• The 50 best 2009

    13 Jan 2010, 14:10 by Hiigg

    1 - Thrice- Beggars
    2 - Regina Spektor - Far
    3 - Long Distance Calling - Avoid The Light
    4 - Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
    5 - Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
    6 - Pearl Jam - Backspacer
    7 - Our Family Name - Begin At The Beginning
    8 - The Dear Hunter - Act III: Life and Death
    9 - Placebo - Battle for the Sun
    10 - Anchor & Braille - Felt
    11 - Os Irmãos da Bailarina - Ponta
    12 - The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
    13 - Sigur Rós - We Play Endlessly
    14 - Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
    15 - Jonny Craig - A Dream Is a Question You Don't Know How To Answer
    16 - The xx– The Xx
    17 - Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
    18 - Sugar Kane - A Máquina Que Sonha Colorido
    19 - Passion Pit - M3
    20 - Wilco - Wilco - The Album (Wilco)
    21 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs! - It's Blitz! It's Blitz! It's Blitz!
    22 - The Mars Volta - Octahedron
    23 - Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
    24 - The Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
    25 - Slaraffenland - We're on Your Side
    26 - Poléxia - A Força do Hábito
    27 - King of convenience - Declaration of Dependence
    28 - Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Xenophanes
    29 - pg.lost - In Never Out
    30 - The Fall of Troy - In The Unlikely Event
    31 - Portugal. The Man - The Satanic Satanist
    32 - Rockz - A Tão Sonhada Bicicleta
    33 - Ronei Jorge e os ladrões de bicicleta - Frascos Comprimidos Compressas
    34 - Sonic Youth - The Eternal
    35 - Wolf Mother - Cosmic Egg
    36 - Susan Boyle - I Dreamed A Dream
    37 - The Black Atlantic - Reverence for Fallen Trees
    38 - The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
    39 - Panzerballet - Hart Genossen Von Abba Bis Zap
    40 - Sepultura - A-Lex
    41 - Words In Windows - Balloons
    42 - The Black Crowes - – Before The Frost…Until The Freeze
    43 - Katatonia - Night Is The New Day
    44 - 30 Seconds to Mars - This Is War
    45 - Ace Enders & A Million Different People - When I Hit The Ground
    46 - Allred - Covers Volume II
    47 - As Tall As Lions - You Can't Take It With You
    48 - Russian Circles - Geneva
    49 - Beirut - March of the Zapotec
    50 - Emicida - Pra Quem Já Mordeu Cachorro Por Comida [...]
  • <RECs go here>

    12 Apr 2009, 07:22 by hollyy___x

    Do you think my taste in music is stellar, and wanna rec. a similar band/artist to me?
    Maybe you think my charts blow, and wanna enlighten my musical taste?

    Or are you just a self-righteous loser who doesn't really care, and thinks everybody should listen to only what you listen to because you're just so effing awesome?

    Well, right on. Recommendations are always welcome. For starters,

    1. I'll give pretty much any genre a go, but I know I don't like Screamo, Metal, Hardcore stuff.

    2. When you give a rec., make sure to give a brief description about the band/artist.
    (i.e., why do you like them? what makes them appealing to you?)

    3. Make sure to include an album for me to start with or maybe a favorite song or two.

  • Worth A Listen...

    29 Oct 2008, 04:36 by hollyy___x

    Gyroscope. Australia keeps hidden a fair few great acts from the world and this is one of them. They have ALOT of songs and pretty much all of them are great. Most fans of Kisschasy are into them, but I'd recommend any rock fan take a listen.

    Ellington. I'll try not to only talk about only Australian artists but there are just so many that deserve to be known. Ellington are a great two-person acoustic act, I hear they are branching out to a full band soon, should be good. Take a listen if you like Lydia, Dashboard Confessional or The Scene Aesthetic. They are using the online world to their benefit which got them on the homepage of purevolume. They have already recorded in america with some great names (Relient K, Say Anything, Lydia), I hope they do a really long tour over there :)

    TV/TV are a really great power pop act, if you're sick of the throw away pop acts then give these guys a listen. Really fun stuff.

    More Amor is Tom Oakes, ex-guitarist and songwriter for The Higher and Kyle Lobeck, former youinseries frontman. It's really cute, powerpop stuff. I Iike it!

