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Issue Nine

It’s almost the end of Movember. I’m upset about it. I know you’re all upset about it. But don’t wallow on the end of this great month. Let us reflect on the tremendous times that we’ve had. Let us remeber the hair that has sprouted aloft on our upper lips. For you ladies it might be the playful tickle you got when kissing that guy you’ve had a crush on for months, just waiting for November when he of course looked his best. For the men it could be the 16 year old Whiskey that aged that little bit more whilst encaged in your face jungle, becoming a delicious blend of malt liquor and unwashed hair, perhaps mixed with day old toothpaste and toast crumbs and released during a shower for maximum taste. Ahh the good times.

But alas, these glorious days are behind us and what better way to reminisce than with a good old fashioned “high-school leavers” style slideshow of all your greatest moustache moments. Hell, while you’re at it, why not chuck in a soundtrack to back it up and really jerk those tears from your sockets. Here are some suggestions I prepared earlier.

10. Hunting Grounds – Star Shards

This weeks top ten starts with a couple of haggard rock tunes. This particular one comes from Aussie outfit Hunting Grounds off their debut album “In Hindsight”. It’s becoming very hard to get noticed in the current Australian indie scene with all the amazing talent that has been seemingly popping out of nowhere as of late but these guys have gotten a lot of airplay on Triple J (and a cheeky shazam from myself) and rightfully so. I have to say their sound does stick out a little from the plethora of hyper trendy general pants employees that have sprouted into the scene; at least Hunting Grounds brought talent along for the ride.

9. The Cribs – Come On, Be A No-One

Worst music related blog ever. This has been out for so long and I actually really love The Cribs. Got all their past records and all that stuff but still failed to catch the news of this release on it’s way out. But who cares. The blog isn’t about what’s new and cool, it’s about me and what I’m listening to. It’s like the super sweet 16th of the music blogosphere and everybody knows you only tune in to that show to watch the spoilt princess have a tantrum. Speaking of which, sounds kind of like the lead singer of The Cribs and how he comes across in recordings; just a wailing rocker having a massive whacked out tantrum but in a cool way. Doesn’t make sense I know, so just listen to the song and hear the brilliantly crazy mess that is this band.

8. Strange Talk – Falling In Love

Once again I’m on the fence about Strange Talk’s latest release. It’s got a lot less of those edgy, indie vibes we heard in the first EP and has broken out in a frenzy of corny pop lyrics and pockets of electro dance rubbish. Still, it’s better than that first single Cast Away they dropped the ball on about a month ago and I still believe in the band so much that I am hopeful the album will reveal a whole bunch of shining white knights to swoop in and take us away from the evil musical dungeon that has been these last few releases. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it?

7. The Preatures – Take A Card

Sorry is this an actual film clip? I didn’t realise. For a second I was suddenly inside a daydream or montage and this was the backing track for the first time I ever saw the keyboardist/singer from The Preatures. You have to admit, she is gorgeous and it makes the song that much more enjoyable to listen to. It’s just a chilled out fun song with everything your traditional mus-o could love; attitude, grit, talent, fun, that “Who gives a fuck” vibe and of cause there’s the sauce. Side note, I feel like the male lead singer reminds me a lot of my Dad in his old band in the 80’s which is absolute gold.

6. Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee

Funnily enough I’ve seen these guys live before. They’ve been around for a while, much like this song has apparently been around for a while. But I’ve never taken to them. Until now. My word this is a fun song. Kind of reminds me of Passion Pits stuff from Manners. It’s an epic tune built for those drunk, don’t-care-how-I-look-I-just-need-to-move moments, most frequently seen at festivals. I cringe at how being messy at a festival became cool yet habitually makes people look like tipped cows just flailing about with their udders exposed, half having the time of their life, half scared out of their wits; but if they’re doing it to this song, I’ll allow it.

5. Little Comets – The Western Boy

I wrote about this song being the stand out track on October’s Album of the Month and I stand by my decision. It’s coming in 5th only because it’s a little late in the season now and much more pressing matters have arisen. Anything you need to know about this song I wrote about in that post so check it out if you want a second opinion (given by the same person so I don’t know if you’d call it a second opinion really). Just enjoy.

