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Review: Sound of Metal

Daniel Snowden

Understated and unequivocally authentic, Sound of Metal is a stirring rehabilitation drama that sits with the importance of identity and the inevitability of change.

May 26, 2021
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Our Band Could Be Online: My Bloody Valentine Returns To Streaming

Connor Millsom

That some people are happier spending their spare money on vinyl and their spare time on niche internet forums is not wrong; it’s pretentious in a way that many music fans would like to be—a means of possessing and guarding the things they care about.

May 7, 2021
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Around the World in Film: Princess Mononoke – The Ultimate Environmentalist Film

Zoe Jayne

For me, Princess Mononoke reimagines the role humans can play in our world. We do not have to be a plague on the planet. We can choose differently.

May 6, 2021
Old Quad: The Multivocal Exhibition

Annalyce Wiebenga

The Multivocal exhibition “celebrates the creation, performance and experience of music at the University of Melbourne, past and present.”

May 3, 2021
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Review: Compose Queer

Annalyce Wiebenga

Compose Queer was a space where I felt welcome and at peace, both as a classical singer and as a queer person.

April 19, 2021
Review: Very Mature (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

Zoe Jayne

Self-described as “the perfect how-to guide. Or rather, the ultimate how-not-to guide” of being in your 20s, Ethan and Sweeney happily invite the crowd to bear witness to their stumbles through adulthood.

April 7, 2021
In Conversation with Cam Wade: Meadow Festival

Ava Nunan

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, Meadow 2020 was cancelled only days before it was planned to go ahead. Cam was on his way to a friend’s wedding when he realised he’d have to drop a whole years work.

April 6, 2021
Nick Batterham on Lovebirds

Sarah Jackson

The album’s strength lies in its instrumental prowess and rich orchestration. Batterham and his talented collaborators combine piano, strings, guitar, percussions, woodwind and brass with sincere and haunting lyrics, resulting in a striking interplay of shadow and light.

April 2, 2021
4 of the Most Bizarre Music Conspiracy Theories

Sidonie Bird de la Coeur

The year is 1977 and a surprisingly convincing Stevie Nicks impersonator act accidentally kills the real Stevie Nicks in a car crash. After making the decision to swap the bodies, she lives as the front woman for Fleetwood Mac at the height of their fame … but at what cost?

March 31, 2021
Counting the beat: 6 tunes with unusual timing

Sarah Jackson

What is it about those songs? You know the ones I mean. They grab your attention, seem a little jarring, or a bit quirky. You’re not quite sure why they appeal but they do.

It could be that they have an unusual time signature …

March 24, 2021
Mixtape Memories: Songs from Summer ‘86

Sarah Jackson

It was late November 1986, school was out forever, and I was about to travel to Surfer’s Paradise for Schoolies. With my Robert Palmer T-shirt in my travel bag and the case of West Coast Wine Coolers waiting by the door, all I had left to do was prepare my mix tape.

March 17, 2021
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“Music” by Sia Should Not Exist

Annalyce Wiebenga

“Music” by Sia is an ableist nightmare that masquerades as a “love letter” to autistic people.

March 8, 2021
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Pizza, Pods and Parking-Lots: How Melbourne Music Adapted to COVID-19

Ava Nunan

Melbourne’s music industry has shown resilience and adaptability. With live events now subject to Coronavirus restrictions, local venues and promoters have creatively accommodated to capacity limits in the face of ongoing strife.

February 28, 2021
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A Radio Fodder Anti Valentine’s Day Playlist

Are the nausea-inducing ads depicting beautiful couples exchanging expensive gifts over outrageously-priced meals getting up your nose? How about those anxiety-inducing dating scam app advertisements? We hear you. Here at Radio Fodder, we say ‘boo sucks’ to Valentine’s day and commercialised romance. Take a stand with us and enjoy our list of anti-romance songs. All […]

February 14, 2021
Kylie’s Disco: New Mastery of a Familiar Genre

Mark Yin

Kylie’s 15th studio album brings a newfound sense of self to a genre that she knows better than perhaps any of her contemporaries. The result is a disco-pop album that feels familiar at first, but this time—and surprisingly for the first time in her career—on her own terms.

