January 26, 2014: A G’Day for Music, Australia
No, it wasn’t great because of the Grammys, which I missed because I was fast asleep, but apparently the big story there, is Pharrell’s hat. It was a great day for music because it was Australia Day, or “STRAYA DAY c*nt,” as any Aussie would tell you. For those not aware of it’s significance, ‘Straya Day, is the country’s 4th of July, their national day, the government made this PSA for the uninformed—nationalism, glass some pooftahs. Basically, everyone gets loaded, the word c*nt rings throughout the country, everyone sports yellow and green, but most importantly the whole country turns on Triple-J, the world’s best radio station, and listens as they count down the 100 best songs of the year as voted by the people—in true democratic style. This year they celebrated their 20th anniversary.
2012: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Thrift Shop
2011: Gotye ft. Kimbra: Somebody That I Used to Know
2010: Angus and Julia Stone—Big Jet Plane
2009: Mumford and Sons: Little Lion Man
And so forth. Though the winners tend to be predictable, the beauty is that all 100 songs are usually milky, sneaky treats, with a lot of Aussie products in the mix. You can find the whole list on Spotify—a service I’d highly recommend, for $10 a month it’s worth it, you gotta believe me, I don’t work for them, but I digress.
AND this year’s winner is….
The closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen–A happy jam with a mediocre music video, a local product from Melbourne and a graduate of Monash University, off the EP with a phenomenal name, God Loves You When You’re Dancing. PREACH. For the full list—peep here. And for a milky infographic—peep here.
As for the Grammy’s… woof. I love Daft Punk, probably the best concert I’ve ever been to (2007 Randal’s Island), but I thought Random Access Memories, was insanely average… Album of the year? No. Get Lucky record of the year? Ok.
The fact that Kendrick walks away with nothing, is silly (even though I was pulling for Yeezus, “In a French-ass restaurant / Hurry up with my DAMN croissants,” is the best lyric of the past decade). And why didn’t Timber win every award? And shouldn’t Pitbull be receiving a lifetime achievement award?
Alas, no one will ever be happy with people telling them what music is best, so we might as well just accept it. Happy Straya Day… kahnts.