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Does anyone still read this shit?

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Welcome back to a new year. I probably should have made a new years resolution to update this more often, but then sometimes I make resolutions to quit smoking, even though I don’t smoke. It’s funny at the time, trust me.

Sex on Fire won the Hottest 100. If you didn’t see that coming, you’re an idiot. Plain and simple. Maaaaaybe Electric Feel had a chance, a really slim chance, but those $1.40 odds were correct on the Kings.

Canberra photographer Andrew Mayo has been at it for a while now and is putting together an exhibition at a few places in Canberra. Check it out, because galleries are so much cooler and more ‘hip’ than Flickr will EVER be.

I try to keep things a little highbrow on these pages (really, I do), but this is news that is too crazy not to post…

Does anyone remember Operator Please? They did that Ping Pong song on the Forrest Gump soundtrack right? Well anyway, they once were semi-important, but then their keyboardist Sarah Gardiner left. The last time I saw them, she was bawling her eyes out on stage and it was actually quite depressing to watch, and I mean that.

Well, OP hasn’t been heard of in a while, but it seems Gardiner has moved onto greener pastures: Pornography. Don’t worry, it’s SFW.

To put this bluntly, I did not see that coming. No pun intended. You have to ask if she thought that no one would notice.

Now, to get more people reading this, and to get us to write more, how about you write in the comments section which Australian alterna-pop star you think will follow this path to pornography…


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January 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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…

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?

No Huey Lewis – Just the News!

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Got your thinking caps on?
You’ll need a finely tuned ear to listen to the snippets of sound and work out who is playing Good Vibrations ’09. Visit the festival’s site and try and guess who is coming. There are eleven sound clips with accompanying pictures wich could either be visual clues or deceptive red herrings.
One kinda sounds like Fat Boy Slim, beyond that – I’m stumped!
A good little innovation to spark some online scuttlebutt around forums and such.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Super Bruce (in a plane actually)!
When a UK holiday company went bust recently, it left a whole heap of pommy tourists stranded to scorch in the Grecian sun. Iron Maiden front man and licensed commercial pilot, Bruce Dickinson, yes – the Bruce Dickinson, took it upon himself to fly Maiden’s own personal Boeing 747 down to Greece to give them all a ride home.
Nice one Bruce! Could you imagine fellow metal god, Ozzy Ozbourne doing that?
“Ah yeah, um, like this is your f*ckin’ Captain speaking, and today yeah, um like we’ll be going to, um… Sharon! Where the f*ck we goin’ luv?

MGMT + CMCL BRS = Holy electro orgasm Batman!
Thats right dance fans. New kids on the electro-dance block MGMT are teaming up with electro-dance veterans, the Chemical Brothers for their new album. While its not due out for some time, MGMT are trying to avoid the ‘sophomore slump’ by consulting the old heads and attempting to create a different sound.
This could potentially be either the greatest thing to happen to dance music since the death of rave parties, or the worlds biggest hyped disaster. My money is on the former!

Just Kill Me Now.
Everyones favourite pseudo-Brits, Las Vegas’ The Killers, have a new album set to descend November 25 this year. Titled ‘Day & Age,’ the bands third official album is being produced by remix master Stuart Price.
Just take a look at the list of artists Stu has remixed over the years under his pseudonyms, Les Rythmes Digitale, The Thin White Duke and Jacques Lu Cont: Armand Van Helden , Beck, Britney Spears, Cassius, Chromeo, Coldplay, Cornershop, Depeche Mode, Electric Six, Felix da Housecat, Fischerspooner, Gerling, Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani, Justice, Kasabian, Missy Elliott, The Music, New Order, No Doubt, Placebo, Röyksopp, Scissor Sisters, Seal, Starsailor, and Texas – to name a few!
However, Price was also responsible for co-writing all bar three of Madonna’s songs from 2005’s ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor,’ so I’m not sure what to make of The Killers new stuff just yet! 




Written by tragicether

September 16, 2008 at 11:35 am

Ten East

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When the Meredith festival lineup was revealed, their were a few names I had no idea about. Sure MGMT, Saul Williams, Holy Fuck, and festival sluts Little Red, Muscles and Regurgitator were all announced, but their was one headliner named who I had no idea about. That was Ten East. 

Meredith Festival is always great at bringing out indie bands that fly way under the radar and it’s great to see a few I was keen to look up. Ten East caught my attention and boy am I glad they did.


Ten East started out in the mid ‘00s as a semi-improvised outfit and an excuse for old friends to get together, jam it out and put some tunes to tape. With a range of artists from Fu Manchu, Kyuss, Brant Bjork, Black Flag all joining in this rotating roster you know that you should stand up and take notice already. Guided by lead songwriter Gary Arce, these guys are the band Cheech and Chong would listen to, and should be the soundtrack to your next bong session. 

They are described by the themselves as “Black Sabbath goes surfing”, the album needs repeated listenings with each track having a mountain of layered guitars, guitar solo’s and guitar shredding.

Buy “Robot’s Guide to Freedom” it will blow your mind, literally.



Well amost literally…

Falls – Over Because I Fell Asleep Due to the Utterly Boring Lineup – Festival

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Seriously, someone wake me up when a good lineup gets announced… For anything. Ever. I should move to Europe and go to Oya Festival or something. If only I had the money… Surely this can’t be it? I look forward to the official announcement  (with an amazing added headliner such as My Bloody Valentine) later this week.

Franz Ferdinand
The Hives
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves
The Cat Empire
The Kooks
The Grates
Tegan & Sara
Donavan Frankenreiter
Jamie Lidell
Mystery Jets
Architecture In Helsinki
Atmosphere feat Brother Ali
The Do-Do’s
Wolf and Cub
Liam Finn
The Drones

If these are the bands you’re into, then sweet, buy a ticket, but don’t forget to ‘Ian Curtis’ yourself on the way out… If I see Faker on the BDO lineup as well, I will add a Jeff Buckley to your Ian Curtis.

MGMT have announced a tour in early December, so that’s a probably for Meredith.