Well That Escalated Quickly...
One minute you’re gently swaying to the dulcet tones of Chet Faker at his Adelaide show on Saturday night nek minute THIS.
February Jams
February has been an A++ month as far as new jams go and being the nice guys that we are, we’ve compiled a bunch of goodies into a playlist for your listening enjoyment. Including tunes, remixes and features by ODESZA, Django Django, Drake, Little Dragon, Sufjan Stevens, Jack Ü, Oscar Key Sung, Action Bronson, Chet Faker, FKA twigs, Missy Elliott, ILoveMakonnen, Tei Shi, Catlips, Jesse Davidson & more, there’s something for everyone no matter what your fave flavour is.Jam on it!
Hanging With The Wombats
For most, last Tuesday the 24th February was probably like any ordinary start to a working week. Monday was done and dusted and Tuesday was well on its way into becoming Wednesday. For me however, Tuesday was something quite different…If I could pick a phrase that would sum up my day it would be “Don’t be that stereotypical fan-boy Pete! Be cool.” I had only been asked the Thursday previous whether I could lend a helping hand to the team who made all of this possible. I think I responded, “Yes!” even faster than the time it took for the show to sell out! Which apparently was a mere second!I was fortunate to see the band play live at Glastonbury 2009, which proved to be the last vivid memory of that weekend. I distinctly remember standing there, screaming along to “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” with thousands of other people thinking life couldn’t get much better! As it turns out it could…February 24th 2015. Shebeen. Not thousands this time, just 200 die-hard Wombats fans! Opening with ‘Your Body is a Weapon” instantly the audience was in full-voice! Such is the brilliance of this band that after only after a few quick spins of their new tunes the lyrics and melodies are seared into my brain! It’s was a wonderful combination of fresh expansive sounds, high-octane energy and catchy hooks. But they’re still The Wombats, they still retain that sound we all know and love! The new tunes blend seamlessly with the old. They already feel like classics and I instantly feel 17 again! If that day had ended there I would’ve been a happy man! But as it happened it wasn’t over, not by a long shot. I wandered into the back room where the guys were deservedly enjoying a well-earned drink after nailing the show. What makes it all the more impressive is that they were using entirely rented gear and battling through jet lag. Gingerly I approached Murph and apologised profusely about asking for a photo, off-stage he is just as pleasant and funny as he is on-stage and he thankfully obliged. That picture was then instantly ‘Instagrammed’ and uploaded to Facebook, naturally Tord then passed me a bottle of Tequila to sip out of and although I was technically working how could I refuse? After a while we ventured up to one of the few bars open at that hour. And there I was, the intern sipping Espresso Martini’s as Tuesday gently shifted into Wednesday with The Wombats. Life goal = accomplished! -Pete W (aka our fave Cool Accidents intern/all round lovely chap/Wombats fan-boy #1)
Mick - “For the last f**king time you lot… IT’S BLACK AND BLUE.”
Your Birthday Jam
Have you ever wondered what the number one song on US radio was on the day you were born?WELL WONDER NO MORE. The good folks at Playback FM have built a little time machine so you can travel back to the moment you popped out and relive what was ruling the airwaves on that exact day in America.Click HERE to find out… Fingers crossed you get a classic!