    Jaguar Love are a really new find for me, simply from the Soundwave line-up. I really liked that this year will bring 10 completely new artists for me. These guys have a crazy sound, I really really like it. Think The Matches at their highest wave of madness.

    One Track Listen
    Biffy Clyro: Mountains
    Empire Of The Sun: Walking on a Dream
    Angus & Julia Stone: Just a Boy
    Iglu & Hartly: In This City
    Against Me!: Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart (Tegan Quin's collaboration)

    I really wish you could sort your library by world plays or listeners, it would make this so much easier. Sometimes an act seems so familiar to you that you have no idea what size there fanbase is.

    30 Sep 2008, 02:11 by mixpixgrl

    Their awsome!!! Please go check them out.

    [url= ]Defeo Myspace
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Ten - 10-1

    22 Feb 2008, 14:50 by Nobodylikesyou

    10. Arcade FireKeep the Car Running
    The Arcade Fire make fucking beautiful music, it has to be said. But even they have their moments where they think: “You know what? FUCK writing another sad yet touching ballad. Let’s rock!”. This song, track two on the amazing Neon Bible record, is a result of one of those moments. Backed by a Working on the Highway-style drumbeat, Win Butler and his not-so-merry men (and women) tell us the tale of frustration with where they are in life and, quite simply, having to get the hell out of there. And fast! The song got described by Rolling Stone as “the best Bruce Springsteen song of the year not written by Bruce Springsteen”. The influence is definitely there, and I have no problem with that at all. And when the song DID get played with The Boss, it sounded perfect with the E-Street Band backing Bruce, Win and Regine. And, at the same time, managed to give us one of the best YouTube quotes of the year in “Oh my GOD! WHAT THE FUCK?!?!”.

    9. The Shins - Phantom Limb
    Another album, another top quality single from James Mercer and co. This time around, the Shins borrowed a bit of everything- from West Coast pop to Morrissey- with the result being this delicious little number that was immediately loved by all indie radio that touched it. As an overall record, in my opinion, Wincing the Night Away didn’t have the consistency or the general outstanding brilliance of the two previous records. But it certainly didn’t matter to the legions of fans who sold out the band’s tour on the back of it, and it definitely didn’t stop Phantom Limb being one of the songs of the year. Altogether now- “ohhhhh-way-ohhhh, way-ohhhhhhh”…

    8. RihannaUmbrella (feat. Jay-Z)
    "Good Girl Gone Bad"? No way! Rihanna was certainly good before this, but following this single, Rihanna was officially a worldwide megastar. And, for what feels like the first time in years for a female pop singer, she actually really deserves it. This song was apparently originally written for Mary J. Blige, but listening to the delivery of this track it really does feel like Rihanna was born to sing it. The simple refrain and the “ella, ella, ella” chants stuck in the pop world’s conscience for weeks on end, and Umbrella went to number one basically everywhere in the world. The song is easily the queen of all mainstream pop singles in 2007, in terms of both sales AND quality. It’s that drumbeat, the effortlessly cool Jay-Z rap through the intro, the distant 80s rock guitar, the A plus production, that delicious video…it’s perfect. This entry will probably be very controversial, but I’m more than certain you sang along to this song at least once in 2007. And if you say you didn’t, then I don’t believe you.

    7. Linkin Park - The Little Things Give You Away
    Well, now, who would have expected this? On the back of their third and best record, Minutes to Midnight, LP gave us everything we weren’t expecting- they got political, they got powerful, and my GOD they got good. In this ballad, Chester delivers his best ever vocals and lyrics, describing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the United States government’s reaction to it. He sings from the perspective of a victim, calling out the President: “Don’t want to reach for me, do you? I mean nothing to you”. It’s a beautiful song, something that certainly cannot be said about anything on either Hybrid Theory or Meteora, and it’s really incredible to think how much Linkin Park has progressed as musicians and people in the four years between their last record and this one. If you have ever dissed Linkin Park (and let’s face it, you have), I simply have one request of you: listen to this song.

