Monthly Archives: September 2012

Issue Five

This is probably the only post I will do that is going to say the next one will be better. Not to say this week’s top ten isn’t killer as usual. It’s just I am so freaking excited about the next few weeks. There are so many sweet releases that we are literally days away from hearing. Wrap your heads around this, not only does Little Comets new album “Life Is Elsewhere” get released on Sunday the 30th of September, but on the same night Gold Fields’ new single “Dark Again” is going to premier on Triple J! On October 5th, Northeast Party House will be releasing their single “Stand Tall” on iTunes for sale as well. Oh it’s just so much to take in and I promise there will be tonnes of epic stuff in Issue Six. However, Issue Five is just as nuts; check it out.

10. Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance (Chromeo Remix)

I’ve always loved this remix. I think this was the point that I decided I finally enjoyed Vampire Weekend. I know it’s not the most recent thing in the world (in fact I think it’s a few years rusty) but damn is it good. I finally found where to get this tune onto my iTunes and have rehashed it into a regular rotation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy as our first recommendation this week.
9. Glow Marrow – Julian

Glow Marrow haven’t done a huge amount of stuff. I actually think all I could find besides this song was a 2 track EP (one of the tracks being Julian) so I guess for the moment these guys are a one song wonder. All that aside I think this song is great, it maintains a catchy style in the pace and fluttering vocals and makes for a great first single that is hopefully a glimpse of the brilliant music that Glow Marrow could possibly make towards their debut album.
8. Tomas Barfod – November Skies (feat. Nina Kinert)

This is so freaking cruisy. I don’t know what it is about this song but it just cannot go wrong. The way it kind of plods along at the start before the bass arrives to give the song a heartbeat. Also, Nina Kinert’s vocals are amazing, riding the tempo of the song so well and adding so much extra feeling. Fair to say I’ve been repeating this so many times over the past few months. Hopefully you will too.
7. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Pull Out My Insides

I. Love. This. Band. From the time I first heard their debut single Dawn Of The Dead which made it far into the Triple J Hottest 100 the year it was released, I’ve been stinging to see them live and missed so many chances. If you haven’t heard them yet then don’t let the opportunity go by! This is one of the singles off their second album that was released sometime last year and which I only managed to get a proper copy of recently. It’s easily also the best track on the record.
6. Strange Talk – Is It Real?

Easily one of the best Aussie acts to come up recently in the surprising flourish of amazing releases as of late. Their first self titled EP is top stuff from start to finish and with instant classics like Climbing Walls and Sexual Lifestyle being already smashed constantly by Triple J, it’s easy to assume their upcoming single Cast Away is due to cause a cah-fuffle. This was my favourite on the EP as it was basically the only single I couldn’t find on Facebook or any of those other media outlets. Enjoy.
5. Kyle Andrews – Make Me Feel Human

Here he is again, the wonderful Kyle Andrews. This guy makes fricken catchy tunes and this frontrunner off the album Robot Learn Love is not different from any of the other stuff I’ve had stuck in my head for months on end. He’s been in these playlists a few times now and deservedly so. So what? How many other blogs do you know go greedy and stick it for thirds? You’re welcome.
4. Deerhoof – Fete d’Adieu

Deerhoof have apparently been around since 1994! What the hell? Where have they been hiding. Originally I thought I was super cool and found a French band that no one else would know because it had a French song title and I couldn’t understand the lyrics. Sadly, they’re quite well known and from San Francisco. So super generic. Who cares, great song.
3. Frank Ocean – Thinking Bout You

Frank Ocean played on the first episode back for Saturday Night Live. Since I love SNL, I give anyone that plays there a chance and I’d heard a lot of hype around this guy. Turns out they’re completely right. There’s nothing cliche or silly about this style of R n B, Frank Ocean is an amazing artist and the songs are so well crafted and easy to listen to. He was unreal on the live stage for this particular song; just like the CD.
2. The Jungle Giants – She’s A Riot

I’m so excited to say these guys are supporting Last Dinosaurs in a few weeks and I got tickets!! Get there guys seriously, it’s going to be unreal. I thought Jungle Giants sound quite similar to Two Door Cinema Club and if you think there’s something wrong with that then there’s something wrong with you. So many amazing bands coming out of Australia at the moment and to be honest, even if they weren’t playing with Last Dinosaurs I’d be going to see them for the same price anyway. It’s coming in at number two because I have only listened to one other song more this week. That aside, in all honesty, She’s A Riot really comes in at a tie with number one as it is easy one of my favourite songs of the year.
1. Northeast Party House – Pascal Cavalier

I mentioned at the start that Northeast Party House were releasing their new single soon and I’m a barrel of excitement at the moment. Well this is the reason I’m out of my wits about this development. Their first single, Pascal Cavalier has just been abused on my iPod. So many times this week as soon as it finishes playing I start it again. They are playing up in Newcastle at the Cambridge on October the 5th (same day as their Stand Tall release) only for about $10 so if you get a chance come along, it’ll be so worth it. Get ready for this song to blow your mind tank.
So that’s it for this week! Make sure you keep an eye out for Issue Six, shits gonna get mental. You can join up via twitter (with no notifcations afterwards) to your right by selecting the “Join site” icon. It’s much appreciated.

