Monday, January 27, 2014

Musical Monday: Triple J Hottest 100 2013 Recap

Hottest 100 Songs of 2013

Playlist on Youtube (Songs 100-1)

What a weekend! The Grammy's, a new Sherlock Episode, and of course the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown! (Sidenote, 2012's top artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the Best New Artist Grammy  and they along others on this countdown, like Lorde performed last night, so that's an indicator of how this musical survey predicts the next big things in music)

Now I know it's supposed to be a countDOWN, but I figured rather than have everyone scroll real fast to the bottom to see the top songs, and since there's no chance of spoiling it (cause it already happened and if you're reading this close enough to the date of posting theres a chance you can still stream it on the Triple J Website), but mainly because this was the order my computer uploaded the pictures and I don't have time to flip everything, Here are the Hottest 100 Songs of 2013, as voted by 1.49 people worldwide:

#1 Vance Joy - 'Riptide'

#2 Lorde - 'Royals'

#3 Daft Punk - 'Get Lucky' {ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers}

#4 Arctic Monkeys - 'Do I Wanna Know?'

#5 Flume & Chet Faker - 'Drop The Game'

#6 Arctic Monkeys - 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?'

#7 Lana Del Rey - 'Young And Beautiful'

#8 Matt Corby - 'Resolution'

#9 The Preatures - 'Is This How You Feel?'

#10 London Grammar - 'Strong'

#11 HAIM - 'The Wire'

#12 Lorde - 'Tennis Court'

#13 James Blake - 'Retrograde'

#14 Violent Soho - 'Covered In Chrome'

#15 Lorde - 'Team'

#16 Arcade Fire - 'Reflektor'

#17 Daft Punk - 'Lose Yourself To Dance' {ft. Pharrell Williams}

#18 Arctic Monkeys - 'Arabella'

#19 The Kite String Tangle - 'Given The Chance'

#20 Kanye West - 'Black Skinhead'

#30 Empire Of The Sun - 'Alive'
#29 Foals - 'My Number'
#28 Chvrches - 'Recover'
#27 HAIM - 'Falling'...
#26 Vampire Weekend - 'Step'
#25 The Wombats - 'Your Body Is A Weapon'
#24 Rudimental - 'Waiting All Night' {ft. Ella Eyre}
#23 Disclosure - 'When A Fire Starts To Burn'
#22 Birds Of Tokyo - 'Lanterns' #21 RÜFÜS - 'Take Me'See 

 #40 The Amity Affliction - 'Born To Die'
#39 San Cisco - 'Get Lucky' {Like A Version}
#38 Touch Sensitive - 'Pizza Guy'
#37 Chvrches - 'Gun'...

#36 Bloc Party - 'Ratchet'
#35 London Grammar - 'Hey Now'
#34 RÜFÜS - 'Desert Night'
#33 Grouplove - 'Ways To Go'
#32 Thundamentals - 'Smiles Don't Lie'
#31 Vampire Weekend - 'Diane Young'

 #50 John Newman - 'Love Me Again'
#49 Daft Punk - 'Doin' It Right' {ft. Panda Bear}
#48 Flight Facilities - 'Stand Still' {ft. Micky Green}
#47 Rudimental - 'Free' {ft. Emeli Sande}...

#46 Queens Of The Stone Age - 'If I Had A Tail'
#45 Robert Delong - 'Global Concepts'
#44 Dustin Tebbutt - 'The Breach'
#43 Childish Gambino - '3005'
#42 Max Frost - 'White Lies'
#41 Boy & Bear - 'Southern Sun'

#60 Chvrches - 'Lies'
#59 Kanye West - 'Bound 2'
#58 Daft Punk - 'Instant Crush' {ft. Julian Casablancas}
#57 Andy Bull - 'Keep On Running'...

#56 HAIM - 'If I Could Change Your Mind'
#55 Boy & Bear - 'Harlequin Dream'
#54 Arcade Fire - 'Afterlife'
#53 Kingswood - 'Ohio'
#52 Cloud Control - 'Scar'
#51 Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr - 'Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat'

 #70 Sticky Fingers - 'Australia Street'
#69 Disclosure - 'White Noise' {ft. AlunaGeorge}
#68 Something For Kate - 'Sweet Nothing' {Like A Version}
#67 Bliss N Eso - 'Act Your Age'...

#66 Illy - 'Ausmusic Month Medley' {Like A Version}
#65 Chet Faker - 'Melt' {ft. Kilo Kish}
#64 The National - 'Graceless'
#63 Disclosure - 'You & Me ()' {Flume Remix}
#62 Goldroom - 'Embrace'
#61 London Grammar - 'Wasting My Young Years'

#80 Panama - 'Always'
#79 A$AP Rocky - 'F**kin' Problems' {ft. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar}
#78 MS MR - 'Fantasy'
#77 Illy - 'Youngbloods' {ft. Ahren Stringer}...

