Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2014

It’s that time of year again! The time where we spend days upon days trying to select 10 songs to vote for in Triple J’s Hottest 100. This year, Triple J has been the only radio station I have listened too. I was sick and tired of the crap on commercial radio. It is the same old, boring “entertainment”. The music is okay, the shows, not so much. I tried to keep my short list down to 35 again, but that was proving difficult.

To be perfectly honest, Ed Sheeran would have been in my Top 10. However, his tracks are note listed on the voting page. I know I can add them, but there is no real point voting if it won’t poll.
So, here are my Top 4 albums & Top 40 songs of 2014.

I have added the predictions from the @socialhottest on twitter next to each of my votes using [x]. Actual votes will be updated using {x}.

Song of the Year:

I Can Feel That You Don’t Love Me (ICFTYDLM) – Kingswood (video here)

Albums of the Year:

  1. Microscopic Wars – Kingswood
  2. X (Multiply) – Ed Sheeran
  3. Dream Your Life Away – Vance Joy
  4. Sonic Highways – Foo Fighters


Top 10

  1. I Can Feel That You Don’t Love Me – Kingswood [63] {56}
  2. Mess Is Mine – Vance Joy [18]
  3. Something From Nothing – Foo Fighters [na] {84}
  4. Micro Wars – Kingswood [96] {74}
  5. High {Ft. Nicole Millar} – Peking Duck [1] {2}
  6. Standing In The Ocean – Calling All Cars [na]
  7. Walking Under Stars – Hilltop Hoods [na]
  8. Sober – Childish Gambino [48]
  9. Tremor – Kingswood [na]
  10. The Same Man {Ft. Kingswood on backing vocals} – Dan Sultan [na]

Top 20

  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran [na]
  2. Bloodstream – Ed Sheeran [na]
  3. I Am A River – Foo Fighters [na]
  4. So Long – Kingswood [na]
  5. Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods [7]
  6. Uptown Funk {Ft. Bruno Mars} – Mark Ronson [10]
  7. All Too Much – Kingswood [na]
  8. Side To Side – Kingswood [na]
  9. Piece By Piece – Kingswood [na]
  10. First Time – Vance Joy [90]

Top 40

  1. You Can’t Build A Bridge Out Of Muffins – Sinking Teeth, The [na]
  2. Holiday Home – Grates, The [na]
  3. Black Rat – DZ Death Rays [na]
  4. Wrong Direction – British Inda [73] {83}
  5. Pull The Trigger – Apes [na]
  6. Left Hand Free – alt-J [23]
  7. Surrender – Smith Street Band, The [35]
  8. Grandma’s Hands – Meg Mac [91]
  9. Around Town – Kooks, The [na]
  10. Dawn – Basenji [na]
  11. She Only Loves Me When I’m There – Ball Park Music [17]
  12. Good God! – Calling All Cars [na]
  13. Death Of You – I Am Giant [na]
  14. Little Monster – Royal Blood [76]
  15. Figure It Out – Royal Blood [95]
  16. I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore – Smith Street Band, The [93]
  17. Breathe In {Ft. Wafia} – Japanese Wallpaper [na]
  18. Delivery – Split Seconds [na]
  19. Gooey – Glass Animals [15]
  20. All The Rage Back Home – Interpol [84]

Vinyl, My New Obsession

It has been way too long since I last posted on here! Almost a year!!

Over the last few months I have started to really get into Vinyl. I have always owned a couple of LP’s, I’ve just never had the means to play them. So a few months ago I decided to dust of Dad’s old NAD 5120 & give it a whirl. At first it wasn’t working 100%. I thought it was the turntable. So I jumped on eBay and found an exact same model for a cheap as price & snapped it up! After setting it all up, it was actually the amplifier that was the issue & not the turntable. All I needed was to get a Phono Pre-Amp from JayCar & I was all set.