Pandamonium

After releasing the latest top ten only days ago, I was thinking about what I wrote about the entire albums of each artist being amazing. I feel after that announcement that this needs a special mention as it’s so easily accessible.

The White Panda are a mashup team that have swiftly become one of the most pleasurable features of my iPhone. With their fourth album hitting the internet only months ago, Bambooyah! is a fresh type of Panda as they’ve ditched mashing up entire songs and gone for a better flowing mix of stuff. The album encases about 35 epic tracks that each go for about a minute and just play easily into each other. Perfect mix to have around for pre-drinks slash just mincing about.

If you visit their bandcamp HERE you can download the entire album for absolutely nothing!

Issue Four

We are back with a vengeance as the last two weeks we have been balls deep in the release and discovery of an outrageous bunch of new artists and albums (to my world at least) which means this weeks top ten is just packed with face-melting awesomeness. There’s actually a few very well known acts in here as well as of course a few repeat offenders that have popped up a few times in this series so far. All I can recommend before starting is that the singles displayed here were pain stakingly picked out of a collection of crazy good catalogues and are only a window into the much more exciting finds that are the entire albums of each band.

10. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun

I’m not too sure how I feel about this album just yet. After a few listens this was the only song that really stood out to me. It’s a tough ask to deliver something new and equally as awesome after the consistent pistol of a debut that was “Tourist History”, and to be brutally honest I’m not so sure “Beacon” will go down in the history books as the album to remember TDCC by. Despite this, the song is great and it scored a few dozen listens in the last two weeks, so don’t take my word for it; check out the album for yourselves.

 
 
9. The White Panda – Nightcity
 
Although my playlists so far may not reflect this, I am a massive fan of mashups. Many of you may not know of The White Panda but they are similar to bands like Girl Talk in that all their songs are just mashed together sections from other songs. Unlike Girl Talk however, White Panda just sticks to a two song format. This is a wicked mix of something from the movie Tron (I’m told) and Rack City by Tyga which is just hilarious without this epic backing. They have a new album out called “Bambooyah” which is out now on bandcamp.com now for free (if you choose to donate $0.00).
 
 

 
 
8. Cut Off Your Hands – You Can Do Better
 

I saw Cut Off Your Hands a live a few times before heading overseas for two years and was dreaming of their new album ever since. Apparently I missed it by a whole year as their sophomore effort Hollow was released late last year and I never even knew. Not to worry, I found it this week and after a listen “Down & Out” was clearly the hot favourite. It’s kind of reminiscent of their first album but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Despite this, I can’t find that track on Youtube so here is the single “You Can Do Better”. If you like the sound, source out Down & Out on the album Hollow. Also, these guys are amazing live so if you get the chance to see then it’s not to be missed!
 
 

 
 
7. Satellite Stories – Sirens (Slow Magic Remix)
 
Coming in as the second mixed song on the playlist this week, it was one of the only standouts on a dissapointing September BIRP! playlist. I don’t know much about the band, the song or the mixers but it doesn’t really matter. It’s a good friggen song and deserved the continuous repetition that occured in my car earlier.
 
 

 
 
6. Van She – Jamaica
 
I was quick to dismiss most of their new album after bringing Tears in at number one a few weeks ago. I was wrong. I believe this is the second single off Idea Of Happiness and as I saw the clip at a bar in Queenstown the other week it definitely worked better in a party/social atmosphere. It made me go back and give it another chance and now I’m hooked. Sporting that jungle funk vibe that a lot of bands are picking up these days, you can’t help but bop your head and waves your arms around like some tribal figure…or someone who’s tripping balls.
 
 

 
 
5. Betamaxx – DEERHEAD/LIONHEART
 
This is another one of those BIRP! songs that made it past the first few seconds of screening and held my attention enough to get to the end where it really shines. This song was severely abused throughout the last two weeks as I continuously fast forwarded to the saxophone breakdown at the end. Once again I don’t know much about the band or song but to be honest it sounds like a one hit kind of thing. No offense Betamaxx I’m sure you’re loved in respected circles, at least you made it to top five once in your career.
 
