• Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Ten - 10-1

    22. Feb. 2008, 14:50



    10. Arcade FireKeep the Car Running
    The Arcade Fire make fucking beautiful music, it has to be said. But even they have their moments where they think: “You know what? FUCK writing another sad yet touching ballad. Let’s rock!”. This song, track two on the amazing Neon Bible record, is a result of one of those moments. Backed by a Working on the Highway-style drumbeat, Win Butler and his not-so-merry men (and women) tell us the tale of frustration with where they are in life and, quite simply, having to get the hell out of there. And fast! The song got described by Rolling Stone as “the best Bruce Springsteen song of the year not written by Bruce Springsteen”. The influence is definitely there, and I have no problem with that at all. And when the song DID get played with The Boss, it sounded perfect with the E-Street Band backing Bruce, Win and Regine. And, at the same time, managed to give us one of the best YouTube quotes of the year in “Oh my GOD! WHAT THE FUCK?!?!”.



    9. The Shins - Phantom Limb
    Another album, another top quality single from James Mercer and co. This time around, the Shins borrowed a bit of everything- from West Coast pop to Morrissey- with the result being this delicious little number that was immediately loved by all indie radio that touched it. As an overall record, in my opinion, Wincing the Night Away didn’t have the consistency or the general outstanding brilliance of the two previous records. But it certainly didn’t matter to the legions of fans who sold out the band’s tour on the back of it, and it definitely didn’t stop Phantom Limb being one of the songs of the year. Altogether now- “ohhhhh-way-ohhhh, way-ohhhhhhh”…



    8. RihannaUmbrella (feat. Jay-Z)
    "Good Girl Gone Bad"? No way! Rihanna was certainly good before this, but following this single, Rihanna was officially a worldwide megastar. And, for what feels like the first time in years for a female pop singer, she actually really deserves it. This song was apparently originally written for Mary J. Blige, but listening to the delivery of this track it really does feel like Rihanna was born to sing it. The simple refrain and the “ella, ella, ella” chants stuck in the pop world’s conscience for weeks on end, and Umbrella went to number one basically everywhere in the world. The song is easily the queen of all mainstream pop singles in 2007, in terms of both sales AND quality. It’s that drumbeat, the effortlessly cool Jay-Z rap through the intro, the distant 80s rock guitar, the A plus production, that delicious video…it’s perfect. This entry will probably be very controversial, but I’m more than certain you sang along to this song at least once in 2007. And if you say you didn’t, then I don’t believe you.



    7. Linkin Park - The Little Things Give You Away
    Well, now, who would have expected this? On the back of their third and best record, Minutes to Midnight, LP gave us everything we weren’t expecting- they got political, they got powerful, and my GOD they got good. In this ballad, Chester delivers his best ever vocals and lyrics, describing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the United States government’s reaction to it. He sings from the perspective of a victim, calling out the President: “Don’t want to reach for me, do you? I mean nothing to you”. It’s a beautiful song, something that certainly cannot be said about anything on either Hybrid Theory or Meteora, and it’s really incredible to think how much Linkin Park has progressed as musicians and people in the four years between their last record and this one. If you have ever dissed Linkin Park (and let’s face it, you have), I simply have one request of you: listen to this song.



    6. THE END- And Always...
    Essentially, this is the best song of 2007 that you never heard. Canadian “” band The End have been around for a few years but only entered my stream of conscience upon being recommended their album, Elementary, by a friend. And I was blown away. The music had heart, it was diverse, it was layered, it was energetic, it was a really great listen. But of all the songs on the album, this one stood out in particular. It was vastly different to its siblings, with its simple yet powerful acoustic guitar and epic nine minute length. The star here is Aaron Woolf, lead vocalist of the band, who goes from chilling low key vocals to passionate howling throughout the song. When I reviewed this album, I deemed the song a triumph. And I stick by that very statement to this day. There’s no better way of describing it.



    5. Kanye WestStronger
    What better way to reintroduce yourself to your peers, to popular music and to the charts than releasing a track that is phenomenal, revolutionary and instantly accessible as your first single?
    Only ‘Ye could do it (Jay tried but couldn’t come close this time), and he certainly packed a punch whilst doing it. At the same time, it must be noted, Kanye introduced a whole new generation of fans to the greatest dance music act of all time – Daft Punk. It’s my belief that this single’s success had no small part in DP selling out their Australian tour last December- and why not? Kanye does wonders with his “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” sample, throwing his usual bravado over the top. By now, however, we all know that West can back up all of his cockiness, and really means it when he proclaims “There’s a thousand yous, there’s only one of me”.



    4. Bloc Party - I Still Remember
    I don’t know what it is about this song. Honestly, I don’t. I have strong and valid reasons for pretty much everything on this list. But when I got to this track, I though “Why do I love this song so much? What is it?”. I thought about the raw honesty of the lyrics- I thought of how brave I thought Kele was to be taclking such a socially unconventional subject matter as he was. I thought about the chorus – I thought of how it all just comes together beautifully and, given the right circumstances, can lead to tears. I thought about Kele’s vocals- I thought of how he hasn’t sounded this heartfelt ever before, apart from maybe SRXT. But then I just listened to it, and I realised- it was all these things. But above all, it was the fact I had to think so hard and dig so deep into this song to get the best satisfaction from it.
    Thank you, Kele. Thank you, Gordon. Thank you, Matt. Thank you, Russell.
    GOD BLESS BLOC PARTY.



