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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?!

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Parklife!!!!

27 Sep

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Yes, Parklife has finally landed with the first show in Brisbane last Saturday. Here’s the line up and some tracks to get you into it:

A-Trak (Canada)

Youngest winner of the Canadian DMCs world championships at 15 in 1997.

Duck Sauce (A-Trak with Armand Van Helden) – You’re Nasty

Aeroplane (England)

They usually do a nice ambient live set, but this year will be giving us one of their captivating DJ sets.

Au Revoir Simone – Another Likely Story (Aeroplane Remix)

Art Vs Science (NSW)

You may have noticed this local act has been busy touring the country pretty much since the end of last year. So, by now, they’ve been established as a very credible and fun live act, and don’t forget, they also landed themselves a spot on the Fall lineup.

Art Vs Science – Hollywood

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AutoKratz (England)

The debut album Down and Out in Paris & Londonwas released through Kitsune last year, now join them for their first ever Australian tour.

AutoKratz – Stay The Same (80kidz Remix)

Beni (Belgium)

Formerly of Riot In Belgium, famous for the massive club hit La Musique, Beni is now solo with the Kitsune label.

Beni – Fringe Element

Bertie Blackman (Sydney)

Wrote the music for Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger in collaboration with Paul Mac.

Bertie Blackman – Town Of Sorrow

Busy P (France)

Known to his friends as Pedro Winter, Busy P owns Ed Banger Records and used to manage Daft Punk.

Busy P – Pedrophilia

Claude Von Stroke (US)

Owns Dirtybird and Mothership labels

Claude Von Stroke – Seven Deadly Strokes

The Cool Kids (US)

Made up of Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish and hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Detroit and Michigan, expect their debut album, When Fish Ride Bicylces to be out soon through C.A.K.E.

The Cools Kids – ’88 (Chewey Chocolate Cookies Remix)

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Crystal Castles (US)

Made up of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, have toured with NIN and Blur. The popular tune off their current album, Crimewavehas been remixed over and over (the LA Riots one below is mt favourite) and played worldwide. They also do a lot of remixes themselves, but Parklife will bring you a live set.

Crystal Castles – Crimewave (LA Riots Remix)

Empire Of The Sun (Perth)

Empire Of The Sun was formed in 2007 by Luke Steel of The Sleepy Jacksonand Nick Littlemore of PNAU, the name coming from the 1984 novel by J.G. Ballard. Their 2008 debut album Walking On A Dream was certified platinum in Australia, with the single peaking at number 1 in the ARIA charts. It is a wonder that this will be their first tour in their home country.

Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)

Erol Alkan (Turkey)

Currently nested in London, Erol is actually of Turkish descent and earned the 2006 Mixmag “DJ of the year” award. Most don’t know, he is also responsible for the New Order and Kylie Minogue mashup, Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head and has produced albums by The Mystery Jets, Late Of The Pier and The Long Blondes.

Fan Death – Veronica’s Viel (Erol Alkan Rework)

Joakim (France)

Joakim also does a live performance with his band, Joakim and the Disco, but at Parklife will give us one of his memorable DJ sets

Joakim – Spiders

Junior Boys (Canada)

Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus have experienced a rise in popularity recently with their chilled out ambient music wowing audiences all over the world.

Junior Boys – In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix)

Kaskade (US)

The huge American trance DJ returns to Australia after his collaboration with Deadmau5 and the massive release Move For Me.

Kaskade – Step One Two (Laurent Wolf Remix)

La Roux (England)

La Roux means the redhead and is in reference to leadsinger Elly Jackson, along with Ben Langmaid, she has experienced considerable success in 2009 with her debut album. This will be her first ever Australian tour.

La Roux – Bulletproof

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Little Boots (England)

While studying, Victoria Hesketh placed with a band called Dead Disco but she has definitely found her feet as a solo artist, releasing her debut album, Hands earlier this year. Hailing Deborah Harry and Kylie Minogue as two of her biggest inspirations, we’re all looking very forward to this, her first Australian tour. I’m especially looking forward to Mathematics and Stuck On Repeat.

