Los Campesinos!, Harvest Festival (18 November 2012)

I’d deliberately chosen not to do any reading on Los Campesinos! and their Harvest sets entirely because of one song – their two minute distillation of pop perfection, “Knee Deep at ATP.” It’s moving, funny and exhilarating and one of my favourite songs and I simply didn’t want to know whether or not to expect…

Harvest Festival, Brisbane Botanic Gardens (18 November 2012)

By all rights, Harvest should have been a fantastic festival, even considering the inclement weather (In fact, the apocalyptic storms that never quite eventuated added some excitement, with the brief evacuation a memorable event. Crowds huddled under paltry cover at QUT, believing that hailstones the size of tennis balls loomed over the horizon: they ended…

Cosmopolis (2012)

“Even when you self-destruct, you have to fail more, lose more, die more than others, stink more than others.” For most of my adult life, I’ve possessed a simmering desire for self-destruction, a compulsion to throw everything away – abandon an exam, quit a job, alienate friends. I think it stems from wanting a fresh…

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Martin McDonagh’s last film was In Bruges – a spiky, acerbic, unpredictable black comedy/crime thriller. Seven Psychopaths is all those things and many more. The film follows a possibly alcoholic Marty Farahan (get it?) and his attempts to write a film called …Seven Psychopaths. He’s worried that the screenplay that’s supposed to be about “love…

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (III) (2012)

The abrasive attitude that was so exciting about Crystal Castles’ early work has faded away on (III) in preference of a dreamier sound. If their debut was a grimy in-your-face concert, this album is a cold labyrinth, Alice’s voice coming from the depths, buried under sinister swaths and pulses of sound. (III) embraces complexity that…

Bob’s Burgers – Season 1 (2011)

Bob’s Burgers is a good show that doesn’t strive for greatness and is the better for it. It’s often compared to Family Guy, but the two shows have little in common aside from being animation with a preference for absurd humour. It’s closer to King of the Hill, embracing a lackadaisical pace that enhances an…

My Ideal Bookshelf

Writing about books is hard. If nothing else, it becomes painfully apparent that you’re trying to use words to encapsulate a work of art whose author has already spent hour after hour choosing the exact right words. I have an incomplete Top 20 Books list sitting my hard drive I just can’t get right. But…