Post-trip, post-thesis, and it’s getting warm

Actually, constant reader, this post is pretty well just a brief music vomit.

Here, have some songs that I’ve added to my 2014 playlist since June.

[The Sinking Teeth – You can’t build a bike out of muffins] [Clipping – Work Work] [SBTRKT – New Dorp. New York] [Harts – Red & Blue] [Megan Washington – My heart is a wheel] [TV on the radio – Happy Idiot] [BADBADNOTGOOD – Can’t leave the night] [The Ghost Inside – Avalanche] [Superfood – Right on satellite] [Death from above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979] [ZHU – Paradise Awaits] [Sun Kil Moon – Carissa] [Finch – Anywhere but here]

How about records? Try Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker, In the silence (or Dýrð í dauðaþögn) by Ásgeir, This is all yours by Alt-J, and Royal Blood by Royal Blood; also, I have a niggling feeling that I should pick up Banks’s record (Goddess) and tell you to do the same.

Yes, I went on a trip to the Philippines and Hong Kong; yes, I finished my thesis (and got a good mark for it); yes, Canberra’s getting warm so it’s cricket and jasmine and getting-ready-for-Christmas season…

…but it’s all about the music yo.



Six thousand three hundred and sixty-seven words, nine songs, one kitten

And three short stories.

There are the makings of a thesis on my computer—6,367 words of introduction, background, and literature review—and, while I don’t know if it’s any good, I do know that it’s not terrible. On December 16 this year I will receive my Masters in Science Communication and I will never go back to university.

There are nine songs I want to share with you. –> [Jamie XX – Girl] [SAFIA – Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds] [Total Control – Flesh War] [The Paper Kites – A Lesson From Mr. Gray] [Jesse Boykins III – Plain] [Northeast Party House – The Haunted] [DZ Deathrays – Gina Works at Hearts] [Split Seconds feat. Kathryn Rollins – Halfway There] [Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite] <– These songs are making me happy to be alive; I recommend that you give them a listen.

There is one kitten who I haven’t met except through Skype. I just Skyped with him and my youngest sister for almost three hours. His name is Theseus, or Theocat, and he is going to help my sister get better.


A new radio station

Just a quickie in between reading chapters of Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences.

Triple J’s ‘new’ station Double J began doing it’s thing this week. (‘New’ because it was a takeover of the Dig Music station and because Double J was the name of Triple J a long long time ago.)

Here’s a good article on the station launch.

I’m definitely feeling like I’m in that older bunch of Triple J listeners. Hell, I’ve been claiming that I turned middle aged at Groovin the Moo last week, although I have good reasons for this claim…

  1. Violent Soho dedicated a song to their ‘old’ fans (I first saw them at Laneway 2008).
  2. Architecture in Helsinki introduced ‘Heart it races’ as ‘a song from prehistoric times’. 
  3. The Presets were excited to sign my ‘Beams’ album insert and to meet an ‘old school’ fan.
  4. I left the festival early, missing Dizzee Rascal and Disclosure, because I felt sick and exhausted due to an epic seafood-and-red-wine-filled wedding the night before.

I must be in that older bunch of Triple J listeners.

But I don’t hate Triple J as described by Geoff Lemon in his article. There’s plenty of incredible new music coming out, particularly in genre-bending forms, that Triple J is jumping on and that I’m loving.

Having said that, I’ve *really* been loving what Double J has been playing too… they played Rufus Wainwright followed by Public Enemy yesterday!

I suppose I’m just trying to say that Triple J and Double J aren’t mutually exclusive.

Go forth and love both stations.

(Unless you’re my Mum and Dad. Mum and Dad, go forth and love Double J. I know you will.)