Monday, January 26, 2015

CHET IS HOTTEST OF THE HOTTEST

After staying silent on the 'Tay Tay' matter throughout preceding weeks, then officially counting her single 'Shake It Off' out of the countdown earlier in the day (for a myriad reasons), Triple J's annual Hottest 100 countdown has just wrapped, with Chet Faker claiming the No.1 mantle with 'Talk Is Cheap'.
Chet, whose album 'Built On Glass' topped the ARIA albums chart last year and has since gone on to achieve platinum sales, dominated with four entries overall within the top 100 countdown.
Triple J is famous these days for widely shunning anything that could even potentially be considered commercial in appeal, but a number of songs featuring amongst this year's top 100 have been embraced by the mainstream, including much of the top ten (Milky Chance's 'Stolen Dance', Peking Duk & Safia's 'Take Me Over', Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' and Sia's 'Chandelier'), along with Zhu's 'Faded', Illy's 'Tightrope' and Alison Wonderland's 'I Want U'.
Indie rock, however, was a big part of the order of the day, with Alt-J scoring three entries in the top 100; so too Ball Park Music, Sticky Fingers and The Amity Affliction. Locals Hilltop Hoods, Thundamentals, Vance Joy and Meg Mac also placed in the countdown three times.
But the day undoubtedly belonged to Chet Faker, who saw three of his four Hottest 100 entries place within the top ten.
The countdown now ticks down over the next month to the release of the station's Hottest 100 Volume 22 compilation album, which is out on Friday February 27.

As for our two cents on Taylor-gate... We love the Js. We love the fact it breaks and champions the music, particularly the Aussie music, that our (mostly) reactionary and banal mainstream networks so willingly avoid. Yes, Taylor is heard (all the time) on said mainstream networks and we understand that's Triple J's point of difference... It's far from mainstream. But the exclusion of an artist who so obviously resonates with the country's youth by an organisation that continues to operate under the premise of being a radio station for the country's youth... well that just makes our national broadcaster a little exclusive and, dare we say it, un-Australian.

20. Sticky Fingers - Gold Snafu
19. Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I'm There
18. Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
17. Illy - Tightrope
16. Alt-J - Left Hand Free
15. The Kite String Tangle - Arcadia
14. Alt-J - Every Other Freckle
13. Vance Joy - Mess Is Mine
12. Glass Animals - Gooey
11. Zhu - Faded
10. Asgier - King & Cross
09. Sia - Chandelier
08. Chet Faker - 1998
07. Chet Faker - Gold
06. Mark Ronson ftg. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
05. Peking Duk ftg. Safia - Take Me Over
04. Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
03. Hilltop Hoods - Cosby Sweater
02. Peking Duk ftg. Nicole Millar - High
01. Chet Faker - Talk Is Cheap

FAYDEE : Move On (C'est La Vie)

The rise of Sydney-based singer songwriter Faydee continues... and it's not hard to see why.
His new single 'Move On (C'est La Vie)' was released just yesterday and although the video for the track (below) was only revealed this morning, it's already notched more than 20,000 views.
Musically, it's bang on trend; pitched-up stabs of vocal, tricked-up R&B/pop production and smooth vocals.
Lyrically, we've all been there... not being able to move on from a past relationship, no matter how hard we try.
Add in a clip where both subjects are totally easy on the eye and you've got yourself a first-class home-grown pop package.

REDFOO RETURNS

We've gifted US performer and 'X Factor' judge Redfoo two top five solo singles in a row here in Australia. The first, 'Let's Get Ridiculous', made it all the way to the top spot in 2013, before its successor 'New Thang' edged tantalisingly close to the top last year.
After a slight mis-step appearing on the much-maligned 'Literally I Can't' last year, Redfoo is starting the year off with a clean slate, back on the 'wiggle' bus, with his new single 'Juicy Wiggle'.
The track kicks off paying homage to Dolly Parton's '9 To 5' before heading straight into the '50s rock'n'roll genre that's worked so well for Meghan Trainor.
Naturally, there's plenty of sans-vocal time so Foo can show off his dance moves in the clip.
An album is due soon.

