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Top 10 Bops of 2018

Trent Vu It’s nearing the end of the year. It’s getting too hot for my liking. I’ve even started to see some people in my neighbourhood putting up Christmas lights. Coles is probably starting to sell hot cross buns already. Who knows. All I know is that, while it hasn’t been my favourite year for […]

November 2, 2018
12 Best Songs to Cry to

CW: death, AIDS, suicide By Trent Vu I’m a crier. I cry at everything. I’ll immediately start bawling my eyes out when I’m thrown the slightest inconvenience. Whenever I receive a compliment from someone, the floodgates are immediately opened. And I can’t help but turn on the waterworks when I crumble under the stress of […]

September 30, 2018
Review—Vance Joy: Nation of Two Tour Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty On September 15, Vance Joy brought his Nation of Two Tour to Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, supported by Didirri and Cub Sport. Here’s a run down of how my night went.  The Prep Usually my pre concert concert routine involves days of last minute outfit changes, very extra hair and makeup prep, […]

September 18, 2018
Concert Review: Aydan Calafiore Live in Melbourne

By Trent Vu I watch a lot of TV. Probably a bit too much of it. There’s no show I get invested in more than The Voice Australia. I’ve watched it with an almost religious devotion since the reality singing show first aired in 2012. I transitioned from an adoring viewer to an avid fan when […]

August 19, 2018
Modjo and the Heyday of Nu-Disco

Matilda Morley The much-fabled death of disco was perhaps one of the most heinous musical crimes of the twentieth century, and no sooner than its bedazzled casket was lowered into the ground did the general public collectively turn their backs in shame. Disco, renowned for its status as the ultimate in dance music and its […]

August 13, 2018
Best Albums of the Year (So Far)

The first half of 2018 has been an interesting one in the music world. The Carters in true Carter style dropped an album out of nowhere, old faithful Brit rockers Arctic Monkeys released an album that can only be described as… uhh… divisive, and a bunch of youngins joined the scene to release some really […]

August 9, 2018
Music Can’t Be Everything: James Blake and the Myth of the Suffering Genius

By Lucy Myers CW: Mental health, depression, anxiety This article discusses mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. If you are struggling with these issues, please know that you can contact Beyond Blue for help here. “Yes, James Blake is still sad.” The subtitle for Pitchfork’s review of James Blake’s new single ‘Don’t Miss […]

August 7, 2018
20 Forgotten Songs from the ’00s

by Trent Vu There are some songs that stand the test of time—Celine Dion’s heart-wrenching power ballad My Heart Will Go On, Britney Spears’ iconic bop Toxic, Toto’s meme-tastic Africa. But then there are those songs that fall into the cracks. This post is for all those hits that, for one reason or another, everyone […]

July 25, 2018
Animal Collective have announced a new album. What does this mean for you? And why?

Alex Epstein, Reporter-At-Large The Animal Collective are a pop band from Baltimore, Missouri. Their new album is called Tangerine Reef and it’s coming out real soon – so soon, in fact, that it’ll be out some time in August. But who are these four plucky chaps? And what do tangerines have to do with reefs? All your questions […]

July 9, 2018
Autechre Melbourne Live Review

By Troy Cameron Awe-Tech-Err. (/ɔːˈtɛkər/) Autechre is an electronic duo from Rochdale, England, with one of the most diverse discographies of any recent artist. Informally meeting and beginning to make music in 1987, the group’s first formal release under the Autechre name came in ’93—the aptly titled Incunabula on Warp Records. Funnily enough, albeit the […]

June 27, 2018
Every Little Mix Single Ranked

By Trent Vu Anyone who knows me will have copped an earful about my love of the British girl group Little Mix. I love them. I’m obsessed with them. They’re everything to me. I’m thisclose to setting up a shrine to the girls in my bedroom. Jade, Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jesy always serve serious vocals, […]

May 29, 2018
Top 10 Reality Singing Show Contestants

by Trent Vu Reality singing shows are a big part of my life. It’s kind of sad actually. I have a near-encyclopaedic knowledge of all things pertaining to American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice. I can recite the names of the winners of the fifteen seasons of American Idol without breaking a sweat. […]

April 23, 2018
Oh Wonder at The Forum

by Lucette Moulang The hum of energy was electric as fans lined the outside wall of the Forum, craning their necks to glimpse the doorway and a possible sighting of Oh Wonder’s Anthony and Josephine. I was amongst the eager, having previously missed opportunities to see the duo perform despite my identity as a die-hard worshipper […]

April 23, 2018
2018 “Best Audience” Nominee List Released

Alex Epstein Better get those bets in, folks, because the Billboard Music Awards committee has just released 2018’s list of the world’s best audiences, and we are heckin shook. It’s the absolute best of the best, celebrating the most innovative and acclaimed people in music watching. But only one of these 8 lucky crowds will […]

April 16, 2018
Interview: Scrimp Shrampi’s Jake Fossey

Alex Epstein Content Warning: this interview contains descriptions of abusive relationships and addiction to drugs and alcohol. Jake Fossey is the guitarist, vocalist, and frontman of Scrimp Shrampi, a local band strongly influenced by international acts like Brand New and Mineral. He wears a baseball cap and leather jacket to the interview, adjusting the cap […]

