Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Song of the Day - Old Flame

Kimbra - Old Flame
Album: Vows (2011)

New Zealand fans are currently enjoying the deliciousness that is Kimbra's debut LP, Vows, sending it all the way to the top of the iTunes charts (where it belongs). Australia has to wait two more days, but that wait will be worth it. You know this is going to be one of the best albums of the year, right? 'Settle Down,' 'Cameo Lover,' 'Good Intent' and the song-stealing moment in 'Somebody That I Used To Know' have shown us that Kimbra is the most exciting breakthrough artist of 2011. A whole album of Kimbra might be too much goodness to handle. For now, just enjoy 'Old Flame,' another showcase for the super-talented Kimbra.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Dear ARIA Awards...

Will there even be a 2011 Awards?

Dear ARIA Awards,

 I've been meaning to send this letter since your 2010 awards ceremony, but I just haven't had the time. With the announcement earlier in the month that Channel Ten had passed on televising the 2011 25th Anniversary edition, I thought I should get around to sending this off. Last year's ceremony was a pile of s*it. Everyone knows this. It was a train wreck of an awards show, more akin to a European MTV Awards ceremony than the Australian Grammys it's meant to be. Why would you do a music awards show outside? Did you really think the performances wouldn't sound like crap? Megan Washington was amazing, but everyone else? No. We haven't even touched on how disorganised the evening was, how awkward the presenters were or how Angus and Julia Stone somehow managed to get higher and higher as the evening went on.

 Now, don't get me wrong,  the blame isn't squarely on your shoulders. This goes out to the Australian musicians that treated the ceremony like it was nothing special from the start. You couldn't hire a suit for the evening, Angus Stone? You couldn't learn how to pronounce debut, Jessica Mauboy? You couldn't learn to host, Natalie Bassingthwaghte? So, you've got to do something to make people care about the ARIA Awards again AND you've got to do something to honour the twenty-five events that have preceded this one. Whatever could you do?

 * Get a good host. Seriously, one that can work a crowd and keep the show moving at a quick enough pace. The rumour was that you were looking at Elton John. This works on two levels; he was the host of the very first ARIA Awards ceremony and he's entertaining in a bitchy way. That's always fun.

 * Don't just give awards to the most popular artists. Did Angus and Julia Stone really deserve to win Album of the Year, or were they awarded the prize due to sales? Tame Impala and Sia had much better albums in the running.

 * Move away from Channel Ten, but don't go to pay-TV. That first one isn't really a problem since they, you know, dropped you first. But the second one? Don't go to Foxtel! Channel 7, Channel 9... please step up! This is Australian music's night of nights and the best way to promote homegrown music to a massive audience. Everyone needs to be able to watch it live. You'd better get on this quick, because right now... you're homeless.

* Have some of these artists perform to celebrate quality Australian music in 2011; Gotye and Kimbra, Seeker Lover Keeper, Gurrumul, Boy and Bear, Washington, Emma-Louise, Pnau, The Grates, Regurgitator, Howling Bells, Bag Raiders, Art Vs Science and Architecture in Helsinki

* Have some of these artists perform to celebrate quality (or at least really popular artists with international appeal) Australian music of the past 25 years; The Presets, John Farnham, Kylie Minogue, Missy Higgins, Ben Lee, Kasey Chambers, Midnight Oil, Delta Goodrem AC/DC, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Avalanches.

* Have these artists win awards; Gotye and Seeker Lover Keeper.

If you really can't use your imagination, follow a plan like this...

Song of the Day - We Like To Party

Village People Spice Girls Vengaboys?

Vengaboys - We Like To Party
Album: The Party Album (1998)

Who likes to party? WE like to party! And who do we want to party with? The Vengaboys! When? January, 2012 during their Australian tour! Are you really going to miss this chance to finally get on the vengabus? I didn't think so. Where can you get your 'Boom Boom Boom Boom' on? Let's take a look.

