Archive for 2011

BEAUTIFUL. SO IT HURTS.

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you'd return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

Sylvia Plath - Mad Girl's Love Song

NO CEREMONY make music that is beautiful. so i hurts. so it stays with you. and these film clips are perfect.





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EVERY TIME YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM


“She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
- JD Salinger 'A girl i knew'


for the ears. for the morning. for the power. for the glory.

flume's 19. he's from sydney. flume isn't his real name.

'possums' is one of the best morning walk to the train station/evening walk away from work songs ever. it makes me so damn happy. and his 'anthem' remix is so flip








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THERE ARE THINGS WE'VE NEVER SAID


“Look...Reality is greater than the sum of its parts, also a damn sight holier. And the lives of such stuff as dreams are made of may be rounded with a sleep but they are not tied neatly with a red bow. Truth doesn't run on time like a commuter train, though time may run on truth. And the Scenes Gone By and the Scenes to Come flow blending together in the sea-green deep while Now spreads in circles on the surface. So don't sweat it. For focus simply move a few inches back or forward. And once more...look.”
-Ken Kesey, Sometimes A Great Notion

"You can make a mark across the night with the tip of an embered stick, and you can actually see it fixed in its finity. You can be absolutely certain of its treacherous impermanence. Hank knew . . . "
-Ken Kesey, Sometimes A Great Notion


a great book. a truly overwhelmingly beautiful piece of writing. i've heard some people say that they find i hard to read, with the techniques he's used. but that's the beauty of it. you're getting these first-person perspectives from multiple people all at once and he creates this depth of character. and each scene in the book just has this added weight because of it. it's a beautiful thing. a truly beautiful thing.


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with his wonderfully sparce arrangements and use of loops to build layers in a track hayden calnin establishes this depth and emotion and its fucking lovely.

summer is such a bold song. i love it.

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THIS ROOM ON FIRE


youth lagoon is the best thing that's happened to me today.


i was mad depressed earlier...

one of those days when it's sunny outside but the shadows just seem to follow you.
can't get the light.
can't feel the warmth.
can't get anything to go my way.

...but then i downloaded youth lagoon's 'the year of hibernation' and all was good.

i fucking love that music can do that.

all you have to do is listen.




this film clip is stunning too. tyler t williams has mad talent behind a camera.


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and as an aside,

have you seen this trailer? beautiful. the song is by chad vangaalen, who until now i'd actually overlooked. he's amazing.





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REMEMBER WHEN WE LIVED IN A DIFFERENT WORLD? REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE INVISIBLE?



this movie is so flip.

i was pretty devastated when i missed it at the cinemas and i've only just got around to watching it but if you haven't seen it lock it in for essential viewing it's got a kinda lars and the real girl vibe and that film was sick.

leon ford wrote and directed and nailed both and the two stars ryan kwanten and maeve dermody are amazing particularly dermody she's perfect i've got a maddd crush on her.

and the music is sick.

for example:




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EVER FEEL THE NEED TO PUNCH AN INANIMATE OBJECT JUST TO PROVE THAT YOU'RE NOT?

...YOU SHOULD DO IT IN SLOW MOTION LISTENING TO CHET FAKER + TANK + BOARDS OF CANADA + BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH + BIG DUMB KID


"listen. hear the dulcet tones of ethereal beauty. listen, and feel the beat stemming from deep, deep within your chest. feel it course through your veins. feel it become you. feel you become it. see the colors now, see how they're brighter, they're sharper. look yonder, see how close the sky appears. so close you could touch. you could feel it. taste it. clouds come closer. swell and fade. and time slows. and its you. only you. travelling through an unmoving scene. travelling while the sounds flow through you. while the colours are bold. while the sky is close and the clouds are closer. and those tones are your soundtrack. and the beat goes on..."



when this song opens up it makes me so happy - i want this to be the soundtrack to my life


man chet faker just keeps dropping these absolutely immense tracks - all so flip - i wanna see this guy live in all his bearded glory


sling this man some votes here for fbi's northern lights comp - this cover is charlie sheen good - izzle


mike skinner can do - this is wicked - i like leftwich but sometimes he's almost too soft to listen to - skinner gets the best from this track


bro...fuck - this is dope right? - i mean when he opened i was sceptical - but what was i thinking - this is fucking sick - check out his ep 'vanilla' at his bandcamp

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BEAUTIFUL


= mooi = beau = schön = όμορφος = bello = 美しい = 아름다운 = bonito = красивейше = hermoso = pragtige = i bukur = eder = hardd = bell = güzel = nzuri = fallegur = álainn = ...



