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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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Photos—Lazy Ghost at The Gasometer Hotel

Ian Cranfield

Photos from Lazy Ghost’s live performance at The Gasometer Hotel on September 22.

October 16, 2019
Review—Troye Sivan, The Bloom Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

There is nothing like seeing an artist perform live in their hometown, and pop-icon Troye Sivan was no exception. On Wednesday 25 September, Troye performed a sold-out show to 7,000 adoring fans at Margaret Court Arena. And boy did he blow us all away!

Only one song into his set, Troye was already pulling out his signature dance moves: hip thrusts, body rolls and slut drops! The arena felt like such a safe space to be unapologetically yourself and really let loose.

October 9, 2019
Review—Doja Cat at Listen Out 2019

Alana Bolger

“Shout out to all the big butts, the small ones, the medium ones” shouts Doja to the crowd.

Doja is aware of her presence – she knows what she’s doing and isn’t afraid to sell it. She clearly doesn’t let any ideas of what a rapper ‘should’ be – or what a ‘female rapper’ should be – dictate any aspect of her image or output.

October 8, 2019
Another Romantic Sadboi Soundtrack—Surf Curse’s ‘Heaven Surrounds You’ Album Review

Ian Cranfield

Two years after their sophomore release, Nothing Yet, Surf Curse have yet again created another soundtrack for sad boys and girls.

This “coming of age epic” features track titles inspired by cult films they’ve cherished throughout their young adult lives.

October 2, 2019
Review—Vera Blue, The Way That You Love Me Tour 2019 Geelong

Monique O’Rafferty

Vera emerged in a haze of shimmering yellow to a teaser of ‘The Way That You Love Me’. She wore a sheer, yellow ensemble over a yellow bodysuit with chunky sneakers. I could never! With a cheeky grin towards the audience, she opened the show with ‘Private’, giving the crowd a first taste of her signature dance moves and vocal range.

September 28, 2019
11 Nostalgic Pop Rock Songs From Our Teen Days

Lindsay Wong

Pop rock – I loved the guitar riffs, low bass lines, intense drumming and raw vocals of this genre. At one point in your teenage life, you’ve probably had some of these songs on your iPod playlists. When I’m in a particularly nostalgic mood, I give these songs and artists a listen.

September 17, 2019
Review—LANY World Tour 2019 Melbourne

Monique O’Rafferty

When I first saw that LANY was bringing their World Tour to Margaret Court Arena on July 19, I wasn’t really sure whether I wanted to buy tickets.

Was I really prepared to be moshing amongst a sea of children, covered in the superfluid of teens—a mix of sweat, tears and cheap vodka smuggled into the area in yoghurt pouches?

September 11, 2019
Albums vs. Playlists—The Great Debate

Lucy Myers

It’s a debate as old as time. Well, as old as the technological developments that allow for different modes of recording and publishing sounds in a variety of different formats… at least.

September 6, 2019
Late Night Thoughts on Tyler the Creator’s Album Artwork

Elektra Flaskas-Troaditis

Completely intrigued at how he explains his interest in character development, I can’t help but voice my completely biased opinions on the way he creates a different persona in each album cover and reinvents his sound without sacrificing his radical edge. However, there is a real aesthetic consistency to this artistry, as he possesses an innate capacity to work with a complex and multi-faceted character within his extensive body of creative work.

August 29, 2019