Monday Music Round-Up 15/08/11

 

The big music news story of the week was the cancellation of the Soundwave Revolution festival that was due to happen in October. Promoted by AJ Maddah who’s also behind Soundwave and the upcoming Harvest festivals, it was meant to include bands such as Van Halen and Alice Cooper.

Speculation about the event’s cancellation began when Steel Panther, one of the festivals acts, tweeted about its cancellation. The tweets were deleted and after a whole bunch of delay and no word on the official website, AJ appeared on Nova to discuss the cancellation before finally making an offical statement.

Festival cancellations are not uncommon in such a oversaturated market, but the way they went about it was pretty poor. Apparently there will be a series of mini-festivals instead but so far the only info we have is an annoucement of an upcoming announcement.

And really, I couldn’t imagine a band who refuses to have brown m&ms back stage performing somewhere like Melton.

In Other AJ Maddah news, the drip-feed line-up for Soundwave 2012 has started early with Trivium, CKY, Forever The Sickest Kids, Shadows Fall and The Smoking Hearts.

Remember when people couldn’t stop talking about The Dirty Three playing during an electrical storm at Meredith? Well, it’s been announced that they’re going to up the ante next year with a total lunar eclipse happening not long after Grinderman’s set. If that isn’t awesome I don’t know what is.

Gotye’s upcoming album Making Mirrors was played in full on Triple J last night and as expected it was completely awesome. While it may not be quite as attention-grabbing as Like Drawing Blood on first listen, the man sure as hell knows how to craft a tune.

His duet with Kimbra, Somebody That I Used To Know has gone platinum and he’s had to add even more tour dates because they keep selling out so fast. It’s nice to see a talented Australian getting attention for once.

His album is streaming over at the Triple J website. So if you’re up for a bit of swooning, be sure to check out before it gets taken down in a week’s time.

Finally, I have some music to share from Typhoon. I was sorting through all the music on my laptop, when I came across this EP. I don’t know I acquired it, but I’ve been enjoying it for the last few days.

They describe themselves as indie orchestra from Portland. Kind of like a less pretentious Arcade Fire.You can download their EP for $3.50 and it’s an investment you should definitely make.

 

Hottest Australian albums of all time

The Hottest 100 has gone from being a  yearly countdown to something Triple J do whenever they want to feel relevent again. The next countdown will be the Hottest 100 Australian albums of all time may not make good radio but everyone loves a good list.  I thought I’d share my top 10 Australian albums. I’ve opted to vote for my most formative albums.I’m just glad Sister2Sister aren’t Australian, otherwise I might have exposed my shameful pop past. You can vote for your own albums and go in the running for Triple J’s Green and Gold Ticket here.

 

10.Boys Next Door, The – Door, Door

The Boys Next Door were Nick Cave’s first band and this album was the first time I heard his music. While the band dismissed Door, Door
as too poppy, it was the exact reason why I liked this album so much. I’m sure all of you would be familiar with Shivers however the other tracks on the album also hint at Nick Cave’s flair for songwriting.

9. The Basics – Keep Your Friends Close

I probably should have included Stand Out/ Fit In as my Basics album of choice, however musically I’m a bigger fan of Keep Your Friends Close because it finally felt like the band had found their own sounds, rather than simply copying their 1960s heroes. The Basics were one of the first ‘local’ bands I discovered and provided the soundtrack to year 9, despite the fact I was also listening to a lot of horrible emo.  The Basics are on Hiatus because of Wally DeBacker’s Gotye commitments.

8. Darren Hanlon – Fingertips and Mountaintops

It’s no secret that I love Darren Hanlon and this is probably his best work. Whether it’s the tale of brushing elbows with a celebrity, letting us know happiness is just a chemical or couch surfing advice, each song tells a perfect story that complements Hanlon’s country twang.

7. The Lucksmiths  – Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me

Because sometimes music you can dance to is the last thing that you need. This album got me hooked on Darren Hanlon, Bell and Sebastian and The Smiths. God I miss the Lucksmiths.

