Friday, September 28, 2007

► Internet Killed The Video Star

Here lies 3 killa vids for 3.5 killa songs, dedicated to the iGeneration in all of us that enjoys simultaneous audio and visual stimulation.

Matt and Kim - Yea Yeah (Flosstradamus Remix).mp3

So far this has to be one of my favourite tracks of 2007! That was a fairly large claim- open to much ridicule… So maybe their enthusiasm does rub off a bit, but Matt & Kim, a duo from Brooklyn, are for sure going to be a summer favourite with their super happy brand of drums and keys. And this video remixed by Flosstradamus definitely shows why! Or maybe it was just because Matt forgot to take his Ritalin… Either way – Totally – Radical – Awesome – Yeah!!

Hearts Revolution - C.Y.O.A.!.mp3

C.Y.O.A. or Choose Your Own Adventure… Ya’no like those books where it like has heaps of different ending and stuff…? Yeah well I’m not quite sure what exactly it has to do with this video clip, but I do like it a lot! It does remind me slightly of that Justice clip for some reason, you know the one with like shirts and stuff… And no, it’s not because both titles are punctuated by full stops, oh wait- yes it is.

So speaking of Justice, here is an awesome video clip, and no, it’s not D.A.N.C.E ! why? Because I hate that stupid song! There I said it (I am also praying to the music gods they do not play it as their closer at Parklife) So instead here is 'Your Friends', and if you watch closely you might catch a glimpse of a design for one of the shirts used in the D.A.N.C.E. vid.

And just because I’m feeling pleasant, and because everyone else seems to enjoy that shyte song – here is the only decent remix of it…and believe me there are M.A.N.Y.!

Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (MSTRKRFT Remix).mp3

†rash Out ■

New Music: Matthew Dear

A new album that just came into my hands from our friends at Inertia is Matthew Dear's third solo album Asa Breed. Truth be told I had no idea who Matthew Dear was when I grabbed the CD as it came under the genre electronic on the press release which always catches my attention. I like to have my recently added playlist on shuffle most of the time at home and when the first song of his started playing it immediately caught my ear. I took the player off shuffle and listened to the rest of the album which is definitley one of the most interesting albums I have heard in recent times. It is really varied, at times sounding like Postal Service, then like Hot Chip and then to TV on the Radio, 3 bands I like immensley. It has great rhythm throughout which I then read should have been evident due to his minimal-tech background under the moniker Audion. At best I could probably describe it as electro folk-punk and it is really, really good. So instead of me crapping on, trying to decribe the sound here are a couple of tracks to show you how good he really is.

Matthew Dear - Don and Sherri

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ministry of Summadayze Lineups are here!

Even though the weather might not indicate so, summer is on the way. This is evident through the mass of festival lineups that will filter through the telegraph poles over the next couple of weeks. A banging Parklife kicked things off soon followed by cracking Falls and Southbound lineups and now we have a brand spanking new electro-festival in the Ministry of Sound Annual All Day Outdoor Festival (phew what a fucking mouthful). It certainly it is a good day to be a sandgroper with Perth taking preference over Melbourne and Brisvegas to get one of the two legs of the tour. With a line up that would perk up any nipple, MOS have given us another outdoor festival as opposed to an All Night Warehouse Party in Sydney (how ridiculously good does that sound) with Armand Van Helden headlining. I think it is sort of like a Day/Night thing from East to West...blah, blah....but it does have an amazingly good line up and so without further ado...


Sneaky Sound System (DJ/Live)
Midnight Juggernauts (Live)
Fedde Le Grand (Holland)
Booka Shade (Live) (Get Physical, K7 / Berlin)
Trentemoller Live In Concert (Poker Flat)
PNAU (Live)
DJ Medhi (Ed Banger)
Infusion (Live)
Paul Harris
Smokin’ Jo
John Course
Riot In Belgium
Hook n Sling
The Aston Shuffle
& More to be announced

Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster, Moshtix, Inthemix and Live Stores today Friday 28th September. Limited First Release tickets available at $79 + applicable

So get going kids cos these are gonna go like Pete Doherty to a crack pipe.


