Sunday, 31 July 2011

Song of the Day - You Give Love a Bad Name

I'll have hairstyle #4 thanks...

Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
Album: Slippery When Wet (1986)

Keeping up our current 80s trend... here's Bon Jovi! Seriously though, I'll get back to this decade tomorrow. Maybe. No Promises. Anyway... enjoy the awesomeness!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Top 20 - 30 July, 2011

Part Iggy. Part Freddie. What are you doing, Anthony?

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie (NEW)

2. Little Dragon - Crystalfilm (NEW)

3. Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know

4. Kaiser Chiefs - I Dare You

5. Pnau - Better Way (NEW)

Song of the Day - What's Love Got to Do With It

Tina Turner - What's Love Got to Do With It
Album: Private Dancer (1984)

Song? Outstanding. Voice? Outstanding. Hair? Outstanding. Fashion? Outstanding. Tina Turner... the Queen of Rock? Outstanding. I think I'm back to getting my 80s on.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Song of the Day - She Works Hard For the Money

Donna Summer - She Works Hard For the Money
Album: She Works Hard For the Money (1983)

Splendour in the Grass kicks off today! So many exciting acts that I love, love, love; Kanye, Seeker Lover Keeper, Gotye, Kimbra, The Grates... Of course, I'm not going. Instead, I'll be working hard for the money over the weekend. Immediately you're thinking I'm a prostitute. That is incorrect. Why does everyone always think that? Maybe it's time for a career change...

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Music Video Mayhem - Bjork, Kasabian, Beyonce, Bon Iver & Gotye

Can Bjork give us another classic video?

Well, it's been over a month since our last edition of Music Video Mayhem, so I guess we'd better do something to rectify this situation. How? With a super-sized edition! We're pitting five clips against each other in a battle for the ages. The iconic Bjork teams once more with legendary director Michel Gondry to create 'Crystalline;' Kasabian unveils 'Switchblade Smiles;' 'Beyonce attempts to run the world with 'Best Thing I Never Had;' 'Calgary' sees Bon Iver delivering his indie best and finally we have one of the most amazing songs of 2011 in 'Somebody That I Used To Know.' Is Gotye's video worthy of the song? Let's find out.

Bjork - Crystalline

Initially, I was really unsure about how the video for 'Crystalline' made me feel. You don't invest in the story like you would in 'Army of Me' or 'Bachelorette.' It's not as cinematically beautiful as 'Joga.' It's not as mindboggling quirky and creative as 'Declare Independence' or 'Human Behaviour.' There isn't the same feeling from it that Bjork is years ahead of her contemporaries like the one you'd get after watching 'Hyperballad.' While 'Crystalline' can't match the previously mentioned videos, it finds its success through bringing in elements of what made those Gondry collaborations work. It's surreal, visually appealing and somehow perfect for the song. When the music breaks down and everything goes crazy... you know this is worthy of being a Bjork video. Make sure you check out the Biophilia iPhone app so you can play the 'Crystalline' video game! 

Song of the Day - Spare Change

Ingrid Michaelson - Spare Change

I look forward to hearing this on the next season of Grey's Anatomy. Not even kidding. While not exactly a new song, Michaelson's decision to release 'Spare Change' hopefully gives us a sign that she's ready to release her next and undoubtedly amazing LP.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Song of the Day - Sophia

Laura Marling - Sophia
Album: A Creature I Don't Know (2011)

Laura Marling certainly knows how to capitalise on success. She's wasting no time in releasing the follow-up to 2010's highly acclaimed, I Speak Because I Can, with 'Sophia' announced as the first single for new album, A Creature I Don't Know. If 'Sophia' is anything to go by, we're in for a treat when the album's out.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Song of the Day - Crystalfilm

Little Dragon - Crystalfilm
Album: Ritual Union (2011)

First Pnau, now Little Dragon. Two amazing albums in one week! Listen to 'Crystalfilm,' fall in love and then go get Ritual Union. You won't regret it!

Rating: 4/5

Monday, 25 July 2011

#6 - Your Favourite Music Moments In Film

That's right, kiddies... we are off to the movies today! Our voyage of music listography continues and this entry will definitely go down as one of my favourites. Movies that successfully manage to incorporate a perfect, complimentary soundtrack into the film are the bestest. Now, this isn't a list of my favourite soundtracks. That's going to come a little further down the line (waaaay down the line). This is all about the song and the scene working together to create movie magic. Some are funny, some are sad, some are ridiculous and some will have you going, "lay off the crack." Whatever... all are amazing. Enjoy!

Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen any of these movies, it's probably best not to watch the clips. Consider yourself warned.

Your Favourite Music Moments In Film

Almost Famous - Tiny Dancer

I'm sure you didn't see this one coming. After celebrating the party of the century ("I am a golden God... and I'm on drugs!"), Stillwater, the band-aids and young William repair their damaged relationships by joining in on the most amazing sing-along in film. Brilliant.

Song of the Day - Better Way

Pnau - Better Way
Album: Soft Universe (2011)

Pnau have finally released one of our most anticipated albums of the year! Let's just say, they certainly didn't disappoint. Previous singles, 'The Truth' and 'Solid Ground,' both claimed the top spot on our weekly Top 20 and it looks like new track, 'Better Way,' could follow in their footsteps. Just awesome, awesome stuff from Australia's dance act of the year. Oh... and go get their new album, Soft Universe!!

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Song of the Day - Love Is A Losing Game

Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
Album: Back to Black (2006)

Rest in peace, Amy. Thank you for the amazing music.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Top 20 - 23 July, 2011


1. Emma-Louise - Jungle

2. Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know

3. Cage the Elephant - Around My Head

4. Flaming Lips and Neon Indian - Is David Bowie Dying? (NEW)

5. Kaiser Chiefs - I Dare You

Song of the Day - Sour Times

Portishead - Sour Times
Album: Dummy (1994)

Did you hear the one about Australia's new festival with an amazing line-up? Yep, the people behind Soundwave are delivering unto us the Harvest Festival, with stops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Who's playing? How about Portishead with their first Australian shows in thirteen years!! The Flaming Lips will unleash their amazingness. Then there's The National, Bright Eyes, Foxy Shazam, Death in Vegas and a whole lot more. Harvest Festival, you had me at Portishead and the Flaming Lips. Sour times are definitely not ahead. Head over to to register for pre-sale tickets!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Song of the Day - Otis

Kanye West and Jay-Z - Otis
Album: Watch the Throne (2011)

Even the random screaming at the end can't stop 'Otis' from reigniting my interest in Watch the Throne. Seriously, what is up with that? Anyway, Kanye and Jay-Z deliver another crowd pleaser and sampling Otis Redding is sure to get them a whole lot of attention. I was waiting for Nicki Minaj to show up like in 'Monster' and just destroy the two lead artists... sadly that never happened. It would have been awesome though, right?

Rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Song of the Day - Is David Bowie Dying

The Flaming Lips and Neon Indian - Is David Bowie Dying?
LP: Flaming Lips 2011: The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian (2011)

How was this missed? Flaming Lips AND Neon India, together... and it's been out since March! 'Is David Bowie Dying?' is dark and industrial, but still very much the Flaming Lips we know and love. Neon Indian works well with Coyne and Co. and this has me extra pumped for the release of their next LP, Era Extrana. Just listen and love!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Song of the Day - Zero

Smashing Pumpkins - Zero
Album: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

Wanna go for a ride? It's the Smashing Pumpkins, so of course you do! 'Zero' remains one of the band's best and most rocking songs... imagine if Corgan could release something as cool and manic as this again. We can dream, right?

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Song of the Day - Lighters

Bad Meets Evil ft. Bruno Mars - Lighters
Album: Hell: The Sequel (2011)

Bruno Mars... the male equivalent of Skylar Grey. Anyway, I've heard 'Lighters' briefly a couple of times, so thought it was only fair to sit down and give it a full listen. Verdict? Yeah, it's good. Good, but not great. Eminem's own 'Space Bound' was much better, but received little to no promotion. What's up with that? Mars' chorus is going to be stuck in my head all day though. Damn you, Bruno!

Rating: 3/5

Monday, 18 July 2011

Countdown - Fleetwood Mac

The Addams Fam-- I mean... Fleetwood Mac!

If you're a regular reader, you're probably starting to tire of my obsession with Fleetwood Mac. To that, I say... what the hell?! How could you ever get sick of Fleetwood Mac? I'll tell you what's sick. You're sick! Alright, with that out of the way we can focus on MORE FLEETWOOD MAC!! It's been some time since we did an artist-centric countdown on It's My Kind of Scene, but today we're bringing it back. Starring Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (and some random other people), we're counting down the top twenty songs from one of the greatest bands in the history of rock music. Grab some coke, join a cult, get a divorce and enjoy some sweet, sweet music. Kids, I meant Coca-Cola.

