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10 Songs You Might've Missed These Holidays

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So now everybody has successfully become overweight alcoholics, it's time to get back into the swing of things. While you had your eyes on a bottle of champagne or your head up a turkey, you may have missed these songs. Let's catch up...

Kanye West- Only One (Feat. Paul McCartney)

This one was the big one. Yeezy ushered in the New Year with a new song- one that is a big departure from the industrial, raw Yeezus. Only One featuring largely unknown new artist, Paul McCartney, takes cues from 808s and Heartbreaks more than any of his other albums. It's a heartfelt ballad. It's auto-tuned, soulful and actually quite humble. As much as it is a different direction we think this track might be an outlier on his forthcoming record.

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Lxury- Let Down

We had the pleasure of having this British producer down-under last year, and he just continues to churn out bass-heavy gold. Let Down comes courtesy of British radio presenter Annie Mac and it's a soulful flavoured, deep-house track.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-lxury-let-down[/soundcloud]

A$AP Rocky- Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2

Oooooh, we feel a new A$AP Rocky album on the way. Following last years Multiply, it's clear that A$AP is going back to his roots, ditching pop-heavy hooks for dark hip-hop beats and fierce flows. Let's hope this his sophomore album goes a little harder than his debut which barely scratched the surface of what this man can do.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/asapmob/lord-pretty-flacko-jodye-2-pfjii-prod-nez-rio[/soundcloud]

MØ- New Years Eve

MØ had a pretty awesome 2014, finishing it up with a guest spot on the new Iggy Azalea single, Beg For It, and an Australian tour. She's released New Years Eve to signal the very event its title alludes to. It's a somewhat melancholic tracks featuring an introspective MO in ballad mode which is something we haven't heard much from her before.

A.G. Cook- What I Mean

PC Music ruled 2014, on Soundcloud at least. The head of the internet label, A.G. Cook has carefully curated a label that is kitsch, melodic and modern. What I Mean came as a welcome end of year surprise. It's one of the more tame tracks to have come from Cook but it's no less sugary sweet.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/fmm-a-g-cook-what-i-mean[/soundcloud]

Usher Feat. Migos- Still Got It

If 2014 proved anything it's that Usher does indeed still have it. Good Kisser was great, I Don't Mind was better and for the first time since 2001 we find ourselves excited about an Usher record. This one probably won't appear on huge album, but it will tie us over for now. He takes on the role of a rapper matching Migos, who is an actual rapper FYI.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/zaytovenbeatz/usher-ft-migos-i-still-got-it-prod-by-zaytoven[/soundcloud]

MAGIC! - Rude (Saint Pepsi Remix)

This song sucks as much shit as Sublime's Santaria, but Saint Pepsi has proved himself, once again, to be a saint tastefully remixing it. The reggae is gone and in its place is a beat reminiscent of Beyonce's Partition. It's far more bearable and Saint Pepsi deserves a medal.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/saintpepsi/magic-rude-saint-pepsi-remix[/soundcloud]

Montgomery- Piñata (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)

Melbourne label, IOhYou have a great roster of artists now with the addition of DMAs and Montgomery last year. Young upcoming producer, Japanese Wallpaper, has taken on Montgomery's Piñata, leaving much of the vocal melody intact but adding a layered, dimly-lit instrumental that makes the song even more delectable.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/iohyouparty/montgomery-pinata-japanese-wallpaper-remix[/soundcloud]

O.T. Genasis- CoCo (Dark0 Remix)

If you haven't heard the original of this yet, you probably will very soon. It's completely ridiculous but it's found a runaway following in the US. London producer, Dark0, has remixed the track given it an even darker base of chiming and cascading percussion.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/dark0/o-t-genasis-coco-dark0-remix[/soundcloud]

Toby Gale- Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves

Ryan Hemsworth is continuing on with his Secret Songs giveaways and the latest is a super kawaii offering from Toby Gale. Of the song Hemsowrth says "I have trouble finding songs at this pace, that give me the feeling Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves does". Don't we all, Hemsworth. Don't we all.

