Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Top 25 - 18 October, 2016

Tkay Maidza, Kingswood, BAD//DREEMS + Katy Steele!

1. Tkay Maidza - Simulation (NEW)


2. Tired Lion - Agoraphobia

3. Tkay Maidza - Tennies

4. Bec Sandridge - High Tide

5. Kingswood - Creepin' (NEW)


6. Big Smoke - Wrong (NEW)


7. Ariela Jacobs - Leave The Light On

8. Lisa Mitchell - Warhol

9. Tkay Maidza ft. Killer Mike - Carry On

10. BAD//DREEMS - Mob Rule (NEW)


11. Kimbra - Sweet Relief

12. Katy Steele - It Ain't Me (NEW)


13. Big Smoke - Best of You

14. Angus Dawson - Ocean In The Sky (NEW)


15. MTNS - Insight (NEW)


16. The Bear Hunt - Who Made You God?

17. Alexander Biggs - Tidal Wave

18. Jack River - Palo Alto

19. Jidenna - Long Live The Chief

20. Lime Cordiale - Waking Up Easy

21. Lady Gaga - Million Reasons

22. Allie and Ivy - Best Friends

23. San Cisco - B-Side

24. Tash Sultana - Jungle

25. Lanks - Holla

Monday, 10 October 2016

Top 25 - 10 October, 2016

Tired Lion!

1. Tired Lion - Agoraphobia (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: Someone I work with recently recalled a funny little story about the first time they met me and how intimidating I apparently was during that encounter, which made me laugh because I remember the first time we met and my version of meeting is remarkably different to theirs. Mine involved a time I wasn't really enjoying and while my intimidating demeanour was daunting to them, all I was actually doing was desperately trying to be a normal, functioning, well adjusted human; avoiding questions and conversations at all cost in the fear someone would figure out just who the intimidated one was and it's more than likely all I wanted to do was run home and crawl under a blanket to never see natural light again, which is pretty much where I would have dragged myself from in order to get to work in the first place. All of this long story has very little to do with Tired Lion, except to say it is guitars like theirs that are some of the reasons to keep crawling out from under the blankie as well as voices and words like Sophie Hopes' that make leaving the house ok and it's awesome songs like 'Agoraphobia' which are the type of songs that people who are often more intimidated than intimidating, need to get through some days. (Jo Michelmore)

Matt's Pick of the Week: So today is World Mental Health Day, a day for education, awareness of advocacy of mental health issues that takes place all over the world. You might have seen some articles about it popping up on your Facebook feed. Anyway, anything that creates broader discussion about mental health is great, or in the case of Tired Lion's new single 'Agoraphobia', it's excellent. The four band members that make up Tired Lion (Sophie Hopes, Matt Tanner, Ethan Darnell and Nick Vasey) wrote the song with their own perspectives and experiences with mental illness. Now, I should probably make it clear that 'Agoraphobia' wasn't written for World Mental Health Day. It just happens to be today and the subject matter of the song couldn't be more appropriate to tie the two together, because talking about mental health and illness is super important and the more people do it the better. It's just coincidence that it's today and the song is what it's about. What isn't coincidence is that we've got another top tune from WA's leading rock outfit. "Getting through it, dried eyed, crying at the corner of a taxi rank, it's not a movie, now it's night time, those kids are itching for red wine." Tired Lion hook you from those opening lines and riffs and they don't let you go until the track ends. It's becoming a thing with them; tracks that immediately grab you and leave you wanting to hear them over and over again. Hopes continues to grow into the role of Australia's finest front and the guys kill it, as usual. More soon please. Also, this is the first time Jo and I have picked the same song, so bonus points for that, yeah? Yeah. (Matt Bond)   

2. Bec Sandridge - High Tide

3. Tkay Maidza - Tennies

4. Kimbra - Sweet Relief

5. Ariela Jacobs - Leave Your Light On

6. Big Smoke - Best of You

7. Tkay Maidza ft. Killer Mike - Carry On

8. Jidenna - Long Live The Chief (NEW)


9. The Bear Hunt - Who Made You God?

10. Lady Gaga - Million Reasons (NEW)


11. Jack River - Palo Alto

12. Lime Cordiale - Waking Up Easy

13. Lisa Mitchell - Warhol (NEW)


14. Allie and Ivy - Best Friends

15. San Cisco - B Side (NEW)


16. Gretta Ray - Unwind

17. Crystal Fighters - Ways I Can't Tell You (NEW)


18. MØ - Drum (NEW) 


19. Tash Sultana - Jungle

20. Jess Kent - The Sweet Spot

21. Sparrows - Get To Know You

22. Alexander Biggs - Tidal Wave

23. Lanks - Holla

24. Ali Barter - Girlie Bits

25. Remi ft. Jordan Rakei - Lose Sleep

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Top 25 - 4 October 2016

Tkay Maidza, Bec Sandridge + Kimbra!