Honourable Mentions:
Over My Head
Monday Morning

#20 - You Make Loving Fun

#19 - Don't Stop

#5 - Music From Your High School Years


2000 - 2004. Aka, my high school years. Not so long ago, but enough to make me go... it's about time you made something of your life, isn't it? Isn't it?! But that daily struggle is another story. I was actually thinking about high school last night. Unfortunately it was a lot of thinking because I can't seem to remember a whole lot of it. Of course, some funny moments are still there, but the learning stuff? That gone now. That far away or something. As for the music, it was an interesting time for the industry. The reign of bubblegum pop was ending and rap was becoming the new dominant genre. Britney Spears was sane, kids were feeling all emo and Lady Gaga... was still in high school too. Yep, I've accomplished nothing. Here's some music from my high school years!

Music From Your High School Years:

Incubus - Drive (2000)

Song of the Day - Collide

Leona Lewis - Collide
Album: TBA (2011)

If you were to crash into Leona Lewis at full speed, would she bleed love? That was the first thing that popped into my head after hearing 'Collide,' the first taste of her upcoming third album. "Third album?" you say. Yeah... that sophomore slump hit Lewis and it hit her hard. Echo was released in 2009, led by power ballad, 'Happy,' which had no chance of matching the monster level 'Bleeding Love' did. Even her theme for Avatar couldn't match the overwhelming success that was 'My Heart Will Go On.' So it's been a rough couple of years. I think 'Collide' will change that. As far as dance-pop goes, this is quite good... mostly because Lewis has those great big booming vocals that just can't be matched. She also seems to be selling those big booming boobies these days too, if the photo above is anything to go by. Like you weren't already thinking it. Perverts.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Song of the Day - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggy

Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Album: I'm With You (2011)

YouTube video has been removed... but you can hear the whole thing over at SoundCloud thanks to KROQ.

Another returning band, another song that doesn't suck... the Chili Peppers are back! I'm enjoying 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' immensely. If the song had just a little bit more cowbell it would be perfection. New guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, seems to fit in perfectly with the bands style, so there is hope for the band without John Frusciante. Well, we always knew that. I'm With You's release can't come soon enough.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Top 20 - 16 July, 2011

Gotye und Kimbra!!!

1. Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know

2. Seeker Lover Keeper - Even Though I'm A Woman

3. Kaiser Chiefs - I Dare You (NEW)

4. Emma Louise - Jungle

5. The Kooks - Junk of the Heart (NEW)

Song of the Day - Up All Night

Blink-182 - Up All Night
Album: Neighbourhood (2011)

Blink-182 unveiled their new single yesterday and it's... interesting, to say the least. Is this the mature approach to nu-punk? Maybe. Is this any good? Well, it's no 'Dammit' or 'Adam's Song,' but for the most part yes, this is good. The main thing is, it's not complete and utter scheisse, which can happen when a band's been away for a long period of time. You'd think they'd go with a more nostalgic, fun, distinctively 'Blink' single to usher in their return, but this approach works too. If you loved them before 'All The Small Things' sent them to the top of the charts, you're going to enjoy 'Up All Night' (after a few listens). If you loved them after 'All The Small Things,' chances are you won't be checking out Neighbourhood when it's released later in the year.

Rating: 3.5/5

Friday, 15 July 2011

Song of the Day - Shots on the Hood of My Car

Ke$ha - Shots on the Hood of My Car
Album: TBA

It's ok everyone, the party can start because Ke$ha just walked in. She's got that glitter on her eye, a bottle of Jack and she's doing shots off the hood of her car. Odds on vomit being on her dress? Key-Dollar Sign-Ha has been hard at work, reportedly writing 200 songs that she'll be able to choose from for her sophomore album. The other 187 will be featured in the next Britney, Pussycat Dolls and Adam Lambert albums. Apparently the new LP is going to be a more experimental effort, so I suppose what she means is that she's actually going to sing this time. Either that or she'll drop the C-bomb a couple of times and try not to use the words glitter, Jack or party in a song. The weird thing is... I love Ke$ha; she's dirrty Christina Aguilera to Lady Gaga's Britney.

