Sister Jukebox goes biggie bigs

This. Because I adore Dan Black. and HYPNTZ  is Biggie big. Plus we both loved that Notorious movie about Biggie too.

Need you now by Cut  Copy

And Midnight City by M83 because it is an epic swoonfest, possibly my song of the year. And yeah it has sexyphone break. Listening to this while looking at Christchurch quake damage is quite overwhelming, especially when they say “The city is my church”

For my sisterbella xxx



Sister Jukebox part two

This Maddy Prior song existed for me only as a taped version on a C60 compilation. It is epic folk, with the lyrics of an apocalyptic seer:  Godforsaken wasteland; flames sear the sullen air; your body is warm but your brain is cold; the spine of love is snapped …

Creme de la creme – the best music of 2009

Here’s the tunes and bands that bent my ear and twisted my knobs in 2009:

Standout artists: Dan Black, frYars, White Lies, Roxy Music …

My top 20 for 09:

  1. Gifted – N.A.S.A (featuring Kanye, Lykke Li and Santogold)
    A guestlist to die for, and a divine chorus of plinky plonk wall of sound
  2. The ass, enchanted with the sound – Johnny West
    Hypnotically sparse, mad both sonically and lyrically with a metronomic beat that descends into chaos
  3. Symphonies – Dan Black
  4. Visitors – frYars (featuring Dave Gahan)
  5. Kingdom of Rust – The Doves
  6. In every dream home a heartache – Roxy Music
  7. Love letter to Japan – The Bird and the Bee
  8. Black River Killer – Blitzen Trapper
  9. Lovesick – Lindstrom & Christabelle
  10. Flashing Lights – Kanye West
  11. Sometimes – Miami Horror
  12. Siren Song – Bat for Lashes
  13. Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken – Camera Obscura
  14. No survivor – Glasnost
  15. Radio Kaliningrad – Handsome Furs
  16. Seattle – THE BPA featuring Emmy the Great
  17. My life is a succession of people waving goodbye – Morrissey
  18. Hot mess – Sam Sparro
  19. John Boswell – Symphony of science ‘A Glorious Dawn’ featuring Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan
  20. Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal

Surprisingly impacting on 09 was the Notorious BIG. The mashup Running with the XX is simple and sublime and Dan Black’s HYPNTZ is a gorgeous thing pasting Biggie’s words over the rambling beauty of Black’s tune Symphonies.

Hot tracks:

  • Stand – Othello Woolf
    Listened to him thanks to The Guardian and his alluringly literarily name – sounds a bit like David Byrne and nicely woozy
  • Ecstasy – Dan Black
    Deeply sexy tribute to the joys of the matrimonial bed after the hurly burly of the chaise lounge. Maybe
  • Strange enough – N.A.S.A.
    Another score for guest star Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – plus that killer Wu Tang chant
  • Dance wiv me – Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris
    Another romper stomper
  • Holiday – Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris (loving Goldie guest starring in the vid, reminds me of the night me and my friend Hot Wookie bumrushed the show and got all up in his (gold) grills
  • Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  • In the crook of my good arm – Pale Young Gentlemen
  • Audacity of Huge – Simian Mobile Disco
  • Olive eyes – frYars
  • Daniel – Bat for Lashes
  • Doctor Doctor – Just Jack (Fred Falke remix)
  • In for the kill – La Roux (+ hot remixes)
  • The Fear – Lily Allen
  • Lisztomania – Phoenix
  • Sleepyhead – Passion Pit
  • I never said I was deep – Jarvis Cocker
  • Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  • Sea within a sea – The Horrors
  • Crystallised- The XX

More great pleasures of 09: God help the Girl, Fujiya & Miyagi, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Florence and the Machine, Patrick Wolf

Some pleasurable latecomers were encountered on our Picton road trip – Tom Middleton, Tosca, Slowdive, Quiet Village, Low Motion Disco.

There were as ever a bunch of hottie mashups, including Kitsune Maison Mashups (ElectroSound), ToToM – Dylan Mashed, and a couple of delicious old Night versions of Duran Duran tracks.

Sab prefers the cassingle


This time it’s all about the links, once I’ve been sitting on so to speak:

In music news:

A great addition to the genre of answer songs. Remember this one?

Eamon’s heartfelt plea of “eff it I don’t want you back” was answered by Frankee who gave it right back. Classy

Could this be the coolest author ever? I give you Matthew Reilly (thanks to the wonderful Guardian book blogs and their commenters)
“Reilly owns and drives a De Lorean, modified to have the driver’s seat on the right-hand side, one of only a few in Australia. He also has a life-size replica of Han Solo encased in carbonite”

Plus his books sound quite special:

Many of Reilly’s heroes are men with distinguishing features, three of them acquired during a previous life-defining experience; the exception, William Race, the hero of Temple, has a triangular birthmark on his cheek just under his left eye. Shane Schofield, nicknamed “Scarecrow”, the hero of Ice Station and its sequels Area 7, Hell Island and Scarecrow, bears two scars across his eyes from when he was captured by Bosnians, after his Harrier was shot down, during his interrogation. Stephen Swain, the main character of Contest, has a scar on his upper lip from when he confronted a gunman in the hospital where he worked. The Australian hero of Seven Ancient Wonders, Jack West Jr, has a bionic arm from when he was forced to plunge his hand through a wall of lava to escape a room.