Music and other modern musings

Another Aussie kid to love.

Bertie Blackman is an Aussie and I like her. Surprised? Not I. I’ve professed my love for the acts from down under countless times. Cut Copy, PNAU, Empire of the Sun, Kylie Minogue, The Galvatrons, Ladyhawke (she is from New Zealand but whatever), Bag Raiders….whao! Anyhow, back to Blackman. The girl has been on the scene and working her way to the top for some time now and I expect that we’ll be seeing much more of her with producer Lee Groves (Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani) behind her newest album, Secrets and Lies, which was released last April.

Here’s two remixes I came by recently that prompted my new found love for the Aussie chick. She kind of reminds me of Karen O.

Bertie Blackman – Black Cats (Shazam Rmx)
Bertie Blackman – Black Cats (Calling in Sick Rmx)

On a side note, did anyone else read that Karen O stole Miley Cyrus’s Grammy nomination?!?! Um, amazing! You can read the story here.

Karen O – All is love (My!Gay!Husband! Rmx)

p.s. Much like yesterday’s reference to Nickelback, I certainly never imagined that Miley Cyrus would have a place on this blog.


December 15, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dear Australia, I Love you.

I would really like to know what it is about Australia that inspires so many great acts, Cut Copy, PNAU, Empire of the Sun, Kylie Minogue, The Galvatrons, Ladyhawke(though she is from New Zealand but I am sure she shares similar ‘down under’ influences) and today’s post, Bag Raiders. Perhaps its the mega amounts of sun they receive, their proximity to Asia, or maybe their isolation (geographically) from the rest of the world – I am note sure. What I do know is that somehow the world down under keeps producing some pretty novel sounds.

Bag Raiders have a pretty solid sound – somewhere between Justice and Miami Horror, but its their remixing abilities that I give them the most praise for.

The originals:
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars

And their best remixes:
Cut Copy – Far Away (Bag Raiders Rmx)
The Galvatrons – When we were kids (Bag Raiders Rmx)

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


Towa Tei is a Japanese-born, Korean descendant who paved his way to fame in the 1990’s with one-hit-wonders Deelite. Despite Deelite’s short lived success Towa Tei has managed to make himself one of the most sought after dj/producers worldwide. His mix of pop, jazz and electro has garnered support from many familiar faces including princess of all things cool, Kylie Minogue.

Check this vid for Mind Wall and grab the DL below. Also, scope his Myspace for another great track, Tast of You.

I dedicate this to my mate Meaghan living in Kenya. She’s the first person I thought about when seeing/hearing this.

Towa Tei – Mind Wall ft. Miho Hatori

Here’s a memory burst for ya,

Deelite – Groove is the Heart

February 27, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , | Leave a comment