January 11, 2012 - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
January 12, 2012 - The Corner Hotel, Victoria
January 13, 2012 - Selina's - Coogee Bay Hotel, NSW
January 15, 2012 - Coolangatta Hotel, QLD

Tickets are on sale September 5! The tour will be preceded with the release of their new album, Rocket to Uranus. Not. Even. Kidding.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Song of the Day - Bird Attack

Frenzal Rhomb - Bird Attack
Album: Smoko at the Pet Food Factory (2011)

MAGPIE!! SEAGULL!! IBIS!! This is just too much. In all honesty, I can't remember when I ever had so much fun. See what I did there? Frenzal Rhomb's first album in five years, Smoko at the Pet Food Factory, is out now and hit #14 on the ARIA album charts this week. 'Bird Attack' works on so many levels. It has all the trademarks of a typical Frenzal track and it's also educational. What would you do if a bird was attacking? You have no idea. Get an ice-cream bucket and make it into a helmet. You can thank the boys from Frenzal Rhomb for that one.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, 28 August 2011

#10 - Your Favourite Television and Film Theme Songs

I love TV. I almost love it as much as I love music. Sometimes I watch music on TV, but I can't do it too often because it's too much for me to handle. Watching Glee almost gives me a heart attack. But enough about what gets me off... we are back with our next music list, straight from the delicious It's My Kind of Scene 'Music Listography' diary. Now, I know I'm meant to write about television themes and film themes, but I'm just going to stick to TV songs. Why? Because I've already talked about my favourite film music. Duh. That post was 'Everybody Goes To Hollywood.' Read it at your leisure. Anyway, here are ten of my favourite TV theme songs. Enjoy!

Your Favourite Television Theme Songs

The Simpsons Theme
by Danny Elfman

Can you picture a world with no new episodes of The Simpsons? Just thinking about it makes me feel a little bit sick.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
by Nerf Herder

As exciting to hear today as the first time I heard it in 1997.

Top 20 - 28 August, 2011

Florence (sans Machine).

1. Florence + The Machine - What the Water Gave Me (NEW)

2. Washington - Holy Moses

3. Marina and the Diamonds - Radioactive (NEW)

4. Rachael Yamagata - Starlight

5. Kimbra - Good Intent

Song of the Day - Someone to Watch Over Me

Amy Winehouse - Someone to Watch Over Me
Album: Frank (Deluxe Edition) (2008)

Despite the wealth of amazing new music out at the moment, there's one song that I haven't been able to stop listening to for quite some time; 'Someone to Watch Over Me.' Amy Winehouse put her own spin on the Gershwin classic and the results were, understandably, amazing. What a voice, what a song. Enjoy.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Song of the Day - Night of Your Life

David Guetta ft. Jennifer Hudson - Night of Your Life
Album: Nothing But the Beat (2011)

I know... two David Guetta songs in one week. There is something very wrong with me. Actually, you know what, the two songs I've posted are awesome. Sia and Jennifer Hudson's voices are the drawcards here and you know you'd dance to them. So shut your face, listen to the voice of an Academy Award winner and love it! It's the weekend, people... have the night of your life!

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 26 August 2011

Song of the Day - Big

Sneaky Sound System - Big
Album: From Here To Anywhere (2011)

Sneaky Sound System have released their next single... don't you tell your mother! We love, we love, we love a bit of sneaky and 'Big' is another awesome track Miss Connie and Co. can add to their collection. Expectations for the video are high after the brilliant 'We Love' clip. The video for 'Big' was shot in Vegas, so it should be pretty darn good. Everything's good in Vegas. Listen and love!

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Song of the Day - Titanium

David Guetta ft. Sia - Titanium
Album: Nothing But the Beat (2011)

Oh, Sia... I love you so much, I'll take you anyway I can get you. Even if that means you're teaming up with David Guetta. Nah, Guetta's not that bad. You've got to admit, he's the dominant force in dance music at the moment, scoring collaborations with everyone (and anyone). His new album, Nothing But the Beat, features tracks with Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Timbaland, Jessie J and Sia. J. Hudson and Sia deliver the stand out performances, with 'Titanium' just beating 'Night of Your Life' to claim best song on the album honours. Another season of David Guetta dominance in the club begins. Get excited?

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Top 25 Country Songs, #5 - 1

They're not ready to make nice...