6. AC/DC – Back in Black

I couldn’t write about Australian albums without AC/DC. I took a while to really like this album, sometimes you just need to shout along with Acca Dacca and unleash your inner bogan. I got to see them live last year, which was awesome until I had a 45-year-old man continually asking me to flash my tits during The Jack. Classy.

5.Gotye – Like Drawing Blood

This is one of the more recent albums on my list but it is already regarded as a classic. The first time Ito  really listened this album I was on a family holiday in Echuca, and while the house was old and all kinds of amazing, there’s only so much foxtel a girl can watch. So in typical style, I turned to my iPod for entertainment.  The intricate rhythms and dream like pop perfectly suited the house and Like Drawing Blood is still on high rotation today.

4. You Am I – Hourly, Daily

Boroondara Library Services have a lot to answer for. I spent a lot of my tween years borrowing random albums and while most of them were terrible I also discovered a lot of my favourite bands. This was one of those albums, and probably one of the most Australian records ever released. While I have trouble relating to Arcade Fire’s image of the suburbs, I feel like Hourly Daily perfectly describes Australian suburbia and lifestyle without being  pretentious.

3. Sunnyboys – Sunnyboys

When I was younger I used to think that all old music was ‘bad.’ This is party because my dad insists on listening to nothing but Santana, who I still cannot stand, and the fact that a lot of it sounded dated. That was until my mum got me to listen to The Sunnyboys. Even to this day their debut album sounds fresh and the lyrics of a then teenage Jeremy Oxley perfectly capture the awkwardness of your first relationships. While Alone With You still gets the odd bit of radio play, the rest of their singles seem forgotten, which is a massive shame. The band went on to release two more albums, before disbanding when Jeremy Oxley’s schizophrenia became a concern. If you like your power pop tight and danceable,  highly recommend you buy this album.

2.The Whitlams – Eternal Nightcap

The Whitlams caused quite a divide amongst my household. Despite the fact they’re my mum’s favourite band, My dad and little sister, cannot stand them. When I first told my mum I liked The Whitlams she was so excited that she burnt me their albums and made a point of playing them when we were in the car together. I still think this album is one of the best Australian albums ever released and began my obsession with sad bastard music. This album was released after the death of original member Stevie Plunder and whether it’s the melancholy No Aphrodisiac, the playful Louis Burdette (which I did not get to hear for quite some time due to the all swearing) or the haunting Charlie trilogy, it’s the sound of a band who have been through a lot.

1. Living End, The – The Living End

I know The Living End are no longer relevant, or even all that good anymore, but their debut album changed my life. I borrowed this album from the library and from the opening bars of Prisoner of Society I was hooked.  The rebellious lyrics, insane guitar solos and Scott Owen’s frantic double bass playing completely blew my 11-year-old mind. This was the album that prompted me to see The Living End for my first gig when I was twelve, helped me discover Triple J and inspired me to learn the double bass. If it wasn’t for The Living End, I’m 90% sure I’d still be listening to Fox.fm, wearing too fake tan and this blog wouldn’t exist.

What are your top 10 albums? Share them in the comments. Also apologies for any terrible grammar, I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday and am still not quite functioning properly.

Tuesday Covers 3/02/10

Today I have two covers of Hot Chip’s And I Was A Boy From School to share with you. Both are from Triple J’s Like a Version segment.

British India are one of those bands that I should probably like, but don’t. I don’t mean that in an all-the-other bloggers-are-doing-it kind of way, but in the sense that I like many similar bands and it would make perfect sense for me to be a huge fan of their music. I think the problem is that every time they’re finally winning me over I hear something of theirs that has the opposite effect. The lacklustre live show I saw probably didn’t help either.

This cover is one of those songs that makes me think, even if it’s only for a brief three minutes, that British India are in fact a great band and not at all boring and repetive. Although the fact that it isn’t their song may be part of this.

