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Album Of The Month: September




Once again it was an easy choice for album of the month in September. Last Dinosaurs newest release, ‘In A Million Years’ is super consistent from beginning to end. I’ve already displayed their single Zoom in Issue Four of our Whamtam Ten and it’s safe to confirm that the rest of the album is just as good, if not better.

After Zoom they shoot straight out with the absolutely amazing track I Can’t Help You  (my favourite on the album) which shoots between edgy rock and that brit pop style indie verse that makes you so enthusiastic about everything you want to shout along all chorus long. Songs like Weekend and Honolulu turn down the fast paced harder style that some of their stuff have and make for some seriously catchy, chilled out tracks. Their track Andy reminds me a lot of that fun, bouncy style that Two Door Cinema Club got so famous doing and continues to show off how versatile In A Million Years really is.

Basically, this album is a perfect glimpse into how fricken good Australian music really is getting (or has gotten rather) at the moment. I’ve been scouring through this album over and over again from beginning to end the whole month and I can’t recommend any higher. If you get a chance, buy it. Don’t think about it. Buy it. You won’t regret.

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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.

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.