We're In Love With The SOKO
As I troll the internet watching hilarious videos or silently judging Kim Kardashian’s wardrobe choices, every now and then it also offers me little gems of brilliance in the form of new musicians/artists/designers/attractive people to perve. Being the fashion-savvy person that I am (and oh so humble) I was reading an article about the new faces of Roberto Cavalli’s latest campaign and came upon Soko. Naturally I Googled her and as I read up on her I stumbled across this description: “Within every punk, there’s a kid who just wants to be loved. Armed with loss, heartbreak and a voice that cries for help, multitalented French enchantress Soko is the kind of rebel who gives out kisses instead of black eyes, who steals hearts instead of wallets, and gets trashed on tea instead of liquor” Well that is quite an introduction! A girl after my own heart, Soko, my interest is officially piqued. I am one of those people who when they discover things and like them, I MUST KNOW ALL! If you were just as baffled as I was about who she is then maybe some of this info might help you get more acquainted.You may remember her track “I’ll Kill Her” which was somewhat successful and then 3 years ago she released her debut album I Thought I Was An Alien. Now she is back, after re-vamping her style from morbid, bewitching folk songstress to distilling her essence into “a potion of dreamy 80’s goth-inspired lullabies and a touch of California sun”, with her latest album My Dreams Dictate My Reality. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (who also produced her favorite band, The Cure) the album features the hypnotic duet Lovetrap with friend and lo-fi wizard Ariel Pink. A few other tasty tidbits that might tickle your fancy:• She snogged a complete stranger for the viral First Kiss video (which her track ‘We Might Be Dead Tomorrow’ featured in)• She played the voice of a computer’s human sexual surrogate in Spike Jonze’s Her• Collaborated with Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre on his upcoming album• Sang and screamed on Ariel Pink’s album Pom Pom• Wrote and sang on several tracks on Theophilus London’s Vibes including the panty-melting SmokeIn my stalk sesh I found a sort of kickstater-esque merch store for people who wanted to pre-order the album. Like Kickstarter there were different packages that went along with the pre-order if you paid a certain amount of money. I found this absolutely fascinating I had never seen a musician do this before. So I thought ‘My god what would happen if you bought all of these packages? What an amazing day that would be!’ If you bought all the awesome pre-order merch stuff this is what a weekend with Soko would, or should I say could be like:1) First you would fly to LA but more likely Paris as this is where most of the awesome prizes take place (this is also where Soko would be so would be kind of hard to do some things without her).2) When you meet up with Soko she has a few presents for you; she’s brought a signed copy of her latest album (either vinyl or CD, whichever strikes your fancy) for the low price of $41-$61.3) What do you know she has another ‘gift’! She pulls out a hand-made Soko-decorated denim jacket (valued at $150), JUST FOR YOU! Now you too can look as punk as Soko.4) Soko is also a forward planner; she’s got a VIP concert ticket for you to her show on your last night of the weekend together.5) The top-dawg, big spender prize that you bought is that you have ‘rented’ Soko as your bride. We figured you would want to do this first thing because that way you can spend the weekend in a non-awkward honeymoon state. Renting her as Bride includes organizing a fake wedding and exchanging vows that you will always love each other! Have Soko meet your friends and family and cats and dogs and pretend you’re married for a day or in this case a weekend! Now be prepared because this will cost you a hefty $50,000. Y’know coz most people have that kind of money lying around.6) Your first day with Soko will be spent in the magical wonderland that is Disneyland Paris. Meet Mickey Mouse and all his pals and a Disney Princess or two. Ride the rides, take pictures and leave with beautiful memories. For this you will have forked out a cool $2000 (flights not included).7) Later that night the two of you will head off to an awesome party that you are hosting and you will be the talk of the town as Soko DJ’s your rad event with some of her favourite tunes.8) After the amazing gig you head home with Soko and prepare for a pyjama party! Relax in your PJ’s and watch some of Soko’s favourite movies together. To have the pleasure of her company for the night will cost you $500.9) After the junk-filled slumber party the night before, you wake up in the morning and treat your body to some health. Take in a bikram yoga class with Soko and sweat out all your toxins, worries and fears. For this you shelled out $750. (you may have to fly to LA for this one from Paris) 10) After a great workout, Soko takes you round to all her favourite vintage shopping destinations. I’m sure some awesome change-room/shopping montage ensues and you walk out of that trip a new woman/man. Not including the clothes you bought that day, shopping with Soko adds another $1,500 to your weekend.11) Having shopped to your hearts content you head back home where Soko is preparing you a home-cooked meal, her favourite to be exact. 12) Finally, on your last night as man & wife (or wife & wife) you head to her show with the VIP experience she provided on your first meeting.After having what sounds like THE MOST EPIC WEEKEND ever you will have spent a minimal $62,036 (note the sarcasm) and will have had an experience no other fan (and I mean that literally because I don’t know many fans that could afford all these prizes). There is a little part of me that is jealous of this because if $60,000 meant nothing to me I would probably do this, she seems amazeballs. -Court WSoko’s My Dreams Dictate My Reality is available now where all great records are sold | streamed
Ones To Watch - Tei Shi
Here’s a nice bit of newness we weren’t hip to until now… Neat video too and this killer remix by Honne is well worth three and a half minutes of your time.
Choice Cuts
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Jack Ü
Take Ü There (Feat. Kiesza) [Missy Elliott Remix]
Feature video
Craft with Kit (Ep 1) starring GROUPLOVE