    6. THE END- And Always...
    Essentially, this is the best song of 2007 that you never heard. Canadian “” band The End have been around for a few years but only entered my stream of conscience upon being recommended their album, Elementary, by a friend. And I was blown away. The music had heart, it was diverse, it was layered, it was energetic, it was a really great listen. But of all the songs on the album, this one stood out in particular. It was vastly different to its siblings, with its simple yet powerful acoustic guitar and epic nine minute length. The star here is Aaron Woolf, lead vocalist of the band, who goes from chilling low key vocals to passionate howling throughout the song. When I reviewed this album, I deemed the song a triumph. And I stick by that very statement to this day. There’s no better way of describing it.

    5. Kanye WestStronger
    What better way to reintroduce yourself to your peers, to popular music and to the charts than releasing a track that is phenomenal, revolutionary and instantly accessible as your first single?
    Only ‘Ye could do it (Jay tried but couldn’t come close this time), and he certainly packed a punch whilst doing it. At the same time, it must be noted, Kanye introduced a whole new generation of fans to the greatest dance music act of all time – Daft Punk. It’s my belief that this single’s success had no small part in DP selling out their Australian tour last December- and why not? Kanye does wonders with his “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” sample, throwing his usual bravado over the top. By now, however, we all know that West can back up all of his cockiness, and really means it when he proclaims “There’s a thousand yous, there’s only one of me”.

    4. Bloc Party - I Still Remember
    I don’t know what it is about this song. Honestly, I don’t. I have strong and valid reasons for pretty much everything on this list. But when I got to this track, I though “Why do I love this song so much? What is it?”. I thought about the raw honesty of the lyrics- I thought of how brave I thought Kele was to be taclking such a socially unconventional subject matter as he was. I thought about the chorus – I thought of how it all just comes together beautifully and, given the right circumstances, can lead to tears. I thought about Kele’s vocals- I thought of how he hasn’t sounded this heartfelt ever before, apart from maybe SRXT. But then I just listened to it, and I realised- it was all these things. But above all, it was the fact I had to think so hard and dig so deep into this song to get the best satisfaction from it.
    Thank you, Kele. Thank you, Gordon. Thank you, Matt. Thank you, Russell.

    3. BattlesAtlas
    Experimental rock is back and ripping shit up, and it has come in the form of Battles! Lead musically by Helmet’s stickman John Stanier, this is just your average 4/4 rock song...given, of course, your singer is a demented, self-harmonising chipmunk robot, your guitarists are aided by both a block-rocking laptop and practically all the effects pedals in the world, and also enjoy duelling one another using keyboards. Aside from that, it’s obviously nothing great.
    Bullshit aside, Battles are less a band to me and more four musicians who know each other inside out, tight as hell. All throughout their album, Mirrored, they test and proceed to defy the boundaries of their instruments and completely turn rock, pop and electronica on its heads. And there is no better example of how they manage to do both that AND make it accessible and dancible than this song. A true classic song that we’ll be dancing wildly to ten years from now.

    2. Silverchair - Straight Lines
    I’m really glad I got over that 2002/2003 phase of “nu silverchair iz ghey” and came to appreciate Daniel Johns for the visionary genius that he is. I always take something new from listening to Silverchair’s music- always something I tend to pick up on one listen that I didn’t before. I always get something out of the music immediately. This time around, however, it was different.
    Upon my first listens to Straight Lines, I really just wasn’t sure what to think. I didn’t immediately love it, and I didn’t immediately hate it. But I had to listen to it again. And again. I think the day it came out, I listened to it, on loop, for about an hour. It was surreal. You can rest assured by the end of that particular session, I was in complete love with the song, later to fall in love with the album. Straight Lines was certainly a slow burner, but its flame lasted for quite sometime. Even now, it’s flickering and yet to go out. Live, they didn’t let me down, either- their Across The Great Divide show in Wollongong was one of the best shows I have ever been to.


    1. Crowded HouseDon't Stop Now
    Hahaha! Anti-climax, huh? I bet you’ve all got some pretty confused looks on your faces, and I’ve probably got some explaining to do. Well, Don’t Stop Now was my number one because nothing in 2007 connected with me in terms of music quite like this song. I remembered hearing that the band was getting back together and it could’ve gone one of two ways- a total triumph or...well...Genesis. But all things considered, I’m very glad that Neil decided to make the Crowdies live again, as I can honestly say I hold this song in the same regard I hold Don't Dream It's Over, Better Be Home Soon, Weather With You...all the hits. I can remember the first time I heard it, and knowing right then and there that this was something special. It’s those harmonies, the simplicity of the guitar and piano, the touching lyrics of love and connection from the most basic of strenuous situations (in this case, Neil’s wife had miss-tracked her GPS system and got herself lost)…it is very, very hard for Neil Finn to pen a bad tune, and this is no exception. It’s almost as if the band had never been gone. And very few musicians have that timeless quality about them. It’s a very special thing, and this indeed is a very special song.
    Don’t believe me? Just listen.

