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Riot Radio / At The Drive Thru End of 2015 Round Up

It’s that time of year again, and like we do every year, we’ve sat down with the good folks at At The Drive Thru Podcast sat down to drink tequila chat about our favourite and least favourite musical moments of 2015. Check out the podcast and the accompanying playlist below. Podcast: http://atthedrivethru.co.nz/episode-486-riot-radio-2015-music-extravaganza Tweet

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Turn your ‘Playlists’ to ‘Yay-lists’

Humans are social beings. Evolutionarily speaking, we have moved towards living in larger and larger communities.  People with large social networks have power and influence.  People who have no mates are dubbed ‘Nigel No-Mates’, and other people assume that they’ll live at home with their parents well into their forties and they’ll even go as far as to speculate that there’s ‘something going on’ between them and their sister. In many respects this is why popular music has become so important to our lives; it is the soundtrack to our socialising. Ever since our Neanderthal ancestors first said “Hey, this party is a bit quiet, let’s put this Leo Sayer record on” a good soundtrack has been part of every major social life event; be it a ‘party’, ‘wedding’ or ‘community meeting to decide what to do about the large number of immigrants moving into the area’. What people want though, as well as music, is variation. No … Read more

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In Defence of Kanye West and Why the Grammys Still Suck

The Grammys are a few weeks old now and still the predictable Kanye hate trudges on. We all know that Kanye West is one of history’s great douchebags and that his wife is one of the worst people alive. These are indisputable facts, and not up for debate. But still, seriously people, what the fuck. So for those of you that missed it (really?), Beck was awarded album of the year at this year’s Grammys on account of being around for ages – the basic Grammy awards qualification for non-pop acts. Beyonce was again in contention for best album, and Kanye again attempted to take the stage to demonstrate his dissatisfaction with this result. Beck was actually pretty cool about it, and Kanye never actually took the mic, but loudly voiced his views regarding the matter in a post-awards interview for which he has since apologised, albeit quite a long … Read more

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Music is doing fine, you’re the one that’s stagnant

It seems to be a common gripe from people my age (early 30s) that music is somehow not as good as it once was. As someone who listens to a lot of new music, this attitude really fucking annoys me. For a start there is arguably more great music out there today than at any point in popular music’s history, and it’s more readily available than ever. Sure, the music industry as a business may have collapsed in on itself but believe me, that is not a bad thing. If you feel bad about music executives not getting $35 a pop on the music that you’re now getting for free then I’m sorry, you don’t deserve good music anyway. We don’t need your pity. Some people are quite happy to listen to nothing but old music, and I find that really sad. Have you noticed that it’s almost always from … Read more

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Are you thick or something? – Bands I can’t believe I missed

Much like anyone, up until recently I thought I knew everything.  Well, okay, not everything; I mean I knew that I knew very little about lots of things I wasn’t interested in but because I wasn’t interested in them they were unimportant. So really, up until recently I thought I knew everything important. Then in 2010 I had what, if I were a religious man or a man prone to cliché, could only be described as a Saul on the Road to Damascus experience; in 2010 I discovered The Replacements. Yes. I discovered The Replacements, seminal 1980s American indie rock band in 2010. A mere twenty years after their last album was released, and I think I just slid in under 19 years since they broke up.  The thing was, I had heard of The Replacements, fuck, I had even seen the movie ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ (with a soundtrack almost entirely … Read more

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Lana Del Rey: Awesome or Boresome? (Almost works)

There’s nothing worse than when major labels tell you what you should like. An artist or a band is suddenly plastered everywhere, their face is all over music television, and the babbling goons that invariably host primetime radio slots are constantly dribbling on about them as if their paychecks depend on it. A good recent example was that awful Gotye song (I mean seriously, fuck that song) that was suddenly everywhere despite being as beige as John Key’s underwear. (Even the video is literally fucking beige). This is how I felt about Lana Del Rey when her name and face suddenly appeared on every billboard, magazine cover and blog seemingly overnight. My highly trained music snob instincts instantly smelled a rat. Claims of “the next Adele” should immediately send your bullshit radar into overdrive: for a start, why are we always looking for the next of something we already have? … Read more

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Riot Radio on The Egonomist Podcast

At the end of year I (Mike) appeared as a guest on The Egonomist podcast (of which Dan Riot Radio is a regular) to discuss our track and album year end lists, cool music that’s coming up in 2012, and to just have a few wines and yell at each other a bit. Sigh… 2011 it was a simpler time, I broke my new years resolution not to sick up on myself within a day, etc etc… Episode 207: 2011 Music Riots In which we discuss 2011 in music, our year in lists, get drunk and yell at each other for a bit. Download Episode 208: New Years In which we talk about what’s to come in 2012, the Big Day Out, get drunk and yell at each other for a bit. Download You can subscribe to The Egonomist podcast here. Tweet

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No One-Chord Ponies

As Mani announces his departure to devote his life to the Lord’s work (by which I mean, obviously, the reformed Stone Roses) and front man Bobby Gillespie channels the spirit of Spinal Tap to announce the next Primal Scream record will be based around ‘one chord’ I think it is timely to have a look back at the godlike genius that is Primal Scream.  Aside from being based around, one can only assume, The Greatest Chord Ever Known, Gillespie also told NME that the next record will also be very heavily influenced by their 20th anniversary touring of their classic Screamadelica album in 2011. So, will it be Screamadelica 2? I sincerely hope not. I will firstly point out that Screamadelica is one of my favourite records of all time.  My Top Five’ change fairly regularly and but it’s unlikely that there has been a time when Primal Scream’s epic pean to the party to end all parties has … Read more

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Why the fuck do people like Mumford and Sons so much?

Mumford and Sons are average as shit. I mean, honestly, I’m not even sure if their name is supposed to be spelt with an ampersand or the word “and”, because when visiting their Wikipedia page to find out, I actually fell asleep before I was able to read anything. It’s not that Mumford and Sons are the worst band in the world (that spot is still reserved for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their knuckle-dragging legions – God bless ’em, it’s important to know there’s a floor on these things), but why do so many people love them when there are so many bands out there writing better music? The people that like Mumford and Sons are the same people that made bands like Snow Patrol, Jack Johnson and Coldplay famous – basically people who like their sleep therapy put to music. Someone coming up to you and telling … Read more

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The thought of a new Red Hot Chili Peppers album makes me weep for humanity

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the worst. I mean the absolute worst. I’m not exaggerating. The fact that they are currently leading our Worst Albums Of All Time chart is absolutely no mistake. And now it’s that time again. Every three or four years the Chilis part cheeks and excrete forth another brown nugget of near identical tunes and the whole world goes completely nuts for it. As a huge music fan (or music snob, whatever you want to call me) you just can’t imagine what a depressing prospect this is for me. There is so much great music out there these days, and the idea that people would push all of it aside in favour of another slap bass induced 80s cock rock fest is just completely depressing. I mean can you really tell the difference between their last few singles? “Dani California”, “Scar Tissue”, “Californication”, “By The … Read more

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