Let's get ready to yeehaw one last time. Today marks the end of our tiny country music countdown as we look at the five bestest songs the genre has given us. For those of you who aren't country fans, hopefully you've gained more of an appreciation for a genre you thought was only suited to redneck hillbillies. For those of you who are country music fans... you'll have figured out I don't really know too much about it a long time ago and stopped reading after I put Lonestar's 'Amazed' in the list. Good for you. Here's the fab five country songs for It's My Kind of Scene.

#5. Ring of Fire (1963)
by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash + mariachi horns = the perfect game to play a crazy card-based drinking game to. Yeah, so the game ring of fire has little to do with the song, but I do love to play 'Ring of Fire.' The song is one that virtually every person would know and it should be; it's Cash's most successful hit. Written by June Carter (pre-Cash) for her sister Anita, Johnny's version would spend seven weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. There's no crazy, depressing story here, the lyrics are questionable when you think about them and as I mentioned, there's mariachi horns. These things shouldn't work in a country song, but if anyone could do it, it was the man in black.

Best Line: "Love is a burning thing, And it makes a fiery ring."

Song of the Day - What the Water Gave Me

Florence + The Machine - What the Water Gave Me
Album: TBA (2011)

Yes. YeS. YES!!! Florence + The Machine are back! With Marina and the Diamonds going all out with new music, it was only a matter of time before Ms Welch threw her hat back in the ring. Her second album is due November 7, 2011 and it's just become my most anticipated release of the year. How can she top Lungs? Can she top Lungs? You bet your sweet ass she can. 'What the Water Gave Me' is the official first single for the still unnamed album and it's got all the awesome Florence elements; the most amazing voice in music today, outstanding lyrics, orchestration that defies all pop logic and a whole lot of harp. Welcome back Florence... we've missed you!

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Song of the Day - Radioactive

Marina's milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard... what?

Marina and the Diamonds - Radioactive
Album: Electra Heart (2011)

Oh my god, she looks just like Shakira! No, No, it's Catherine-Zeta! Actually, her name's Marina. Marina Diamandis is churning out the tunes in the lead up to the release of sophomore album, Electra Heart! First their was the true to form 'Fear and Loathing,' and now comes a track more suited the club scene (and hopefully the charts), 'Radioactive.' Not her best track, but it's a bit of fun and will hopefully earn her some deserved attention and build anticipation for the new album.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, 22 August 2011

Top 25 Country Songs, #10 - 6

LeAnn Rimes: Moonlight Fighter.

We're back with the only country countdown in the world that won't feature Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks. Well, it's highly likely this is the only one. If I could be bothered I'd do some research into it, but... meh. So, here's our last lot of bridesmaids before the top five country songs are revealed later in the week. I feel completely comfortable calling this lot bridesmaids because it's a ladies only edition! What are we waiting for? Nothing. Let's hear some music...

#10. Travelin' Soldier (2002)
by Dixie Chicks

One of the saddest stories to be told through song, 'Travelin' Soldier' is absolutely devastating in the hands of Natalie Maines and Co. Like you'd want to listen to it any other way. It's the oldest story in the book... boy meets girl; boy goes to war; boy dies in war; piccolo playing girl cries alone under the football stands. Alright, it's not exactly the classic love story, but at least the girl didn't die too. Romeo + Juliet, I'm looking at you. This is just me making awkward conversation because this song's so good it can bring me to tears. And now you know a little bit more about how pathetic I am. In all seriousness though, this is songwriting at its finest (written by Bruce Robinson) and the Dixie Chicks nail every aspect of their performance.

Best Lines: "Crying all alone under the stands, Was a piccolo player in the marching band, And one name read but nobody really cared, But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair."

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Top 25 Country Songs, #15 - 11

The man in black... and white.

Howdy thurr deputies and welcome back to the country countdown. Yeehaw! Insert random stereotypical cowboy and or redneck line here. Something about a hoedown throwdown perhaps? No? Ok. We're getting straight into the music today and first up... it's Billy Ray Cyrus with 'Achy Breaky Heart.' Nah, I'm totally lying! HA! Jokes on you.

#15. White Horse (2008)
by Taylor Swift

T-Sweezy was bound to make an appearance at some stage and here she is! Don't worry, 'You Belong to Me' and 'Love Story' didn't make the cut. Why? Because there's no pain in those songs and as you should know by now, country music is the music of pain, suffering and love lost. That pretty much sums up 'White Horse.' That, and the Kanye West VMA incident. Think about it. 

