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.

Exclusive Video Premiere: Ella Fence “Don’t Feed The Monster” (2019)

August 16, 2019

We’re rounding out the working week with an exclusive look at the new video for “Don’t Feed The Monster“, from award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ella Fence. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Ella’s musical style is rich, packed with vibrant imagery, and led by stunning vocals. It’s a sound that flows from […]

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Track of the Day: Charlie Finn “Going Blind” (2019)

August 14, 2019

Born and raised in Ohio, alt-country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Finn made his way to Sydney back in 2013, but stayed musically true to his Midwest roots. “Going Blind” is the second single from his forthcoming EP, and is a follow-up to “Picking Up The Pieces“, which launched earlier this year. Recorded with Sydney pop artist […]

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Track of the Day: N.Y.C.K. “Alive” (2019)

August 13, 2019

With the release of their debut album, Wild Streak, just around the corner, Melbourne duo N.Y.C.K. (otherwise known as Dominique Garrard and Nick Acquroff) have dropped their latest single “Alive“, and we just love it! “Alive” is the third release from the forthcoming album, sharing its name with the duo’s debut EP. Envisioned as a […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Mijo “You’ve Got Your Life” (2019)

August 12, 2019

Need something to help kickstart the working week? How about an exclusive sneak peek at the video for singer-songwriter Mijo‘s latest, “You’ve Got Your Life“? This is surf-rock at its brightest and most infectious, asking that age old question of just how we’re going to make this one life we’re given really count. Mijo says: […]

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Track of the Day: Austen “Money” (2019)

August 9, 2019

One of 2018’s most played artists on Triple J – a feat she managed with just one song! – Brisbane songstress Austen is back with new self-love anthem “Money”. If you like your electro-pop brooding yet uplifting, this is one track you’ll want to get on your playlist! The third glimpse from her upcoming EP, Austen […]

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Book Review: Whitney Scharer explores a real life romance in The Age of Light

August 9, 2019

The year is 1926, and American model Lee Miller has arrived in Paris. Leaving behind a successful career at Vogue, she’s ready to take her place behind the camera, rather than in front of it. After convincing surrealist Man Ray to take her on as his assistant, she begins her education, but soon finds herself […]

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Sydney Festival reveals Black Cockatoo as first show of 2020 season

August 8, 2019

Sydney Festival has announced it’s first show of 2020 with Black Cockatoo, a bold new collaboration between screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden and festival artistic director Wesley Enoch. Premiereing at the festival, Black Cockatoo tells the story of legendary cricketer Johnny Mullagh, bringing together Sydney Festival and Ensemble Theatre to explore the tale of Australia’s first ever […]

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Track of the Day: KILNS “So Close” (2019)

August 6, 2019

Today’s Track of the Day comes courtesy of Melbourne indie rockers KILNS. The four piece, consisting of Mickey Cooper, James McGuffie, Sam Swain, and Davey Noordhoff, KILNS began life as a backing band for frontman Cooper’s solo project. But the guys quickly realised they’d hit upon something bigger, and so KILNS was born, fuelled, according […]

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Film Review: Delve into the life of a forgotten cinema great, in Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice-Guy Blaché

August 3, 2019

If you were asked to name some of the greatest and most influential filmmakers, what names would spring to mind? Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg, Tarantino? Perhaps Eisenstein or Chaplin? How about Alice Guy-Blaché? No? Luckily for you (and for Alice’s legacy), Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is here to help. Narrated by Jodie […]

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Track of the Day: Jackie Venson “Joy” (2019)

August 1, 2019

Austin-born Jackie Venson‘s “Joy” is proving to be exactly what we need to get through the working week, and we’re stoked to share it with you all as today’s Track of the Day! The first African-American woman to be named Best Guitarist at the Austin Music Awards, Venson has supported the likes Aloe Blacc, Curtis […]

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Album Review: Greta Stanley’s latest EP, Sun in My Eyes, is an assured and unflinchingly honest listen