1. Bec Sandridge - High Tide (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: So last Friday morning when I heard the new track from Bec Sandridge I was pretty sure I had my pick for this week's Top 25 sorted, then Friday afternoon Matt sent me the link to Kimbra's little surprise release and I was like "WHA?" because I couldn't believe two incredibly awesome women could release two awesome songs on the same day and then I was torn between which one to write about. We've got a long history of loving Kimbra, with her making numerous appearances on our Woman of the Year and our end of year countdown lists, so I decided to leave Kimbra to Matt (should he choose to write about her, I don't tell him what to do with his life) and write about Ms Sandridge, who's more than likely to make our lists this year - spoiler alert! And beside that, only days ago I was listening to Blondie's 'Tide Is High' so maybe that was a sign I was going to love 'High Tide'. With comparisons to both Blondie and Fleetwood Mac there's pretty much no chance I was going dislike this song, but it's not the comparisons that are important, it's the vocal that demands attention and the rolling, shadowy guitars that hypnotise you into listening again and again. I declared myself a big fan after we saw her play at BIGSOUND, but if she keeps releasing tracks like this there's no doubt that my big fan status will turn into massive fan status very, very quickly. Bec Sandridge plays with Cub Sport on a national tour beginning 21st October in Adelaide, which pretty much sounds like a gig one needs to attend! (Jo Michelmore)

2. Tkay Maidza - Tennies (NEW)

Matt's Pick of the Week: "When I put my tennies on, when I put my tennies on." I can't stop singing it and I don't even really know what it's about. Such is the power of Tkay Maidza. A thorough investigation (Googled it) showed that 'tennies' are tennis shoes. So I'm assuming that when Tkay puts her tennies on, it's the equivalent of Penny Wong taking her glasses off on Q&A. Shit is about to get real and someone is about to get a verbal smackdown. Released as the follow up to 'Carry On' as a preview to the upcoming debut album TKAY, 'Tennies' will have you putting on your finest Dunlop Volleys and ready for one sick night on the town. The badass transference is strong with this song. It will give you attitude like you wouldn't believe. Listening to this song will make you feel like you're walking into a club with a wind machine blowing your glamorous hair out while everyone stares at you with jealousy dripping out of every fiber of their being. In this regard, 'Tennies' is the new 'Pass That Dutch'. Perfect for any dramatic entrance, to get any party started and to make you furiously attempt to memorise the rhymes as fast as you can. #putyourtennies out in support of Tkay Maidza, get this song and get even more excited about the October 28 release of TKAY. (Matt Bond

3. Kimbra - Sweet Relief (NEW)


4. Tkay Maidza ft. Killer Mike - Carry On

5. Big Smoke - Best of You

6. Allie and Ivy - Best Friends

7. Gretta Ray - Unwind

8. Tash Sultana - Jungle

9. Ariela Jacobs - Leave Your Light On (NEW)


10. Jack River - Palo Alto (NEW)


11. Jess Kent - The Sweet Spot

12. Sparrows - Get To Know You

13. Lime Cordiale - Waking Up Easy (NEW)


14. Just A Gent ft. Ella Vos and Joey Chavez - Rolling Dice

15. Alexander Biggs - Tidal Wave

16. Lanks - Holla

17. The Naked and Famous - The Runners (NEW)


18. The Bear Hunt - Who Made You God? (NEW)


19. Tami Neilson - Holy Moses

20. Ali Barter - Girlie Bits

21. Remi ft. Jordan Rakei - Lose Sleep

22. Olympia - Self Talk

23. Lastlings - Time

24. Babaganouj - Sorry

25. Sia - The Greatest

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Why Sharon? Why?!

by Matt Bond

We need to talk about Sharon Van Etten. Well, I need to talk about Sharon Van Etten and since this handy outlet is available for me to talk about her, here we are... talking about Sharon Van Etten. Long have we been fans of the American indie singer-songwriter, she of the ability to weave devastatingly relatable tales of heartbreak, longing and regret into gorgeous folk tunes. Just to be clear, that's not an exaggeration. Her music is devastating. Despite your best efforts to avoid them, her songs will give you those 'feels' you've heard so much about. All of the 'feels' even. No, wait. That one's a lie. The feelings you'll get from her music will mostly be related to sadness, heartache and more sadness. So much sadness.