Best Lines: "This is a big world, That was a small town, There in my rearview mirror disappearing now."

Song of the Day - Take A Bow

Madonna - Take a Bow
Album: Bedtime Stories (1994)

Is Madonna ready to make the big, exciting comeback we've been waiting for since the massive success of Music in 2000? Sure she's had the odd exciting single since then ('4 Minutes,' 'Hung Up'), but not an album that makes us scream, "LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!" That moment could be coming sooner than we think. If the rumours be true, there's quite the Britney tribute scheduled for the MTV VMA's featuring Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and the original Material Girl, Madonna! In my mind there are two ways this plays out. 1. Madonna goes postal, crash tackles Gaga and Hulk's out while the other girls attempt to stop her. 2. Madonna shows these princesses how a real Queen rocks a stage. I'd be happy with either option, but two could see the return to fine form (and to the top of the charts) we've all been waiting for. Bring on the Video Music Awards!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Top 25 Country Songs, #20 - 16

Faith Hill!

Get your check shirts out, your best jeans on, find some boots with those spurs on them and git ready to saddle up, partners! Your favourite country countdown (of the moment) is back and this time... it's personal. No, not really. But it is slightly less depressing than our last installment. Can I get a yeehaw for that? No? Fine, whatever. Let's hear some music.

#20. He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980)
by George Jones

Oy vey. George Jones reasserted his dominance with this tale of a man who was never able to get over his first love. "But, it's called 'He Stopped Loving Her Today," you quite rudely interrupt me with. "Doesn't that indicate that he did get over her and you're just a filthy liar?" First things first... how dare you. Would I ever lie to you? Yes. But that has nothing to do with anything. Secondly, the poor fella only stopped loving her because he died. Yep... he loved her until the day he died.

Best Line: "He said I'll love you 'til I die, She told him you'll forget in time."

Top 20 - 20 August, 2011

Megan Washington takes over!

1. Washington - Holy Moses (NEW)

2. Gotye - I Feel Better (NEW)

3. Kimbra - Good Intent

4. Rachael Yamagata - Starlight

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5. Feist - How Come You Never Go There

Friday, 19 August 2011

Music Video Mayhem - Battle Royale


Once again, it's been far too long since there's been some sweet, sweet music video mayhem here on It's My Kind of Scene. How do we make up for it? With a super-sized edition, pitting some of music's biggest stars in a battle for the ages! So, who's stepping into the ring today? Lady Gaga pits 'You and I' against the new Red Hot Chili Peppers' clip, 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie;' Jay-Z and Kanye West deliver unto us 'Otis;' Bon Iver has debuted the video for your Song of the Day, 'Holocene;' Aussie favourite, Washington, is back with 'Holy Moses' and The Kooks compete with 'Junk of the Heart.' Six new videos, but which one's the best? Let's find out!

Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

You can say it... this is pretty disappointing. There's two major problems I have with the promo for 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.' 1. The completely unoriginal concept. Ripping off U2? You can do a lot better. Rip off someone from Sweden! That's what all the cool kids are doing. But seriously, expectations were high given how unexpectedly awesome the song is and given the band's history for delivering killer clips for their returning singles ('Scar Tissue,' 'By The Way,' 'Dani California'), you can't help but wonder what they were thinking here. 2. Anthony Kiedis' hair. That is all.

Song of the Day - Holocene

Bon Iver - Holocene
Album: Bon Iver (2011)

I really want to go to Iceland. Why? Because Bon Iver's new video for 'Holocene' is like the best tourism advert ever. Yeah, the song's pretty awesome too. Actually, it's really awesome and possibly the best on Bon Iver. Can it reach #1 on the Top 20? Find out tomorrow!

Rating: 4.5/5

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Song of the Day - You And I

Lady Gaga - You And I
Album: Born This Way (2011)

Say what you want about the song, but the video is Gaga's best this year. Alright, the song's pretty damn good too. I must admit, I was starting to feel a little 'Gaga overload' with the onslaught of singles and constant promotion of Born This Way. 'You And I' is a nice reminder of why I love LGG so much. It's the finest in pop music that showcases one of the best voices and it's accompanied by a beautifully shot video. What's not to like?

