Monday, December 26, 2011
This year, the local standouts for me have been …
BEST AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS
1. Unicycles, Tiger Choir (Hobart)
2. Hunter's Moon, Feathers (Brisbane)
3. Meditations On The Sun, Melodie Nelson (Sydney)
4. Hurtsville, Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders (Sydney)
5. They Will Run, The Sea Thieves (Adelaide)
Dreams, Oliver Tank (Sydney)
Heavy Owen (Sydney)
Hookz 4 by Fishing (Sydney)
TOP 20 AUSTRALIAN SONGS
1. "The Summer Is Done With Us", Palms (Sydney)
2. "Late and Sedated", Noceans (Adelaide)
3. "Last Night I Saw Everything In Slow Motion", Oliver Tank (Sydney)
4. "Over Under", Magic Silver White (Melbourne)
5. "Waiting", Melodie Nelson (Sydney)
6. "Horses", High Highs (Sydney/Brooklyn)
7. "Cold Feet", Jack Ladder (Sydney)
8. "Bird on Shoulder", Tiger Choir (Hobart)
9. "Alisa", Cut Copy (Melbourne)
10. "Coast To Coast", Twerps (Melbourne)
11. "All Night Long", The Frowning Clouds (Geelong)
12. "Your Love", Peak Twins (Adelaide)
13. "Japanese Cymbals", White Palms (Brisbane)
14. "Keys and Locks Don't Work" Cat Cat (Canberra/Melbourne)
15. "Starting At The End", The Sea Thieves (Adelaide)
16. "Romulus", Voltaire Twins (Perth)
17. "Speak of the Devil", Hermitude (Sydney)
18. "Big Cats", Outerwaves (Brisbane)
19. "Left To Fight", Oblako Lodka (Melbourne)
20. "A Boat?", Caitlin Park (Sydney)
Also noteworthy: "Tuki Bird", Flwrgn (Sydney); "Carpet Rash", Total Control (Melbourne); "Ghostwalking", New War (Melbourne); "Hell & High Water" by A Casual End Mile (Sydney) and "Masaya", Taku (Perth).
MOST FUN BAND TO SEE LIVE
Fishing (Sydney) on one end of the spectrum and Royal Headache (Sydney) on the other.
BAND TO KEEP AN EYE ON
High Highs (from Sydney, now based in Brooklyn - started out the year giving out tracks for free on Bandcamp and now they're looked after by Elton John's management company).
MOST PROMISING BAND
BEST OPENING/CLOSING TRACKS ON ANY ALBUM THIS YEAR
Twerps (Melbourne) - "Dreamin'" and "Coast To Coast"
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The very charming, witty and "literal" Al Grigg (ex-Red Riders, now of Palms) dropped by the FBi studio on Sunday. You can hear my interview with him right over here.
He was also kind enough to play a song live in the studio:
Here are some of the songs he guest-programmed:
My Pal, God
Beginning And The End, Circle Pit
Girls, Royal Headache
Love Goes On, The Go-Betweens
And yes, Live It Up, Mental As Anything was one of the featured tracks.
Check out Palms' first gig this Thursday at FBi Social, presented by Local Fidelity, and also featuring Melodie Nelson and The Desks live. And me causing some low-level musical havoc by my entry-level DJing (non) skills. See you there!