What a week it has beeeeeeeen! Here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past week:
What a week it has beeeeeeeen! Here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past week:
Another week has passed, and with it a whole stack of music news! Here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past week:
G’morning! Happy Tuesday!
I don’t have a whole bunch to say this time around – it’s been a really busy week so I haven’t had much time to let my mind wander anywhere else but my laptop… I did some baking yesterday which was pretty nice? Also I’d never watched any of the Matrix movies before this week (I know, I’m an uncultured watermelon) so I’ve been catching up on those before Resurrections comes out in December. I’m halfway through Reloaded and so far I feel like it and the OG ’99 movie were a lil’ overhyped, but I still still really enjoyed The Matrix nonetheless. I also just love that crusty, washed out ’90s aesthetic.
My highlight for this week was 100% The Bob’s Burgers Movie getting a new release date! I was so worried that would get pulled from the slate altogether after it got knocked back last year, but it is actually coming out for realsies I am SO FUCKING EXCITED to see it next year now! Music-wise, though, I really dug the new Moaning Lisa single. The album is fantastic!
My dudes, it has been a wild fortnight. I completely just spaced on posting a news roundup last week – to be fully honest, I forgot I even had this blog.
I got my second dose of Pfizer on Thursday, and it does feel really good to be fully vaccinated now. Although, I wasn’t expecting to be decked so hard by the side-effects – I had absolutely no reaction to the first dose, but the second dose gave me three full days of brutal lethargy, brain fog and soreness. But I have a much lower chance of getting COVID-19 now, and if I do somehow manage to get it, a much lower chance of dying – so at the end of the day, it’s very much worth the side-effects. We’ve been hearing stuff about some NSW businesses starting to re-open for vaccinated people, and I’m hoping that starts soon, because I am truly starting to go postal in lockdown. I also (kinda selfishly) hope cinemas are included in that suite of businesses, because I am fucking desperate to watch Shang-Chi.
Anyway, here’s everything I got up to at NME over the past couple of weeks!
Hey! What’s up? Comin’ to you live from day [I have honestly lost count] of Sydney’s lockdown, where we’re at 830 new cases of COVID-19 and there’s no end in sight to this brutal, droning hellscape! I am feeling… Not good. Honestly, one of the few redeeming factors of this gruelling malaise is that I still have work to bury my head in, which I am incredibly grateful for – especially right now.
News-wise, the highlight this week was obviously the lineup for UNIFY 2022 being announced. Though I have no confidence at all that it will actually go ahead, the idea that I might, potentially, maybe, possibly have somewhat of a slight chance to see Violent Soho, Teenage Joans, Teen Jesus And The Jean Teasers, Short Stack and Ocean Grove at the same festival next year… It’s pretty fuckin’ exciting!
Anyway, here’s everything I got up to at NME this week 🙂
I’m running out of Bruno photos, hey. I’ve been meaning to spend more time actively taking photos of him – and of things in general – but everything has been so turbulent lately, the thought keeps slipping past me. With no end in sight for Sydney’s lockdown (or the restrictions accompanying it), it’s been hard to feel optimistic about too much. But I’m keeping busy, which is helping with the mental side of it. Case in point: a few really big days of music news, which I had the wicked privilege of helping to cover at NME.
My highlight for this week is the announcement of The Beths’ live album, recorded at their Auckland Town Hall show from last November. I absolutely adore The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers was my album of the year for 2020 – and I was so irreparably devastated when they postponed their Australian tour back in June. I have my fingers crossed they’ll be able to whip over here soon (probably not in November as planned), but in the meantime, this LP will be a nice little consolation prize. I’m stoked the film is going to be streaming on Apple TV+ as well, I knew that yearlong free trial would come in handy at some point!
I mean, not that it really matters at the moment – Sydney has been in lockdown for over a month now, and at this rate, we’re not gonna be out of it for at least another two. It’s times like these I feel incredibly privileged to live with my parents on their five-acre property. If it weren’t for all my recent health dramas, and Melbourne’s fourth lockdown, Milo and I would most likely be living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment right now, so… Thank god my body decided to fuck itself up when it did, right?
