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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! #35-#31

24 Dec

Finally an Australian makes it into the countdown!

35 Philadelphia Grand Jury – I’m Gonna Kill You

We have our first Australian entry at number 35 with Sydney band Philadelphia Grand Jury. This is a perfect 2009 anthem, with highly quotable and catchy lyrics that you will be guaranteed to find yourself singing aloud in public and some point or another. But would you expect anything less from vocalist Simon Berckelman after working with Wolfmother, Van She, Architecture in Helsinki, the Temper Traps and more. Also, the drummer for this track is now the drummer for Art vs Science. Nice.

Philadelphia Grand Jury – I’m Gonna Kill You

34 Tegan and Sara – Hell

Identical twins, Tegan and Sara, from Vancouver, released Hell off their new album Sainthood. The song, about Tegan’s unrequited feelings for another girl, is fairly fast paced, energetic and catchy. The vocals are harmonious as usual and reveal plenty of passion from the girls. Tegan and Sara are pretty consistently good with their music, but this track is back up at the level of Back in Your Head from 2007.

Tegan and Sara – Hell

33 Holy Ghost! – I Will Come Back

This melodic and nostalgic track from New York based duo Holy Ghost! is extremely reminiscent of the late 1970s disco scene. It’s just oozing with the cool retro feel and is sure to get you grooving. Friends since childhood, you can definitely see the link between these guys and DFA founders, James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, who signed them after their first hit Hold On. We look forward to their debut album out early next year.

Holy Ghost! – I Will Come Back

32 Florence and the Machine – Kiss With A Fist

Florence Welch is probably a little more crazy than you may think…notoriously jumping into the pool whilst singing this track at SXSW, in true rock star form. Unlike many of her other songs, you definitely get that vibe from Kiss With A Fist, about an abusive relationship with plenty of flare. This track from the South Londoner was actually released mid 2008 but didn’t really make it to Australian shores until early this year, since when Welsh has experienced considerable growth in popularity. Full of energy and burst, she is sure to bring us many more dynamic hits likes this and put on one heck of a show when she tours for Saint Jeromes Laneway Festival in February.

Florence and the Machine – Kiss With A Fist

31 The xx – Islands

It’s hard to believe that the four London guys making up the xx are only 20 years old. Islands is a calm, soothing track ideal for relaxing with their neat use of the drum machine to complement the gentle vocal sparring between Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim. Minimalism a key element of the xx’s music, don’t expect to have the sudden desire to run to the dance floor when this song comes on, but instead, take a minute to sit, listen and really appreciate such a sweet song.

The xx – Islands

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