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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yves Klein Blue (4 July 2009)

"Andy Warhol is having dinner with Van Gogh tonight.."

So last weekend Mel and I went to see Yves Klein Blue at the Oxford Arts factory. She is a big fan, and I liked a song or two of theirs I've heard on Triple J so I said "hell yeah!" I really love live music, regardless of the genre, and I miss catching gigs now I live in Sydney. Its ironic really. I saw more live acts when I lived in rural Australia than I do living in the largest city in Australia. It has nothing to do with the bands, and everything to do with the company I keep. When I lived in Townsville my best friend Sami and I would head out to the Exchange on weekends - or go and hang at the Tav (Riverview Tavern), Molly's, the Seaview, Bombay Rock etc and take in the live music... sit with our bourbons and coke and just take it in. or dance our arses off near the stage And unlike my other friends, Sami crosses the genre lines... for the first few hours we might have listened to Steve the singer/songwriter type (mm Steve LOL), and then leave Portraits and head upstairs at the Exchange and check out a metal band... god, it was such bliss! But moving to Sydney means I don’t have Sami to go to gigs with... and my friends live scattered over Sydney, and aren’t really as fanatical about live music as I am... and I hate going to gigs by myself.. for a while there I hung out at the Strawberry Hills hotel with Richelle because Aaron ran the jam sesh, but when that got cancelled I lost my weekly (or bi-weekly, whatev) live music experience... So I was ecstatic when Mel asked if I wanted to go the see Yves Klein Blue. We share a lot of similarities in the indie music we listen to. I've always wondered what radio she listens to, because she is always at the front of the stampede, yet doesn’t listen to Triple J. I found her secret! apparently it is because she watches Rage LOL which is, of course, affiliated with Triple J (The ABC is so incestuous! I love it LOL) Anyway, I hadn’t heard much of Yves Klein Blue, I only started paying attention to them once I knew I was going to see them... they were one of the bands I liked the sound of when I heard them on the radio, but hadn’t payed particular interest to them. So the night was an experience, to say the least! I do love hanging out with Mel... we have such similar interests... both loving music, and being part of the nerd element of pop culture. In fact, I have to say, Mel is one only three female friends who can keep up with me on the nerd factor... I love having female friends I can have involved discussions about Dr Who, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and then things like the IT Crowd, the Mighty Boosh, Spaced, and Black Books. *high five* oops, I got off topic again…

Okay, Yves Klein Blue concert… The background music at the Oxford Arts Factory was really good. It didn’t fit in any particular genre, it was just good music… a bunch of classics, cult hits of the 90s, couple of modern tracks etc.. fun! And it kept us occupied until the live music started. We napped a seat for the first two support acts. It was up the back so we could look down on the crowd. The drinks were quite expensive… I am contemplating finding my hip flask… Anyway, both of us were wowed by Deep Sea Arcade… We weren’t expecting ANYTHING from the support acts…. I didn’t even know who was playing… but they started playing and I realised not only did I know a lot of their songs, but that I already loved a lot of their songs! (If you join their mailing list they will email you a copy of “Circles”). I’ll be keeping my eyes out for them in the future… Philadelphia Grand Jury were fun… not quite as great as Deep Sea Arcade, but still worth the price of the ticket LOL The bearded one (sorry, that’s just how I thought of him LOL) got really into it! On the last song he either jumped into the crowd or fell of the stage (I’m not sure which) and then spent the rest of the song wandering around the floor playing his heart out… it was quite random and a lot of fun! I didn’t realise I knew all the words to Casino – but I was singing them at the top of my lungs with everyone else!

Yves Klein Blue were awesome!! Their music was great, they really got into it… they kept switching around who was playing the keyboards which was interesting. Okay, I just have to say I think Michael the lead singer is hot… I’m not sure if you see that in the pictures, but he has such charisma… very nice!! Haha has anyone else noticed the hillbilly feel to the indie seen in Brisbane? It was most apparent in Michael… A lot of my friends growing up moved to BrizVegas, so I was already aware of it, which is why it really hit home.. Their music was energetic, fun, totally singable and you just had to dance. Unfortunately we had some drunk ditzes dancing behind us with jugs full of beer… seriously, who dances when they are carrying a whole jug of beer? I was so ready to make a scene… they were standing right behind us and the blonde splashed me bag.. idiot! The set was totally awesome, and when they left there was an encore call chanted by the crowd…. Finally Michael came back out with his guitar and started to play Born to Run…. Acoustic and beautiful! *sigh* then the rest of the band came out and they played Polka one last time….

