It’s that time again. It sends some into a feverish sweat, others into convulsions of excitement and for fragile people like myself, into anxious breakdowns. Yup. Hottest 100 voting time.

Australia’s leading alternative radio station, Triple J, has launched its annual countdown again; the biggest music democracy to rule the airwaves. Citizens from both Australia and around the globe are invited to pick their top ten tracks from the year just gone, 2012. And, my my, what a task it is.

Whilst voting, I greedily selected an abundance of beloved tracks, only to realise that I had forty tracks too many. The most difficult part lay there in, with me carefully and painfully extracting my absolute favourites. Keyboards were hit, headaches formed and tears shed.  Here are the results.

  • Ball Park Music – Surrender

One of my favourites from their sophomore album, Museum, this sweeping song is simply swell, *alliteration fistpump*.

  • The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines

Seeing this performed live was an absolutely breath taking experience that I will never forget. This band can do no wrong.

AusScene: Kimbra

Somebody That I Used to Know. It’s the global hit – complete with number one spot in the Triple J Hottest 100 and a cover featured on Glee – that shot Gotye to international recognition, making for the ultimate grassroots-indie-dude-hitting-it-huge story, et cetera, et cetera.

But how much do you know about the velveteen vocals that coat the second verse; the gorgeous lady who stood starkers next to Wally whilst paint crept over her body; the second dimension that alleviates the song to its pivotal levels of tension?



That would be Kimbra, and damn, that girl is a talent.

Kimbra Lee Johnson’s image and sound is a mixture of sweet yet smouldering, cute yet fierce, mature yet youthful. On her debut album, Vows, the twenty-one year old took elements of the unconventional and the classic, moulding the two together into her own brand of versatile quirk.

New Track/Video: Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

Have you ever labeled a song “Amazing?” That’s exactly what Gotye’s track “Somebody That I Used To Know” is. The telling of a devious ex who stooped so low to become just somebody that you used to know.

“Somebody That I Used To Know”  features Kimbra and is from the Gotye album Making Mirrors due to be released July 11, 2011.

If the lyrics don’t remind you of that ex, then check the video for the cool visuals.

Can someone do body art on me? I don’t have great physique but, hmm, yeah I have no incentive.

Be sure to check out “Eyes Wide Open” as well by Gotye.


Check after the jump for the lyrics: