Author: Jodie Sloan

Rogue academic, philosophical sloven, and earnest scribbler. Likes: Stiff drinks, good books, and the musical stylings of Frank Sinatra. Also likes: Pop culture, feminism, and excessive use of CAPSLOCK.

Track of the Day: Tess Guthrie “WUTO” (2019)

March 25, 2019

An alumnus of the Push Songs program, Melbourne based Tess Guthrie’s first single “WUTO” (Were You the One?) is a killer blend of honest lyrics, raw emotion, and stunning vocals. Citing Jeff Buckley, Eva Cassidy, and recent SXSW Grulke Prize winner Angie MacMahon as influences, Tess built her sound in beachside venues along the Surf Coast, […]

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Track of the Day: In Her Own Words, “Steady Glow” (2019)

March 21, 2019

Los Angeles pop punks In Her Own Words are back with “Steady Glow”. Signed to InVogue Records, the band has been working with Grammy winner and longtime Motörhead producer Cameron Webb, crafting a more mature sound ahead of their sophomore album release next month. The album, also titled Steady Glow, will be available everywhere from […]

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Exclusive EP Premiere: Concrete Surfers – My Life on Repeat (2019 EP)

March 21, 2019

Ahead of its official release tomorrow, we’re stoked to be bringing you the exclusive premiere of Concrete Surfers’ latest EP, My Life On Repeat. Made up of brothers Jovi (vocals, guitar) and Jamie Brook (drums) and high school mates Sean Foster (lead guitar) and Trent Courtenay (Bass), the Brisbane scuzz band have shared stages with […]

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Track of the Day – Drewboy “Time to Say Goodbye” (2019)

March 20, 2019

When a devastating personal loss pushed him to quit his FIFO job, Cairns artist Drewboy threw himself into his music. Fast forward a couple of years, including appearances at Groovin’ the Moo, and his latest single, “Time to Say Goodbye” seems to tap into those harder times, an emotional sing-along of a song accompanied by […]

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Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe takes top honours at 2019 Indie Awards

March 19, 2019

Since 2008, the Indie Book Awards have been celebrating both the work of independent Aussie booksellers and the books they’ve raved about to customers over the previous year. Last night, the 2019 winners were announced, with Trent Dalton’s coming of age tale Boy Swallows Universe taking out the top honour of Book of the Year.Speaking […]

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Book Review: Regency London meets rich fantasy in Zen Cho’s The True Queen

March 18, 2019

Washed ashore on the island of Janda Baik, sisters Muni and Satki have no memory of their former lives. Mak Genggang, the region’s foremost witch, knows a curse when she sees it and in the mortal Muna and the magical Satki, it’s clear as day to her what has happened. Unable, or unwilling, to answer […]

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Track of the Day: Jade Alice and Ivoris “Flower” (2019)

March 14, 2019

Melbourne based singer-songwriters Jade Alice and Ivoris have combined their talents for brand new single “Flower”, a gentle electro-pop song with echoes of the likes of Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey (though perhaps with a little less angst!). Friends since childhood, Jade Alice and Ivoris have blended their distinctive sounds together and “Flower” is […]

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Track of the Day: Maurice and the Stiff Sisters “French Exit” (2019)

March 12, 2019

Ever made a quick getaway from a party without saying goodbye? Skipped class without permission? Clicked attending on Facebook and never actually attended? Well, turns out there’s a word for that. It’s called a “French exit”, which also happens to be the name of the latest track from brass fuelled power pop quintet Maurice and the […]

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Book Review: Australia YA fiction flexes its muscles in new anthology Underdog

March 11, 2019

Underdog is a collection of short stories, collected from upcoming and unpublished Australian YA fiction writers. Edited by (and featuring contributions from) Tobias Madden and Sarah Taviana, Underdog celebrates a uniquely Australian genre, one as diverse and emotive as the country in which it is written. Featuring twelve short stories, Underdog is the first #LoveOzYA […]

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ABIA 2019 Longlist revealed ahead of May awards show

March 9, 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards are back again for 2019! An initiative of the Australian Publishers Association, the ABIAs applaud the achievements of writer, illustrator, publicist and publisher alike. A 250 strong team, made up of representatives across the industry, came together to craft this latest longlist, celebrating the bookish best of 2018. The 2019 […]

