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  • 30 Questions About My Top 30 Artists

    26. Jun. 2008, 11:43

    1. How did you get into 29?

    The Horrors, I saw the video for 'Sheena is a Parasite' at about 2am on rage one night.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?

    Gold Lion, on a firends Myspace page.

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?

    Just the one, Our Love to Admire

    4. What is your favorite song by 15?

    Paper Planes, used to be "Bamboo Banga"

    5. What is your favorite song by 5?

    Radiohead?!?!? Jesus... ahh probably There. There.

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?

    Every LCD Soundsystem song makes me happy

    7. What is your favorite song by 10?

    Dazed and Confused

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30?

    Driving back to Newcastle from Uni in Wagga listening to Cochise by Audioslave

    9. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?

    Run the Red Light

    10. How many times have you seen 25 live?

    Bob Dylan? Never, unfortunatley

    11. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?

    Can't remember the first RATM song I heard, probably Killing in the Name

    12. What is your favorite album by 11?

    Absolution, one of my favourite albums of all time.

    13. Who is a favorite member of 1?

    Will Butler of
    The Arcade Fire

    14. Have you ever seen 14 live?

    As of August 1st this year, I will have seen Sigur Ros once

    15. What is a good memory involving 27?

    Listening to vampire weeknd's album for the first time at Uni

    16. What is your favorite song by 16?

    Probably Leaders of Men

    17. What is your favorite album by 18?

    Third, no doubt.

    18. What is your favorite song by 21?

    Can't go past Banquet

    19. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?

    Age Of The Understatement

    20. What is your favorite album by 2?

    Elephant

    21. What is you favorite song by 3?

    When the Sun Goes Down, pretty much the song that got me into loving music.

    22. What is you favorite song by 8?

    BATTLES!!!! Atlas is immense, but SZ2

    23. How many times have you seen 17 live?

    Never seen Klaxons live, unfortunatley

    24. What is the worst song by 12?

    Not a fan of Pull This Blanket Off

    25. What was the first song you ever heard by 25?

    Hurricane

    26. What is your favorite album by 7?

    Songs for the Deaf

    27. What is your favorite song by 24?

    It's got to be Last Nite

    28. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?

    Last Nite

    29. What is your favorite album by 4?

    Frances the Mute

    30. How many albums do you own by 20?

    I don't own any TV on the Radio


    There you go...
  • Half Year Wrap

    24. Jun. 2008, 8:21

    Top 10 Albums So Far...



    10. Age of the Understatement - The Last Shadow Puppets
    9. Antidotes - Foals
    8. In Ghost Colours - Cut Copy
    7. Ocular Spectacular - MGMT
    6. Með suð í eyrum við spilum end - Sigur Rós
    5. Consolers of the Lonely - The Raconteurs
    4. The Bedlam in Goliath - The Mars Volta
    3. H.A.A.R.P. - Muse
    2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
    1. Third - Portishead


    Top 10 Songs So Far

    10. Cassius - Foals
    9. Big Ideas - LCD Soundsystem
    8. Carolina Drama - The Raconteurs
    7. Goobledigook - Sigur Rós
    6. So Haunted - Cut Copy
    5. Kids - MGMT
    4. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
    3. Ourobouros - The Mars Volta
    2. Oxford Comma - Vampire Weekend
    1. Threads - Portishead
  • My top 20 songs/performances of the day

    27. Jan. 2008, 3:55

    Fri 25 Jan – Big Day Out

    To begin with here's who I saw:
    (*Less than half the set)

    Die! Die! Die!*
    British India
    Cut Off Your Hands
    Something With Numbers*
    Faker
    Anti-Flag*
    Regurgitator
    Midnight Juggernauts*
    Spoon
    The Nightwatchman
    Augie March*
    Billy Bragg
    Battles
    Arcade Fire
    LCD Soundsystem
    Rage Against the Machine
    Paul Kelly*

    From that, here are my Top 20 Songs/Performances of the Sydney BDO:

    20) The Underdog - Spoon
    19) This Heartattack - Faker
    18) Black & White Radio - British India
    17) To Her Door - Paul Kelly
    16) Polyester Girl - Regurgitator
    15) The Witch - Cut Off Your Hands (Sonics cover)
    14) Renegades of Funk - RATM
    13) Neighborhood #2 (Laika) - Arcade Fire
    12) Guerrilla Radio - RATM
    11) Us v Them - LCD Soundsystem
    10) Intervention - Arcade Fire
    9) Tonto - Battles
    8) Beds Are Burning - The Nightwatchman & Anti-Flag (Midnight Oil cover)
    7) Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) - Arcade Fire
    6) Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - Arcade Fire
    5) Daft Punk is Playing At My House - LCD Soundsystem
    4) Race Out/Tij - Battles
    3) Rebellion (Lies) - Arcade Fire
    2) Killing in the Name - RATM

    And the best song, drum roll....

