Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I wish I had a boyfriend, I wish I had a loving man in my life



Oh I Wish I Had A Sun Tan I Wish I Had A Pizza And A Bottle Of Wine I Wish I Had A Beach House Then We Could Make A Big Fire Every Night Instead Im Just Crazy Im Totally Mad Yeah Im Just Crazy Im Fucked In The Head And Maybe If I Really Tried With All Of My Heart Then I Could Make A Brand New Start In Love With You


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Someone in my dictionary's up to no good, I can never find the very, special words I should

GRIN MAGIC'S FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF THE 00s


All these end of the decade lists popping up around various corners of the internet have made me want to jump on this retrospective band wagon. Because it would be impossible for me put my favourites in order I've decided to give a song and album with a short write up about why I love it, in no particular order, approximately one a week till the end of the year.



Animal Collective's Feels is pretty perfect, it's all real emotions like longing and heartbreak and awe shining through in a way that I've never really heard in any other music. Animal Collective have this uncanny ability to express every good, bad, fucked up spectrum of human emotion until it gets to a point where I'm floudering around looking unrecognisably at myself. I really don't know how they do it. Probably just by being unpretentious and generally cool guys who, you know, get. it.


Animal Collective - Banshee Beat

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

PAVEMENT COME TO AUSTRALIA IN MARCH

This is kind of amazing, since when does Australia get anything before America/Europe? Auckland gets Pavement's first show in something like a decade?

Pitchfork has dates but Brisbane people will want to be at the Tivoli March 10th.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My head's just one big fuzz

egon schiele


RatTail - Go Green (demo)

Late last year, the day I finished school in fact, my grandmother died. My grandma was very important to my family, and to my dad, as his dad had died when he was 14, leaving him, his mother and younger sister. She lived in Tooting, London, where my family and I had moved from to Brisbane when I was nine. We were happy in the sun of Australia but every now and again we'd feel an aching need for grey days, cold noses, warm houses and the people we'd left behind. When Grandma got sick we'd gone straight to see her and look after her. But I had to come back early to finish my exams, this song reminds of waiting on a balcony outside Grandma's room, wondering how on earth to say goodbye, trying desperately not to cry. It reminds me of weeks of loneliness and my empty house and maths equations and ink stained fingers and wanting to reach down and telephone line and touch.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Be Kind

Animal Collective are set to release an EP of new material in December, which is when they'll be in Australia playing to hungry ears. Grin magic is understandably excited by this. We've heard some of the songs live in various places. Pitchfork has the details. And GvB has some live mp3s.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

I tried to forget you, I tried to forget you


GRIN MAGIC'S FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF THE 00s



All these end of the decade lists popping up around various corners of the internet have made me want to jump on this retrospective band wagon. Because it would be impossible for me put my favourites in order I've decided to give a song and album with a short write up about why I love it, in no particular order, approximately one a week till the end of the year.


Electrelane's No Shouts, No Calls is a quiet achievement by an all girl group from Brighton, one of my favourite places in the world. It's not production-slick, grit free or perfect but to me, it glows with real feelings and melodies. Filled with heart felt harmonies, call and response vocals, splatterings of organs and occasional raucuous guitar meanderings it's definitely one of my favourite albums of the last ten years.






Electrelane - Saturday

You are quivering with excitement over some new project you have, probably an amplifier that sounds like it's fallen down three flights of stairs and pictures that are like looking through a dirty windscreen with a sunset behind it. Cute, I say, squatting down with you and rolling my eyes, hiding my grin in my sleeve. You, self aware and brazen, push me over and pull on my pigtails. I remember this while brushing the dirt off of a creased photo I found of you and me in the shit I cleared out of my car, with a silver spoon, bills, so many empty cigarette packets and a old, ratty jacket.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

But it's like we weren't made for this world... though I wouldn't really wanna meet someone who was



GRIN MAGIC'S FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF THE 00s


All these end of the decade lists popping up around various corners of the internet have made me want to jump on this retrospective band wagon. Because it would be impossible for me put my favourites in order I've decided to give a song and album with a short write up about why I love it, in no particular order, approximately one a week till the end of the year.

A dizzying triumph of self inspection, soul wrenching terror, longing and raw emotional vulnerability, Of Montreal's Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? is one of my favourite albums from the last ten years. Kevin Barnes pushes all he can onto this record, the darkest and most desperate parts of human emotion, the battle with the chemistry of the brain and a grapple for control whether through fanatical escapism, funky grooves or head long, hysterical, self loathing. This album sparkles in the most suprising ways, always richly melodic and abounding in lyricals gems it seems to demand attachment as it's as hard to ignore this kind of emotive power as much as it is to ignore great pop music.


'...our particles are in motion...'

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Smiles are for private






?/the year in pictures/?

The Mantles - Don't Lie

[from Don't Lie 7"]

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