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2008: An Aural Journey

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I’m not gonna sit down and do a “Top Albums of 2008” type list – I didnt listen to nearly enough albums to make judgement calls. Case in point – my former country music loving little sister recommended Fleet Foxes album to me ages ago and I still havent given it a spin, despite Nath raving about it (see previous post).

So instead, I’ll simply list a heap of albums I gave a bit of a spin this year and how they struck me…
Enjoy

Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
This didnt get much of a rotation. The music sounded as good as ever, but the lyrics were for the most part laughable glimpses of what was for the bad boys of old.

The Drones – Havilah
Kinda disappointed I hadn’t discovered these guys earlier. Listening to this album made for a damn good drive to Sydney one day. Sounded like if Tom Waits singing old colonial Australian tunes.

The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing
I kinda liked ‘Thats Not My Name’ then I got sick of it. Then I heard the whole album and kinda dug it all. Not great, but I’ve enjoyed it when I’ve had it on this year.

Bliss ‘n Eso – Flying Colours
Aussie Hip-Hop certainly is gaining momentum, and this got a good solid months workout in my car. Several standout tracks and a little filler. Bullet and a Target was one of my favourite songs all year.

Tame Impala – Antares Mira Sun
Nath had hyped these kids up something fierce – and they delivered. Shame its such a short EP/LP/Whatever. Swirling 60’s inspired psychodelia, and other cliches – long story short, I loved it.

The Living End – White Noise
If youve heard The Living End before, you know what to expect from this album. You can listen to it (especially when the singles come on the radio) but its a bit of a trek to get throught the whole CD.

Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
‘Paris Is Burning’ certainly piqued my interest in Ladyhawke, but when I put the album on, it was pretty disappointing. There was one or two other songs that were ok, but the album was not what I was expecting.

Empire of The Sun – Walking on A Dream
I listened to the whole album on www.thevine.com.au and it was ok. That whole retro-revamped 80’s sound got really old really quick as this album got on. Can’t say I’d rush out to get it.

Sparkadia – Postcards
Ok, anyone who knows me, knows that I am a big fan of these guys. Postcards has never been too far from my ears since it was released. Its even better live – go see a Sparkadia show – then you’ll know.

Eagles of Death Metal – Heart On
It’s funny, this album doesn’t sound that different from their others. But it doesnt make this seem old, it just makes the others seem timeless. Good hard rockin’ party tunes-a-plenty. Lovin’ it!

Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
My first listen, I hated this album. Since then it has become my most listened to album of ’08. Sure its not the gritty southern alt-rock of the previous efforts, but it’s darn catchy. It’s another case of indie-rock band loses indie rock cred when too many indie kids make them so popular non indie kids love ’em and they are no longer indie.

Metallica – Death Magnetic
Thank god for Rick Rubin. Metallica return to their roots with some decent metal tunes. I listened to this album for about a month solid after it was released. Haven’t really had it on since.

Portishead – Third
Listening to Third only made me want to listen to old Portishead. Third is ok, but – you know. It’s no Dummy.

The Black Keys – Attack and Release
Same could be said for this effort. The ‘drum and guitar’ staples from the Akron, OH boys got a working over by Dangermouse and the addition of a few other instruments. I dont think they really needed it. I haven’t listened to this as much as I did Rubber Factory.

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
By the time I got around to listening to this, I think I was nearly sick of the singles. Its a shame, cos its a pretty decent album. I just wish it didnt inspire more flouro clad freaks at festivals to look and act weirder than normal.

Tapes ‘n Tapes – Walk it Off
A pretty underrated album with a pretty understated sound. It’s not the best thing you’ll hear all year, but there is plenty of worse albums getting alot more play – which I’m afraid to say is also the case in my collection.

Smashing Pumpkins – American Gothic
Ok – you thought I liked Sparkadia! Seriously, this is a sweet and pretty piano driven EP that if you’ve seen their recently released doco ‘If All Goes Wrong’ you’ll understand where the songs come from, but scratch your head why the other dozen of similar sounding, equally great songs were omitted.

Guns ‘n’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Has anyone bought this? Serously. Does anyone care?