    1) Atlas - Battles

    I missed The start of Arcade Fire & RATM, missed the end of LCD - I'm sure there would have been songs in there worthy of the list, but oh well. Big Day Out 25/1/08
  • Arcade Fire @ The Enmore Theatre (22/1/08)

    23. Jan. 2008, 2:50

    event=437461]Tue 22 Jan – The Arcade Fire[/event]

    It's not too often that I can truly say that an event was "life changing". But this performance by, in my mind, the best band in the world as of now was a truly life changing event.

    Despite coming on 40 mins (it seemed like 3 hours) after the scheduled starting time of 8pm due to some projector issues, Win, Reggine and co immediately expelled an amazing energy when they hit the stage and began with surprisingly, the normally set ending anthem of "Wake Up".

    From there, the sheer ensemble of instruments, personnel, lighting, projections etc. was a remarkably unique experience. Following the opening song they continued with "Keep the Car Running" and "Black Mirror". They even treated us to a great rendition of "Age of Consent" a New Order song.

    For my liking, the crowd was a bit too lethargic. A few people in front of me on the 2nd dance floor didn't even seem to applaud let alone, sing along, dance (or move at all for that matter). And looking out onto the main dance floor I could only see about 30-40 people genuinely getting into it.

    It made me upset that Win had to say at one point "I know you've got work tomorrow, but come on let's go!". And then later on "It's okay if you want to sit down, I just figured you're tired, or hate something..." This was disappointing, as they were putting on an amazingly energetic show. Some of the comments I've read say that they put the lack of movement down to the fact that they were simply overawed but the sheer magnificence of the performance, which while I don't 100% believe was the case for everyone, it is definitely understandable.

    The crowd gradually came to life at the beginning of "(Antichrist Television Blues)" and my excitement was probably at it's highest during "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"

    The antics of those on stage were great fun to see. Horn players wrestling each other during "Rebellion (Lies)" the final song of the set proper. Will running back and forth across the stage playing his guitar during "Headlights look like Diamonds" (a song I was ecstatic to see live) and the physical instrumental fighting of Richard Reed Parry and Will during the final song "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)".

    AF are not regarded as a particularly positive and happy band, but when they all on stage going at it, they look like they're enjoying themselves and having more fun on stage than any other band I've ever seen.

    All in all, despite a generally flat crowd for my liking, the show was incredible. I'm now looking forward to the Sydney BDO even more just to see this brilliant group again.
  • Top 10 Albums of 2007

    24. Dez. 2007, 7:38

    10. Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem

    An essential for people who consider themselves hip (which is why I have it). Not quite as good as his self titled first one, but still a ripper. I would go to happliy go to places like Fannys quite regularly if they decided to play dance music like this.


    9. Kala - M.I.A.

    I'm not the type of person to jump on a bandwagon and embrace an album that I probably wouldn't normally listen to (Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap etc) because it's is getting raved critically just for the sake of looking cool. But this is something else. It's like an nuclear explosion of colour, noise, dance, funk and cool in every track. I'm an M.I.A. converted fan this year for sure.


    8. Myths of the Near Future - Klaxons

    If I'm not mistaken this was the first album I purcahsed this year way back in early January. And it definitely hasn't lost it's appeal with me. A bright, danceable trip into musical space that's remarkably catchy and cool. Love it.


    7. Guillotine - British India

    The previous album was my first of the year, this one is my most recent and probably last purchase of the year 2007. And I wonder why the bloody hell I didn't get it sooner. This is without a doubt my new favourite Australian act. Every track rocks (I really hate that term, but I don't know how else to say it). Should have won the J Award.


    6. Mirrored - Battles

    A reluctant purchase, I'm not sure why I bought it knowing that it was "experimental, progressive, electronic, math rock" (what the fuck is math rock?) But my oh my oh my oh my, what a fucking insane piece of genius work we have here. Definitely the most unique album of the year, contains my favourite song of the year in "Atlas" too. Essential.


    5. In Rainbows - Radiohead

    I only started listening to Radiohead alot at the start of this year thanks to a mate at uni. I started just in time it would appear, as "In Rainbows" has won that many album of the year awards and caused such a stir with it's "pay what you want" download policy. The marketing = genius. The music = much the same. A beautiful, multi-layered, diverse record, one of their best.


    4. Because of the Times - Kings of Leon

    Ahhh Kings of Leon, you never fail to dissapoint me. Although you've changed your sound quite a bit with your 3rd LP, I'm just as hooked with your mature new tunes as I was way back in the whisky sculling, hick rock days of Youth & Young Manhood. Don't ever change, or do, you'll still be awesome regardless.