Little Boots – Mathematics

Metric (Canada)

The latest album, Fantasies, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize Canadian album of the year award. But you may also remember some of their old stuff like Monster Hospital (famously remixed by MSTRKRFT), Combat Baby and Poster Girl. It’s hard to believe that after all this time, this will be their first tour down under.

Metric – Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Metronomy (England)

Formed in England in 1999 and have suported such acts as Kate Nash, Justice, Bloc Party and CSS. The newest album, Nights Out, has been a huge release worldwide and has given the group considerable fame.

Metronomy – Radio Ladio (Radioclit Swedish Remix)

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MSTRKRFT (Canada)

Started by Jesse F. Keeler, formoerly of Death From Above 1979 and Al-P of Girlsarehot, their first single, Easy Love was released in 1996. They began with a more indie sound with The Looks, their new album, Fist of God, features more of a hip-hop influence and features collaborations with Lil’ Mo, NORE and Ghostface Killah.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Shazam (Perth)

Still relatively unknown, Shazam is a local DJ and is best known for his remix of Muscles’ Sweaty, but now signed to the Modular label, he’s definitely one to watch.

Muscles – Sweaty (Shazam Remix)

The Aston Shuffle (Canberra)

They released their debut single For Everyone through Ministry Of Sounds, Hussle label in 2007, which got considerable club play after it was featured on the 2007 annual cd. This year, the duo remixed one of the Clubbers Guide cds for MOS and also released their second track Stomp Yo Shoes.

The Aston Shuffle – For Everyone (Stupid Fresh Remix)

The Glimmers (Belgium)

Releasing an album called Gee Gee Fazzi featuring collaborations with Princess Superstar, Freeform Five and Lindstrom, these guys have really made their mark in the European club world but are yet to leave their mark in Australia.

The Glimmers – Lisa

The Rapture (US)

Formed in 1998 by Chris Relyea, Vitto Roccoforte and Luke Jenner, the band has since toured with the likes of The Von Bondies, Franz Ferdinand, Funeral For A Friend , The Killers, Daft Punk and The Cure.

The Rapture – No Sex For Ben

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Tiga (Canada)

Born Tiga James Sontag, his debut album Sexor won Juno Award for Dance Recording of the year in 2007. He collaborates frequently with Mateo Murphy (with which he forms TGV) and Jesper Dahlback, and in 2008 with Zombie Nation under ZZT.  His second album has already made a huge mark with the catchy hit Shoes receiving huge airplay all over the world.

Tiga – 3 Weeks

Acid Jacks

20 Sep

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Acid Jacks are a dirty electro duo from Melbourne Australia comprising of Bing Bong Cobra and Honeysmack. For any fan Australian Electro, there isn’t much to be said about these guys that hasn’t already. They are pretty much the acting heavyweights in dirty electro from down under, and have played alongside Justice, Erol Alkan, 2Many DJs and Junior Snachez and have recieved remix treatmeant from Canadian superstars, MSTRKRFT on the track “Awake since 78”.

The electro meistros will be joining Deadmau5, Axwell, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots, Surkin and more in the epic lineup for Stereosonic later this year. But before that, you can also catch them alongside Empire of The Sun, Erol Alkan, La Roux, MSTRKRFT, Little Boots, Tiga and loads more at Parklife.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynv04Ho_as Awake Since 78 – Acid Jacks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59xnTnLDHIo Crazy Legs – Acid Jacks

You can catch Acid Jacks touring for Parklife;

Oct 3rd @ Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

or Stereosonic

Nov 29th @ Calremont Oval, WA

Dec 5th @ Bonython Oark, Adelaide

Dec 5th @ Melbourne Showgrounds

Dec 6th @ Eagle Farm Race Course

Nov 27th @ Hordern Pavillion, NSW