November 24, 2020
Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land: A playlist to celebrate First Nations music

Isabella Ross

The Australian Indigenous music scene is growing rapidly. From acoustic jams to silky smooth pop, hip-hop and all the avenues between, First Nations musicians have got you covered. This playlist is one that will hang around for my life.

November 22, 2020
How Your Favourite TV Characters Would Act in Lockdown

Christina Savopoulos

I’m 100% sure that Homer Simpson wouldn’t even be aware of the pandemic happening. If he did (by some miracle) find out and understood what it meant, he would most likely try and eat a bat to reverse the virus, in a Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror turn of events. Us mere mortals just can’t argue with Homer’s logic.

October 30, 2020
ENOLA HOLMES: Energetic and Headstrong Enola Steps Out from Sherlock’s Shadow

Christina Savopoulos

It’s now time for a new member of the Holmes family to take centre stage. Netflix’s Enola Holmes might not be on par with some of the great mysteries such as Murder on the Orient Express, but it does provide an insightful glance into women’s roles during the Victorian period through an observant and outspoken protagonist.

October 9, 2020
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Down to an Acceptable Number of Drummers

Maddison Moore

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drummer Eric Moore has announced his departure from the band. Moore is stepping back as member and manager to one of Melbourne’s most prolific bands to focus his attention solely on growing his independent record label, Flightless Records.

September 7, 2020
Mixing Colours Expanded: Polyphonic Bliss in Monotonous Times

Mark Yin

The expanded edition of Roger and Brian Eno’s Mixing Colours is a timely injection of effervescence into the dullness of a Melbourne winter; 25 richly-layered yet elusively nebulous tracks, depicting all the colours, minerals and textures we might forget by the time we’re out of this supposedly interminable present.

September 2, 2020
Fodder Blog Content List 2020

Is writing for Pitchfork your dream job? The Fodder Blog publishes a range of written pieces and audio-visual content about creative industries, ranging from concert and album reviews, to interviews with artists, to promotional material for performers and more! Please email pitches, enquiries and cold submissions to our editor Lauren.

August 17, 2020
FOLKLORE IS A GAY ALBUM WHETHER TAYLOR SWIFT INTENDED IT OR NOT

Markella Votzourakis

Folklore is a series of whimsical, cleverly-produced songs that sucker-punch you with nostalgia whether you want it or not. If this album were a day of the week, it would be Thursday. Season? Autumn. Vibe? Forest, witch, youth, love, stories… the queer experience. Stay with me.

August 16, 2020
My Lockdown Viewing Diary – What I’ve Watched During These Incredibly Long Months

Keely Tzoukos

What good would all my recent binge-watching be if I couldn’t share it with all of you? I’ve cobbled together my viewing diary, an eclectic mix of programs that pinpoint the many vicissitudes of housebound life. Hopefully it inspires you with ways to get through another five weeks of lockdown!

August 10, 2020
21 Reasons Why Missy Higgins is the Only Musician for Me

Sarah Peters

4. ‘Lies will lock you up with truth the only key’ — her lyrics are honest and expressive.

8. “I’ve had a couple of bras thrown at me onstage, which is pretty awesome.”

10. Her music feels like home. I am safe there.

August 5, 2020
Experience of a (Cinematic) Lifetime

James Gordon

It’s fun to regard films as a detached version of “experiencing a lifetime”, to view them as little lives we can watch over with a comfortable God-like mentality. We can even watch them and associate them with ‘eras’ of our own lives. And while we fill our lives with these fictional ‘lifetimes’, it’s simultaneously tempting to believe our own lifetime will be like the lifetimes we’re watching.

July 29, 2020
Spectrum Playlist

Marsya Ali

As someone who struggles with depression, music has been a constant factor in helping me feel better when the blues come. This playlist is full of songs that I feel reflect the pondering, sinking and drowning sort of feelings that come on now and then.