    3. BattlesAtlas
    Experimental rock is back and ripping shit up, and it has come in the form of Battles! Lead musically by Helmet’s stickman John Stanier, this is just your average 4/4 rock song...given, of course, your singer is a demented, self-harmonising chipmunk robot, your guitarists are aided by both a block-rocking laptop and practically all the effects pedals in the world, and also enjoy duelling one another using keyboards. Aside from that, it’s obviously nothing great.
    Bullshit aside, Battles are less a band to me and more four musicians who know each other inside out, tight as hell. All throughout their album, Mirrored, they test and proceed to defy the boundaries of their instruments and completely turn rock, pop and electronica on its heads. And there is no better example of how they manage to do both that AND make it accessible and dancible than this song. A true classic song that we’ll be dancing wildly to ten years from now.



    2. Silverchair - Straight Lines
    I’m really glad I got over that 2002/2003 phase of “nu silverchair iz ghey” and came to appreciate Daniel Johns for the visionary genius that he is. I always take something new from listening to Silverchair’s music- always something I tend to pick up on one listen that I didn’t before. I always get something out of the music immediately. This time around, however, it was different.
    Upon my first listens to Straight Lines, I really just wasn’t sure what to think. I didn’t immediately love it, and I didn’t immediately hate it. But I had to listen to it again. And again. I think the day it came out, I listened to it, on loop, for about an hour. It was surreal. You can rest assured by the end of that particular session, I was in complete love with the song, later to fall in love with the album. Straight Lines was certainly a slow burner, but its flame lasted for quite sometime. Even now, it’s flickering and yet to go out. Live, they didn’t let me down, either- their Across The Great Divide show in Wollongong was one of the best shows I have ever been to.

    AND...FINALLY...



    1. Crowded HouseDon't Stop Now
    Hahaha! Anti-climax, huh? I bet you’ve all got some pretty confused looks on your faces, and I’ve probably got some explaining to do. Well, Don’t Stop Now was my number one because nothing in 2007 connected with me in terms of music quite like this song. I remembered hearing that the band was getting back together and it could’ve gone one of two ways- a total triumph or...well...Genesis. But all things considered, I’m very glad that Neil decided to make the Crowdies live again, as I can honestly say I hold this song in the same regard I hold Don't Dream It's Over, Better Be Home Soon, Weather With You...all the hits. I can remember the first time I heard it, and knowing right then and there that this was something special. It’s those harmonies, the simplicity of the guitar and piano, the touching lyrics of love and connection from the most basic of strenuous situations (in this case, Neil’s wife had miss-tracked her GPS system and got herself lost)…it is very, very hard for Neil Finn to pen a bad tune, and this is no exception. It’s almost as if the band had never been gone. And very few musicians have that timeless quality about them. It’s a very special thing, and this indeed is a very special song.
    Don’t believe me? Just listen.


    Thanks for reading, it's been fun!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Nine - 20-11

    16. Feb. 2008, 2:20

    20. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
    Foo Fighters dead? Foo Fighers sold out? Foo Fighters releasing crap? Give me a fucking break! Dave Grohl and his merry men strapped on their instruments to give us another worldwide hit single, with more punch and anger than anything on In Your Honour. If you didn’t scream like a banshee along to this song’s chorus at least once in 2007, then you did NOT listen to rock music! What else needs to be said? It’s a winner, and proof that even as the band moves into their late thirties, they still have all the power and rock ability in the world.

    19. Bloc PartySRXT
    You know you’re winning people even when your biggest critic (in this case, Noel Gallagher from Oasis) cries into a pillow for fifteen minutes upon listening to one of your songs. In this case, Bloc Party saved the best till last on A Weekend In The City, with an amazingly beautiful song about preparing to leave the world for good. The song combines the epic ambience of So Here We Are and the subtle beauty of Compliments from their last album to create something that is truly a work of art for this band, a piece de resistance that I’m sure will keep many fans interested. Here’s to album number three!

    18. AnberlinGodspeed
    Some bands have a selling point, where you hear a song and you know that you’re going to be a big fan of the band for a long time. This was it for me. Upon first listen to the album, Cities, I was blown away. This song packs a real rock punch, which I didn’t really feel from the other couple of Anberlin songs I had heard at the time. The vocals are great, the hook perfect, the lyrics well though-out and catchy- this is everything modern rock music should be, and the fact it came from total left field in 2007 for me was an added bonus.

    17. The Red Paintings - Feed the Wolf
    The lead track from the band’s first EP fully funded by fan support. This encapsulates everything that is great about this revolutionary band- Trash’s intense guitar chops and wild vocals, beautiful orchestration, absolutely cracking drums and a brooding, dark theme of revenge and spite. The Dresden Dolls have been praising this band for a few years ever since they toured with them through Australia and Europe; and it’s hard not to see the comparisons between the two. Take a listen to both of them and you’ll see. Also, have a look out on YouTube for an amazing version of Tears for FearsMad World featuring Trash with the Dresden Dolls, it’s on their latest DVD.