 

 
 
4. The Royal Concept – Goldrushed
 
I warned you all that they would be in here. They came in a solid number ten last week and upon further research I discovered they have other songs (which also sound a lot like Phoenix). Among said other songs is the solid number “Goldrushed” which showcases Swedish indie at its finest. These guys are actually super talented though; I saw a clip of them doing a 50’s number acapella in some hotel lobby and was impressive to say the least. Anyway, enjoy the “Live” (and I put that in air quotes cause it’s obviously edited by the studio) studio version of Goldrushed.
 
 

 
 
3. Gold Fields – Summer in the City
 
I find it hard to believe that another Gold Fields song came in higher than Treehouse did the other week. Main reason is, this song is just fresher to my ears. Many of you may have heard this cheeky little number in the background of the XXXX Gold Summer Bright commercials all over the tele. Thanks to the gracious chaps over at the beer company, this track is downloadable for free I’m told. It’s a cover of a seventies funk song but like everything else Gold Fields does, its a masterpiece in its own right. Great song to strut to.
 
 
 
 
2. Last Dinosaurs – Zoom
 
Not too sure how old this single actually is. I’m assuming its a little old because whenever I asked people if they’d hear of Last Dinosaurs their responses were generally “pfft…of course I have”. Despite living under a rock downgrading my capacity as a judge here on The Whamtam Ten, this song definitely deserves the spot. As a matter of fact, the whole album In a Million Years… deserves the number two spot. I have played every single song as consistently as this and its in a good spot for Album of the Month this month.
 
 

 
 
1. Bloc Party – V.A.L.I.S
 
I’ve been hearing mixed reponses about Bloc Party’s new effort, Four. Most people are unsure about how they feel on the topic. I am indeed one of those people as my first listening just threw me off immediately. V.A.L.I.S however, completely saved the record for me. It’s such a good song on its own that I will retract any criticism I’ve made on the new album and say that this song carries it into being a top effort. Ok, maybe that’s a bit too much to ask; but you can tell by my overwhelming enthusiasm about the song why it came in at number one.
 
 

 
 
So. That’s it, that’s all. Issue four done and dusted. Capiche. Endo story. All wrapped up into a neat little package. Once again if you have anything to add or hints at good music just comment. More content to come in the intermission between now and Issue Five!

 
 
 




Retro-(Re)-spect: Part One

I figured since the top ten is only coming out once every two weeks that I’d need a little filler in between to keep people checking the page out. After all, content is key and I can’t keep sharing the same exact post on twitter two weeks in a row. This brings me to my new segment; Retro(Re)spect. In this particular post I will be paying tribute to my favourite songs on rotation from previous decades as close as the naughties and far back as the dawn of man.


Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence

Released in 1990 (when I was two years old!) as the second single on their seventh studio album “Violator“, Enjoy The Silence is one of those brooding, end of the eighties new wave numbers that gives a good wink and nod to the darker side of the British electric scene. For a while this was one of those tracks that I knew like the back of my hand but couldn’t ever put my finger on who wrote it or what it was called. Thank god for Shazam, as last week in Queenstown airport it was playing over the speaker and I managed to catch it.

There was seriously that much good music around before I was even born and this guarantees that I would’ve missed a fair bit of it. So if anyone has any links or suggestions on some epic classics that could be posted in this new segment, chuck us a comment.

Album Of The Month: August

This for me was a pretty easy choice for the first Album Of The Month. The consistency within this entire record is actually mind-bottling (you know when it’s so awesome it gets your thoughts trapped like in a bottle??). There are literally more singles embedded in this debut effort than you could poke a stick at and the vibe of the album is just so much fun. In all the weekly finds I make it’s rare to come up with an entire album that I can do over and over for a month and still believe it will remain in my collection for a long time to come without getting tired.

The single they went with to open up the hopeful drive into the charts was of course the feel good epic “Must Land Running”, that somehow reminds me of a sporting anthem but has all the perfect lyrics to remind you that life is just the best. Other highlights include my personal favourite which was included in Issue One of The Whamtam Ten, “Show Me Your Blood”, “Will I Ever Dance Again?” which after seeing the video could of easily been the opener for an eighties sitcom & “Pick & Choose” which despite being terrifically electro infused, still pulls off romantic. “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” is perhaps the best showcase of their Synth-Pop vibe on the album and gives way to a lot of other tones within the album whilst being a great sing along if you’re into it.

The album in its entirety is available for screening on bandcamp. Sadly, for Australian fans and coincidentally anyone who even bothers to read this blog, it is not yet available on iTunes for purchase. I contacted the band via Twitter a while ago about getting the album and they implored me to download it illegally (great fellas really). Imagine my surprise when it’s also nowhere to be downloaded on the entirety of this great platform we call the inter-web. So get you’re fill below or at stepdad.bandcamp.com