It was an absolutely brilliant night, and I wish we could have been able to experience it all over again….

^Me and Mel (L-R) kicking back waiting for the gig to start...

Deep Sea Arcade were a terrific surprise! Im now hooked.. I didnt realise how many of their songs I liked..

Philadelphia Grand Jury went off! The bearded one left the stage in the last song and spent the rest of the set in the crowd...

Michael was hot.... had such charisma...

Yves Klein Blue went OFF! brilliant!! I wanted to do it all over again!

ENCORE! He came out and sang Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run! then they all came out and sang Polka again..

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hottest 100 Of All Time 2009

Its been quite interesting following twitter the last few days... The Hottest 100 of All Time was played over the last week, and it wasnt until about Thursday and Friday that people started commenting that there was no female artists placing in the Hottest 100 (#Hottest100 tag on Twitter). I actually got flamed when I mentioned something like this on Thursday.... Only two tracks had female vocalists featured - both Massive Attack tracks (Teardrop and Unfinished Sympathy) had guest female vocalists. There were five bands that had a female member, but they werent prominent. I kept waiting for Bjork, PJ Harvey Portishead, or even Kate Bush, Suzie Q, Missy Higgins, Tori Amos etc... I was SURE there would be atleast one Bjork song.... I kept waiting and waiting, and was quite disappointed. I cant complain too much. I voted for Tori Amos's Winter - one of my ten songs... I just assumed people would vote for Bjork, and I could never choose just one song for Bjork, Ani Difranco etc... I went back through my own list, and only 1/4 were female artists or had female members.

  • All I Want – Sarah Blaskco
  • Building A Mystery – Sarah MacLachlan
  • Candy – Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson
  • Coat of Many Colours – Dolly Parton
  • Cruicfy – Tori Amos
  • Daniel – Bat For Lashes
  • Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
  • Icarus – Ani DiFranco
  • Jóga – Björk
  • Knuckle Down – Ani DiFranco
  • Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos
  • Love Shack – The B-52s
  • Manhole – Ani DiFranco
  • Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Pagan Poetry – Björk
  • Precious things – Tori Amos
  • Rock lobster – The B-52s
  • Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
  • Silence – Delerium ft Sarah McLachlan
  • Silent all These years – Tori Amos
  • Slide – Ani DiFranco
  • Today – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Untouchable Face – Ani DiFranco
  • Winter – Tori Amos (My #2)
  • Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
  • Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Zombie – The Cranberries

^There might be others where I dont know there is a female band member.. I know with the above, that these mostly have main vocals by chicks, except for Smashing Pumpkins who have had a female bass player. If you have seen my list, and I have missed any, can you let me know? I had a lot of issues with what to choose to vote for... I ended up voting not for fav songs so much as longs I like which are "worthy" - as in the songs were musically of value, as well as something I liked... So I was grading for lyrics, meaning, arrangement etc as well as because I loved it... I think if I revised my list I would be taking out Lightning Crashes, White Wedding, and War Pigs and put in Ani Difranco and Bjork - maybe the Yeah Yeah Yeahs... But I couldnt decided which Ani or Bjork song to choose... I heard one person discussing how it was hard, because with bands like Led Zepplin etc they have just one iconic song that people associate with them... where as with say Bjork or Ani, how would you choose just one song.... I know I had to give myself a limit on how many of hers I put in this list for them, as they just had too many good ones... Its really interesting the discussions that are being raised on this... The fact that some are raising it as a feminist issue or gender debate, changing trends in music, age groups and gender of voters etc... I am of two minds... Yes, I think it is disconcerting that there were no female acts, but at the same time, I know I personally had issues choosing what to vote for, and of my top ten I only voted for one female artist (go tori go!). And I didnt think of the gender of the musicians, but of the songs themselves. Anyway, I think it is an important debate, but at the same time, its not something I would start protesting about...