July 21, 2020
Anachronisms, Madonna Comparisons and Gaga’s Chromatica

Mark Yin

In the ’00s and ’10s Lady Gaga became legendary. She took dance music and put it in a blender, shat on it, vomited on it, ate it, gave birth to it, and that is why she’s beloved. Is ‘Chromatica’ good music? Undoubtedly. But did it have this effect? Unfortunately not…because it’s already been done before…about a decade ago. By her.

July 15, 2020
The Actor Paradox

James Gordon

Isn’t it interesting that actors aren’t actors in the world of the films they act in? The characters of these films must watch something in their spare time, and it can’t be the same stuff we watch (with them in it!). If only we could enter the universe of any film and watch the subsequent films that only exist in that film’s universe, and then we could go inside the cinematic universes of those films. A babushka doll of cinematic universes that never ends.

July 11, 2020
Top 5 NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

Elektra Flaskas-Troaditis

The NPR Tiny Desk – a Youtube music haven for all music lovers. The true top five performances embody authentic artistry and skilfully experiment with their own sound, pushing boundaries and peaking creatively.

May 27, 2020
Five (Mostly) Relaxing Albums to Help You Coast Through Your Time at Home

Dominic Barr

If the walls of your own home are starting to feel a bit suffocating, or if you’re just feeling a bit bored, music can be the breath of fresh air you might need to traverse this uncertain time. These five albums span a range of genres and emotional qualities, but they’re all here to comfort you though the most menial and mundane of your days at home.

May 13, 2020
Need a laugh? 7 Sitcom Episodes That Will Cure Your Iso Blues

Keely Tzoukos

It’s easy to feel lonely in times like these. But have no fear!

Whether you’re missing family and friends, juggling anxiety over uni grades and an impending global recession (it’s weird how the mind of a student can easily equate these two things), or just having a bad day, I’ve got you covered.

April 28, 2020
New Releases: Nostalgic Bops For When We Used To Be Able to Leave the House

Mark Yin

They say that, in a time when all you want is to be able to go outside again, music helps. It helps you remember what life was like Before All This. Some of these artists are local heroes, others are global superstars. Some of their songs are filled with 80s synths, others draw influence from the eclectic sounds of the 2000s, but what their music has in common is an evocation of simpler times. Of times before COVID-19, at least.

April 26, 2020
Review—Netflix’s Anne with an E

Bridey Ellis

It’s hard to become obsessed with watching a series with so many options right at our fingertips. But driven by well-thought out plot lines, stunning cinematography and breathtaking costume design, Anne with an E, an adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables, shines through as a series too good to be missed. It’s a three-season epic to be binge watched to your heart’s content.

April 15, 2020
The Persistent Genius of Bob Dylan: Unravelling Murder Most Foul

Will Minack

After an eight-year drought of original material, the enigmatic folk icon returns with a 17-minute cultural odyssey centred on the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

April 12, 2020
Interview—Calico Sunday: Fresh Band, Fresh Single, Refreshing Sound

Lauren Berry

Young Melbourne rock n’ roll band Calico Sunday’s new single ‘She’s My Gun’ is out now. The song represents the band’s essence; it has a classic sound, rich, golden female vocals, sizzling lead guitar breaks and hard, honest drum beats. The up and coming band’s music is familiar, yet twinged with new flavours…convention pushing its way into innovation.

April 11, 2020
Blanket Songs for Staying Calm and Staying Inside

Radio Fodder Music and Blog Teams

If a soothing cup of tea ☕️ could make noise it would sound like this playlist.

April 4, 2020
Niall Horan ‘Heartbreak Weather’ Album Review: PLEASE SIR, MAY I HAVE SOME DEVOTION?

Markella Votzourakis

Niall Horan uses his second studio album Heartbreak Weather to analyse the rise and fall of a relationship from different points of view. But he is rarely accusatory or even particularly self-pitying throughout, which is refreshing and consistent with his clean, easy-going marketing image. How coincidental!

March 26, 2020
11 Greatest Television Theme Songs of All Time

Keely Tzoukos

It’s time for me to dust off my novelty Central Perk coffee mug, serenade my neighbour’s stinky feline, and dance wildly in the fountain behind the Royal Exhibition Building, because the cast of Friends is reuniting.