4. Ben Folds Five – Drawing A Card

I haven’t always been the biggest Ben Folds fan. I know he’s huge and widely liked so it’s hardly new or unheard of tunes in this slot, but it’s a great song. The only other thing I’ve really liked was “You Don’t Know Me” with Regina Spektor. That was fantastic but every other thing really fell flat with me. Regardless I don’t have much personal insight or criticism into his music. He’s so well known, you either like him or you don’t. The song’s pretty good though.

3. Foals – Inhaler

Foals are FINALLY back with a new single and the album is to be released soon. I love these guys as do most people I know and it’s been a long time coming. It’s no surprise this track has been demolishing the Triple J hitlist for the past week or so. I once heard that these guys played backyard house parties even after they were already big enough to play University arena tours in the UK. Man, that would’ve been some killer party and it just makes them seem like absolute champs. Inhaler starts off very reminiscent of their better tracks from Total Life Forever but then suddenly busts out into a beautifully angry chorus. Terrific stress relief.

2. Buchanan – Run Faster

Great indie tune. I like to crank this one when I’m on the train home from the city just thinking about things and stuff. Don’t know much about the band but I’d liken it a lot to Gypsy & The Cat’s ‘Bloom’ that was on Issue Seven I believe. I think Buchanan are just at the beginning of what looks to be an amazing career and this track is the right way to start things off. For fans of High High’s or maybe Grizzly Bear, I recommend breaking this out on a Sunday.

1. Fenech-Soler – All I Know

Yes. Yes. Yes! I’ve been waiting and waiting since my time in Canada (which ended up July, 2011) for a new track to come out from Fenech-Soler. Not so well known in many places, I was shown this by a good friend of mine when we were driving around in a Van in the BC Rockies and loved them ever since. Kind of like the British version of The Presets, not so much in sound but in the way there’s two dudes rocking electro, dance sounds and managing to find that perfect mash between enjoyable, catchy pop and sweaty underground club anthems. When I play them, EVERYBODY asks who it is and immediately downloads it, so make sure to do the same. Thank me later.

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Issue Six

You know those times when you just play and play a song until it gets tired? For those first couple of days or weeks it’s the most amazing thing ever and you think it’s going to be one of those tunes that follows you into adulthood. Tracks that your kids will grow up with as they tell all their friends that their “cool dad” used to be cool back in the naughties and listen to cool music cause he was cool. But after a week or month you look back and can’t bear to hear it even once more. A year later you don’t know why you liked it in the first place.

 Ok so we’ve made our way through five issues now and so far, looking back, I’m still extremely pleased with the selection of tracks in the top tens. There’s been some wicked stuff released so far this year but none of those previous calls of musical genius compares to this weeks top ten. This week’s top ten is not completely new releases but I guarantee the top five at least is unbelievable.

In the last week there has been (as declared in the previous issue) an abundance of glorious, time-lasting hits released by some of my favourite bands in the past year. This has, without a doubt, been the most exciting week for releases in 2012. So close the blinds, wedge a chair under the door and get ready to be pleasured…musically that is.

10. Strange Talk – Cast Away

I’ve been waiting for this single ever since I bought their debut self-titled EP. I put Strange Talk in at about number 5 or 6 last week for one of those previous tracks and since then realised they’ve released this saucy number. To be honest, I was a bit let down. I know that’s a bad start to the top ten with a personal let down, but they’re a good band who deserves a chance and I can’t deny I haven’t played it a few times. I just can’t get over the really cheesy chorus and lyrics that’s a little step away from their catchy indie-synth pop thing that was really edgy and cool and more towards just bubble gum pop. The song isn’t bubblegum pop…just the lyrics and chorus melody…the rest is…alright this song is just confusing, figure it out yourselves.

 
 
9. Mansions On The Moon – Radio
 
So once again we have a new BIRP! playlist and once again it has matched the poor standards of last months. After an amazing July playlist I’ve been quite dissappointed with the last two and the quality in this one is few and far between. One of the highlights though is Mansions On The Moon. A band I don’t know much about but they have an EP out on bandcamp and that this song is mighty cool. For some reason BIRP loves songs that sound like the singer took a giant breath in and just sung the whole song, whispering whilst breathing out; and this is one of the only times I’ve enjoyed such a technique.
 

 
 
8. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
 
Another BIRP! endorsed number. I decided to put them all up the back end just because there’s so much amazing stuff this week that deserves to be number one let alone the top five. This song is a bit girly and sort of poppy/synthy but I like it. It’s a good one to bop along to, kind of edgy in the bits where it goes super digital but the vocals keep it catchy enough to get stuck in your head. Simply put, just a really enjoyable song.
 

