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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?

V Festival 2009 Lineup

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Piglets,

Last year I had the great honour of attending both the Sydney and Melbourne V Festivals. With a lineup headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stoneage, and other amazing acts like Jesus and Mary Chain, The Presets, and Duran Du-fucking-ran, it was a pretty fucking rad festival. Needless to say, my hopes were sky high and then some for this year:

THE KILLERS
SNOW PATROL
KAISER CHIEFS
DUFFY
ELBOW
THE DØ
LOUIS XIV
TAME IMPALA
THE TEMPER TRAP
CANYONS

Can I get a ‘hopes dashed’?

I preferred the rumour of Weezer and Metallica headlining, but since Metallica is touring somewhere else at the time, and Weezer are AWOL, the air guitar is staying locked up in it’s case.

Serious question here, how are The Killers popular? I was amazed when I found out they were from Las Vegas via Las Vegas. I could have sworn they were Brits. Like Nathan Hudson from Faker, it’s all fake accents. Fuck I hate Faker. Why do people put on a British accent/rip off British music? IT ONLY WORKS IF YOU’RE A BRIT!

Foolz better recognize.

I just finished listening to Spiritulized’s “Songs in A+E” and that thing wails. I’ve got Dead Meadow in the car. I’m about to put on Dirty Three. I’m pretty sure ATP uh, FUCKING SLAYS EVERYTHING THIS SUMMER.

Tame Impala

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O.k bitches im super guilty of getting way too excited over a band but these guys are off the hizzle!

Tame Impala hail from Perth and play the sort of pysch/soul/garage tunes that make u wanna drop acid and enter a new dimension. You can spot the influences a mile away, but who gives a shit when tunes are this good!

Extra cool is the cover of old hit “Remember me”, check it out!

Word on the street was that Modular again won in a label bidding war. Lets see if they stand out from all the flouro Modular have and make a cracking album these guys are capable of doing.

Peace out

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June 25, 2008 at 4:45 am

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