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Song of the Day - I Feel Better

Gotye - I Feel Better
Album: Making Mirrors (2011)

Seriously. Listening to Gotye does make you feel better. He must be feeling pretty damn good right now. 'Somebody That I Used To Know' is #1 on the ARIA charts, his new LP is out (and it's incredibly delicious) and that's pretty much a lock to hit #1 on the albums chart too! New track, 'I Feel Better,' gets song of the day because it shows exactly why Gotye would want to work with Kimbra; both capture this amazing 60s sound guaranteed to leave a smile on your face. If I can stop listening to this, I'm going to go listen to 'Cameo Lover' again. Love.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Song of the Day - It's Nice To Be Alive

Ball Park Music - It's Nice to Be Alive
Album: Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs (2011)

Brisbane is pumping out exciting indie acts this year, with Ball Park Music now joining the likes of Emma-Louise and The Grates. 'It's Nice to Be Alive' is likely to be hyped to the moon and back by JJJ and eventually Nova (in six months time), but that doesn't mean it's not good. It is! Hopefully they have something even better waiting for us on their debut LP, Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, 15 August 2011

Top 25 Country Songs, #25 - 21

Everybody comes to Dollywood...

Well, it's a couple of days late... but here's the first part of our all country countdown! We're kicking things off in style with a ladies only edition, featuring some of the biggest names in country music. What are we waiting for? Nothing! Let's hear some depressing music...

#25 - A Place Called Home (2002)
by Kim Richey

If you're a fan of the show Angel, you should already be familiar with the vastly underrated Kim Richey. Hearing 'A Place Called Home' should also send you into 'wallowing in sadness' mode since the song is synonymous with the death of one of the show's best characters. But enough about TV! Listen and love the beautiful music of Kim Richey.

Best Line: "Someday I'll go where there ain't no rain or snow, 'Til then, I travel alone."

Song of the Day - One of Us

Joan Osborne - One of Us
Album: Relish (1995)

So, I think 'One of Us' is pretty awesome. I never used to, but I was young(er) and thought it was just some Christian rock lameness that managed to make it onto the pop charts. How wrong I was. It's actually a damn good rock song, the lyrics are some of the most thought provoking you'll ever hear and Osborne's distinct delivery stays with you long after you've heard it. 'One of Us' made and killed her career, but it will go down as one of the better one hit wonders in music's history. Forgotten Gem #5. Enjoy!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Song of the Day - Purple Haze

Groove Armada - Purple Haze
Album: Lovebox (2002)

And now a forgotten favourite from Groove Armada!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Top 20 - 13 August, 2011


1. Kimbra - Good Intent

2. Rachael Yamagata - Starlight (NEW)

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3. Evanescence - What You Want (NEW)

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

5. Marina and the Diamonds - Fear and Loathing

Song of the Day - The Battle

Missy Higgins - The Battle
Album: The Music of Grey's Anatomy, Season 5 (2008)

MIGGINS! We'll finally be hearing some new music from the Australian songstress next year. For now, here's today's forgotten gem, 'The Battle.' It seems to be so under appreciated, that it's impossible to find a studio recording. You'll just have to settle for this incredible live video. Enjoy!

Friday, 12 August 2011

700th Post Spectacular - Bestival Preview

700th post! It's a pretty important milestone, no? Whatever... I'm just using it as an opportunity to talk about Bestival, the festival. Sorry, I couldn't resist. You're probably wondering why I'm so interested in a festival that's to be held in the Isle of Wight. Because I'm going! Duh. So, let's listen to some of the amazing acts that I'll be seeing in less than a month's time!

