Monthly Archives: August 2012

Issue Three

In the last couple of weeks since my previous top ten I’ve been away in New Zealand doing a bit of travelling, snowboarding and of course a lot of drinking. It is because of this that many of the songs I’ve chosen in this weeks presentation are tunes I’ve found as backing tracks on snowboard films (thanks IsenSeven for being so awesome), as well as just generally awesome songs that hype me up for a night out.

10. The Royal Concept – Gimme Twice

I came across this band a while ago when I first discovered Blalocks Indie Rock Playlist” as it was included in one of their sterling playlists. They’re a Swedish band that sounds very similar to Phoenix but what’s wrong with that? Seriously, nothing. I haven’t heard much of their other stuff because I think they are relatively new, but the single kills it and I can’t wait to hear more.

9. Daughter – Youth
Despite my huge claims of a playlist entirely made up of pump up songs this one is actually a sombre number. It’s very different from most of the songs I’ve put up so far but you can’t argue with playlist results and this song has been a favourite over the past two weeks.I think it’s great. Very sad though. Once again, I don’t know much about Daughter’s other songs but I know they’re out there somewhere. For the time being, enjoy Youth.

8. Maximo Park – Reluctant Love
Apparently these guys are absolutely massive in England. I just heard this wicked acoustic session on the amazing video blog “The Mahogany Sessions” and it blew me away. Very pop-rock-esque but also has this darker theme about it that makes Maximo Park have the best combination of cool and catchy. The album at the time was called “The National Health” and is wicked. I don’t know if they have a more recent release out…I suppose I should start doing better research on these things.

7. Future Islands – Balance
Future Islands is a band that almost crept in at number 10 last week with a different song. Since then I’ve looked into their other stuff and found this single “Balance” and it kills over the other one. Heaps catchier and a bit more chill too. You gotta love the big focus on bass that drives the songs so far forward and their use of keyboards and samples come together to make this just the coolest.

6. Yung Life – Isn’t This
I only just discovered this song today whilst browsing over the Blalocks website. Apparently they’re from Tennesse which is a place known for great music but definitely not this style of music. They were described of being early 90’s infused and I get that a little bit. I wasn’t a big fan of nineties music but if they are really inspired by early 90’s then it’s definitely all the good parts. The track comes from their debut self-titled LP so make sure to follow up and check it out.

5. New Cassettes – Carnivals
I found out about New Cassettes because of simple curiosity. It was one of only a few songs uploaded onto youtube by the same user than gave me song number four this week. But thank you to whoever it was because this song is absolutely wicked and so are many of their other songs. They have a song called Huey Lewis too which is of course one of the coolest cats from the 80’s, so of course I’m impressed.

4. Little Comets – A Little Opus
I know, I Know. Out of three Issues, Little Comets have been included three times. But you can’t honestly say you haven’t been impressed so far? To be fair this song is a completely new single off their upcoming album and was only released since I’ve been away, so it’s okay. The release date of “Life Is Elsewhere” is 30th of September and I’m chomping at the bits to listen, its too long away! EVERYTHING they do is completely awesome.

3. Purity Ring – Crawlersout
If I let you in on a little secret. I didn’t intend for this to be number 3. I actually wanted to put Purity Ring in last Issue but I couldn’t find the particular song available to view anywhere! I thought maybe it was a laziness in searching thing but turns out it’s just not there. The real song for 3 should be “Amenamy” by the same band, but this song is my second favourite on the album and really is such a wicked tune. The whole album “Shrines” by Purity Ring is unbelievable and is pretty much what I listened to the entire time I was snowboarding in NZ.

2. Faded Paper Figures – Small Talk
These last two songs are coming to you courtesy of the IsenSeven Snowboard film “Don’t Panic”. They simply just pump me up for life. It’s that kind of electro music that runs like clockwork and drives all the way through the song from beginning to end. It doesn’t hurt when there’s some killer riding happening in the background. Those two elements together just make hitting those slopes seem so effortless.

1. Darwin Deez – Radar Detector
This guy is absolutely hilarious to me for some reason. The song is that spritely garage band/drum loop style number that just makes you wanna be 10 again and jump on your bed. The song has just been on a constant loop similar to most my previous numbers. I can’t put my finger on this guy, it’s been a while since I’ve heard something in this style that I’ve just cranked over and over. You’ll all love it. I promise.

