Courtesy Of: My Best Friend

Courtesy Of: My Best Friend

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Hello friends! Today’s post is an old favourite of mine, one I haven’t done for a while, a Courtesy Of! This time, we have one of my best friends, Kate, returning to share some of her top ten favourite songs at the moment!

Bennie and The Jets Revamp – Elton John, Pink, Logic: My dudes give this one a listen. Kate showed me and another friend when everyone had left her birthday party and we were cleaning up, and it was incredibly unexpected. Logic’s part is undoubtedly my favourite.

Getaway Car – Taylor Swift: I can’t say I’ve listened to a lot of Taylor’s reputation album, but I definitely don’t mind this song to be fair. It’s not bad at all, but I’m not sure how much I can get around her new songs, I’m still an aggressive Our Song fan.

Two Ghosts – Harry Styles: If you’ve read my review of the Harry Styles’s concert, then you know this is no surprise considering Kate’s in the same boat as me when it comes to this man.

I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen: Now when it comes to Bruce Springsteen, I have to admit, I never listened to his music at all. Never came across it in my life or heard too many of his songs on a regular basis. Until I became friends with Kate. Considering her dad is obsessed with Bruce, one of his songs are always on when I get in the car, and Kate can pick one of his songs within the first five seconds of it playing.

Barbie Tingz – Nicki Minaj: Ahhh, Barbie Tingz. A bop. Definitely my favourite of her recent two releases, so I’m glad Kate’s getting around it too!

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: This song is so beautiful. Since getting Kate’s list I’ve been listening to this song everyday, I chuck it on in the car or on the way into university. Also, give the live version a listen as well.

Blitzrieg Bop – Ramones: This is a song that you either know of and can name straight away, or you’ve heard but have no idea what it’s called or who it’s by. I fall into the latter option, because I was so confused when I read the song name. Obviously I’m familiar with the Ramones, but the song threw me, until I listened to it and realised that I’ve literally been listening to this song my whole life, and it’s it nearly every early 90’s teen film.

Whole Wide World – Cage The Elephant: This was another song I’d never heard until I asked Kate for her list of songs. It fits her. I don’t know how but I can definitely see her loving this song – check out the Spotify Single version of this song, I really enjoyed it. Also, there’s another version of this song by Berhana, if you find it, give it a listen, it’s like the Priya version to the Kate original of this song. It’s the two of us in two versions of the same song. Insane.

If I Could Fly – One Direction: Kate sent me this list before we saw Harry Styles live, so she probably freaked out a little when he performed If I Could Fly. We all know how I feel about this song, so it’s no surprise my best friend feels the same.

Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars ft Cardi B: Oh my goodness this song is still a tune. Five months into the year and it still goes just as hard as when it was released in January. No doubt.

x

Priya

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Woah . . . A Rant

Okey dokey. Grab a drink. I have some things to say.

As a music fan, a music student and a musician, I’m constantly surrounded my music. If I’m awake, I’m 80% sure to be listening to music. That given, I have a varied and broad taste that I enjoy, which generally allows me to talk to a whole range of people about their own tastes and interests.

That said, people can be rude as heck.

In general, yes. We definitely know this. But musicians and music fans can be some of the most obnoxious people I know, and that’s knowing I run the risk of coming off that way at times as well myself. I’m fine with people being very passionate and strong willed about their certain areas of interest or their favourite music genres. If you’re really aggressive about the music you love and just want to share it with other people, I’m all for that because that kinda embodies who I am as a person. But there are some things that drive me up the bloody wall.

 


 

Where did my frustrations stem from? Last year we had a speaker come into one of our university lectures to talk to us about her career and experience in the music industry. I’ve wanted to write this post since that lecture, but I’ve scrapped at least five different attempts because I am very nervous about what type of reception it will receive. But yeah, we had a guest speaker at university. I won’t her name because though I’ve grown to really dislike her I’m not a total bitch, but she’s a label mate, probably actual mate and fellow musician with one Courtney Barnett. Never got around that musician either but that’s besides the point.

So this speaker has an extensive history in the music industry here in Australia which I can respect. No-one can take that away from her. But her entire talk was incredibly negative and off-putting. She out-rightly said to a room of 60-70 teenagers who were passionate about creating music or working in the music industry, that we were destined to couch-surf, fall into debt and struggle through life miserably. Yeah, sure there are aspects to that, that were probably true in some sense, but it was a jarring thing to hear in my first year, and began the two week lecture experience one a really shitty note. It was also at that point that one of my friends literally just walked out of the lecture.

But it wasn’t until she started diving into her own music and her own beliefs that I started finding myself a little pissed off. It was very central to indie music and independent artists and labels. Fair enough, that’s her background. But she very easily could have made her points without bashing other genres and styles of music, especially pop, RnB and hip hop. One line that stuck with me is, “You have to put your mind towards creating real music, real shit other than the pop crap you hear on the radio.” I remember getting really visibly angry at that, and noticing that a few other people were as well. Because in my head, I couldn’t understand how she was so passionate about music as an art, but could simultaneously put down the art style of another musician, regardless of style or genre or interest. Her whole lecture was filled with this sense of superiority, over pop music especially. All I could think was, ‘Surely this woman understands there would be people in this room, who wouldn’t mind being played on mainstream radio? Who want to be explicitly pop artists?’ It boggled my mind, the brashness and crude nature to her lecture.

