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Kate Miller-Heidke. My New Music Crush

Posted in Girls, Music with tags , on 18/05/2011 by ThreeDice

Last weekend I went and saw Ben Folds live at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia. That concert was amazing, and was made more amazing by the surprise that I got after the warm-up act – Kate Miller-Heidke – opened her mouth for her opening number. I had prepared myself for an entree, but in the lovely Kate was served a delightful main course. Her mostly acoustic set was technically, aurally and visually flawless.

I promptly ran out to the merch stand and bought her two albums and made her sign them. I encourage you to go out and buy the records yourself. You’ll have them on repeat soon enough.

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t.A.T.u – The beginning of the end, really.

Posted in Girls, Music with tags on 01/12/2010 by ThreeDice

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The first time I ever saw a t.A.T.u music video was in a bowling alley in New Caledonia. I was living with a family there on a foreign language exchange. The song was charting locally at the time and was absolutely everywhere. I was only about 15 at the time, so the video sort of stuck in my mind. Two Russian girls in uniforms singing in the rain and making out is incredibly memorable when you’re only 15.

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According to Wikipedia, Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova are the most famous Russian pop duo to date.

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In the United Kingdom, TV presenters Richard and Judy campaigned to have the video All The Things She Said  video banned from TV claiming it pandered to paedophiles with the use of school uniforms and young girls kissing. Although their campaign failed, other TV shows took a negative stance to the video and the girls’ kissing. In each of the four times Top of the Pops aired a live performance of the girls, the kiss was replaced with footage of the audience (sometimes kissing) instead.

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Now they’ve grown up I suppose.

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby – From Above

Posted in Music with tags , , on 16/10/2010 by ThreeDice

Ben and Nick have teamed up to make a new album called Lonely Avenue. Ben has put melody to Nick’s Lyrics. Isn’t that nice?

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Bang Bang Bang

Posted in Music on 10/08/2010 by ThreeDice

Embedding has been disabled by request, but check out this new video from Mark Ronson and his new band The Business International. Featuring vocals by MNDR and raps from Q-Tip.

Repeat as necessary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzE5dS6fnFk

 

Tightrope (Wondamix) ft. B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco by Janelle Monae

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on 05/07/2010 by ThreeDice

A follow up to my post about Janelle Monae’s Archandroid.

The Archandroid – Janelle Monáe

Posted in Music with tags , , on 26/05/2010 by ThreeDice

 

I’m going to open with a big call: I think Janelle Monáe is the best thing to happen to Urban Groove since Missy Elliot. There. I said it.

She’s a bit like Estelle, only Cool, and with good songs. I picked up her album The Archandroid this afternoon. You should too.

If for nothing else, pick it up for the cover art. And if you still need persuading, check out the video for “Tightrope” feat. Outkast’s Big Boi.

Team Dynamite – The Demo Tape

Posted in Music on 05/04/2010 by ThreeDice

Folks may remember a while ago that I posted a couple of links to some honest kiwi hip-hop by an outfit called Team Dynamite. Well, they’ve now got a fully downloadable, fully free record available here mixed and mastered by DJ Substance. I strongly advice you wrap your ears around this. Home Brew Crew are starting to get a pretty big name for themselves around town, and Team Dynamite follow in the same sort of turf.

Hit them up on myspace here.