July 31, 2019

The 6th most played artist on triple j Unearthed last year and with a slew of festival performances under her belt, Cairns art pop/electropop artist Greta Stanley is clearly doing something right. Sun In My Eyes is the latest EP from the singer-songwriter, and it’s a six song strong triumph, featuring exquisite vocals and hard-hitting […]

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Melissa Lucashenko takes home the 2019 Miles Franklin

July 30, 2019

Brisbane based writer Melissa Lucashenko has been awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Too Much Lip, beating out five other shortlisted works to the $60,000 prize. Lucashenko’s win makes her the third Indigenous author to take home the prize, alongside past winners Kim Scott and Alexis Wright. Published by UQP, Too Much Lip follows […]

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Track of the Day: The Faim “Humans” (2019)

July 30, 2019

Pop-punk quartet The Faim dropped their latest single “Humans” late last week, and we’re stoked to be naming it today’s Track of the Day! The band, consisting of Perth schoolmates Josh Raven (vocals), Sam Tye (guitar), Stephen Beerkens (bass/keyboard), and Linden Marissen (drums/percussion), recently announced that album State of Mind will be released into the […]

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Interview: Dyschronia author Jennifer Mills on the climate emergency, Ancient Greek oracles, and her Miles Franklin nomination

July 30, 2019

The Miles Franklin Literary Award will be announced later today, and we’re slipping one last nominee interview in before the big reveal! This time, we’re chatting to Jennifer Mills, author of Dyschronia! Congratulations on making the Miles Franklin shortlist! What was it like to hear the news? Thank you! It was and is wonderful: to feel […]

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Interview: Miles Franklin nominee Gregory Day talks A Sand Archive, local inspiration, and bookish discoveries

July 28, 2019

We’re continuing our series of interviews with Miles Franklin nominees! With the winner announcement just around the corner, it’s now the the turn of Gregory Day, author of A Sand Archive! Congratulations on making the Miles Franklin shortlist! What was it like to hear the news? As you might imagine it felt satisfying for my work […]

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Interview: Author Rodney Hall on The Stolen Season and his 2019 Miles Franklin nomination

July 27, 2019

Author Rodney Hall is a two time Miles Franklin winner, and his latest book, A Stolen Season, has seen him snap up a third nomination this year. We caught up with him for a quickfire interview, ahead of the announcement of the winner next week! First of all, congratulations on the nomination! What was it […]

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Track of the Day: Nautical Mile “Marionette” (2019)

July 23, 2019

Perth pop-punkers Nautical Mile have just dropped their latest single, “Marionette“, and it’s a belter! Since forming in 2015, the band have released two killer EPs, and shared stages with the likes of Trophy Eyes, Hellions, Hawthorne Heights and The Decline. Consisting of Brodi Owen on vocals, Dan Ray on guitar, Caleb Wynter on drums, and […]

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Book Review: Take a trip through the history of cinema with Dominic Smith’s The Electric Hotel

July 23, 2019

Pioneering French filmmaker Claude Ballard has lived at the Hotel Knickerbocker for almost half a century. It’s a quiet existence, by Hollywood hotel standards at least, and Claude fills his days taking photographs and keeping an eye on the hotel’s more vulnerable residents. But when an enthusiastic young film student arrives, keen to discover the […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Four Lions “Gone” (2019)

July 23, 2019

Alt-country rockers Four Lions have just dropped their latest single “Gone“, and we’re stoked to be bringing you the exclusive premiere of the track’s video! “Gone” is the third release from the Bendigo band’s latest album Hard Days. Penned by frontman Shann Lions, it was one the earliest songs to make it to the track […]

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Book Review: Bindy Pritchard’s Fabulous Lives offers a series of rich vignettes from a motley crew of characters

July 22, 2019

A suburban family finds a prehistoric egg. A lonely woman aids a fallen angel. An American woman plots to take the Parisian honey industry by storm. These are just a few of the moments captured in Bindy Pritchard‘s stunning short story collection Fabulous Lives. Curious, yet always relatable, Pritchard’s vignettes are filled with the sort of […]

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