So that’s Issue number Three. Hope you enjoyed. As a sneak peek I will mention that since starting this post I actually found a number of “The Royal Concept’s” other songs that are actually unbelievable. So be prepared to see a repeat of them in next Issue.

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Issue Two

Although my first post was purely for a bit of fun, I’m pleased to report a lot of good feedback so far. As history would have it the sequel is usually not as good as the original but let’s hope this week pleases, cause to be honest these ten songs have pleased the hell out of me over the past two weeks (that sounded weird but whatever).

You’ll find a couple of songs in here this week that have been around for a while (one over two years old) but you can’t argue with playlist stats and as I’m heading to NZ this week to catch up with old buddies from my time in the Canadian snow, I’ve gotten a bit nostalgic about some of the songs I used to ride to.

So without further adue, here are this weeks top ten songs as judged by my ears.


10. Little Comets – Bridge Burn
Don’t worry, I’m not re-hashing all the same bands from last week (it’s why the repeat offenders are coming in early). You’ll understand why this had to be here after you take a listen. You already know I love Little Comets and this is another sterling track off their “Jennifer and Other Short Stories EP”. These guys usually blend up to sound like a cross between the blues-tinged folk style of some of The Kooks softer stuff and the dancy, pop infused hits of The Wombats. Those facts aside, this track is one of their own; making you appreciate musical talent in its simplicity.


9. Kyle Andrews – Polar Bear

Another song from an artist that was in last weeks top ten, but seriously how can you not listen to this album for over a month? This is heaps more relaxed than the track that came in number one last week and it shows exactly why the album is such a decent mix of everything that is good about music. Kyle Andrews is a relatively new find for me which is why he comes in again this week with another track. Once again, you can check out his stuff at kyleandrews.bandcamp.com


8. Tycho – Coastal Brake

Funny thing is I literally started listening to this band in the middle of writing this blog and decided on the spot that I want to chuck them in. I think these guys only do electro instrumental stuff but its so easy to get lost in this song. It is purely coincidence that I put a semi-instrumental song in at number 8 last week. With a brand new album out called “Dive”, you can Check out their other stuff at tycho.bandcamp.com.



7. Fenech-Soler – Golden Sun

This is one of those almost two years old songs that I was talking about. These guys are absolutely great. As a two piece electro outfit originating from the UK, they got pretty well known pretty fast and you’ll understand why when you listen to this catchy number. Everytime I play this song in front of someone they always ask “Who is this?” followed by me later hearing it blasting in their cars. Hopefully it has the same effect on whoever reads this blog.



6. Reptar – Houseboat Babies

Remember that fictional show that the kids from Rugrats used to love? Yeah, that’s where you’ve heard the name Reptar. But these guys have way better songs than that (albiet awesome) theme song with the burps from the Nickelodeon classic. The vocals take a bit of getting used to but I love them, and this is my top ten so suck it. These guys played at SXSW this year by the way, and this song is really cool. The album is unreal too. Check it out on iTunes it’s called “Body Faucets”.

5. Gold Fields – Treehouse
This is another one from at least two years back. I recently checked my iTunes for which song on my entire library had the most plays since owning a computer, and it was this song by a whopping 87 plays. It’s impossible not to get addicted to this song which may be one of the reasons why it was the 5th most played song on Triple J in 2011. Sadly (and surprisingly) it didn’t make it into the hottest 100 this year. It might not be the number one song for this week but it is definitely at number one for the last year. Oh and new album coming soon by these guys too.

4. Late of the Pier – Best in the Class

I feel this song actually has really inspiring lyrics for the type of song that it is. These guys are like prog rock/electro/brit pop and just pure craziness. Late of the Pier have been absent from the music world for a while now and this was their last single. It wasn’t released on any particular album but it was a sweet little tune. Their only album “Fantasy Black Channel” is absolutely nuts and I highly recommend that everybody go and check it out.

3. Passion Pit – Carried Away
As this is a top ten of music in my iTunes, it’d be stupid to not include this band. Most of you would already know them from the song “Little Secrets” or perhaps just know them because they’re last record was completely awesome from top to bottom. I started listening to Passion Pit whilst overseas so their sound brings back great memories for me. I bought the new album “Gossamer” this week and have had a few songs on repeat. This just happens to be my favourite from the new album.

