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Big screen music

By Chris Mineral Some of the best bands and musicians of many genres have worked over the years with animation artists to produce the most sublime pieces of art.  It is created to be seen on the big screen of an indoor cinema, with a tremendous sound system. Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) has for

June Jones

By Chris Mineral  June Jones, a most unique Melbourne musical artist, launched her brilliant new vinyl record Leafcutter (Emotion Punk Records) upstairs at Rock Steady Records located on the first floor at Mitchell House, corner Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets. Around Chinese New Year celebrations, driving into the Year Of The Ox, this launch was superb.

Something For Kate

By Chris Mineral Two clear examples of the symbiotic relationship between art and music could be found in a couple of art galleries in the CBD.  During lockdown 2.0 many people had the time to listen to and organise their vinyl record collections. One album that got mentioned and rated well was Lou Reed’s Transformer

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

By Chris Mineral Courtney Barnett was in Babe Ruth mode, hitting an extraordinary home run during lockdown when she recorded and filmed with her band at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building.  The incredible building was built 140 years ago by the well esteemed builder David Mitchell.  Mitchell’s daughter is one of Melbourne’s most famous singers Dame

Jack Howard

By Chris Mineral Small Moments of Glory (Brolga Press 2020) is the name of Jack Howard’s first book. It covers his career as a musician in Hunters and Collectors, his solo career and the various projects he has played in such as his time on the 2017 Midnight Oil World Tour where he was recruited

Charcoal Lane

By Chris Mineral Charcoal Lane was the debut album of Archie Roach where the song Took The Children Away made its first appearance.  For many people this is the song that made them aware of the policy of taking First Nation children away from their parents, sending them to foster parents. This iconic song of

We Sing

By Chris Mineral Mutti Mutti singer and song man Kutcha Edwards is like a champion multiple group one winner. He has an incredible track record. Musos that he has recorded with include Paul Kelly, Andy Stewart, Dan Sultan, Paul Hester, Craig Pilkington, Richard Pleasance (Boom Crash Opera, Kenny soundtrack) and Renee Geyer and he has

Happy Hour

By Chris Mineral Please Leave Your Light On is the name of the album by Paul Grabowski and Paul Kelly. It is a sublime and beautiful record.  The film clip to Sonnet 138 shows jazz maestro Grabowski sitting at the piano and Paul Kelly standing nearby, reciting text. They are performing and recording at the

The Sound

By Chris Mineral Yorta Yorta singer and composer Deborah Cheetham has composed a brilliant companion piece to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  Entitled Dutala, Star Filled Sky, it was performed as a prelude to the 9th Symphony at the dazzling launch to the 2020 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) season. The 9th is one of Beethoven’s most popular

Higher Places

By Chris Mineral Nat Vazer’s debut album Is this Offensive And Loud was launched during the COVID-19 era, and it is a ripper of an album.  One of the highlights is the song Higher Places. Sunlight, like the McEvoy racehorse of the same name, is brilliant. It’s optimistic and bright like that of a song

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