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  • Ratcat – ‘Don’t Go Now’ MP3

    Let’s imagine a hypothetical world where Kurt Cobain passed away in 1989. Bleach had been a minor hit, but there’d never be a Nevermind. Would the 1990s still sound much the same? Would it still have been all distorted guitars and punk attitudes? I think it, more or less, would have. I’ve been recording a podcast with some friends recently, called 90 Percent Hits, where we talk about #1 singles f...

    27.05.2013

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    27.05.2013

  • Cheatahs – ‘The Swan’ MP3

    There’s something sort of wonderful about a band named for an animal naming a song after another one. It’s something I didn’t really think about that much until I listened to ‘The Swan’ for the fifth time today, and came to the understanding that this British four piece are perhaps trying to create their own animal kingdom out of the things we already know. Cheatahs came to me the wa...

    26.05.2013

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    26.05.2013

  • Ben Folds – ‘Rockin’ The Suburbs’ MP3

    Ben Folds is likely anathema to most who live in the American suburbs. As we rolled into Sioux Falls, South Dakota last night, where burgers at the newest establishment in town go for $4.39 and your neighbour’s house is never less than 50m away from yours, I got my first real taste of middle-of-nowhere America. Sioux Falls is the biggest town in South Dakota but something like the 128th biggest in America and ...

    25.05.2013

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    25.05.2013

  • 9 The O Soundtrack My Heart Edition MP3

    How important are film soundtracks to our perception of music? Can made-for-movie tracks transcend the blockbuster from whence they came? On the eve of the release of Baz Luhrman’s ‘Great Gatsby’, we take a look back at arguably one of his best films, ‘Romeo Juliet’ and discuss what effect the silver screen has on our ears and our heartstrings. Subscribe to the One A Day podcast her...

    25.05.2013

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    25.05.2013

  • John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane MP3

    The longer you spend in America, the more you realise things are a bit different here. Working my way between strip malls and sprawling pharmacies during the week as I ready myself for an impending road trip across the vast country, that social phenomenon that I’ve been privy to is not easy to put into words. Americans, it might be said, are American. But not in the way Spaniards are Spanish or Brazilians Braz...

    23.05.2013

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    23.05.2013

  • Caitlin Rose – ‘Waitin’ MP3

    Seriously creative people are the ones who just don’t care what everyone else is doing. Caitlin Rose is exactly my age, which means she has access to Facebook and Instagram and probably reads the same magazines I do but she makes country music because she loves it. And I’ll be damned if she doesn’t do it so well that if you close your eyes you can honestly imagine that she created the entire medi...

    20.05.2013

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    20.05.2013

  • Fabolous – Into You Ft. Tamia/Ashanti MP3

    Yesterday, as we crossed four States in record speed and I decided that Gary, Indiana was not a place I was interested in combing back to soon, myself and my road-tripping passenger grappled with the issue of the road trip soundtrack. Mitigated by the fact that we had to keep both front windows open for the entirety of the journey in an effort not to asphyxiate ourselves in a car whose airconditioning leaves a lot to...

    18.05.2013

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    18.05.2013

  • Bastille – ‘Flaws’ MP3

    In the week where Daft Punk disappointed everyone except those who had no expectations, indie rock music made a quiet comeback. Well, quiet in some places. The National slipped out their new record stream under the phenomenal hype of the robots, finding themselves an underdog on NPR, usually the home to cutting edge tunes. The Weeknd dropped a crazy new track just because he felt like it. Franz Ferdinand announced th...

    18.05.2013

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    18.05.2013

  • 8 The Flight Facilities Special Edition MP3

    Flight Facilities are moving so fast at the moment that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them. Today we premiere our first artist-only podcast on the boys, which we made for Sydney-based record label Future Classic. Subscribe to the One A Day podcast on iTunes and never miss a beat. We recently sat down with Jimmy2Sox to discuss the ups and downs of being one of the most in-demand production pairs in Aust...

    17.05.2013

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    17.05.2013

  • Wilson Phillips – ‘Hold On’ MP3

    Reasons I am going to miss the office I currently work at include but are not limited to the fact that I sang the chorus refrain of this song in falsetto this afternoon and at least three passersby identified the artist without my even asking. I mean, how cool is this. The stimulus, of course, is that I am moving from a writing to advertising gig from next week, which means that I have, to paraphrase the Wilson siste...