    16. The Smashing PumpkinsTarantula
    Hi! Remember us? We kinda ruled the post-grunge world, then we went away. So what did we do to remind you just who we are? Turned the amps up to eleven, distorted the shit out of them and rocked out this wild little Kyuss-inspired jam like it was 1995 all over again. Then we dropped Zeitgeist. We pissed a lot of people off, but Nobodylikesyou from Last.FM didn’t think it was half as bad as people made it out to be…

    15. LCD SoundsystemAll My Friends
    Sometimes, things just work perfectly despite all their obvious imperfections. This is quite possibly the most perfect musical example of this ever. Yes, the piano is offbeat. Yes, the intro is too long. Yes, James Murphy doesn’t have the best voice. But everything here is just fucking fantastic!! The storytelling, the heartwrenching emotion that’s persistent throughout, the intensity that does not drop for a second…it’s a very important song that I’m sure we’ll remember for many years to come.

    14. Jose Gonzalez - Down The Line
    My favourite solo artist in the world finally gave us his second album in 2007 and certainly did not disappoint. Down The Line was the lead single, and, I must admit, I was not as blown away immediately. But if there was ever a slow burner to get under my skin in 2007 that wasn’t by The Veronicas, it was this song. I love the rhythm and harmonies in this track; it’s very simple in nature but, like all Jose songs, works to perfection.

    13. Britney Spears - Gimme More
    Don’t give me that look! Seriously, I wanted to hate this song; I really did. I tried with all of my willpower. But, indeed, I failed. And my god how glad I am that I did. This song is easily the best Britney single ever, with absolutely killer production from Nate Hills, aka Danja, and a totally infectious chorus. As an added bonus, we also got the funniest fucking TV performance of the year. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, YouTube it. It’s like watching a fucking car crash, man!

    12. Enter Shikari - Sorry You’re Not A Winner
    CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! This band came out of complete left field for me, creating one of the absolute coolest songs of the year. It’s something about that bizarre mix of electronica, synth-pop, metal, hardcore and rock that really intrigued me. The hook is killer, as is the consistent guitar riffing mixed with warped out bleeps and synth patterns, and it was a song that I quite simply could not get enough of. It’s just boppy and great to dance/headbang along to, and the throw in of the ¾ breakdown is an added bonus!

    11. Maxïmo Park - Books From Boxes
    I liked Maximo Park a lot before Our Earthly Pleasures came out, but that album, and this song in particular, changed all that. I now fucking LOVE Maximo Park. This song is a heartfelt ballad describing love lost and strained friendships in the aftermath. The Peter Buck inspired jangly guitar is a lovely touch, but the star here is frontman Paul Smith. Here, he proves that he’s not just the wild guy applying pressure and talking about velocity- he’s actually really clever and a brilliant lyricist. The imagery, the storytelling, the way he has with words; it’s just brilliant. A highly recommended song from an even higher recommended album.

    TOP TEN COMING SOON SOON SOON
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Eight - 30-21

    6. Feb. 2008, 1:07

    30. Angels & AirwavesEverything's Magic

    Okay, let’s get one thing clear- the riff in this song and the riff in Anthem Part 2 are in the same key and share about two of the same notes, not even played in the same way. So whoever said they ripped the song off can seriously fuck off. On a happier note, this was a great reintroduction to the band and their music, with Delonge again questioning of the world around him and beyond, with more huge sounding production and boppy clap along parts, compared by several critics and fans to Close to Me. Tom’s a big fan of The Cure, so I guess I wouldn’t put it past him to be influenced by that. All in all, a great single from a phenomenal album. To put it simple, I-Empire is the second best thing Tom Delonge has ever done. The first was leaving, and thus breaking up, blink-182.

    29. Dead Letter Circus - Disconnect and Apply
    Every year, an Aussie hard rock band will come and blow my mind in one way or another. Past bands to do so have included The Butterfly Effect, Cog and Karnivool. In 2007, it was Dead Letter Circus’ turn, who ripped shreds off me with this absolutely amazing song. Erratic and powerful vocals, a no-bullshit rock intro and that absolute killer guitar riffage- Disconnect And Apply is, to put it quite simply, a fucking winner. I love this band- despite being in a flooded genre, they stand out in the crowd with their unique and ambiguous lyrics, and the mystery that shrouds both their name and them as people. Easily the best EP of the year, and easily the best band ever to make going to work on Monday sound so inviting!!

    28. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill
    In 2005, it was Lazyboy’s Underwear Goes Inside the Pants. In 2007, it is this song. Absolute genius.

    27. Angels & AirwavesTrue Love
    Originally known as “Star of Bethlehem”, written in late 2006, the band rerecorded it in two parts for I-Empire, the bulk of which became this, easily the best song on the record. It encompassed everything that is great about the band in 4 and a half minutes, with bright guitar, cruisy bassline and loud, crisp drums featuring the unmistakable voice of Tom Delonge washed over it all. Tom’s lyrics are brimming with imagery and beauty, striking a chord hard and fast with the listener.

    26. Silverchair - If You Keep Losing Sleep
    If you were not a fan of Johns’ 2004 work in The Dissociatives, it’s probably best that you don’t listen to this. For those of you not-so narrow minded, feel free to enjoy this fantastically twisted little ditty.
    Everything works here, from the haunted house organ of long-time Chair collaborator Paulmac and the Jimmy Chamberlain-esque drum rolls and crashes of Gillies, to the wild, intense vocals of Johns. Even with some of Johns’ worst lyrics on the whole record (Daniel, seriously- “such seductive silent wine hopscotch trigger”?), it makes for fantastic listening. This track also marks the first appearance on the album of the legendary composer Van Dyke Parks, best known for his work with The Beach Boys. He’s done wonders for the Silverchair boys in the past, and here is no exception; featuring epic string arrangements and masterful orchestration- another complete credit to his already impressive work.