Oh... you want me to say something about the song. It's painfully average and doesn't come close to matching the awesomeness of any of her previous releases. But, that's ok. 'Shots on the Hood of My Car' is likely a filler track that's leaked. Out of those 200 songs, there's got to be at least one potential 'Tik Tok' level smash hit. Don't forget, this is the chicky-babe that wrote 'Till The World Ends.'

Rating: 2/5

Thursday, 14 July 2011

10 And 1 - All By Myself

Shirley Manson!

Don't worry, I'm going to resist the urge to do what I really want to... post some amazing covers of 'All By Myself!' Instead, we're talking today about lead singers that need to break away from their bands and release some sweet, sweet solo material. Some of them may have already put an album or a song out and others might have never appeared without the support of their bandmates. All I know is, the next ten singers have got to break free. Now, I know it's been a couple of weeks since the last '10 And 1,' so I'd better explain what's the G-O again. I'll list ten singers that could release an amazing solo album that would make us all very, very happy and finish with one that should never, ever even consider it. Not even for a second. Let's get to it...

The 10:

Shirley Manson
of Garbage

Song of the Day - Easy

Screaming Bikini - Easy
Album: Screaming Bikini (2011)

If you watch the TV and live in the Australia, you've probably seen an advertisement for some random band with some random guy holding a big red heart as a slow, pop-rock song plays in the background. It's likely that this ad annoys you. You're probably going to be even more annoyed when you discover that the singer is none other than former Superjesus rocker, Sarah McLeod. Yep. What.The? Sarah. Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. From the awesomeness that was the Superjesus, to your underappreciated solo effort, to your attempts at becoming an electro-diva... to this. Where's that signature growl? Where's the attitude? What's with ripping off any pop-rock 90's Australian number? Have you been hanging out with Bachelor Girl? Where is Bachelor Girl? So many questions.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Song of the Day - Sisters of the Moon

Fleetwood Mac - Sisters of the Moon
Album: Tusk (1979)

"Sister... sister of the moooooooooooooon!" Yep, I'm back on The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac addiction. I have a problem. Stevie Nicks is the only cure. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Song of the Day - I Dare You

Kaiser Chiefs - I Dare You
Album: The Future Is Medieval (2011)

This is awesome! I was a fan of 'Little Shocks' but that alone wasn't going to make me check out The Future is Medieval. 'I Dare You' seals the deal. Consider the album purchased. Well done lads.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, 11 July 2011

#4 - List the Best Concerts and Music Festivals You've Seen

Hard Rock Calling - Hyde Park, 2010

Another week, another list from the amazing Music Listography journal I've been filling out. Of course, you might not find it that amazing... which is why I hope you go out, get the book and fill it out too! Then we can have a party where you come over, we drink nice beverages, eat some snacks and read our lists to each other and then laugh and laugh. Or not. Whatever. Today we'll be looking at my favourite concerts and festivals!

The Best Concerts I've Seen:

Pearl Jam - Brisbane Entertainment Centre (2006)

What made this so good? Front row tickets, claiming Eddie Vedder's pick (and then giving it to a friend who is his biggest fan) and almost three hours of amazing music. I also believe we spent Kings of Leon's entire support performance in the beer garden. All class. We stayed out 18 hours on the mean streets of Brisbane to get those tickets and to this day, still sing 'Memory' when we drive past the 'ole Ticketek. Good times.

Totes Inappropes

Totally inappropriate. When you actually pay attention to some songs, they can make you feel more uncomfortable than Ke$ha as she waits for her results to come back from the clinic. That was low. How about the awkwardness when Britney Spears eats a cheesecake that was for everyone?

Anyway, my sister and I were discussing songs that need to come with an M rating (or at least a PG) to protect children from how offensive they really are. Won't somebody please think of the children! That's not to say that these songs aren't awful. On occasion they're that inappropriate funny where you laugh and remember that if there is such a place, hell has a dark corner with your name on it. Sister (Sledge) and her husband seemed to agree that Exile's 'Kiss You All Over,' is a track that should be deemed as totes inappropes. At the age of five, they knew that the bad man shouldn't want to be kissing them all over... and over and again.

On the other hand, those of us born after 1985 can likely only associate 'Kiss You All Over' with one thing...

You don't want breakfast?! Outstanding. The challenge for today was to find five songs that I would deem at creepy, gross, uncomfortable or, as the title implies, songs that are totes inappropes.