 


 

Which leads me the moment that reignited this anger in me and brought up this thought that I’ve had at the back of my head since those two lectures last year.

Yesterday it was announced that Kesha would not be performing at Blues Fest in Byron Bay, which my family are attending in March. Blues Fest made a post on FaceBook, sharing the news that the poor girl had torn her ACL, a major injury, and wouldn’t be able to perform. My sister was keen as a bean to see her, so I knew she would be upset. Clicking on the comments I had a read, and was really, really shocked and angered at the comments I was seeing.

 

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And those were some of the nicer ones.

Like I get it, you’re hard-core music fans, you like your blues and Nirvana and Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is your inspiration. But there were also people who were so crushed that she wasn’t going to be there, and to see the comments riddled with this stupid superiority complex irked a lot.

But the thing is, it happens so much. Whether it’s coming from hard rock fans, indie artists and listeners, jazz and blues fans or whatever; pop music cops so much unnecessary hate and ridicule. I can’t understand why though. Sure, it’s very saturated and in your face in the general media, especially radio, and there is a basic formula that a lot of pop artists follow, but at the end of the day, it’s still music, and it’s no different from any other genre. Yes, writing camps are a thing, and singers may not generally write all of their songs, but by giving them crap and bashing the song entirely, you’re crushing another person who’s real motivation and work is still behind the music and the song, no matter how mainstream it may be.

When it comes down to it, every single pop song you hear started the same way any other song came about; with an idea or a hook or a group of people who wanted to collaborate or someone spilling their guts, overwhelmed with emotion.

 


 

So I’m about to get a little feminist with you all, and bring up another point. Female fans, female buyers and listeners, fuel pop music. 16-21 is the target age, and it is mostly females, regardless of the artist. Apparently that’s enough to fuel hatred towards a musician. I’m not a fan, but Justin Bieber definitely received a ton of hate, a lot of it directed towards the fact that his main demographic are young pre-teen girls. (Getting a lil personal) but there are people who still believe One Direction’s main audience are 8 year old girls, and while there are 8 year old female fans, majority of that target audience have also grown up as the band has, and their fandom ranges from those young girls who were just old enough to jump on the train, to women literally in their 20’s who have grown up and continually supported One Direction. Taylor Swift is still known as the girl-next-door that writes love songs about her exes. And now Kesha’s music isn’t real enough, and her entire artistry is diminished, regardless of the trials and struggles she’s been through to create the music she has now. If you were to get picky, just for a second, imagine if Shawn Mendes was still on the radio, still walking the red carpet and creating the exact same music that he does, but instead the majority of his sales and fans were middle aged men. His respect level would rise incredibly.

 


 

This all links back to my main point, my main contention, the thing I just tried to get across through that whole essay.

The music industry has a huge superiority complex, especially towards popular music. If you’re played on the radio, you’re immediately lumped into mainstream music. You’re music isn’t real and you don’t share the same struggle or ethic as an indie musician or a rock band. It pisses me off, because there are young kids who literally dream of being played on the radio. Heck, I dream of being played on the radio. Yet there’s this constant bashing of radio music, mainstream artists, pop music, that makes it all seem less worthwhile.

In short, cool. You listen to indie artists? You support independent labels and attend intimate gigs with underground musicians and vague bands that no-one’s heard of yet. You only listen to vinyl and have’t listened to the radio in months? Great. You do you.

But you’re not better than anyone because of it.

 

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Priya

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Eighty Ninety

Eighty Ninety

I am a terrible person.

Eighty Ninety came under my radar months ago. I had never heard of them or their music, but they seemed interesting enough that I gave them a follow on Instagram, and in turn literally procrastinated the moment I finally I jumped onto my first love in life, Spotify, and gave their music a listen. That moment was today.

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Mind. Blown.

The song that caught my attention was their recent single, Your Favourite Song. If I could try and describe it, it would be kinda of a mix between Lauv and Taylor Swift’s old stuff (which is my favourite TS stuff). Coincidentally, Taylor recently added the song to her playlist Songs Taylor Loves on Spotify. This year, Loote also released a remix of the song, and I can’t pick which version I like more, because Loote’s remix is so good.

The brothers, Abner and Harper James, are the masterminds behind 100% of everything that comes out of Eighty Ninety, and they’ve nicknamed their smooth mix of indie, pop and slightly electric style ‘808’s and telecasters’, which is fitting.

 

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My favourite song from the guys is their first single Three Thirty, from their 2016 EP Elizabeth.. Since hearing it the guitar has been stuck in my head and the ethereal vocals have mesmerised me. It’s been added to several playlists and I’ve found myself playing it through the house. It’s a beautiful song, “a hook-laced message to a past love” but it’s accessibility to how easily it lends itself to radio and commercial listening definitely makes it a winner in my eyes.

A short post today, but I definitely had to share these guys with you all. Smacking myself for putting off listening to them for song, but I’m glad I finally got around to it because I was missing out on so much that whole time. Give them a listen and let me know what you think!

 

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Priya

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