Monthly Archives: December 2010

Mike’s Top 10 of 2010 – SONGS

I’m a songs person rather than an albums person in general, so here are my favourite songs of 2010. The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood” Song of the year for me, no question. It’s everything that MGMT’s second album material should have been but wasn’t – anthemic, instantly memorable, modern and beautiful. Well deserving of the Silver Scroll for songwriting – the system occasionally works, folks. If you didn’t like this song in 2010, your ears were painted on. The Drums – “Let’s Go Surfing” Catchy as fuck, this was the instantly memorable indie pop hit of the year. Making something new and fresh from a tried and tested theme, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the psychedelic, fresh-faced, unashamed optimism of this song. Tommy Ill – “Best Damn Evening” Wellington rapper Tommy Ill captures all that is good about hip hop – well crafted, superbly delivered … Read more

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Mike’s Top 10 of 2010 – ALBUMS

What a great year for music. Here’s my take on the what I thought the best albums of 2010 were. Best Albums Wavves – “King of the Beach” Scratchy guitars and shouty songs about going to the beach and being an idiot. This album is irresistible – it’s impossible not to get excited by Wavves’ energy. Definitely the album I’ve listened to the most this year, I really can’t recommend this highly enough. Best Coast – “Crazy for You” It’s unashamedly pop music – which is perhaps why it was missing from a lot of people’s end of year lists – but that’s what I like about it. Sunny melodies, guitars and giant pop hooks. A breath of fresh air, and a great summer soundtrack. Broken Bells – “Broken Bells” A supergroup made up of James Mercer from The Shins and star producer Dangermouse was always going to turn heads, … Read more

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The Go! Team featuring Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) – “Buy Nothing Day”

Holy shit this is awesome. After raving about how incredible The Go! Team were last week, I finally caught the much-hyped next single ‘”Buy Nothing Day” featuring Best Coast on C4. It really is a near perfect pop song, a late contender for single of the year. It combines everything that is great about modern pop, guitars, a great melody, an irresistible beat, and an energy that you can’t describe. I haven’t been this excited by a song since The Naked and Famous’s “Young Blood” 6 months ago – this is what great music sounds like, people. Further evidence that “Rolling Blackouts” will be an incredible musical kick-start to 2011. There’s a video out that captures the song pretty well too – will post it when it goes up on Youtube. The Go! Team – Buy Nothing Day by thegoteam Tweet

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Scared New World

I have always thought conservatism tended to arise from one of two things; upbringing (early onset conservatism) or fear (adult onset conservatism).  It was sometimes a mixture but, as an optimist, I have always felt it was curable.  However, the philosophical, moral and political tortoise-shell of conservatism is far reaching and effects very strongly both the music the conservative listens to, and the format in which they listen to it. Now, I’ll start by making a few things clear.  The first thing is I am not really talking about political conservatism or, shall we say, ‘Big-C’ Conservatism.  Being posh or being scared of the modern world influences the way people vote and the views that they hold but this is neither the time nor the place.  I will add though, for the record, that I picked John Key as an OpShop fan from the moment I laid eyes on him, I really … Read more

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Discovering a Sound About The Same Time as Everybody Else Does but Before NME

The weird thing about trends or movements or ‘sounds’ is you think that there is an age where you would not only cease to care, but even if you did want to be ‘hip Uncle Dan’ and keep up with the kids, you’d stop hearing about, or relating to them.  Obviously being ‘hip Uncle Dan’ is pretty specific to me but you get the idea; you’d be essentially locked out of paradise because of your age, questionable sexual motives and bad breath. Okay, again, fairly specific. You would think you would cease to ‘get it’, but above all, you would also cease to care because, by and large, once you are out of the identity-formation stage of adolescence  ou realise, for the most part, the movements and scenes and zeitgeists that surround a ‘sound’ are nought but vapid fashion. And the shoes often hurt and are wholly impractical. When I first heard No Age’s … Read more

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Germs of Perfection: Free Bad Religion Tribute album

Get a free Bad Religion Tribute album from Spin.com. Bad Religion were/are arguably one of America’s most important punk bands, and it’s great to see the band finally getting some of the credit they are due. Spin.com has put together this pretty good collection of covers of Bad Religion songs, that really drives home how great some of their songs are and what an excellent lyricist Greg Graffin is. The best songs here are the ones that take the songs out of their usual four chord punk structure and create something new: a lot of these are folk music interpretations and for the most part it works well. The most famous band on here is Tegan and Sara who I’m admittedly not a fan of (I find ’em a bit samey – ironic on a punk compilation I guess), but check out Switchfoot’s version of “Sorrow” and William Elliott Whitmore’s … Read more

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Does It Offend You, Yeah? remix The Naked and Famous

Does It Offend You, Yeah? are one of my favourite dance acts from the UK, and my love of The Naked and Famous is well documented. Put them together and you can’t help but achieve something awesome. Check out their remix of TNAF’s “Punching in a Dream” entitled “Does Being Famous Offend Nudes”, courtesy of NME. And you can download it for free here (right click and “Save link as”). It’s in WAV format but I’m sure you can figure out how to convert it to MP3. Does It Offend You, Yeah remix The Naked and Famous – ‘Does Being Famous Offend Nudes’ by rebecca_schiller The original article at NME.com. Tweet

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Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump – New single “Spotlight” in two versions.

Fall Out Boy’s ex-singer Patrick Stump has uploaded his new single to Youtube in two versions _ “Spotlight (New Regrets)” and “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)”. He wants his fans to help him decide which version he puts on his forthcoming solo debut album. Seems like a great publicity idea to me, as it gets his fans involved in the making of the album, and everyone that votes is twice as likely to have an interest in the album. A nice simple idea, that grabs your attention and gets you listening. I’ve always been partial to a bit of Fall Out Boy, and it’s good to see Patrick embracing the R & B side that he always hinted at in FOB. He’s tidied himself up too – slimmer and less ginge. No more Hucknall comparisons. Check out the videos below, and you can vote for your favourite at his website. Both versions … Read more

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MusicHy.pe | MusicHy.pe Polls: Worst Song of the Year 2010

MusicHy.pe Polls: Worst Song of the Year 2010. Just finished putting this together for Musichype. 2010 was a great year for music, but just like any other year there was some complete arse as well. As you can imagine, Ke$ha, Rhianna, Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas feature prominently, as do all sorts of other autotunes monstrosities. I refrained from putting some Kings of Leon in there, but I did manage to get a nice dig at Prince in with an abomination called “Sticky Like Glue” (“If I absolutely had to listen to any pop star who wore all purple, I think I’d go for Barney”) that features a rap bit. Yes rapping in a Prince song. It’s the aural equivalent of being stabbed in the ear with a purple knitting needle. And yeah, Beiber’s in there too. Check out the full thing at MusicHype and cast your vote. Tweet

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Welcome to the new Riot Radio blog site!

Welcome to the new Riot Radio site! We basically built this site so we could share our rants about music, slag off Coldplay fans, and let you know about music we like. Hopefully we’ll be doing some DJ gigs around Wellington in the near future too, so stay tuned. Hope you like the site! Tweet

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