Sometimes you know some random pop culture stuff and just need to dump it somewhere. Enjoy!
No surprises that the daughter of filmmaker David Lynch has an equally twisted visual style. Jennifer Lynch directs episodes of TV shows like American Horror Story now but in 1993 she made this kind of creepy music video that perfectly matched the lyrical style of English rock band New Model Army.
Iconic actor Diane Keaton directed a total of three music videos for equally iconic singer Belinda Carlisle in the late 1980s, but my favourite of the three is ‘Heaven Is A…
‘I remember how mad I was on that day
Man, you gotta let it go before it get up in the way
Let it go, let it go’ — from Lil Wayne’s verse on Solange’s ‘Mad’
There is no point dwelling on negatives I suppose. Though I did have to write about the negative experiences from my time culture writing to remember that there were a lot of positives. The process emotionally feels kind of like composting.
It’s funny how quickly I forgot the reason I started writing about music / culture. It was to have some clips to show…
“All rather inhuman and undernourished, isn’t it? Well, that, children, is the true sign of cracking up”
- ‘The Crack-Up’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Content warning: Sexual assault and mental health issues are mentioned
I learnt media in high school by studying articles in The Age newspaper and episodes of 60 Minutes. In the first year of my arts degree (2006), I did two Journalism units where I wrote feature articles suitable for maybe a city council’s free newspaper. The possibility of writing online was never mentioned. For one assignment, I covered the then ever-present threat of St. Paul’s Cathedral…
This article was first published in 2015 by Spook Magazine, an online publication that no longer exists.
In 2013 a group of African-Australian men won a racial profiling case against Victoria Police after numerous occasions where they were stopped and questioned around the Flemington and North Melbourne areas. The men reported instances of such ‘questioning’ leading to violent altercations, and revealed they were beaten up by police on multiple occasions.
Apart from a conversation on Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s the Thing with retired NYPD captain John Eterno, transparent opinion to gain understanding of police behaviour is lacking in almost all…
This article first appeared in the online publication Spook Magazine (which is now offline) in 2015 under the title ‘It’s All Gossip Folks: When The Media Interrupts Music Engagement’.
In 2012 I waited in the crowd at The Palace Theatre in Melbourne for Azealia Banks to come on stage. While waiting, a friend showed me an Instagram that Banks had just posted. Daria Morgendorffer with folded arms, the caption read:‘Why didn’t I just stay home where it’s nice and quiet, and nothing ever happens?’
Hearing news of Azealia Banks coming back to Australia [in 2015] for Splendour in the Grass…
Below is my interview with Dylan of the indie-rock band Cloud Nothings. It first appeared on the Australian events site Everguide, which no longer exists.
Hannah Joyner: Hi Dylan!
Dylan Baldi: Hi, how are you?
HJ: I’m good. I understand you are from Cleveland, Ohio. Apparently that is the ‘Rock n Roll capital of the World.’ Is that true?
DB: That’s what I hear (laughs). I don’t know, it’s an okay city.
HJ: It’s a pretty small city isn’t it? In terms of population. What was it like to grow up there? …
Below is my interview with Gary from The Cribs. The interview first appeared on the Australian events site Everguide, which no longer exists.
Hannah Joyner: Hi Gary, I understand you’re in the middle of a UK tour at the moment is that right?
Gary Jarman: We are yeah, it’s going good. We are heading off somewhere else tomorrow, right in the thick of it.
HJ: Being from the UK you obviously tour there a lot. Electronic music is getting so huge over there. What is it like being an indie band over there now?
GJ: Yeah, the whole climate has…
Below is my interview with the musician Grimes. This interview first appeared on the Australian events site Everguide, which no longer exists.
Hannah Joyner: Hey Claire!
Grimes: Hi, how are you?
HJ: Great! I didn’t know whether to call you Grimes, or Miss Grimes or something.
HJ: So you are coming to Australia for Meredith Music Festival, you must have played dozens of festivals already but are you excited?
G: I actually am pretty excited. My Dad is really obsessed with Australia. Like, he always wanted to go when I was a kid, so it seems like, I…
It is hard to think that Dirty Beaches is a band and not a movie soundtrack playing on a loop in your daydreams. Every time a Dirty Beaches track ends you open your eyes and sigh, lamenting that you weren’t actually lying naked on warm sand, or walking down a humid palm tree lined street. Perhaps at twilight, or dawn, or sunset, or any kind of moment you wish could last forever. This is the music of Dirty Beaches.
While dive bars, cigarette smoking, and neon signs along a highway seem to be synonymous with the music of Dirty Beaches…
The below interview first appeared on the Australian events site Everguide, which no longer exists. Most importantly, when researching for this interview I came across the Cypress Hill and Sonic Youth collaboration ‘I Love You Mary Jane’.
Hannah Joyner: Hello?
Sen-Dog: Hello how are you?
HJ: Great thanks. How’s everything going with you?
SD: I am doing good, had a good party last night watching the Superbowl.
HJ: Oh cool, what did you think of Beyonce’s performance?
SD: I thought she was great, she was really good. I always like watching Beyonce because there’s so much sexiness and sassiness. She’s…