Aside from that, I LOVED the Hottest 100!!! I think there was just 5-10 songs I either didnt like, or wasnt moved by (Blink 182? are you kidding me? Not fussed by Bittersweet Symphony either..) My Highlights:

  • 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
  • Better Man - Pearl Jam
  • Betterman - The John Butler Trio
  • Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins
  • Chop Suey! - System Of A Down
  • Closer - Nine Inch Nails
  • Come As You Are - Nirvana
  • Enter Sandman - Metallica
  • Every You Every Me - Placebo
  • Forty Six & 2 - Tool
  • Grace - Jeff Buckley
  • Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
  • Hearts A Mess - Gotye
  • Hurt - Johnny Cash
  • Into My Arms - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • Karma Police - Radiohead
  • Killing In The Name - Rage Against the Machine
  • Last Goodbye - Jeff Buckley
  • Lithium - Nirvana
  • London Calling - The Clash
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  • Lover, You Should Have Come Over - Jeff Buckley
  • One - Metallica
  • Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
  • Skinny Love - Bon Iver
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  • Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  • Teardrop - Massive Attack
  • Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • Today - Smashing Pumpkins
  • Tomorrow - Silverchair
  • Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Where Is My Mind? - The Pixies

I had 4 of my top ten place in the Hottest 100 of all time, one of them even made it in the top ten!
1. Forty-Six & 2 – Tool (#57)
2. Winter - Tori Amos
3. Windowpane - Opeth
4. Closer - Nine Inch Nails (#62)
5. Last Goodbye - Jeff Buckley (#7)
6. War Pigs - Black Sabbath
7. Lightning Crashes - Live
8. Enter Sandman – Metallica (#31)
9. Mad World - Gary Jules
10. White Wedding - Billy Idol

And of my top 100, the following artists made it in the hottest 100 list....
  • Bon Iver
  • Jeff Buckley
  • John Butler Trio
  • Kings of Leon
  • Metallica
  • Michael Jackson
  • Midnight Oil
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Nirvana
  • Pearl Jam
  • Pink Floyd
  • Placebo
  • Powderfinger
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Silverchair
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • System Of A Down
  • The Clash
  • The Killers
  • The Living End
  • The Pixies
  • The White Stripes
  • Tool

Here is the list... One asterix means its on my top 100 list, 2 asterixes (what is the plural of asterix?) means it its on my top ten and I voted for it, and three asterixes was my number one...

Hottest 100 Of All Time 2009

* 1. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
* 2. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name
* 3. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
4. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
5. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
6. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
** 7. Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
9. Foo Fighters - Everlong
10. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
11. John Lennon - Imagine
12. Oasis - Wonderwall
13. Radiohead - Creep
14. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
* 15. Radiohead - Karma Police
16. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
17. Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section
18. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia
19. Metallica - One
* 20. White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
21. Powderfinger - These Days
22. Massive Attack - Teardrop
23. Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
24. The Beatles - A Day in the Life
25. Pearl Jam - Alive
* 26. Michael Jackson - Thriller
27. Powderfinger - My Happiness
28. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
* 29. Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
30. Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
** 31. Metallica - Enter Sandman
32. New Order - Blue Monday
* 33. Silverchair - Tomorrow
34. The Living End - Prisoner Of Society
35. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
* 36. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
37. Tool - Stinkfist
38. The Killers - Mr Brightside
* 39. Pearl Jam - Better Man
* 40. Nirvana - Come As You Are
41. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
42. Bloc Party - Banquet
43. The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
44. The Beatles - Hey Jude
* 45. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
46. Faith No More - Epic
47. John Butler Trio - Betterman
48. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
49. Guns 'N Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
50. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over
51. Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
52. You Am I - Berlin Chair
53. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
54. The Cure - Close To Me
55. Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
56. Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should Have Come Over
*** 57. Tool - Forty Six & 2
58. Daft Punk - Around The World
59. Augie March - One Crowded Hour
60. Johnny Cash - Hurt
61. Blur - Song 2
** 62. Nine Inch Nails - Closer
63. AC/DC - Thunderstruck
64. Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
65. Underworld - Born Slippy
66. Elton John - Tiny Dancer
67. Ben Folds Five - Brick
68. Blink 182 - Dammit
* 69. Jeff Buckley - Grace
70. The Prodigy - Breathe
71. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
72. The Shins - New Slang
* 73. The Clash - London Calling
74. Nirvana - Lithium
75. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
76. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
77. Gotye - Hearts A Mess
* 78. Smashing Pumpkins - Today
79. David Bowie - Life on Mars
80. The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
81. Pulp - Common People
* 82. System Of A Down - Chop Suey!
83. Placebo - Every You Every Me
84. Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman, No Cry
85. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
86. The Beatles - Come Together
87. Coldplay - Yellow
88. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
89. Rage Against the Machine - Bulls On Parade
* 90. Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
91. AC/DC - Back In Black
* 92. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
93. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
94. Modest Mouse - Float On
95. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
96. Daft Punk - One More Time
97. Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
98. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
99. TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
100. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

What did you think of the results?
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