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Issue Ten

It’s almost Christmas. The year is almost out and The Whamtam Ten is hitting double digits with this here being Issue numero ten. Looking back on the music I’ve posted so far I realise how absolutely awesome 2012 has been for music and it’s just gotta make you excited about the future prospects. So many singles released late this year with albums yet to come in the first quarter of 2013 (Gold Fields, Fenech-Soler, Strange Talk & Foals to name a few). All I can say is thank god we live in this time. Bolly.

Apart from that, let’s talk changes. When I started this blog I figured I would (like most blogs I do) get bored quickly and start another one. But to be honest, I really enjoy writing this and have been stoked with the amount of people viewing the posts so far. The original idea for the name of this blog came from a few friends of mine who had an idea about a satirical alternative to lame rap crews like Wu-Tang Clan. As we’ve made it to Issue Ten, I feel like it’s time to shake off the shackles of teenage tom-foolery and begin anew with a fresh name for the blog. These changes will be made towards the new year so keep an eye out; ’cause if it looks like I’ve started yet another blog, it’s most likely not the case; and you’ll miss out on more and more epic tracks as the posts flow. Alright. Enough stalling, here we go with Issue Ten.

10. Hungry Kids of Hungary – Twin Cities

Sneaking back into the top ten again, Hungry Kids of Hungary have released this fun little number that has been gathering a lot of momentum lately and it’s no wonder why. It’s exactly why these guys are one of my favourite Aussie acts. Sporting one of those thunderously catchy riffs they’re quite well known for, if you don’t tap at least one cheeky limb while it chuggs along you are most probably not human.

9. Divine Fits – Flaggin’ A Ride

Most people checking out this blog from Australia would most likely be sick of this song by now. They’ve absolutely abused it on Triple J. Despite this, I’m a pretty tough critic so for at least the first few weeks they smashed it out on the airwaves I really didn’t like this song at all. In fact, I thought it was too simple and unnecessarily dirty without the added plus of being catchy. Alas, the media wins again as the more it was shoved in my face the more it grew on me and now it’s one of my favourite songs; replacing “simple” with genius, “unnecessarily dirty” with deliciously gritty and “boring” with luminous. Poetic really…
8. Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love

Some would say Ra Ra Riot are a tad cheesy. I personally this is what makes them great. If you haven’t heard of them before, just think semi effeminate vocals, electro pop synth and a violinist (who doesn’t feature as prominently in this song but trust me, she’s there). Sometimes I’m a little embarrassed to declare I listen to songs like this, but who am I kidding, I love it.
7. Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High

Yet another brilliant Aussie act that has been in the spotlight for quite some time now, Contact High features on BIRP.fm’s stellar “Best of 2012″ playlist. Not unlike the rest of this album, it is so infectiously fun throughout the entirety of the song and an awesome driving companion. The film clip is a little weird but meh, with a song like this backing it up they can do whatever they damn well want.

6. Mikky Ekko – Pull Me Down (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

Pull Me Down could definitely go for one of the years best Remix’s. If you listen to the original there’s no way it even comes close to matching up to this fine bit of musical ass. You can tell there’s some sort of R n’ B thing going on in the original but Hemsworth figures out how to mask it with all the best indie and electro vibes in town.

5. ON AN ON – The Hunter

Pulled this one (once again) from the December BIRP! playlist. There were quite a few awesome tracks in the playlist this month and this one stood out as great amongst the good. Nothing particularly stands out about these guys in terms of doing things different, it’s just a really cool song and easy to get addicted. Simple yet brilliant.
4. HAIM – Don’t Save Me

What!? An all girl band making it into this playlist!? I thought the Donna’s had completely ruined it for girl band reputations before they even got a chance to intrigue me. But no, the might that is HAIM stormed it’s way into my peripherals before I got stuck on this song basically all friggen week. They’re all sisters too which is pretty cool. They have been described as heavily influenced by 90’s pop and I agree when they say they would have been instantly famous had they released these songs maybe two decades earlier. That being said, old is new these days and retro, for a while now, has been the on trend thing, sky rocketing new bands doing old things to fame. Does that make sense?

3. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter

Where the hell did Wild Cub come from? They have a whole album out and everything and I’ve only recently heard this song. It’s one of the coolest, jim jam jivenest tracks I’ve heard all year long (it’s still hip to be square right?). Expect to hear them all around you soon, if only in your own earphones. Thunder Clatter is one of those composition that has taken full advantage of the over the top percussion phase that our beloved music industry seems to be going through and I for one hope it never ends. It’s catchy, fast paced and pumps a wicked tempo that gives it top place on my list of best songs to wake up to.
2. Kate Boy – Northern Lights

Why can’t Scani-Pop just migrate to Australia? Joining the likes of Miike Snow, Urban Cone, Lykke Li and Robyn (and probably closer to the latter two in terms of sound), Kate Boy is without a doubt sure to be the next big breaker into the world mainstream. Northern Lights is her first release ever and has already been nominated for a Swedish Grammy. It melts the essence of a really dark, brooding, haggard verse with a confident stuck-in-your-head-for-days type pop chorus to make what is proving to be an unfathomably amazing debut single. 
1. Foals – My Number

Here is the Foals I know and love! Back with a bloody vengeance, sort of releasing this new  track off their upcoming album Holy Fire. I say sort of because it’s not yet available on iTunes in Australia yet so technically I can’t really say its “been released”. I’ve been killing my data for a few days now just listening to this song over and over. It’s that static guitar and funk-like symphony, together with the almost hollow sounding vocals of front man Yannis Philippakis that made me obsessed with Foals in the first place and have now reeled me back in and given My Number top spot without a second thought needed.
With Ten Issue’s under our belt now, make sure to look out for some small changes and a very special festively seasoned Christmas/New Years edition of The Whamtam Ten to be posted in a couple of days.
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Issue Eight

Back on schedule with some awesome tunes for you this week. Apart from the obvious pop tune, the digital sound seems to be all the rage these days and I’m definitely not immune to it with several tracks dishing out either serene synth numbers or electric pump-up anthems from the click of a keyboard. For the first time since I started this here blog you’re going to see two tracks in the top ten coming from the same artist as I couldn’t decide which one was better and played both equally throughout the month. In the immortal words of super mario, here we go.

10. STARS – Fixed

STARS are incredibly poppy. It’s quite a coincidence that they hail from Canada as it’s hard not to compare them to Metric in this particular. I really dug one of their other tracks of a playlist I listened to a couple of months back but didn’t think it was good enough to make it into the ten. This week I did a bit of research and decided I liked this enough to chuck it in at the tip.

9. Millions – Nineteen

I came across Millions at the Oxford Arts Factory when they toured with Gold Fields late last year and if they were pretty good back then, they’re absolutely awesome now. They sound pretty old school. I mean, new school type old school. Like they would’ve gotten massive around the same time that The Hives and The Strokes and those type of bands suddenly burst out of nowhere collectively. They have their first video out now for this song. Get behind it.
8. Lo-Fi-Fnk – Marchin’ In

I’ve been sitting on this one since April this year twiddling my thumbs on it, wondering if it’s time to put it in a top ten, assuming I’m still listening to it. It resurfaced sometime last week and reminded me of why I’ve kept it in my think tank for so long. It’s a cruisy, catchy little head bopper and just plods along at perfect pace the whole way through. Some of the best moments of my year so far have been at the time this was a favourite, so it keeps me nostalgic.
7. Noble Oak – Patience

Making good on that whole “Serene Digital” thing I promised you in the little intro there. Noble Oak are full of that. Every song of theirs should be the the theme song for nature. This song would be playing on the big screen as the entrance music if one day the action of swimming ever made it onto wrestling TV shows. Just wicked stuff to have on when you’re shooting the breeze over a couple of beers.
6. Crystal Bats – Arabella

