in Footy Record covers and Doggies paraphernalia. Also massive shout outs to the dude who brought it to my attention at 6am.

 

Sleigh Bells : Champions Of Unrestricted Beauty

So Sleigh Bells actually got a clue and decided that the dude who can’t play guitar for shit should just maybe not actually...

Posted 10 Dec 2015 @ 3:00pm

Can all labels send me physical copies of the past few months’ hit albums so I can cross off a lot of my Chrissy shopping. Cheers.

 

Anohni : 4 Degrees

The prospect of Antony And The Johnsons’ lead singer collaborating with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never almost felt too good to be true. Before the year is out, we get a miracle in the form of 4 Degrees,...

Posted 2 Dec 2015 @ 8:02am

After keeping her Australian tour guestless until the final leg, Taylor Swift thrills fans with a sing-along of There’s Only One Tony Lockett while the man himself torpedoes signed Sherrins into the crowd from an elevated platform.

 

Pusha T : Untouchable

“I drop once every blue moon to separate from you kings of the YouTube”, opens King Push on Untouchable,...

Posted 27 Nov 2015 @ 9:55am

Attention promoters for Creed in Australia: send me comp tickets and I’ll review the movie in next week’s column intro. Thanks in advance, Lachy ‘Balboa’ Kanoniuk.

 

David Bowie : Blackstar

Channelling vocals from the darker realm of the Berlin trilogy, with electronic sputters akin to the Outside-era, before clearing into sincere folk balladry, Bowie returns to a...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 5:05pm

Hard to believe that this is my 1500th singles review column. Can’t help but think back to my first column back in 1986, when I gave a fresh new tune called You’re The Voice Single Of The Week while dispatching from the confines of my dad’s ballsack. We’ve come a long way, baby.

 

Leah Senior : How I Miss The Womb

Wonderfully skeletal arrangement of arpeggio guitar...

Posted 17 Nov 2015 @ 4:52pm

“It’s bad,” I say smugly, attempting to pioneer Master Of None backlash, “The opening credits are like closing credits. Fucked up, if you ask me.”

 

Half/Cut : Coming Of Age
Hypnotising with a stream of understatement, Melbourne’s Half/cut thread a patterned tapestry on Coming Of Age, achieving subtlety on forthright grooves. There’s flickering shades of boldness, with...

Posted 9 Nov 2015 @ 11:24am

Please no one else apply for the role of Doggies mascot I need this I really do.

 

Justin Bieber : Hotline Bling (Remix)
Sure, why not.
 
Sufjan Stevens : Hotline Bling (Live)
Sure, why not.
 
Bad//Dreems : Bogan Pride
With lyrics such as “Big muscles pumping out of my sweatshirt”, it’s easy to see why critics are labelling Bogan Pride the...

Posted 28 Oct 2015 @ 4:43pm

Wow, Daniel Craig just doesn’t give a fuck. “James Bond shoots people,” the actor said. “I don’t think people should shoot other people. not a good role model, in my opinion.” Umm, publicist nightmare much? Yikes.

 

Weezer : Thank God For Girls

 

 

Fuck this is terrible. Possibly the most shithouse Weezer song ever, and that’s really saying something...

Posted 21 Oct 2015 @ 5:25pm

Fangin’ for that new Adele.

 

Marcus Marr & Chet Faker : The Trouble With Us
Hitting a low-key prolific streak in the valley between album cycles, Chet Faker (real name Chesney Henry Faker Jr) teams up with DFA alumni Marcus Marr for The Trouble With Us – the funked up first taste of their collaborative EP. There are moments where I want to like it, either somewhere in...

Posted 20 Oct 2015 @ 5:51pm

Sugar Mountain stole the idea for their Sensory four-course dining experience soundtracked by Cut Copy from the time I quadruple dropped at Meredith 2011.

 

Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson : Say Say Say [2015 Remix]
Dude got his start with a Kanye feature at the start of 2015 and now he’s already working with the King Of Pop. Crazy.
 
The Drones : Taman Shud...

Posted 7 Oct 2015 @ 5:49pm

The boys try to give me shit because they reckon I’m too povo for Aesop hand soap but I’m like, “Mate, Thank You brand hand soap does the job and to top it all off some of the coin goes towards charity.” Ripper call. #boysnight

 

1200 Techniques feat. Ghostface Killah : Flow Is Trouble
The importance of 1200 Techniques to Australian hip-hop can’t be overstated, and here on...

Posted 30 Sep 2015 @ 5:12pm

Submitting this column before the Brownlow so I’ll just hazard a guess as to the winner: congratulations to me, music writer Lachlan Kanoniuk, for winning the 2015 Brownlow Medal. Well deserved. 

 

Sia : Alive

 

 

Once you get past the brief intro that kind of sounds a bit like Rae Sremmurd’s No Type, Sia turns into a sheer force of nature, as is her...

Posted 24 Sep 2015 @ 5:44pm

White supremacy is the Victorian government and AFL initiating a public holiday on Grand Final eve while no public holiday exists for Aboriginal Australia. Oh, and one of the AFL’s greatest champions will abstain from having their career celebrated due to racism. Great work, everybody. 

