Best Albums of 2015 So Far (That I Missed)

I’m human. Believe it or not, the pinnacle of dickhead that is I am prone to fucking up. I can only pump out one horrible 500 word review every now and then, and as such, have missed out on some pretty incredible records. Other sites offer up the #content, sure, but I feel bad that I haven’t been able to personally deliver a small, spelling-error-stuffed, profanity-laden review of some amazing records that I think others should hear about. For some reason or other, I never posted about them at their time of release, and I’m genuinely bummed that I didn’t offer my two cents whilst the iron was hot, or whatever the phrase is. So, basically, here’s the good stuff that I missed that you shouldn’t:

1. The Living Eyes – Living Large

2. Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

3. Heart Beach – Heart Beach

4. Love of Diagrams – Blast

5. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

6. METZ – II

7. Jess Locke – Words That Seem to Slip Away

8. Dollar Bar – Hot Ones

9. Twerps – Range Anxiety

10. Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

11. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP

12. Grenadiers – Summer

13. Clowns – Bad Blood

14. Blur – The Magic Whip

15. Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

16. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

17. Superstar – Table For Two

18. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

19. Kangaroo Skull – Palace of Nothing

20. Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love


New: Clowns – Figure It Out

After releasing one of the most punk records of all thyme last year with ‘I’m Not Right’, a wart-popping masterpiece of full-throttle punk rock that could just as easily rail against self-important pieces of shit as it could fucking up a skating trick, Melbourne’s Clowns would have a hard time following up.

But, whereas their previous material, at minimum, contained a bit of tongue-in-cheek, “Figure It Out” is a sincere minute and a half of total brutality. Opening with thundering double-kicks and a bellow from the depths of all three of Cerberus’ heads,the track sound delves into the most bloodcurdling a punk band has ever gotten. When that 1:32 countdown ends, you will be bleeding somewhere, just from the pure and unrivalled intensity…and you’re just gonna want to chuck it on again.

Video: Clowns-Oh Fuck, My Face!

Thanks to old mate Jeff Campbell, I now know that skateboarding “…can be dangerous.” Cheers Jeff, keep rockin’ those polos.

Although Jeff taught me all the important life lessons, Clowns, the punk band from Melbourne, taught me that it’s okay to split my face on a slab of concrete. I was never able to ride a skateboard anyway, but thanks to the video for ‘Oh Fuck, My Face!’, I’m distilled by the fact that heaps of other people can’t either. Videos of people getting hurt are hilarious, but getting placed with this track from Clowns, this shit goes to another fucking level.

Clowns are playing Birghton Up Bar with Mesa Cosa on the 3rd of May.

September Playlist

September is here! And with it comes Spring…and my birthday. I’m gonna be fucking 18, and better yet I’ll be able to go see Fuck Buttons, live and in the flesh. I reckon I’ll kidnap one of them. Anyway, enough of my longing for abrasive electronica. This is the playlist of songs that have inserted their roots of addictiveness in my soul. From Aussie acts like Violent Soho, The Gooch Palms and Seekae, who are constantly popping up on this website, to newcomers like The Ocean Party and Clowns. There’s also heaps more electronic, production based music on this playlist, from Shigeto, to Charles Murdoch, and SBTRKT. All round, this playlist is full of diverse and amazing music that you should consider buying.

P.S The new Royal Headache song is fucking awesome.

1. Violent Soho-Dope Calypso

2. The Gooch Palms-We Get By (free download here)

3. The Ocean Party-Split

4. Shigeto- Perfect Crime

5. Hayden James-Permission to Land (Charlees Murdoch Remix) (free download)

6. Dispatj-Kuiper Belt (free download)

7. JaysWays-Mirror

8. Astronomical Bird-Feel Me Up (free download)

9. Royal Headache-Stand and Stare

10. Clowns-I’m Not Right

11. Big Ups-Goes Black (free download)

13. Amateur Drunks- My Favourite Stories

14. Lightning Bolt-Barbarian Boy

15. Joanna Gruesome-Sugarcrush

16. TV On the Radio-Mercy

17. Shinies-Taste

18. Seekae-Another

19. PIXL-Crazy feat. Nicole Millar

20. SBTRKT-Gloss