Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Cut Copy reimagined by Architecture in Helsinki

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After a bunch of remixes released for their single ‘Take Me Over’, it’s time to start it all again with Cut Copy’s latest, ‘Need You Now’. The first version unleashed is from the Aussie band Architecture in Helsinki, which in their remix “imagined the tune as a classic Roy Orbison”. So forget all about the club ready electro synthpop that impregnates their music and enjoy this track as a 60’s crystalline pop song.


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‘Need You Now’ will also featured remixes by Carl Graig and DFA's Gavin Russom.

Insight's Untitled Street Party

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Who can resist a good old summer (invite only) block party? Located in a transformed concrete space surrounded by a bunch of flats a street back from Sydney's famed Bondi Beach, Insight's annual Street Party had all the ingredients to make it a smash.




With bands on stage, art installations adorning neighboring properties and of course the all important free booze, it's hard to say no to the lure.




With at least 800 people having RSVP'd to the event, 400 to be let in and seemingly endless crates of alcohol stated on the old running sheet, it was set to be a good time.


Totes rock on, babes.


As it generally goes at these type of things, it was hell to get a drink and due to the amount of cameras on location, scarily well lit. So despite getting stamped on the forearm declaring that 'Somebody's gonna get pregnant at the insight party', the prohibitive access to booze kept it all fairly under control.


HIYA // Entry stamp on Sean's macho forearm


A bunch of bands I wasn't familiar with were playing; when I heard them on the night, they weren't of my persuasion and I'm not sure if any of them particularly charmed the mixed crowd either. They did orright though. But I did thank god when the DJs came on.


HIYA // Slow Blow


The art installations were pretty cool, and included a giant gold apple core which I personally rather enjoyed. Erin Wasson made a cameo, though her presence in Sydney wasn't particularly felt despite the fact that she launched her Low Luv jewellery label in Paddington last week.


HIYA // You suck


Before midnight hit, what I thought was a suuuuper chill party got quietly invaded by some laid back police clearing the place up. A strategic move by the organisers in an attempt for bad-ass-dom? A nearby resident fed up with the noise? Who knows, but it was fun while it lasted...Anyway, Cut Copy were throwing a party over in Chinatown, so it was time to make an exit anyway.


Though I bet I didn't have as much fun as this guy...and as I post, I ask myself a question that I find myself pondering a lot lately... Is this racist or not?




Cut Copy Needs You Now



Soooo, this post was drafted over a week ago. Which means by now, Cut Copy's video for 'Need You Now' is like, totes not news any longer. I tend from time to time, to want to write about something but for some reason or another, lack the words or energy to express my feelings about it. Obviously, I've been chastised for this mal-practise of faux-drafting posts - I'm no longer allowed to start a post and not finish writing it. Fair enough.


Therefore here I go, backtracking and trying make good. Because despite my occasionally fickle ability to write, the reason why I began writing this post was because I really did find Cut Copy's video for 'Need You Now' funny. It's got a plethora of athelets from all sports exercising the wrong equipment for their event before brandishing various lethal weapons and um, a whole lotta other shit going down. It's in this track that you'll find those epic sustained synths that you knew and loved from In Ghost Colours.


This video is like one of those dead pan, joke's-on-you type of scenarios; where everyone is being totally crazy but making out like it's totally normally while you're left to wonder what the hell is going on. Except in this case, you know that it's a Cut Copy video and you're totally allowed to laugh. Check it:


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MIX // Cut Copy: A Tale of Two Journeys

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‘So Cosmic’ is the mixtape Cut Copy released just before giving us the great In Ghost Colours and it was that mixtape that was my favourite thing about this Australian trio. The band has since released a new album, Zonoscope, and then a mix entitled A Tale Of Two Journeys, but it had the same effect on me: I liked the mix better - at the least for now. Unfortunately, no tracklist available so far, but if you like space music, weird disco, a bit of house and are up for mood swings, download it below.




  A Tale of Two Journeys (Mixtape) by cutcopymusic

DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK: Cut Copy // A Tale of Two Journeys


In case you didn’t watch the documentary that Krozm put together whilst Cut Copy was recording the third LP and preparing the new live show, here's the whole thing, divided into four parts:


Cut Copy - LP3 Chapter I // Radio S.O.S


Cut Copy - LP3 Chapter II // Skies Of The Milk Ape


Cut Copy - LP3 Chapter III // Dark Side Of The Pleasure Dome


Cut Copy - LP3 Chapter IV // Visions of Cloud Neck

CUT COPY // the remixes



Cut Copy is an important band. It doesn’t matter if you've already listened to (the leaked) Zonoscope and didn’t like it as much as In Ghost Colours. With one internet single, the band still managed to be the 48th most blogged about band of 2010 according to Hype Machine (a.k.a. that site that doesn’t like us). And that was long before all the remixes kicked in. Now with a package that includes Azari and III, Mylo, Flight Facilities and Tim Goldsworthy via Thee Loving Hands, we're sure going to be seeing and hearing ‘Take Me Over’ everywhere.


