Seems everyone is talking about the #Hottest100…
I can’t believe those people were in the room at the SAME TIME?!?!?!?!
See what you make of my favourite tunes of the year (here in no particular order) and then get voting yourself on the triple j website here.
Jungle – Busy Earnin’
Undeniable banger, awesome film clip, was used in the promos for Broad City - what else do ya want???
The Kite String Tangle – Arcadia
Given The Chance was so damn catchy and striking, KTST had a lot to live up to, and I reckon he totally nailed it with this pop gem. This bittersweet love song about people trying and giving up gives me chills every time I hear it.
Robert Plant – Rainbow
You know how there are some legacy acts out there that you see every now and again and you think “Oh that’s nice to see him/her because s/he is still around and s/he is a musical legend and their older music means a lot to me but I can’t imagine they’re STILL writing good songs?”
That’s what I thought when I saw Robert Plant on The Colbert Report earlier this year. And then he played this. And yes, it’s kind of cheesey hippy love-rock, but fuck it – that’s right up my alley.
Against Me! – FUCKMYLIFE666
A great song in its own right, but framed by the story of Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of a power-punk band that bravely and proudly came out as transgender, then released a corker of an album in Transgender Dysphoria Blues, it becomes seminal. I love the feeling of a song hitting you full in the face, stirring something deep inside you as you slowly realise that truly, you’re listening to an ANTHEM.
No more troubled sleep, there’s a brave new world that’s raging inside of me!
Courtney Barnett – Bein’ Around
A perfect cover of a perfect song.
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Snakehips – Days With You (Feat. Sinead Harnett)
CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON. Straight up.
Sun Kil Moon – I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love
Benji is my favourite album of the year, even though it took my heart and jumped on it and wrenched it out and shot it and sliced and diced it over and over. This gorgeously simple folk tribute from a son to his mother makes me cry and even more thankful for the women in my life.
Phantogram – Fall In Love
There’s so much going on in this and I’m happy about all of it. I must have listened to this at least 100 times now and every time I do, I find something new. It’s dense, interesting and confronting pop that still manages to be a bunch of fun and convey the sporadic euphoria and darkness of falling for someone.
Kimbra – 90s music
Nothing gives me a music-stiffy quicker than an artist making a statement and presenting the world with their singular, uncompromised vision. Kimbra just doesn’t give a fuck: she makes the demented pop she wants to make and presents it with gusto. I just love her, I loved her record, I loved her performing this on Letterman and yes, I love 90s music (and listening to it erry day). \m/