There is no doubting the quality of the Ministry lineup, but if one observes closely, you will observe that it does have a lack of variety. Not to blame MOS for it as techno, house, breaks etc is what they do. But for a true smorgasboard of electronic delights, Summadayze has well and truly delivered. From hip-hop to house, breaks, indie, funk and of course some banging electro, mark Sunday January 6 down in your diaries boys and girls cos Perth esplanade and Supreme Court Gardens are going to explode. I've never really been a huge fan of Summadayze as I always was Good Vibrations boy, but drop my dacks and call me charlie, Future Entertainment have done a stirling job with this year.

David Guetta feat Chris Willis
New Young Pony Club
Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso
Felix Da Housecat
Christopher Lawrence
Sister Bliss (Faithless
Dave Spoon
De La Soul
Benny Benassi
Kissy Sell Out
Cosmic Gate
Joachim Garraud
People Under The Stairs
Claude Von Stroke
Tom Neville
Kid Confucius
Midnight Juggernauts
Bang Gang
KIM (Presets)

New Yound Pony Club, Chromeo, De La Soul, Benny Benassi, Kissy Sell Out, People Under The Stairs, Von Stroke, Infusion.....SHIT!!!

To put it lightly I am very, VERY excited about summer and heading to Sydney for NYE and Shore Thing (Groove Armada) and Field Music (I can't do another rundown I need to sleep).

Ok quick festival count Parklife(Monday!, there's a couple of bad clashes too, not cool), Ministy AADOF, Nevereverland, Shore Thing, Field Day, Summadayze...Holey moley it's on!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

1990s & The Dirty Secrets

Last night Highlighter ventured down on a wet and windy night to check bucktoothed bee-boppers 1990s who happened to be supported by one of my favourite Perth bands at the moment, the Dirty Secrets.

I was a tad worried about what the show was going to be like as I had heard that 1990s had put out a bulletin to their myspace friends to message them back to get your name on the door. This was obviously just to fatten the crowd a little as ticket sales had been poor, but much to my surprise the crowd was decent at 8:30 for the start of the Dirty's.

Opening with latest single My Heart is on Fire, these Perth boys were really impressive. Even though the new-wave, synth rock sound isnt new, they do it very well, with vocalist/synther and Napolean Dynamite lookalike Jarrah, having a voice that reminds me of Julian Casablancas mixed with Paul Banks when he goes low... Yeak its good. He's also got some skills playing his keys with one hand holding the mike in the other and singing like a demon which was really impressive. I still think that Five Feet of Snow is their catchiest track but the new single has a definite party vibe about it and will be a sure grower. Here's a couple of their tracks and make sure if you get a chance to go and see them, DO! They are great live and i'm sure their album, due for release very soon will be top notch.

PS This Miami Horror remix is absolutely banging and i've heard on good authority that it will/has been a frequent of Ajax's Parklife sets.

The Dirty Secrets - My Heart Is On Fire

The Dirty Secrets - Five Feet Of Snow (Miami Horror Remix)


Dirty Secrets were supporting Glaswegians 1990s, to quote their myspace with no "The" and no apostrophe. I really like 1990s first single See You At The Lights, and the music video just sealed the deal.

Yes Jackie's teeth are that bad and yes they sound really good for a three piece, I always have a little bit more respect for a three piece if their sound was as good as the 1990s was. They had a good setup also, you can't really make it out in the photo above but they were all in a line, pinned at the centre by the drumkit. I also am a big fan of the scottish accent, cracks me up everytime. And apologies about the quality of the photo of Jackie below, it sucked to begin with and it still sucks after i've filtered it to death with photoshop.

And lastly to a new section that I will finish each post with, I will post a Golden Oldie track that has at some point in my life done some good, given some inspiration or i've just plain fucking loved it. Its only fitting that the first Golden Oldie will be a gangsta rap song as gangsta was pretty much the type of music that made me fall head over heels for music. NWA were probably the first proper gangsta group and this is my favourite party track of theirs and one of the only songs that Dre MC's on. Love it, hope you do to if you haven't heard it.