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Stella Prize announces 2019 shortlist

March 8, 2019

The Stella Prize judges have revealed the six authors who have made it to their 2019 shortlist. Timing the announcement with International Women’s Day, judging panel chair Louise Swinn described the chosen works as “an incredibly diverse knot of books. […] The books on this shortlist inform and entertain, and while they speak absolutely to our […]

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Book Review: Art dealer-cum-detective Alex Clayton returns in Katherine Kovacic’s Painting in the Shadows

March 6, 2019

Art dealer Alex Clayton is back, and conservator best friend John Porter and faithful hound Hogarth aren’t too far behind either. Invited to preview a new exhibition at the Melbourne International Museum of Art, they’re present to see museum staff unveil a supposedly cursed painting. But when one of the workers collapses and damages the […]

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Book Review: W.C. Ryan’s atmospheric A House of Ghosts blends wartime intrigue with a sinister ghost story

February 27, 2019

1917. At Blackwater Abbey in Devon, a storm is brewing. Lord and Lady Highmount invite renowned mediums, bereaved parents, and one troubled young soldier into their home, all in the hopes of contacting their sons, lost to the war ravaging Europe – much of it powered by the Highmounts’ own armaments. Thrust unexpectedly into their […]

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Interview: Highway Bodies author Alison Evans talks representation, non-binary teens, and a very Aussie apocalypse

February 21, 2019

Highway Bodies, the second novel from author Alison Evans, hit bookstore shelves earlier this month. AU Reviewer Jodie had the chance to chat to the writer about their latest work, a unique slice of Aussie YA fiction, which pits a diverse group of teens against seemingly impossible, zombie-riddled odds. First, can you tell us a […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: TJ Patrick “Falling” (2019)

February 19, 2019

Born and raised in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges, TJ Patrick blends personal experiences with bluesy riffs and folk-like sounds, and we’re super stoked to bring you an exclusive stream (plus music video!) of the Melbourne singer-songwriter’s latest single “Falling” ahead of its offical release on February 22nd. Scroll down for the Soundcloud stream and the video! Recorded […]

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Book Review: Anton Du Beke’s debonair debut One Enchanted Evening might just sweep you off your feet

February 13, 2019

The year is 1936 and inside the Buckingham Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, the party is in full swing. But it’s more than dancing partners and waiters armed with fresh champagne doing the rounds here. With Britain keeping one eye firmly on the rising European fascists, the business of buying and selling secrets is booming – and […]

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Jenny Ackland, Bri Lee, and Melissa Lucashenko head up 2019 Stella Prize longlist

February 7, 2019

The $50,000 Stella Prize celebrates literature penned by Australian women. First awarded in 2013, the Stella Prize is named for My Brilliant Career author Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and has become a landmark prize in the Australian literary scene. This year, some 170 entries were narrowed down to just twelve, with every longlisted author […]

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Book Review: Alison Evans’ Highway Bodies brings the zombie apocalypse to Victoria

February 7, 2019

No one is really sure how it started. Random attacks. Censored news reports. Curfews and evacuations. The internet stopping. And then there’s Rhea and Jojo’s mother going missing. Band members Dee, Poppy, Zufan, and Jack’s creative retreat cut short by power outages. And an unnamed teen facing down her own family, who are literally about […]

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Indie Book Awards announce 2019 shortlist

January 16, 2019

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate both best in Australian writing as well as the country’s most passionate independent booksellers. This year’s nominations include Markus Zusak‘s Bridge of Clay, his first novel since global phenomenon The Book Thief was published in 2005 and Jessica Townsend‘s Wundersmith, the sequel to last year’s Nevermoor, which […]

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Book Review: Mads Peder Nordbo’s The Girl Without Skin marks the start of an impressive new crime series

December 19, 2018

When what appears to be the corpse of a mummified Viking is found, journalist Matthew Cave is first on the scene. But by the next day, the body is gone, and in its place lies the flayed corpse of the policeman left to keep watch. Silenced by the local constabulary as they investigate the crime, […]

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