Anyway, it’s been a crazy little while! We sent the next issue of Australian Guitar to print this week, after the most brutally hectic three-week crunch. I picked up a third part-time job this week! I have to keep the details secret for a hot minute, but I am very excited about it, and I can’t wait to dive headfirst into it next week. I have been enjoying my time away from the grind, though, especially now that AG #144 is in the bag. Today Milo and I watched The Suicide Squad, which I thought was fucking brilliant. I hope James Gunn gets to make more bold, balls-to-the-wall kinds of movies like this.
We also watched the Olympic women’s park skating finals (I had to miss the live stream because I was working, womp womp), and I’m a little bit conflicted: Misugu Okamoto is my favourite skater in the whole league, so I’m upset she didn’t place in the top three, but Sky Brown did absolutely annihilate in her last run, and she 100% earned her medal. Literally all of those girls crushed it, though. What a pack of fucking CHAMPIONS.
It’s been a huge couple weeks in music, as you’ll see below. It’s a little soul-crushing to have all these reports of economic chaos pop up, and all these cancellations, postponements, etc. But I think it’s imperative we focus on the positives wherever possible – like Jack River’s campaign to get more Australian music played out there in the wild! My highlights from this week’s news roundup are:
1. The title track from Billie Eilish’s new album, Happier Than Ever, which I had fairly low expectations for, but ended up being totally blown away by.
2. The trailer for House Of Gucci, which looks fucking bonkers in all the best ways.
3. The return of Underoath! Can’t wait to get my ears around this new LP.
OH SHIT HEY! Man it feels like the past week has just shot right the fuck by. It’s been hectic.
Literally no more than two hours after I posted the last roundup, I wound up back in hospital – this time getting stitches and a tetanus shot because I’d stepped on a shard of broken glass that just tore through my foot. Fun times, right? I truly cannot catch a break.
But it’s been a good week! It’s been a BUSY week. We send Australian Guitar #144 off to print next Friday, and munching through a full platter of assorted health crises over the past two months has led to this issue being an especially stressful one. And there’s been SO much going on in the world of new music, my shifts at NME have been go, go, go. But I’m loving it! I wrote nine pieces yesterday! The chaos is truly exciting and I hope it never ends. Karen, if by some random stroke of embarrassing luck you’ve stumbled upon this (I’m sorry), please roster me on literally every day in August. AG always goes on a lil’ semi-hiatus for the month after an issue sends, so I’ve got the time!
My highlights for this week were the new tracks by Gretta Ray and Those Who Dream – cop them both after the jump! (And if you would be so kind, please consider clicking on an ad or two! I am currently quite on the poor side and every click is a cent I can put towards a sweet, sweet sausage McMuffin).
In non-news music news, I have been absolutely rinsing the new Turnstile album this week. I got a stream of it on Wednesday so I could review for AG144, and I must have racked up at least 100 plays so far. So far it’s my third 10/10 score for this year, following Girl In Red’s If I Could Make It Go Quiet and The Small Calamities’ Moments Of Impact. We’ve decided that AG’s album reviews won’t be syndicated to the Guitar World site moving forward, so I’ll pop my review of GLOW ON here when it’s ready.
I’ve also been listening to the new Courtney Barnett album a lot – and not necessarily because I want to? Sometimes and Tell Me were my #1 albums for 2015 and 2018, respectively, but I’m having a lot of conflicted thoughts on Things Take Time. I’m revising a lot of songs in different contexts and headspaces, trying to figure out how to make them click. But for the most part, it’s falling very flat. I’m going to review it for AG, but I also want to review it for NME – I have a lot of thoughts on this record that I can’t quite cram into 120 words.
Otherwise, I’ve been super out of touch on new album releases. There’s probably a good 200 albums I need to put on my backlog at this point. I severely doubt the new Kanye LP will end up on it; not because I don’t want to listen to it – even for all his migraine-inducing headassery over the years, I cannot deny the man makes some top quality shit – but because let’s face it: the album is never coming out.
Okay, so just like the last one, this NME news roundup is coming way later than it was meant to. But I have a solid excuse: I was in the ICU with a life-threatening blood complication when this one was supposed to go live. So it didn’t, obviously, and I’m bundling two roundups together again.
As a wise man named Slowthai once said: “Deal wiv it.”
(Also, in case you were wondering, I am fine now! I’ll probably write a little ramble about how I almost died for this blog later today, ’cause I have AG admin work to do and I’m gonna need something to procrastinate that with).
Apologies for this roundup coming a tad (see: heaps) late – wild times in battery city. Below is everything I’ve covered for NME over the past two weeks! Yew!