Well I know what I want for Christmas...
Every other man and his blog are compiling the mandatory end-of-year lists so we thought we'd share our personal favourites. It was such a great year for music, and even though there were plenty of critically acclaimed albums we enjoyed (M83, James Blake, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver etc) these are the ones that got the most burn on our stereo...
21. Panda Bear - Tomboy
20. Ty Segall - Welfare Bread
19. Jonti - Twirligig
18. Peaking Lights - 936
17. Clams Casino - Instrumentals
16. Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
15. Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
14. Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation
13. Atlas Sound - Parallax
12. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
11. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
10. Washed Out - Within And Without
9. SBTRKT - SBTRKT
8. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
7. The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
6. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
5. Royal Headache - Royal Headache
4. Twerps - Twerps
3. Yuck - Yuck
2. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
1. Real Estate - Days
*I did originally have a song embedded for each of these albums so you could sample them, but it basically killed our blog with too much info. Feel free to check out any artists you're not familiar with on Hype Machine.
Ice Cube and architecture... of course!
Our High Summer Collection has just dropped and is now available on our online store! The collection features designs by new international artists Synckop, Julia Williams, Enrico Fioraso, and Geoffrey Cottenceau & Romain Rousset, as well as regulars Tim Laing and Sam Chirnside. Take advantage of our free worldwide shipping and grab a few for Christmas... summer is bound to show its head eventually!
Not your average skate video!
I think this is probably my favourite video of the year - it's Miami Vice meets Twins meets soft-porn intros. Directed by Luci Schroder, Sydney's own Donny Benét aka "the most famous disco accordion/jazz bassist of the 21st century" has made the perfect visual equivalent for his sleazy, karaoke-style take on 80's R&B.
Directed by Ty Evans, Spike Jonze and Corey Weincheque, and featuring an absolutely stellar line up of skaters, "Girl & Chocolate" is looking like it is going to be THE skate film of 2012. Can't wait.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard is the greatest name of any garage band ever. This is not an opinion but a scientific fact. Look it up on wikipedia or something. Anyway, this 7 piece surf/psych/garage band from Melbourne is as bad ass as their name, as evidenced by their debut EP Willoughby's Beach, which they've described as "music to rob banks to". Go grab a copy at their bandcamp...