    Thanks for reading, it's been fun!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Nine - 20-11

    16 Feb 2008, 02:20 by Nobodylikesyou

    20. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
    Foo Fighters dead? Foo Fighers sold out? Foo Fighters releasing crap? Give me a fucking break! Dave Grohl and his merry men strapped on their instruments to give us another worldwide hit single, with more punch and anger than anything on In Your Honour. If you didn’t scream like a banshee along to this song’s chorus at least once in 2007, then you did NOT listen to rock music! What else needs to be said? It’s a winner, and proof that even as the band moves into their late thirties, they still have all the power and rock ability in the world.

    19. Bloc PartySRXT
    You know you’re winning people even when your biggest critic (in this case, Noel Gallagher from Oasis) cries into a pillow for fifteen minutes upon listening to one of your songs. In this case, Bloc Party saved the best till last on A Weekend In The City, with an amazingly beautiful song about preparing to leave the world for good. The song combines the epic ambience of So Here We Are and the subtle beauty of Compliments from their last album to create something that is truly a work of art for this band, a piece de resistance that I’m sure will keep many fans interested. Here’s to album number three!

    18. AnberlinGodspeed
    Some bands have a selling point, where you hear a song and you know that you’re going to be a big fan of the band for a long time. This was it for me. Upon first listen to the album, Cities, I was blown away. This song packs a real rock punch, which I didn’t really feel from the other couple of Anberlin songs I had heard at the time. The vocals are great, the hook perfect, the lyrics well though-out and catchy- this is everything modern rock music should be, and the fact it came from total left field in 2007 for me was an added bonus.

    17. The Red Paintings - Feed the Wolf
    The lead track from the band’s first EP fully funded by fan support. This encapsulates everything that is great about this revolutionary band- Trash’s intense guitar chops and wild vocals, beautiful orchestration, absolutely cracking drums and a brooding, dark theme of revenge and spite. The Dresden Dolls have been praising this band for a few years ever since they toured with them through Australia and Europe; and it’s hard not to see the comparisons between the two. Take a listen to both of them and you’ll see. Also, have a look out on YouTube for an amazing version of Tears for FearsMad World featuring Trash with the Dresden Dolls, it’s on their latest DVD.

    16. The Smashing PumpkinsTarantula
    Hi! Remember us? We kinda ruled the post-grunge world, then we went away. So what did we do to remind you just who we are? Turned the amps up to eleven, distorted the shit out of them and rocked out this wild little Kyuss-inspired jam like it was 1995 all over again. Then we dropped Zeitgeist. We pissed a lot of people off, but Nobodylikesyou from Last.FM didn’t think it was half as bad as people made it out to be…

    15. LCD SoundsystemAll My Friends
    Sometimes, things just work perfectly despite all their obvious imperfections. This is quite possibly the most perfect musical example of this ever. Yes, the piano is offbeat. Yes, the intro is too long. Yes, James Murphy doesn’t have the best voice. But everything here is just fucking fantastic!! The storytelling, the heartwrenching emotion that’s persistent throughout, the intensity that does not drop for a second…it’s a very important song that I’m sure we’ll remember for many years to come.

    14. Jose Gonzalez - Down The Line
    My favourite solo artist in the world finally gave us his second album in 2007 and certainly did not disappoint. Down The Line was the lead single, and, I must admit, I was not as blown away immediately. But if there was ever a slow burner to get under my skin in 2007 that wasn’t by The Veronicas, it was this song. I love the rhythm and harmonies in this track; it’s very simple in nature but, like all Jose songs, works to perfection.

    13. Britney Spears - Gimme More
    Don’t give me that look! Seriously, I wanted to hate this song; I really did. I tried with all of my willpower. But, indeed, I failed. And my god how glad I am that I did. This song is easily the best Britney single ever, with absolutely killer production from Nate Hills, aka Danja, and a totally infectious chorus. As an added bonus, we also got the funniest fucking TV performance of the year. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, YouTube it. It’s like watching a fucking car crash, man!