Crystal Bats are suuuuper new. I checked them out and they actually only have two releases out at the moment. When I say two releases, I mean two songs. That being said, the songs a winner. It’s simple (very simple) but catchy and was able to keep me hooked for at least a whole train ride. I even added them on Twitter as my seal of approval.
5. Ghost Beach – Miracle

Three words. Pump. Up. Song. For some reason it feels like a corny song to listen to, but there’s nothing really about the words or the music in particular that make it that way. I like these guys for no other reason than I just do. Miracle is by far their best track as it just pounds through your brain from start to finish. His vocals are something different to me, but I like it. It’s like synth-pop met glam rock or something. Ok that doesn’t sound too awesome. Just decide for yourselves.
4. St. Lucia – Before The Dive

This is one of many awesome songs by St. Lucia off what I think is their debut self-titled EP. They get a really cool mix of pop rock, electro and indie all over the recording that make for a record that you will play over and over again for weeks on end. They’re going to be headlining a tour across the east coast of the US and Canada in December I believe supported by one of my aussie favourite, Gold Fields, so if you’re reading from the US then definitely pick up some tickets and check it out.

3. Blackbird Blackbird – It’s A War

God Dammit this is an awesome song. The only reason it’s coming in at number three and not one is because I decided it’s maybe a little too long and carries on. But I just love the vibe the whole way through. It’s a talented track musically as well as adding some really transparent vocals to produce something that sounds almost like that backing track in a romantic drama that stands out more than the actual movie itself. Give it a listen the whole way through once before discarding this one.
2. Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms

I found out about Chairlift as I was scouring through iTunes in the “People that listened to this also bought…” section and my sister informed me one of their older songs was the backing for an iPod ad. I didn’t end up checking it out but this was off their most recent release earlier this year. I think it’s the stand out track and it’s up there with the most attractive female vocals I’ve ever heard.
1. St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong

This song pumps me up. I can imagine seeing them live and the stage being black. Suddenly this busts on and everyone is geared up for the rest of the show and the after party as well. It’s catchy, poppy, electric and just drives with so much power at the right points. I don’t have much else to say about the band but they’re the first to appear in The Whamtam Ten twice in one issue so they must be damned good. I love the EP so make sure you check it out on iTunes.
So there it is. Another issue done and so much more stuff to come this year. Very excited for Gold Fields first album release in early January, 2013 and hopefully Little Comets will be releasing Life Is Elsewhere, their new album, on iTunes in Australia soon or I might start to go crazy. In local news, Strange Talk apparently released a new single today so I’d check that out if I were you! Peace out.

Issue Seven

I think I waited a week overdue to drop this next issue on you. My deepest apologies, but after last issue I thought I left you with enough awesome stuff to last the extra week. I myself was stuck for content after dropping pretty much every awesome thing to come out this month. But never fear, this past week has enlightened me and made me aware of several awesome new tracks to hit Australia. There are a few obvious ones in there from very well known bands but man are they great tunes. This week we’re going pretty rocky in parts and retro-ish in others. It’s good to chance things up every now and then.


10. Funeral Suits – All Those Friendly People

Funeral Suits are the perfect start to this beautiful month of Movember. A touch of gentlemen’s class in the name and sound alike and wonderfully cruisy at the same time. This song particularly is just an easy tune to listen to on days like the last few have been. There’s something nostalgic about it as well. I don’t know whether it’s the actual song and the band name with “Funeral” in it that psychologically connects me to remembrance but whatever the reason, it does the trick.

9. Sea Wolf – Old Friend

This is another one of those awesome nostalgic acoustic tunes. It’s just been one of those months. Sea Wolf has a very rustic old school acoustic vibes about them, something that reminds me of Travis’ first album “The Man Who” which was an absolute classic for me and my dad back in the 90’s. I don’t know much else about this act but I’ll just leave you to get lost in the song.
8. Glowbug – New Vinyl

I absolutely love this song. Something straight out of the 80’s. Glowbug is a favourite of mine as I mentioned I believe in the first issue not only because his songs are consistently catchy but also because the album’s he makes are completely free on glowbug.bandcamp.com! Daniel Anderson, the man behind the bug, is an electronic dream maker, with his crafty use of reverb on pretty much every single lyric and melody he writes, he somehow creates one of the best albums of year in Suit of Swords. So check it out!
7. Fast Romantics – Last Night