#76 SAFIA - 'Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues'
#75 Mikhael Paskalev - 'I Spy'
#74 Major Lazer - 'Jessica' {ft. Ezra Koenig}
#73 Busta Rhymes - 'Thank You' {ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne}
#72 Queens Of The Stone Age - 'I Sat By The Ocean'
#71 Two Door Cinema Club - 'Changing Of The Seasons'

 #90 Vampire Weekend - 'Unbelievers'
#89 The Cat Empire - 'Brighter Than Gold'
#88 Josh Pyke - 'Leeward Side'
#87 John Butler Trio - 'Only One'...

#86 Bring Me The Horizon - 'Sleepwalking'
#85 Remi - 'Sangria'
#84 British India - 'Summer Forgive Me'
#83 The Jezabels - 'The End'
#82 Cloud Control - 'Dojo Rising'
#81 Andy Bull - 'Baby I Am Nobody Now'

#100 Karnivool - 'We Are'
#99 Dillon Francis - 'Without You' {ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs}
#98 Horrorshow - 'Dead Star Shine'
#97 Queens Of The Stone Age - 'My God Is The Sun'...

#96 Big Scary - 'Luck Now'
#95 Vance Joy - 'Play With Fire'
#94 Bliss N Eso - 'House Of Dreams'
#93 St Lucia - 'Elevate'
#92 Bring Me The Horizon - 'Shadow Moses'
#91 RÜFÜS - 'Tonight'


Hottest 100 in Numbers

Countries Represented (artists): Seven
43% Australia
24% USA
23% UK
4% France
3% New Zealand
2% Canada
1% Norway

Average Number of Members Per Band
70 Groups
30 Solo Artists

Debut Artists

Cover Songs

Registered Parties
5,856 in Eighty Seven Countries

Most Entries By A Single Artist
4Daft Punk

Most Songs Released In
May: 17songs

Latest Song Release Date
November 15, "Thank You" -Busta Rhymes

Votes Counted
One Point Four Nine Million

Monday, January 13, 2014

Musical Monday: My 2013 Triple J Hottest 100 Votes

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

We JUST had Christmas and New Years and right now is a magical time before all the optimism fades and you realize that it's the middle of winter, you don't see the sun anymore, and the S.A.D. sets in causing all sorts of melancholic ennui. Right now, the Triple J Hottest 100 happens.

Now what it this magnificent musical moment, you may ask?
How can I join this delightfully democratic delineation of the years best music, you want to know?
What's so special about this popular perennial poll to cause such annoyingly awesome alliterations?

Short Answer: Check out my past posts on 2012 (votes and recap) and 2011

Long Answer: Every year the Australian radio station Triple J hosts a worldwide poll of the greatest music released (in Australia) that year.  This means you not only can make sure artists you love get recognition, but you can also find great music that also puts you ahead of the pop culture curve. The top songs of years past have all gone on to be huge hits in the US the following year, yes that's right, our own musical culture is influenced by this vote and the Aussies who run it (wait, the US isn't the center of the cultural universe?!?!... well, it's still pretty close as last year Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was one of the first #1 songs to be big in the U.S. when the poll was happening, and those Haim sisters seem to be picking up momentum in Australia at the same time (but maybe slightly faster) as in the U.S.), example: Gotye, Kings of Leon, and Mumford & Sons had the #1 songs in the Triple J Countdown the years before they exploded across the US.

You can listen to the eligible songs here through spotify (might take a few days, but oh! what days they'll be)
Once you've heard enough, you can get instructions to submit your own vote here
But HURRY, voting closes in 6 DAYS!

My Votes:

*Matt Corby- Resolution*
*Gossling- Never Expire*
*Chvrches- Gun*
*Haim- Let Me Go*
*Daughter- Youth*
*Local Natives- Heavy Feet*
*Phosphorescent- Song for Zula*
*MS MR- Fantasy*
*The Postal Service- A Tattered Line of String*
*San Cisco- Get Lucky {Like a Version}*

Voting factors/explanations:
  • Exposure for some lesser-known artists
  • A solid track regardless of artist infamy
  • I want my vote to make a difference so rather than write-in a few favorites I stuck with songs I thought had a chance to get into the top 100, but not necessarily what I think will make top 10
  • My own arbitrary selection process
Unfortunately Triple J is no longer on Pinterest which means no cool icon/graphic for each song this year =(

But here's a spotify playlist of my selection (minus Gossling and the San Cisco cover of Get Lucky, both of which are currently unavailable in the USA).

Tune in online on January 26, 2014 to hear the whole countdown (it takes literally the whole day). Actually, scratch that, if you're in the US tune in January 25 since they're ahead of us on the whole time thing. If you're someone like me who needs sleep at night, never fear, they break it down into internet streamable chunks afterwards so you can listen to the beginning, sleep, and then wake up to finish the top 10 and then later fill yourself in with songs 80-11.

And don't worry, I'll be recapping it here after it all goes down.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Foto Friday: Snowy Nights

Last night winter storm "Hercules" swept up the east coast, blanketing the landscape with snow and bringing extreme winter chills. 

Considering it got up to almost 60 the day before, it's safe to expect the unexpected this year (and we're only two days in!!)

Here are some photos I snapped wih my iPhone 4S & edited in Canera+ of the magical effects of snow (especially over Christmas lights):