Gracie’s Triple J Hottest 100 Votes

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Gracie Crowley | January, 19 2016

Each year myself and countless others undertake the rather emotionally draining journey that is, voting for the Tripe J Hottest 100, and that journey has come to an end with only a couple of days left to vote. I myself had a shortlist of exactly 73 songs to cut down to a seemingly impossible 10.
This year was a wonderful one in terms of musical exposure for some Aussie artists as well as a plethora of international newcomers.

My own Triple J top ten is as follows:

Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mache Dream Balloon
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Hockey Dad – Can’t Have Them
Marlon Williams – Dark Child
Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire
Young Fathers – Shame
Cousin Tonys Brand New Firebird – Queen of Hearts
Django Django – Shake and Tremble

All rather long winded and carefully worded jokes aside, picking 10 songs from my shortlist of 73 was hard. Cutting Meg Mac out to include Unknown Mortal Orchestra, to cutting Father John Misty for the beautiful Marlon Williams, and making the decision to pick King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard over my beloved Courtney Barnett were all nerve racking decisions. However, I feel confident in my votes because the others I have mentioned and the other 60 artists I simply don’t have the word count to touch on them all, they all however had substantial amounts of airtime on Triple J this year, and will clearly attain countless other votes.

So without further ado here’s my breakdown:

Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ was always going to be a front runner since March when they released the first track off the new album ‘Cause I’m a Man’, however ’The Less I Know The Better’ tugs on my heartstrings too much to vote for anything else.

My no-so-guility guilty pleasure Kendrick Lamar’s entire album ‘To Kill a Butterfly’ was a game changer and it took every ounce of self restraint to not vote for every song off that album.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard released their 10,000th album that was yet again a winner and picking one song honestly felt like choosing a favourite child.

The rather magical group that is Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s song ‘Multi-Love’ was a crowd favourite at Meredith Music Festival this year, and is one of the most enjoyable songs to have a boogie to in my opinion.

Both Hockey Dad and Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird are two bands I discovered this year and have fallen for, I cannot wait to see what they bring to the table in the future.

Marlon Williams’ haunting voice that sounds like Johnny Cash and Nick Cave collaborating and speaking through this smiling Kiwi’s body demands attention and merit for his incredible talent, and if you have the chance please go see this wonderful human live, you will thank me afterwards.

As for Django Django and Modest Mouse, well to be perfectly honest I thoroughly enjoy most things each band create and I simply couldn’t not include them (also Modest Mouse are playing some sideshows in Australia while they’re here for Byron Bay Bluesfest this year, so do yourself a favour and BUY A TICKET).

Lastly Young Fathers, who are an incredibly energised group from hailing from Edinburgh are hip-hop with a message that if you haven’t already, should keep your eyes and ears peeled for.

I wish you all a wonderful Hottest 100 Day next week, otherwise known as Australia Day. Don’t forget to tune in and enjoy some of your favourite ice-cold beverages and like me sit with your fingers and toes crossed that Hotline Bling doesn’t make the top 10.

Man I hate that song.

(and by hate I really mean, ‘have needed to consume at least one goon sack and be well and truly off my rocker to be able to enjoy’).

Listen to Gracie’s Top 10:

I’ve created a playlist on Youtube for you to listen to all the songs

CLICK HERE FOR THE PLAYLIST

Fail Better

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Mel Howard | January, 15 2016

The other day I was feeling kinda down. This is ridiculous because, in no particular order of importance and definitely not limited to;

–       I am healthy. Very healthy.

–       I am loved. Extraordinarily, by wonderful friends and family.

–      Four weeks ago I returned from a ten-week European adventure and subsequent east coast Christmas tour to visit aforementioned loving family.

–       For the past 14 days I have lived in paradise on Earth aka Byron Bay, with a wonderful couple who treat me like royalty.

–      This year is so full of potential for me to be the happiest I’ve ever been, that                 sometimes I think I might physically burst. It’s gross.

On this day though, all of these facts seemed unimportant and trivial because usually I expect things will be bad, or go bad, or never happen at all.