Why am I talking about Sharon Van Etten? Well, I've been doing this thing where every month I pick an artist and download all of their available albums on Apple Music and listen to them and enjoy the good times that will follow. So I picked Sharon Van Etten last month and listening to her sort of rolled into this month and haha funny story the good times have actually turned out to be really sad times because when you listen to a lot of Sharon Van Etten you're in for one fucking sad time. That funny story we were talking about one line ago turns out to be incredibly unfunny. Haha. Lolz. Cries.

So many lols you guys. 

But don't just take my word for it. Take Van Etten's words or her lyrics to be more accurate. Let's get to some of her music shall we?


Best lines: Break my legs so I won't walk to you, cut my tongue so I can't talk to you, burn my skin so I can't feel you, stab my eyes so I can't see.

Best YouTube comment: "How to know if you're over someone: Play any song by Sharon Van Etten. If you don't burst into tears, congrats!" by Vermillion Bird. 


Best lines: And then you disappear because you can't fight fear, I know, I know.

Best YouTube comment: "Sometimes a song can be too poignant..." by enrvuk. 


Best lines: Let's turn it into something we can change, I love you but I'm lost, between the pain and cost, I hold myself alive, I love you but I'm lost, I love you but I'm lost, I love you but I'm lost, I love you but I'm lost.

Best YouTube comment: "I honestly can not listen to this performance of this incredibly beautiful and haunting song without tearing up. Have more personal lyrics ever been written? Thank you Sharon." by Van Smith. 


Best lines: You know it's always been my heart, you know I always fall apart, it's not my fault it's just my flaw, it's who I am.

Best YouTube comment: "I feel like a little piece of my heart breaks each and every time I hear this song. Which I could say about many of Sharon Van Etten's tracks. Hauntingly beautiful in the best possible way." - so, awkward... this was me but I had to write something. The only other comment from 'Nerfy124' just said, "LOVE YOU." Which is valid, but still, keep it together Nerfy. 


Best lines: You enjoy sucking on dreams, so I will fall asleep with someone other than you, I had a thought you would take me, seriously and listen on.

Best YouTube comment: "I don't know why, but this song hits me real hard on some subconscious level. Every time that guitar riff is heard between those two lyrics at 0:42, I get teary eyed without really knowing why. I think the riff somehow invokes the notion of time passing by our individual life-stories (presented by the lyrics), leading our existence to its inevitable end and it has fucked me up every time... Still one of my favourite songs ever." by Vilkku.


Best lines: Don't leave me now, you might love me back.

Best YouTube comment: "This was the first dance song at a wedding I went to recently. It was beautiful and I've been in love with this song ever since." by livexthexlife1992. 
- Sidebar: that wedding sounds bleak. Did they listen to the lyrics? Was everyone at the wedding crying? And not in an "I'm so happy for you" way.  

So, is this you right now? 

You, right now.

It's okay. Let it out. And asks yourself, why Sharon? Why would you do this to me? Imagine how you'd feel after working your way through through five albums. Today was meant to be full of joy and rainbows and smiles and now there will never be love again and it's all because of Sharon Van Etten! 

Until you go and put on something more upbeat I guess. And in all seriousness, there will be love again because we love, love, love the music of Sharon Van Etten. She's an incredible artist and one of the finest, most brutally honest and unique songwriters in music today. Listen to as much of her music as you can... but maybe, just maybe, don't listen to all of her albums at once. We want you to have a nice weekend, k? 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Top 25 - 27 September, 2016

Big Smoke!

1. Tkay Maidza ft. Killer Mike - Carry On (#1 for 4 weeks!)

2. Tash Sultana - Jungle

3. Jess Kent - The Sweet Spot

4. Just A Gent ft. Ella Vos and Joey Chavez - Rolling Dice

5. Big Smoke - Best of You (NEW)

Matt's Pick of the Week: Big Smoke's Luke Brennan, Alex O'Gorman, Tim Baker and Joe Cope have been working hard to finish the production of their upcoming LP Time Is Golden, due for release October 28. Last week they released the first single from the album, the heartwarming 'Best Of You', which is a more than worthy addition to their wonderful catalogue of music. If you're a fan of the Melbourne outfit, you would know the very sad news that came earlier in the year when frontman Adrian Slattery passed away. 'Best of You' and its accompanying video form a moving tribute from the rest of the band to an artist who passed far too young. There's not much else to say except listen and love and look out for Time Is Golden at the end of October, because we already know it's going to be one of the year's best albums. (Matt Bond)

