Part of Every Party

For the past week everyone has been talking about Emma Watson’s UN speech. As well they should. Watson’s insightful words, articulated modestly and clearly (go those acting skills!), really pull away at the corners of the “feminism issue”: that it’s not just about women. Equality is something which benefits everyone. I remember years ago in … Continue reading

Modern Spender

At first listen you might consider Melbourne’s Tom Spender a bit like a slow cooked Tom Vek or a hark back to Neil Finn’s stuff. Already a couple of good names to be compared to, right? Never Again unveils Spender with a little more complexity. The minimal use of horns and strings reminds me of … Continue reading

Weekend Wind Down

What a difference a warm day makes in Canberra. I emerged yesterday to find people walking all over Canberra, happily chirping away to each other as they waited outside for their coffee (usually in winter waiting outside means angry faces). People are undeterred by the explosive fire that happened on Friday┬áin the industrialised suburb Mitchell, … Continue reading

Top Ten Albums for 2010

So many established artists releasing stellar follow up albums this year! It’s usually more interesting to see some new entries (last year’s Miike Snow stood out quite favourably as my number 1 and of course, The xx was everyone’s pick!), but there are some in this year’s list (see Beach House, Groove Armada, Kelis, Robyn) … Continue reading

Weekend Wind Down

It’s Spring time! Picnic time! On Sunday my friends and I carried baskets brimful of cupcakes, canapes and sparkling to soak up a tan and enjoy the Canberra-only long weekend. Things are happier when the weather is warmer. Sean Carey – Mothers Sean Carey has performed as part of Bon Iver’s band but shows here … Continue reading

Weekend Wind Down

Art by Heisuke Kitazawa A retreat to the coast on the weekend was just what I needed. For someone who bemoans the lack of beaches in Canberra and is horrified to see residents, desperate to engage in water recreational activities, swimming in the disgusting man-made lake, it’s always refreshing to get to Tomakin or thereabouts … Continue reading