If your answer is fun, danceable and catchy-as-hell, the latest track to be sent to the depths of my inbox is for you.
Das Pop are three parts Belgian and one part Kiwi. They have played at Glastonbury and have toured with The Gossip, Death Cab For Cutie and The Kills. Soulwax(2 Many DJ’s) even took time off to produce their album which will be released at the end of October and if this song is any indication, it’ll be a very fun record.
Never Get Enough is the track I have for you guys to download and it is a fun pop song that definitely has a real summer vibe. Which is a bit frustrating because it’s cloudy and windy where I am at the moment.
I have a confession to make: I have never been to the Big Day Out, mostly because it’s always the day before school goes back and my mum is one of those “school is important” parents. But judging by the first line-up announcement, I think next year will be the year I finally go. The line-up is looking pretty good on the international front and there is no sign of Limp Bizket. On the local side of things, the usual boring and big-ish Aussie bands are playing(Powderfinger, Grinspoon… zzzz) but there a few interesting bands I think the second line-up will feature some more exciting local acts. It’s a bummer that the David Bowie rumours were false though. I would give my right arm to see him play live.
The Mars Volta
The Temper Trap
The tickets are released on different days depending on your state, and the dates are:
SUNDAY JANUARY 17th – GOLD COAST PARKLANDS
FRIDAY JANUARY 22nd – SYDNEY SHOWGROUND
TUESDAY JANUARY 26th – MELBOURNE FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE
FRIDAY JANUARY 29th – ADELAIDE SHOWGROUND
SUNDAY JANUARY 31st – PERTH CLAREMONT SHOWGROUND
At the moment I’m sitting in hot and rainy Phuket while my family are spending the afternoon in the hotel room, which I find just a tad depressing considering we’re a nine-hour flight away from home.
So far I’ve discovered that I get plane sick, sat through The Proposal (which would be considered torture if it didn’t have Ryan Renalds in it) and braved aeroplane food. Since arriving in Thailand I spent one night in a fancy hotel in Bangkok which was too far away from everything to do anything and went on a flight that smelt like a fish market that had VERY questionable food and two Swedish guys who would not shut up for the two hour duration. I also went CD shopping, went clothes shopping, have been on a couple of tuk tuks, have tried green pepsi, been sunburnt at the hotel’s pool, been to the beach and have discovered the joy of three dollar cocktails. And it’s only been three days.
I haven’t got any music to post you guys because I’m using the hotel’s internet and it’s a tad expensive, but I have heaps of stuff to write about when I get back including reviews of (500) Days of Summer, Young Werther’s Treasure EP, the new Muse album, Oh Mercy and whatever I stumble accross in Thailand, music wise.
I’ve been looking forward to hearing Philadelphia Grand Jury’s debut album Hope is For Hopers for quite some time. The band have been nice enough to let their album be available for streaming for a limited time before it is released on the 25th of September.
Despite getting the slow internet remix, first impressions are very good. If you enjoyed the previous singles or the EP you will you definitely enjoy the album as it more of what we’ve come to expect from the Philly Jays: a bunch ridiculously catchy rock songs.
I’ll have a proper review of the album for you guys when it comes out. Also, if you pre-order the album from JB-hifi it comes with a free T-shirt.
I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutley loved Vampire Weekend’s debut album from last year, so as you can probably imagine, I was pretty excited to hear that their band’s second album Contra will be released on January 12 next year. The band have also released the album, which ties in quite nicely with the previous album’s cover, although I can’t say I’m a fan. It’ll be interesting to see how the new album goes now that the hype has worn worn off.
The tracklist is:
01 – Horchata
02 – White Sky
03 – Holiday
04 – California English
05 – Taxi Cab
06 – Run
07 – Cousins
08 – Giving Up the Gun
09 – Diplomat’s Son
10 – I Think Ur a Contra
Hi guys. Sorry about the chronic lack of posting over the past couple of weeks, it’s been absolutley mental latley.
It’s the last week of term and it seems that all of my teachers have gone “shit(or golly or geewiz or whatever teachers say nowadays), it’s the last week of term. We better organise as many SACs as possible.”
So it’s been a fun week full of study, homework, freaking out and trying to brain for two periods straight. Unfortunatly this doesn’t leave time for the things I actually want to do, and this includes blogging.
Things are starting to settle down a bit and I have a couple of reviews and stuff I would like to post, which will hopefully happen before I go to Thailand at the end of the week(epic win!).
Maximo Park will be embarking on a five show Australian tour in November. All of the shows will be held in theatres around the country.
Maximo Park released their dissapointing third album Quicken The Heart earlier this year and will be playing songs from it was well as songs from their earlier releases. The band are known for their energetic live shows and the tour looks like it will be promising, provided that they aren’t sit down shows (I have no idea how anyone is supossed to sit whilst listening to songs from A Certain Trigger).
Tickets go on sale on the 11th of September.
Wednesday November 11 – Billboard, Melbourne
Thursday November 12 – The Hi Fi, Brisbane
Friday November 13 – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sunday November 15 – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
Tuesday November 17 – Capitol, Perth
All throughout my high school “career,” I have been urged to follow the “K.I.S.S” principal. While this doesn’t work so well for the world’s most complex geography assignment or the English essay from hell, it can work wonders when used in rock music. Philadelphia Grand Jury’s Going to the Casino EP is definetly an example of this.
Three of the four tracks on the EP could be singles and even the experimental B-side doesn’t overstay its welcome. All of the songs on the album go for less than three minutes and are so catchy you’ll have to have them surgically removed from your head.
The EP begins with a scream. Literally. Going to the Casino, has been all over radio and TV and there is a very good reason why. It’s so damn catchy. The simple lyrics begin as a fun ode to gambling and soon turn into a post-break up song. It sounds crazy, but that’s part of the band’s appeal.
Ready To Roll is a frantic straight out rock songs that the likes of Jet would be very jealous of. Perhaps it’s for this reason that it is the most unremarkable track on the EP. It isn’t exactly forgettable, but it isn’t anything to write home about either.
I’m Going To Kill You is the creepiest ode to killing an ex-girlfriend I have ever heard. Musically it errs on the mod side of things with its backing vocals and catchy melody which almost disguises the true nature of the lyrics. It’s fair to say that this is the EP’s standout track.
Pitch Shifter Blues is the only real B-side on the EP. It is the most experiemental track on the EP with droney, swampy guitars and distorted vocals.
Overall, Going To The Casino is a fun little EP that will give you your three minute pop song fix. Althogh the Philly Jays aren’t re-inventing the wheel, what’s the point of inventing someting that’s already around.
In a few years time, I’m pretty sure that 2009 will be remembered as the year that folk music became popular. Bands like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes have appeared on music blogs, websites and magazines from all over the world. Hell, Bon Iver is even appearing on the New Moon soundtrack(vomits). Hopefully this sudden interest in folk music will lead to some of the lesser known bands and artists getting the attention that they deserve.
I’ve been meaning to write about Scottish singer-songwriter Beerjacket for ages, but I kept getting distracted by promo emails, old punk bands coming to Australia and lots and lots of schoolwork.
Beerjacket is Scottish singer-songwriter Peter Kelly. In a genre that contains a ridiculous amount of artists doing the same kind of thing, he stands out from the pack by creating seemingly simple songs by often using nothing expect his wispery voice and an acoustic guitar. He is often compared to Elliot Smith and it is very easy to see why.
Today I’ve posted his beautiful cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark, and I also recommend giving his original stuff a listen. I perosnally garuntee that you will enjoy it.