Top 5 Records: Rice Is Nice Records


Rice Is Nice Records is probably the closest thing that Australia has to royalty. They have allowed for us mere peasants to be granted access to the wonderful minds of Straight Arrows, The Laurels, Seekae, Donny Benet, SPOD, Richard In Your Mind, You Beauty, and so many more. The people will write songs about them one day, however, they probably won’t be as good as this one:

At a time when people thought John Butler Trio were a heaps decent band, and people seemed to not care about the local heroes as much as they do now, Rice Is Nice was there, pumping out classic record after classic record.

Julia ‘El Boss Dog’ Wilson is the operator of Rice is Nice, and a total champion. Besides being wonderful woman, and the introducee of many of everyone’s favourite bands, she knows how to throw a killer party. Last years’ Rice Is Nice Turns 5 celebrations were mental, and they’re going for ROUND 2. This Sunday, 18th of Jan, at The Vic in Marrickville, Rice is Nice is taking over, with sets from The Frowning Clouds, Summer Flake, Terrible Truths, Weak Boys and Darts. And it’s all FREE! Which means there’s more money to spend on booze. A hangover is definitely on the cards.

Fuck how great are puns? Anyway, before the abuse starts over my shitty jokes, I’ll allow Jules to talk about her favourite albums. Cya at the party!

Julia Wilson (Rice Is Nice Records) – Top 5 Records

TOP 5 Records, now this is a hard task. I am too indecisive / paranoid to commit to these things but here you go. I do love many more but these are always going to be awesome.

5. The Band – The Last Waltz

Move over Robbie. I love you Levon.

4. The Faces – Five Guys Walk Into A Bar

This is an awesome collection of The Faces songs and you all must get it. The Faces for life. I saw Rod play once hoping he would play Faces songs. I can’t remember if he did or not, because he totally distracted me with changing his shirt after every song. He had lime green satin, zebra print, pink, red, blue, orange, melon…man he had them all. OH YEAH. I just love this!

3. Ween – Chocolate & Cheese
It’s the first Ween record I bought and it has Freedom 76 on it, The HIV Song, Take Me Away and Don’t Shit Where You Eat ah fuck me this is a great record. I want to have kids so I can move to Woodstock and get Gene Ween to give them guitar lessons. I think that’s a good goal to have in life.
2. Mclusky – The Difference Between You And Me Is That I Am Not On Fire
I was going to call Rice Is Nice – Your Children Are Just Waiting For You To Die instead but I thought it might be too heavy, so I went with Ricey. They broke up Friday 7 January 2005 and on that day I wrote them an email saying something like, thanks for ruining my life, or something. Jesus. Umm…so as I was just writing all the stuff down bout this record I just realised I sound like a fucking crazy person so I’m just going to leave it here. This song still scares me –
1. Wilco – AM
I love Wilco. You can all fuck off, they are awesome and AM is fucking awesome. Ah fuck this is so good
This list is pretty much a Greville Records extravaganza. It’s what happens when you live on top of the best record store in the world.
– Julia Wilson

Top 5 Records w/ SPOD

There’s a reason why I always attach the prefix “Old Mate” when  talk about old mate SPOD. It’s because, although I’ve never met him, the guy is like Sydney’s father of good music, constantly churning out the hits for us to shake our booty to. He’s diverse, unpredictable and came out with a song called “Deadshits”. There is literally nothing more you can love about the guy.

Now, for all those that are unaware, SPOD recently came out with a bloody brilliant new record called ‘Taste the Sadness’, an adult re-imagining of his classic debut ‘Taste the Radness’. One of the best songs on there, a bonafide tear-jerker, is the first track “Last Dance”, which perfectly personifies its title, in that it is something heartbreaking and melancholy, but at the same time, leaves nothing unchecked. It’s just a really open and honest song, and if you were going to indulge in a last dance, “Last Dance” would be pretty bloody perfect to have a final waltz to.

Because SPOD is a bloody legend, I asked him if he’d want to do his Top 5 Records that he’d have his last dance to, and he replied with a surprisingly deep and   meaningful list, especially for a guy who makes us dance to the tune of “Get your fuck on, get-get  your fuck on”. Cheers SPOD you bloody legend!

Top 5 Records that SPOD would have his Last Dance to

01: Ween – Any album up to and including White Pepper

Ween were basically flawless from 1990 to 2000. 10 years of inspiring perfection that didn’t give a shit about anyone or anything asides from pure songwriting perfection & ultimate bravery. I don’t know if anyone still thinks they’re a novelty band, but if they do, they’re probably a total deadshit who likes the current Foo Fighters. It’s a bit of a kick in the nuts of my own mortality that Ween broke up. If two perfectly mismatched geniuses can’t remain best friends forever, then what chance do the rest of us have?

02: Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

I bought this record as a young man solely because of the cover of an out of focus Harry in a bathrobe. Who was this guy who dares to put such a deadshitty image on his album? Little did I know at that time that it’s one of the greatest albums of all time and Nilsson is a hilarious & touching legend. Nilsson was the original Ween, he loved dancing with the absurd just as much as writing a perfect song and could do both like no one else and planted the seed in the importance of adult pride.

03: Beastie Boys – Pauls Boutique

What a masterpiece. I remember when this came out, I was still totally juiced on Licenced to Ill and the idea of these 3 brats spraying beer on the dicks of the world. Along with the rest of their fans, I wasn’t ready for such a mature step into this world that they and the dust brothers created. This gave birth to a lot of music I loved that came after it, and also a lot of Fat Boy Slim pieces of shit, but man this album was a bolt of lighting, and still sounds fresh as the day it landed. It was such a huge flop when it came out that I got it for $5 on vinyl. Nice. It also put me onto more good albums from its samples than any thing else I’ve come in contact with.

04: Black Moth Super Rainbow – Dandelion Gum

When I stumbled across this album on some blog in around 2008, I had kind of given up finding another band to obsess over, thinking I’d grown out of that part of my life and was destined to float through the rest of my days just recycling past loves till the end of time. Then this came along, a perfect mix of everything I loved up to that point. VHS Video Stores, Hip Hop, Psych Pop, Vocoders & cool songs from a faceless dude. A future primitive dance party for lonely dudes in the summertime.

05: Beck – Mellow Gold

Again, sure he’s got technically better albums in Mutations, Midnight Vultures & Odelay which are all masterpieces, but Mellow Gold, along with Weens Pure Guava, were displays that ideas are the most important things to have as long as you have a 4 track and a room to record them in. This was back before your telephone could record an album, kids. It was a bloody revolution! It sounds so personal and close, like a best friend just gave you a tape they made, which just so happens to sound like the future of Bob Dylan joining the Beastie Boys.