After getting some extra bits & pieces, including a long ass RCA cable to sit the turntable where I wanted, it was working perfectly! The only thing I have to do is switch the audio source on the amplifier. My first spin was The Living End’s “The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating”. I’ve had this LP for as long as the record has been released. I even managed to get it signed by the TLE boys at the Retrospective Tour back in 2012. Since I started, I have slowly been building a collection, that currently consists of the following (in order of purchase):

I have found myself searching for vinyl instead of CD’s of late. CD’s just get ripped to my computer & never get used again. There is just something about vinyl that I am finding enjoyment in. It’s about the album art, the design of the disc itself. Much like the how Kingswood’s debut album, Microscopic Wars is this wicked Black & Red translucent splatter! (Original photo on @kingswoodfans instagram, posted by myself). I just feel more “part of the music” so to speak. Other Vinyl nerds would say the same thing. I also managed to get my Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) signed by the man himself when I met him!

I guess my collection will continue to grow, and I am perfectly okay with that!

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An Evening With Ed Sheeran & A Fractured Foot

The Concert & The Injury – Friday Night

After what was one of the busiest weeks I have ever had at work, I was really looking forward to Friday night.

My lovely girlfriend & I were off to see Ed Sheeran play a sold out show at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre.

We both finished work at 5pm. As I work in the city, I was there quite early. Stef was on her way from Box Hill where she works.

The “plan of attack” for the show was to get there early, get a spot right next to the door & be first in line. Stef would arrive & take over holding the spot. I would then venture down Acland St to grab some take away for dinner. Eat it in the line with the hour to go before doors open. Then hit the merchandise stand straight away to grab the Limited Edition EP’s that were available, perhaps some tees or hoodies if we felt like it. Then make our way to the seats and settle in for an incredible show.

Things were going to plan, I found a spot right at the front of door 4. I was chilling on the ground, playing 3D Mario Land on my newly acquired Ice White 3DS. Patiently waiting for Stef to arrive.
Some randoms had a chat to me, which was nice, then Stef turned up. It was now about 6:30.

Stef wanted a kebab for dinner & I am not one to argue about a kebab. Stef offered to pay, so she gave me her wallet & off I went.

I ventured down Acland St in search of kebabs. I found this nice looking place called FalafelXtra. I entered the shop & spoke to a nice young bloke who took my order.

Whist I was waiting for Stef, I downed quite a bit of water, so I was busting to go to the bathroom.

I asked the guy if I could use his bathroom. “Sure, not a problem, it’s just out the back sliding door & to the left”
It was now about 7pm

I ventured to the back of the place & opened the sliding door.

It was pitch black, no light on at all. I turned around to look for a light. As I turned, my left foot rolled over the edge of the step into a hole between the wall and the ramp down to the bathroom.

The hole was about 2ft deep, my entire left leg fell into the hole, putting the weight of my entire body onto my rolled foot.
I was still busting to pee, so I attempted to stand up, I fell over straight away. So I had to hop to the bathroom.
I did my business, then hopped back out into the restaurant & said to the guy “Do you not have any lights out back? I just fell into a hole and fucked my foot!”

Needless to say I was pretty pissed off & angry, but I was also in a lot of pain.

I recall the guy saying “I turned them off just before, because no one was out there.” If that was the case he should of warned me about the darkness & the step. He also should of turned the light on for me before I even went out there.

I sat down & put my foot up onto another chair. The first thing I did was ask for something frozen, an ice pack, or a bag of frozen food so I could ice it. He was pretty quick & returned with a bag of frozen food & a towel. I began to ice it straight away. I asked him if there was a first aid kit so I could strap it. All there was were some bandages, so I did my best to secure my foot, but it wasn’t that good.

The young guy handled himself really well, he was really nice & notably flustered with the whole situation. I asked him to return Stef’s wallet to her back at the Palais. He was kind enough to run back and return it to her. Stef was freaking out that I was not going to make it back before doors opened in half an hour. Stef got her wallet & was now able to enter and without me and buy merch as per our original plan.

I then began to think about how I was going to return to the Palais to see Ed Sheeran. I said to the guy “You are going to have to pay for a taxi to get me back, because I cannot walk, as I fell in your shop”
He then said “I will call my boss, he will be here soon” I was okay with this.

I waited about 15 minutes & Harry the manager turned up. He looked concerned, was wondering what happened. So I proceeded to tell him the entire story again. He didn’t really say that much, was just checking out my foot, seeing if I could move it etc. However I still could not put any weight onto it.

As we were discussing my foot, another partron interrupetd and mentioned that she was a registered nurse. She offered to assist in strapping my foot. She said we needed something better than the bandages & that I would require crutches. I asked Harry if there was a chemist near by, as they hire out crutches & would have the correct pressure banagages to secure my foot. He offered to pay for the cost of the crutches but he wanted my drivers licence to use for ID. I was okay with that, all I was really worried about was getting to the gig.

