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.
Bassike
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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Hiya Amadou & Mariam

amadou-mariam                                                          Illustration by Fontaine Anderson

 

Amadou & Mariam are a couple from Republic of Mali, Africa, and have a
really cool history. Known as “the blind couple from Mali”, because
they are a blind couple from Mali. They met in the 80s and have since been playing a type of music that mixes traditional and local sounds with guitars and other traditional instruments from around the world. Their sound has since been known as afro-blues.

Although together for ages, it wasn’t until 2003 that the world paid them any attention since they had an album produced by Mano Chao. Stuff started to roll on for the duo after that. They were selected to write the official anthem of FIFA’s 2006 World Cup, they opened for Scissor Sisters and Coldplay, played festivals like Lollapalooza and All Tomorrow’s Parties, 2008 saw them place a song in Pitchfork’s best of list and - my personal favorite - they were invited to write a song for Twlight’s New Moon soundtrack (thank you, Wikipedia...by the way, have you helped them Wiki peops out already?).

 

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To add more awesomeness to this impressive resumé, the band is releasing a remix album that features some of the coolest people around, like Yuksek and Vitalic as well as Akon and Bob Sinclar (the world ain't a perfect place and you know it) with 13 reinterpretations of Amadou & Mariam tracks.

Some of the tracks have been floating around for a long time, like the
awesome Theophilus London remix for ‘Sabali’, that Theo named 'Grey X Sage' on his mixtape. Theophilus actually told us a little tidbit about this in reference to how good the remix is; because apparently as a result of this remix alone, Damon Albarn invited Theo to become a character in the cartoon band Gorillaz.

 

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And there are new remixes, like the Miike Snow contribution, that re-arranges the track with an amazing electronic vibe that works beautifully with Mariam's falsetto vocals. The Miike Snow remix is mellow and uplifting, yes, but it's in the original that you can truly see exactly what it is that all these talented people see in the blind duo. Kudos to Damon Albarn for the production on this one.

 

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Amandou & Mariam Remix is out in January - but you can already hear 30
seconds snippets on their Myspace - and will be followed by an album
with new songs in February that will feature Santigold and Yeah Yeah
Yeahs’ Nick Zinner.

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