FEATURE: triple j Hottest 100 2009

Looking back on this year’s list, personally, I thought it was pretty good. A lot of the songs I voted for got in, but there were also a lot of great songs that I was pleased got a placing that I didn’t vote for. I also heard a few cool songs I hadn’t heard before, which is always good. I was happy with number 1 too. “Little Lion Man” is a great song

That said, I will admit, it seemed like there was a lot more electronic/techno music, which might not have been to everyone’s tastes. But this is a massive nation-wide poll, I guess everyone just has to be a bit more open to what everyone else enjoys on Australia Day.

If anyone wants to check out the full list of the songs that got in: Wikipedia.

Edit: Reading some Facebook comments (read: complaints) on the results of this hottest 100 prompted a slightly heated response from myself, which I feel basically sums up my feelings rather well, so I shall include it here.

People need to stop being so self-absorbed and accept that quite clearly there are other people around who listen to music, and their tastes may or may not differ from yours.
It’s a poll. Triple J didn’t rig it. This is what the people that vote like. All you can do is put in your 10 votes, hope some of your favourite songs get in, and have a good day. And if you don’t get all your favourites in, deal with it. It isn’t YOUR hottest 100. It’s the hottest 100 of the people that voted.
If you aren’t happy with it, start a blog and make your own list of your favourite songs if it makes you feel good.

I had an awesome day hanging out with my mates, there were some great songs played. Thanks Triple J.

REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys – “Humbug” – initial thoughts

triple j just played the new Arctic Monkeys album, “Humbug”. It was leaked a while ago, but this was the official premiere of it apparently. I’ll be picking up the album very soon hopefully, so a full proper review will be up in the near future, but for now, here’s what I initially thought after listening to the preview.

Josh Homme’s influence is clearly showing through, I think. It’s not as instantly catchy as their previous albums, but I think this album will grow on people. It’ll be one of those ones, that if you put time into listening to it a bit, it will develop and sound better and better. The sound is a bit darker, and the hooks are bit more distorted and out there.

Especially since this sounds quite different to previous material, I think there will be a lot of whingers about changing styles. Definitely not about selling out though, just changing styles.

However, I think this album is definitely gonna be worth it. It’s always good to see a band taking themselves in a different direction.

Overall, I like it. I think it has a lot of promise. And I don’t think it will disappoint.