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Seeing as how you introduced me to July Talk, which is now my baby daughter’s favourite album, it seems only fair to return the favour, so hope you find something enjoy here –

Malibu Shark Attack! – Doing It Wrong

Melt Yourself Down – We Are Enough

The Jepettos – Water

Francophilippe – Boombox

The Joy Formidable – The Leopard and the Lung https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cbJHq2JqYE


N.E.R.D. – You Know What

Feed Me – Gravel

Battles – My Machines (ft. Gary Numan)

Wide Mouth Mason – Ease Your Mind

Starving Artists Crew – The Kick Clap


“Circles Around The Sun” – by Dispatch

“Writing A Novel” by Father John Misty

“E Watson” by The Decemberists

“Sacred Ground” by Over The Rhine

“Coffee and Wine” by Chadwick Stokes


All right, let’s contribute some local Aussie stuff to the deluge, because probably nobody else will?

1. Driftwood by Lincoln Le Fevre. http://poisoncityrecords.bandcamp.com/track/driftwood My boyfriend was like “no not one of the sad sack ones rec Hope and Crown” but this is the song I have the most feelings about off the album. The rest are great too though.
2. Don’t Change Your Plans by Jen Buxton http://poisoncityrecords.bandcamp.com/track/dont-change-your-plans I’m just… my taste in music is a lot more sad sack than I am.
3. Jamie Hay & the Smith Street Band’s cover of Making the Noveaux Riche, although look up the original if you like your punk shoutier than this http://poisoncityrecords.bandcamp.com/track/making-the-nouveau-riche
4. I don’t know what new country is but Wil Wagner’s Laika will make you sad about a dog so let me know if that’s too close and I’ll replace it http://poisoncityrecords.bandcamp.com/track/laika
5. and finally something a little bit less recent, in honour of them fiiiinally touring again, Gravity by the Superjesus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2irG5nExJA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wShlgYkiqSY Ich Erinnere Mich An Die Weimarer Republik by World/Inferno Friendship Society

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5Dypaw46fA Syke! Life is Awesome! by Bomb The Music Industry!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_3SBBCD-iE The Tide by Mallory

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjtlBAOpH54 Day Gaunts by Days N’ Daze

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_hc9a6sOtA Times Worth Living (The Tension) by Pat The Bunny


Radwimps – Order Made

Mystery Skulls – Money

Gotye – Easy Way Out

Pig with the Face of a Boy – A Complete History of the Soviet Union (Arranged to the Melody of Tetris)

Barenaked Ladies – Call and Answer

olfactory_ninja said on January 24th, 2014 at 6:31 am

Trying to find some stuff that’s new/new-ish that maybe you haven’t heard. You may note there’s a theme of new bands taking an older sound (70s style blues rock, 60s mod, 80s synth rock) and really making it their own.

Band of Skulls – Blood
Easily one of my favorite bands to come out in the last few years.

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra – The Killing Type
Not her usual sound, but this album is just brilliant. Another one of my absolute favorite artists of the last decade.

Black Country Communion – Beggarman
This band is a supergroup made up of Glenn Hughes (from Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (son of John Bonham), Derek Sherinian (formerly of Dream Theater) and Joe Bonamossa. With all of that, one would think they’d be getting more play.

The Black Belles – What Can I Do?
This group was found and recorded by Jack White. You’ll hear a similar kind of sound, with sparse instrumentation but really catchy hooks.

Imelda May – Big Bad Handsome Man
And now for something completely different. She does a lot of jazz/swing/rockabilly, and this song pretty much sold the album.


Digitalism – Miami Showdown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfMdV-SE2bs

Jason Forrest – War Photographer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAFXayH1bpY

Geoff Knorr and Michael Curran – Civilization V Original Soundtrack, Epitaph of Seikilos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kpVrmRkPWk

Paul Leonard Morgan – Camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFWBuonmM3Q

DJ Shadow – Number Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AznJpGpkDFM


Linking mostly to AMVs, as some of them are better than any official music video. 😉

E Nomine – Mitternacht

Sister Machine Gun – Burn (Note: this was on Mortal Kombat soundtrack!)

E.S. Posthumus – Pompeii

Reel Big Fish – Kiss Me Deadly

Jennifer Warnes – First We Take Manhattan


“Brother” by Murder by Death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt2Sf2-o94g

“Icarus” by Jason Webley: http://jasonwebley.bandcamp.com/track/icarus

“Golden and Green” by The Builders and the Butchers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CirGCKj5ZGw

“The Garden of Forking Paths” by Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies: http://songs.stevegoldbergmusic.com/track/the-garden-of-forking-paths

“In Old Yellowcake” by Rasputina: http://youtu.be/WCwctonqk-c

I confess, The Weakerthans would have made it in there with something, but I’m guessing you might have heard of them already, what with them being Canadian and great.