    12. Enter Shikari - Sorry You’re Not A Winner
    CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! This band came out of complete left field for me, creating one of the absolute coolest songs of the year. It’s something about that bizarre mix of electronica, synth-pop, metal, hardcore and rock that really intrigued me. The hook is killer, as is the consistent guitar riffing mixed with warped out bleeps and synth patterns, and it was a song that I quite simply could not get enough of. It’s just boppy and great to dance/headbang along to, and the throw in of the ¾ breakdown is an added bonus!

    11. Maxïmo Park - Books From Boxes
    I liked Maximo Park a lot before Our Earthly Pleasures came out, but that album, and this song in particular, changed all that. I now fucking LOVE Maximo Park. This song is a heartfelt ballad describing love lost and strained friendships in the aftermath. The Peter Buck inspired jangly guitar is a lovely touch, but the star here is frontman Paul Smith. Here, he proves that he’s not just the wild guy applying pressure and talking about velocity- he’s actually really clever and a brilliant lyricist. The imagery, the storytelling, the way he has with words; it’s just brilliant. A highly recommended song from an even higher recommended album.

  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Eight - 30-21

    6 Feb 2008, 01:07 by Nobodylikesyou

    30. Angels & AirwavesEverything's Magic

    Okay, let’s get one thing clear- the riff in this song and the riff in Anthem Part 2 are in the same key and share about two of the same notes, not even played in the same way. So whoever said they ripped the song off can seriously fuck off. On a happier note, this was a great reintroduction to the band and their music, with Delonge again questioning of the world around him and beyond, with more huge sounding production and boppy clap along parts, compared by several critics and fans to Close to Me. Tom’s a big fan of The Cure, so I guess I wouldn’t put it past him to be influenced by that. All in all, a great single from a phenomenal album. To put it simple, I-Empire is the second best thing Tom Delonge has ever done. The first was leaving, and thus breaking up, blink-182.

    29. Dead Letter Circus - Disconnect and Apply
    Every year, an Aussie hard rock band will come and blow my mind in one way or another. Past bands to do so have included The Butterfly Effect, Cog and Karnivool. In 2007, it was Dead Letter Circus’ turn, who ripped shreds off me with this absolutely amazing song. Erratic and powerful vocals, a no-bullshit rock intro and that absolute killer guitar riffage- Disconnect And Apply is, to put it quite simply, a fucking winner. I love this band- despite being in a flooded genre, they stand out in the crowd with their unique and ambiguous lyrics, and the mystery that shrouds both their name and them as people. Easily the best EP of the year, and easily the best band ever to make going to work on Monday sound so inviting!!

    28. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill
    In 2005, it was Lazyboy’s Underwear Goes Inside the Pants. In 2007, it is this song. Absolute genius.

    27. Angels & AirwavesTrue Love
    Originally known as “Star of Bethlehem”, written in late 2006, the band rerecorded it in two parts for I-Empire, the bulk of which became this, easily the best song on the record. It encompassed everything that is great about the band in 4 and a half minutes, with bright guitar, cruisy bassline and loud, crisp drums featuring the unmistakable voice of Tom Delonge washed over it all. Tom’s lyrics are brimming with imagery and beauty, striking a chord hard and fast with the listener.

    26. Silverchair - If You Keep Losing Sleep
    If you were not a fan of Johns’ 2004 work in The Dissociatives, it’s probably best that you don’t listen to this. For those of you not-so narrow minded, feel free to enjoy this fantastically twisted little ditty.
    Everything works here, from the haunted house organ of long-time Chair collaborator Paulmac and the Jimmy Chamberlain-esque drum rolls and crashes of Gillies, to the wild, intense vocals of Johns. Even with some of Johns’ worst lyrics on the whole record (Daniel, seriously- “such seductive silent wine hopscotch trigger”?), it makes for fantastic listening. This track also marks the first appearance on the album of the legendary composer Van Dyke Parks, best known for his work with The Beach Boys. He’s done wonders for the Silverchair boys in the past, and here is no exception; featuring epic string arrangements and masterful orchestration- another complete credit to his already impressive work.

