The Music Roundup Week 18: Underground and Unknown: A Guide to Musical Cult Classics

10 Songs on Repeat: 1. There Must be More Than Blood by Car Seat Headrest (2020)- The Will Toledo led band's latest project is an ambitious and enjoyable sonic left-turn from their typically scrappy, guitar-oriented indie rock. There Must be More Than Blood plays out like a combination of anthemic Bruce Springsteen and the slow-burning electronica of…

America’s Coronavirus Failure

America’s coronavirus response has been a catastrophic disaster. Leaders, obviously upset at the lack of sport currently being played, have decided to take part in a new sport, the blame game. An utterly meaningless and futile process whereby no one takes responsibility, and thousands continue to suffer. Well, President Trump, the buck stops with you,…

The Collapse of the Oil Industry

Written by guest author: Bryton Johnson As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches further into its life span, governments, investors and economists prepare to face a war on two fronts. The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has had on the way humanity interacts with each other has created disastrous implications for the world of global commerce. The starkest…

The Music Roundup Week 16: An Experiment

10 Tracks on Repeat: 1. Shameika by Fiona Apple (2020)- To say that the singer-songwriter's new record is amazing would be an understatement, it’s a virtual cultural phenomenon. Shameika is just one of many excellent tracks on Fetch the Bolt Cutters; however, it does stand out to me as the top highlight. 2. Idontknow by Jamie xx (2020)-…

5 Tips for Blogging

Yesterday, I celebrated 1 year of writing on this blog. In my post, I briefly mentioned one piece of advice for aspiring bloggers, and today, I thought I would share 5 tips for blogging which I have learnt over the last year. I am still very new to writing online, and these tips will not…

1 Year of Blogging

Wow. 1 year ago, I started The Levine Lowdown. I had one simple goal, to share my thoughts online. I could not have imagined sitting here writing one year later, but I am incredibly thankful for this blog and what I have learnt from it. I have published 146 articles on this blog over the…

Why we need STRICTER restrictions

Many people around the world are calling for an easing of restrictions. Shouldn’t we at least start to open up some areas? The worst of the virus is in the past, right? If we have learnt anything from this pandemic it should be 2 things, COVID-19 is highly contagious and can be deadly. 3 months…

The Sports Roundup Week 6: Top 5 Sporting Rivalries

Unfortunately, another week with no sport. There was a slight chance that the UFC would go forward with UFC 249, however; the orders of ESPN and Disney prevailed over the strong-minded Dana White. Moreover, the NRL in Australia have committed to re-starting their season on the 28th of May, however; Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck…

A Different Easter

This is an Easter period like no other. When families would typically be catching up or travelling, they have been forced inside of their own homes to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Regardless of your religion or spiritual beliefs, I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter! I hope that although we…

The Positives of Coronavirus

This is a horrific and challenging time. There is nothing inherently positive about Coronavirus; it has destroyed economies around the world, broken down businesses and resulted in a widespread loss of life. What the mass media doesn’t provide us with, is hope. The media focus upon the tragic news stories and consistent consumption of this…

The Ruby Princess Disaster

On the 19th of March, the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship was allowed to dock at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia and all 2700 passengers were given the green light to disembark although 13 passengers had exhibited virus symptoms before reaching Sydney. Out of those 13 passengers who initially showed COVID-19 symptoms, 4 ultimately tested positive…