NWA - Express Yourself

Love Yous All

Monday, September 24, 2007

Parklife Remixed

I know I just posted the Parklife mix but as I am feeling just so darn excited about next Monday i thought I would throw some more fuel on the fire with another mix. This one is a Remix Tape of a selection of Parklife artists. Some are of other artists remixing them, some are the Parklife acts remixing others. Most are quite good tracks in my opinion especially the Bagraiders remix of K.I.M and the Teenage Bad Girl remix of Bring It On by Goose, both crackers (Also apologies about the Bloc Party remix as it is quite old but I am a sucker for a good bit of indie). I am just assuming that everyone is as excited as I am about Parklife, it really seems to be a case of out with the old (breaks - no offence Freeland, still love you) and in with the new (ELECTRO!), a masterful stroke by our chums at Fuzzy, the organisers. Enjoy

Parklife Remixed by DJ Benjimite

K.I.M. - By The Time They Reach You (The Bagraiders Remix)
Midnight Juggernaughts - Shadows (Ajax Remix)
Kraftwerk - It's more fun to compute (Busy P remix)
Digitalism - Zdarlight (Discodrome Edition)
Goose - Bring It On (Teenage Bad Girl remix)
Justice - The Party (LA Riots Remix)
Whomadewho - Out the Door (Hook N Sling & Kid Kenobi Remix)
Lyrics Born - Pack Up Remix (Featuring Evidence/Dilated Peoples & KRS-One, Prod Jumbo/Lifesavas)
M.I.A - Boys (The Twelves Remix)
Bloc Party - Two More Years [MSTRKRFT Remix]
The Sounds - Tony The Beat (Rex the Dog mix)
Grandmaster Flash - Adventures on the Wheels of Steel (Scratch Perverts Mix)
Muscles - One Inch Badge Pin (Christopher Robin Remix)
Sneaky Sound System - I Love It (Riot in Belgium Forest Rave Mix)
Yelle - À Cause des Garçons (Sta Remix)

Oh and by the way, weather forecast for Monday is sunny, mild and 9-23, oh yeah.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


After a large weekend that included winning a footy premiership and drinking about a million beers I have a fresh cold and a lot of uni work on. So instead of addressing these issues i have decided to compile a Parklife mixtape. I can't believe Parklife is only 2 weeks away and i am so poor but with ticket in hand it doesn't matter.

So here it is, it should all fit on 1 CD and gives a good variation of the plethora of tasty treats on offer at Parklife.

Burn one for your friends, family, dog, whoever, share the love!

Living The Parklife - Vol II

If your not going, best get yourself a ticket.

Hope you enjoy my mix

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

!st Post


After reading about a million I have decided to pen my own thoughts and do my best to share some of the freshest, swoitest and rip-frickin roaring tracks floating around Perth, Oz and the G Lobe.

Tomorrow night I am off to the Wasted Magazine launch party at Gilkisons which should be a lot of fun.

Playing are a bold bunch of broads named Brass & Sassy. The play dirty electro femme-pop that i'm sure is not far away from lifting the f*ck off. They sound a little like a sexed-up version of Sydneysiders Teenager, with that Chrissy Hinde type husky smouldering vocal. Their tracks drip smut. So I thought i'd post a couple to see if you kids enjoy them as much as I do.

Also gracing Perth this week are the mighty Juggers (Midnight Juggernauts), who have just droppped a stirling debut album Dystopia, (with the Aussie version I bought you get a bonus CD with 6 awesome extra tracks including a bombed out mix of shadows by head Bang Ganger Ajax.

It seems even his poo could turn to gold at the moment.

I'm really glad Juggers are touring as I had to skip their set at Splendour In The Grass as I chose to see a very disappointing set by Gotye who I was/am a fan of, but 20mins of sound problems before he started really took the gloss of his performance.

And in other VERY jolly news, DAFT PUNK!!!! tickets went on sale today and yours truly got one and I was also very impressed that you get a free copy of Daft Punk's Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005 album which has been specially reproduced for the Never Ever Land tour, though perhaps you should with the rather high ticket prices. But hey, Daft Punk, first ever Aussie tour, sweet support acts too, and us in Perth get Van She too. Yaaay. Here are a couple of Remixes to keep your tongues wet until decemeber.

Till next time i'll leave you with a quote from the great man Jeff Fenech

"Love youse all"