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  • Gig Reviews: Morrissey [31/05/2015]

    26 Jun 2015, 8:44

    Morrissey
    Sunday 31st of May, 2015 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney

    Setlist:
    Suedehead
    Staircase at the University
    Ganglord
    Speedway
    Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
    Istanbul
    One of Our Own
    Yes, I Am Blind
    I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
    Kiss Me a Lot
    To Give (The Reason I Live) (Frankie Valli cover)
    Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
    Everyday Is Like Sunday
    The Bullfighter Dies
    Smiler with Knife
    Earth Is the Loneliest Planet
    The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
    I'm Not a Man
    Meat Is Murder (The Smiths song)
    World Peace Is None of Your Business
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    Now My Heart Is Full

    Morrissey had an unusual support, instead of a band or musician he curated a bunch of old and new music video clips which lasted for about half an hour. Following this presentation Moz arrived on stage at started the night on a high with 'Suedehead'.

    The set list choice went downhill from there, make no mistake Morrissey's voice and performance was flawless but I think some of his song choices were more for what songs had a political message behind them (Meat is Murder/The Bullfighter Dies).

    'Everyday Is Like Sunday' went over very well and no Morrissey gig would be complete without a dummy spit of some sort. This time it came when Morrissey was about to tell a story to the crowd but a crowd member yelled something to the former Smiths frontman which made Morrissey abandoned the story.

    Unlike most Sydney Opera House gigs the crowd were allowed to be up against the stage and not remain in their seats for the performance.

    Meat Is Murder contained a backdrop video of slaughterhouse footage and was the only Smiths song of the night. Overall it was great to see Morrissey one last time as he does not tour Australia too often and especially to see Morrissey at one of Australia's most iconic and beautiful venues.

    Rating 6.5/10
  • Gig Reviews: Enter Shikari [22/05/2015]

    26 Jun 2015, 8:31

    Enter Shikari
    Friday 22nd of May, 2015 – The Forum, Melbourne

    Support: Hands Like Houses + Hellions

    Setlist:
    The Appeal & the Mindsweep I
    Destabilise
    Radiate
    Gandhi Mate, Gandhi
    The Last Garrison (with Juggernauts outro/mashup)
    Juggernauts
    Sorry, You're Not a Winner
    Never Let Go of the Microscope
    Myopia
    Torn Apart
    Interlude
    The Paddington Frisk
    Mothership
    Anaesthetist
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    Constellations
    Slipshod
    Sssnakepit

    Hands Like Houses didn't have the best night on stage, a handful of technical issues with the synth/keys backing tracks led to a few agitations by the vocalist Trenton Woodley and the band's drummer. I enjoyed the bands sound and what they had to bring but their performance was not remembered for songs like 'Introduced Species’ or their latest single 'I am', but instead the band cutting their set short due to the ongoing technical issues and frustrations brought from them.

    Enter Shikari are certainly very successful due to their amazing live performances and their fans are dedicated and love what they do. This is not the first time Enter Shikari have toured Melbourne just after a new album launching, but every time the fans are mouthing along with the band which surprises me how quick the fans take to their new material.

    The classic track 'Mothership' was one of my highpoints of the night, especially the way the band build up their track intros with the mixing. 'The Last Garrison' had the crowd jumping in a frenzy and 'Anaesthetist' had the mosh going, while songs like 'Constellations' have the lighters out swaying side to side.

    Overall it was not the best performance I have seen by the UK post-hardcore band, but they never fail to impress.

    Rating 8/10
  • Gig Reviews: Peace [01/05/2015]

    26 Jun 2015, 8:12

    Peace
    Friday 1st of May, 2015 – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne

    Support: SMILE* + BNC DJs*

    Setlist:
    Higher Than the Sun
    Follow Baby
    Money
    Happy People
    Gen Strange
    California Daze
    Wraith
    Lost On Me
    Perfect Skin
    Lovesick
    I'm a Girl
    Bloodshake
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    1998 (Delicious) (Binary Finary cover)
    Float Forever
    World Pleasure

    Two albums deep into their career and the band are getting some momentum in Australia with back-to-back nights at the Ding Dong Lounge. The Friday show was their second show of their two night stay in Melbourne and didn't quite pull a full house.

    'Money' and 'Follow Baby' were played early in the set and had the crowd bopping along. The band focused on the music itself and not the banter as they plowed through the 15 song setlist. Personal favourites were 'California Daze', 'Lovesick' and 'Float Forever'.

