2009 Triple J Hottest 100!

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on December 25, 2009

Yes another list! But get voting in the biggest music poll on the planet: Triple J’s Hottest 100

Here’s my 10 votes, culled down from 30 or so. Making the cut from 15 was rather difficult!

Animal Collective – My Girls
Big Pink, The – Dominos
Bluejuice – Broken Leg
Cribs, The – Cheat On Me
Flight Of The Conchords – Carol Brown
Kasabian – Fire
Metric – Gimme Sympathy
Phoenix – 1901
Red Riders – Ordinary
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

And my vote for #1 for this year goes to Phoenix – 1901.

Lists Lists Lists!

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on December 20, 2009

Is it just me or has every music / movie etc site published a ‘best of’ list in the past few weeks? It’s kind of annoying, but on the other hand it is coming to the end of the decade, so we’re seeing best of yearly lists which have been blogged about yearly of course but not many of said websites were around in 1999 so I guess it’s free market for the ‘best of decade’ lists.

Yes I’m going to cave, but I’ll do it all in ONE post. This being my uber best of music best of the decade list!

Top 10 Best Albums of the decade (in no order)
#At The Drive In – Relationship Of Command
#Tegan & Sara – The Con
#Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
#The Libertines – Up The Bracket
#Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman I’m A Machine
#We Are Scientists – With Love And Squalor
#The Cribs – The New Fellas
#Thom Yorke – The Eraser
#Muse – Absolution
#Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Top 20 Best Songs of the decade (in no order)
#The Strokes – Hard To Explain
#CSS – Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above
#Thursday – Signals Over The Air
#Arcade Fire – Intervention
#Tegan & Sara – Nineteen
#Bloc Party – This Modern Love
#Death From Above 1979 – Blood On Our Hands
#At The Drive In – Pattern Against User
#The Drones – Jezebel
#The Cribs – Be Safe
#Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
#We Are Scientists – Lousy Reputation
#Babyshambles – Fuck Forever
#Arctic Monkeys – When The Sun Goes Down
#Band Of Horses – The Funeral
#Sonic Youth – Or
#HARD Fi – Hard To Beat
#The White Stripes – 7 Nation Army
#Muse – Stockholm Syndrome
#Phoenix – 1901

Top 10 Best Albums of 2009
1. Johnny Foreigner – Grace And The Bigger Picture
2. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. The View – Which Bitch?
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. The Cribs – Ignore The Ignorant
6. The Maccabees – Wall Of Arms
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
8. Metric – Fantasies
9. The Veils – Sun Gangs
10. Sonic Youth – The Eternal

EDIT:: I’m editing my top 10 albums of 2009. I’ve bumped into a bunch of albums much too late that have blown me away. So I’m changing my mind, yes I can do this. Above is the now the revised list! Next time I won’t jump the gun early! :p

In the case of Songs of the decade, I could probably just as easily choose a different 20, oh well. I’ve gone with this!

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Bonnie Bassler on bacterial communication.

Posted in Science by jukeboxparables on April 12, 2009

I bet you didn’t know bacteria communicate? Check out this rather inspired talk by Princeton molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler about her lab’s recent discoveries on bacterial communication.

“The discovery shows how cell populations use chemical powwows to stage attacks, evade immune systems and forge slimy defenses called biofilms. For that, she’s won a MacArthur “genius” grant — and is giving new hope to frustrated pharmacos seeking new weapons against drug-resistant superbugs.”

The talk is from the 2009 TED conference. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

Basically TED currently hosts a collection of Inspired leaders in various fields of Design, Tech, Science, Entertainment (including Music) and Global Issues. Check out other such talks over at their website. TED

I’ll probably be linking a few of their more interesting videos soon.