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Jack Tully Video Premiere

NSW musician Jack Tully has just released a video clip for his new single ‘Prairie Lawn’ from his debut album, The Keeping. Tully talks about the making of the clip: I made this video with some friends over a weekend. We borrowed some cameras, drove around with no solid plan filming stuff and laughing, staying in a dodgy roadside motel. We had a great time but it became a mission when we started looking through the approx. 200gb of footage, most of which was shot out the car window as we drove past random things. House, tree, road, house tree, road, etc. ha ha I will probably approach the next video quite […]


Willie & Merle, Together Again

Reports of Willie Nelson’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. The country outlaw has teamed up with fellow superstar Merle Haggard for a new recording project. The album, Django and Jimmie, will be out on June 5. “The title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers,” Nelson explains. “Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers.” It’s the duo’s fifth album together, following 1983’s Pancho & Lefty, 1987’s Walking The Line (with George Jones) and Seashores of Old Mexico, and 2007’s Last Of The Breed (with Ray Price).     Haggard, 78, says Nelson, 81, “sang like he was a teenager”, defying recent online reports that […]


Remembering Percy

Percy Sledge had five Top 40 hits in the US, but will be forever remembered for the classic ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’.     The American soul singer has died of liver cancer, aged 74. ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ – which spent two weeks at number one in the US in 1966 – was featured in Dave Marsh’s seminal work, The Heart of Rock & Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, coming in at number 31. “Percy Sledge works himself into such an ecstasy of passion that, until a full horn section jumps in at the last moment, it’s easy to forget that there’s anybody […]


Video Of The Week – The Melbourne Divide

If you love your Melbourne rock landmarks, you’ll want to check out the video for Danny McDonald’s new single, ‘The Melbourne Divide’. The clip features the Espy, the Tote, the Northcote Social Club and the Skipping Girl Vinegar sign. And there’s even a cameo by Scott Thurling, the boss of Popboomerang Records.     ‘The Melbourne Divide’ – McDonald’s ode to Melbourne’s Yarra River – is the first single from Popboomerang’s 100th release, a 32-song compilation called PB100. Featured artists include Mick Thomas (who contributes a cover of Patti Smith’s ‘Mermaid Song’), The Killjoys, Livingstone Daisies. D. Rogers, Underminers and Four Hours Sleep. “Melbourne is a city divided by a […]

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Great Australian Songs – ‘The Carnival Is Over’

Each month, Rhythms pays tribute to a classic Australian song. This month, we salute The Seekers’ ‘The Carnival Is Over’, which topped the UK charts 50 years ago – and annoyed The Beatles’ manager.     A Seekers musical will hit the Australian stage later this year. Georgy Girl will premiere in Melbourne and tell the remarkable story of the first Australian band to top the UK charts. The Seekers had two number one singles in the UK 50 years ago – ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ and ‘The Carnival Is Over’. Both chart-toppers were written and produced by Tom Springfield, Dusty Springfield’s brother. Mike Hurst of The Springfields says: […]

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LIVE REVIEW – Blenheim Festival 2015, Clare Valley

Blenheim Fest 2015, Clare Valley, SA Review and pics by Keira James   With a multitude of music festivals held in Australia, it is easy to overlook the smaller regional shows competing against the likes of Bluesfest for the attention of music fans during autumn. Blenheim Music and Camping Festival is one such event that punches above its weight and deserves not to be ignored. Held on a farm in the Clare Valley north of Adelaide each Good Friday, and licensed for only 1700, this year was the first time the sell-out event had headlined international performers – namely blues legend Tony Joe White and UK-based Z-Star – backed up […]

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The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Capitol/EMI rock I make no apologies – anyone who bothers to send in a vinyl copy of their album goes straight to the top of the review pile. And here we have The Decemberists’ latest on glorious double album vinyl (actually 1.5 album, there are only three sides with artwork on the fourth), gatefold packaging, and big, rich sound. While, disappointingly, there’s no Gillian Welch to be found on this new set, the band did return to producer Tucker Martine who has proved the best person available to bring out the best in this lineup. And there are still some astutely chosen guests, including Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard, Kelly Hogan and […]

Songhoy Blues Music In Exile

Songhoy Blues – Music in Exile

Transgressive Records world Music In Exile is the debut release of a fresh young Malian desert blues band with talent to spare and a compelling backstory to tell. Songhoy Blues has the potential to top the international achievements of even Tinariwen – and the ‘T’ spin-offs Terakaft, Tartit and Tamikrest – and the popular Niger-based Tuareg acts Bombino and Etran Finatawa.As their name implies, they share northern Malian ancestry with the late, great Ali Farka Touré, who was part Songhay (aka Songhai or Sonrai).Indeed, the father of Songhoy Blues’s lead guitarist was Farka Touré’s long-term percussionist. Founding members Oumar Toure and Aliou Touré also listened to hip hop and R&B […]

Laura Marling Short Movie CD

Laura Marling – Short Movie

Virgin/Caroline folk-rock Whoa! The bio for Marling’s fifth album talks about her wigging out in LA, exploring “mysticism, yoga and psychedelics,” Marling herself admitting to feeling “on the edge of sanity” and seeking total isolation in Joshua Tree. Fortunately the result of this personal crisis, a period of six months when Marling abandoned music to take stock of her life and place in the world, is not a drug-addled bit of cosmic Calfornication (unless you put some of Joni Mitchell’s work in that camp in which case you’ll find similarities here), but rather a fiercely intense and focused chapter of singing and songwriting. Inspired by a series of critical revelations, […]


Jonny Otis – The Essential Recordings

Primo/the Planet Co. blues This 2CD collection makes a strong case in support of the epithet ‘Godfather Of Rhythm And Blues’ bestowed upon musician, arranger, composer, bandleader, club owner, record producer and talent scout Johnny Otis, who passed away aged 90 in 2012 leaving behind a rich musical legacy. Born to Greek immigrant parents and growing up in a black Californian neighbourhood, Otis identified himself with African-American culture. Through his engagement in jazz, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll, Otis, whose career began in the early 1940s, crossed the racial divide bringing black music to a white audiences. Among the artists he discovered were Big Mama Thornton, Jackie Wilson, Little Willie […]