Archive | January, 2010

Fresh top 92 2010

27 Jan

An alternate countdown ran this Australia Day, ever so slightly smaller, but still I’m sure people tuned in to Adelaide’s Fresh FM top 92 of 2010. Here are the results:

1 Warp 1.7 The Bloody Beetroots
2 Streetgirls Tocadisco
3 You & I Medina
4 Ghosts n Stuff Deadmau5 Ft Rob Swire
5 Heads Will Roll Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6 Angel On My Shoulder Kaskade
7 Sexy Chick David Guetta Ft Akon
8 Bonkers Dizzee Rascal/Armand Van Helden
9 Killer Jean Elan
10 Reality Shane Cross
11 aNYway Duck Sauce
12 Darling Heart Well Being
13 Shooting Stars Bag Raiders
14 Riverside Sidney Samson
15 I Remember Deadmau5/Kaskade
16 Raindrops Sash/Stunt
17 In The Air TV Rock Ft Rudy
18 Warrior Dance The Prodigy
19 Let The Bass Kick In Miami Chuckie vs LMFAO
20 Tik Tok Kesha
21 Wherever Stafford Brothers/Hoxton Whores
22 I’m In The House Steve Aoki
23 Bulletproof La Roux
24 I Think I Like It Fake Blood
25 Let Me Be Real Fedde Le Grande
26 Still Standing Hilltop Hoods
27 Madagascar 2009 Art Of Trance
28 Escape Me Tiesto
29 Secret Lover Private
30 Sweet Disposition Temper Trap
31 I Like That Richard Vission
32 See The Sun Matt Darey
33 Empire State Of Mind Jay Z
34 Need Me To Stay Tommy Trash/ Mr Wilson
35 One Love David Guetta
36 Tell Your Story Walking Sarah McLeod
37 Club Action Yo Majesty
38 Shockone Polygon Ft Reija Lee
39 Fine Without You Armin Van Buuren
40 Flashback Calvin Harris
44 Sometimes Miami Horror
59 Just A Friend Of Mine Zoot Woman
60 If You Knew Chris Lake
61 I Will Be Here Tiesto & Sneaky Sound System
76 Only Love Way Out West
78 This Must Be It Royksopp
80 You’ve Changed Lauren Flax ft. Sia

I was pleased to see Duck Sauce and Zoot Woman make it in, but where was Not Alone?!

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JJJ Hottest 100 Obligatory Post

26 Jan

Australia day is nearing it’s end, and it would be un-Australian of me not to do a post about the hottest 100 countdown. So, here’s my wrap up:

100-91:

#99 saw the first good entry, with sister-act, Tegan and Sara’s Hell. All star band, Them Crooked Vultures got the next placing, with Deadmau5, Ghosts n Stuff in at #96. Regina Spektor  held two places *yawn*, and Friendly Fires, Skeleton Boy made #92, the first of my votes!

90-81:

At #90 was another of my votes, Florence Welch‘s Kiss With A Fist which belonged far higher! (Luckily it was the first of many for Florence and the Machine). This was somehow beaten by a Jay-Z song, I didn’t realise he had released anything in like…the past five years. A few more boring songs and then Kasabian at #85 with Underdog. Basement Jaxx, Raindrops #83, well deserved I think. Aussie indie-tech group, Miami Horror made #82 with Sometimes, (I voted Don’t Be On With Her). We also had the first Muse and Mumford & Sons entries in that lot.

80-71:

I wasn’t huge on this part of the countdown. Former Strokes front runner, Julian Casablancas, fell in at #76 with 11th Dimension, another of my votes. MSTRKRFT‘s Heartbreaker got #74 with Adelaide’s own Sia at #72 with You’ve Changed. Other than that, this was a lull period.

70-61:

Animal Collective My Girls came in at #70. After deliberation, I think I do like this song, so the placing was deserved. Bloc Party‘s only entry came in at #62, One More Chance. Other than that, we saw token bogan Aussie hip hop from Illy, boring rock from Karnivool and overrated indie from Grizzly Bear.

