It’s fairly easy to see that there will be two types of reactions to the New Moon soundtrack. One one hand you have the ‘mainstream’ media that will probably rate it highly, calling it something along the lines of ‘a great collection songs from of up-and-coming artists’. Then there’ll be the more indie crowd, who will undoubtedly slam it for encouraging screaming teenage girls to listen to the likes of Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear and Muse, thereby destroying any credibility these artists ever had in the process. But while it is very, very tempting to just scream ‘sellout!’, after a proper listen the soundtrack actually is…good. Shock horror!

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When Rock goes Electro

October 13, 2009

In music news this week, British indie quartet Editors have just dropped their third LP, In This Light and on This Evening. Over the years, the band has continuously drawn criticism for being too similar to seminal post-punk outfit Joy Division. Well, on this album they’ve tackled these criticisms head on, and turned down the road that so many indie bands seem to go down- by ditching the rock and turning electro. But why is it that bands feel they must give up playing real instruments and experiment so early on? And is it a career-ender, or can it be a positive thing? This post looks at some case studies, both good and bad, to find out…

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The Brief: P2K

October 4, 2009

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To say a lot has happened in the music world in the 2000’s would be a bit of an understatement.  Over the past couple of months music site Pitchfork have been looking at the decade in music, and have extensively covered the often tumultuous journeys of pop, indie, the mp3 amongst others. And it’s made for some really interesting reading. Check out the top 200 albums, 500 singles, best videos and news items by clicking on this here link.

Hungry Beast

October 1, 2009

Sandwiched between some of the biggest shows of the year, the premiere of ABC’s new current affairs program Hungry Beast last night went almost unnoticed. But for those that did manage to pry their eyes away from the Hey Hey reunion were witness to a very fresh take on news. But did they actually tell us something we didn’t know?

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In Dust we Trust.

September 24, 2009

A couple of strange things happened yesterday. Most people in Brisbane or Sydney were witness to a gigantic cloud of red dust clamouring over the cityscape, myself included. What was even more interesting though was just how comprehensively social media outlets Twitter and Facebook covered the event.

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Australian Idle?

September 21, 2009

Let’s play a bit of a pop-quiz. Who has watched Australian Idol lately? Personally I can’t talk, I haven’t watched a full episode since my curiosity factor ran out six years ago, but now it seems that the rest of Australia is following suit. So why now? Have we finally run out of talent? Are people tuning out because Kyle is no longer a judge? Or are people realising just how shallow and manufactured the show is?

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It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this blog…unfortunately uni has taken over a little bit and I’ve hardly had time to breathe, let alone write anything. But never fear, 3 readers, holidays are almost upon us, and transmission will soon resume as normal!

In the meantime though, check out the latest showcase offering from Musicadium. This time around they’ve managed to score a prime Saturday night spot at Bar Soma in the valley, on the 3rd of October. Featuring on the evening will be Sietta (Melbourne), Brisbane’s own Felinedown, and ex-QUT student MC Castel. Closing out the festivities will be 3 ace DJs, including my fellow Musicadium Intern DJ Jane Doe!

Tickets are only $10 entry, and it all kicks off from 9pm, Saturday 3rd of October. For those of you playing at home that’s uni mid-semester break, so there is absolutely no excuse not to come! See y’all there.

And for the regulars, I’ll start posting things as soon as uni dies down a little bit.

Stumbled upon this earlier today (thanks Musicadium). It’s definitely an interesting clip, and it poses even more interesting questions: Is social media a fad? Or is it the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution?

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Quite self-explanatory really. There’s been a lot of whispering going round lately that Radiohead (coincidentally one of my all-time favourite bands) are about to drop some new material. And they have.

You can download ‘All My Twisted Words’ for free (yeah, that’s right) here.

That is all.

Extra! Extra! (Cash)?

August 14, 2009

There’s been some interesting additions (in more ways than one) to the newscape online lately. The latest from Rupert Murdoch, Owner Of Everything Righteous And Good, is that he will start charging for his news services. Of course, bloggers everywhere have been in uproar. Fancy paying for something we’ve been getting for free ever since the introduction of the internet? Well, Murdoch seems to think we’ll succumb. $20 bucks please for anyone who reads on…

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