    Rating 7/10
  • Gig Reviews: SOAK [17/04/2015]

    19 Abr 2015, 2:11

    SOAK
    Friday 17th of April, 2015 – The Shadow Electric (Abbotsford Convent), Melbourne

    Support: Jesse Davidson + Howqua

    We just arrived to the venue before SOAK's set and to be honest it wasn't a memorable one. Her banter between songs was too cutesy and I was left disconnect from the topics, where a lot of the crowd seemed to be on the same wavelength as the 18 year old singer-songwriter.

    And it wasn't just the banter, songs like 'Sea Creatures' and 'B A Nobody' lacked in the live performance when compared to the studio versions. 'Blud' was probably one of the better performances of the night, but I was still left quite disappointed.


    Rating 5/10
  • Gig Reviews: Frank Turner [12/04/2015]

    19 Abr 2015, 2:05

    Frank Turner + The Sleeping Souls
    Sunday 12th of April, 2015 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

    Support: Jon Snodgrass + Lincoln Le Fevre

    Setlist:
    Four Simple Words
    The Road
    Glory Hallelujah
    Reasons Not to Be an Idiot
    Out of Breath
    Peggy Sang the Blues
    Substitute
    The Way I Tend to Be
    The Next Storm
    St. Christopher Is Coming Home
    The Real Damage
    I Am Disappeared
    Wessex Boy
    Photosynthesis
    Plain Sailing Weather
    Get Better
    If Ever I Stray
    Recovery
    Long Live the Queen
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    The Ballad of Me and My Friends
    I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
    Try This at Home
    I Still Believe

    The packed out venue seemed to be made up of a lot of expats getting a taste of home with Frank Turner's Bluesfest sideshow. Beers were spilling, singalongs were had and Mr Turner truly rocked out.

    Four Simple Words, a song written for the live stage, started off the night with a giant singalong and they did not stop there, of course they were halted at the beautiful acoustic driven 'I am Disappeared' when the Sleeping Souls (Frank's backing band) took a brief intermission.

    As the new album is due soon, Frank Turner brought out some new tunes for us to hear including ‘Get Better’, ‘The Next Storm’ and ‘Out Of Breath’. Thew new songs have a more punk-rock feel about them.

    Overall a great night, sure Frank does not have the best singing voice but he is raw, original and genuine and his live shows are something to see.

    Rating 8.5/10
  • Gig Reviews: London Grammar [14/03/2015]

    12 Abr 2015, 7:11

    London Grammar
    Saturday 14th of March, 2015 – Festival Hall, Melbourne

    Support: Until the Ribbon Breaks + Wet

    Setlist:
    Hey Now (Extended Intro)
    Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me
    Interlude
    Shyer
    Wasting My Young Years
    Flickers (Help Me Lose My Mind Outro)
    Sights
    Stay Awake
    Nightcall (Kavinsky cover)
    Strong
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    If You Wait
    Metal & Dust (Extended Outro)

    Nothing quite spectacular from London Grammar, but still a decent show. 'Hey Now' provided a great opening with the extended intro, other highlights included 'Wasting My Young Years' and their cover of 'Nightcall'.

    Prior to London Grammar hitting the stage were two great supports who I will be checking out in the future, Until The Ribbon Breaks were the better of the two with their charismatic frontman and electronic pop/R&B sound.

    Also, I must remind myself to bring a cushion next time - those Festival Hall seats are shockingly uncomfortable.

    Rating 6.5/10
  • 2014: My Year In Lists

    8 Mar 2015, 1:23

    2014: THE YEAR IN LISTS

    Here are lists of everything 2014.

    2014 Top 20 Albums

    #20
    Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
    Key Tracks: Put Your Number In My Phone, White Freckles

    #19
    Washington - There There
    Key Tracks: Yellow & Blue, My Heart Is A Wheel

    #18
    Kasabian - 48:13
    Key Tracks: Stevie, Bumblebeee

    #17
    Airling - Love Gracefully EP
    Key Tracks: The Runner, Ouroboros

    #16
    Andy Bull - Sea Of Approval
    Key Tracks: Talk Too Much, Keep On Running

    #15
    Jamie T - ‎Carry on the Grudge
    Key Tracks: Limits Lie, Don't You Find

    #14
    The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
    Key Tracks: Red Eyes, Under The Pressure

    #13
    The Amity Affliction - Let The Ocean Take Me
    Key Tracks: Pittsburg - No Intro, Give It All