    25. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
    Ever thought a song could reach its full potential if it was just recorded better? I have; and when it happens the band finally gets recognition. Past examples include The Grates with 19-20-20, Enter Shikari with Sorry You're Not a Winner and Operator Please with Just A Song About Ping Pong. And now here, with The Arcade Fire re-recording a song from their 2004 self-titled EP with more instrumentation, a faster pace and a hell of a lot more energy and intensity. Makes for yet another truly epic listen from Neon Bible.

    24. Kisschasy - Opinions Won't Keep You Warm At Night
    There’s always been something more to Kisschasy than meets the eye. Do-Do’s And Whoa-Oh’s was a subtle jab at the formulaic chart hits of the time, and the secret desire to write one just like it. In this single’s case, you must think of not just the political connotations, but the attack on the blogosphere, the MySpace generation, the critics, probably even more if I could get into Darren Cordeaux’s head. The song rocks, quite simply, and is proof that this is a band that has plenty of energy and longevity to keep them in the game for years.

    23. Kisschasy - Spray On Pants
    There’s been a few different interpretations as to who exactly is targeted in this song. Upon many listens, I see it quite simply as an attack on people who listen to music because it’s in fashion and not because they genuinely like it. There’s a fuckload of them out there, a lot on Last.FM too, so I connected with the song a lot when I heard it. Fuck the scenesters!

    22. BurialArchangel
    What can be said? This is, ultimately, the most beautiful song in the history of electronic music. And this is NOT a hyperbole. The song is so simple, but it’s so fucking powerful. That looped, distorted vocal sounds so distant and lonely, the synthesised orchestration a gorgeous undertone. Nobody knows exactly who Burial is, but I have a lot to thank them for, because I see what they are doing as part of the future of music. Not much else to say, really, it’s a song that needs to be heard to be believed.

    21. GyroscopeSnakeskin
    Welcome back, boys!! What a great way to kick back into our conscience. The song works on many different levels, through unexpected twists and turns, high and low points of both musical energy and lyrical intensity and that Kurt Cobain inspired howl of HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF WAKING UP?? It’s a killer single that has spread out the band’s fanbase even further, and, with any luck, will continue to do so on the back of Breed Obsession. It’s out March, and I cannot wait!
  • Nobodylikesyou Presents: The Best 100 Songs of 2007. Part Seven - 40-31

    27 Jan 2008, 06:26 by Nobodylikesyou

    I'm going to finish this, dammit!

    40. Paul Kelly - God Told Me To
    Perhaps the most interesting thing about this song, the lead single from Kelly’s exceptional Stolen Apples record, is that is isn’t actually sung, per se, by Paul himself. He instead takes on the character of John Johanna, an bible-bashing criminal, who claims to be “misunderstood”. Over the big rock beat that sounds familiar to R.E.M.’s The One I Love (take a listen and see what you think; maybe it’s just my obsession), John explains how he sees the whole world as sinners, and how he has become the only “Holy” one left. “Those not with me are against me”, he desperately howls near the end. “They’re surely gonna feel my holy fire”. Something this fresh and original I would expect from someone half Paul’s age, but as Rolling Stone put it- “Paul puts nearly all his contemporaries to shame”. Long live Paul Maurice Kelly, and long live his amazing music.

    39. Tegan and Sara - Back in Your Head
    Out of all the albums I got addicted to in 2007, perhaps the most instant was The Con. Something about the tracklisting, the musical adventure, and the fact you never get bored listening to it in full was part of why it appealed so much to me. Triple J was also a big help on winning this song in particular over for me. It’s a very simple song, with that very recognizable piano ditty and one of the best chorus lines the girls have put their name to – “I’m not unfaithful...but I’ll stray”. Overall, I really think they need to work with Chris Walla more, because once I put The Con on, all the reasons why I forgot that I loved it come right back in my head. Do doo, do doo, do doo, do doo...

    38. Stars - Take Me to the Riot
    Bad news first- this is no Ageless Beauty. But not many songs can compare to the majesty that indeed is Ageless Beauty. On the plus side (and believe me, the side is quite large), the Canadian quintet have provided us with an anthemic rocker, which works because, in a vein similar to Smells Like Teen Spirit, your focus goes to what’s not being played rather than what is. In the verses, it’s just bass, sparse piano and drums accompanying the vocals. Thus, when the guitars do kick in, the song skyrockets to epic proportions. It’s just beautiful.