Johnny Zeitgeist said on January 24th, 2014 at 9:57 am

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Save My Soul

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Ghost of Smokey Joe
(not sure about the link though)
Anthony Head Sweet Transvestite

Lea DeLaria, Hot Patootie

Całujcie mnie wszyscy w dupę (You can all kiss my ass), a poem by Julian Tuwim
(yeah, this one is going to be weird, but what the hell)


I’m really looking forward to reading what you have to say about these:

There is possibly no Chinese-speaking person alive today who will not belt out this song the moment he or she hears it in a bar.
Beyond, “Boundless Ocean Endless Sky” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIeTcFgdd_4

Cher has never recorded a Jim Steinman song. This is a tragedy, as this song – the closest thing – demonstrates.
Cher, “Just Like Jesse James” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE8oCbqI4vU

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is an immensely popular anime that I’ve never watched. But I fell in love with this little slice of Japanese California-rock the minute I heard it.
Aya Hirano, “Lost My Music” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI_wWlz2Rck

I don’t know what you’ll make of this Malaysian song (whose title translates to “to live again after death”), I just hope its elegiac beauty comes across.
Butterfingers, “Mati Hidup Kembali” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbte1gEde-4

One of their lesser-known songs, but for my money, one of the most poignant breakup songs ever written.
Hootie & The Blowfish, “Goodbye” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49oSit63A2Y


March of Cambreadth by Heather Alexander: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCrnF844_ww

Black Fox by Heather Dale:

When you’re Evil by Voltaire:

They Don’t Know by Michael Longcor:

Halfman’s Song by Miracle of Sound:


Fitzpleasure by alt-J

Future Starts Slow by The Kills

Born at the Right Time by Dappled Cities

Two Steps Twice by Foals

You’re an Animal by Jonathan Boulet


1. Heaven in her Arms – Converge

2. Dopesmoker – Sleep

3. Rebel Within – Hank Williams III

4. Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise – The Avett Brothers

5. I Know, I Know, I Know – Tegan and Sara

Wilbur Somepig said on January 24th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Aesop Rock – One of Four (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_oSVnjrShI)

The Antlers – kettering

The Mountain Goats – No Children

Why? – Gemini Birthday Song

DJ Krush – Song #2

Admiral Snackbar said on January 25th, 2014 at 4:07 am

The Children of Sunshine – Dandelions

Jesse Garon & the Desperadoes – You’ll Never Be That Young Again

Los Campesinos! – Death to Los Campesinos!

The Raincoats – No Side to Fall In

The Shop Assistants – Safety Net


The five latest songs added to my playlist:

1. A Hebrew-Gaelic take on a Russian folk song:

2. The Spotnicks – Never Trust a Robot

3. Drakengard 2 – Growing Wings. (Re-read Dark Id’s LP of Drakengard 2 and downloaded this. Don’t think I’ll listen to it too often, it’s a bit too sad for me in context)

4. Beltaine – Łódź by Night (I like the bands whole Polish-Irish thing in general, so this one is fairly arbitrary based on being added to my playlist last)

5. Better be one-legged than lonely (from the Russian cartoon version of Treasure Island)


Some of my favorite stuff from the past year:

Hell – End Ov Days

Inquisition – Joined by Dark Matter, Repelled by Dark Energy

Vreid – The Devil’s Hand

Watain – They Rode On

Plus the brand new track from one of my favorite bands:

Unleash the Archers – Dreamcrusher

It’s all metal, but no -core to be found here.


Okay, here we go.
Just the songs:

1. “Crave” – The Simpletons

2. “Pinstripe” – Something For Kate

3. “Si Demain” – Bonnie Tyler & Kareen Antonn

4. “Hallelujah” – John Cale

5. “Slow Way To Go Down” – My Friend The Chocolate Cake.


… *ahem*. Actually, that’s the only place I can find this one. It’s off the “Smother” EP, which is pretty much impossible to find these days.
I actually have it on record that I was sold the last ever new copy that Candle Records would sell. You can read more about what happened to The Simpletons at the previous link, but if you like that, you should probably try to find some of Darren Hanlon’s stuff.

2. From SFK’s debut album, this remains one of my favourite tracks of theirs. It’s a perfect intersection of their melancholic lyricism and raw sound that gets to me every time I listen to it.

3. So, I heard this on the radio not long after moving to France, and thought “Wow, that English singer is out-Bonnie-ing Bonnie Tyler.” Turns out it was Bonnie Tyler, outdoing her own self. Anyway, the fact that I heard Les Enfoires doing “Si L’on S’aimait, Si” not long after left me with the impression that the French had a thing for awesome strange covers of English originals.

4. I know everyone knows this because of “Shrek”. I’m including it anyway, for reasons.
I hope you’re familiar with the album “I’m Your Fan”. Honestly, I could have picked almost any track from it (e.g. Jean-Louis Murat’s cover of “Avalanche IV” – see above comment). However, this was the first Cohen cover I heard where I thought that the artist had truly made it their own, while staying superbly faithful to the original. I think that this, and the Jeff Buckley version, are the only two that stand alongside Cohen’s original. (Also, this is the version that was actually used in the Shrek film, and everyone who thinks that it’s a Rufus Wainwright song because he re-covered it for the soundtrack album because of rights issues can suck it).

5. Another under-appreciated Aussie band. With bonus chocolate cake recipe, apparently. A good song to close things with.


“Jigsaw” by Marillion

“Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues” by the Godfathers

“When All Is Said and Done” by ABBA

“No Sign of Yesterday” by Men at Work

“Of Monsters and Heroes and Men” by James


L.A. Symphony – “Broken Tape Decks”

All Things Bright and Beautiful – “Attractive and Unattractive”

Sleater-Kinney – “Jumpers”

Mutemath – “Typical” (if only for the incredible music video)

The Brothers Martin – “Communication”


The follow up post will be the biggest post ever.


Also, I should point out, the only reason I didn’t put a P.O.S. song on my list was that Fuck Your Stuff had already been recommended way the fuck up there. God I love P.O.S.