In honour of the forthcoming reunion special, I’ve compiled a list of the best television theme songs of all time. Because we all know Friends would be nothing without those four – NOT five – iconic claps…

March 22, 2020
The Good Place—Blazingly Clever Yet Misfiring Series Comes to a Poignant End (Review)

Keely Tzoukos

Only after you’ve endured The Good Place’s dreary and shambolic final seasons, does it become clear that the earlier seasons were truly magnificent. Likewise, it’s only after the finale, as you find yourself surrounded by tear-stained tissues, that you connect emotionally with the series and its overarching message.

February 25, 2020
Review—Scott & Charlene’s Wedding at The Tote Hotel

Will Minack

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding returned to the Tote last month, launching a batch of wry, restless tracks from their new EP When in Rome, Carpe Diem.

Craig Dermody and co. took to the stage nearly an hour late, just moments before midnight. Nobody in the Tote crowd seemed to mind. The Melbourne-based band were playing on their home ground – and kicking into the wind.

February 25, 2020
Big Cats Come Out to Play—The Cat Empire at Melbourne Zoo Twilights Review

Lauren Berry

Dance-party aficionados The Cat Empire brought a musically-ferocious, family-friendly fiesta to Melbourne Zoo’s Twilights event this summer. I went along to check out the cats playing at the zoo, in awe at their ability to connect us all in a serotonin-explosion of human celebration.

February 18, 2020
Mariah Carey, Three Decades On

Mark Yin

She’s the only artist ever to top the Billboard Hot 100 in four decades, from ‘Vision of Love’ in 1990 to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, the last chart-topper of 2019 and the first of the 2020s. 2020 will also mark the 30th anniversary of her eponymous debut album, still serving as an inspiration to a generation of artists.

February 17, 2020
Music moods for Valentine’s Day

Radio Fodder Music Team, Bec Meier

Valentine’s Day is a day of many emotions, whether you love the idea of the day or hate it. So, to help move the day along, we made playlists to suit all and any of your Valentine’s needs.

February 14, 2020
Review—Carly Rae Jepsen, The Dedicated Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

Last Monday 2 December, Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen brought The Dedicated Tour to The Forum, Melbourne for a sold out show that could only be described as a modern-day disco extravaganza.

December 12, 2019
Review—Middle Kids, New Songs For Old Problems Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

On Sunday 17 November, Sydney alt-rock band Middle Kids returned to The Forum for the Melbourne leg of their New Songs For Old Problems Tour.

And boy was I blown away.

November 28, 2019
Blurring Genres—Gorillaz, and the Art of Indescribable Music

Lauren Berry

As with other art forms, music resonates with the body­—it plucks at your heart strings, or, if it’s not especially poetic, it at least stimulates exhilaration throughout your blood, or jams with the inner snare drum of your soul. Music makes us feel something indescribable—and perhaps it shouldn’t have to be described in words, but left as a beautiful craft and stimulus for our wordless inner contentment.

November 18, 2019
Alex Cameron—‘Miami Memory’ Album Review

Will Minack

On Miami Memory—an intimate portrayal of a modern-day relationship—Alex Cameron sheds his skin. He empties out the wardrobe of elaborate costumes he spent years crafting across his first two albums. In place of these characters, Cameron steps into the spotlight as himself, showcasing a skilled ability to write songs with naked sincerity.

November 17, 2019
When Did It All Stop Making Sense?

Lauren Berry

‘How did I get here?’ and other questions you may ask yourself…

November 17, 2019
The Grogans ‘Just What You Want’—Album Review In Brief

Ian Cranfield

In early October, Melbourne surf-Rock band The Grogans released their debut album Just What You Want. It’s the album you didn’t know you needed.

November 8, 2019
Angel Olsen’s Lesson in Knowing Yourself—‘All Mirrors’ Album Review

Tiia Kelly

Although Olsen’s record takes place in the aftermath of a breakup, it resists the typical conventions of a ‘breakup album’. Here, the past is not a source of pain, but a catalyst for reflection. The album does not mourn, so much as it makes peace.

October 27, 2019
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