60-51:

The first Lilly Allen song came in at #60, followed by Calvin HarrisI’m Not Alone at #59, being another song I had voted for, I think this genius trance epic was heavily underplaced, it should have at least made the twenties. The xx made #56 with Islands, and I’m not a fan of Franz Ferdinand, but I do love No You Girls, so I was pleased to see it at #55. Everybody loves Swedish group Miike Snow, so I was surprised and disappointed that Animal didn’t place higher than #53.  Next came Vampire Weekend‘s Horchata. There is something well catchy about that song, and another that everybody loves. Other than that we got another Kasabian entry, Phili Jays, and the Acrtic Monkeys, so a pretty good time for the countdown.

50-41:

Halfway through, and we get another entry from Adelaide girl Sia, with a little help from CSS, Buttons (CSS Remix).  An extremely boring Powderfinger track followed, more Temper Trap and Karnivool *yawn*yawn*. We did get a premature Florence and the Machine back to back, with Drumming Song at #45 and Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) at #44. Also, Audacity of Huge by SMD fell in at #41, which I was surprised to see in the second half of the countdown.

40-31:

I’ve never been a fan of Angus & Julia Stone or John Butler, so SKIP! Bogan Adelaide Hip-Hoppers Hill Top Hoods got their first entry. More from Muse…a very boring and disappointing ten.

30-21:

A couple of Sarah Blasko tunes made it here, proving she’s still pretty big apparently. La Roux‘s In For The Kill made #27. Finally, a Metric song! In at #26 was Help I’m Alive, but I think they deserved a little more. To follow was Canadian heavyweight, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Zero at #25. All fair. No so much as I can say for the Flight Of The Conchords entries and….Warp *shudder*, it should have been Riverside.

20-11:

Sleepy Head took an expected high placing, followed by more Muse (so unimaginative), but it was good to hear Melbourne lads, the Bag Raiders take #18 with the belated indie-tech hit, Shooting Stars. Only one Gossip entry made it, Heavy Cross, at a modest #16. And was I the only one who had never heard of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros? Where did this #15 come from? We knew that Phoenix were going to get some pretty big placings, so 1901 at #13 came as no surprise. I didn’t vote for them, only because I knew they wouldn’t need my help. Fairly embarrassing that Bonkers placed at #12, definitely the low point of Armand Van Helden’s career. The countdown picked up again with Heads Will Roll at #11, which should have been in the top 10.

TOP 10:

Now we get into the business end of the countdown:

10. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine If it were up to me, all four of Florence and the Machine’s song would have made top 20, with at least two in the top 10, but I guess I’ll settle for one.

9. Uprising – Muse This song sounds remarkably like every other song on the album, *snore*

8. Not Fair – Lilly Allen The first time you listen to this and you actually listen to the lyrics and realise what it’s about, it’s kind of novelty, then it gets annoying. This shouldn’t have made top 20.

7. Coin Laundry – Lisa Mitchell How did this get to number 7?

6. Bulletproof – La Roux This song is just so catchy with it’s bouncy lyrics and uplifting synth riffs, it deserved to be in the top ten.

5. Broken Leg – Blue Juice These guys used to be cool, this song is just boring.

4. Lisztomania – Phoenix The last brilliant song on the countdown. This French four piece had a huge year.

3. Chase That Feeling – Hilltop Hoods Yuck!

2. Parle Vous Francais – Art Vs Science I Loved Flippers, and I liked this song the first time I heard it, but by far the most overrated song of the year, so much so that it makes me hate it. It should have been #50 max.

1. Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons It may have leaked early, but it was no mystery who was going to win anyways. I’m not a huge fan and think this is overrated, but it’s not too bad.

But where were Peaches, Duck Sauce and Snobscrilla?!

Urb Best of Decade

24 Jan

The results are out for the Urb magazine best of the decade poll, so here’s a peak at the winners:

Artist Of The Decade:

1. Radiohead

2. Outkast

3. Daft Punk

Okay, seriously, Daft Punk being beaten by Radiohead and OUTKAST! What’s up with that?! Not sure that these are really worthy winners a part from Daft Punk that should have been number one, but okay sure.

Album Of The Decade

1. “Discovery” – Daft Punk (2001)

2. “Kid A” – Radiohead (2000)

3. “Stankonia” – Outkast (2000)

Not very exciting having the same three artists as in the last category and all albums from the very start of the decade, but at least the ordering is okay this time.

Best Songs Of The Decade

1. “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes (2003)

2. “One More Time” – Daft Punk (2000)

3. “Hey Ya” – Outkast (2003)

A well deserved number one and two!

