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Alex’s Top Ten of 2017
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Alex Epstein 2017 was an awful year for pretty much everybody, but as always, it could have been much worse. It isn’t technically over yet, but I’m planning on sleeping for the next three months, so this couldn’t wait. I spent most of 2017 digging into artists’ back catalogues, but I managed to catch a few […]

Charting the wilderness of Mount Eerie
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Alex Epstein “But I’m small I’m not a planet at all I’m small We’re all,” sings Phil Elverum in the first Microphones song I ever heard, and so began a five year journey of discovery, exploration, rediscovery, reexploration; and on, and on, and so on. Mount Eerie, and formerly The Microphones, is the title of […]

Lotta Sea Lice: friendship, the suburbs, and the blues you all know and love
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Alex Epstein I listen to this album on a sunny Sunday morning in Melbourne, just as Philadelphia settles in to their Saturday night. It brings back all the late mornings I spent with a cup of coffee and A Sea of Split Peas. It’s brick-fence, garden-wall, sunny cul-de-sac backyard, and truly lovely. “Oh, I love […]

Taylor Swift: Minimalism, Rebirth and Dubious Behaviour
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Matilda Morley In light of recent popular discourse regarding Taylor Swift’s image upheaval, the last few weeks have seen me struggling to collect my thoughts and settle upon a definitive opinion. At long last, I think I have summed up exactly how I feel here. By no means will this be another tired, Buzzfeed-esque listicle […]

Mouth Moods is extremely good
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Alex Epstein Neil Cicierega’s 2017 album Mouth Moods seems, on its face, a continuation of the usual treatment of music as meme. Anyone remotely familiar with ‘meme culture’ knows what Smashmouth’s “All Star” or Shannon Noll’s “What About Me” represent – mockery, ‘cringe humour’, a partially self-aware retrospective of the ‘00s, a decade littered with […]

Luciferian Towers: Post-Rock and the Apocalypse
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  Alex Epstein Listen to “Undoing A Luciferian Towers” here. Montréal post-rock icons Godspeed You! Black Emperor (colloquially, “Godspeed” or “GY!BE”) have vowed to return on September 22nd, 2017, with their four-movement LP Luciferian Towers. Continuing a discography that has been universally acclaimed, artistically challenging, and strongly political; the first track released from their latest, […]

The Modern Lullaby
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Matilda Morley “Curating a Musical Midnight Remedy” The first time I fell asleep to a dedicated sleep playlist I was fifteen. Earlier that day I had checked in for my knee reconstruction surgery at Sunshine Hospital, a shining beacon of medical adequacy that rests off the side of the Western Ring Road and boasts a […]

The Round-Up: Aussie Edition
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Claire Longhouse  The past few weeks in the Australian music industry has been exceptionally generous. The new King Gizzard just dropped, as well as the new Gold Class album. It’s hard to keep up with the high rate of good quality content being made over here. I’ve wanted to review all four of these albums, […]

Synthesisationality
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       Alex Epstein        thefreedictionary.com defines a synthesiser as an intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods. In many ways they are correct but in many they are wrong. What thefreedictionary.com gets wrong here is that the synthesiser is actually a musical instrument. From LCD to OPN, LFO to ELO, the […]

Life in High Fidelity
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    Alex Epstein “‘Have you got any soul?’ a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no.” High Fidelity is about music in the way Groundhog Day is about the weather. Cynically depressed record-store owner Rob Fleming’s life is not about music: as a narrative […]

HAIM- Something to Tell You
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Claire Longhouse  HAIM’s waited return offers a tracklist that seems to be ‘Days Are Gone 2.0’, however this time their unrelenting pop sound lacks the charm and freshness that everyone adored on their infectious debut. The first time I heard HAIM was at Splendour in the Grass 2013. Their debut hadn’t been released yet, and […]

Best Albums of 2017 So Far
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Claire Longhouse  And so begins another semester. Another awkward introduction at the first tutorial, another dash between classes for a fix of caffeine, and another few months of pretending to have read all the prescribed readings. So before the real stress of the semester begins, I thought I’d share my early favourites of 2017 so […]

Tunes to get you through the Winter
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Claire Longhouse We’re lucky here in Melbourne. We get seasons. Who wants to soak up beautiful sunshine all day every day? Not I. Who wants the opportunity to wear pretty dresses and run around outside without the fear of a rainstorm? Not I. Queenslanders might have the luxury of wearing their Birkenstocks all year round, […]

My Love/Hate Relationship with Vinyl
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Claire Longhouse  So I recently bought a record player that I couldn’t afford. It was on special and has all the features I was looking for. It even has a cassette player for the most extreme of hipsters*. As such, I have made it a resolution of mine to buy more vinyl. Why, you may […]

Gig Review: Good Boy & Jarrow Split 7″ Launch
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Claire Longhouse  Collingwood landmark The Gasometer Hotel is a cherished place for any fan of live music. They have the best selection of gigs from all sides of the genre spectrum, and you can go to majority of them with a twenty in one hand and a reasonably priced beer in the other. Friday night […]

Record Store Day 2017
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Claire Longhouse  It may be a little late to post this, but if you have a free couple of hours tomorrow, why not check out what’s on offer at this year’s annual Record Store Day? There are a plethora of events happening around Melbourne, and even if you just pop down to your local record […]

