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Like orgasms and pain, the experience of listening to Swans is difficult to translate into words. The extremity of the sound bars the concept of a ‘casual’ listen; it’s not the kind of music one can pop on in the background during a dinner party, for example. It is the soundtrack for slaughter, and sacrifice....

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The Rolling Stones have just left my home town of Melbourne, Australia and I am on nothing short of a high. Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover it. Never in my life would I have thought I would get to see what is in my opinion, the greatest band of all time, live. But I...

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Record Rewind: Coldplay – Parachutes

April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you think of the biggest bands in our current world it’s an immediate and easy list to make. U2. Foo Fighters. Coldplay. The lead of the latter, Chris Martin, broke my heart this week by alluding to the idea that their next and seventh studio album, A Head Full Of Dreams, may indeed be...

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Record Rewind: Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope

February 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

By 1997, Janet Jackson seemingly had it all: three highly successful studio albums, two lucrative concert world tours, an Oscar nomination, a long-term boyfriend/husband, one of the biggest paid recording contracts of all time and millions of fans. It’s even arguable that it was her star power that resulted in Scream, the collaboration that marked...

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Record Rewind: Radiohead – OK Computer

January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

After months of speculation, alt-rock legends Radiohead have finally returned to the studio to begin work on their highly anticipated ninth album. It now seems that a look back on their discography is well overdue and so we’ve decided to re-examine the one album that took them soaring to the top of the charts upon...

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Record Rewind: Britney Spears – In The Zone

January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s often a bit of debate as to who really is the Queen of Pop. This prestigious title has been held back and forth by many, including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Madonna – just to name a few. But to me, pop music would never be the same without Britney Spears. Back in her hey-day,...

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Record Rewind: No Doubt – Rock Steady

January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the years we have witnessed the evolution of many a band and many an artist, not only in their sound but also their style; originally one of the ska favourites of the 90s, No Doubt are certainly no exception to that metamorphosis. The world fell in love with their multi-platinum selling album Tragic Kingdom in...

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Record Rewind: The Clash – London Calling

December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘The only band that matters’ became the group’s tagline as this album was released; this gives an insight into just how important this record was at the time, still managing to hold its own today with many bands citing the album as a huge influence. For any of you out there that still see The...

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It isn’t often something so singularly spectacular happens in the world of recorded music. Something that people will still talk about twenty years down the line. Something that holds its shape as an absolute art form through the years, rising above trends, fashion and whatever else televised singing contests throw at it. I am talking...

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It’s hard to believe that just over a decade ago No Doubt sweetheart Gwen Stefani went solo, and she shouldn’t have been worried if she could have predicted the increased success it brought her. ND wrapped up 2003 with the release of their singles collection and officially went on hiatus after their tour with Blink...

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Record Rewind: Madonna – Bedtime Stories

October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

What makes a record a classic? I’d like to think that time will tell whether any album is a true masterpiece. So many records get released each and every year and while the charts have been on a constant decline since the age of the reality show and digital download that fully took its grip...

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Record Rewind: Rush – Moving Pictures

September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canadian progressive rock band Rush has earned the reputation of being “the biggest cult band in the world” and it’s not hard to see why. This eccentric power trio has been doing their own thing for over forty years and has earned a sizeable yet elusive following; even after decades of international acclaim, they haven’t...

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Record Rewind: The Strokes – Is This It

July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Strokes were not one of those bands that gave me that magical moment where I heard them for the first time and thought ‘Oh my god where have you been all my life!’. In fact when I first heard snippets of the band on the radio I could take it or leave it (excuse...

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