    #12
    #1 Dads - About Face
    Key Tracks: Return To, Camberwell

    #11
    Jungle - Jungle
    Key Tracks: Busy Earnin', The Heat

    #10
    Damien Rice - ‎My Favourite Faded Fantasy

    Key Tracks: I Don't Want To Change You, The Greatest Bastard, It Takes a Lot to Know a Man

    #9
    Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

    Key Tracks: Ultraviolence, Brooklyn Baby, West Coast

    #8
    Future Islands - Singles

    Key Tracks: Seasons (Waiting On You), Back in the Tall Grass, Fall From Grace

    #7
    Asgeir - In The Silence

    Key Tracks: King and Cross, Torrent, Going Home

    #6
    Royal Blood - Royal Blood

    Key Tracks: Little Monster, Come On Over, Figure It Out

    #5
    Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

    Key Tracks: Do It Again, Monument, Every Little Thing

    #4
    SOHN - Tremors

    Key Tracks: Artifice, Paralysed, Bloodflows

    #3
    Banks - Goddess

    Key Tracks: Beggin For Thread, Waiting Game, Brain

    #2
    Metronomy - Love Letters

    Key Tracks: The Upsetter, Monstrous, Reservoir

    #1
    alt-J - This Is All Yours

    Key Tracks: Hunger of the Pine, Left Hand Free, Every Other Freckle


    Honourable Mentions:
    Chromeo - White Women
    Stars - No One Is Lost
    The Courteeners - Concrete Love


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    2014 Top 30 Tracks

    1.Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

    2.alt-J - Hunger of the Pine
    3.Sia - Chandelier
    4.Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
    5.Banks - Beggin for Thread
    6.Alt-J -Every Other Freckle
    7.Kaiser Chiefs - Bows & Arrows
    8.Damien Rice - I Don't Want To Change You
    9.#1 Dads - Return To
    10.FKA twigs - Two Weeks
    11.Grimes - Go ft. Blood Diamonds
    12.Active Child - Evening Ceremony
    13.Royksopp & Robyn - Monument
    14.Banks - Brain
    15.Jungle - Busy Earnin'
    16.The Amity Affliction - Pittsburg - No Intro
    17.Ásgeir - King and Cross
    18.Andy Bull - Talk Too Much
    19.Chela - Zero
    20.Peking Duk - High
    21.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Coming Down ft. Matt Berninger
    22.Vance Joy - First Time
    23.Allday - Always Know The DJ
    24.SOHN - Artifice
    25.Bishop Allen - No Conditions
    26.Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
    27. Jamie T - Limits Lie
    28.East - Old Age
    29.Klaxons - New Reality
    30.Purity Ring - Push Pull


    Honourable Mentions:
    Gang of Youths - Benevolence Riots
    Fractures - Cadence
    Ghost Loft - So High
    Total Control - Flesh War
    Jungle - The Heat
    Sia - Elastic Heart
    Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979
    Digitalism - Wolves
    Shit Robot - Do That Dance ft. Nancy Whang

    Spotify Link:
    http://open.spotify.com/user/1231116963/playlist/6E7n5HefmFGvpKOiMnsjqt

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    Best Movie Soundtrack:
    Boyhood

    Best Debut Album:
    Banks - Goddess

    Best Music Video:
    Sia - Chandelier

    Best Album Artwork:
    FKA Twigs - LP1

    Top 5 Gigs of 2014 (Which I Attended):
    1- The National(8th of February, 2014 – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney)
    2- Arcade Fire (22nd of January, 2014 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne)
    3- Biffy Clyro (26th of February, 2014 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne)
    4- Arcade Fire (Big Day Out 2014 - Melbourne)
    5- Metronomy (25th of July, 2014 – The Forum, Melbourne)
    6- Biffy Clyro (Soundwave 2014 - Melbourne)
    7- Johnny Marr (4th of January, 2014 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne)
    8- HIM (Soundwave 2014 - Melbourne)
    9- SOHN (25th of June, 2014 – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne)
    10- Chela (25th of April, 2014 – Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne)

    Honourable Mentions:
    alt-J @ The Forum, Melbourne
    Kasabian @ Festival Hall, Melbourne
    The Hives@ Big Day Out, Melbourne
    Lorde @ Laneway Festival, Melbourne


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    NON-MUSIC SECTION

    Best girl : MJ


    Top 10 Films:

    1- Gone Girl
    2- Boyhood
    3- Whiplash
    4- Begin Again
    5- The Imitation Game
    6- Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets
    7- The Fault In Our Stars
    8- Fox Catcher
    9- Hello Ladies
    10- The Lego Movie

