Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
I love Richard Kingsmill's Album of the Year poll, it means the year is over (and what a cunt of a year it has been) and it means one of Australia's best radio announcer reveals his favourite records plus the amazing Triple J listeners album of the year.
I think Flume might take it out the listeners album of the year, whilst here is the ten records I voted for:
AlunaGeorge - I Remember
Anderson .Paak - Malibu
Weeknd, The - Starboy
Tkay Maidza - Tkay
Sia - This Is Acting
Solange - A Seat At The Table
Flume - Skin
Drake - Views
NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
Broods - Conscious
You can also vote HERE!
As the year wraps up I will have my movies of the year list (like last year) and more the year in music lists/reviews and specials than you can poke a big ass stick at.
Yesterday I crowned FLUME the male artist of 2016 on Flashing off the Record and next Sunday it's the ladies turn. So keep an eye out on Flashing off the Record.
See you round soon!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Oh 90's WORLD! Garbage a few months ago announced they would play a run of A Day on the Greens with an all star line up and some gigs on their own along the way. Unfortunately it's not the 90's anymore as I had not seen the Hordern this empty in a while.
However I do love an older more well behaved crowd. People brought their kids, 90's World Version 2.0 t-shirts came out and the set list kicked off with 1996 radio single Supervixen.
The crowd was overjoyed at the older songs included in the set including second track I Think I'm Paranoid from the 1998 record Version 2.0.
I feel in love with Garbage around the time of I Think I'm Paranoid and I dug back into their first record and was an instant fan, so much so I travelled to Brisbane to see them along with Ben Lee & Sebadoh at Livid. The festival in 1999 featured a stellar line up including The Offspring, Suede, Powderfinger, Spiderbait, 28 Days, Gerling and so many more! Livid along with many other festivals died in 2003, with no festival in 2004 and the promised return in 2005 never happening. Sad really, it was fun.
Anyway like festivals unfortunately for Garbage the music world has changed, a lot!
Their last record Strange Little Birds vanished almost as soon as it was released and the previous record Not Your Kind of People suffered a similar fate.
The problem with some 90's bands is they are almost stuck in the 90's, Shirley Manson was a tour de force back in the day, she even appeared on the telly in a short lived Terminator series. However in 2016 Shirley liked to have a rant about how scary the world is getting (true that, girl) and the person in front of me answered stop preaching and sing. Oh boy.
As Shirley Manson has hit 5-0 it's great to see her still with as much stage presence as ever but I wonder whether it's time for her to try solo or a new genre. It's like Madonna, honey no one is buying you and Nicki Minaj!
My highlight of a patchy set list (the new songs mostly went down like a lead balloon) was the final encore number Cherry Lips (Go baby Go). The group decided to turn their back on their biggest hit When I Grow Up and my personal favourite Androgyny.
It was patchy and a majorly nostalgic night that I won't forget in a while and I applaud Shirley and the gang for still being iconic but I hate to say it, I like their old stuff better than their new stuff.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Let me start off with saying I saw this for free and it was the second time it was offered to me, second time the charm I was off to see A UNITED KINGDOM.
Now let me start with David Oyelowo is so gosh damn handsome. When he removed his shirt, DANG!
Rosamund Pike on the other hand was much more exciting in Gone Girl than this British biopic. Look the true story of Sir Seretse Khama & Ruth Williams Khama was extremely interesting and in 2016 we need stories like this of good beating evil or Malcolm Turnbull actually doing something useful or Bill Shorten being remotely interesting and/or inspiring.
So A United Kingdom it is just under two hours, the romance and the love story is sweet enough but I felt like I had seen this story a million times before on the big screen.
Look if there is nothing else on this Summer maybe give it a go, 2.5 Stars.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
I usually reserve my musical shit for Flashing off the Record (where this week I am featuring Justice's record WOMAN) but I just finished watching the UK X Factor elimination episode and I REALLY want to love the latest Clean Bandit single ROCKABYE, number one in many countries, but not even close to my number one tune right now.
It has all the ingredients for a HIT single for me, Clean Bandit tick, Anne-Marie tick and a revival to even test Craig David's (more on him below) sensational return, Sean Paul.
But something for me just does not click. Anne-Marie is sensational and put it down on solo singles Do It Right and Alarm, whilst being a surprise guest on Illy's hit single Catch 22. I first heard her on Rudimental's amazing single Rumour Mill and it's been all love from me towards Anne-Marie.
And Sean Paul, where do I start. Back in 2003 I was busy getting busy and getting down to some Queen Bey with Baby Boy. Recently Sean Paul also rebreathed life into Sia's hit Cheap Thrills sending the single all the way to number one in the USA.
So why does this song not click with me? I think lyrically it is rather weird and I have to say Clean Bandit's best tracks have been with the sensational powerhouse otherwise known as Jess Glynne.
I am hoping for better tracks from all three of the these folks on this UK Number One but for now as above I can not get Craig David's new tracks of my iPod. I am obsessed with 16 and don't get me started with some of his amazing recently collaborations.
Craig David along with the Weeknd's latest hit record Starboy are two of my favourite recent releases as we gear up to head into a sexy Sydney Summer.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Oh the drama, the heartache and the sexy AS fuck men.
HBO continues to deliver outstanding drama and comedies and this is part drama, part comedy. Insecure follows the lives of Issa and Molly and I am so gosh damn happy after the finale a second series is in the works.
Based on a web series Awkward Black Girl this series was eight brilliant episodes with lots of laughs, sex and bad language. My kinda show.
If you like your ladies sassy and your men smoking hot, this show is outstanding.
This Summer/Christmas give yourself a laugh and give Insecure a go.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Looking the TV series finished it's run with a neat TV movie ending, but does life end in a neat bundle like a TV Movie?
Short answer NO, long answer, MAYBE..
HBO did right by it's fans but as far as storytelling goes sometimes life does not end up in neat parcels like the last scene of the homosexual drama does.
HBO took a risk on this series and gave it two full seasons, the TV movie and the show rated poorly and was nowhere near a Girls or Game of Thrones HBO blockbuster BUT it gave a voice to different types of gays. Multicultural gays, diverse gays and Jonathan Groff.
Murray Bartlett gave an Aussie take on the show and honestly it was interesting seeing different aged gays and how the gay world reacts to age. A once wise older gay once told me that the older you got the more invisible you were to the world. It's true as I hit my mid thirties.
Neat endings for shows are sometimes bitter sweet, you are happy the characters you have grown to love get the endings they may or may not deserve but at the same time some things will never be answered.
Looking did a great job in the tele-movie, one more racy sex scene, some closure and a celebration of gay marriage and how it does not break society or make people think it's okay to engage in sexual relations with animals.
Looking may not have reached the millions it intended to but in the end it was a solid body of work and another outstanding title HBO has given TV fans and gays like myself.