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Splendour 2010

16 Apr

It would be an understatement to say that this year’s Splendour In The Grass lineup is amazing. Held July28th – August 2nd and tickets starting at $350 (on sale May 6th), this is sure to sell out quickly.

Lineup highlights include: The Strokes, Florence, Ting Tings, Goldfrapp, Miike Snow, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Two Door Cinema Club, Midnight Juggernauts, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Little Red, Yeasayer, Delphic, We Are Scientists, Foals, Space Invadas, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Band Of Skulls, Miami Horror, Van She Tech and loads more!  See the full line up here.

The Strokes – Heart In A Cage

Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over (Breakage Remix)

Yeasayer – Ambling Alp

Dragonette – Pick Up The Phone (Arithmatix! Van She Tech Remix) **highly recommended

Miike Snow – Cult Logic **highly recommended

Hot Chip – Take It In

Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk (French Horn Rebellion) **highly recommended

Midnight Juggernauts – Vital Signs

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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?!

2009! #30-#26

25 Dec

30 Peaches – I Feel Cream

Sorry, on her second song in the countdown, I couldn’t resist using this picture. Even at 40, Toronto-born Merrill Beth Nisker is as crude and rocking as ever and we love it. Like her older stuff, this is super charged with filthy, raunchy sex driven lyrics over juicy electro basslines. And it’s great that in the latest album she has brought us the best of her vocal abilities, ranging from the gentle, soft murmur in I Feel Cream to the aggressive rapping in Billionaire, featured earlier in the countdown. Being produced by Peaches herself along with Soulwax, Simian Mobile Disco and Digitalism, it’s easy to see how this became such a club hit.

Peaches – I Feel Cream

29 Miike Snow – Animal

This Stockholm trio have burst into the indie music scene in 2009 and owe a great deal of success to Animal. With an extremely catchy chorus, this song is almost like the “Kids” of 2009, open to remix and dancefloor abuse in clubs worldwide, but it’s an amazing track so I doubt many people will mind if it’s overplayed. Quirky, happy and lighthearted, this song is easy to listen to and has become one of the biggest indie gems of 2009. The videoclip is also worth checking out.

Miike Snow – Animal Videoclip

Miike Snow – Animal

28 Metric – Gold, Guns, Girls

I think that Monster Hospital will always be Metric’s best song, but this tune still rocked my socks. There is something really addictive about Emily Haine’s voice, that also makes it really easy to either rock out to or chillout to (in this case rock out). Off their latest album, Fantasies, which has already had a lot of success, this indie rock anthem is one of many songs to become instant hits. Perfect to listen to live at a music festival I might add.

Metric – Gold, Guns, Girls

27 Little Boots – Mathematics

This song by the pint sized UK singer/song writer may have been one of the last released from her debut album Hands, but in my opinion definitely one of the best. As well as on a pop level, it also works on an indie-electro level. It’s catchy, synthy, and dancable. Inspired by Sylvia Plath’s poem, Love Is A Parallax, this song uses mathematics as a metaphor for love quite effectively, with puns like “divide a heart by a heart”. And for anyone who’s done a bit of maths themselves, it’s to tempting to love this song, even if at the core, it’s not really about maths, we can still appreciate the puns.

Little Boots – Mathematics

26 Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorceses

This guy is the only example of Aussie hip hop that I actually like, and don’t stop there, I love him! It must be the way that he blends in his hip hop style with rock riffs and indie electro-synth backing music. Heartbreak Scorceses seems to float between sounding sad and happy, although the subject might be sad, there is something about the music that makes it sound slightly upbeat, and this duality works really well for the song. The futuristic synth sounds that introduce and end this song give it that Scrilla cool that groups him with the sophisticated indie crowd instead of the hip hop bogans…give the ’96 Bulls remix a listen too.

Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorceses (’96 Bulls Remix)

Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorceses

2009 Remixed!

21 Dec

Oh my goodness, only four days until Christmas, and what better way to spread the Christmas cheer than with a novelty Christmas song by a mainstream artist? With a list of the year’s best remixes of course! Why would you want to listen to a novelty Christmas song by a mainstream artist? The truth is you wouldn’t, so here are my picks for the best remixes of the 2009;

20. 1901 (Ryan Nexus Remix) – Phoenix

19. Strange Enough (Mr. Oizo Remix) – N.A.S.A.

18. Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit Remix) – Florence and the Machine

17. Walking On A Dream (Kids at the Bar Remix) – Empire of the Sun

16. A Milli (Nadastrom Remix) – Lil Wayne

15. Black & Blue (Tiga Remix) – Miike Snow

14. I Love London (Paparazzi Remix) – Crystal Fighters

13. Love Long Distance (Fake Blood Remix) – The Gossip

12. Dominos (Switch Remix) – The Big Pink

11. Seven (Crookers Remix) – Fever Ray

10. Dawn of the Dead (Station X Remix) – Does It Offend You Yeah

9. Radio Ladio (Radioclit Swedish Remix) – Metronomy

8. Heartbreak Scorceses (’96 Bulls Remix) – Snobscrilla

7. Youth & Vitality (Designer Drugs Remix) – Tigersapien

6. Crimewave (LA Riots Remix) – Crystal Castles

5. Strictly Game (Kids at the Bar Remix) – Harlem Shakes

4. Heads Will Roll (Ryan Nexus Remix) – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

3. Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix) – Annie

2. Half in Love with Elizabeth (Foamo Re-edit) – Mystery Jets

1. Love Kills (Sidechains vs Buffetlibre Remix) – Little Boots

And!….honourable mentions to:

Animal (Fake Blood Remix) – Miike Snow

Buttons (CSS Remix) – Sia

I’m In Miami Bitch (Ruckus Roboticus Remix) – LMFAO

Cornelius vs Girls On Film (Aggro 1) – Bloody Beetroots vs Duran Duran

Foamo Taking Off

2 Oct

foamo

London fidget house-dub step extrodinare, Foamo, will finally begin his Australia tour tomorrow night in Sydney and we thoroughly recommend that you don’t miss this guy. Foamo already made waves his last Australian tour over NYE, but he’s back again to rock clubs down under! In celebration, he’s created a mix for Australia that you can download below.

Foamo Mix For Australia

Tracklist:

1. Crookers – Put Your Hands On Me (Solo Remix)

2.  Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent

3. Brodinski & Noob – Peanut Club

4. Matt Cant & Scatterbish – Hornbo (Sticky k Remix)

5. DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto – Con Alegria (Solo More Cowbell Remix)

6. Bassnectar- Yo (Speakerjunk Remix)

7. Diplo & Laidback Luke – Hey! (Foamo Remix)

8. Major Lazer – Pon Di Floor (Faomo Edit)

9. Dub Pistols – I’m In Love (Foamo Remix)

10. Jack Beats – What (Foamo Remix)

11. Buraka Som Sistema feat. Kano – Skank (Foamo Remix)

12. Primary 1 & Riton – Who’s There (L-Vis 1990 Remix)

13. Future Prophecies – Dreadlock (Foamo Remix)

14. Lazy Rich – Funk Jet (Jay Robinson & Superbeatz Remix)

15. Jack Beats – UFO

16. Buraka Som Sistema – Lisboa Luanda

17. Hadouken – MAD (Detboi Remix)

18. Udachi & Jubilee – Smokerrings Edit

19. Count & Sinden – Mega

20. Caged Baby – Forced ( Foamo Remix)

21. Blake – What I Need (Knuckles Remix)

22. Foamo – Wardance (Disco Of War Remix)

23. Digital Manges – Manges (Sharkslayer Remix)

24. Man Like Me – London Town (Foamo Remix)

25. Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend (Fake Blood Remix)

26. La Roux – Bulletproof (Foamo Remix)

27. Tune Brothers – Girlfriend (Blaze Tripp Remix)

28. Miike Snow – Black & Blue (Jaymo and Andy George Remix)

29. Mr. Hudson – White Lies (Rusko Remix)

But he didn’t put on his best remix so I’ve got it here for you guys

Mystery Jets – Half In Love With Elizabeth (Foamo Remix)

Shows:

Oct 3rd @ Scattermish, Epsy, Melbourne

Oct 4th @ Sounds Like…, Soho, Sydney

Oct 6th @ RADIO, Sydney

Oct 8th @ George FM Radio, Auckland

Oct 8th @ Ink & Coherent, Auckland

Oct 9th @ Brand Spank’d, Empire, Brisbane

Oct 10 @ Cameo Disco, Garage, Adelaide

Oct 16th @ Ambar, Perth