Archive for the ‘Commercial’ Category

Leonard Cohen

By • Apr 2nd, 2009

I know, I know, Leonard Cohen is not a new artist in any one’s reckoning, but to be fair I have some music to review and I just can’t do it at the moment because Leonard has taken over my head. So, that being the case and because Thatch hasn’t done it yet, I thought […]

The Temper Trap

By • Mar 28th, 2009

The Temper Trap fired up in 2006, released an Ep, got tons of airplay on Triple J and managed to be completely overlooked by me. BUT all that changed when I heard “Science Of Fear” over at, it’s a great piece of really commercial pop in the early U2, Coldplay, Radiohead vein. Lots of […]

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 […]

Sara Bareilles – Love Song

By • Feb 21st, 2009

Sara Bareilles is an American singer-songwriter and plays piano. I first heard her playing on the Live From Abbey Road series (which turns out to be a gem). On the show she explains how her 2007 Billboard topping “Love Song” came about. First have a listen to it over at, its a great little […]

Wendy Ealey

By • Feb 14th, 2009

Wendy Ealey has a voice that takes me back to smoke filled folk venues of Melbourne 30 odd years ago. With good reason, she has been a performer on the folk scene both in Australia and in Britain since the 70’s.

Hers is a big beautiful voice that resonates with passion as she sings songs penned by herself and others accompanying herself on guitar. Political songs nestle comfortably with love songs to form a quilt of human experience.

A song written by Mary Caruana with Brent Parlane called “Bigger Than This” can be found on on her MySpace site, is a ballsy dig at the treatment of “illegal” immigrants. “Child of My Heart” is the story of grief felt by an infertile woman.

The Galvatrons

By • Nov 29th, 2008

Flicking through the channels this week I was galvanised by the video of The Galvatrons. This four piece is from my hometown of Melbourne and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about them that jars though, it’s almost as though they are laughing through all that hair. Some hype from the […]

Pearl and the Puppets

By • Nov 19th, 2008

Bloody TV ads. First it was Sony and Jose Gonzalez, next up it was Apple with Feist, then it was Vodafone with  Charlie Parr and now it’s Vodafone again, this time with Pearl and the Puppets and “Because I Do”. (For those of you from overseas here is a link to the ad in question. […]