    25. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
    Ever thought a song could reach its full potential if it was just recorded better? I have; and when it happens the band finally gets recognition. Past examples include The Grates with 19-20-20, Enter Shikari with Sorry You're Not a Winner and Operator Please with Just A Song About Ping Pong. And now here, with The Arcade Fire re-recording a song from their 2004 self-titled EP with more instrumentation, a faster pace and a hell of a lot more energy and intensity. Makes for yet another truly epic listen from Neon Bible.

    24. Kisschasy - Opinions Won't Keep You Warm At Night
    There’s always been something more to Kisschasy than meets the eye. Do-Do’s And Whoa-Oh’s was a subtle jab at the formulaic chart hits of the time, and the secret desire to write one just like it. In this single’s case, you must think of not just the political connotations, but the attack on the blogosphere, the MySpace generation, the critics, probably even more if I could get into Darren Cordeaux’s head. The song rocks, quite simply, and is proof that this is a band that has plenty of energy and longevity to keep them in the game for years.

    23. Kisschasy - Spray On Pants
    There’s been a few different interpretations as to who exactly is targeted in this song. Upon many listens, I see it quite simply as an attack on people who listen to music because it’s in fashion and not because they genuinely like it. There’s a fuckload of them out there, a lot on Last.FM too, so I connected with the song a lot when I heard it. Fuck the scenesters!

    22. BurialArchangel
    What can be said? This is, ultimately, the most beautiful song in the history of electronic music. And this is NOT a hyperbole. The song is so simple, but it’s so fucking powerful. That looped, distorted vocal sounds so distant and lonely, the synthesised orchestration a gorgeous undertone. Nobody knows exactly who Burial is, but I have a lot to thank them for, because I see what they are doing as part of the future of music. Not much else to say, really, it’s a song that needs to be heard to be believed.

    21. GyroscopeSnakeskin
    Welcome back, boys!! What a great way to kick back into our conscience. The song works on many different levels, through unexpected twists and turns, high and low points of both musical energy and lyrical intensity and that Kurt Cobain inspired howl of HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF WAKING UP?? It’s a killer single that has spread out the band’s fanbase even further, and, with any luck, will continue to do so on the back of Breed Obsession. It’s out March, and I cannot wait!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Seven - 40-31

    27. Jan. 2008, 6:26

    I'm going to finish this, dammit!


    40. Paul Kelly - God Told Me To
    Perhaps the most interesting thing about this song, the lead single from Kelly’s exceptional Stolen Apples record, is that is isn’t actually sung, per se, by Paul himself. He instead takes on the character of John Johanna, an bible-bashing criminal, who claims to be “misunderstood”. Over the big rock beat that sounds familiar to R.E.M.’s The One I Love (take a listen and see what you think; maybe it’s just my obsession), John explains how he sees the whole world as sinners, and how he has become the only “Holy” one left. “Those not with me are against me”, he desperately howls near the end. “They’re surely gonna feel my holy fire”. Something this fresh and original I would expect from someone half Paul’s age, but as Rolling Stone put it- “Paul puts nearly all his contemporaries to shame”. Long live Paul Maurice Kelly, and long live his amazing music.

    39. Tegan and Sara - Back in Your Head
    Out of all the albums I got addicted to in 2007, perhaps the most instant was The Con. Something about the tracklisting, the musical adventure, and the fact you never get bored listening to it in full was part of why it appealed so much to me. Triple J was also a big help on winning this song in particular over for me. It’s a very simple song, with that very recognizable piano ditty and one of the best chorus lines the girls have put their name to – “I’m not unfaithful...but I’ll stray”. Overall, I really think they need to work with Chris Walla more, because once I put The Con on, all the reasons why I forgot that I loved it come right back in my head. Do doo, do doo, do doo, do doo...


    38. Stars - Take Me to the Riot
    Bad news first- this is no Ageless Beauty. But not many songs can compare to the majesty that indeed is Ageless Beauty. On the plus side (and believe me, the side is quite large), the Canadian quintet have provided us with an anthemic rocker, which works because, in a vein similar to Smells Like Teen Spirit, your focus goes to what’s not being played rather than what is. In the verses, it’s just bass, sparse piano and drums accompanying the vocals. Thus, when the guitars do kick in, the song skyrockets to epic proportions. It’s just beautiful.

    37. Andrew BirdImitosis
    He’s a clever cookie, that Andrew Bird. Not only is he creating majestic indie pop music with a classical twist, but his lyrics are a mouthful, too. In this case, Bird describes the research of a confused scientist who simply cannot understand the way of nature: “Why do they congregate in groups of four/Scatter like a billion spores/And let the wind just carry them away? /How can gametes be so mean//Our famous doctor tried to gleam/As he went home at the end of the day/In this nature show that rages every day/it was bound apart of his intuition”. Andrew is a real poet, and if you enjoy this then I highly recommend picking up Armchair Apocrypha- just excellent.

    36. Josh Pyke - Forever Song
    You know how I mentioned before how Josh Pyke makes music that’s just plain lovely? Well, all things considered, I think this is the most lovely of his songs. Beautiful harmonies and wonderful lyrics are part of this songs’ simply but ever-so-charming appeal, as Josh proclaims that he wants a song that he can sing forever. Rest assured I’ll be singing along with him...forever!