The Smith Street Band- More Scared of You Than You are of Me
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The well-known Melbournian punk rockers are back in top form with the most fully-formed, fun and heartfelt release of their careers, but it also raises some red flags. The band’s fourth LP More Scared of You Than You are of Me opens strong. First track ‘Forrest’ sets energy levels at an ultimate high. It slaps […]

What’s on this weekend?
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Short answer: quite a bit. A Week in Melbourne Music  Take a well-earned study break, and venture into one of the best live music cities in the world. THIS Week… Thursday, 30th of March – Longboys A laid-back stoner-rock daydream, and as atmospheric and welcoming as a snooze on the veranda in suburbia, Longboys are […]

9 Tips to Help you dive into Melbourne’s Music Scene
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Claire Longhouse  Melbourne has one of the most diverse and exuberant music scenes in the world. It’s right up there with Brooklyn and London when it comes to local musicianship and live tunes. Skimming music magazines or regularly listening in to Triple J is a great start, but if you really want to jump head […]

A Week in Melbourne Music – 23rd to 29th of March
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A Week in Melbourne Music  Take a well-earned study break, and venture into one of the best live music cities in the world. THIS Week… Thursday, 23rd of March – Howlite Electronic pop that delves into ethereal territory with layered vocals and harmonic soundscapes, Howlite’s dreamy guitar fuzz and Florence and the Machine infused aesthetic is coming this Thursday to The […]

The Round-Up: March 6th-20th
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When trying to figure out which album to review for you this week, it struck me just how overwhelmingly generous the industry has been lately. The past fortnight has seen new releases from veterans such as The Shins, The Magnetic Fields and Spoon, as well as relatively new names to the scene including Jay Som and […]

A Week in Melbourne Music – 16th to 22nd of March
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A Week in Melbourne Music Take a well-earned study break, and venture into one of the best live music cities in the world. THIS Week… Thursday, 16th of March – Longboys A laid-back stoner-rock daydream, and as atmospheric and welcoming as a snooze on the veranda in suburbia, Longboys are bringing their Mac DeMarco infused aesthetic to Bar […]

A Week in Melbourne Music – 9th to 15th of March
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A Week in Melbourne Music 9th to 15th of March Take a well-earned study break, and venture into one of the best live music cities in the world. Once again, another week in Melbourne offers an excellent excuse to escape the exhaustible boredom that is university, pull some mates together, and adventure into some increasingly […]

Five Fab Females you Should be Listening to
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International Women’s Day is a day of celebrating all the amazing women that have, and continue to, shape the world. As such, I thought it’d be fitting to give you a list of rockin’ women whose music fills stages and inspires the next generation of rad rockstar gals. Mitski Asian-American Mitski killed it last year with […]

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Flying Microtonal Banana
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With supposedly five albums being released this year, the Melbournian psych rockers prove there’s ample raw power and innovative fuel left in the King Gizz tank. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard had a career-defining 2016: Nonagon Infinity teetered at the top of the ARIA album charts, they ripped up stages at Splendour in the […]

The First Fodder Blog: A Cordial Introduction
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Hello music appreciators, players and critics alike; welcome to Fodder Blog! Think of this blog as the weird and nerdy cousin of the more famous Fodder Radio station.  Fodder Blog is your new go-to for album reviews, gig guides, and pseudo-insightful commentary on everything and everyone from Frank Ocean to Thee Oh Sees. Close that bookmarked […]

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Have a tute during your favourite show or simply want to check out the talent before your commit to any Live Listening? Look no further – we’ve got you covered. Listen to our latest Podcast below, or keep scrolling to listen to some of our Featured shows. More show podcasts and playlists coming soon – bear […]

Radio Fodder at the Farmer’s Market
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Every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm, presenters and DJs from Radio Fodder will be bring sweet tunes to the Farmer’s Market. Come down to the Concrete Lawns near Union House to enjoy some bagels and strawberries and while you’re at it, grab a copy of Farrago and chat to Radio Fodder about how you can tune in […]

2015 End of Year Party
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On Thursday, 22nd October 2015, we had an end of year send-off for The Fodder, including a live broadcast from Systems Gardens. (But fret not! A bunch of shows are continuing past the end of semester.) Download the podcast here.

Feminist Banter: Tuesday, 20th October 2015
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Feminist Banter: Sunday, 13th September 2015
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Mixtape with Timmy & Baya: Monday, 7th September 2015
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Feminist Banter: Tuesday, 1st September 2015
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Cinematic Static: Monday, 31st August 2015
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The One Hour Show: Monday, 31st August 2015
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Cinematic Static: Monday, 17th August 2015
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The One Hour Show: Monday, 17th August 2015
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Sexless in the City: Tuesday, 11th August 2015
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Mudcrabs Radio: Tuesday, 11th August 2015
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Feminist Banter: Tuesday, 11th August 2015
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Cinematic Static: Monday, 10th August 2015
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The One Hour Show: Monday, 10th August 2015
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Sexless in the City: Tuesday, 4th August 2015
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Mudcrabs Radio: Tuesday, 4th August 2015
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Feminist Banter: Tuesday, 4th August 2015
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Cinematic Static: Monday, 3rd August 2015
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The One Hour Show: Monday, 3rd August 2015
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Cinematic Static: Monday, 27th July 2015
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