Category Archives: music

Writing about the music that inspires me

Refused live, not dead.

Last night I lived out an experience that for 14 years seemed like it had no possibility of ever happening. Last night I saw the reformed Swedish hardcore punk band Refused live in concert here in Melbourne. I’ve written about … Continue reading

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Love is Blindness

source: http://www.tricksome.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/WhereBonoCantLive.jpg One of my all-time favourite bands is U2. I realise this makes me an enormous dag – or, with a nod to the band’s Berlin phase, “├╝ber dag”. It’s not fashionable to admit to any kind of fandom … Continue reading

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Darwinian

I’ve just finished watching the excellent documentary series Metal Evolution. In eleven one-hour episodes I travelled through the history and stylistic evolution of heavy metal music from the 60s to present day. What a trip. The series creator, Sam Dunn, … Continue reading

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The gift is in the giver

In the lead-up to Christmas one of my best and oldest mates turned forty. It’s a creaky, dried-out, dusty old milestone and I wanted to get just the ‘right’ present for him. But, being one of those annoying dudes with … Continue reading

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Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral.

In 1994 I was listening to a bunch of incredible genre and generation defining music. Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ had broken and the whole new wave of fuzz-guitar it unleashed was rolling out behind it. There was also the rap-metal awesome of … Continue reading

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Peter Gabriel: Passion

My musical tastes are located squarely in modern western styles of music. And even within the narrow confines of that label, I don’t care for most of the musical it contains. I don’t regularly listen to classical, country, dance music … Continue reading

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Baggage: Part 2

My dad drove to Melbourne recently and delivered a load of my stuff that’s been in mum’s shed for the last 25 years. Some of it I’m still trying work out what to do with. But there was this stuff, … Continue reading

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Slint: Spiderland

My young boys wake up early. By 6 am the three of us are in the lounge room reading books, playing with toys, mucking about with the iPad, while the mama is catching up on sleep after the night’s breast-feeding … Continue reading

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Faith No More: Angel Dust

‘Angel Dust’ came out in 1992 when I was 24. I first heard it while I was on a surf trip from Newcastle to Tathra on the South Coast of New South Wales. I’d just been dumped by Lucy my … Continue reading

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Hunting while the bears are sleeping

This winter I’ve been on an obsessive record collecting spree. There’s a couple of really good record stores near my house. I’m particularly loving ‘The Music Jungle’ on High Street, Thornbury. It runs a nice mix between the rare and … Continue reading

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