6. Allie and Ivy - Best Friends (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: So we received an email recently that had this song tucked away in it and I scrolled through the words pretty quickly because so many emails so many words, but I found this cute little electro indie pop number that got itself stuck in my brain pretty quickly. Thank goodness I scrolled through the words because to be honest, a song named 'Best Friends' is probably not one I'd normally press play on, but that whole thing about not judging a book by it's cover is a thing I should follow, because soon enough it'll be don't judge a kindle by it's case or something and that doesn't have quite the same ring to it, does it? Never mind, I'm glad I don't like to judge books or kindles or songs for that matter, because this one's a little sweet summery pop song that sounds like diamonds, rainbows, poolside cocktails and not a care in the world, all rolled into one. The only thing left to think about is whether Allie and Ivy are one person or two, but I'll let you figure that out for yourself. (Jo Michelmore

7. Lanks - Holla

8. Alexander Biggs - Tidal Wave (NEW)

9. Gretta Ray - Unwind (NEW)

10. Tami Neilson - Holy Moses

11. Olympia - Self Talk

12. Sia - The Greatest

13. Remi ft. Jordan Rakei - Lose Sleep

14. Ali Barter - Girlie Bits

15. Sparrows - Get To Know You (NEW)

16. Lastlings - Time (NEW)

17. Mondo Cozmo - Shine

18. Ben Wright Smith - Sand Grabber (NEW)

19. Babaganouj - Sorry

20. Postblue - Love To Praise You (NEW)

21. Abbe May ft. Joni Hogan and Odette Mercy - Doomsday Clock

22. Gretta Ray - Drive

23. PASSERINE - White Shadows and Grey Noise

24. Winters End - Afterthought

25. Ayla - Like The Other Kids

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Top 25 - 20 September, 2016

Just A Gent!

1. Tkay Maidza ft. Killer Mike - Carry On (#1 for 3 weeks!)

2. Lanks - Holla

3. Just A Gent ft. Ella Vos and Joey Chavez - Rolling Dice (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: I've watched this clip over and over and over again, partly because my laptop kept stopping at 1:52 and I needed to know what happened after those beats dropped, and partly because it's a strangely hypnotic clip, which matches a strangely hypnotic song, I guess. Good directing, director person. Or is that the producer? Or the editor? I don't have any idea who does what in music clips, but whoever they are, they're doing a darn good job of it with Just A Gent's 'Rolling Dice'. Do the kids even know what the word darn means? We need to bring back the word darn. I digress. One assumes this is a story about choices, considering the definition that pops up on your screen at the beginning, but I just really like the cute little toon guys that appear somewhere after that 1:52 mark. My choice is to not take things too seriously and just enjoy the pretty colours because I don't have any idea what's going on at the end there, but it looks good. (Jo Michelmore)

4. Olympia - Self Talk

5. Tami Neilson - Holy Moses (NEW)

Matt's Pick of the Week: I don't know much about Tami Neilson. I know she's from New Zealand. That's something I can tell you. I can also tell you that she has an amazing voice, but if you've clicked on the clip for 'Holy Moses' above you've already figured that out for yourself. Neilson has a booming, powerful voice that's timelessness will appeal to all that hear it. If her voice and the music don't make you want to dance about ten seconds into this track then you need to sit in the sun and start thawing out that icy cold heart. I don't know much about Tami Neilson. But after listening to 'Holy Moses' I want to know all that there is to know about her. Great, great song. The clip's a lot of fun too. (Matt Bond)

6. Jess Kent - The Sweet Spot (NEW)

7. Remi ft. Jordan Rakei - Lose Sleep

8. Sia - The Greatest

9. Tash Sultana - Jungle

10. Gretta Ray - Drive

11. Abbe May ft. Joni Hogan and Odette Mercy - Doomsday Clock

12. Julia Jacklin - Coming Of Age (NEW)

13. Ayla - Like The Other Kids

14. British India - I Thought We Knew Each Other

15. Ali Barter - Girlie Bits

16. PASSERINE - White Shadows and Grey Noise

17. Mondo Cozmo - Shine (NEW)

18. Winters End - Afterthought

19. Babaganouj - Sorry

20. Heart People - Show You (NEW)

21. Rowena Wise - Hollow Hearts (NEW)

22. Chet Porter ft. Chelsea Cutler - Stay

23. Montaigne - Till It Kills Me

24. Holy Holy - Darwinism

25. WAAX - This Everything