Friday, 30 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
#8 - Meg White
Monday, 26 April 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Coming in at #9, it's the Gothic Queen of Rock, Amy Lee. Amy IS Evanescence and she has the most powerful voice out of all the women you'll see on this list. Her powerhouse vocals separate her from the countless copycats that have emerged in goth rock since Evanescence rose to prominence in 2003 with the release of Fallen.
The Open Door, Evanescence's second studio album, would be released in 2006 and went straight to the top of the charts. It sold poorly in comparison to Fallen but was well received critically, many citing the darker direction and Lee's songwriting as its greatest successes. 'Call Me When You're Sober' would be the only chart hit from the album, with 'Lithium' and 'Sweet Sacrifice' finding some success on the alternative rock charts.
Amy has worked on some side projects, singing alongside Korn on 'Freak On a Leash' on their MTV Unplugged set, she recorded 'Broken' with Seether for The Punisher soundtrack (which was a chart success) and contributed her own version of 'Sally's Song' from The Nightmare Before Christmas for Nightmare Revisited, released last year. Her fashion style inspired thousands of emo girls, but I probably shouldn't give her kudos for that. What else... she can rock a guitar, is an amazing pianist and can even bust out a tune on the harp.
Friday, 23 April 2010
#10 - Gwen Stefani
2. Operator Please - Like Magic
3. The xx - Islands
4. Slow Club - Our Most Brilliant Friends
5. Operator Please - Back And Forth
6. The New Pornographers - The Crash Years
7. Kate Nash - Do Wah Do
8. Angus & Julia Stone - Hold On
9. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
10. Laura Marling - Rambling Man
11. Greg Laswell - Around the Bend
12. Crystal Castles - Doe Deer
13. Scissor Sisters - Invisible Light
14. Eliza Doolittle - Skinny Genes
15. Massive Attack - Babel
16. Street Sweeper Social Club - Clap For The Killers
17. Powderfinger - Sail the Wildest Stretch
18. Marina & The Diamonds - Hollywood
19. Phantogram - Mouthful of Diamonds
20. Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Who: Sarah Blasko
Thursday, 15 April 2010
2. Slow Club - Our Most Brilliant Friends
3. Bitches With Wolves - Broken Hearts
4. Angus & Julia Stone - Hold On
5. Kate Nash - Do Wah Do
6. Massive Attack - Babel
7. Eliza Doolittle - Skinny Genes
8. The xx - Islands
9. Laura Marling - Rambling Man
10. Arctic Monkeys - Joining the Dots
11. Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce - Telephone
12. Marina & The Diamonds - Hollywood
13. Greg Laswell - Around the Bend
14. Katie Noonan and the Captains - Page One Thanks Bella!
15. Goldfrapp - Alive
16. Hooray For Earth - Surrounded By Your Friends
17. Andrew Belle - Static Waves
18. Florence + The Machine - Hurricane Drunk
19. CocoRosie - Lemonade
20. Ellie Goulding - I'll Hold My Breath
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
One spot above Ella is another Australian rocker, Katy Steele of Little Birdy fame. Little Birdy burst onto the scene in late 2003 and Katy has been one of the coolest singers to grace the stage ever since. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Ms Steele, try to imagine what Karen O would be like if she was from Australia. Ok, not the best comparison, but whatever.
As you can see from the picture above, the woman can command an audience and has built a reputation for giving fans an unforgettable performance each and every time. Katy can rock a guitar, dresses to impress and has developed herself into one of Australia's most prolific songwriters. Maybe she spent some time learning from brother Luke, of Sleepy Jacksons and Empire of the Sun fame.
Key Tracks: 'Relapse,' 'Excited' and 'Baby Blue' (BigBigLove), 'Please Don't Lay Me Down' and 'Come On, Come On' (Hollywood), 'Brother' (Confetti).
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Practically all of Killing Heidi's success in the early 2000s can be attributed to that babe of a front woman, Ella Hooper. With her leading the way, the band was able to top the Australian charts and dominate the 2000 ARIA Awards, winning Best Album and Best Group among others.
During Killing Heidi's criminally short career, Ella proved herself a definitive 'rock chick' with her distinct look, her powerful presence onstage and of course, her voice. She's not up to much these days, but you can catch her on Spicks and Specks every now and then and she's still touring with her brother Jesse in their acoustic duo The Verses.