The Cure

Song of the Day - Winter

Tori Amos- Winter
Album: Little Earthquakes (1992)

Amazing song I had forgotten about #2! The first time I heard 'Winter' I must have had it on repeat for about a month. No other song could compare. You'd think listening to a song so much would make you hate it and usually it would, but 'Winter?' I think I've fallen in love with it all over again. Enjoy!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

New Music - Get Used To It

Ben Lee - Get Used To It
Album: Deeper Into Dream (2011)

Breathing Tornados-era Ben Lee was a pretty big deal. With his third album he had the music world talking (and a lot of industry peeps hating him) with incredible songs like 'Cigarettes Will Kill You.' I loved his debut and, to me, it remains one of the best Australian albums. Then there was a 'meh' inducing sophomore LP, I never quite caught his disease with Awake Is the New Sleep and Ripe seemed to pass by with barely anyone noticing. Does anyone even know he released The Rebirth of Venus? Anyway, he may get some attention from new single 'Get Used To It.' My initial reaction is that it's quite good and may grow on me substantially with subsequent listens. But we'll see. For now... it's pretty good, yeah?

Rating: 3.5/5

Top 25 Country Songs - Honourable Mentions

Dixie Chicks!

YEEHAW!! Howdy partners and welcome to It's My Kind of Scene's first genre specific countdown. We're heading to the Wild Wild West to look at the best country songs of all time. Yeah, so I'm dealing in random stereotypes because as you might have noticed... we don't really deal with country music much on here. That changes now! Starting tomorrow, we're counting down our 25 favourite country songs. Get ready for a world of despair, sadness and even a bit of love. As you should already know, country music is the music of pain. Who doesn't love a bit of pain? For now, here's some tracks that missed out... just to get you in the mood. The mood of pain. Can you class pain as a mood? I just did... deal with it.

Honourable Mentions

Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl (2000)

Best Line: "And it didn't take them long to decide... that Earl had to die!"

Song of the Day - A Stroke of Luck

Garbage - A Stroke of Luck
Album: Garbage (1995)

So, I found my old iPod the other day and it's chock full of goodness that I haven't heard in ages. Songs like the amazing 'A Stroke of Luck,' one of my favourite Garbage songs. Since I'm a big fan of writing lists, I wrote down a whole bunch of these 'older' gems, which will be featured as the song of the day for the next week. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

New Music - Starlight

Rachael Yamagata - Starlight
Album: Chesapeake (2011)

Say hello to your new favourite song! Why did no one tell me Rachael Yamagata was releasing a new album in October? Consider me pleasantly surprised. If you're not familiar with one of the coolest acts around, give 'Starlight' a listen and then check out her previous LP's, Happenstance and Elephants/Teeth Sinking Into Hearts. You won't be disappointed. Welcome back, Rachael... you're making 2011 even better than it already is for music!

Rating: 5/5

#9 - Songs To Play At Your Funeral

Sarah McLachlan

Well done, Music Listography. You've got a list that will make everyone feel uncomfortable. Alright, I shouldn't speak for anyone else... it makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. I ain't very good with the whole death thing. Maybe that comes with age? But we're not going to get into chats about my issues with mortality. We're here to pick some songs for my funeral! There are two different scenarios that I could go with, so I'm going to break this into two parts; depressing and happy. If you pick super sad songs, you're gonna make people cry. That's why I'd pick super sad songs. However, if I'm not really bitter before I bite the bullet, maybe I'd go with some upbeat numbers. But do I pick songs that really meant something to me? Or do I pick a song like 'Bad Romance' and pay to have people force anyone attending to dance? So many choices. Here's what I've come up with...

Songs to Play at Your Funeral

A) Depressing

Peter Gabriel - Here Comes the Flood

Song of the Day - What You Want

Evanescence - What You Want
Album: Evanescence (2011)

Evanescence fans, your fears can be laid to rest. Amy Lee said she wouldn't disappoint long-time fans with the band's new direction and I've got to say... she's right. When reports came out that they were heading in a more electronic direction, many a fan had some reservations. There was also the possibility that Evanescence could go in a more 'poppy' direction, resulting in Amy Lee going all Avril Lavigne 'Girlfriend.' Ok, no there wasn't, but imagine it! 'What You Want,' the first single from Evanescence's third, self-titled album, finds the band with their heaviest sound. Blazing guitars, banging drums and Lee's booming vocals. What's not to like? Will it be the commercial success that was 'Bring Me To Life?' No. Is it still a great song? Yes.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Top 20 - 9 August, 2011

Kimbra hits #1 for the third time this year!

