Inner Hipster: Part Deux

I’m not sure how many of you on this side of the world know this (or care), but January 26 is Australia Day. ‘Tis a day of joy for me, and not just because of the fond memories (or lack thereof) I have of celebrating this day in Perth; it is also the day that the country’s amazing national radio station Triple J counts down the Hottest 100 songs of the past year. I realize this was about two weeks ago, and that this year’s list was a little bit “meh” compared to past years, but there were still some gems that I think are worth telling people about. Check out the whole list here, and for those of you that are interested, below are some of my favourites from this year’s countdown:

I feel as though Cosmo Jarvis and I could be friends. This song is hilarious AND catchy, and was #85 on the list:

 

I like this. I like this a lot. #70:

 

This isn’t a new find for me, but I love it so much that I’m telling you about it anyway. #47 on the list:

 

Also not a new find, but she’s amazing, and everyone needs to like her as much as I do. SO LIKE HER DO IT DO IT NOW, and download the free track here. #23 on the list:

 

Smoooooooth. Get the free track here, whilst enjoying #22 on the list:

 

It makes me sad that more people don’t know about The Jezabels. Ignore the slightly disturbing video and listen to #9 on the list:

 

This song will get stuck in your head, and you will like it. Lucky #7 on the list, plus free tracks here:

 

I wasn’t sure I liked this track when I first heard it, but it’s growing on me. #5 on the list:

 

I’m not sure what I like better: the track or the video. If you haven’t already heard/seen this, you’re welcome. #2:

 

And finally, #1 on the list is Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know (ft. Kimbra).” Most of you have probably already heard this, especially from all the attention it’s been getting these past couple of months. If you’re like me, the first time you heard it you stood there slack-jawed thinking “HOW DID GOTYE KNOW? THIS IS MY LIFE I FEEL VERY EMOTIONAL RIGHT NOW” … or if you’re one of those “normal” people you probably just appreciated Gotye’s musical genius, as can be heard below:

‘Scuze me while I go huddle in the fetal position and replay this track 8 billion times. Later hipsters 🙂

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5 Responses to “Inner Hipster: Part Deux”

  1. I only heard the Goyte track for the first time over the weekend. Definitely a solid track. It’s so quirky and funky-sounding. I’m not generally a huge fan of a lot of new music these days (not all of it is bad… But a LOT of it is not good), but I was quite happy to have found this little gem!

    • do you mind if i ask what you mean by “new music” katie? do you mean the Top 40 kind of stuff that popular radio stations seem to play on repeat? or just newly released music in general? i agree though that you if AREN’T a dedicated Top 40 fan then you really do have to go digging these days to find new music that you like… which is why i heavily rely on sites like Triple J and Flavorwire for recommendations, but even then, jeesh. #firstworldproblems lol

      • I mean pretty much all new music, though Top 40 is definitely diving faster than the rest of the crowd. It’s amazing what passes for marketable these days on the Top 40 scene. But that’s a separate (and highly depressing) issue, haha.

        I guess I’m finding that I’m generally not a huge fan of the surge in popularity of “garage”-type groups that seem to increasingly populate the music scene of late. While I think it’s great that so many more people have access to music, music-making instruments and technology, and a super-easy way to disseminate the music they make (if they so choose)… I increasingly seem to find the song-writing (both lyrically and musically) lacking originality and depth, and the quality of performances have definitely gone downhill too. That might be a reflection of my personal preferences, and also that I’m getting older and perhaps connecting less with the “hip” music kids put out these days (where’s my cane? Where am I? These velcro shoes are just so dandy!), but that’s just how it seems to me.

        I guess I could summarize it as an issue of quality versus quantity. When you really had to be at the top of your game (both in terms of production and performance) in order to convince others to support you financially and to publicize your work, there was more emphasis on quality – you HAD to be good (relative to your competitors, at least) in order to thrive. Now that pretty much anybody can make, publicize and distribute their own music with relative ease (technologically and financially), there’s been a major upshoot in the amount of music coming out, but it feels to me as though the bar has dropped somewhat, in terms of quality. There have also been some really amazing tunes and bands coming out recently (who might not have otherwise done so without the increased ease-of-access), but on the whole, I think I’m liking most new music less.

        Does that make any sense? YAY RAMBLING.

  2. Perhaps I didn’t mean “new music is bad” so much as “new music isn’t as good as it used to be”. 🙂

    • haha no, your comments are amazing and despite my fondness for garage-type groups, i do agree that the genre is more than slightly overrun to the point that most bands sound the same. that’s why i’m so excited by songs that sound unique without sounding frightening, i.e. just in the “hipster” posts i’ve done, my stand-out favs would have to be Eugene McGuiness’ “Lion,” Sparkadia’s “Mary,” and San Cisco’s “Awkward.” San Cisco is definitely more true to the “hipster” sound, but “Awkward” is just so darn catchy that i forgive them for it. but this is totally all my own opinion, and i am far from being a music guru. i do my best to find new quality stuff but the best way (i think) is and will continue to be recommendations from other people. which leads me to my final point/question: what music do you like katie?? let me sponge off of your interests 🙂 (and anyone else who wants to give their fav bands/tracks a shout out!)

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