DOWNLOAD : Sommeil - Touch

After reportedly flirting with a more straightforward R&B sound in his previous incarnation Sydney (via Perth) performer Sommeil has settled on a more electronic-leaning sound.
Sure the R&B influences are still there on his debut single 'Touch' (mainly via his smooth-as-butter vocals), but also hitching a ride are the usual suspects of electronic production, pulsing pop beats and an altogether likeable melody.
"'Touch' is about the sexual mind games we learn to play when we are young, and the feelings that are the circumstance of that, knowing you are being played by a girl/boy and learning how to play back," the singer says of his debut.
Naturally, you'll be wanting to have a listen, which you can below. Love it? Click the download link and it's yours free.

CALVIN GOLDSPINK : Superman

Calvin Goldspink might not be a name that's overly familiar to you, but for a period in the early 2000s, you couldn't get him out of the top five in the UK.
Along with Rochelle and Frankie of The Saturdays fame, Calvin was a member of S Club Juniors (later S Club 8), who delivered British chart smashes like 'One Step Closer', 'Fool No More' and 'Sundown'.
Ahead of Brad's latest #TBT interview with the singer, which goes live soon, we present to you the video for his latest single 'Superman', which is lifted from his October 2014 EP 'The Lemon Tree'.
Though the material is (probably for the best) a million miles away stylistically from his pop band past, what is a constant is that Calvin clearly knows a hook when he hears one. And the clip, like the song, is edgy, gritty and eminently likeable.

CASSIAN : Running

The song itself might be getting close to three months old, but until now, Cassian's latest single 'Running' (featuring the vocals of LA native Cleopold) has been without an official video clip.
But that's all now been rectified; one dropped towards the end of last week and it features a nice little space theme.
In it, a husband and father presents his girl with a letter from NASA, presumably confirming he's off to a distant planet, given the next shot is of a rocket blasting into outer space.
From there, we viewers are asked to suspend belief a little as the astronaut wanders around a scene which looks a little reminiscent of the English countryside in winter.
This as a meteor hurtles towards his family back at home.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

IS IT A RIHANNA SINGLE OR...?

With little fanfare (apart, perhaps from a little social media post from the Barbadian songstress), a new Rihanna single has dropped onto the Australian iTunes store. And doesn't she look the picture of excitement (above)?
But what's not clear for the moment is whether 'FourFiveSeconds' is a new Rihanna single or the latest track to be released from the Kanye/Paul Mc collaboration album, due this year. We're plumping for the latter, given that the track is not labelled 'Rihanna featuring...'.
And let's face it, it's a million miles away from the dance/R&B that Ri Ri is known for; moreover a sweet acoustic torch song.
Maybe, given Kanye & Paul McCartney's first single 'Only One' didn't exactly set the charts alight (top ten here in Australia before dropping to No.67 in just two weeks), the duo felt the need to rope in another big name to spark interest in the project.

THE auspOp DIARY



WEEK COMMENCING JANUARY 26, 2015

TICKETS ON SALE
Tuesday : Marilyn Manson (Sydney, Brisbane)
Wednesday : Thundamentals (Nationally)
Thursday : Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (Nationally)
Friday : The Waterboys (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)