    37. Andrew BirdImitosis
    He’s a clever cookie, that Andrew Bird. Not only is he creating majestic indie pop music with a classical twist, but his lyrics are a mouthful, too. In this case, Bird describes the research of a confused scientist who simply cannot understand the way of nature: “Why do they congregate in groups of four/Scatter like a billion spores/And let the wind just carry them away? /How can gametes be so mean//Our famous doctor tried to gleam/As he went home at the end of the day/In this nature show that rages every day/it was bound apart of his intuition”. Andrew is a real poet, and if you enjoy this then I highly recommend picking up Armchair Apocrypha- just excellent.

    36. Josh Pyke - Forever Song
    You know how I mentioned before how Josh Pyke makes music that’s just plain lovely? Well, all things considered, I think this is the most lovely of his songs. Beautiful harmonies and wonderful lyrics are part of this songs’ simply but ever-so-charming appeal, as Josh proclaims that he wants a song that he can sing forever. Rest assured I’ll be singing along with him...forever!

    35. Institut Polaire - City Walls & Empires
    While I worked in community radio, I picked up a compilation CD entitled “Kiss My WAMi”, which featured all this awesome music from Perth. This song, in particular, stood out to me. I love its singalong nature, the twangy guitar and the joyous vibes I get from this band. Maybe it’s just a thing with BIG bands (The Arcade Fire, I'm from Barcelona, The Polyphonic Spree, etc), but the old saying “the more the merrier” really does work.

    34. Bloc PartyFlux
    So Bloc Party have just given us an album’s worth of glorious, angular alt-rock. Where to from here? The dancefloor, naturally. Kele flaunts his robosexuality by abandoning the guitar and taking up the vocoder, while Gordon switches bass for keyboards, all the while creating an epic party tune that was, as rumour has it, initially written for none other than Kylie Minogue. Interesting indeed. I wonder what HER version would have sounded like…but then I just get back to dancing my arse off to this song. One word of warning- do NOT watch the video for this song searching for any form of meaning.

    33. Cog - What If
    Bondi’s finest kicked back in 2007 after dropping one of the best debut albums not only in Australian history, but of all time, in 2005’s The New Normal. What If is a complex, inquisitive and loud piece of work, which is what we have come to expect from the amazing band that is Cog. If this is any indication of what's to come of their forthcoming Shared Space record, then we could, yet again, be in for something very special indeed.

    32. Bliss n EsoBullet And A Target
    This song furthers the evidence to my claim that hip-hop can change people's lives, and anyone that thinks otherwise is just plain ignorant. The message here is all about helping those around you, and putting yourself in the position of those less fortunate than you before you make judgment. As the song says "Just put yourself between a bullet and a target". Bliss N Eso have always been about having fun and partying, so when they throw a curveball such as this, it's not only a pleasant surprise, but a powerful one. Listen to this song at least once to try and comprehend the message and the heart behind it.

    31. Gallows - Abandon Ship
    Need a tune to rip your head off upon immediate listen? Go for this.
    Need I say more?

  • Listen to Brand New

    1 Nov 2006, 05:08 by stewdster

    Brand New is a very talented band with a new cd, The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me, due out Nov. 21st, 2006. I reccomend both of their older cds, Deja Entendu, and Your Favorite Weapon. Happy listenings!
  • The Format Tour and Dog problems

    5 Oct 2006, 18:02 by jghewitt

    As most The Format fans know, they are touring with the All American Rejects this fall and just concluded their own headlining tour this summer (2006). I was fortunate enough to see them live in Orlando on their tour in August and have tickets to see them with the Rejects in Tampa at the USF Sundome on Nov. 14th. If you like a great live show and you like their music then go see The Format - you won't regret it. There is a lot of debate on which album is better, Interventions or Dog Problems, and this is a matter of opinion but I have learned to love both of them equally. When I first heard Dog Problems I thought interventions was way better, but after many listens I have learned to appreciate the greatness of Dog Problems. I did not initially like most of the Format tunes, but this bands unique form of music will grow on you if you give it a chance. I thank my 15 year old daughter for convincing me to keep listening until I "got it". Now I am hooked and a huge fan. I urge you to buy their albums; they released this album under their own indie label and those of us who enjoy their music should help support them so they can stay independent and keep cranking out great music!The Format