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TELL ME SOMETHING SWEET TO GET ME BY: MOTHS



MOTHS is one of those dudes i've been listening to for a while but because there is still no internet in the house of gus and charlies haven't got around to posting. he's way young (17), irish, and makes delicious electronic beats.

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WUGAZI


WUGAZI


get up in this.

13 chambers is a slick mashup of wu tang clan and fugazi from cecil otter and swiss andy.

such a flip mixtape. jump over to wugazi dot com and get the lot.


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BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART: ZOO KID


ZOO KID.


archy marshall of london.

old soul but this guys only sixteen.

great music. nice riffs, raw voice. plays with silent parts in his music, gives it an emotive quality, a maturity. sweet lyricism too, the dudes a poet.

zoo kid is genuine.

legit.

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can't go wrong with star slinger


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DREAMS, THEY'RE FOR THOSE WHO SLEEP: GRIMES + COMA CINEMA + JONATHAN BOULET + FISHING + CHET FAKER + SEEKAE




“Isn’t most of our lives an illusion?”
“Well, everything in the past is memory…and everything in the future is imagination. Those’re both illusions — memories are unreliable and we just speculate about the future. The only thing that’s completely real is this one instant of the present - and that’s constantly changing from imagination to memory. So, see? Most of life’s illusory”

jeffery deaver, the vanished man

(this girl is so flip, chopped samples and an epic voice, you can get halafax free from the arbutus records site, this song is beautiful)

(coma cinema absolutely never disappoints, he's got most of his stuff up for free download on his site)


(get north (chet faker minor edit) from his site, so flip)

(i've said it before but if you haven't got +dome yet buy that album, its fucking beautiful man)

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WANDERLUST: PENNY AND THE QUARTERS, JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW, PERFUME GENIUS, EMA


Have you ever seen someone peacefully dozing in the morning light? The sun is rising and the birds are singing and they look so wonderfully serene. In that moment you can believe in a higher being, you can believe in love and fairy tales and innocence and peace. In that moment everything is achievable and everything is real, and the tooth fairy doesn’t seem so far-fetched. And then they start to wake, almost always with a smile, almost never in a rush, almost perfect, these moments are. Have you seen the sunset? The fragmented blues and reds and purples, and the warmth that courses through you, and now suddenly the dread, you see that magnificent luminous ball, see it dip and hurry beneath the horizon. How beautiful the scene. How nice to you. How nice to me. Have you witnessed this splendour? And when you witnessed it did you seek answers? Or did you find them? I believe in the absolute wonder of the every day. I believe that knowledge has saved and ruined us. I understand the need for an explanation and I question the value of a scientific one. I want for everything and I know that that means I really want for nothing. I believe that ignorance is bliss, and that bliss ignorance is an ideal condition, because nobody wants to know the truth about everything. I believe that truth is relative and that lies are sometimes more honest than facts. I believe in magic and deception and I believe that one day a lie will be told that is so profound it will bring the whole world to tears. I believe in a higher truth, I believe that nothing is real and everything is imagined and that the ultimate honesty lies in our mistakes. I believe in opening your eyes, to see. See the mountains and valleys of virtuous nature, and the perfect grandeur of an uninterrupted skyline, see snow falling through windows and the sun set over the ocean, see fog veil the early morning light. See you. See me. See the furious glory of a shared yearning, a yearning to be free, free of plans and goals and rules and structures, limitations all, limitations of the mind and spirit. Have you felt that harsh grip of the shackles that bind us? That blind us?


penny and the quarters - you and me.mp3

james vincent mcmorrow - we don't eat.mp3

perfume genius - mr. petersen.mp3

EMA - the grey ship.mp3



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ALL GREAT AND PRECIOUS THINGS ARE LONELY: PLAINS, TYLER THE CREATOR, PURITY RING, JAMES BLAKE

i'm moving to sydney next week to start a new university course. so ima be busy sorting myself out here and there over the next few weeks and thus there won't be much posting going on. here are some words and songs and moving pictures to keep you sated.


I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren’t true and I can believe things nobody knows if they’re true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that peope are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in American is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians and unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of casual chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to chose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.

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HOMEBOI - SHRIMPS EP


progressive house track from german marcin sleziona aka homeboi finally gets an official release through anchor factory records. the ep dropped february 10th. you can get it at juno, beatport, and dj download.

Homeboi - Shrimps EP by anchorfactory


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NO PLACE LIKE HOME: GROUPLOVE



GROUPLOVE: from london, l.a., and new york via crete. kindred spirits hannah hooper and christian zucconi met in manhattan before hooking up with sean gadd, andrew wessen and ryan rabin in crete to form what is now grouplove. their debut ep was released in 2010, filled with zucconi's raw vocals, broken melodies and a shared passion for their music. it's seriously good. check out the video for colours too. its sweet.