I called my friend Juliet.

You know those people who always pick you up? That’s her. She’s full of genuine interest and inspiration and positivity. As I quizzed her on the progress she’s made and her expectations for this incredible 100 challenge (note, she’d just read four pages of her current book on the escalator walking to her car), I felt my own insecurities disperse into enthusiasm for her excitement. Her happiness in achieving for enjoyment sake was completely contagious.

I remembered feeling this way a few weeks back. In a gorgeous wine and cheese bar in Verona with my best friend Jess. A little lubricated and embarrassingly inspired, we vowed to live by a Samuel Beckett quote I found somewhere, sometime and fell in love with like the sucker I am;

‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’

I’ve since tracked down the source of this quote down via millions of memes and as expected, its original in-text reference from his 1983 publication Worstward Ho sadly resulted in its losing a little of its initial magic. But out of context, as I knew it then, and because there was Jess and wine and brown cheese paper to write love letters to each other on, it became my mantra to believe that things won’t be bad, or go bad, or never happen at all.

Before calling Juliet, I had been forgetting the simplest part of my new mantra; try. Before I knew it, our conversation snowballed over phrases like “you should write too… about anything… new things, people you meet, places you go, books, films, gigs, cook with me!” and finally settled into a giant snowman with a placard reading “You can have a column!”

So, here I am. Armed with a new lease on life, a new home, routine, a brand new perspective and attitude to say ‘let’s give it a red hot go!’

This year I will try. Whole-heartedly and in view of people I hope and feel already are kind. With Juliet and everyone I now love and will love to come.

Fail Better. by m_girling for thejulietreport.

David Bowie

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Gracie Crowley | January, 12 2016

Just two days after his 69th birthday David Bowie passed away. In turn, our world lost an icon. A totally unique artist who was the first of his kind, with a burning urge to be “something more than human.”

It is an impossible task to try to communicate the meaning David Bowie holds within the hearts of his millions of fans. Yet for myself – David Bowie will always be the Goblin King, dancing around his magical kingdom. He will be those 6 hour long car rides home mending a broken heart. His voice has been the soundtrack to both best and worst times of my short life, and he will always be that record I can put on, and suddenly not feel so strange and alone in this scary world.

His time here on this Earth may have ended but his legacy remains eternal. I like to think Bowie has simply moved into another realm of magic, greeted by a Starman who’s been waiting in the sky for him all these years. But right now, it’s okay to shed some tears. ⚡️⚡️⚡️

[Credits: Words by Gracie Crowley and Illustration by me]

Second Vlog

Juliet Sulejmani | January, 05 2016

Hi!

I posted my second Vlog yesterday (it’s the Youtube clip I’ve added at the top). I’d love you to check it out and subscribe and like the video if you like it.

It’s an update on how I’m going on my challenge so far.

I went to 2 new places:

I read 1 book:

It wasn’t a full week, so I didn’t get a chance to watch any movies or make any new recipes, but there will definitely be more in next weeks vlog.

Jx

Skin Toner

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Juliet Sulejmani | January, 02 2016

Following on from my previous post on skin care, even though I complained about having to use so many products, I went out and bought another product. Toner.

I want to take better care of my skin and something that has been bothering me are my open craters pores. I didn’t know why I had open pores and didn’t know what caused them so I googled it, and basically they’re open because they’re clogged. Eww. I wear make up everyday and was only using face wash and sometimes exfoliating, but that wasn’t enough to clean my skin properly.

I did more googling and apparently Toner is required after cleansing skin to remove any left over residue help to unclog pores, it also helps with skin balance and skin tone.

I went to Aesop, because that’s where I seem to go for skin care, I really like their products, and like that they specialise in skincare so I feel like I’m getting good stuff.

Anyway I’ve been using the toner day and night, after cleansing for a week, and my skin has definitely improved. Pores are less craterish, woo, and my skin feels super soft, which I’m really loving.

I got those two samples pictured above from Aesop and tried them out. One’s a cleanser and the other is a serum. I don’t really know much about serums…

 

Jx

[Credits: Words and Photography by me]

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