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AltMedia Complaints Process

Publisher’s Note: AltMedia currently has applied for membership with the Australian Press Council. The processes listed here will remain in place unless and until the company’s membership application has been accepted. All complaints should be addressed to the Editor in writing. Emails can be sent to news@altmedia.net.au or letters can be posted to AltMedia PO […]

AltMedia Publication Guidelines, Principles and Standards

AltMedia is the publication company and Lawrence Gibbons is the publisher at Unit 10. Level 1,330 Wattle Street Ultimo, NSW, 2007. The guidelines below are the General Principles by which AltMedia uses for all print and online publication purposes. If anyone has any doubt about these principles or an issue they are urged to contact […]

Letter to the Editor: Salute to Marrickville’s courageous councillors

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broadest coalition of Palestinian political parties, trade unions, NGOs and networks, warmly salutes those Marrickville councillors who remained steadfast and principled in their support of the three fundamental Palestinian rights that constitute the core of the boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS). In the face of […]

AMPHIBIOUS – ALIVE & BREATHING

Amphibious means “to belong on land or water, or to have a twofold nature”. Sydney-band Amphibious has more than a twofold nature and while their music genre may be blurred there are strong elements of jazz and classical with a little bit of rock and pop mixed in for good measure. Amphibious has created a […]

SWEET INSPIRATION – THE SONGS OF DAN PENN & SPOONER OLDHAM

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham were at the outer edge of the elite in the heady storm of pop composers of the early to mid-1960's America. Together as a songwriting team they were responsible for only relatively minor hits for giant Motown stars like Dionne Warwick, Percy Sledge and Etta James. But Penn and Oldham's […]

HAMISH STUART – SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD

The rolling afro-inspired percussion of the opening Songlines makes it clear that groove and feel are the priority here. Stuart doesn’t assert himself as a soloist, as can be the case is some more stentorian solo drummer ventures, but rather embraces the potential for exploration of sounds and feelings. There is a curiosity to Stuart’s […]

GB3/STEVE KILBEY – DAMAGED/CONTROLLED

A collaboration between Steve Kilbey (The Church), Glenn Bennie (The Underground Lovers) and featuring Ricky Rene Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) on guitar. An eclectic album with a moody, surreal sound coming from the psychedelic work normally associated with BJM. Unfortunately there is nothing on this album like the Milky Way “brand” that Kilbey created in […]

GRUN – GREENLAND

The kind of moody, post-rock you'd expect from a band that draws their inspiration from Pink Floyd and Mogwai. Tracks that open slowly with piano keys and crescendo with a splicing electric guitar riff and harmonise with an acoustic 6-string work magic. But the whispering vocals of Katy Wren McNamara are necessary to break the […]

SARAH MCLACHLAN – LAWS OF ILLUSION

Canadian treasure Sarah McLachlan's main asset is her creamy mezzo-soprano voice, and in material terms (let's face it), the royalty cheques from "that" song from her best-selling 1997 album Surfacing.  Following a smattering of studio and live recordings, and a Christmas album, we have her latest flamboyantly polished offering. McLachlan's thoughtful songwriting is certainly intact, […]

OZZY OSBORNE – SCREAM

Ozzy Osborne is a showbiz trooper. He must realise we've all seen him on the telly and know for a fact that he's a harried, shambling old bloke who gets bossed around by the wife and kids. But still, he persists - at least on the cover of Scream, his latest album - in his accustomed role as Dark Prince of Metal. By turns […]