The Basement Tapes

I hope you will like this new-old me as I slowly get The Electrified Journalist fully rewired and up and running. It’s just a few cables hanging from the ceiling and some loosely stacked bricks being put in place for now. But I’m building another power-station here, trying to generate a new light. Perhaps ‘The Basement Tapes’ can be where I turn on the switch now and then to take a better look inside the machine – and tell you what’s going on.

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The Rapture – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ Ghosteen

Nick Cave’s ‘Higgs Boson Blues’ are no longer opening up the mysteries of the universe. Those mysteries are closing down. Welcome to the goodbye mass.

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Remembering Scott Walker

Earlier this year I was invited into Radio National’s The Music Show to speak with host Andrew Ford about the life and music of the recently deceased singer and composer, Scott Walker.

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Down by the River: Nick Cave’s boyhood in Wangaratta (1959-70)

Here is a chapter from my long awaited biography, Tender Prey: The Life and Times of Nick Cave, a work-in-progress that’s been derailed and locked down by all kinds of problems: personal, professional and legal…

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Dead Set

Poverty is a disease. Newstart is its major vector in Australia. Sign on and you become dysfunctional and grotesque, a creature excluded from a society trying to protect itself.

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Stuck in Honey – The Cure live streamed from the Sydney Opera House

Here’s my ‘live’ review of The Cure as they were being live streamed online playing ‘Disintegration’ at the Sydney Opera House. I started taking photos of my TV screen and found myself drawn inside…

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