(i posted this one back in april on bvd so you might already have it. that was under the band name 'group')

...but my favourite thing about his band is probably hannah hooper. girl can paint. she did the cover of their self-titled ep, along with the morning benders 2010 album 'big echo' (a really solid debut album). CHECK HER SITE OUT.


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THIS IS NO TIME FOR DREAMERS: MOUNT KIMBIE




MOUNT KIMBIE: uk duo with a penchant for field recordings. they make small scale dubstep that succeeds on a much larger scale, minimal, ambient dubstep textured with loops and samples. their debut album 'crooks & lovers' is up there with the best of 2010's releases. it is a seriously great album in every sense. if you dug gold panda's 'lucky shiner' then go out and get 'crooks & lovers' now. they're playing barsoma on the 11th of march with another favourite 'seekae'. ticket details soon.



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LYF IS A DANCE TO YR OWN BIG BEAT DRUM, LYF IS BROKEN VOICES CALLING HAVE SOME FUN.


WU LYF. WORLD UNITE/LUCIFER YOUTH FOUNDATION.

manchester based collective.world unite cult.youth.blood.fire.lucifer.dirt.play.kids who have the courage to remain kids.expression.

this video is so fucking dope.

this song is so fucking dope.

this group is so fucking dope.

Established in 1998, The Lucifer Youth Foundation is a non-for-profit organization anchored to the concrete truths of unconditioned youth. The LYF encompases a selection of disciplines including petty crime, détourned design, dolla talk, busting heads, cutting film, scripting-ill literature and playing heavy (pop).


WU LYF - heavy pop.mp3

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IN SEARCH OF ELUSIVE LITTLE COMETS

i don't know if you saw it but i posted this vid on my facebook page in december. cause this song is wicked indie.

the boys from little comets have their debut album 'in Search of elusive Little Comets' coming out january 21st...but, if you go to their facebook page you can stream the album in it's entirety for free for two weeks before the release. 'her black eyes', 'mathilda' and 'tricolour' are my favourites right now but the whole album is definitely worth a listen. really dope indie-pop.

here's a free download of their alternative version of 'joanna'.

little comets - joannacapella.mp3

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TOSKA


toska (russian)- vladmir nabokov describes it best: “no single word in english renders all the shades of toska. at its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. at less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. in particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. at the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

i watched danny boyle's new film 127 hours on the weekend and danny is a genius and james franco delivers and 'festival' by sigur rós plays towards the end and it is perfect and those last six minutes of the movie are adrenaline and ecstasy and this song makes it work and it's from one of my favourite sigur rós albums 'með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust' and the album cover is fucking breathtaking and it was shot by ryan mcginley and he is incredible and you will see his pictures and you will love him too.



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ORCA! STRAIGHT AHEAD!

ORCA! STRAIGHT AHEAD!: sydney boys john and dane make epic experimental rock/electronic tunes.


they sound a bit like daft punk (particularly in 'work it out') in the vocals and that their music has that kind of dancy disposition. And a bit like cloud nothings in the sense that their songs have a definite pop sensibility to them despite the rawness and filtered vocal delivery. but essentially they are their own monster and they are definitely worth a listen. you can get their debut EP 'you can't say we didn't try' on itunes or at cdbaby.

in their words:

Orca! Straight Ahead! is what happens when you get two people who cannot sing, don't like anybody else enough to include them in the band, and don't think there is such a thing as a bad song.

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GOLD PANDA AT ALLONEWORD THIS THURSDAY 13TH JANUARY


THIS IS GOING TO BE HUGE. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE. NOW.

BUY 'LUCKY SHINER' HERE. PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE ALBUM OF 2010.

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE


new track from FOSTER THE PEOPLE 'helena beat' which will be available on their 'pumped up kicks' EP due on itunes later this month. posted their first single 'pumped up kicks' over at BVD last march, if you haven't heard it yet you should get on that.



aus. tour dates

brisbane: 13th feb @ the zoo - tickets $44.90

sydney: 14th feb @ oxford art factory - tickets $43.50

melbourne: 16th feb @ northcote social club - tickets $43.00

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THE FANTASIES


THE FANTASIES: from northampton. these tracks are huge, the drums via 1960's. got a wicked isley brothers erraticness to them. 'midnight boogie' and 'tick tock' are both available for free download as part of their 'meet the fantasies' EP on bandcamp.

also check out their 'how the fantasies stole christmas!' EP (also on bandcamp). its got more of an instrumental hip/hop feel to it, huge change of pace but again, great tracks.


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also, for anyone in brisbane, check out the museum of brisbane's 'the stoke' exhibition. a history of skateboarding in brisbane. huge.

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