If you could only choose one musical genre or artist for a day, what would it be?

“If you could only choose one musical genre or artist for a day, what would it be?”

This is another tricky question as a lot of the music I listen to isn’t by artists per se, but rather a DJ that blends lots of different music and sounds together. So listening to some of my favourite ‘artists’ right now (The Funk Hunters, Krafty Kuts, DJ Vadim) would actually mean listening to lots of different artists which would break the singular choice.  

So I looked at this question in another way: which artist is not only genre defining but unique in their own genre(s) to which they belong? 

Fat Freddy’s Drop is a reggae/dub group from Wellington who I rate as one of my all time favourite artists, as well as unique in that there’s no other band I’d really put into the same genre. Since each FFD track is about 10 minutes long and they have plenty of albums and live sessions available: I’d happily listen to Fat Freddy’s Drop for an entire day.

Next question for K:

“In what areas are you happy to be ‘good enough’?”

blow a kiss, fire a gun

Sometimes I wonder how I’ve missed something so good for so long: genius.com comes to mind. I’ve only recently discovered the Genius site despite it being around since 2009 when it started as ‘Rap Genius’. So what is Genius?

Genius is the world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge.

I love listening to hip-hop and electronic music but sometimes I can’t fully hear or understand the lyrics which is where Genius.com is literally genius: the lyrics to just about every song are on there with annotations/explanations of what each line means with links to other songs, pop-cultural references etc.

I looked up Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake as I couldn’t work out what the “Blow a kiss, fire a gunAll we need is somebody to lean on” chorus means.

MØ (who sings on the track) actually has provided an explanation on Genius:

“No matter if you’re blowing a kiss or firing a gun, no matter if you’re a lover or a warrior, whatever you are, we all need someone to lean on. Even if you’re a drug dealer and a killer or whatever you still need love, basically.”

~ MØ on the lyrics on the chorus

play school remixes

Triple J is currently running a remix contest of the Play School theme song.

As someone who grew up watching Play School, and now having seen our three boys grow up watching Play School, it’s very much part of Australian culture and there would be very few Australians that wouldn’t recognize the theme song.

My favourite remix so far is by Killboy:

“Staring at the man in the mirror hey
I know it’s the end of an era, say,
I
don’t know what I should do
I wish I could rewind to yesterday
But will I get it back? Will it ever change?
I don’t know what I should do

I don’t want to grow up
I don’t want to live a life like another grown-up
I just want to take it old back to the Play School days
So show a little love for the soap box, so what…”

Awesome stuff.

when doves cry

I imagine millions of doves will be crying all around the world today with the news of Prince’s death. I’m such a sad dove right now.

Here’s such a classic song covered for Like A Version.

 

r.i.p. dj ajax

I’ve always admired all of DJ Ajax’s stuff, especially his Bang Gang DJs stuff (like the Light Sound Dance Grey Disc). I was saddened to read this tonight:

“DJ Ajax was crossing a road in Parkville, an inner-Melbourne suburb, in the early hours of 28 February 2013 when he was hit by a truck and died at the scene.”

RIP dude.

fat freddys drop @ the tivoli 27 may 2011

We went to see Fat Freddy’s Drop tonight at the Tivoli in Brisbane. It was one of two Australian shows this month, so we felt pretty special to see them live again. We had choice spot on the upper right balcony which meant the view was especially awesome.

Their new material was especially enjoyable, I look forward to their new album later this year.

gotan project at the brisbane powerhouse

We were lucky enough to get our hands on some great tickets to see the Gotan Project at the Brisbane Powerhouse last Saturday night. Wow; what a show. We didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a mish-mash of beats, a large video screen, various instrumentals and superb Argentinian vocals. Absolutely amazing, absolutely spectacular. Wow.

the memory machine

Julia Stone recently released her first solo album: the memory machine. The album booklet features beautifully drawn, old skool Hollywood poster styled images for each track drawn by Caroline Pedler. I recognize a couple of the songs from when we heard her play in Brisbane a month ago.

 

we went to the go between bridge concert

We all ventured down the street for the Go Between Bridge Concert last Friday night, Junior Pixels included as babies were admitted free! It was kinda weird watching a live music concert on a bridge, but the incline allowed us to have a very good view even when standing at the back. The night was a lot of fun, we ended up seeing Josh Pyke, Robert Forster and Angus & Julia Stone play. The Stones were our pick, which was expected, and when Angus sang The Yellow Brick Road I couldn’t believe my luck. As the fireworks began, we managed to hail a green cab (literally a three wheeled bicycle) who took the three of us home. What an amazing night!

angus and julia stone to tour (again) this september

Whilst out walking Junior Pixels this morning, Kitty spotted an Angus & Julia Stone tour poster: “but they only just toured!” I said. But, yes, they’re touring again this September. We saw them in March, and since they were a-maz-ing, we’re gonna go again in September. Tour dates are here, tickets on sale Friday 7 May. I also found some pictures of their last tour that we saw (by Henryk Lobaczewski via myspace).

on music: march 2010

I haven’t updated my music page for a while, which doesn’t mean I am not listening to (new) music, just that I have been a bit slack updating this site.

The latest album I am getting into is Groove Armada’s Black Light album, released last month. Kitty isn’t a big fan, yet, but I like it as it is taking them in a different direction.

We have also been listening to the Chillout Sessions XII on pretty heavy rotation, including a watching whole heap of the film clips from youtube.

One of my favourite songs from the album is the ultra-catchy, yet somewhat dark, Burial by Miike Snow, which has a cool film clip as well.

We’ve also been getting into the Featurecast bootleg: Half a Mill, Chill Deal mix.