I previously blogged about New Zealand band The Naked and Famous back in March, when I hope you all grabbed your free single of the week, Young Blood from their 2010 album Passive Me, Aggressive You (right). The video for The Sun, the fifth single from the album, featuring male and female nudity and slow motion sex scenes, was banned yesterday by YouTube for being too explicit.
Seriously, I’ve seen far more on family-friendly teen-loving prime-time True Blood. Not that I’m complaining, but where do you draw the line between art and being banned. Is this video (below) any worse than a Salvador Dali nude sketch, or any album depicting tasteful nudity. I mean seriously YouTube, unless I was a spotty-nosed adolescent teen boy deviously using the mouse to pause the video, I wouldn’t even see anything anyway! [I bet they’ll all try and pause the video now – Ed.]
Abbe May is my kind of gal, a hot rockin’ chick with a guitar. Her debut album was released on July 8th. The young Australian is “set to destroy the entire rock world”, according to PopMatters.com, who continue:
“Her new solo album Design Desire is bursting with the most righteous and gnarly blues-laced guitar sound this side of the White Stripes and the Pack a.d., drifting majestically beneath honest, take-no-prisoners vocals dripping with tasteful effects.”
I don’t entirely agree with Pop Matters, but I do like the track You Could Be Mine. Besides, I’m loving the cover. It’s
wacky! It reminds me of Roxy Music’s Country Life, and Sweet Apple’s
Love & Desperation. Fritz has covered those here in an earlier Déjà Vu entry. And of course, there’s nothing ever wrong with a bit of flesh, sexy lingerie and a large cattle skull!
Georgia Fair is an Australian folk music duo comprising Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley. And they are offering a free download of their single Marianne via their website. All you have to do is sign up for it. The single is from their 2010 Times Fly EP and features vocals from Lisa Mitchell, who even makes a cameo appearance in the video.
Lisa Mitchell is another APRA and ARIA award winner. In my previous Whats Up Down Under entries I have mentioned APRA winners The Naked and Famous and ARIA award winner Megan Washington. Also on the track are Sydneysiders Boy & Bear. It’s a pretty laid-back, mellow, wistful folksy summery tune and the album cover says it all.
Toy Story 3 = Awesome! is a song of Facebook by The Australian Voices, an choral ensemble based in Brisbane, Australia and founded in 1993 by Graeme Morton and Stephen Leek to promote Australian composers. Stephen Leek retired in 2009, and a new Artistic Director and composer, Gordon Hamilton, was appointed.
“One of the coolest, nerdiest, funniest music videos doing the cyber rounds…” – Sydney Morning Herald
It’s not THAT funny, but it is different and entertaining. You be the judge. You may find yourself ROFLYSST (rolling on the floor laughing, yet somehow still typing) as Bill Bailey once sang in his Internet Love Song from the Dandelion Mind tour (video included below). The Facebook Song focuses on Internet pop culture, languages and the addictive memes and viral concepts that are attaching themselves to every facet of human life. “With references to everything from Oscar nominees like Toy Story 3 and The Social Network, to emerging memes like “awkward trout” this piece is part celebration and part social commentary.”
And if you’re wondering what ROTFLSHMSFOAIDMT stands for, watch the video. As for me, I just want to be a Jedi 😉
The Naked and Famous are a five-piece band from New Zealand. Their single Young Blood is featured as the Free Single of the Week in the U.S. iTunes store this week. The song was released in June 2010, and debuted at #1 on the New Zealand charts. The first artist to do so in over three years. Their album Passive Me, Aggressive You followed in September.
Young Blood picked up the Silver Scroll for Song of the Year in the 2010 APRA Awards. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Missy Higgins (who I mentioned in my last post), Kasey Chambers, Ben Lee, Alex Lloyd and Powderfinger.
The song has been featured in a number of television series, including Covert Affairs, Chuck, Gossip Girl and The Almighty Johnsons, not to mention as a promo for the UK series Skins. Oh, I almost forgot; and in the trailer for the Disney movie Prom. Another of their singles, Punching in a Dream, was recently featured in The Vampire Diaries.
The video, directed by Joel Kefali & Campbell Hooper, has “the quintet leaping into water, skating, running, dancing around sparklers, and beating up cars in a display of deliberately youthful, nostalgic imagery with front-woman Alisa Xayalith wailing longingly over melancholy, bass-driven synth pop.” If you love the FREE single, BUY the album.
The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010)
Megan Washington, who performs under the name Washington, has to be one of Australia’s hottest new artists right now. Her debut album, I Believe You Liar, is now certified platinum in Australia, and she was the 2010 recipient of the ARIA Awards for Best Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist. She also performs her catchy upbeat song Cement in a new Dell Computer advertisement (which can be viewed here on her website). She reminds me a lot of Missy Higgins; short hair, catchy tunes, piano and guitar playing. Missy Higgins, incidentally, won ARIA’s Breakthrough Artist in 2005.
A 2011 release of How to Tame Lions EP goes on digital sale on March 15, 2011. To coincide with the launch, her U.S. introduction will be marked by three very special SXSW gigs (starting March 16th), opening for Kaki King on tour, and headlining two shows (March 21 in New York City at Mercury Lounge and March 29 in LA at the Bootleg Theatre).