2. Twin Shadow – Beg for the Night

These guys were a surprise for me. With a new album out called “Confess” I’d heard a few songs but nothing really stuck. I put this one in the list of maybes and within a day it has jumped to being on repeat pretty much all day today. This being said, it probably requires a bunch of listens before you really get into it. Twin Shadow have that little 80’s feel mixed with electro/indie stylings and I guess if I keep doing these blogs you’ll come to understand how much I do love the 80’s and anything that reminds me of my favourite bands from the 80’s. Get ready to replay the chorus over and over.

1. Van She – Tears
Damn I have been waiting a bloody long time for these guys to bring out a new album. I even resorted to listening to every single Van She Technologic Remix ever created just to get my fix until it was dropped. I bought this album the other day alongside Passion Pit’s newy and got caught onto this song faster than anything ever. Since then its plagued any room I can hook music up to. Easily my favourite on the album and easily the number one choice for this weeks Issue. Enjoy.

Well that’s it for the second run. Hope you enjoyed and feel free to follow the blog via Twitter or comment on any of the posts with your own stuff that you think I should check out. Issue three in a week or two. Whenever I feel like it.

Issue One

Welcome to The Whamtam Ten. A bi-weekly blog post featuring the top ten songs of the fortnight on rotation in my iPod. I’m trying to feature a lot of songs and artists that are not very well known by most people hence why I get unnecessarily excited about showing them to everyone.

Being the first week of doing this, and it being the beginning of the final month of winter, I’ve had a lot of chill/upbeat songs that seem to hypnotize from time to time. But that’s enough typage. Here are the top ten songs for this week.

10. Urban Cone – Freak

These Swedish guys remind me a little bit of Miike Snow for some reason. I started listening to this song a couple of months back which is why it comes in at number 10. However, and it’s still in my rotation and that says a lot!

9. Fixers – Floating Up
 
Fixers are apparently quite big in the UK. I downloaded the full album and didn’t really dig the rest of the songs. But disregard that comment because the single “Floating Up” is wicked and the “woah”-ish stuff in the intro gets stuck in your head in such a good way.
8. Mike Landry – Heartbeat
 
This is pretty much an electro/indie instrumental apparently of another song that I’ve never heard before but I love this version. I caught my sister listening to it earlier tonight and realised it had to go in the top ten somewhere. Great to listen to when you’re just chilling with your headphones in and blocking out everything around.
7. Stepdad – Show Me Your Blood
 
The songs not as evil or hardcore as the title suggests. This synth-pop/good times band has an amazing new album out at the moment called “Wildlife Pop” and every single track is pretty much awesome. This just happens to be my favourite. Listen to the rest at stepdad.bandcamp.com.
6. Glowbug – Heatwave
 
The coolest thing about this find is that if you go to glowbug.bandcamp.com you can download the new album “Suit of Swords” for free. Glowbug is Daniel Anderson and he’s a generous dude giving away most his LP’s free of charge on the net. Heatwave is the single off his album and it’s absolutely wicked. Glad he turned down the reverb on the vocals for this album, it’s a good effect but at least now we can make out what he’s saying.
5. Beat Connection – Saola
 
This song is just straight up fun. You feel like getting out the pots and pans and singing along while you tap on anything around you. Catchy lyrics too. Don’t know too much about their other songs but this one has been on repeat at least a few times a day this week.
4. Little Comets – Language Is Over
 
Well. I am a MASSIVE fan of Little Comets ever since I discovered their single “Worry” and I literally have loved every single song they’ve done so far. It is because of this I’m so excited about their new album coming out called “Life Is Elsewhere”. Before this, they did a small EP in anticipation with one of the tracks being this great emotional piano number. Such a good use of his voice.
3. Future Screens – Don’t Stop
 
These guys also have a great and consistent album that is available on futurescreens.bandcamp.com for only $5. I originally wanted to put a song called “Sidewalk Chalk” up as number 3 but I couldn’t source it from YouTube or anywhere else so here is the single. It’s just as worthy of being number 3.
2. Summer Camp – Better Off Without You
 
I really like this song. It’s been on repeat for a while now and I keep picturing the eighties all the time when I listen to it. I got into these guys because of a really good remix of their song “Losing My Mind” by St Etienne which you should also check out if you have time. But for the mean time, “Better off Without You” is just fun.
1. Kyle Andrews – Sushi
 
This song is so fricken fun I don’t really know how to describe it. I found it as the background song on the trailer for the Isenseven snowboard movie “Lets Go Get Lost” and it’s just stuck in my head forever. It’s such a good song though and it comes in as number one as my attempt to force everyone to like the music I like.
Hope you enjoyed these and maybe discovered some new music to chill to. Until next time.