April 9, 2018
Brockhampton: The SATURATION Albums From Worst to Best

Muna Shauki Move over One Direction (R.I.P), N-Sync and BTS, because today I need to talk to you about Brockhampton. In a nutshell, Brockhampton is a more diverse, equally charming One Direction – but with BARS. In 2017, they literally saturated listeners with music by pumping out three full-length albums as part of their SATURATION […]

April 9, 2018
New Releases Round-Up Review

Claire Longhouse Once again this time of year is inundated with an insane amount of great Aussie music. There were too many albums I wanted to review as my first blog back. So instead of choosing one, I’ve decided to review a few in convenient bite-sized pieces. Ball Park Music- Good Mood Brisbane band Ball […]

March 14, 2018
Review: Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life

Lucette Moulang Diving headfirst back into the indie rock charts, Liverpool band The Wombats have delivered a polished and likeable album, reminiscent of their earlier sound and interjected with a handful of high calibre tracks. Following synth-heavy 2015 album Glitterbug, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life harks back to The Wombats’ roots in hook-lyricism and […]

March 12, 2018
8 Iconic Bops From 2008

Trent Vu At 21 years of age, I wouldn’t consider myself old. But recently, as I’ve commenced the fourth year of my Arts degree, I’ve definitely begun to feel time catch up with me. Being an Asian, I have a warped sense of age, because we comparatively look younger. As they say: “Asian don’t raisin”. […]

March 5, 2018
6 Music Formats Set to Make a Comeback Once Vinyl is Seized by the Government for Recycled Weapons Material

Matilda Morley Ever since the government committed to its ‘Green Hands, Green Lands’ recycling scheme after scrutiny was directed towards the PM and his International Warfare Party’s stance on renewable energy, we’ve all been anxiously awaiting their first official “Greenitiative”. Here at Radio Fodder, we strongly believe in making baseless predictions to fuel our writing […]

February 28, 2018
Interview: FOLEY!’s Mick Porter

Alex Epstein On the 6th of February, I spoke with Mick Porter of FOLEY! over the phone. FOLEY! are an energetic posi-emo three-piece who play a bunch of shows all around Melbourne, and have two albums out: ASCOT VALE, and Hey, Don’t Worry About It. On March 2, FOLEY! are playing ASCOT VALE live in full, at the Ascot Vale Hotel, in – […]

February 19, 2018
Live Review: Taking My Mum to Sylvan Esso

After three years Sylvan Esso have returned to Australia and the show they’ve brought with them is well worth the wait. Performing to a sold out Corner Hotel the duo performed an impressive set, making heavy bangers out of their electro pop track. They took the audience, and more importantly my mum, through the most […]

February 9, 2018
Album Review: Lomelda – Thx

Alex Epstein I wish it wasn’t a hilarious cliché for music writers to misuse the word “angular”, because that’s exactly what this album sounds like: unpredictable and sharp, with acute vocals and scalene rhythms, melodies and chord progressions. It’s a subtly unique sound, somehow, one that I’ve been thinking for months about how to write […]

February 5, 2018
Alex’s Top Ten of 2017

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 […]

November 15, 2017
Charting the wilderness of Mount Eerie

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 […]

October 29, 2017
Lotta Sea Lice: friendship, the suburbs, and the blues you all know and love

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 […]

October 15, 2017
Taylor Swift: Minimalism, Rebirth and Dubious Behaviour

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 […]

September 16, 2017
Mouth Moods is extremely good

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 […]

September 10, 2017
Luciferian Towers: Post-Rock and the Apocalypse

  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, […]

September 7, 2017
The Modern Lullaby

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 […]

August 30, 2017
The Round-Up: Aussie Edition

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, […]

August 21, 2017
Synthesisationality

       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 […]

August 14, 2017
Life in High Fidelity

    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 […]

August 11, 2017
HAIM- Something to Tell You

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 […]

August 10, 2017
Best Albums of 2017 So Far

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 […]

July 31, 2017
Tunes to get you through the Winter

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, […]

June 15, 2017
My Love/Hate Relationship with Vinyl

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 […]

May 10, 2017
Gig Review: Good Boy & Jarrow Split 7″ Launch

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 […]

April 27, 2017
Record Store Day 2017

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 […]

April 21, 2017
The Smith Street Band- More Scared of You Than You are of Me

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 […]

April 12, 2017
What’s on this weekend?

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 […]

March 30, 2017
9 Tips to Help you dive into Melbourne’s Music Scene

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 […]

March 27, 2017
A Week in Melbourne Music – 23rd to 29th of March

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 […]

March 22, 2017
The Round-Up: March 6th-20th

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 […]

March 20, 2017
A Week in Melbourne Music – 16th to 22nd of March

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 […]

March 16, 2017
A Week in Melbourne Music – 9th to 15th of March

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 […]

March 8, 2017
Five Fab Females you Should be Listening to

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 […]

March 8, 2017
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Flying Microtonal Banana

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 […]

February 27, 2017
The First Fodder Blog: A Cordial Introduction

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 […]

February 24, 2017