Song of the Day - The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

Arctic Monkeys - The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
Album: Suck it and See (2011)

Is this really the best song off Suck it and See? 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair' was such a suave sound for the Monkeys (not those ones). On the other hand, 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala' takes a much more mature approach, even if the songs name is 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala.' Only the Arctic Monkeys could get away with such an awesomely ridiculous title.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Song of the Day - Big Bad Wolf

Duck Sauce - Big Bad Wolf

It's hard for me to think that Armand Van Helden makes up half of Duck Sauce. 'Hear My Name,' 'My My My,' 'NYC Beat,' 'I Want Your Soul,' 'U Don't Know Me.' The list of his catchy, awesome dance tracks could go on and on. A-Trak himself is no slouch, delivering excellent remixes for Robyn, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kanye West. So what's with the uninspired music they choose to deliver when they come together? 'Barbra Streisand' was good for what it was, but 'Big Bad Wolf?' No. Just no. If you're into it, that's cool... enjoy it. But, uh... I'm on the side of the fence that says this blows.

Rating: 1/5

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Top 20 - 9 July, 2011

Emma-Louise makes an impact!

1. Seeker Lover Keeper - Even Though I'm A Woman

2. Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know (NEW)

3. Bjork - Crystalline

4. Arctic Monkeys - The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala (NEW)

5. Emma-Louise - Jungle (NEW)

Song of the Day - Lovesong

The Cure - Lovesong
Album: Disintegration (1989)

I'm pretty sure you know that 'Lovesong' is one of my favourite tracks. It came in at #2 on It's My Kind of Scene's Top 100 Songs of the 1980s and recently made our list of twenty songs that could be considered our all-time favourites. 'Lovesong' is The Cure at their best; somber, packed full of lyrical gold and dominated by Smith's emotional performance. There have been many covers over the years, but only two come close to matching the impact of the original. The Aching Heart remix of Tori Amos' version is fantastic and Adele's cover on 21 is... well, it's Adele. So it's amazing. For your listening pleasure, we've got all three. Enjoy 'Lovesong!'


Friday, 8 July 2011

Song of the Day - Let Me Down

Kelly Clarkson - Let Me Down
Album: TBA (2011)

The original and best American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, had a bit of leakage yesterday. That's song leakage boys and girls! One of the tracks from her fifth studio album (to be released in September), 'Let Me Down,' appeared on das internets, but it's being taken down left, right and center... so listen while you can! Who am I kidding, it'll keep popping up every five minutes now. K. Clarks cites Prince, Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow and Radiohead as influences for the upcoming LP and admits that some of the songs will venture into country territory. As for 'Let Me Down,' it's got the uber-catchy chorus and angsty lyrics we're used to, but the verses leave a lot to be desired. Here's hoping she's got one 'Since U Been Gone' up her sleeve when the album drops in September.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Song of the Day - Somebody I Used To Know

Gotye ft. Kimbra - Somebody I Used To Know
Album: Making Mirrors (2011)

Gotye and Kimbra... a match made in musical heaven. Both are expected to release albums in August, so it's nice to hear something new from them, especially Gotye, since 'Eyes Wide Open' seems like it came out ages ago. Now, 'Somebody I Used To Know.' How can you not love this? It temporarily made me forget about Seeker Lover Keeper's 'Even Though I'm A Woman.' That's a big deal, people!

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Song of the Day - Even Though I'm A Woman

Seeker Lover Keeper - Even Though I'm A Woman
Album: Seeker Lover Keeper (2011)

So... I believe I've listened to this song at least 248 times in the past 72 hours. Yeah, it's really that good. Even though you might have seen it on our top 20 and our album review... you now get to enjoy it one more time as your song of the day. Boom!

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Song of the Day - Stay Awake

Example - Stay Awake
Album: Playing in the Shadows (2011)

Example is capitalizing on the success of 'Changed the Way You Kiss Me' by announcing the release of new single 'Stay Awake.' Thankfully, it's just as good and shows that Playing in the Shadows is going to be a really fun album. We've got to wait until September to hear that in its entirety, but expect to hear a whole lot more awesomeness before then.

Rating: 3.5/5

Monday, 4 July 2011

#3 - 20 Albums You'd Bring If You Were Leaving Planet Earth On A Spaceship

You'd think that this list would essentially be your top twenty albums, but I say nay! Nay I say. If you're actually paying attention to the title, this is the twenty albums you'd be rocking out to on an intergalactic journey. The twenty albums that would accompany you on the greatest journey of your life. Twenty albums you could battle space aliens to. Maybe not the last one... but you never know what you're going to face in space (yes, that's two sentences involving rhyme). They say in space no one can hear you scream. That's probably a good thing, because I'd be screaming along to these CD's just a little bit too loudly...

