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Another new post? ZOMG!

28 Nov

Yeah, what the hell. Why not?

In the interest of list-making and redeeming myself after the utter failure of barely listening to any new music in 2010 (especially not at all getting through the ambitious list I posted for myself of stuff I was going to listen to), here are the albums I’ve done in the past 3 months of 2011, in no particular order

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A new post? WTF?

28 Nov

This blog hasn’t been updated in a dog’s age (okay, it hasn’t been that long, but I like the phrase), but as it’s still randomly attracting readers based upon a review I did of a Sonic Youth album (which I re-listened to and still hate, tyvm), I’d like to present you random 3 or so people who happen by every so often with a band you should be listening to. Continue reading

Ashley’s Top 50 Albums of the 2000s: 30-21

27 Mar

Ok, week of school hell is over, time to get back to blogging.  This section is…I’m a little not as content with the placement of these albums, as, I’m pretty sure I actually don’t like some of them as much as 40-31.  Oh well, the numbering of the albums doesn’t matter as much as just letting y’all know what I think is great stuff.  I’m not going to have things to say about all of these albums, so if I don’t write anything, that’s why.  So, let’s get on with it.

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Invasion Day: Selections of Whitefella Music

26 Jan

Here in Australia, 26 January is Invasion Day – or in official parlance, “Australia Day”. It marks the day in 1788 when when the First Fleet landed at Sydney Cove, illegally proclaimed British sovereignty over Aboriginal land, and proceeded to settle the continent under the lie of terra nullius. I would have liked to make an entry today that acknowledges and showcases how vibrant Aboriginal music is, but like many others who live in Australia, I am woefully ignorant in that regard. Sure, I know who Yothu Yindi are and I can name a couple of other Aboriginal musicians, but that won’t make for a terribly good entry. I’ll do something about this before the next Invasion Day.

Instead, I’d like to showcase some of the best music this country can offer that has been made by whitefellas such as myself. This country is a special place for us too, and some of Australian music culture is very rewarding, reflecting the sweeping diversity and intensity of the continent. This entry naturally cannot be truly comprehensive, and some legends of the local music scene are missing in the name of brevity – e.g. The Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly, Hunters & Collectors, and Nick Cave. I would also like to show people that Australian music is more than boorish pub rock and hard rock like Cold Chisel and AC/DC, or throwaway trash like Kylie Minogue and Savage Garden. So without any further ado …

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The Top Ten Songs of 2009

7 Jan

So I still haven’t managed to get myself a final list of albums for the year but seeing as time is moving on I guess I better at least give you my songs of the year so here they are.

10. Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses
Let’s kick this list off with a band who really disappointed me this year and that band are Franz Ferdinand who took years to release an album that sounded like they came up with everything over the course of one weekend. While the majority of the album sees Franz sounding like watered down and boring versions of themselves, Ulysses sees them at their best. As a first single it’s perfect, it has a great hook and you know what it made me want to hear the album, curse you Ulysses

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Albums to be listened to for 2010

6 Jan
    Following in A$hl3y’s footsteps, I’m going to post the list of albums I intend to conquer this year. Continue reading

Albums to be listened to for 2010

6 Jan

Just a quick little post that I’ll be updated as the year progresses.  Currently, in no particular order:

Vampire Weekend – Contra

Eels – End Times

Spoon – Transference

L!o!s! C!a!m!p!e!s!i!n!o!s! – Romance Is Boring

Massive Attack – Heligoland

Hot Chip – One Night Stand

Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago

Ke$ha – Animal – Heard it, solid, fucking gold.

Smile Smile – Truth on Tape

OK Go Of The Blue – Colour Of The Sky

Ringo – Starr Y Not

Editors – In This Light And On This Evening

The Magnetic Fields – Realism

Shout Out Louds – Work

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo

Frightened Rabbit – The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back

Lil Wayne – Rebirth – Ok, maybe technically I haven’t honestly heard this but…well…yeah.  Sooooo bad.

Anyways, I’ll be updating as the year progresses or something.  And of course, if you have any suggestions, please share.

Six Degrees Of Musical Separation

30 Dec

Let’s play! DEVO and Green Day. Continue reading

Happy Christmas

25 Dec

Just like to wish you all a happy christmas from everyone here at An Ocean of Noise; hope you’re all spending the christmas with someone you love or at least can stand and hopefully the music good. Me? Well I’m at home right now listening to my sister blast her newest cd, Miley Cyrus, whatever the new one is called; anyway it features that awful song Party in the USA, I mean seriously I wish the Jay Z song was on. No music for me this year, unless you count Lego Rock Band, which I’m sure will be awesome I mean it’s Lego plus Rock Band what more could you ask for? Well if you’re me the answer is Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall being in the game, which it is so it’s all perfect. And seriously someone listen to Miley and play some Jay Z, he’s 100 times better than this crap. Oh well it’s Christmas so no ranting…well little ranting

Merry Christmas y’all

Weekly Round Up 2

2 Dec

So we had a much slower week this week compared to last but none the less here’s the round up

Reviews
Ashley’s reivew of Big Country’s The Crossing
Ax reviews Mabool by Orphaned Land
Ax reviews Opeth’s Melbourne concert
John’s review of Tracers by Ash

Musings
Travis laments the downfall of Weezer
Ashley on why Tom Petty matters

Ashley on why Rihanna needs Timbaland