    35. Institut Polaire - City Walls & Empires
    While I worked in community radio, I picked up a compilation CD entitled “Kiss My WAMi”, which featured all this awesome music from Perth. This song, in particular, stood out to me. I love its singalong nature, the twangy guitar and the joyous vibes I get from this band. Maybe it’s just a thing with BIG bands (The Arcade Fire, I'm from Barcelona, The Polyphonic Spree, etc), but the old saying “the more the merrier” really does work.

    34. Bloc PartyFlux
    So Bloc Party have just given us an album’s worth of glorious, angular alt-rock. Where to from here? The dancefloor, naturally. Kele flaunts his robosexuality by abandoning the guitar and taking up the vocoder, while Gordon switches bass for keyboards, all the while creating an epic party tune that was, as rumour has it, initially written for none other than Kylie Minogue. Interesting indeed. I wonder what HER version would have sounded like…but then I just get back to dancing my arse off to this song. One word of warning- do NOT watch the video for this song searching for any form of meaning.

    33. Cog - What If
    Bondi’s finest kicked back in 2007 after dropping one of the best debut albums not only in Australian history, but of all time, in 2005’s The New Normal. What If is a complex, inquisitive and loud piece of work, which is what we have come to expect from the amazing band that is Cog. If this is any indication of what's to come of their forthcoming Shared Space record, then we could, yet again, be in for something very special indeed.

    32. Bliss n EsoBullet And A Target
    This song furthers the evidence to my claim that hip-hop can change people's lives, and anyone that thinks otherwise is just plain ignorant. The message here is all about helping those around you, and putting yourself in the position of those less fortunate than you before you make judgment. As the song says "Just put yourself between a bullet and a target". Bliss N Eso have always been about having fun and partying, so when they throw a curveball such as this, it's not only a pleasant surprise, but a powerful one. Listen to this song at least once to try and comprehend the message and the heart behind it.

    31. Gallows - Abandon Ship
    Need a tune to rip your head off upon immediate listen? Go for this.
    Need I say more?


    MORE SOON!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Six - 50-41

    19. Jan. 2008, 22:39

    I am LATE! And I'm very sorry.
    Been pretty slack; but hope ten more of my favourite choonz from the year makes up for it.

    50. Kings of Leon - On Call
    Perhaps if Frank Black had grown up in the south, he may have written a song like this with his infamous Pixies. “On Call” was a bold statement of a first single from Because Of The Times, abandoning practically all of the grit and dirtiness of their first record, replacing it with an ambient keyboard intro and a solid rock stomp. They may have changed their sound, but change did not drop the quality of the music at all.

    49. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues
    The man, the myth, the moustache- of course we’re talking about Nick Cave! 2007 saw Nick not only get inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, but he also took three of his fellow Bad Seeds and made Grinderman, reminding us all of how much of a fucking Wildman he really is. And no better example of this was found than on this scorching hot blues rumble, describing doing everything from playing non-stop guitar to being nice to her horrid dog to win over his woman…but nevertheless getting the no pussy blues.
    DAMN!

    48. Muscles - The Lake
    To me, this song goes hand in hand with The Presets song Girl and the Sea. Not because they both mention places with copious amounts of water, mind- it’s because they’re songs that don’t try and be dancefloor commanders like all their other siblings on their respective albums. They’re heartfelt, experimental and incredibly rewarding for both the creator and the listener. Here, Melbourne’s one-man party machine describes a tale of bitter love loss, betrayal and a possibly metaphorical lake- with glorious results.

    47. Bloc PartyUniform
    The scenesters really had the meat ripped off them this year, with both Spray On Pants and this vicious yet epic tune, yet another cut from A Weekend In The City. At first, the song is quaint and subtly nasty in tone, describing the teens of London as “commerce, dressed up as rebellion”. As the song speeds up, the tirade continues, and culminates in a wild solo from Mr Lissack. The song should also be noted for the best Mondegreen of the year- “So when are you gonna realise those are not your wrongs to right?” is the actual lyric – initially believed to be “So when are you gonna realise those are not your bikes to ride?”.


    46. Modest MouseDashboard
    Did Isaac Brock and his band of merry men give us another summer hit like Float On? The answer is no. But did the lead single from their first album to feature The Smiths axeman Johnny Marr kick arse anyway? The answer was a resounding HELL YES!! This track gave us everything but the kitchen sink in terms of musicianship; with hook-laden guitars, synths, a simple but infectious kick-drum beat and even some trumpet thrown in for good measure. A tip- the day Modest Mouse make an album and a song from it doesn’t make my favourite songs of the year will be the same day Satan rollerskates to work.

    45. The Veronicas - Hook Me Up
    “Fuck the tweens”, thought Jess and Lisa, “let’s party!”. And so it was- another Soft Cell inspired dancefloor smash which bettered basically everything on the Veronicas’ first record in a matter of three minutes. Upon first listens, I completely hated it. But my friend Jonathan insisted: “Keep listening, and eventually you’ll want to have their babies because of this song”. Son of a bitch was right…

    44. Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
    No doubt you h.e.a.r.d. this song somewhere like a p.a.r.t.y. or a d.i.s.c.o in 2.0.0.7. But no matter w.h.e.r.e. you heard it, you couldn’t help but do as the song says everytime it c.a.m.e. on. And not since D.a.f.t. P.u.n.k. has any act, or song alone for that m.a.t.t.e.r, been able to do it so w.e.l.l. ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIGHT!