1. Kimbra - Good Intent (NEW)

2. Little Dragon - Crystalfilm

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

4. Marina and the Diamonds - Fear and Loathing (NEW)

5. Jay-Z and Kanye West ft. Beyonce - Lift Off (NEW)

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Song of the Day - Blood

The Middle East - Blood
Album: I Want That You Are Always Happy (2011)

Another Australian band bites the dust. Clearly The Middle East didn't want that we are always happy. Oh well... I wonder who the 'next big thing' in Australian indie will be?

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Song of the Day - Santa Fe

Beirut - Santa Fe
Album: The Riptide (2011)

Beirut goes electro! Not really though. Looks like The Riptide is going to contain all kinds of awesomeness. You already knew that, right? Thought so.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

New Music - Good Intent

Kimbra - Good Intent
Album: Vows (2011)

Kimbra must be on a high right now. Her career has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of months; signed to a major record label, the overwhelming positive reception to 'Cameo Lover' and top 5 success collaborating with Gotye for 'Somebody That I Used To Know.' Third single 'Good Intent' sees the winning streak continue and gosh... is this a good song or what? The vocals, the jazzy vibe, the Kimbrocity of it all. It's so good you'll be making up words for it. For those keeping score at home, Kimbra's three for three right now. If she can keep up the stellar work, Vows can already be considered a strong contender for album of the year.

Rating: 5/5

Song of the Day - Immortality

Pearl Jam - Immortality
Album: Vitalogy (1994)

When all else fails, there is Pearl Jam. Replacing The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac as the car CD of choice is Rearviewmirror, Pearl Jam's greatest hits. I've been listening to 'Immortality' and 'Not For You' a whole lot, but 'Immortality' gets a couple of extra plays. And here it is... your song of the day. Enjoy!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Text Review - Splendour In The Grass 2011

Hi. How are you? How was your weekend? Great, great. Mine? I worked. Yes, Saturday and Sunday. What did you get up to? You went to Splendour? Eat my dust. Alright, so I'm not upset that I didn't go to Australia's major mid-year music festival. While it would have been nice to go and see some amazing music from acts like Kimbra, Seeker Lover Keeper, Gotye, Kaiser Chiefs and Kanye West... I think I'll get over not going. Or will I? Anyway, I was lucky enough to have someone on the inside sending me textual updates over the three days and they were priceless. Jocinta Priceless to be precise. Oh, sorry... in-joke. My friend Jo kept me entertained with her reviews which I will be posting right here, right now in what I hope is the first ever blog post that highlights a text review of a music festival. Jo's texts are in white, my replies are in yellow. Hopefully you can read them. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Jo has excellent grammar. You'll think otherwise as you read through her texts, but you need to know that at all other times... Jo's grammar is exceptional. It's better than yours and it's better than mine. It had to be said.

 and so, as i wait patiently 4 got-ya, my review so far: british sea power u were 11am fri for a reason. kimbra: f**king awesome!!! (u must see her live) wild beasts: sexy, sexy, sexy, grrr. the kills: its sunny in aust, get used to it. boy and bear: u didnt write ur most crowd pleasing song. black joe: soul pleasing goodness, love! :)

 I am still laughing at that British Sea Power review! I'm so happy Kimbra lived up to her reputation. The Kills can suck it. Boy and Bear's cover of Fall at Your Feet sucks and blows. God I hope Kimbra abuses the crowd during somebody that I used to know. Enjoy Gotye!! Keep the reviews coming.

 day 1 review pt 2. gotye: shame we couldn't hear u 4 ur 1st 2 songs, sack ur roadies. also shame ur biggest crowd reaction was 4 kimbra. u deserve better than that. no more festivals 4 u. hives: do u not have enough songs 4 1 whole set? stop speaking, start playing. kanye: we come to see u with the vague hope u might crack and have a tantrum, but even without that u dont let us down. u cant sing, play or dance but acts 1,2 and 3 were incredible anyway. a toast 2 kanye AND all the douchebags. now for day 2....

 I'm posting your reviews on my blog. They're that good.

 shut up! they're text reviews! limited word count!

 its lucky you weren't here, you would have died. seeker lover keeper just did a cover of a stevie nicks song. i was in the front row so i did a dodgy filiming of it for you.

