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.

**UPDATE**
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

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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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Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013

For the first time, in a very long time, I have actually sat down & shortlisted a bunch of my favorite songs to vote for in Triple J”s Hottest 100 of 2013. I managed to get my list to a Top 35. Including 3 Arctic Monkeys songs in my Top 10 and 2 Kingswood songs in the Top 5

Song of the Year:

Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys (video here)

Album of the Year:

AM – Arctic Monkeys {Number 1 Album on Triple J}

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Top 10

  1. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys (video here) {4}
  2. Arabella – Arctic Monkeys {18}
  3.  Ohio – Kingswood {53}
  4.  Give Life Back To Music – Daft Punk
  5.  Sucker Punch – Kingswood
  6.  Summer Forgive Me – British India {84}
  7.  If I Had A Tail – Queens Of The Stone Age {46}
  8.  Why’d You Only Call Me When You”re High? – Arctic Monkeys {6}
  9.  Under Your Skin – Dan Sultan {197}
  10.  Wolf {Like A Version} – Kingswood

Top 20

  1. Thirst – City And Colour {165}
  2. Afterlife – Arcade Fire {54}
  3. Shadow Moses – Bring Me The Horizon {92}
  4. I Want It All – Arctic Monkeys
  5. Riptide – Vance Joy {1}
  6. I Sat By The Ocean – Queens Of The Stone Age {72}
  7. Loud Like Love – Placebo
  8. Play With Fire – Vance Joy {95}
  9. Back To You – Twin Forks
  10. Demons – Imagine Dragons

Top 35

  1. Feel Good Inc. Ft. Urthboy And Scott & Andy From The Living End {Like A Version} – Ash Grunwald
  2. One For The Road – Arctic Monkeys {118}
  3. Southern Sun – Boy & Bear {41}
  4. Plastic Souvenirs – British India {154}
  5. Get Lucky – Daft Punk {3}
  6. Right Action – Franz Ferdinand
  7. Everything – Nine Inch Nails
  8. Love You Deserve – Stonefield {198}
  9. Werewolves – Calling All Cars
  10. Bonnie {Ft. The Griswolds} – Chance Waters
  11. No. 1 Party Anthem – Arctic Monkeys
  12. Snap Out Of It – Arctic Monkeys {182}
  13. Fireside – Arctic Monkeys
  14. Come A Little Closer – Cage The Elephant {132}
  15. Giorgio By Moroder – Daft Punk {162}