 

My Disco : 1991

 

 

Opening like a rabid dog barking through...

Posted 16 Sep 2015 @ 5:02pm

Many thanks to my body’s biological systems for keeping it together at the G on Saturday night. Bring on 2016. #bemorebulldog. 

 

Andras & Oscar - Looking Back (Tornado Wallace Dub)

 

 

A winning duo in Melbourne’s underground/electronic scene welcomes a triumvirate for a rework of the charming Looking Back, with Tornado Wallace taking Andras...

Posted 9 Sep 2015 @ 11:25am

So many small Australian towns suffering from dwindling populations. Thousands of Syrians seeking refuge. If only there was a solution to both of these problems…

 

Janet Jackson : Unbreakable
 
Continuing the stellar comeback run started by No Sleeep, Janet again nails it over timeless production. Breezing along with a tidy hook, Unbreakable is a tad faster than a...

Posted 2 Sep 2015 @ 5:10pm

I got so fucked up on the weekend I told someone that if Black Eyed Peas’ Where Is The Love? was instead a 2015 Kendrick song it would blow everyone’s fucking mind. I unreservedly apologise for this transgression. 

 

Fascinator : Dead Of The Night

 

 

Children Collide’s Johnny Mackay continues to go all in on his psych indulgence with the charging...

Posted 26 Aug 2015 @ 1:56pm

Junglepussy : Now Or Later

 

 

Junglepussy is ridiculously dextrous with flow and delivery. New track Now Or Later showcases these skills and then some, riding a heavy chiptune-y beat with sharp bars bouncing between health food and fucking. Masterful. The first cut from upcoming album Pregnant With Success. Pay attention.

 

Slum Sociable  : All Night...

Posted 19 Aug 2015 @ 2:39pm

Dialogue in Macbeth was confusing, especially how Macbeth and Macduff were both referred to as “Oi Macca”. I blame the Australian director. #MIFF2015

 

Joanna Newsom : Sapokanikan

 

 

The hunger pangs for new Joanna Newsom material came with increasing frequency in the past few years, and just as it almost became unbearable, the announcement of new...

Posted 12 Aug 2015 @ 3:28pm

THE. LID. IS. OFF. CARRRRRRRRN DOGGIES.

 

Girl Band : Paul

 

 

An aimless chore of tedious wank, Paul meanders with unconvincing, gawky flexes of sinewy noise. Not a single second of its near-seven minutes approaches anything resembling danger, unless you consider crushing ennui as a danger to your being. There are no rewards here.

 

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Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 3:23pm

Sriracha flavoured pulled pork nutella cronuts, served directly from my arse. Welcome to Melbourne, 2015.

 

Meg Mac : Never Be 

 

 

Word around Splendour in the Grass was that Meg Mac was one to watch. Unfortunately I was the one-to-watch-not-many-bands, and Never Be compounds the FOMO, presenting not overly sanitised soul-pop with strong hooks and tasteful...

Posted 29 Jul 2015 @ 11:25am

#FREELIZCAMBAGE

 

F ingers : Escape Into The Bushes 

 

 

I sent this to my inbox with no context and completely forgot how I came across it, plus they’re hard to find on Google. But going in blind, this track bleeds with an eerie atmosphere, creeping with ambient noise while cultivating a tactile calm. It’s rather lovely. I hope I find the source...

Posted 22 Jul 2015 @ 12:44pm

Oprah Winfrey (DJ Set) official after party going down at New Guernica, but you didn’t hear it from me ;)

 

Wavves : Way Too Much

 

 

The down-stroke blast of Way Too Much is pretty gnarly, but the whole singing about getting wasted is pretty borezo at this stage yeah? Also Wavves smanged this on SoundCloud early without Warner’s permission apparently. I’m...

Posted 15 Jul 2015 @ 9:23am

Superhero movies seem to be making a comeback in Hollywood. Just a trend I’ve been noticing. Cheers.

 

Making : Come To Me

 

 

Initially creeping with a Shellac (or My Disco) monotone repetition, Come To Me explodes into a rock salt blast with little warning. It then retreats back to its under-bubbling menace, then, back to the firestorm. It’s nothing...

Posted 8 Jul 2015 @ 4:02pm

Hope can be hard to find, especially when things aren’t exactly great. Things aren’t exactly great in Australia at the moment, and hope is extremely hard to find. Led by Shepparton rapper Briggs, The Children Came Back (inspired by the Archie Roach classic They Took The Children Away) is a song full of hope. Briggs effortlessly lists a veritable hall of fame featuring Aboriginal heroes past...

Posted 8 Jul 2015 @ 4:01pm

 

When I hear a song as good as I Can’t Read, I picture an old-timey montage of ‘50s teeny-boppers tuning in their wireless with their jaws dropped and fingers a-snappin’. A more reasonable analogue is seeing the song performed to a packed Tote front bar last Saturday arvo. That feeling of connectivity is a real bloody virtue, and having a corker of a song – and I Can’t Read is a corker...

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