Continuing on with our theme of straight up semi-rock. Their bio is a line from an article written by one Clark Kent that quite-fittingly paints the Fast Romantics portrait. He says “picture Elvis Costello being gang-beaten by Arcade Fire, and you’re halfway to explaining the sound of the fast romantics”…need I elaborate?
6. Wildcat! Wildcat! – The Chief

This was also the name of my old Chilean room mates Jeep from when I lived in Canada…soo uh…bit of trivia there for you. But it’s safe to say I was drawn to this for an appearance in a Whamtam Ten issue. Not only because of the connection to my old room mate, but also because Wildcat! Wildcat! have been so awesome since they popped up seemingly from nowhere. They’ve somehow managed to keep a lid on any proper release, only putting forward three epic singles so far and creating a lot of excitement. It’s kind of like when a night club will make people line up forever even when it’s super early in the night to just raise the keen-o-bar and make it way more super when you finally get in all at the same time. But yes, the chief, great track.
5. The Griswolds – The Courtship of Summer Preasley

I personally found out about these guys the other week and straight away went and bought the EP. Every song has its own tinge of greatness and it superb in their own right but this particular track off the album caught me. It sounds a little bit like Vampire Weekend but in saying that I’m picky about Vampire Weekend. More specifically, it’s all the good parts of Vampire Weekend, mixed with some class warfare style passion and a perfect amount of pop…and God dammit I can’t source out the actual track so I’ll have to leave you with their single off the EP Heart Of A Lion. I know, I know, false advertising. But I implore you, go out and buy the EP and check out the tune. You won’t regret.
4. Gypsy & The Cat – Bloom

Three of the top four songs this week I heard within the space of about 20 minutes on the Triple J rotation. i have to say, thank god for this track. I loved Gypsy & The Cat’s first album and was so unbelievably disappointed about the first single of the new album The Late Blue. I shazammed (oh yeah) this track as it played on the radio the other day and was relieved to see that the rest of the album isn’t complete shit. But this song is not just a saviour from bullshit. It’s wicked in its own right.
3. Urban Cone – We Should Go To France

There’s something about the Swedish bands I like. For some reason I keep thinking they sound like someone else. The Royal Concept, who I’ve posted about a few times, sound incredibly similar to Phoenix. Now these guys, also from Sweden, similarly channel an artist by the name of Miike Snow. Not so much in this particular song than with others, but their vibe is quite similar. But whatever, they’re freaking sweet and just released a new album a couple of days ago titled Our Youth which is available at the moment on iTunes. I think this is going to be one of the first singles. I love it.
2. The Presets – Promises

There is no way that I’m claiming The Presets to be undiscovered. Of course EVERYONE has heard and loves them. All I’m declaring in this here blog post is that this new single that is being spun to bits on the Triple J desk is glorious. It’s a bit less club struck than a lot of their other stuff; filtered down with pop and…I don’t know…actual vocal melodies they can be proud of. I’m not the hugest fan ever of the entire collection, but this song has won me over.
1. Clubfeet – Heartbreak (feat. Chela)

Speaking of this weeks retro-fit issue. Clubfeet seemingly popped out of nowhere onto the Triple J hitlist. I heard this song a bunch of times at work and missed the name but was clamming to figure out just what it was! It’s one of the finest collaborations of everything that is good about going retro and Chela absolutely makes this song. I’ve had it on repeat for a looong time now and hopefully after you see it in this weeks number one slot, you will too.
There it is guys. Sorry about the tardiness, but you can’t rush art. By the way, it is the most glorious month of the year, that’s right, Movember and as always I’ll be killing it with a super sweet stash. Might even chuck a few off topic posts onto this here bloggy blog to keep you in tune with the progress. Trust me, it will be worth a peek.

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!

 
 
 




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.

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.