Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

Stars of Track and Field

By • Jun 3rd, 2009

So I’m slow, it took me weeks to figure out why I was so instantly taken with Stars of  Track and Field’s dreamy atmospheric guitar based sound. Yep it’s their dreamy atmospheric guitar based sound. Like I said “slow” The band consists of Jason Bell – Guitar/Vocals Kevin Calaba – Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards Daniel Orvik – Drums/Samples/Programming […]



Freak Kitchen – Chest Pain Waltz

By • Apr 5th, 2009

Freak Kitchen is a heavy metal/hard rock band from Sweden, they fired up in the early Nineties and kept the same line up until 2000 when the rhythm section was replaced.  Their music is melodic, rich, harmonically complex and full of interesting approaches to time. Lyrically they mine the usual targets – capitalist society, conformity, […]



Brock Zeman – The Train In Me

By • Mar 16th, 2009

Brock Zeman is another one of those artists that I have no idea how I found him, I am just glad I did. His song “The Train In Me” off his album “$100 DIFFERENCE” is a gem. It sounds like John Mellencamp and Steve Earle should have written it. Brock is another American story teller […]



The Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang

By • Mar 14th, 2009

Another weekend is about to begin and so it should start with a bang. Try this outfit and they will thrill you with picking, strumming and clawing banjos galore. The name of the band gave me pause, but it was worth investing the time into listening to them. They are from Austin, Texas and play […]



No Age

By • Mar 7th, 2009

I was given some NO AGE to listen to after they were here in Melbourne last month. The person who gave it to me said “They’re loud and weird – you’ll like them” They were right. So lets run down the checklist. Guitar? Check. Drums? Check. Yep – That’s it. Just the two instruments. No […]



Manu Chao

By • Mar 3rd, 2009

Manu Chao is a great little find, he has been entertaining my head for a couple of months now. He is a French Latin folk singer of French and Spanish (Basque/Galician) origin.  He moved to Paris as a very young child, when his parents decided to escape the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. During the Eightie’s, […]



Lindsay Buckland

By • Mar 1st, 2009

I first ran into Lindsay Buckland years ago when he was busking here in Melbourne, his music would stop me cold every time and more than once I was late for a meeting or would miss the tram because of him.

Lindsay plays dulcimer and we aren’t talking simple folk accompaniments here (altough I am sure he can do them brilliantly. No siree, we are talking electric, amplified, signal processed, digitally looped and spat out dulcimer. And it’s brilliant.