As Harry left in search of the chemist, the lovely nurse was inspecting my foot. She said it’s not broken because the pain would be higher, however it may be fractured or just serverly sprained.

Whilst all this was happening, I called home to speak to my folks. Mum answered the home phone & for some reason I could hear her, but she could not hear me. So I hung up and called Dad’s mobile. He had just left the house to get take away. So I gave him the whole story & I asked if he could pick the two of us up from the Palais after the gig. He said just let me know when to leave & I’ll meet you out front.

Harry returned without crutches, they were closed. He then went back out to search for a proper pressure bandage. Shortly after he returned with Elastoplas Sports Tape. It wasn’t perfect but it would do the job okay.
The nurse assisted in getting it strapped properly and I was all ready to head back.

I was still hungry, so they kindly gave me the order I came in for, free of charge of course. Harry assisted me to the front of the shop where the young guy took me in his car back to the Palais for the show.

The crowd was massive! I was freaking out! How the hell was I going to do this?!
He pulled over in front of Luna Park & I put my arm around him & hopped on over to the Palais. I made my way through the crowd & got to the door. I let the guy go & thanked him once again for all his help.

The security were a bit shocked. Like, WTF is with this guy, on one foot, with his shoe in his hand, holding a bag with hot kebabs in it? So once again, I explained my situation yet again & that Stef had my ticket & should be waiting at door 4.
They called for the head security guy, I forget his name, but he was so nice! He got me a wheel chair, found Stef for me & took me over to the cloaking desk.
We checked in our stuff & I was wondering why there was more than we had before I left to get food.

Stef decided to spoil me with merch! She got me an Ed Sheeran hoodie, two tee’s & the limited edition EP’s! Stef is so amazing, she always spoils me & buys me awesome things! I am so lucky to have such an amazing soul in my life! Thank you Stef, you really cheered me up after everything that happened!

The security guard wheeled me in to our seats & we were quite lucky that our seats were in the aisle. So I was able to sit quite comfortably.
All of the staff at the Palais Theatre were so lovely, nice & understanding of my situation. They got me an ice bag & even a booster seat with a pillow to rest my foot on.
Before Ed Sheeran came on, I was sitting to the side, on a chair with my foot up on the other. The support act came on & they let me stay there right up until Ed came on.I could of stayed there all night, however they needed those seats for the security personnel to police the aisles to stop people from rushing the stage.

When you sprain your ankle you have to keep it elevated. @edsheeran #edstagram

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We got moved back to our seats. Ready to get the concert started! The crowd was going nuts! So many screaming teenage girls! It was insane! Then, out he came! ED SHEERAN!! OMG!! All of a sudden my foot wasn’t that bad!
Needless to say, Ed Sheeran was INCREDIBLE!! I was truly amazed! So was Stef! The looks on her face when he rhymed & rapped so quickly! It was amazing!

Thank You @edsheeran! I may have sprained my ankle getting here but the pain is now gone. #edstagram

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The crowd was very very well behaved. I was actually really impressed. Ed was quite impressed himself by how well behaved the crowd was. During one song, “Wayfaring Stranger” he asked the crowd to just sit down, relax, enjoy it, and to please stay quiet for the duration of the song. That is exactly what they did. Not a peep, out of anyone. It was incredible & it made the song that much more beautiful. He did this for a few other songs too.
Ed also got the crowd involve as his “Gospel Choir” singing in harmonies, singing different parts to songs, or just singing the chorus as “loud & out of tune as possible”

The one thing that impressed me the most was how humble he is. He was talking about his music & his album, this may be slightly miss quoted but he said something like this.
“I don’t care how you got the album, whether you got it from a shop, got it on iTunes, or illegally downloaded it (crowd cheers) all that matters is that you made the effort to want to listen to my music, my songs, that when I do what I love, and play concerts for my fans, you know the songs, you know all the lyrics, I thank you for that!”
I respect any artist that says something like this. Not a lot of people these days actually pay for music, I am guilty of this myself, but the fact they care more about their music being listened too, than being paid for, is truly what music is all about, and for that comment, I respect you more than I already did before Ed Sheeran.