20 Albums You'd Bring If You Were Leaving Planet Earth On A Spaceship

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

Seek. Love. Keep.

Seeker Lover Keeper - Seeker Lover Keeper

If ARIA wants to make a statement about their commitment to honouring the best in Australian music this year, this is the album that should walk away with Album of the Year. A big call to make this "early" in the year, but it's going to be pretty damn hard to top Seeker Lover Keeper's self-titled, incredible debut. You probably already know their story... three of Australia's best female singer-songwriters that have come together to collaborate on an album; Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann. Blasko is already a superstar to fans of quality music, winning ARIA Awards for her albums What the Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have and As Day Follows Night, including a Best Female Artist win in 2009. Throsby and Seltmann have been cultivating quite the following themselves over the years. Seltmann, in particular, made a huge impact as the co-writer for Feist's breakthrough hit, '1234.' Holly Throsby is a two-time ARIA nominee for Best Female Artist, but still remains vastly underrated. Consider Seeker Lover Keeper to be the big coming out party for these two ladies.

Like I said, Sarah Blasko is the superstar in this group, so it's no surprise that she takes lead on six of the twelve tracks here. First song, 'Bring Me Back' is a wonderful reminder of the brilliant songwriter she is and current single, 'Light All My Lights' and 'Rely On Me' showcase her ability to hold a listener in the palm of her hand as she works that vocal magic. On arguably the album's greatest track, 'Even Though I'm A Woman,' a song I've had on repeat all day (seriously... all day), Holly Throsby actually manages to steal the spotlight with what will go down as one of the finest songs of this year. Her delivery is exceptional. Written by Seltmann, 'Even Though I'm A Woman' outclasses her previous masterpiece, '1234,' in every way and should be a shoo-in for nominations galore from APRA. While her writing is definitely impressive, don't count out Sally's vocal performances either. 'On My Own' is a thing of devastating beauty and 'If The Night is Dark' cements her status as the artist you must watch for when next she drops a solo release.

If you love music with relatable lyrics, unique voices and powerful, understated performances, Seeker Lover Keeper is the album for you.

Rating: 5/5

Song of the Day - Ritual Union

Little Dragon - Ritual Union
Album: Ritual Union (2011)

Oh Swedish pop... how good you are to us. Little Dragon continue to bring their A-game before the release of their new album, Ritual Union, which is out July 26. If you thought 'NightLight' was good, you're going to love the album's title track. Yukimi Nagano's vocals are at their soulful best here (at least the best I've heard since 'Twice.') Little Dragon can't come more highly recommended, so just listen to the track, embrace it, love it and then go get their album later in the month!

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Top 20 - 3 July, 2011

Is it Lady Gaga? Is it a sea sponge? No! It's Bjork!!

1. Bjork - Crystalline (NEW)

2. CSS ft. Robert Gillespie - Hits Me Like A Rock

3. The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love (NEW)

4. Seeker Lover Keeper - Even Though I'm A Woman (NEW)

5. Pnau - Solid Ground

Song of the Day - Jennifer's Body

Hole - Jennifer's Body
Album: Live Through This (1994)

If Courtney Love was able to release one more amazing album, I'd be very happy. If she could do it as a version of Hole that doesn't suck and bring along Melissa Auf der Maur for the ride, I'd be even happier. Looks like I'll just be listening to Live Through This to enjoy some awesome Courtney.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Song of the Day - Four Letter Word

Gossip - Four Letter Word
Album: Music For Men (2009)

Yeah, I know Beth Ditto's all busy doing the whole solo thing... but when are we gonna hear some new Gossip? I suppose some bands need to release music in 2012, so maybe next year will be their big year. 

Friday, 1 July 2011

Song of the Day - Space Bound

Eminem - Space Bound
Album: Recovery (2010)

Slim finally releases the video for 'Space Bound' about six months after it was announced as a single. I almost thought we were going to get Eminem's interpretation of Alanis' 'Ironic' when he got in the car but, alas, it was not to be. The song itself is awesome and the video... not so much. The adventures of Super Serious Eminem continue... enjoy!