Listen: The Velvet Underground & Nico

I’ve decided to start a new series here where I introduce some of my favourite albums and how they came to be. First up is the self-titled debut album from The Velvet Underground & Nico. To be completely honest, as a kid who grew up on a diet of Pop Art, I was familiar with the album artwork long before I realised who The Velvet Underground were. I didn’t listen to this album until my teens and I did so after being introduced to bands like The Strokes, who listed The Velvet Underground as influences. So when I finally did get around to investigating The Velvet Underground I was like “oh hey, you guys”. Needless to say I was instantly sucked in by the broody vocals and raw rock’n’roll vibes. Also, having been “produced” by Andy Warhol, it was like my Pop Art education had come full circle.


Who: The Velvet Underground & Nico
When: March 12, 1967
Listen for: Jangly guitars, general Lou Reed steez, Nico’s chanteuse-ing, references to The Factory
Song you probably would’ve heard without ever having listened to the album: Sunday Morning
Song that will stick in your head: Run Run Run
Follow up with: White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground, Transformer by Lou Reed





tunes: unknown mortal orchestra

In Australia, you know summer/Christmas/New Years is well and truly on its way when voting opens up for the Triple J Hottest 100. I’ve been mulling over my short list (which initially consisted of thirty-eight songs) since Wednesday. I really need to just pick ten songs to vote for, because it’s unnecessarily doing my head in. One song that will definitely be making an appearance on my list is ‘Ffunny Ffrends’ by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Not only is it a blissed out tune, but the film clip is also pretty sweet (anything with a disco ball is an instant hit in my books). What were your top songs of 2011?

Screen grabs: my own

mystery jets @ the hifi, brisbane

Mystery Jets @ HiFi, BrisbaneMystery Jets @ HiFi, Brisbane
Last night I saw Mystery Jets at The Hi-Fi in Brisbane. I’d been looking forward to this gig for a long time and it’s safe to say that the boys from Eel Pie Island met (and exceeded) my every expectation. The only thing I found disappointing was the lack of a crowd. The Hi-Fi was half full at best and, in my opinion, these boys deserved a much bigger audience. The smaller audience did have its upsides though – unobstructed views and plenty of dancing room! I’m quite horrible at giving ‘reviews’ because most times I just like something or I don’t, and can’t be bothered explaining why. If I were to try and choose highlights for the night, off the top of my head, I’d say that they would include Two Doors Down, After Dark and Behind The Bunhouse. Although, as more songs come to mind, this list would most certainly grow until it featured every song on the setlist. I took my Canon Sureshot along for the ride and had my fingers crossed that it would take some decent photos in such low light settings. I think it did the job quite well, considering. You can see more photos from the night on my flickr.
Mystery Jets @ HiFi, Brisbane
Mystery Jets @ HiFi, BrisbaneMystery Jets @ HiFi, Brisbane
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