I donned my cranky pants to write this op-ed about the gooey sentimentality of whimsical culture. It appeared in The Age on Monday, 20 April, 2009.
In 2010, pop music is a spectacle of artifice – see Autotune and Lady Gaga – but in 2003 it yearned for authenticity. This feature on the ‘Britney backlash’ appeared in News Limited’s Sunday Magazine on 25 May, 2003.
In 2004, hip-hop production duo the Neptunes ruled the pop charts, and this feature explores their history and their signature sound. It appeared in The Age on Saturday, 15 May, 2004.
In February 2010, I wrote a track-by-track guide to Great Deeds Against The Dead, the debut album of Melbourne band Gosteleradio, to be included with pre-release press copies of the album.
This playful mini-essay sizes up hip-hop culture, comparing rappers who call themselves ‘Big’ to those who are ‘Lil’. It appeared in issue seven of Is Not Magazine, “Bigger Is/Not Better”, in March 2007.
From September 2006 to April 2007 I was pop culture editor at bimonthly alt-fashion magazine YEN. Here’s the final front-of-book ‘Caprice’ section I wrote, from the 1990s-themed August-September 2007 issue.
During the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I chatted with Canadian hip-hop comedians the Grafenberg All-Stars. The resulting interview appeared in the inaugural edition of independent comedy street press The Pun.