British India- And I Was A Boy From School.mp3

Everything Grizzly Bear play sounds mesmerizing. Even if you’re not a huge fan of their music it is easy to be in awe of their layered and  perfectly crafted songs. Unlike British India, these guys make the song sound pretty complete with fantastic vocal harmonies and gentle acoustic guitar.

Grizzly Bear- And I Was A Boy From School.mp3

Tuesday Covers 8/12/09

This week’s installment is a bit late, but I have some great stuff for you all today.

Triple J’s Like A Version segment is hugely popular in Australia and features a band playing acoustic covers in the studio every week. A few years ago they started releasing these covers on CD and the most recent installment Like A Version 5 was released a couple of weeks ago. The CD is consistently good, aside from Urthboy’s hip-hop cover of London Calling which will cause a whole bunch of cringing from Clash fans.

Today I thought I would share a couple of the tracks with you all. My internet is playing up so I can only post videos at the moment but you should still give them a listen.

The first cover I have for you is a cover of This Boy’s In Love by The Presets by Sparkadia. While the original is more of a dance track, Sparkadia turn into an acoustic ballad with more emphasis placed on the lyrics, which are overshadowed by the music in the Presets version of the song.

The other track I have for you is Philadelphia Grand Jury covering Jay-z’s 99 Problems. It’s a very strange choice for a cover song, however the Philly Jays have always been a bit weird(in a good way) and they manage to pull it off somehow. Admittedly rap fans would have a fit if they heard it, but it’s too funny and awkward not to like really. Either that or I’m a mad Philly Jays fan…

Hottest 100 Ever

Every year, Triple J run the Hottest 100 countdown, where they count down the top 100 songs of the year as voted by the listeners.

To celebrate the 20th Aniversary of the Hottest 100, they are getting listeners to vote for the Hottest 100 songs ever.

If you’re anythything like me and spend ages trying to narrow down the years songs into a list of 10, this is going to be a near impossible task.

Voting is open now on the Triple J website.

I haven’t decided what to vote for yet. Love Will Tear Us Apart and Friday on My Mind will be on the list. I will extremely unhappy if Sex on Fire makes the countdown.

What are you going to vote for? What must a song have to be the best song of all time?

Bob Evans Covers Lily Allen

There seem to be heaps of Male artists covering songs by female popstars. I’ve always found this a bit odd, considering there don’t seem to half as many female artists doing this with songs originally sung by guys.

I superpose this could be because of the number of female pop stars at the moment releasing songs of a sexual nature. I say this because there seem to be a lot of covers of these kinds of songs done for comedic effect. Just look at the amount of covers of I’ve Kissed A Girl that are circulating the internet. The thing with these kind of covers is that they’re good when they work(although the joke wears off quickly) but when they fail they sound really, really lame.

Occaisionally however, you get meaningful takes on pop songs. Just look at Daniel Rossum’s cover of Too Little Too Late by Jojo, or Grand Atlantic’s cover of Single Ladies.

When I heard that Bob Evans was going to cover Lily Allen’s ode to an underperfoming boyfriend, Not Fair, for Triple J’s Like A Version, part of me hoped it fall inthe second catagory. Not that it would be easy to turn a song with a line about oral pleasure into a meaningful ballard.

Predictably the song boarders on the comedy spectrum. Not that it’s a bad cover. It’s done is Bob Evans’s folk style, which suits the song’s parody of country music.

To hear it for yourself, head here.

In other Lily Allen news, she’s going to appear on neighbors during her Australian tour, although it is not confirmed if she will be performing.

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Hungry Kids Of Hungry

The first time I heard the song  “Scattered Diamonds” by  Hungry Kids of Hungary, I thought it was by Vampire Weekend, which is a good thing by the way.

Aside from having a questionable name, this Brisbane band also know how to write a catchy tune.

They have been getting quite a bit of airplay on Triple J and have  recently released their second EP, Mega Mountain and if the other songs sound anything  like this it’ll make for a very fun listen. I’ll try and get myself a copy and let y’all know what it’s like.

Hungry Kids Of Hungary-Scattered Diamonds.mp3