    3. Icky Thump - The White Stripes

    My favourite band, what can I say? I ran for 30 mintues from my Uni home into town (I left my car there overnight) on the day of it's release to get my hands on "Icky Thump" and I'm pretty sure I pissed off anyone living within a 10 metre radius of me for the next month with the amount of time I played this weird, yet brilliant album over and over again. Jack & Meg, please hurry up and start touring again so I can bask in your brilliant glory once you reach these shores of ours. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeassssssssssseeeee!!!!!


    2. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys

    Alex Turner and Co.'s first album is the reason I write and care about music so very, very much these days. This time 2 years ago I was lost in a fence sitters world of music taste and I probably thought Nickleback wasn't too bad either. Thank god those days are over. So how the bloody hell would a band that produced such a life changing recording (for me anyway) come up with a worthy follow up. Well, they did a bloody excellent job. Catchy, fast, simple, infectious, fun - everything that I loved about their first, paired with some improved skill and gusto to their instrument playing and song writing abilities. I saw them live as well, brilliant show, that followed a brilliant album. I love Arctic Monkeys so very, very much.


    1. Neon Bible - The Arcade Fire

    To be honest, I didn't get what was so crash hot about The Arcade Fire earlier this year. Their first album "Funeral" didn't really blow me away, and this just seemed like weird hybrid of church music, orchestrial instruments and layed back indie rock. "Overrated" I thought.

    Oh how things change.

    I don't know what did it, I really don't. But sometime a few months after hearing this album and thinking "yeah it's alright" I gradually began listening again. What's going on? I could have been certain this wasn't that good the first time. Infact, how come "Funeral" upon a few more listens now sounds like a fucking work of heart-wrenchingly brilliant art? Where did this all this brilliance and unbelieveable awesmoness come from? I don't know, but what I do know is that this album, this band, is one of the best, ever. It's hard to explain, but this just sounds beautiful, uplifting, happy, yet sad, dark and brooding at the same time. The work of true geniuses...

    ALBUM OF THEY YEAR, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.
  • Top 50 Songs of 2007

    23. Dez. 2007, 7:26

    Here we go...

    50. DON'T MAKE ME A TARGET - Spoon
    49. SOMEONE GREAT - LCD Soundsystem
    48. TRANQULIZE - The Killers
    47. TIJ - Battles
    46. THE WELL & THE LIGHTHOUSE - The Arcade Fire
    45. STRONGER - Kanye West
    44. BLACK AND WHITE RADIO - British India
    43. 15 STEP - Radiohead
    42. SHADOW PLAY - The Killers
    41. BIRD FLU - M.I.A.
    40. ON CALL - Kings of Leon
    39. MY BODY IS A CAGE - The Arcade Fire
    38. KISS KISS - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    37. 505 - Arctic Monkeys
    36. LITTLE CREAM SODA - The White Stripes
    35. THE UNDERDOG - Spoon
    34. HUNTING FOR WITCHES - Bloc Party
    33. UP LATE - Custom Kings
    32. BALACLAVA - Arctic Monkeys
    31. KEEP THE CAR RUNNING - The Arcade Fire
    30. BRIANSTORM - Arcitc Monkeys
    29. BODYSNATCHERS - Radiohead
    28. KNIGHTS OF CYDONIA - Muse
    27. RUN THE RED LIGHT - British India
    26. TONTO - Battles
    25. CHARMER - Kings of Leon
    24. THE HEINRICH MANUVER - Interpol
    23. TICK TICK BOOM - The Hives
    22. CHELSEA DAGGER - The Frattelis
    21. CONQUEST - The White Stripes
    20. IT'S NOT OVER YET - Klaxons
    19. FLUX - Bloc Party
    18. LEYENDECKER - Battles
    17. BAMBO BANGA - M.I.A.
    16. INTERVENTION - The Arcade Fire
    15. RAG & BONE - The White Stripes
    14. BLACK THUMBNAIL - Kings of Leon
    13. GET INNOCUOUS! - LCD Soundsystem
    12. TEDDY PICKER - Arctic Monkeys
    11. ICKY THUMP - The White Stripes
    10. DOWN BOY - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    9. JIGSAW FALLING INTO PLACE - Radiohead
    8. WAX SIMULACRA - The Mars Volta
    7. BLACK MIRROR - The Arcade Fire
    6. KNOCKED UP - Kings of Leon
    5. NORTH AMERICAN SCUM - LCD Soundsystem
    4. PAPER PLANES - M.I.A.
    3. FLOURECSENT ADOLECENT - Arctic Monkeys
    2. NO CARS GO - The Arcade Fire
    1. ATLAS - Battles

    And the worst...