 
 
7. Blackbird Blackbird – All
 
I stumbled upon Blackbird Blackbird on YouTube through random recommendations and this song caught me up in the best way. It’s pretty straightforward. One of those digital tracks that finds a good beat and melody and just sticks with it. If you listen to this and get bored or something (not that it would do that to you) I emplore you to stick around till 2:56 when shit gets real!
 

 
 
6. The Griswolds – Mississippi
 
Oh, wow. The Griswolds. What can I say. Here’s where the issue gets wicked awesome. This is hardly one of those new releases I told you about. But I just found out about them, and how bloody unreal are they! This isn’t their single but I think it’s the easiest listening going around. They’re starting a tour this month next week. I got tickets and I highly recommend buying some, I heard they’re awesome live. It’s just fun music at its absolute best.
 

 
 
5. Hungry Kids Of Hungary – Sharp Shooter
 
Ok, now we’re getting into the new releases. This is only just in the recent Triple J Hit List and it’s no wonder why. It’s easy, catchy and of course rocky. Hungry Kids Of Hungary have always had that trademark indie, rocky, “kids hanging out, drinking beer, having fun playing music” aura about them and this song (and video) confirms it. Awesome band, Awesome song. They are also touring Australia in November, tickets are only like $20! Get on it.
 

 
 
4. Everything Everything – Cough Cough
 
Maaaaaan, these guys are wonderfully wierd with their style of british indie rock. It is the most original sound I’ve heard in ages. Takes a bit of getting used to but you can easily appreciate how talented these guys are when you see them recreate it live. I just don’t know how someone would go about writing a song like this. I’m so glad they’re out there doing it for us otherwise I don’t know what kind of hell we’d be living in. I just ask you to give it a chance and you’ll crumble.
 

 
 
3. Northeast Party House – Stand Tall
 
These guys were number one last week but their new single “Stand Tall” was released last Friday and it’s genius. I was at the gig in Newcastle on the night to see them live and they are even better live. Didn’t know what to expect in terms of crowd but it turned out to be a intimate affair with about 20-30 people (most of whom were most probably the other bands and their girlfriends). As much as I personally loved this as I got a chance to just sit there in awe as they just absolutely killed it for an hour, they definitely deserve to be playing to packed houses. Watch out for their debut album coming out soon as well as a performance at the Peats Ridge New Years Festival.
 

 
 
2. Little Comets – Bayonne
 
Why this is not number one in my list I have no idea. No I do actually, because this only just came out last night and I’ve smashed the number one song more times in the past two weeks. I’m just alluding to the ethereal and divine nature of this song and album in general that is well above any release I’ve heard so far this year. I’ve been waiting for Little Comets second release for so long and in a weeks time, my patience pays off. The guys chucked the album in its entirety onto YouTube last night for their loyal fans to perouse. I imagine in a few days this will be obsolete on YouTube so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work after a bit. Enjoy it while you can. On October 15th, I beg you. Get the album off iTunes or risk never being happy as you potentially could be.
 

 
 
1. Gold Fields – Dark Again
 
Here it is. The greatest single to be released this year. For anyone who’s followed these guys since their demo days on bandcamp would’ve had to be chomping at the bits to hear this single last Sunday when it was premiered on Triple J. It did not dissappoint in any way. It’s so new that I can’t even get it off YouTube, so it’s going to have to be SoundCloud. I’d heard the track live a few times and actually used it in another blog of mine as it was my favourite track on the night. It’s their digitally fused, dance-rock portrait at its best although it’s insanely catchier than their last couple of singles. It’s been two weeks and I haven’t let a day go by without listening to this naughty number. It’s downloadable for free at their bandcamp for I’m assuming a limited time.  Get onto it!!
 






So that’s it. I think it’s safe to say that I’m VERY happy with this selection. I’m kinda worried I’ll be listening to the exact same tunes in two weeks time with no Issue Seven. Oh well. The Whamtam Ten has almost hit 300 pageviews in only Six Issues. Pretty stoked about that. Remember to join via Twitter on right hand panel. No notifications, emails or commitments or anything; I’m just trying to eventually build up a really lame cult that has no beliefs and only exists in this blog that will hopefully get me tax exempt status or a spot on the front page of some obscure paper somewhere.

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.