Outkast ft. Kelis - Dracula's Wedding
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Outkast ft. Kelis - Dracula's Wedding
We've been all over the (developed) world over the last couple of weeks. We've been flying from as far away as Australia to most recently Denmark, meeting the teams that will be representing each country at the biggest (imaginary) music battle of them all. Now, we've landed in the country that will arguably be frontrunners to win. America. Home of the brave, land of the free... and all that jazz. I loves me some USA and all the good things it has blessed my daily life with. McDonald's and KFC. Pepsi and Coca-Cola. Baywatch, Grey's Anatomy, Glee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer... if I list all the American TV shows I love we'll be here for quite some time. There's also the people. I love Americans, so don't be haters y'all. All this and we haven't even touched on why we're here; American music. With such a huge array of stars, you just know that America will be putting some big names forward to compete with the rest of the world. That's who I'll be introducing you to very shortly; one male artist, one female artist and one group. Make yourselves comfortable in one of the finest American lay-z-boy chairs, help yourselves to the soda pop, chilli dogs and donuts and enjoy the show.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The nominations for the 2010 ARIA Awards have been announced and are they interesting. The five acts nominated for Album of the Year are all new entrants to the category, guaranteeing us a first-time winner. Established, heavyweight acts like Kylie Minogue and Powderfinger were kept out of the running for the two biggest awards (Album and Song of the Year) which is a surprising but welcome move on the part of the ARIAs committee. Angus & Julia Stone, Sia, Birds of Tokyo, Washington and Guy Sebastian (Qua?) lead the pack, each scoring six nominations for the night. Here's who's up for the major awards, with my two cents thrown in... for free!
Album of the Year:
Angus & Julia Stone - Down the Way
Birds of Tokyo - Birds of Tokyo
Sia - We Are Born
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Washington - I Believe You Liar
---> All worthy nominees for sure. It's nice to see Sia finally gain some recognition after over a decade of hard work. Her only previous nomination (and win) came last year for a DVD release. Washington is having a hell of a year, comfortably filling the role Lisa Mitchell had last year. While I see Tame Impala as the dark horse of the category we all know that this is Angus & Julia Stone's to lose. They've got the highest selling Australian album of the year and that does play a lot into who will get the win.
Who Will Win: Angus & Julia Stone
Who Should Win: Angus & Julia Stone
Single of the Year:
Angus & Julia Stone - 'Big Jet Plane'
Birds of Tokyo - 'Plans'
Sia - 'Clap Your Hands'
The Temper Trap - 'Love Lost'
Washington - 'How To Tame Lions'
---> I see this as Angus & Julia Stone vs The Temper Trap and since the ARIAs usually like to spread the love (aka give everyone an award) than I'll give it to The Temper Trap. Still, an Angus & Julia Stone sweep could be on the cards.
Who Will Win: The Temper Trap
Who Should Win: Sia
Angus & Julia Stone
Birds of Tokyo
The Temper Trap
---> It's the last time that Powderfinger's going to be nominated. If I were a betting man, I'd put money on them to walk away with something on the night and what better award to send them off than Best Group.
Who Will Win: Powderfinger
Who Should Win: Powderfinger
Best Dance Release:
Art vs Science - 'Magic Fountain'
Miami Horror - 'Sometimes'
Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis
Pendulum - Immersion
Yolanda Be Cool + D Cup - 'We No Speak Americano'
---> Will the ARIAs go for the commerical success of 'We No Speak Americano,' or the critically acclaimed releases from the other four entrants. Tough call.
Who Will Win: Yolanda Be Cool + D Cup
Who Should Win: Midnight Juggernauts
Best Female Artist:
---> Bowditch and Minogue are previous winners but unlikely to walk away with the ARIA this year. If Mitchell was going to win it she had a much better chance last year when she was nominated. So that leaves Sia and Washington. Two very talented and deserving women. I'd be happy for either to win but I see the award going to...
Who Will Win: Sia
Who Should Win: Sia
Best Male Artist:
---> What a... nice... year for male artists in Australia.
