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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.

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Nardwuar – From Nirvana to Jay Z.

Posted in Film & TV, Music, Oldschool/Classic Things by jukeboxparables on June 7, 2009

I randomly came across an Interview with Nirvana on youtube the other night. The Interviewer was someone called; Nardwuar The Human Serviette. It took me about 30sec to start convulsing at the microphone IN YOUR FACE ‘silly put on voice’ Interview style but about a minute later my ears started to ‘light up’ at some of the references he was dishing out to Kurt Cobain… still in that stupid voice. The Interview was in 3 parts (30min long) and by the end of It I was completely blown away at how much Information he’d dug out of Kurt.

And there was more… Soon I found Interviews with Sonic Youth, N.E.R.D, The Mars Volta, The Strokes, The Libertines, Weird Al Yankovic, Blur, Henry Rollins, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Slipknot, Marylin Manson, The Roots, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Common and Jay Z.

I ended up watching all of those in a row.. Not because I particularly like all of them but because of Nardwuar’s approach to Interviewing. Basically all of the Artists mentioned initially react in exactly the same way. They’re sick of Interviewers, they’ve done hundreds if not 1000’s to popular media Journo’s who don’t really give a damn.

His wikipedia page states (rather factually) that he’s an Indie rock expert. I couldn’t agree more, sometimes I like to pretend I have a knowledge of music history but the connections that Nardwuar put’s together will blow you away. It’s basically A-class journalism ala an oldschool 60miutes, BBC or Dateline reporter mixed with the comical approach of Bobcat Goldthwait (circa Police Academy) and the stylings of say… an Irish golfer. Perhaps this guy’s research ability has something to do with his bachelor’s degree (with honours) in history.

Anyway. Apart from all the cool things you’ll pickup watching these interviews another reason to watch them is (after you watch your first one) try and pick which band will snap it in complete incomprehension whilst which artists will get it, be in Awe and deliver give an insight into their past and yet others who will fall somewhere in between!

Since Nardwuar has been doing his thing for a Canadian radio station since 1987 there’s a bunch of written and audio Interviews on his website. But I recommend you definitely watch the Youtube videos… nothing catches the awkwardness better than a Video Interview. Some are lengthy-er than others I guess probably based on Nardwuar’s affection for the Artist he’s Interviewing, or perhaps allotted time. Particularly look for the ones spanning from the early 90’s to early 2000’s. As of late the format has seemed to change to shorter cuts with newish Artists.

Here’s a small selection!

Nirvana – January 1, 1994. (Also with Courtney Love)
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
Kurt handles it with a kind of sick desperation to please. You can see the worked up ability of dealing with any number of dull Interviewers over the years serves him well here.

The Mars Volta
PART 1
PART 2
Omar and Cedric find it all rather amusing. The question is, were they also joking when talking about ex band mate Jim Ward? At this point they totally came across as pretentious dicks IMO, I’ll give them the benefit and say they’re pretty amusing.

The Strokes
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
This is one of my favs. Singer Julian in the early early days after a big night and probably on something good. He eventually warms to Nardwuar and tells about the utter battle in his head about being credited for their music as opposed to being perceived on Image alone or as a band all about Image. And selling out and all that. It’s kind of eerie seeing this in comparison to Kurt Cobain (who was also very very weary of this situation) he lived through it to get to the state of cynical regression you see in the Nardwuar interview above… but as we all know he never really got through that phase.

N.E.R.D – Pharrell Williams
PART 1 (Extended)
Pharrell is high as a kite here, which is rather unfortunate as he gets totally stumped by the questions put to him. I would’ve loved to hear him talk more about Carl Sagan. I think I like this one so much because it’s refreshing to see someone who has achieved that much as seemingly as still chilled out and down to earth (well perhaps more in the clouds in this Interview!)

The Roots (with drummer Questlove)
PART 1
PART 2
PART 3
PART 4
One of the better Interviewee’s that opens up without everything going to a shambles, you learn a lot here!

Funniest Interviewee goes to Iggy Pop! Members of Sonic Youth and Blur win awards for being the biggest dicks. Jay Z wins the biggest stoner award and It’s a tie between Cobain and Questlove for most chilled out!

Check out all the video interviews here.

