Music articles

Silhouettes and shadows

By Chris Mineral Penny Ikinger’s third album Tokyo has arrived via Melbourne-label Off The Hip Records and it is a ripper.  Ikinger, who has been moonlighting in trumpeter Jack Howard’s Epic Brass has teamed up with Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman guitarist) and a bunch of psychedelic musos from Japan. Tokyo is superb, with overdriven, reverb-drenched

Akin to Kentucky Diva racing away and streeting the field 

By Chris Mineral The sun is over the yardarm at The Scots Church, Collins and Russell streets. Inside there’s a piano quartet ready to play. The Emerald Hill Quartet (EHQ), the smoothest of smooth.  On the menu, it’s Brahms Piano Concerto No 1, G Minor Opus 25. Hamburg musician Johannes Brahms saw the world premiere in

Alaska Sun

By Chris Mineral The sound of the 150 active volcanoes on the Jupiter moon Io is the sound of Warped. Magma in constant steady flow on a distant lunar surface. Supreme sludgy stoner-rock. Warped are Rockin’ Lightnin’ Ben Watkins (guitar, vocals), Cris Wilson, the perennial anchor on the drums and Sammy Crawford in the pocket,

Phenomenon of street art

By Adrian Doyle It is clear that street art has become an important part of the Melbourne cultural milieu with urban art appearing throughout the city in a variety of contexts. You can find it in advertisements, on trams, in shops, on tee shirts and of course on the walls and laneways. It has appeared

Just Stellar

By Chris Mineral Music is a large part of Minneapolis, as is self-taught animation artist Tom Schroeder. The third and final instalment in Tom Schroeders Bike trilogy screened at this year’s Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) at the Australian Centre Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square. At the 2017 MIAF, Schroeder visited Melbourne as a guest

Gough Music Spark

By Chris Mineral Jack Ladder surveyed the scene at Rocksteady Records, Mitchell House, Lonsdale St, CBD.  Blue Poles, his new album was on the shelves. Vinyl. That is what matters. And he was there to launch it. Cognoscenti, arms folded anticipated a stellar performance. Ladder put on his shades, the Brown Fox turned off his phone.

Space Debris Office

By Chris Mineral Ava Gardner, Monaco Club 1954, height of summer, watching Quincy Jones on the bandstand conducting the orchestra.  Everyone is waiting for Frank Sinatra. Commotion at the back of the club, gigawattage spotlight finds Frank Sinatra there, he is in meet-and-greet mode. Frank and Ava look at one another … Courtney and Dave

Callisto Woman near Ganymede

By Chris Mineral Many years ago, a woman is walking through undulating countryside with a grey horse, like Chautauqua.  The horse hears her singing: “All I want, is to one day know myself” and, meanwhile, the Cassini spacecraft, near Saturn directs one of its scientific cameras to take in the edge of the rings of

Sweet Country

By Chris Mineral The amber light on the switchboard lit up.  Late cold night, a desert wind. At the station, the radio announcer picked up the phone. Brief introductions, and then the request – to play Johnny Cash singing Peace In The Valley … There are a trifecta of songs of note from the superb Warwick

Interstellar Cigars

Gary Numan was at the Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. There, amidst the neon buzzing of the Joseph Kosuth show A Short History of my Thought, you could hear the intro to a Gary Numan song, the magnificent droning prelude before 20th-century analogue synths kick in. The Joseph Kosuth show is a whole collection of neon

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