Who Will Win: John Butler
Who Should Win: Anyone who isn't Guy Sebastian
So, what are your thoughts/predictions for the 2010 ARIA Awards? Anyone you think got overlooked? Now we've got to wait until November 7 to actually find out who wins!
The first lineup announcement for next year's Big Day Out festival has finally dropped. Big names like Tool, Iggy & The Stooges, Rammstein (DU HAST), M.I.A, Grinderman, LCD Soundsystem and John Butler Trio will take to the blue and orange stages with support from phenomenal talent like The Black Keys, Operator Please, Angus & Julia Stone, Crystal Castles, Pnau, CSS, Ratatat and Bliss N Eso. Yeah, I'm not overly enthused about Tool or Iggy & The Stooges, but that's only because they were headliners the two years I attended BDO (back in my youth).
Already the online cool kids are calling it the lamest lineup like ever totally lolz! But that's just normal now right? The "cool" kids complain, even though they would have bought a ticket without knowing a single band that was playing. Attending a festival for them is nothing more than showing off. A festival ticket is the perfect accessory *giggles.* Yeah, I'm done... but are you getting my point? Indie kids, get over the fact that Tool and Rammstein are headliners (they'll be awesome by the way). While Tool are on, an amazing group will be in the dance tent. A little duo called the Presets were in the dance tent while Tool played in 2007 and, for me, they were the highlight of the whole day. And do I really need to remind you that this was just the first announcement? There will be a couple more big names thrown into the mix yet.
P.S. Nick Cave and Iggy Pop at the same festival in 2011... awesome. Oh, and if I manage to get a ticket, come dance to 'Du Hast' with me. It'll be heaps of fun! Here's Rammstein performing it at the 2001 Big Day Out. How could you not want to be a part of this?
Monday, 27 September 2010
HorrorPops - Walk Like A Zombie
1. The Verses - Want Everything
2. Eddie Vedder - Better Days (NEW)
3. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl ft. Boy George & Miike Snow - Somebody To Love Me (NEW)
4. Pete Yorn - Velcro Shoes
5. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now?
6. Kanye West ft. Pusha T - Runaway
7. Grinderman - Heathen Child
8. Blaqstarr ft. M.I.A - Lemme Hump You (NEW)
9. The Good Natured - Your Body Is A Machine (NEW)
10. Selebrities - Time (NEW)
11. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
12. Belle & Sebastian ft. Norah Jones - Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John (NEW)
13. Matt Walters ft. Washington - I Would Die For You
14. Robyn - Indestructable
15. Ting Tings - Hands
16. Sara Radle - Song For Adam
17. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
18. Egyptian Hip Hop - Rad Pitt
19. Hoodie Allen ft. VV Brown - Swimming With Sharks (NEW)
20. Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs - For The Summer
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Welcome to Denmark, the land of chocolate! No wait... that's Belgium. Welcome to Denmark, the second happiest, safest and least corrupt place on earth! It's where Metallica's Lars Ulrich was born and more importantly, it gave us one of the most critically lauded, groundbreaking groups of our time... Aqua! What are we doing here? Well kids we're back on our world tour, finding one male artist, female artist and group to represent different countries in an ultimate battle for musical supremacy. So far we've made stops in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden and Germany. Today, it's all about the Danish, so grab some delicious pastries and enjoy the show...
Saturday, 25 September 2010
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are all but a lingering memory of Lady Gaga's domination (and bovine inspired clothing) but, as is the case each year, the question of MTV's relevance has once again been raised. It's become something of a tradition to bash MTV for moving away from music to its current trash-TV format and you know what... it's getting kind of old. This years host, the usually hilarious Chelsea Handler, got in a fun gibe pointing out the Jersey Shore cast to the music folk in the audience when she quipped, "don't applaud... they're the reason MTV doesn't play your videos." It was of course true, but at this point it seems highly redundant. My favourite host was Sarah Silverman, who scored points by telling the audience in 2007 that Britney Spears' kids were, "the two cutest mistakes ever... as cute as the bald vagina they came out of." Now that's funny... and also highly off topic.
