It’s been two weeks (give or take) since Lorde released her second album, Melodrama. We aren’t a music blog, but we have a lot of feelings about this album. Here is a list:
Today, No Award would like to introduce you to Judy Small, a queer, Australian protest song folk singer, who sings about social justice issues, who happens to be a Federal Circuit Court Judge.
As we wake up, blinking and trembling, to a new year, we thought it was time to look back at 2016 and the media we loved.
Some great Aussie albums and songs have come out recently! Along with, um, less recent albums that we’ve only lately discovered! Open up your earholes and have a listen.
We were doing this on Sundays, then we got distracted, but now it’s Thursday afternoon and I can’t get this stupid* song out of my head.
* It’s not stupid! It’s a fine piece of dark electronica that’s just begging to be used for a Doctor/Master vid**.
** I’d successfully deleted “The End of Time” from my memory until this song turned up, and you know? It’s almost worth it.
Previously on No Award: 53 important life lessons from Australian music of the ’90s
Look, the 90s weren’t all hypercolour and flower hats. We took some terrible things to heart in the 90s, too.
Blaq Carrie is one of my favourite women of Oz hip hop, and this has been my jam for a few months. She dropped a new mixtape last month; it’s pretty great.
A new thing here at No Award: we’re taking it in turns to share some top Australian music on a Sunday afternoon.
(My contributions will be mostly hip hop by women, because back when Iggy Azalea was relevant, I started putting together a post about great women rappers of Australia. That was a few years ago, and I’ve gone from only having a few names in mind, to having too much music to choose from.)
Sunday 7 February, morning (Australian time): Beyoncé drops a new single and video, the proudly black, history-and-politics-steeped “Formation”.
“Formation” is steeped in culture and history that is not ours, and most of the links below are part of conversations that are not aimed at us. But they help to set “Formation” in context for us foreigners, to whom the work is nonetheless being marketed.