    16.05.2013

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    16.05.2013

  • 7 The Hashtags And Heartbreaks Edition MP3

    Is social media strangling music? This week we look at Marah Carey, Thicke and Busta Rhyme’s recent #hashtag tracks and see if there’s something too all chatter or if it’s just a way to keep the kids interested. We time travel back to Jonno’s first ever online writing with Midnight Juggernauts, learn about Polish-American models with Robin Thicke, make fun of Mark’s parents’ ...

    14.05.2013

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    14.05.2013

  • The Bronx – ‘False Alarm’ MP3

    It took quite a while for me to figure out whether The Bronx were actually a hardcore band or a punk band, but by the time that happened I didn’t really care anymore. The simply fact is that this group, who have been recommended to me so many times that ignoring them seems like a felony, kick arse. they happen to kick said arse in a way that is short, fast and loud, reminiscent of bands from the ’70s an...

    13.05.2013

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    13.05.2013

  • NONONO – Pumpin Blood MP3

    Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ is the first thing I thought about when I heard NONONO’s ‘Pumpin Blood’. The song, from a Swedish duo we’d never heard before back in August, has since become a mainstay on the world’s party playlist and, after getting the stamp of indie approval from Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’, has wormed its way into the zeitgeist to become...

    12.05.2013

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    12.05.2013

  • Des’ree – ‘Kissing You’ MP3

    Probably the biggest difference between my brother and I is that he is more sensible when it comes to articulating one’s emotions. Case in point; this blog. If I track back over the near five years that we’ve been writing this thing, there have been multiple incidents where I’ve definitely given out far too much personal information, usually about my feelings for particular women. In the very ear...

    12.05.2013

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    12.05.2013

  • John Newman – Love Me Again MP3

    Perhaps it’s the warm weather, rolling into town on the back of mid-afternoon storm clouds. That for the first time in months in Ithaca, upstate New York, I can walk outside without a distinct chill biting at my ankles, working its way up my legs and into my chest. Or the cliff-jumping and gorge-swimming that made up the majority of today’s activity. But suddenly summer seems upon us up here in the nort...

    10.05.2013

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    10.05.2013

  • Big Pun ft. Joe – ‘Still Not A Player’ MP3

    If you want to see how the spin cycle of a song can really work, look no further than this jam. The dearly departed (depending on whether you read XXL or Rolling Stone) rapper Big Punisher (Pun, for short, because big men don’t have time for extra syllables) released an original version of this track, entitled ‘I’m Not A Player’ in the mid-90s. He then decided he’d ride it a bit furt...

    10.05.2013

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    10.05.2013

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us Ft. Ray Dalton MP3

    Is there, legitimately, anything that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis can’t do? This is the third track from Macklemore’s ‘The Heist’ that has been reviewed on this here blog after I got all excited about ‘Thrift Shop‘ and hugely intrigued by the political bent of ‘Same Love‘, which is not the kind of thing we like to do. Being all about spreading the music love, focusing ...

    08.05.2013

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    08.05.2013

  • Inc. – ‘The Place’ MP3

    We’re all waiting for the new R.Kelly video series and the new D’Angelo album. Let’s not kid ourselves; neo-soul and mid-to-late-90s R&B was about as good as it got for white kids who wanted to kick it like they weren’t. In the meantime, a whole bunch of dudes their own complexion popped up to fill the void between Voodoo and Miguel. What became passe in the wake of garage rock suddenl...

    08.05.2013

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    08.05.2013

  • The Presets – Are You The One? MP3

    In the live performance stakes this week, Sydney’s The Presets blew Long Island-local Hoodie Allen out of the water. To be fair, the competition was never really on. And ‘blew out of the water’ is probably not the right idiom to be using in this particular instance. Ten years into their career as the defining electro voice of Australia, The Presets most recent release, ‘Pacifica’ is p...

    06.05.2013

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    06.05.2013

  • Hoodie Allen – No Interruption MP3

    On Friday afternoon, I had the distinct displeasure of seeing Hoodie Allen live in concert. My current educational haunt for the semester, Cornell University, hosts an annual event called Slope Day which sees almost 20,000 hugely inebriated students descend upon the namesake slope on campus to rock out to whichever hit-or-miss acts the Cornell Concert Commission has decided upon for this year’s festivities. 20...

    05.05.2013

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    05.05.2013

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