What I want you to take from this piece is that MTV is never going back to what made it one of the most groundbreaking music sources the world has ever seen. After all, this is the channel that really launched the careers of Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. This is the channel that took music videos from Nirvana and Pearl Jam and helped form the rise of grunge. And, this is the channel that in the late 90s brought attention back to pop music (Britney Spears, N'Sync) and made rap the highest selling genre of music (Eminem, Jay-Z). Since its inception, MTV has been a true representation of what the youth of the past, present and future wants. As a music channel they represented the changes in what defined popular music. The superstars of the 80s were replaced by grunge, that was replaced by new punk and alternative and that was replaced by trash pop, R&B and rap. All of this was before the internet became the global phenomenon it is today. Why watch MTV when you can find the latest music online, download it for illegally for free and then watch the music video on YouTube when you want to.
To combat falling ratings, MTV only did what they had so successfully done in the past... they gave the people what they wanted. Reality TV. Yeah, it's true that it both sucks and blows (which I didn't think was possible), but shows like The Real World, The Osbournes, Jackass, Newlyweds, Laguna Beach and now Jersey Shore have kept the channel alive, while also decreasing the average intelligence of a generation. MTV even acknowledges that they have moved away from their original purpose, with their new rebranding removing the tagline "music television" from all logos. For all its failings, MTV does still try though. They're making a big deal out of music video debuts again, trumpeting the latest videos from Lady Gaga like they used to with Michael Jackson. Florence + The Machine's album, Lungs, which has so far struggled in the USA soared into the top 20 after her performance at this years VMAs. There's still some influence there.
Like I said, MTVs not going back to the way things were. Instead of people complaining about it, go and find new music yourself! It's really not that hard. Try The Hype Machine, it's pretty much MTV for the digital age and on it you'll find all the latest new hits that are making people go crazy.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
I know, I've already pimped 'Want Everything' out in a couple of other posts, but I just can't get enough of it. There have been some amazing releases from Australian artists this year (Washington, Angus & Julia Stone) but I've got a feeling that The Verses debut album, Seasons, will be one of my favourites of the year when I finally manage to get my hands on it. Ella and Jesse Hooper have grown up and moved on from the sounds they brought us with Killing Heidi. Even though that makes me a sad panda, The Verses offer us a more mature outlook on life in the vein of Fleetwood Mac. Enjoy!
At the end of the day, Cheryl will continue to churn out hit after hit, while Nadine will enjoy moderate success before turning her attention to getting Girls Aloud back together. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em... again. Cheryl's got the exposure (X-Factor) and the sympathy of a nation (cheating douchebag husband) behind her so I don't see how she could lose. Cheryl is the Beyonce. Nadine is Michelle Williams. Cheryl is Justin Timberlake. Nadine is JC Chasez. But, hey... that's just my opinion. What do you guys think? Are you team Cheryl or team Nadine (or alternatively, team neither)?
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Five For Fighting - Easy Tonight
School is back in session kids! Lady Gaga was the featured artist during the last lecture and we're going to be looking at another interesting female artist today too; Australian songstress, Sia. We're only going to be looking at Sia's solo works, so sorry Zero 7 fans, you'll just have to wait for another day. For those of you who slept through the first class (or got caught up in crazy daydreams involving the Gaga and Beyonce... perverts), Report Card takes a look back on every single an artist has released over their career and grades them based on the song and accompanying music video. At the end an overall grade will be assigned. In the last edition Lady Gaga received a solid B+ for her efforts so far. Will Sia join her, passing with flying colours? Or is she doomed to fail? Let the lesson begin...
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
We're making two stops today, so it's double the fun! Or something. First up is Sweden, home of Abba, followed by Germany, home of Nena. That's right, it's 'Dancing Queen' vs '99 Luftballons.' But it's not. Sorry for getting you all excited there. To make it up to you, let me introduce you to the male artist, female artist and group who will be introducing our two countries of the moment.
