What’s Happening in LEBANON

Although Lebanon suffered an extreme disaster over the past week, it is only the tip of the iceberg in Lebanon’s profound economic, political, and social disintegration. The lack of stability has meant uncertainty and fear for many citizens, and the recent explosion only extends the long journey ahead for Lebanon to stand firm again. Hello…

2 Months from George Floyd

The below text is a transcript from a spoken word video recently posted on this blog's instagram page. If you would like to watch the video, feel free to check out @the_levine_lowdown on instagram to watch it there! It has been 2 months since the murder of George Floyd You could almost split the last…

Suppression or Elimination?

We were so close. So close to not only flattening the curve but obliterating the curve. Now, we are facing a second wave. For some states such as Western Australia and South Australia, their persistence with border closures means that they can now move freely within their state. However, for Victoria and now possibly New…

The Music Roundup Week 24: Black Lives Matter and Music

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. Robert by Jockstrap with Injury Reserve (2020)- The recent wave of glitchy, noisy and challenging pop music that is sweeping the music world has continued with British duo Jockstrap's excellent new EP Wicked City. The best track for me on this mini collection is the bass-driven, highly abstract and multifaceted Robert, which also just…

Blogging in 2020…

If you ask someone to describe 2020 in one word, you may receive some of these responses. “Quarantine” “Home” “Online” “Pandemic” “Crazy” All of these words return to a topic which has dominated 2020, Coronavirus. Coronavirus or COVID-19 begun in China in December 2019, however; the international media only started reporting the virus in January.…

Challenges facing the Australian Labor Party

The 2019 Federal election was extremely disappointing for the Australian Labor Party. Every poll projected the Labor Party to comfortably win the election and form a majority government, however; this was far from the case. Overall, the Coalition claimed a two-seat majority with 77 seats, while Labor finished with only 68 seats. When considering the…

The Music Roundup Week 23: Radiohead Ranked

10 Tracks on Repeat: 1. Spells by Backxwash (2020)- A fast-paced, spooky and downright catchy experimental hip-hop meets horrorcore number off the female rapper's menacingly engaging new LP God Has Nothing to Do With It Leave Him Out of It.  2. Grounds by IDLES (2020)- I doubt an album announcement in 2020 has got me as…

Violent or Peaceful Protest?

Violent protest or peaceful protest? This question has been challenged for centuries, and still, people argue and disagree over the most effective way to protest. The recent black lives matter protests around the world following the death of George Floyd highlighted the tension between two sides of protestors. As one side destroyed all objects in…

The Detrimental Impacts of Inequality on Australia’s Democracy

Australia’s external appearance deceives many from the broken internal reality of the nation. Australia’s beautiful landscapes, relatively peaceful politics and a ‘laid-back’ approach to life leads many to believe that Australia is a land of equality and freedom for all. However, this is far from reality, and inequality in Australia is reaching unprecedented levels, hidden…

The Music Roundup Week 22: Dealing with Musical Burnout

10 Tracks on Repeat: 1. ooh la la by Run the Jewels (2020)- Coming at the opportune time, alternative/experimental hip-hop duo Run the Jewels have come through with an excellent surprise release. The highlight of the stacked LP is lead single ooh la la, a straightforward yet thrilling rap banger complete with some great verses and thumping…

A Deadly Echo Chamber

Everything that has occurred in the world over the past three weeks has been because of one media outlet, social media. Protests, stories, opinions, debates, images and videos regarding the black lives matter movement have been shared on social media saturating many social media platforms. However, although social media makes us connected, it also divides…