I could go on and on about how amazing this concert was. His use of the Boos Loop Station was truly amazing. I actually have some pretty good videos I managed to take, I shall post these up later on.

The show finished at about 11:30pm. I sent dad a text just before it finished & he was on his way. The security were kind enough to let us stay inside out of the cold for the most part, but we had to go out side as it got later.
Dad showed up not long after midnight, Stef returned the wheel chair back to security and thanked them once again for being so helpful to the both of us. I will be calling them to thank them personally on Monday.

By the time we drove back to drop of Stef, to grab my other things from her place & return home, I was in bed by about 1am & was absolutely exhausted. At this point I was still convinced I only sprained my foot.

The Hospital – Saturday

In the morning Mum took me to the hospital at about 1pm. I had to wait in the car parked in emergency at the Austin in Heidelberg whilst Mum ventured inside to get me a wheelchair. She returned with a chair & I hoped out of the car into the chair. I let her go & park the car whilst I wheeled myself in & began waiting to check in to triage.

It actually didn’t take that long before I got to sign in. The lady at the counter was really nice, we joked around a bit, and I proceeded to explain what happened (yet again). She took notes on the computer & said she will get the triage nurse to check my vitals etc very shortly.

About 5 mins later, the nurse came out, took my blood pressure etc & checked my foot. She then checked me into the “Fast Track” area. She also said “It is pretty busy tonight, so it may take a while, so please just be patient.”
Tonight? poor woman bus still be on her night shift, it was only 1pm. Either way we waited, mum went and got some coffee’s and not long after we got called in.
I was quite impressed! We were only waiting for about an hour! I was expecting it to take way longer than that.

They wheeled me in to a “bed”, well it was a chair, but still, they sat me down and asked if I needed anything. They were all really nice.

My doctor/physio was Kate, She asked me what happened, so once again I had to repeat it. Hahaha by now I was getting a little tired of telling the whole story, so my versions were getting shorter & shorter.
Kate booked me in for an x-ray & not long after I was in & out with the x-ray done.

As it turns out, my foot is indeed fractured. Not badly, but enough to take me out of action for six weeks. It was all a bit of a shock really because I was only expecting it to be sprained. Kate had a print out of the x-ray however between getting all the paper work done & checking out it got misplaced. So I will have to contact their radiology department for digital copies of the x-ray for my records, & for instagram of course! 🙂
My new friends for the next six weeks is a moon boot & a pair of crutches. The boot is to stay on 24/7 only to be taken off to shower & get changed.

broken foot in hospital

They gave me some drugs for the pain & a certificate for the week off work. I need to keep all weight off my left leg for at least a week. I also have an appointment on Thursday to get it checked up to see how I am going.
Hopefully by then I will be able to put some weight onto it.

Getting around on crutches is hard work! Very Hard Work!! I discovered this last night when I went to the footy to see Collingwood take on St Kilda at the MCG.
I was okay until we made our way out of the ‘G back to the car parked on the slippery grass. That was the hardest part.

In the morning my hands, shoulders & right leg were killing me! Putting all that weight on my hands and right leg is painful!

As I am writing this I got the WORST cramp in my left leg! I think I may have to put some voltaren on it. The muscle is strapped in & cannot move at all. That is the worst pain I have had. The foot does not even compare.

I called my boss today to give her the bad news. Good thing is I can work from home, and a colleague lives close by, so I may be able to get a ride to work when I can return next week.
In the mean time, I have my new X-Box 360, my new 3DS, plenty of movies & the London Olympics to keep me occupied for the next 7 days.

Anyway, I think I have written enough tonight to cover all of it. Such an epic 48hrs I have had.

I just want to thank my girlfreind Stef, @lilithia, for being so supportive & awesome by buying me gifts!
Thank you to the staff at the Palais for being so understanding & making my concert experience enjoyable despite my injury
To the staff at the Austin Hospital Emergency, you were all very kind & warm harted. Especially the guy that wanted my Amazing Spiderman tee because he was jealous of its awesomeness. His words not mine!
Thank you to my Dad for picking us up late on Friday night. Thank you to Mum for taking me to the hospital.

And thank you to all my twitter followers for the messages of support!

It’s going to be a long road, much like how long this post is lol! But I will get there in the end!