    43. Jose Gonzalez - Killing For Love
    More beautifully simplistic folk from Sweden’s finest (and yes, I include ABBA in that list). This was a slight change in Gonzalez’s style, going for more blues than folk, but still maintaining that awesome intellectual and quaint way with his lyrics. “What’s the point of a love that you hate and kill for?”, he ponders on this track, with that James Taylor-esque vocal styling and subtle hint of percussion underneath his always amazing guitar playing. As is established, there IS no point- but it makes for a damn good subject matter and a damn good song.

    42. Feist1234
    Sally Seltman of New Buffalo, God bless you. You could’ve easily had one of the most joyous and catchy songs of the year. But being the gorgeous and selfless person that you are, you gave it instead to a sassy and highly quirky Canadian songstress, which catapulted her to a new level of recognition and regard. All through some simple lyrics and a twangy but catchy guitar line. Oh, and that GLORIOUS video (swoons).
    You’re a lifesaver, Sally, good on you.

    41. Kate NashFoundations
    “Can everyone please stop calling Kate Nash the new Lily Allen?”. Who better to say this than Allen herself? Of course, the similarities are there, but Kate isn’t bitching about Friday Night at the club or her stoner brother Alfie- more, she decides to talk about the simple things in life, and indeed how complicated they can get. The prime example, of course, is this, the best known single from her Made of Bricks album. Her conversational singing tells her audience the tales of her horrid boyfriend, and the wars that go on between them. It puts them both on the edge, but, as Nash admits, “it gives me thrills to wind you up”. “Foundations” is an adorable, bright and fresh pop tune from a talented young woman who, if she can keep it consistent, has much of a career ahead of her. More than Lilly Allen, even? We’ll see.


    Thanks everyone.
    More before the BDO, I promise!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Five- 60-51

    12. Jan. 2008, 9:56

    Part Five, people.
    Oooh! It's getting excitinggggg.

    Enjoy:

    60. Timbaland featuring She Wants RevengeTime
    When everyone from Dr. Dre to Elton John is on your record, it is peculiar that the least known act to appear on your CD (She Wants Revenge) are to give it its highlight. Timbo describes a young woman’s infatuation with him over a distinctive beat, while the SWR team give us hook-laden guitars to go over the top and one of the best choruses of the year. The piece de resistance of an excellent album.

    59. Fall Out BoyThe Take Over, The Break’s Over
    Let’s be honest with ourselves, Fall Out Boy fans- not a damn thing on Infinity on High can touch “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”. Having said that, this one comes pretty close- especially with ingredients like a driving drum beat, handclaps that rival “Catch My Disease” and “The Prayer” in catchiness, and a triumphant finale that will have everyone singing along.

    58. Dizzee RascalSirens
    There may have been better hip-hop songs throughout the year, but not a single thing could match the intensity and anger that was found on this banger. Over fuzzed-out guitars and pounding drums, Dizzee pleads his case as he is on the run from the cops. The climax comes with Dizzee howling “I break the law! I will never change!” with a beat that could possibly incite the biggest moshpit moment in hip-hop history. Yes, even more so than Jump Around! (gasp)

    57. Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
    Mike and Chester go back to basics on this one- and my God it works. The energy level doesn’t drop for one second as the pair trade rhymes, screams and one hell of a chorus. As a side-note, I’m also pretty sure this is the only song with drums in the list that does not feature a single cymbal. How cymbolic.

    56. The Mars Volta - Wax Simulacra
    To truly understand just how awesome this song is, it needs to be listened to three times. The first is to have your mind blown by the amazing drum work (Jon who??). The second is to pick up on everything that you didn’t hear the first time because of the aforementioned amazing drum work. And the third is to appreciate the song as a whole…and, of course, to appreciate the amazing drum work!! This song is a total winner, and if this is anything to go by, The Bedlam in Goliath will be a modern-day classic.

    54. The ShinsAustralia
    No, it’s not on the list for my patriotic pride. It’s on the list for its joyous beat, catchy-as-hell “la-la-la”s and a simple but beautiful video. As an album overall, Wincing the Night Away didn’t feature the overall excellence of the band’s two previous records but was nevertheless a formidable release, featuring some truly exceptional music (more Shins later in the list!)

    53. Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts
    Not much to say here. All you need to know is that I hated Kylie Minogue before this.

    52. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
    THE riff of 2007! Unmistakably rock-godish with wild Robert Plant style vocals, loud bass drum and weird-arse wurtilizer over the top- a winning combination from the best two-piece in the world (well, apart from The Dresden Dolls).
    The best part of the White Stripes’ 2007 was rocking us with this Guitar Hero-bound rocker. The most disappointing part of the White Stripes’ 2007 was Meg not really being in that video...

    51. The NationalApartment Story
    Imagine Johnny Cash in his thirties transported decades ahead to front The Jesus & Mary Chain, who have decided to tone things down slightly for the evening. Got it? Now listen to Apartment Story. It’s uncanny, truly.
    Boxer was a sleeper hit for me, creeping into my mind every second I wasn’t listening to it. This song especially- I love its melancholy tone and how ridiculously tight the musicianship is.
    You NEED to listen to that record- one of the best of the year.


    Thanks for reading!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Four - 70-61

    9. Jan. 2008, 11:17

    Hey all!
    Here's the "largely awaited" part four.
    Enjoy.

    70. Radiohead - All I Need
    Further proof that Radiohead are rarely, if ever, at musical fault- especially when they’re making the music that they want to make as free agents. This is a beautiful number, probably my favourite song on the In Rainbows record. It has a spaced out, almost cinematic vibe that is a nice progressive statement of the album as a whole. Thom Yorke, again, fits the song perfectly.