Killing Heidi - I Am
Friday, 9 April 2010
Fleetwood Mac - Beautiful Child
Fleetwood Mac have an extensive catalogue of hits to their name going all the way back to the 1970s. Everyone knows the big hits; 'Go Your Own Way,' 'Dreams,' 'Rhiannon,' 'Gold Dust Woman,' 'Landslide.' So it's really no surprise that 'Beautiful Child,' a track from their supersized third album Tusk has been overlooked during the past twenty years. Actually, it's not a surprise, it's pretty much a major shock that this song isn't as popular as any of the more famous tracks listed above.
It starts off slow, a simple piano melody accompanied by acoustic guitar. Stevie Nicks' soft, smokey voice enters and sets up the scene. Young girl falls for older man, but it's a love that's not to be. It's all about escalation from here on in. Everything keeps building up, Nicks' voice becomes more powerful, the drums are being hit just a fraction harder, but never does it feel like it's too much. Clocking in at over five minutes you have time to really invest yourself in just how beautiful this song really is. I can't put into words how much I love everything about this song, the lyrics, the emotion and desperation that Stevie Nicks can put into her voice and that simple little piano melody that remains throughout. Listen to the song from beginning to end, it's five minutes of your day but it's well worth the investment. The recorded version is flawless, but I've posted a live version so you can check out just how effortless Fleetwood Mac make performing look.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Poor Christina. It's almost as if she's accepted that it's a Gaga world and everyone else is simply living in it. 'Not Myself Tonight,' the first major release off her new album Bionic, is Xtina's attempt at staking her place in the fashionable realm of electro-pop, already populated by much more well suited vocalists like Little Boots, Roisin Murphy and the mighty Lady Gaga herself. There's not much to the song, Aguilera warbles over some fully sick electric beats about how she's just not the same girl we used to know, "and if you don't like it fuck you." Classy.
The main problem I have with 'Not Myself Tonight' is that the original Dirrty girl is selling herself just a little too short. She's got a powerful, distinct voice. She knows this. We know this. So what is she doing with it? Nothing. Christina Aguilera separated herself from the Britney's of the world by utilizing her greatest asset (her voice, not her amazing skank powers). Without the voice, all she's doing on this track is coming across like Nu-Gaga. At the end of the day this song's going to get a ton of airplay, people will get drunk and dance to it at the clubs (myself included) and it will probably chart well, being the big comeback song and all. But this doesn't bode well for Bionic being the commercial AND critical success that past albums like Stripped and Back to Basics were.
Kelis - Acapella
I've always had a soft spot for Kelis. She's a bad ass. You don't think so? Do you remember 'Caught Out There?' She was so angry back then. Of course commercial success wouldn't come until she showed us on sophomore album Tasty that her milkshake is better than yours, damn right, it's better than yours. Even that success was short-lived with follow-up album Kelis Was Here not meeting record label expectations. You've got to give her credit though because she's back again with the pumping club track 'Acapella.' Produced by some random named David Guetta, the track is starting to get some serious play and not only in the clubs! Guetta worked wonders for Kelly Rowland and the Black Eyed Peas last year and it looks like Kelis is next to benefit from some studio time with the guy. 'Acapella' isn't in the league of any of Kelis' major singles like 'Caught Out There,' 'Milkshake,' or 'Bossy,' but it's a decent enough dance song that's bringing her widespread success.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
2. Kate Nash - Do Wah Doo
3. Arctic Monkeys - Joining the Dots
4. Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce - Telephone
5. Marina & The Diamonds - Hollywood
6. Florence + The Machine - Hurricane Drunk
7. Goldfrapp - Alive
8. Powderfinger - Sail the Wildest Stretch
9. Ellie Goulding - I'll Hold My Breath
10. CocoRosie - Lemonade
11. Kasabian - Vlad the Impaler
12. Kelis - Acapella
13. Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane
14. Gorillaz ft. Little Dragon - Empire Ants
15. Hot Chip - I Feel Better
16. Monarchy - Phoenix Alive
17. Robyn - Fembot
18. Operator Please - Logic
19. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - I Learned the Hard Way
20. Hole - Skinny Little Bitch
I understand that everyone has their own taste in music, I just want to share what I love about it and I invite you to do the same. Let me know if you love it, let me know if you hate it, let me know whatever it is that you think about it.
Anyway... watch this space, there's much more to come!