Author: Simon Clark

The 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been unveiled – complete with surprise omissions

September 20, 2018

Today the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has been unveiled, with the thirteen strong longest whittled down to just six. The six authors making the cut are Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson. Although, still a strong shortlist, it is not without its surprises. There’s no room on the […]

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Track of the Day: Ruby Fields “Dinosaurs” (2018)

September 18, 2018

Ruby Fields‘ solid 2018 continues, with the release today of the Sydney artist’s new single “Dinosaur”, following on from the success of previous singles “P Plates” and “Ritalin”, not to mention her debut EP Your Dad’s Opinion for Dinner. “Dinosaurs” is a stunning track – really beautiful stuff – understated initially, with a focus on Fields’ […]

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Track of the Day: Young Franco feat. Maribelle “Girls Don’t Cry” (2018)

September 14, 2018

Fresh off the back of his previous single “About This Thing”, seasoned Sydney based producer Young Franco has returned with a brand new single — the wonderfully funky “Girls Don’t Cry”. The track sees Young Franco once again teaming up with confidant and collaborator Maribelle – a powerhouse in her own right, with a prolific […]

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Interview: Marlon Williams (NZ) discusses Make Way For Love, Roy Orbison ahead of Lost Picnic

September 12, 2018

Back in February, Marlon Williams released his second album Make Way For Love. A deeply personal record, Make Way For Love explored the breakup of his relationship with fellow songwriter Aldous Harding. Since its release, Williams’ has spent a bulk of time on the road, with a hugely successful tour of Australia back in May, and a run […]

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Track of the Day: Dr Sinha’s Jazz Lobotomy “Invisible Kids” (2018)

September 12, 2018

Following the success of their debut single “Grown Man” in 2017, Melbourne jazz & soul ensemble Dr. Sinha’s Jazz Lobotomy return with a brand new single “Invisible Kids” and accompanying music video. Contrived by guitarist and vocalist Chinmay Sinha as a way of exploring his own identity and culture through music in Australia, the seven piece […]

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Five Books You Need To Read This Month: September

September 10, 2018

Somehow it’s September already, and the quick descent into the holiday season has begun. September also sees the announcement of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, which is pretty exciting for us literary types. Indeed, this month two of our five titles were included on the longlist back announced back in July, so we’ll be eagerly […]

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Track of the Day: boygenius “Stay Down” (2018)

September 5, 2018

We’re big fans of Julien Baker here at the AU, so we were stoked to hear that the Memphis singer-songwriter has teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus for a new side-project: boygenius. What initially started as a series of chance encounters, performances and a bit of pipe-dream has evolved into a forthcoming EP […]

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Interview: Lost Picnic bound Odette (Sydney) talks about her debut To A Stranger, her influences and poetry

September 5, 2018

Last month saw Sydney-based singer-songwriter Odette embark on her first headline national tour supporting her debut album To A Stranger. The tour proved to be a massive success, with the twenty-one year old playing to sold out crowds at each stop! This week she’ll be heading out on the road again, this time supporting The Cat Empire as […]

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Track of the Day: The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble “Aragon” (2018)

August 30, 2018

I recently wrote that there were some record labels that were invariably on the money. Here’s another example: Colemine Records. Based out of Loveland, Ohio this independent label consistently pumps out high quality 45’s and LP’s from the best Soul and Funk bands you’ve maybe never heard of (but you should have). One of my favourite […]

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Track of the Day: Charlotte & Thieves “The Machine” (2018)

August 28, 2018

With their debut EP now only a couple of months away, the latest single from up-and-coming Norwegian indie rockers Charlotte & Thieves, “The Machine,” offers a tantalising glimpse at what’s to come from the band. For a group still very much in their infancy, they are one very much on the rise at home in Norway, garnering […]

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Interview: Matt Haig talks mental health, genre hopping and Notes on a Nervous Planet

August 27, 2018

Earlier this month, bestselling author Matt Haig was in Australia for the Byron Bay and Bendigo Writers Festivals. Whilst he was in the county we caught up with him to discuss his new non-fiction release Notes on a Nervous Planet, how he manages to juggle so many diverse projects, and whether there are any updates on the […]

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Track of the Day: Thando “Happy” (2018)

August 22, 2018

Despite being in the midst of a sold-out tour around Australia wowing audiences supporting Odette, Melbourne based soul singer Thando has somehow managed to find time to release her brilliant new single “Happy”. Teaming up with Melbourne producer Tentendo, Thando mesmerizes and serves notice in equal measure with this one. “Happy” is an skilful synthesis […]

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9 shows not to miss at the 2018 Brisbane Festival

August 22, 2018

The Brisbane Festival kicks off on in a couple of weeks on the 8th of September. With the festival boasting 600 performances of almost 70 shows across 17 venues, it’s close to impossible to see everything, or indeed to decide what you should go and see. So, like the good citizens we are, we’ve compiled […]

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Track of the Day: Snoh Aalegra feat. Luke James “Out Of Your Way (Remix)” (2018)

August 20, 2018

Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra will be heading out on tour next month across the United States, in support of her late-2017 debut record FEELS. In anticipation she’s dropped a new single, or rather a reimaging of the album track: “Out Of Your Way”. On this new version, Aalegra has brought in New Orleans’ crooner Luke […]

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Track of the Day: Sahara Beck “Here We Go Again” (2018)

August 17, 2018

In anticipitation of her performance at BIGSOUND 2018 next month, Brisbane singer-songwriter Sahara Beck has dropped her new single “Here We Go Again”. Produced by the ARIA Award-nominated Tony Buchen (Courtney Barnett, Montaigne), the track is a welcome blast of art pop brimming with attitude and swagger. “Here We Go Again” is a stirring proclamation of […]

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Five Books You Need To Read This Month: August

August 16, 2018

After a two-month semi-self-imposed hiatus (life got in the way a bit there!) we’re back with another month of recommended reads. Now, the absence of these articles in June and July is not to suggest there was nothing of note published. On the contrary, there were many great books released in those intervening months. If […]

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Track of the Day: Yussef Dayes and Alfa Mist feat. Mansur Brown “Love Is The Message” (2018)

August 15, 2018

“Love Is The Message” is the superb debut solo single from the celebrated London-based Jazz drummer Yussef Dayes. As some of you may know Dayes came to prominance as one half of Yussef Kamaal, a creative partnership with keyboardist and producer Kamaal Williams, that resulted in 2016’s Black Focus. The duo have since disbanded in […]

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Track of the Day: Spacey Jane “Cold Feet” (2018)

August 14, 2018

Following a brief hiatus to escape to warmer climbs (completely understandable!) Perth’s Spacey Jane have returned with a brand new single “Cold Feet” and are all set to give it the offical launch treatment this Friday night. For those not already looped in, the band formed back in 2016, with mates Caleb & Kieran revisiting […]

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Track of the Day: Phantastic Ferniture “Dark Corner Dance Floor” (2018)

August 8, 2018

Phantastic Ferniture is the project of old friends Julia Jacklin, Elizabeth Hughes, Ryan K Brennan and Tom Stephens. United by a love of fern puns, and born out of a (potentially) drunken vow made in 2014 to form a band, the group have recently released their debut self titled record, and will shortly be embarking […]

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Track of the Day: Sha La Das “Open My Eyes” (2018)

August 7, 2018

There are some record labels that always seem to be on the money. For me, Brooklyn’s Daptone Records are one such label. These are the guys that unleashed the talents of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Charles Bradley onto the world, and reminded listeners of the power of soul and funk. Now they’re […]

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