    Honourable Mentions:
    Samba
    The Trip To Italy
    Wish I Was Here
    Obvious Child
    The Skeleton Twins

    Top Documentary:
    Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets

    Top 10 TV Shows:
    1- Fargo
    2- True Detective
    3- The Colbert Report
    4- Survivor
    5- Transparent
    6- Louie
    7- The Newsroom
    8- The Following
    9- Saturday Night Live
    10- House Of Cards

    Honourable Mentions:
    Homeland
    Hamish And Andy Gap Year: South America
    Portlandia
    Game Of Thrones

    Best SNL Host:
    Jim Carrey (S40/E4)

    Best Podcast:
    The Hamish And Andy Podcast: Happy Hour/Business Brunch

    Best YouTube Video:
    Puppy Love
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQB7QRyF4p4

    Honourable Mentions:
    Humans Need Not Apply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU
    Brian Williams Raps "Rapper's Delight": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YCeIgt7hMs
    The Moment When You Realize You're A Cat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxwt2ToeFTQ
    First Kiss:
    12-Year-Old Couldn't Begin To Guess Name Of Friend Whose House He Visits To Play Xbox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqY1Eq7UCi0
    Teens Migrating From Facebook To Comments Section Of Slow-Motion Deer Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4mMY2Kl3GY
  • Festival Reviews: St Jerome's Laneway Festival [07/02/2015]

    14 Feb 2015, 6:46

    ST JEROME'S LANEWAY FESTIVAL
    Saturday 7th of February 2015, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne.


    Mansionair: 1:10-1:40 (Future Classics Stage)
    Watched: ALL OF SET
    A very relaxing vibe at the Future Classics stage for Mansionair who put on a good performance.
    Rating: 6.5/10

    Highasakite: 2:10-2:55 (Dean Turner Stage)
    Watched: ALL OF SET
    'Since Last Wednesday' and 'Darth Vader' were set highlights as the sun heated up. And I finally worked out on how to pronounce the band name!
    Rating: 8/10

    Andy Bull: 3:10-3:55 (Moreland St Stage)
    Watched: 3:10-3:50
    Setlist:
    Just One Expression, Just One Line
    Baby I Am Nobody Now
    So That I Can Feel Better
    The Hill
    Nothing Is Wrong
    Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears for Fears cover)
    Talk Too Much
    Keep On Running

    Solid set by the fellow Aussie with the many people flocking to see Andy Bull. The drum intro to 'Talk Too Much' was amazing and he even threw in a cover during the set.
    Rating: 7.5/10

    Benjamin Booker: 3:25-4:10 (Dean Turner Stage)
    Watched: 3:55-4:10
    From the fraction of the set we saw, Mr Booker delivered a whole lot of energy onstage.
    Rating: 6.5/10

    Vic Mensa: 4:10-4:55 (Future Classic Stage)
    Watched: 4:10-4:20
    Good performance of the little bit we did see, the antics on the other side of the fence and watching the punters jump the fence stole a lot of my attention though.
    Rating: 6.5/10

    Dune Rats: 4:40-5:25 (Mistletone Stage)
    Watched: ALL OF SET
    Not totally my style of band but they were fun.
    Rating: 6.5/10

    Royal Blood: 5:55-6:40 (Dean Turner Stage)
    Watched: ALL OF SET
    Rough setlist:
    Come On Over
    You Can Be So Cruel
    Figure It Out
    Better Strangers
    Little Monster
    Careless
    Ten Tonne Skeleton
    Loose Change
    Out of the Black

    Cracking set by the UK duo, it is hard to believe that so much noise onstage is only made from two guys. Out Of The Black, Come On Over, Figure It Out were all fantastic live but it was 'Little Monster' that was clearly the highlight in my opinion. Interesting to point out that the Laneway punters were not overly keen for a rock band as Royal Blood did not pull a big crowd surprisingly.
    Rating: 9/10

    Future Islands: 6:55-7:40 (Moreland St Stage)
    Watched: ALL OF SET
    Setlist:
    Back in the Tall Grass
    Light House
    Balance
    Doves
    Walking Through That Door
    Seasons (Waiting on You)
    Before the Bridge
    Tin Man
    Spirit

    The Moreland St Stage was packed out for the festival exclusive performance by Future Islands. There was high energy on stage as well as within the crowd and as expected Seasons was a winner, also a winner was Samuel T Herring's iconic dance moves.
    Rating: 9/10

