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Leonard Cohen bows out before the Age of Indecency 


trumpocalypse-baxterWeep not for Leonard Cohen, for he does not have to witness the ascension of Donald Trump to the most powerful position in the world. And yet, in July this year, it was Cohen’s 2014 album Popular Problems that kickstarted development of my #Trumpocalypse #mixtape.

I said it then, and I say it again now: “If we’re going down in the #Trumpocalypse, I’m going down with Leonard Cohen.”

The ‘popular problems’ he addressed in his penultimate work included past and present horrors of human suffering, entwining the geopolitical with the deeply personal as his best work always does. From the comfort of my bathtub it sounded almost like the blues and a perfect soundtrack for our times. Continue reading

David Bowie’s death means everything. And nothing


David Bowie is dead. Weeks after the event it’s a phrase that still carries an air of incomprehensibility, no matter how many times I say it out loud. Each morning I’m asked, “How are you today?” And each morning I say again, “Alright.” And yet, David Bowie is dead.

There will be a day which doesn’t start that way but it isn’t here yet. Your Girl Reporter is not given to ostentatious displays of mourning. But David Bowie is dead. And, like the great art he made, it means everything. And nothing. Continue reading

A moonlit reflection on middle age – Neil Young’s Harvest Moon


Welcome to Radio Baxter, a tribute to the FM tradition of the classic album hour. The only difference is you bring your own music. The following was originally live-tweeted on Saturday 9 August 2014 at #RadioBaxter. Thanks to everyone who joined me.  Continue reading

There’s a full moon rising so let’s dance to it with Neil Young’s Harvest Moon


Radio BaxterWhen the world gets too much and nothing makes sense, there’s still the night sky, a full moon and Neil Young.

This weekend the superest Super Moon of the year will shine down on this tired old planet and that seems like as good a reason as any to settle back for another session of Radio Baxter in the company of Neil Young’s 1992 classic Harvest Moon.

Playalonga while I tweetalonga in a Twitter tribute to the old-fashioned FM radio classic album hour. It’s easy – grab a copy of the album, by fair means or foul, and be ready to hit play at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Saturday 9 August.

Then all you have to do is follow me on Twitter @BaxterRadio and at #RadioBaxter as I tweet along in realtime with fun facts and personal observations. And share your own thoughts as we go – whether you’re a newcomer to the album or count it among your favourites, I’d love to hear from you.

If you can’t make it, don’t despair. As with previous sessions, I’ll be putting it all up on the blog the following day which, coincidentally, will also be the biggest and brightest full moon of 2014. And if that’s not something to dance about in the moonlight for, I don’t know what is.  Continue reading

Still shining after all these years – Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here


Welcome to Radio Baxter, a tribute to the FM tradition of the classic album hour. The only difference is you bring your own music. The following was originally live-tweeted on Saturday 17 May 2014 at #RadioBaxter. Thanks to everyone who joined me.

This classic album session is at the request of my very good friend Nick, a social media Luddite who nevertheless has promised to stalk your Girl Reporter on Twitter if she would just tweetalonga while we playalonga Wish You Were Here.

Oh Nick, you know not what you ask. It’s about to get personal. And a bit dark. But what’s music for, if not to shine a light on our dark corners?

At times it’s the musicianship, at other times the story an album tells and then, occasionally, it’s because the work is fixed in a precise moment of the soundtrack of your life. With Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, it’s all three for your Girl Reporter.

That’s why we’re spinning Wish You Were Here. So, if you’re sitting comfortably, let’s begin.  Continue reading

Calling all crazy diamonds – how I wish you were here


Radio BaxterSally Baxter, Girl Reporter, requests the pleasure of your company on Saturday 17 May for the next session of Radio Baxter, listening to classic albums in the old fashioned style. Playalonga while I tweetalonga to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here.

At times it’s the musicianship, at other times the story an album tells and then, occasionally, it’s because the work is fixed in a precise moment of the soundtrack of your life. Wish You Were Here covers all bases for your Girl Reporter.

Whether it’s an old favourite or your first listen, I’d love you to join me while I tweet along with the album in realtime from the specially created Twitter account @BaxterRadio or follow the hashtags #RadioBaxter and #PinkFloyd.

If you can’t make it, don’t despair! I’ll be putting it all up here on the blog the following day.

So, if you’re not doing anything on Saturday, 17 May from 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), why not join me on Twitter. BYO Music. It’ll be fun. Not in Brisbane? Check your timezone here.

New to Radio Baxter? Check out the previous sessions –

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads

Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks

Twisted tales – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads


Welcome to Radio Baxter, a tribute to the FM tradition of the classic album hour. The only difference is you bring your own music. The following was originally live-tweeted on Saturday 8 March 2014 at #RadioBaxter. Thanks to everyone who joined me.  Continue reading

An invitation to a murder


Radio BaxterSally Baxter, Girl Reporter, requests the pleasure of your company for the next session of Radio Baxter, listening to classic albums in the old fashioned style. Playalonga while I tweetalonga to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads.

Warning! The language is strong, the themes are grisly and the gore is waist-deep, more if you’re short like me. This is NOT suitable for the young or the faint of heart. But it’s great fun and a fine Aussie classic.

So, if you’re not doing anything on Saturday, 8 March from 8pm Brisbane time, why not join me on Twitter for a murder or 65. BYO Music. It’ll be fun.

Follow me @BaxterRadio or at #RadioBaxter #MurderBallads but if you can’t make it, don’t despair! I’ll be putting it all up on the blog the following day.

Check the previous session, on Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, here:

https://sallybaxter.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/a-return-to-cyprus-avenue-van-morrisons-astral-weeks/

A return to Cyprus Avenue – Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks


Welcome to Radio Baxter, a tribute to the FM tradition of the classic album hour. The only difference is you bring your own music. We’re kicking off this occasional series with Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. The following was originally live-tweeted on Saturday 25 January at #RadioBaxter and on my Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who joined me.  Continue reading

New for 2014 – Classic albums at Radio Baxter


Radio BaxterSally Baxter, Girl Reporter requests the pleasure of your company at the launch of a new radio show in the old fashioned style. Playalonga while I tweetalonga to some of my favourite albums.

The first session is set for 8pm Brisbane time (10am GMT) on Saturday 25 January. If you’re not out celebrating Burns Night with Haggis and Whisky and Wild, Wild Women why not stay in with me and enjoy some classic sounds along with some fun facts and musical musings. BYO Music. It’ll be fun. Continue reading

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