 Oh. My. God. No f**king way!! How amazing!!

 day 2, part 1: fitz and tantrums: made me wish i was alive in the 60's, but the 60's were like now and fitz was there. fun fun fun! foster the people: we dance, we're depressed. odd. listened to the lyrics anyone? sparkadia: ur alright, but ur dusk timeslot and sunset intoxication helped u, a lot.

 day 2 pt 2: seekerloverkeeper: u deserve a more refined venue that woodfordia. somewhere i can kear a bass dance beat in the background. however, u made a filthy, smelly festival really, really pretty for an hr. beautiful. the grates: patience, put some pants on, take ur medication and calm down. ur an accident waiting to happen but if ur going to crash do it now while im bothering to watch. grates, ur good for a dance though.

 Ha! Outstanding. Where did patience's pants go?

 who? slk? they were beautiful, just beautiful. oh, and blasko said she cant marry you, shes a bit busy at the moment. she'll get back to you some other time ;)

 We'll see about that...

 b4 i start the drive 4 day 3! reviews-day 2 pt 3: mars volta: u know, if they just got rid of the self indulgent twiddling in every song, they'd actually be entertaining. thievery corp: i dont know much about them, but they make for a great dance on my way to the only semi-clean toilet at splendour. excellent. thumbs up to them AND the semi-clean toilet.

 day 2 pt 4 (sorry 4 lengthy review!): regina: i feel I should apologise to regina 4 having 2 play. her performance was ruined by poor acoustics and the incessant noise from pnau. a testament 2 her talent that i could still tell she was incredible and look 4ward 2 seeing her again, just not at a festival. janes: simply the greatest rock show ive seen. not opinion, fact. me, biased? nope. what of it?

 Haha that's awesome about jane's... Shame about regina though. Damn you Pnau and your highly entertaining disco dance music. Mars Volta can suck it!

 as i wait patiently 4 kaiser chiefs i send day 3 pt 1 - yelle: the red catsuit was a mistake but then so were the plastic flowers in 1000's of punters hair. vaccines: y'alright, but not breaking any new musical boundaries. every band cant be amazing. liam finn: what a shame talent isnt genetic. cloud control: unfortunately 4 them, their crowd antics were more interesting than their set. they've got a loyal following tho, good on them.

 Kaiser Chieeeeefs!!!

 OH MY GOD!!!! kaiser chiefs = ROCK!!!! so, so, so, so, so good. they just finished, not the long wait 4 pulp. ps real review to follow later! ha!

 pulp. like i hoped for kanye i hope jarvis cracks and does something mental. theres always the chance :)

 day 3 pt 2 - vines: whoever thought loud and boring went together? kaiser chiefs: provided 1 of the best live singalong moments ever. geeks from the uk know how 2 rock! pulp: wow, what a showman jarvis is. who couldn't love a manic man in a velvet suit? awesome. a geek from the uk who knows how to dance! coldplay: they came on, the crowd sang along. they are what they are, midroad rock. people love it. i liked it better from the carpark as i left.

 the music festival: where u get 2 c bands u hate and love it and u get 2 c bands u love and love it. there u go mr bond, my txt reviews complete. now get blogging :)

Best text reviews ever. Thank you, Jo!!

#7 - List Bands You Do NOT Like

Well, this should be a barrel of laughs. No, seriously... most of these bands are that 'good,' you won't be able to stop yourself from laughing. Unless of course you like them. HAHAHAHA. What I meant to say was, "good for you. You're super awesome!"  Before you start crying, planning my untimely demise or attempt to explain why I, "just don't understand how AMAZING [insert band name here] is," take a Valium, have a glass of wine and appreciate everyone has musical differences. There aren't that many bands I dislike, but here's what I came up with. To save myself some pain, there will only be pictures for this list... no music. Sorry, I just couldn't do it to myself.

List Bands You Do NOT Like

Short Stack

Controversial? I suppose it would be if you're twelve years old, Australian and female. Funnily enough, those three things are exactly what the lads in Short Stack look like. You have to admire their ability to cash in on the lucrative tween market and the emo trend, but seriously... the music sucks and blows.