    69. Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
    On a fairly disappointing record (Our Love to Admire), this song stood out head and shoulders above its counterparts on the album. Another infectious hook, Paul Banks showcasing his Ian Curtis/Michael Stipe lovechild vocals, is what made this song the Amercian summertime alt-anthem that it was. Worth checking out, too, is the video- you always pick up something new upon every viewing.

    68. Josh Pyke - Sew My Name
    Fewer musicians this year released music that was just plain lovely as Mr. Josh Pyke. Finally dropping his debut album in “Memories And Dust”, this gorgeous little love note was a highlight for its simple instrumentation and perfect vocal harmonies. Something Ben Lee could have done if his latest album didn’t suck so much.

    67. Animal CollectivePeacebone
    Obviously not the best song of 2007, but my god it was one of the weirdest. Whurrs and buzzes bring in the song along with the best non-sequitur of the year (“Bonefish”? “Boneface”?). While all this is happening, we somehow find the song itself in the middle of a ridiculously catchy 6/8 stomp that was, basically, a skullfuck to anyone who has never experienced experimental music. Confused? Scared? Wait until you hear “Strawberry Jam”- Animal Collective are just getting started.

    66. Serj Tankian - Empty Walls
    System of a Down are one of my all-time favourite bands, so it was going to be very hard for anything Serj Tankian released on his debut solo album, Elect The Dead, to not make my list. This track, the second single, stood out for me in particular- its soft-loud contrast in the verses and chorus, the multi-layered vocals of the bridge and the excellent video clip, creating excellent metaphors and drawing very clever parallels between the war and child’s play.

    65. Josh Pyke - Fed and Watered
    Josh Pyke is an excellent lyricist, despite occasionally becoming prolix. This flaw is proudly presented on his behalf in this song- but somehow, he makes it work on this song- a fast-paced and catchy tune that also showcases Josh’s love of vocal range- from the high-pitched “ahhhhh”s to the lower key bridge. If Josh keeps making songs like these to go on albums like “Memories and Dust”, he could well become the next Paul Kelly.


    64. Jimmy Eat World - Big Casino
    The Jimmy boys came back in a big way in 2007 with the excellent “Chase This Light”. You can argue if you like, but to me there were very remote few better opening tracks in 2007 than this. The urgency of the guitar, the anthemic guitar and the completely soaring chorus with Jim Atkins the driving force- to put it simply, the haven’t sounded this big or this great since Clarity.

    63. Editors - Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors
    If “The Back Room” saw English darlings Editors playing clubs and small venues, then “An End Has A Start” should have seen the band bound for the stadiums- at least, so the confidence and soundscapes found on the record would have you believe. This isn’t a bad thing, of course- the production was excellent and this song, in particular, saw the band better themselves completely.

    62. Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches
    One of the defining riffs of 2007 comes from this, another cut from Bloc Party’s amazing second record. While Lissack melts his fretboard, Kele preaches to all who will listen about a daunting future of Britain, torn apart completely by terrorism and racism. If you needed any reason why Kele Okereke is an amazing songwriter, then it can most certainly be found here.

    61. Queens of the Stone Age - Sick, Sick, Sick
    Dark, sexy, confident, brooding- only one rock song had the winning combination of all four of these characteristics in 2007, and it was, unsurprisingly, Josh Homme and co. Massive guitar chug kept the backbone of the song, while everything else from random synth bleeps to Julian Casablancas was thrown in for good measure.


    Thanks everyone!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Three - 80-71

    7. Jan. 2008, 7:08

    Hey all,

    Well, people are slowly catching up on my countdown, so best stay ahead of the fuckers, right?
    Here we go with entry number three!

    80. BluejuiceVitriol
    Don’t you just love it when brings the funk? The lads who gave us “Unemployed” find themselves with a brand new job as professional party-starters- and hilarious video makers (you have not properly experienced this song if you have not seen the video).

    79. Arctic Monkeys - Old Yellow Bricks
    Another fabulous number from Favourite Worst Nightmare. The harmonies featured here are quite possibly the best on any Monkeys recording, and the guitar and lyrics are, as always, exceptional. Best line: “I want to sleep in a city that never wakes up…but Dorothy was right”.

    78. Maxïmo Park - Your Urge
    There’s something strangely enticing about this band and their music, and I think it lies predominantly with Paul Smith. His catchy hooks and his brilliant lyrics help define the band’s personality, and here is no exception. On this track, Paul deals with desperations and his both his interpersonal and intra personal struggles. A true standout of the magnificent “Our Earthly Pleasures”.

    77. The John Butler Trio - Better Than
    Surprisingly for a JBT song, there is not a guitar in sight here. Butler, instead, opt for a banjo, and creates one of the poppiest and catchiest songs the band has ever done in the process. The instrumentation is bright and layered, and the lyrics give out a positive and thoughtful message- “Life’s not about what’s better than”. Check out the Little Richard reference in the lyrics, too.

    76. Tegan and Sara - The Con
    My favourite Canadian lesbians served up one hell of a record in 2007, and with it came one hell of a title track. Taking cues from everyone from The Killers to Kate Bush, this track is one of many examples on The Con of the sisters’ old style given a new twist.

    75. Maxïmo Park - Karaoke Plays
    Another amazing tune from “Our Earthly Pleasures”. I find something interesting about this song every time I listen to it- it’s a very engaging little number, especially the big-arse chorus. The mix of both calm/intense contrast and heart-on-sleeve emotion is also a winner.