    Jon Hopkins: 7:40-8:40 (Future Classic Stage)
    Watched: 7:45-8:05
    Setlist:
    Breathe This Air
    We Disappear
    Open Eye Signal
    Collider

    Not my type of music, but my girlfriend seemed to enjoy it! :)
    Rating: 9/10

    Caribou: 8:10-8:55 (Moreland St Stage)
    Watched: 8:10-8:20
    Another massive crowd at the Moreland St Stage, but we didn't stay for long. 'Our Love' was okay, but nothing special...and just as the sun was setting the rain set in for a little bit.
    Rating: 9/10

    Little Dragon: 8:25-9:10 (Mistletone Stage)
    Watched: 8:30-9:10
    We took shelter under a tree to rest up for Banks while Little Dragon performed.
    Rating: 9/10

    Banks: 8:25-9:10 (Mistletone Stage)
    Watched: ALL OF SET
    Rough setlist:
    Alibi
    This Is What It Feels Like
    Brain
    Goddess
    Fuck Em Only We Know
    Change
    Drowning
    Waiting Game
    Beggin For Thread


    Closing the Mistletone Stage for the night was 26 year old Jillian Rose Banks, aka Banks. Her voice mimicked that from the studio album and was flawless. The smoke machine hid her for almost half the performance but nevertheless it was a spectacular performance which featured many highlights including 'Brain', 'This Is What It Feels Like', 'Drowning' and the set-closer 'Beggin For Thread'
    Rating: 9.5/10
  • Gig Reviews: #1 Dads [31/01/2015]

    4 Feb 2015, 11:30

    #1 Dads
    Saturday 31st of January, 2015 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

    Support: Ainslie Wills + Machine Age

    Following being part of the packed out front bar watching the Socceroos become victorious in an Asian Cup final we headed into the NSC's band room just in time to catch the headline act #1 Dads.

    Beginning with 'My Rush' the night reached a high early with the top notch tune. Tom Lansek, the man behind the #1 Dads eventually greets the sold out crowd with a "Go Australia" and a "Happy Father's Day".

    "Nominal" keeps the good times going as the crowd prove to be quite vocal on this night, after all it is a Saturday! Though being rowdy at times, the crowd is still relaxed despite many "I love yous" screams from the front rows. 'Camberwell' is dedicated to anyone who has ever lived in a sharehouse and delivers one of the nights finest moments when Angus Rigby catches the crowd off guard with a spectacular saxophone solo.

    Support act Ainslie Wills is brought back on stage to perform the not so #1 of Triple J's countdown but the #104th best tune according to its listeners, 'So Soldier'. It is not long after where Lansek brings on one more guest, this time the man behind the vocals of 'Return To' - my personal favourite song.From the gentle piano intro, the finger clicking to Snowdon's magical voice that is so beautiful it is hard to imagine it coming from the man in the spotlight. Lansek really does have a knack for choosing the right vocalist for the right song as proven by his choice of Wills and Snowdon, both return to the stage a final time, before Lansek performs his final song of the night which is tributed to his sister.

    Coming into tonight I did not expect to be blown away as I was, certainly an act worth checking out. A wonderful gig and so far the #1 gig of the year from #1 Dads.

    Rating 8/10
  • Gig Reviews: alt J [06/10/2014]

    31 Oct 2014, 23:02

    alt-J
    Monday 6th of October, 2014 – The Forum, Melbourne

    Support: G R A C E

    Setlist:
    Hunger of the Pine
    Fitzpleasure
    Something Good
    Left Hand Free
    Dissolve Me
    Matilda
    Bloodflood
    Bloodflood Pt. 2
    ❦ (Ripe & Ruin) - Interlude 1
    Tessellate
    Every Other Freckle
    Taro
    Warm Foothills
    The Gospel of John Hurt
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    Lovely Day (Bill Withers cover)
    Nara
    Breezeblocks

    G R A C E's brilliant vocals warm the audience for the English indie band, alt-J. The looping intro of 'Hunger of the pine' plays throughout the sold out venue as alt-J take the stage and in come the vocals..."Sleeplessly embracing...".

    Tonight's performance makes me realise after just two albums alt-j have so much great material on show already. The crowd sit back and nod their heads to songs such as 'Fitzpleasure' and Jake Bugg stylised 'Left Hand Free', my seat is at the very back of the venue which is perfect for the low-key trio.

    The band won't be playing medium-sized venues any longer as alt-j's audience growth is certainly increasing rapidly with the band set to perform an Australian stadium tour in 2015.


    Rating 8/10