Monday, 20 September 2010
She Wants Revenge - These Things
I've been thinking a lot about the lack of depth when it comes to pop groups that are active in 2010. JLS, The Saturdays, Girls Can't Catch. Um, who? What? Outside of the UK, very few groups manage to obtain the superstar status that they could have achieved only five years ago when say, Destiny's Child were tearing up the charts. You could go back another ten years and find the Backstreet Boys, All Saints, N'Sync, the Spice Girls, Steps, S Club 7 etc. Does no one care about manufactured trashy groups anymore?
I had thought about doing a girl group countdown, but I think I'm going to go crazy and eventually do a countdown covering all pop groups. Because that's how I roll. One group of ladies that would definitely be included are the Sugababes, version 2.0... Mutya, Keisha and Heidi. They stood out from the wealth of trash that came out during the peak of their popularity through smart, catchy, genre-breaking songs. Example, 'Freak Like Me.' A song worthy of the highest selling UK girl group of the 2000s. Sugababes version 4.0 just kinda suck. Sorry girls.
2. Sara Radle - Song For Adam (NEW)
5. The Verses - Want Everything
7. Grinderman - Heathen Child (NEW)
8. Matt Walters ft. Washington - I Would Die For You
9. Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs - For The Summer
10. Ting Tings - Hands
11. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love (NEW)
12. Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
13. The Black Angels - Telephone
14. A Perfect Circle - The Outsider (Renholder Apocalypse Mix) (NEW)
15. Darwin Deez - Up In The Clouds
16. Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)
17. Egyptian Hip Hop - Rad Pitt (NEW)
Expect the Barbadian beauty to reclaim her position at the top of the R&B heap as audiences tune back in after abandoning her during the less commercially viable Rated R era (US and Australian #1 single 'Rude Boy' would be the exception of course). You can check out 'Who's That Chick?' below, but don't expect it to be part of Loud when it's released. Apparently it's being used to promote Doritos. Riiight.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
It looks like we're waiting until 2011 for some new material from Adele, which apparently will be more influenced by country music than her award winning debut, 19. Can't say I'm particularly enthused with her going for a country sound, but I guess it's one of those wait and see deals. I don't know how you could have missed her, but if you're unfamiliar with Adele's sound give 'Chasing Pavements' a listen. You'll understand why she won the Grammy for Best New Artist last year.
Friday, 17 September 2010
London Fashion Week is taking over the creative capital of the world and I had the pleasure of attending Bunmi Koko's show this morning. Amongst the fashionistas and press were a couple of pop stars, former Sugababe Keisha Buchanan and American girl group, The Beach Girl5. I know... you're probably thinking, "who or what is a beach girl 5?" They're an LA based girl group looking to replicate the worldwide success of the Spice Girls by covering a multitude of musical genres. Aka they're the latest, funnest girl group. The five lovely ladies were in London town for a couple of days to promote their debut single, 'Scratch,' a fairly inoffensive piece of pop by girl group standards.
If they're going to launch an attack on the UK market they couldn't have picked a better time. Sugababes version 4.0 had to head back to the studio after the commercial failure of Sweet 7 and it would seem that Girls Aloud won't be releasing anything new for quite some time (Cheryl's already gearing up to release her second solo album). So where does that leave us? With a major girl group hole just waiting to be filled. The Saturdays are trying their hardest to get in, but maybe The Beach Girl5 will beat them to it.
Do these ladies have the potential to crack the UK market? Let me know what you think.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Oh Caaaanaaadaaaa! We've taken the long flight from Auckland to Toronto to have a meet and greet with the male singer, female singer and group that will be representing the second largest country in the world (clearly not population, duh). Will they be French Canadian like Celine Dion? Or normal Canadian like uh... everyone else? While you're here, try the Canadian bacon with maple syrup... mmm bacon.
Male Artist - Michael Buble
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
The Knife - You Take My Breath Away