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Tipaklon’s Best Albums/Singles/Gig of 2008!

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What a year, hey!?

It has flown so fast and in the world of music even faster. The death of cd sales is coming closer and we have seen more festival’s pop up this year than ever. Kanye West’s head is getting bigger, and The Presets and Kings Of Leon have become so popular your little sister will know them. Yes that’s right, they made the latest So Fresh cd. Also it was the year of Metallica releasing Death Magnetic (doesn’t anyone else think he sounds like the singer from Nickelback these days) and we finally saw the new Guns n Roses album on a shelf, but who really gives a shit about them anymore?

We have also seen some pretty decent releases this year and here is my list (Nathan’s that is, Simon’s will be up soon!) with a quick summary on each. Albums from these artists that narrowly missed the cut were The Sun Blindness, Spiritualized, Mogwai, Mercy Arms, The Drones, No Age and Flying Lotus.

 

Albums

10. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

Cutters went mainstream with this electro/pop/disco opus and many years of constant touring paid off when this went number 1. Nearly all tracks of this could of been released as singles, demonstrating the overall quailty of album 2 for the Melbourne Lads.

 

9. King Khan & The Shrines – The Supreme Genius of…

If you haven’t heard of these guys then get of your ass and see the light. Vice records have made it easy for you all and released this best of compilation of the great showman/sex machine King Khan and his band of merry men. If you like your soul, 60’s era rolling stones and a touch of funk, then what are you waiting for?

 

8. Fleet Foxes – Self Titled

Those harmonies!

7. Friendly Fires 

If one more disco-punk band came out I was seriously going to cry. Way too many angular guitars, ESG basslines and terrible Van She haircuts, but then this came along! What the Klaxons should of sounded like and they have more funk than any white guys I know. If you want to boogie and get down, then purchase this and hit the dancefloor, pronto!

 

6.  Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals

This album is quite a trip into some serious catchy psychedelic almost tribal music. So many influences on this album yet it is somehow so hard to find them. “2080” is a wonderful song that makes me so happy every time I hear it, but this an album that needs to be played in full, it truly is a great trip to be taken.

 

5. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Wow what a voice. Like Jeff Buckley reinacarnated into a hairy lumberjack looking man, this is a beautiful album that you must listen to. Gives me goosebumps every time this gets played, if you know what I mean.

 

4. Deerhunter – Microcastle

Mr Brandon Cox is truly the man. That voice of his when drenched in reverb is truly breathtaking and combine that with the truly underated rhythm section and the three way attack of shoegaze guitars. Cryptograms was very special, but this is almost a stripped down version of that and still sounds amazing.

3. Hercules & Love Affair – Self Titled

Holy Disco Batman! Who would of ever thought of combining the strange voice of Antony with disco beats! seriously this sooooo good. The two ladies otherside of him are fantastic as well and if it wasn’t for the outrageous price of Nevereverland and the thought of having to see The Presets and Cut Copy for the millionth time, then i would be there front row and getting my disco on like John Travolta pre-Qantas.

 

2. M83 – Saturdays=Youth

This really does sound like a John Hughes movie soundtrack, it just aint funny. It also reminds of a scene in The Neverending Story when Falcor is riding into the sky with that great big nose of his. Yes this album is that good.

 

1. TV on the Radio – Dear Science

No explanation for this is needed, but I will say one thing. Buy this album!

Ohhh and also I got tickets to see them, did you?

                                           

 

Singles

5. Neon Neon – Dream Cars

4. Tame Impala – Glass Half Full of Wine

3. Yacht – Summer song

2. The Juan Maclean – Happy House

1. MGMT – Kids

Has there been a bigger band this year?! Seriously they have been everywhere, from bond ads, to making it in every clothing shop accross Australia. They have been the definition of hype but the album is pretty damn good but this song i just cant ever remove from the side of my brain. “Indie” anthems and pysch indie pop gems, but “Kids” has rightly taken 2008 by the balls and made every person sing the opening beats to it, come on you know the one, doo doo doo doo doo dah dah dah do…….. do. Okay here it is

 

Most Disapointing Album of 2008

1. Kings Of Leon – Only by the night

What a bloated pile of shit of an album, overproduced and so many disgustingly bad power ballads. What happened to the rough and ready, southern indie hillbilly jams of the first album! This is what touring with U2 and Pearl Jam does to you. In the end teenage girls and Sony are loving every moment of it.

                                  

Gig of 2008 was The National. A truly special band and night, were you there?

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Music Scenes

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Music scenes come and go so fast these days.

By the time you buy your new fluro top for “New Rave” it’s all about new grunge and going back to live in Seattle. Then as soon as you buy your new flannel and ripped jeans its time to go back to the year 2000 and don the suit jacket with all the “The”(Vines, Strokes, Hives, Datsuns, White Stripes) bands.

Even harder to follow are the music scenes that are associated with a place or a city. It seemed every band with a disco beat during the “Eletroclash” movement was coming out of New York City (!!! ,Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, Juan Maclean) and then around the same time every Post Libertines band in England were coming out of shitty towns such as Leeds (Cribs, Kaiser Chiefs, Pigeon Detectives) and Sheffield (Arctic Monkeys, Long Blondes, Milburn). But by the time you go to these places the scene has died out or everyone has moved on to another

We could go on forever on each music scene from each city but that would be boring, so ill quickly leave you with another scene known as “The Smell”

Now this place is predominately a punk venue in downtown Los Angeles, California founded by Ara Shirinyan, Jarrett Silberman, and Jim Smith. It has a strong community and DIY ethic which keeps the place going since opening in 1998. It is also non for profit and volunteer run. The amount of coverage this scene has got is largely due to the high profile indie bands that are known as “regulars”, no matter how popular they have become. This has given the place a sense of community and also a place many bands started out, becoming friends, tour buddies etc.

Some of the acts associated with “The Smell” are Abe Vigoda, No Age, HEALTH, Mika Miko,

Lucky Dragons, Silver Daggers, BARR, The Mai Shi and many more.

Now I’m planning a trip to America next year in October but by the time I get there it will be all about spandex, bike shorts, heroin addiction and Guns n Roses.

Please no!!!!!!

Written by tipaklon

October 19, 2008 at 5:46 am

St Jeromes Laneway Festival – Better Late Than Never

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After spending all day at a 200 acre, blood dripping, haunted, abandoned psychiatric hospital, it was soothing to come home to the Laneway Festival lineup last night. Late September? Uh…

Girl Talk
Stereolab
Architecture In Helsinki
The Hold Steady
The Drones
Cut Off Your Hands
Four Tet
Tame Impala
El Guincho
Jay Reatard
Buraka Som Sistema DJ/MC Set
The Temper Trap
No Age
John Steel Singers
Canyons
Pivot
Port O’Brien
Holly Throsby
Born Ruffians
Mountains In The Sky
Tim Fite,
Still Flyin
Daedelus

 

No Age and Jay Reatard. Dope-a-rope. Still, no Deerhunter! Ah well.

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October 13, 2008 at 1:42 am