Azari and III brings in a house version of the song that makes little use of the vocals, with some reverberating loops featuring the line “inside your head". Yet is one of the longest of all the remixes, going a little over the six minute mark. Not my favorite remix, but it will no doubt please the pure house music fans.


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Although nicely used, Mylo also doesn’t care much for the vocals on his remix. But that doesn’t mean that his version can’t be the most pop of them all. With synths that reminds me of a slightly more metallic version of the ones used In Ghost Colours, it clears out the bitter taste of Fleetwood Mac/Men at Work from the original.


  CUT COPY - Take Me Over (Mylo remix)


Thee Loving Hand remix is a separate matter. From time to time, Tim Goldsworthy decides to turn a song into a real event and gives it a really long treatment with plenty of different moments that still, after it finally ends, make you want to listen to it again. And this is one of those times. So you know what to do with the file below, right?


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And finally is the Flight Facilities remix, which is my opinion shouldn’t be called one, as it's much more like a club edit. But let’s not talk semantics here, either way you call it, Flight Facilities improved the original. They removed that unnecessary synth pad that plays through the whole song, added new drums (including some African percussion) and made everything neater.


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To download all the remixes, you will have to wait until the 7th of February, when the package is finally released. The video for ‘Take Me Over’ was recorded in Melbourne, Australia, last week and is going to feature lots of shirtless people being silly, according to the band’s Twiter.

Cut Copying Fleetwood Mac

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I’m quite skeptical when bands name their influences. Some don’t want to name the exact place where they got all their ideas from. Some want to look cool and name drop random bands. And others yet like to say they take their ideas from life (yeah, right)...but in this case, I'll never doubt Cut Copy again, especially after realizing their new single sounds almost like a cover of Fleetwood Mac, who they named as of the inspirations behind their upcoming album.


Putting the tacky production that only the eighties could produce aside and reckoning that Dan Whitford's singing voice is completely different from Jeremy Spencer's, we came to the conclusion that Cut Copy’s ‘Take Me Over’ simply is Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’. Bass, drums, guitars… ok, not so much the synths, but still! 


  Cut Copy - "Take Me Over" (Radio Edit)


And what does this tell us? Apart from synthpop finally being left behind – did you hear that Australia? – we have a band wanting to get even bigger, and that includes leaving the clubs to be all over radio worldwide; not that ‘Take Me Over’ isn't a dancey number, but it just fits better in the latter. If you are willing to overlook the cheesy new side of the band, you might find the perfect pop gold at the end of the rainbow (sorry, got carried away by the tackiness).


[Ed's note: ahh but if only that little pot of gold actually existed. I don't actually know what we're trying to say here]


‘Take Me Over’ is going to be part of Cut Copy’s third album Zonoscope to be released on the 8th of February.


PS. This song also reminds us of Men At Work’s controversial ‘Down Under’ and CSS’s ‘Move’, a track that Cut Copy remixed.

Cut Copy // Where I'm Going


OMG Cut Copy are beginning to float back into the blogosphere as well as the world of touring in preparation for the release of their latest album. AND they've just unleashed a new track, entitled fortuitously entitled, 'Where I'm Going'! It seems another take on the pensively danceable, oddly melancholic electronica that they got us all addicted to. With guitars leading the way, a tambourine, hand claps included, this is a more organic direction for the lads.


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Taking into account the 'yeahs!' and 'woos!' and harmonised 'ooo ooo ooos', it gave me Beach Boys feelings immediately. It's indisputedly Cut Copy though, and we wait with bated breath for them to finish mixing their third, currently title-less album in Atlanta with Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective). In the meantime, here's some tour dates for you all to run and buy tickets for:



7/16 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Super Bock Super Rock
7/17 - Valencia, Spain @ Benicassim Festival
7/18 - London, England @ Lovebox Festival
7/20 - Dublin, Ireland @ Tripod (Moved from Button Factory)
7/22 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso w/ French Horn Rebellion
7/24 - Mamaia, Romania @ Orange Pre Pay Party/H20 Beach - FREE SHOW
7/25- Warsaw, Poland @ Palladium w/ French Horn Rebellion
7/27 - Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia- SOLD OUT w/ French Horn Rebellion
7/29 - Emmaboda, Sweden @ Emmadoba Festival
7/30 - Arrhus, Denmark @ Train
7/31 - Oslo, Norway @ Rockafeller
8/6 – Chicago, IL @ Metro - SOLD OUT
8/7 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Jelly Pool Party at East River State Park - FREE SHOW
9/25 – Gold Coast, QLD @ Parklife at Gold Coast Parklands
9/26 – Perth, WA @ Parklife in Wellington Square
10/2 – Melbourne, VIC @ Parklife in The Sidney Myer Music Bowl & Surrounds 
10/3 – Sydney, NSW @ Parklife in Kippax Lake/Moore Park
10/4 – Adelaide, SA @ Parklife in Botanic Park
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