Posts Tagged ‘ music ’

KYLIE!

// Here at team Nickabocka, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of awesome new music that is coming out this year. Favourites like Sia, M.I.A, Christina Aguilera, Operator Please and heaps more artists coming out of their caves to make 2010 a huge music year.

What has come out of the blue yesterday is leaking of the sample from our Kylie’s soon-to-be released single.

There’s not a lot to it and it’s missing hook, line and lyrics, but it’s enough to start the hyperventilating that happens a lot around here. And it’s sparked the not-very-aged debate of “everybody’s ripping of Gaga these days!”

2009 was the year of the Gaga, I think we can safely say, and that marks an important place in modern music, as we move into an extremely female vocal-centric phase in both alternative and mainstream circles. Lady Gaga is an amazing artist not just because she’s extremely popular and makes a lot of money, but also because she has credibility that most of the other pop stars of the last 10 years have lacked. Britney, Rhianna, Miley, Shakira, Christina and more came in with a whole lot of publicity and were undoubtedly talented singers, but lacked life experience, song-writing skill and in the case of Britney, sanity. Lady Gaga has that skill, experience and credibility. And then some. She’s a ripened 24 years old, she’s unashamedly sexually active, and she’s lyrically funny and relatable, even though she can get pretty repetitive (ah-ah, ra ma ra ma ma…)

Christina’s releasing Bionic this Aussie winter, and has been accused of basing her ultrapopfuturesound on Gaga’s image (even though her new song sounds like it’s straight out of 2006). And Rhianna’s disasterous Rated R, which spawned the goodness that was Rude Boy and which Def Jam happily swept every other ballady-boring non-dance track under the carpet and announced another album for 2010 so people would forget about R as soon as possible. And so, like Christina before her, Kylie has bowed down to the power of Gaga and decided that ultrapop is the way to go. *Sigh*

Wait a moment, didn’t Kylie invent ultrapop? Spinning Around, anybody? Can’t Get You Out of My Head is practically the BASIS of Gaga’s Bad Romance.

You Go Kylie! Work those booty shorts!

P.S- Dannii on Australia’s Got Talent last night? Please go back to England and leave us alone, jealous little sister. kthnxbai

// lolzworthy

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Wellie’s out.

// With a new location and up to 10,000 more tickets available, all Splendour needed was a killer line up to ensure the biggest party in Australia this year. 

2010’s line up was leaked last night to overwhelming glee: THE STROKES / MUMFORD AND SONS / THE TEMPER TRAP / BAND OF HORSES / PIXIES / PASSION PIT / FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE / LAURA MARLING / GRIZZLY BEAR / BAND OF SKULLS /SURFER BLOOD / ALBERTA CROSS / MIIKE SNOW / THE DRUMS / TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB / LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE /MIDLAKE / FOALS / FRIGHTENED RABBIT / GOLDFRAPP / KATE NASH / JONSI / BLACK REBEL MOTORCYLE CLUB  / SCISSOR SISTERS / THE TING TINGS / HOT CHIP / YEASAYER / ASH / BEN HARPER AND THE RELENTLESS 7 / WE ARE SCIENTISTS / RICHARD ASHCROFT AND THE UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND / K-OS / DELPHIC / FAT FREDDY’S DROP / SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS / THE MAGIC NUMBERS / ANGUS AND JULIA STONE / EMPIRE OF THE SUN /WOLFMOTHER / THE VINES / TAME IMPALA / PAUL KELLY / OPERATOR PLEASE / LISA MITCHELL / MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS /  LITTLE RED / SPACE INVADAS / BRITISH INDIA / OH MERCY / THE MIDDLE EAST / BLUEJUICE / WASHINGTON / WHITLEY / DAN SULTAN / CLOUD CONTROL / MIAMI HORROR / CLARE BOWDITCH / PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY / JOHN STEEL SINGERS / VIOLENT SOHO / THE MESS HALL / JONATHAN BOULET / BOY AND BEAR / GYPSY AND THE CAT / LAST DINOSAURS / ERNEST ELLIS / TIM AND JEAN. The DJ line-up includes BAG RAIDERS / VAN SHE TECH / ANNA LUNOE / KID KENOBI / YOLANDA / BE COOL / THE ONLY / PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS / MIAMI HORROR DJS. 

The festival has moved from it’s iconic Byron Bay setting to Woodford, Queensland, only twenty minutes from the Sunshine Coast. And for the first time, the festivities will run over three days. The new spot increases the number of punters by up to 10,000, allowing those who’ve never been to Splendour the opportunity to sieze tickets in the 75 or so minutes it usually takes for them to sell out. The deal is this, people who have attended up to four Splendour’s previously (members) have the opportunity to purchase tickets first. Without the use of a ballot system like so many other festivals, the concept strikes me as a little unfair, but loyal nonetheless. However, with the extra tickets provided, it’s not guaranteed that only previous attendees will snatch up the allocated amount. It’s simply gonna be a matter of first in, best dressed. Campers bunk down from Wednesday 28th July to Monday 2nd August ($464); those who purchase concert only tickets get access to the festival from 30th of July to August 1st only ($360). 

Tickets will go on sale at 9am EST on Thursday May 6. 

FUCK.

// Dan Z

Congratulations MGMT, your album leaked.

// The highly discussed follow up album to MGMT’s debut ‘Oracular Spectacular‘ has finally leaked onto the Internet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for buying albums so that the artists can make their well-deserved money, blah blah, but I quite frankly just couldn’t wait any longer to hear what is sure to be one of the most talked about albums of 2010. Thanks to Triple J who like to be the first through the gate when it comes to new music so that other commercial radio stations don’t get their dibs (I’ll let you guess who that stab was about), ‘Congratulations‘ can be streamed on www.triplej.net.au in full.

After a few listens, I have come to the decision that the record doesn’t have the same quirky vibe as MGMT’s debut. Although there are definitely numerous stand out tracks which have the potential to receive commercial airplay, and dare I say it, become the new ‘Electric Feel‘ of 2010. If you aren’t the biggest MGMT fan, my advice would be to give it a few listens. Perhaps like me, you’ll be tapping your foot and drumming your fingers to the tunes initially dismissed on the first listen.

I am 110% addicted to Flash Delirium, which will be the first song released from ‘Congratulations‘.

Please listen. You will not regret it.

// Bearsie