    74. Bloc Party - Waiting For The 7.18
    The first of a few Bloc Party tunes to make it in to the list. The best thing about this song, much like many of its brothers and sisters on the album, is that it makes you feel so ALIVE. It makes you feel so wide-eyed and in awe of everything. It’s a truly great thing to experience. On this track, Kele talks about his life and suggests we drive to Brighton for the weekend. He’s made me an offer I can’t refuse…

    73. Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker
    The drum intro pounds and the Arctic ones blaze into my countdown yet again with a song that just exudes cool without even trying. Bonus points for the tripped-out guitar break, courtesy of the amazing Alex Turner.

    72. James Blunt - One of the Brightest Stars
    A mix of Don Henley songwriting, Bee Gees harmonies and “Reveal”-era R.E.M. It might sound odd on paper, but this song is a complete and total winner. None of that annoying whine that was ever-present on “You're Beautiful” and other rubbish Blunt songs is here, either- an easy bonus 10 points.

    71. The UsedParalyzed
    Not since the days of the band’s self titled album have I been so excited about a Used song. Everything about this song, from the manic guitar hook to the wild vocal performance, right down to the horn section, is exactly what “In Love and Death” was lacking. To find such a vast improvement of a previous record all in one track is an exceptional feat, but Paralyzed pulled it off. Such a pity the album as a whole wasn’t as good as this.


    Hope you all enjoyed that!
    Part four on Wednesday.

    As a bonus, here's that Bluejuice video!
  • Top 100 Songs of 2006

    2. Dez. 2006, 2:47

    Hey everyone.
    Been scourging my computer, looking at my favourite songs of 2006. And here’s my final top hundred songs that I’ve loved this year, though there’s countless more.

    P.S: Some of the links don't work, but you get the message. : )

    Rock on.


    1.Valkyrie Missile
    2.10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)
    3.The Adventure
    4.Hearts a Mess
    5.Apple of the Eye
    6.Sundress
    7.Miss Murder
    8.Welcome to the Black Parade
    9.Nowhere Without You
    10.Smiley Faces
    11.Hide & Seek
    12.Crazy
    13.Nothing in My Way
    14.Vicarious
    15.The Kill (Bury Me)
    16.No It Isn’t
    17.When the Sun Goes Down
    18.Is It Any Wonder?
    19.Nth Degree
    20.Wake Up
    21.Everything’s Just Wonderful
    22.The Compromise
    23.Wolf Like Me
    24.Black Fingernails, Red Wine
    25.19 20 20
    26.JCB Song
    27.Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
    28.The W.A.N.D
    29.When You Were Young
    30.Smile
    31.Spaceship
    32.Sing
    33.Fire Island, AK
    34.Song to Say Goodbye
    35.Enemies Closer
    36.The Others
    37.Love Like Winter
    38.Desecration Smile
    39.iGeneration
    40.For You I Will
    41.London Bombs
    42.Writing On The Walls
    43.Monster
    44.Don’t Listen to the Radio
    45.I’m With Stupid
    46.Bling (Confessions of a King)
    47.This Is Who We Are
    48.Turn Into
    49.You’re All I Have
    50.MakeDamnSure
    51.Supermassive Black Hole
    52.Hands
    53.The Truth About Cats & Dogs (Is That They Die)
    54.Backstabber
    55.Gold Lion
    56.Fake Tales of San Francisco
    57.Dead!
    58.Infra-Red
    59.Eternal Flame
    60.White & Nerdy
    61.Ready To Fall
    62.A Little’s Enough
    63.The Press Corpse
    64.I Don’t Feel Like Dancing
    65.Aisles of White
    66.Déjà Vu
    67.One Crowded Hour
    68.Crystal Ball
    69.Dani California
    70.Grossout
    71.The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
    72.Cigarettes & Suitcases
    73.I Understand
    74.Comfort you
    75.Nothing At All
    76.Don’t You Think It’s Time?
    77.A Slow Descent
    78.Do It For Me Now
    79.20/20 Surgery
    80.Download This Song
    81.Raoul
    82.Tetragrammaton
    83.The Pot
    84.Province
    85.The Untold
    86.Sarah
    87.K.I.N.G
    88.Phenomena
    89.Vermicide
    90.Steady as She Goes
    91.Setting Sun
    92.Snow ((Hey Oh))
    93.Ask Me Anything
    94.Gone
    95.Youth
    96.Starlight
    97.Rip It Up
    98.Rooftops
    99.Tell Me Baby
    100.It Ain’t Funny (How We Don’t Talk Anymore)
  • I'm baaaack!

    1. Okt. 2006, 10:52

    My god, it's been far too long!

    I have not had access to this computer with all my music on it for quite sometime. So here's what I've been listening to:

    The Killers- The new album's sounding fantastic!

    Jet- Ditto. They've really evolved as a band on this new album, some great new stuff.

    Underoath- I am CRAZY about these guys. They rock hard, and they have such great passion. And I usually hate music that's even slightly !

    The Format- With their song The Compromise, I believe they may have written one of the best pop songs of ALL year!

    TV on the Radio- There really is no other band like them and I will NOT shut up about them! You can't make me, hahaha.

    Anti-Flag- Now here's a band who have the potential to really make a difference to the world around us. All they need is the coverage!

    Deicide- Just purely insane metal!

    So yes. That's what I've been listening to.