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Live on Jools Holland

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on April 13, 2009

The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s perform 2 songs off their latest album “It’s Blitz!” on UK show Jools Holland. First up is “Zero” followed by “Heads Will Roll”. Enjoy

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Zero” music video debut.

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on March 10, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero

Yes the new music video for the first single off It’s Blitz! Click the link Above! Drool worthy for the Karen O fanboys out there (like myself) Cool video, simple and not over the top yet flamboyant and to the point. Everything YYY’s are. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs always manage to pick directors who pull off the right feel visually. Without going for big-budget crap.

Take; Maps, Down Boy, Cheated Hearts and Date With The Night for example. The opening scene of Maps one of deer-in-the-headlights bemusement or Down Boy which granted is a Live gig taping but the neon-green night vision camera work bleeds the seduction of the track. Cheated Hearts a compilation of fan made videos from around the world along with actual footage of the band spliced together gives the same ‘fuzzy’ feeling of warmth the track does. Lastly Date With The Night although a relatively typical/done to death tour/on the road montage still resonates with the party binge lifestyle that track invokes.

So here are those aforementioned older videos/previous singles which manage to perfectly capture the feeling the songs radiate;

Maps

Down Boy

Date With The Night

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – It’s Blitz!; first listen.

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on March 8, 2009

Ok so you had to be hovering about yesterday because it seems the entire album has now been replaced by 30sec samples on their myspace, when I actually checked out their page all the songs had 0 plays It must have just been uploaded. This album along with Sonic Youth’s – Eternal are my two picks this year for most anticipated albums. And after hearing It’s Blitz a good 3-4times over yesterday this hasn’t changed. It’s definitely not a disappointment.

The first few tracks; Zero, Heads Will Roll, Soft Shock are all synth-laden dance-rock numbers. The album then takes a slightly somber tone through; Skeletons, Dull Life, Shame And Fortune and then a standout track Runaway It could well be the new Maps I’m not going to state that outright because the album closer Little Shadow is also a minimalist heart-wrenching sing along.

It’s definitely something new, gone is the all-out rock. But thankfully it hasn’t been replaced by ‘whats-hot-right-now’ going all-out electronic. Even though there are hints of that. It’s more an introspective sound.

Full review coming when I get my hands on it!

It’s Blitz! Entire album streaming online!!!

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on March 7, 2009

Yes, that deserved 3 exclamation marks.
So as previously mentioned, the album got leaked awhile ago and I blogged two days ago that It was slated for release April 13th. It turns out they’ve decided to jump the gun on illegal downloaders. The entire album is streaming on their myspace right now.

The actual release date has also been pushed forward. You can buy it online from March 9th (Worldwide) and 10th (USA). And you can grab it in-stores April 6th (Worldwide) and March 31st (USA).

Right now I have speakers at full volume and I’m listening intently. The album will only be streaming until the official release date.

P.S Karen O Please Marry me, that is all.

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New Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz!

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on March 6, 2009

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are releasing their long awaited 3rd LP on the 13th of April 2009. Though it’s apparently been floating around on the internets since mid February. They released an EP in 2001, followed by two LP’s 2003’s Fever To Tell and 2006’s Show Your Bones and then an Is Is EP in 2007. So its been 3years since a full length album.

This is all old news but you can hear the albums first track on their mypsace. It’s called “Zero” and is not short on dance-synth love. You can also stream track2 “Heads Will Roll” off stereogum I listened to the track before I read their take on it and I thought I distinctly heard some New Order in there. Seems like Blue Monday was a bit of an influence.

Anyway, There’s been a bit of a shit-fight that they’re abandoning that gritty, dirty, guitar-driven arty new-york underground/pop sound that they defined. I doubt that’s the case, I think the track previews are purposely different to what they’re associated with. Similar to Muse releasing “Supermassive Black hole” awhile back and throwing most people off. I guess we’ll see come April. New directions are good though, without Growth what’s the point?

I should mention that there have been rumors flying thick and fast that the YYYs will be playing the Splendour In The Grass festival this year. Completely unfounded rumors of course/as usual. But I still haven’t seen them live so I’m happy to fan the flames. Fingers crossed we see them on our shores soon!

Lastly, they’re also streaming a cover of The Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker on their myspace. Brilliant.