Chinese Democracy – It Lives!

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Is it because of the Olympics that Axl decided now would be a good time to release the album? Should have done it 08.08.08 dude…

Clicketh here and relive 1992 in all it’s glory.

Just make sure you make it through the wanky opening, because it gets A-MAZ-ING. I would have said that this album would have sucked, and it probably will, but at least it can get me excited. No, not like that.

Picture with Robin Finck only because of the Nine Inch Nails connection.

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October 23, 2008 at 12:39 am

The Fumes

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Just last night I was wondering what was going on with my favourite bluesy two piece around, The Fumes.

If you haven’t heard these guys, hunt down Guns of Gold this weekend and sit in the sun with your girlfriend/boyfriend wearing your tightest black jeans and some short sleeve plaid shirt/singlet, drinking beers ever so slowly. It’s what I’ll be doing, only without the girlfriend/boyfriend.

Anyway, whilst flicking through a Drum Media at work, I saw that they’re about to head into the studio to record their sophomore LP with Jim Fucking Diamond, and are playing one last show tomorrow (Saturday 11th) at Manly Fisho’s. If you’re in the area, go see them. You’ll love it.

Last time I saw them was supporting Queens of the StoneAge at Luna Park in March and they blew me away (again). Can’t wait for their new album.

 

Also, keep late november free in your diaries…

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October 10, 2008 at 1:05 am

I Got The No Remix Blues, Pussy

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Thanks to the wonder that is my work’s internet filters blocking my access to Myspace, and various proxy sites shitting themselves trying to load the music player on Myspace, I’m yet to hear the new remixes of No Pussy Blues by Grinderman, and it’s pretty much killing me. Hopefully they will put these out officially sometime soon and I can start getting my pillhead on to them. Assuming that’s what they sound like. More details can be found here.

Whilst I’m leeching news directly from Pitchfork, The Gutter Twins have also announced that they’re releasing an iTunes only exclusive EP with proceeds going to go to the Natasha Shneider Memorial Fund. Help a good cause and get some good tunes? Done deal.

The good kids at Antiquiet got themselves into a bit of trouble over the GnR leak they did a while ago. Isn’t it funny that the United States Government calls Russia for going in with too much force on Georgia, however it’s totally reasonable for 5 FBI agents to wake up a BLOGGER (hardly the most advanced and dangerous species on the planet) at 5am in the morning and then try and set a $50 grand bail? The worst part is there’s no fucking Chinese Democracy to show for it! 14 years Axl! DIE!!!!11

Nine Inch Nails’ magnum opus, The Downward Spiral, is being re-released on vinyl as a money making scheme now that he’s left Interscope part of the 60th anniversary of vinyl. Here’s what the man himself had to say…

You may have heard there’s a new re-release of The Downward Spiral on vinyl. I heard that, too. I have no idea what it is or what’s on it because the band has had no involvement in it.

So basically, Interscope will be getting more money and the artist will be fucked over? Not much news to me.

I’m off to listen to Does It Offend You, Yeah? some more. A review of their old album will be up (or at least promised about some more) soon.

Assorted Stuff…

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One and a half decades, millions of dollars in any currency, corn rows, band members coming and going to the point where it seems an original lineup reunion is even likely (thankyou Scott Weiland), Dr Pepper, leaked tracks, and now the FBIChinese Democracy is still as laughable as ever.

I’ll buy it though. Actually, only if every song is like this. Fuck, that original version in the background is AWFUL. Maybe I won’t buy it.

Standing on bright green amps is awesome! I should start skating again just for this sort of stuff…

These photos are rad. Check out the Presets and Muse photos for something a bit different to what we in Australia see of these bands (Muse on a tiny stage?)… If only I could link straight to the one of Kim and Julian and the ‘No Dancing” sign in the background… You go find it!

Is anyone trying to sell a turntable? I have way too much vinyl and nothing to play it on. The free-er the better.

Insight last night had a good program about censorship and photography. Anything with David Marr is good as far as I’m concerned.

Things sounds better with earplugs. I’ve read a fair few reviews around the place, and I’m hoping for a tour announcement asap… Really hoping.