    HOLD MUSIC - Architechture in Helsinki (overrated horse flogging cunts)

    ICE CREAM - Muscles (Biggest douce in the universe this guy is)

    CLUMSY - Fergie (Legend of the dog faced woman)

    HEY THERE DELILAH - Plain White Tees (Fags)

    There you have it.
  • Arctic Monkeys @ Hordern Pavilion 3/8/07

    14. Aug. 2007, 13:41

    (A couple of paragraphs to build the atmosphere, you can skip them if you're lazy or hate my writing)

    It was a rainy Friday afternoon in Sydney this past week. Pretty bloody cold as well, so it would strike some as odd to see 4 guys desperately trying to hail a cab from Kings Cross wearing T-shirts amongst the countless yuppies sporting trench coats and scarfs.

    Well those four lads were Alex, Conor, Lewis and I trying to get to the Hordern Pavilion for what we knew was going to be an awesome gig. Standing in line from about 5pm, the line grew larger and larger every few minutes. By 7pm, the end of it was out of sight, we had a few laughs watching "chuckles" the security guard with a totally absent sense of humor ejecting 16 year olds who managed to cut in line and we had been freezing our balls off the whole time due to our fashion choices.

    By 7.15 the doors were open, and the approx 100 in front of us all rushed in and claimed all the spots along the barricade in front of the stage. The sea of people slowly filled behind us, and I became increasingly pissed off every time so 4'ft tall chick managed to weave her way in and out of people to get right in front of me without me even knowing.

    By 8.15pmhe Gold Coast group "Operator Please" took to the stage. Upon realizing that this band consisted to 14-18 year olds, one member of the audience shouted "oh not these fucking kids". Despite that, they played a pretty engaging warm up set; "Just a song about Ping Pong" sent the cluster of Asian people to my right crazy.

    8.50pm, the kid's leave the stage and we begin to wait for the main attraction. About 2 minutes later, whilst I was eavesdropping on a conversation between some New Zealand chick and a guy called Evan a large surge of pressure came racing through from behind us. This eliminated what was the insignificant space I to me for the past hour. Now I was firmly pressed against some guy in front of me, Evan, the kiwi chick, a few 4ft tall girls and some Asian people.

    At this point the security standing between the barricades and the stage began squirting ICE COLD FUCKING WATER all over the audience aimed at whoever opened their mouths the widest. Violent crowd sways from side to side that I'm sure crushed at least a few people began, NOW we were at a rock concert.

    (Actual Arctic Monkeys set description begins here)

    9.17pm

    Out they come to a recording of "Matador", the crowd screams so bloody loud I can't be quite sure if they've started playing or not. Alex, Nick, and Cookie all look calm, Matt looks typically pumped. The first song begins "This House is a Circus". During this I cop about 2 elbows to the face, head butt someone behind me that I never see, more crowd sways and lots of jumping. Then they segway into the explosion of noise that is "Brianstorm". By now I've been dragged from standing directly in front of the Bassist on stage right to directly in front of Alex Turner. What followed was about 10 minutes of jostling for space, fighting off random people trying to claim your spot and someone offering me weed, true story.

    Eventually I'm back about 5-8 meters from where I stared and I'm still directly in front of Alex Turner, when they play "Balaclava" I now know that I'm enjoying myself.

    "I Bet you Look Good On The Dancefloor", "Teddy Picker", "Mardy Bum", "Fake Tales of San Francisco" etc etc etc, they pretty much played all of the gold we all know they produce. The crown jewel of the evening though...

    "When The Sun Goes Down" - an essential concert experience, absolutely brilliant and totally amazing live. They then leave the stage, only to return with "505" and "A Certain Romance" before leaving the stage permenatley, and then the race to buy a band T shirt before they all run out begins.

    I'm pretty much sick of writing, and you've probably skipped a fair bit of the banter about the Kiwi girl and Evan among others.

    Final say -Best show I've ever seen, even after sweating off about 10kilos and getting crushed for the first 10 minutes. Loved it, all of it.
  • Kasabian 26/01/07 @ Enmore Theatre

    29. Jan. 2007, 3:06

    Fri 26 Jan – Kasabian

    It's Australia day, 9.30pm. Many true blue Aussies are at Darling Harbour watching the fireworks celebrating this country. But for a 1000 or so (mostly british) fans of the UK band Kasabian, we packed the Enmore theatre for thumping serving of Brit Electronica/Rock, and I for one, didn't care that I was spending the day of national pride cheering a group of poms.

    The set was solid, begining with the super sexy "Shoot The Runner", before jumping into "Reason is Treason" They had a nice mix between their 1st and 2nd albums, it was about 60/40 just favouring the sophomore album Empire.

    The highlights were "Empire", "Club Foot" and the grand finale "LSF" which prompted most of the audience to continue chanting the "Ahhh, Ah, Ahhh..." well after the band had left the stage and the lights had come on.

    The band had great personality, Tom's energetic frontman performance stealing the focus.

    It was great to finally this act in Australia, their sound is unique and their energy is pulsating. It's only January, but its a real contedner for gig of the year.