Jan 26 : ANNERLEY – Steve Smyth (Paper Moon Café)
Jan 26 : BRISBANE – The Vamps (Riverstage)
Jan 26 : PERTH – Jamie T (Astor Theatre)
Jan 26 : SUTHERLAND – mewithoutYou (Studio Six)
Jan 26 : SYDNEY – Ty Dolla $ign (Enmore Theatre)
Jan 26 : SYDNEY – Fat Freddy’s Drop (Opera House)
Jan 26 : WARRNAMBOOL – 360 (Whalers Hotel)
Jan 27 : CAIRNS – Passenger (Convention Centre)
Jan 27 : PERTH – Nas (Metro City)
Jan 27 : SYDNEY – Foreigner (Enmore Theatre)
Jan 27 : SYDNEY – Highasakite (Metro Theatre)
Jan 27 : SYDNEY – Ariel Pink (Oxford Art Factory)
Jan 28 : ADELAIDE – The Vamps (AEC Theatre)
Jan 28 : ALBANY – 360 (Studio 146)
Jan 28 : BRISBANE – Belle And Sebastian (The Tivoli)
Jan 28 : MELBOURNE – FKA Twigs (170 Russell)
Jan 28 : NEWCASTLE – Sea Legs (Small Ballroom)
Jan 28 : SYDNEY – Rustie (Oxford Art Factory)
Jan 29 : ADELAIDE – Nas (HQ)
Jan 29 : BRISBANE – Draw (Ric’s Bar)
Jan 29 : BRUNSWICK HEADS – Steve Smyth (Hotel Brunswick)
Jan 29 : BUNBURY – 360 (Prince Of Wales)
Jan 29 : BYRON BAY – Kim Churchill (Beach Hotel)
Jan 29 : GOSFORD – mewithoutYou (Baker Street)
Jan 29 : MELBOURNE – FKA Twigs (170 Russell)
Jan 29 : MELBOURNE – Foreigner (Palais Theatre)
Jan 29 : MELBOURNE – Lykke Li (Forum Theatre)
Jan 29 : MELBOURNE – Rustie (Howler)
Jan 29 : PERTH – Eyehategod (Rosemount Hotel)
Jan 29 : PERTH – Ariel Pink (The Bakery)
Jan 29 : SYDNEY – Belle And Sebastian (Enmore Theatre)
Jan 29 : SYDNEY – Bernard Fanning (Newtown Social Club)
Jan 29 : SYDNEY – Ratking (The Basement)
Jan 29 : SYDNEY – Sohn (Oxford Art Factory)
Jan 30 : BONDI – Anna O (Jam Gallery)
Jan 30 : BRISBANE – Kim Churchill (The Zoo)
Jan 30 : CRONULLA – Steve Clisby (Brass Monkey)
Jan 30 : MANDURAH – 360 (Players Bar)
Jan 30 : MELBOURNE – Eyehategod (The HiFi)
Jan 30 : MELBOURNE – Icehouse (Palms At Crown)
Jan 30 : MELBOURNE – Sohn (Corner Hotel)
Jan 30 : OLD BAR – Steve Smyth (Flow Espresso Bar)
Jan 30 : PERTH – The Vamps (HBF Stadium)
Jan 30 : SYDNEY – Mac DeMarco (Metro Theatre)
Jan 30 : SYDNEY – mewithoutYou (UTS Underground)
Jan 31 : BRISBANE – Laneway Festival (Showgrounds)
Jan 31 : BRISBANE – Laneway After Party (Brightside)
Jan 31 : DUNSBOROUGH – 360 (Dunsborough Tavern)
Jan 31 : LAUNCESTON – Red Hot Summer Tour (Country Club)
Jan 31 : MAROOCHYDORE – Kim Churchill (Sol Bar)
Jan 31 : MELBOURNE – #1 Dads (Northcote Social Club)
Jan 31 : MELBOURNE – Icehouse (Palms At Crown)
Jan 31 : MELBOURNE – Anna O (Toff In Town)
Jan 31 : NEWCASTLE – mewithoutYou (Small Ballroom)
Jan 31 : SYDNEY – Draw (Brighton Up Bar)
Jan 31 : SYDNEY – Eyehategod (Manning Bar)
Feb 01 : BRISBANE – Eyehategod (Crowbar)
Feb 01 : BRISBANE – mewithoutYou (Brightside)
Feb 01 : BRISBANE – Ann Vriend (Brisbane Jazz Club)
Feb 01 : MAITLAND – Steve Smyth (Grand Junction)
Feb 01 : MELBOURNE – Belle And Sebastian (Palais Theatre)
Feb 01 : SYDNEY – Laneway Festival (College Of The Arts)
Feb 01 : SYDNEY – Laneway After Party (Oxford Art Factory)