Best Label Of The Decade

1. Rhymesayer Entertainment

2. Def Jux

3. Ed Banger

A disgusting number one and two, but French electro house label Ed Banger hold a well deserved spot.

Radiohead – The Reckoner

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Daft Punk – Robot Rock

Outkast – Ms Jackson

Mr. Oizo – Stunt

SebastiAn – Motor


Indie January

18 Jan

As usual, this year will bring us a large focus on indie music. Some will be from up and coming artists, some from years ago, some really good and a lot really shit, but we know to expect that. As usual, we search for a balance, between the old and the new and good and the good (we don’t really seek the bad, and we don’t have to, because we can easily find it on the Aria top 40). Here are just some picks for 2010.

Peter Bjorn and John came to us in 2006 with the hit Young Folks, which seemed all primed to be a one hit wonder, wrong, the Swedish three piece are still going strong to this day, and the song below will prove it.

Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing To Worry About

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix)

Micachu of Micachu and the Shapes is a 22 year old singer, songwriter, composer from the UK best known for experimental genres of music. The band was formed in 2008, but really started making waves in 2009 with the release of Jewelery. This year should be big for them.

Micachu and the Shapes – Calculator

Micachu and the Shapes – Golden Phone

Crystal Stilts is an American indie band formed in New York City in 2003. Though you may not have known much about them back then, word is starting to spread and you should be familiar with a few of their tracks.

Crystal Stilts – Love is A Wave **Highly Recommended

White Lies you should all know by now. The English band, formerly known as Fear Of Flying, was formed late 2007, and last year’s release, Fairwell To The Fairground made a big impact on charts all over the world. They were tipped ones to watch in 2009, and now have well established themselves in the indie-rock scene.

White Lies – Taxidermy ** Highly Recommended

White Lies – To lose My Life (Filthy Dukes Remix)

British band, the Editors, have been previously known as Pilot, Snowfield and The Pride. They’ve so far released two platinum selling albums and now come back with more in 2010.

The Editors – Papillon ** Highly Recommended

Bonus:

Outasight – Catch Me If You Can

Chew Lips – Play Together (Jocks Remix)

Filthy Dukes – Poison Ivy

The Kills – Fried My Little Brains

Whomadewho – Hello Empty Room **Highly Recommended

Vampire Weekend – Diplomats Song

(Nu)Disco Or Something Like It

18 Jan

2010 is definitely turning it what looks like the year of Nu Disco, just in case it didn’t peak last year. This genre seems to be going from strength to strength and seeing cocktail bars as the new place to be as opposed to grimey electro clubs. One of the many DJ acts over the world that is joining to strong force of Nu Disco producers is Adelaide’s own The Swiss, a three piece that play live music of the genre. Here are some tracks to get you going.

The Swiss – Bubblebath **Highly Recommended

The Swiss – Movement (Brennan Green Edit)

Martyn – All I Have Is Memories

Kid Kaio – This Sound Is (Original Mix) **Highly Recommended

Daniel Stienberg – Cry All Night

Delphic – Doubt (Ramadanman Refix)

Kid Cola

18 Jan

Young, incredibly good looking and a fantastic DJ/Producer, from Cambridge is Kid Cola. If you haven’t already heard a bit from this guy, now is definitely a good time to start following with his heavy-bass, electro driven remixes of everything from Vampire Weekend to Lego Johnson. He only just started creating music just over a year ago, but already popular on the Loose Cannon’s and Kissy Sellout shows, as well as others around the UK, he’ll be one to watch in 2010.

Lego Johnson – Small Print (Kid Cola Remix) **Highly Reccommended

Crystal Fighters – I Love London (Kid Cola Remix)

Hidden Cat – Super Future (Kid Cola Remix)

Ladyhawke – Back Of The Van (Kid Cola Remix) **Highly Recommended

Secret Machine – Atomic Heels (Kid Cola Remix) **Highly Recommended

Vampire Weekend – Horchata (Kid Cola Remix) **Highly Recommended

A Now For Something A Little Bit Different

18 Jan

What do you get when you mash up a tune from a Disney classic and a track from a UK drum n bass DJ? You get Parker’s Where’s My Monkey! Featuring a blend of  TC’s Where’s My Money, remixed by Caspa, and a song from The Jungle Book, here’s is the best novelty track out of 2009.

Parker – Where’s My Monkey