Best Songs of 2013

I’m countin’ ‘em down like Casey “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" Kasem used to do on the music TV show America’s Top 10: 10.  SPC ECO – “Delusional Waste” Dean Garcia (ex-Curve) and daughter Rose Berlin, creators of electro-ambient fantasias, approach justthissideofpop with their recent tune “Delusional … [Read more...]

Q&A with The Cannanes

Hello Frances!  It’s so good to be able to touch base with you about your recent Small Batch EP and catch up on how you and Stephen are doing.  You’ve been going at it for a long while, first forming The Cannanes in 1984 and then segueing through various incarnations of the band to your current duo status.  What was the spark that ignited your … [Read more...]

Q&A with Lost Animal

Aloha Jarrod!  Hardly Art released your debut album, Ex Tropical, in the U.S in late January.  Although Lost Animal is your project, you collaborated with Shags Chamberlain, as well as producer John Lee, on your album.  Do you consider Lost Animal to be a duo (or more) or a solo project with ever-changing contributors? It's a solo project with … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 2 EPs

 Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – You Are Everything Call it music and words; call it magic.  Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy’s third and final album together is everything their collaboration stands for.  The alchemy that exists between the two artists is palpable, and where separately each is mighty (re)fine(d), when combined, their sonic … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 EPs

Blood Red Shoes – Water EP http://v2music.com/ http://www.bloodredshoes.co.uk/ Laura-Mary and Steven muddy the waters with a harder, fuzzed-out sound on their latest EP, an emphatic nod to hard rock and garage rock styles.  The inherent exuberance and defiance found on their earlier output is bogged down on Water by a sludgy sonic brew … [Read more...]

Interview with Castratii

Hello Beauvais and Jonathan! I’m so elated to connect with you about your enthralling, enigmatic aural effusion, debut album Eora, which was released this past August on Time No Place. Beauvais and Jonathan, you’re both based in Australia, relatively near Sydney, and Liela, I’m assuming, is still located in England. How did the geographical … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper, both formerly of the Australian band The Morning After Girls, formed The Black Ryder in 2007, toured extensively in 2008 with similar-vibe bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Raveonettes, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and in 2009 released their debut album Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride in Australia.  The band … [Read more...]

Interview with Bart & Friends

Hello Bart, Pam, Mark, and Louis – Wow, it’s so amazing to be interviewing you all as the indie super-group Bart & Friends! Before we begin with the Q&A, let me give a brief overview of each of your musical histories for those not in the know: Bart Cummings was in the Australia-based The Cat’s Miaow and Hydroplane, among other bands, in … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – “Sweet Come Down”

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper of Australia’s The Black Ryder showcase one aspect of their sound with the softly desolate, laconically-paced noir song “Sweet Come Down” that features Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on harmonica.  A quasi-duet is set in motion by picked acoustic guitar and the occasional pull of plaintive harmonica, while … [Read more...]