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Issue Thirteen

As predicted, 2013 has begun with a furious bull-rush of top new tunes as the anticipation for the Triple J Hottest 100 grows leading up to Australia Day. If it wasn’t for that pesky, social-media-curious Warmest 100 guy giving all the surprises, most people would’ve been completely clueless as to which songs were set to top the year (apart from Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”…that was a shoe-in from the beginning apparently). Not to worry. If you were hoping to hear a whole bunch of surprise punches in the countdown this year, only to let your curiosity get the better of you and spoil it all at that darned site; you’ve always got this good old top ten to count on. I guarantee none of the songs on my radar right now will ruin the one time of year that Triple J is still relevant to the rest of the Australia.

10. Clubfeet – Heirs & Graces (Fucking everything on it)

OK so I realise that this first little number is not exactly a song. It’s a trailer for Clubfeet’s album, with previews for some of the songs on it. Released last Friday, the 18th of January, Heirs & Graces prove that they are not destined to be a Triple-J-only-sort-of-one-hit-wonder. The whole thing absolutely kills it with tracks like the opening My Shadows to the tropically vibing Acapulco & LA and the follow up to Heartbreak, Everything You Wanted. I’d liken them to fellow Aussie’s The Temper Trap (on My Shadows) but probably closer to Cut Copy and Van She. The only reason they don’t receive higher status is that it’s unfair to pit an entire amazing album against puny one song shiners, and there’s no YouTube ready clips. So grab it off iTunes now!

9. Lucy Rose – Middle of the Bed
Lucy Rose is pretty cool. End-o story. I’m gonna say it outright. I have a massive thing for red-heads. Ever since Ginger Spice, I swear the whole bunch can do nothing wrong in my eyes. Anyhow, Lucy Rose has a great voice and has a bum-load of talent to go with it. Middle of the Bed is the single off her debut album and it’s a major silver bullet that will force you go out and buy the album.

8.  Daughter – Smother

I recently heard Daughter has a new album coming out soon. Very exciting news. She is as laid back as they come. Built for rainy days. It’s the type of song I don’t usually go nuts for only because it’s so chilled out it’s just there for pure enjoyment. That’s what Smother is; just a real impressive and enjoyable track.
7. The Book Club – The Irony Tower

For fans of Two Door Cinema Club or probably closer to We Are Scientists. Both great bands, much like The Book Club is. This track is yet another great dancey, brit-pop staple and to be honest I don’t care how much bands pop up with this style, they will never get old as long as they keep it fun and easy on the ears. Enter exhibit A, The Irony Tower. 


6. Chloe Howl – No Strings

Pretty sure there’s an umlaut (European style O with the two dots above it) in Chloe Howl. Regardless, here’s another one of those Lily Allen/Kate Nash “fuck-you-ex-boyfriend” type UK singers. She’s only 17, which makes it a little weird that she’s already fucking up her relationships so royally that she’s getting damn good songs out of it. Although I guess 17 is the age where you’re most likely to be a dick and make mistakes. Yep, if it weren’t for prolonging the effects of puberty into young adulthood I’d say we’d lose half the classic songs of our time.
5. The Heartbreaks – Delay, Delay

This playlist seems to be full of easy, enjoyable songs. The Heartbreaks are apparently quite big. News to me. That fact aside, I’m stoked I eventually got around to finding them. Delay, Delay is the obvious stand-out on what is one of my favourite albums this year Funtimes. Side Note: That title appropriately paints you a little pre-cursor for what to expect in the rest of the album.
4. MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds (SAC Remix)

Might I say that this is one of the finest remixes around at the moment. I once foolishly announced that this reminded me a little of Jamiroquai, but then quickly realised I hate Jamiroquai and absolutely fucking love this song and remix. It really hits its peak around the second verse and when the chorus has a little more content to it but the whole think is bouncy. Feed Me Diamonds is a definite heel-tapper. As in it will even get those too-cool-for-school types at a gig secretly tapping their heels, even when they think they’re so mysterious because no-one can tell if they’re vibing the band or not. MNDR: Certified jerk catchers.
3. Glasvegas – Whatever Hurts You Through The Night

Shut up. I know this is quite old. As in, one or two years. Not sure. Don’t care. Glasvegas is great and always will be. Their consistently anthemic tracks can sometimes get a bit repetitive but there’s always one or two killer classics in there somewhere. This is one of them, the other one being the sort-of title track Euphoria, Take My Hand. I would even go as far as saying that it rivals Geraldine for their best song ever.
2. Everything Everything – Duet

Everything Everything almost backed it up two weeks in a row with tracks off their second album Arc. I raved about this song in my round up of the new album but it wasn’t available on YouTube to view on the blog so I left it out. Lucky for them, now that it’s up they get a top spot in my playlist. Duet is probably the most straight forward song off the album but is absolutely stunning both lyrically and melodically from beginning to end. 
1. The Crookes – Afterglow

Hell yeah. Best find of the week. These guys have been trucking for quite some time and they have so far been outside of my radar until the beauty that is iTunes suggestions showed up. I was purchasing Everything Everything’s new album and there were The Crookes, sitting in the “If you liked this band…” section. They looked decent so I tried it out and damn are they good. The album Hold Fast is a winner in its entirety. Other awesome tracks include Maybe in the Dark, Hold Fast & Collecting Skies. It more than earned its spot on the summit of this weeks top ten.
So that’s it for the unlucky 13th issue of The Indie Rock Summit. I’ll be heading to St. Jerome’s Laneway festival in Sydney soon so stay tuned for an “I-was-drunk-and-not-paying-sufficient-attention-so-watch-me-try-to-piece-the-event-together” type reporting on how that goes. It might end up just a post with the words “fuck yes” in size 78 bold, who knows. 
Also, to anybody in Australia: Clubfeet are touring next month, so if you like what you heard and want to check it out live, tickets are only $15 and you can buy them by clicking here.

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.