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/shhsecretsongs/shh017-toby-gale-hawaii-wifi-tiger-moves[/soundcloud]

 

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First Impressions: Beyoncé, Kučka, Honne + More

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on their first (or second) listen. Each week we review six new songs from the past week, each giving them a score out of five and awarding our pick of the week. This week we’re picking apart the new Major Lazer track with Ariana Grande, George Maple’s newie, Mark Ronson’s new Bruno Mars-featuring single + more. 

Kučka- Divinity

Hannah M: Despite its quick tempo drumbeats, Divinity is calming. The mystical, layered backing track and Kučka’s breathy voice combine to create a divine quality that’s nice and easy to listen to. Without sounding like a douchebag (hopefully) I actually feel this would make a lovely, if unconventional song to do yoga to. 3.5

Sam: This song has kind of blown up on the internet this week and there’s a reason for it. I actually think this is one of the most interesting tracks to come out of the country this year. She mixes an AlunaGeorge-flavoured RnB with Grimes’ empty-room, dim-lit pop. While her voice has an otherworldly aspect to it, it still really connects. 4

Bianca: The layers of Japanese-inspired percussion and ratchety, syncopated drums create a pleasingly dark and mysterious atmosphere. She doesn’t sound like she’s from this country nor does she even sound like she’s even from this world. 3.75

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/midnightfeature/kucka-divinity[/soundcloud]

Oceaan- Candour

Hannah M: I love Oliver Cean’s straight-talking yet soft-spoken voice in Candour; the Northern English accent is somehow endearing. Trailing percussion and synth beats build to the bursting chorus, though everything stays controlled and refined, restrained even. A really cool, smooth jam. 4

Sam: Usually these atmospheric, minimal productions make the voice sound really devoid from the song but here it sits right up the front and carries the melody effortlessly. The instrumental then creeps up behind it moulding its ebbs and flows. 3.5

Bianca: My interest was only piqued at around the halfway mark and by then it was all a bit too late. Don’t get me wrong, this track has some really lovely production, in particular the multi-layered, maudlin percussive elements, but it failed to keep me awake. 3.5

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/ocea-n/candour[/soundcloud]

Beyoncé- 7/11

Hannah M - Beyonce’s performance skills are unmatched and her video clips are always highly anticipated, but this particular iPhone style mash-up really brings 7/11 to life. It’s basically Beyoncé dancing crazy in a way that only Beyonce could. Just as her movements, the rhythm is staccato and punchy, though again I think it’s the accompanying clip that has garnered this song such viral attention rather than the music itself. 3

Sam: Beyoncé literally couldn't give two f**ks at the moment and this track is proof of that. After her hugely successful solo album, she follows it up with this hook-less song that goes hard for 3 mins 30. It’s the most bonkers track I’ve ever heard by her by rapping instead of singing shows that she knows she can sing the phonebook but she doesn’t always have to use it. She’s such an intriguing, surprising person to watch right now. 4 

Bianca: This track just straight-up smacks you in the face. Immediately, just like Beyoncé herself, it launches into glitchy movements with a rickety, trap-like backbeat syncopating along. Throughout the entirety of the track I’m never completely sure where she’s heading but I’m okay with that. With no definitive beginning, middle or end, it’s like three and a half minute-long, 7/11 Slurpee brain-freeze. 3

Kero Kero Bonito- Build Up

Hannah M: The only good use I can think of for Build Up is as a soundtrack for a kids cartoon show. Sarah’s high-pitched childlike voice and the Mario Cart-style sound effects are so annoying to listen to. Sorry Kero Kero Bonito – Kawaii just doesn’t do it for me musically. 2

Sam: These guys are so confused. They are a group of English people making J-pop that also sounds like PC Music. May sound like a horrible, horrible combination but if you’re prepared for it, it’s a wonderland of delicious sounds. It may be hard to swallow but it’s probably best to give it a try - this is the kind of sound that could be all over radio in a few years. Probably not, but you never know. 3.5

Bianca: Build Up sounds like an annoying jingle you’d hear on the TV that can’t help but earworm its way into your subconscious. And no matter how hard you try to fight it, you accidentally find yourself singing along to it one day, miraculously knowing every single lyric. And that’s the true magic of this ridiculous song. 3.75 Bianca's Pick 

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/build-it-up[/soundcloud]

Pusha T- Lunch Money

Hannah M: There are some arrogant sentiments behind Lunch Money, like spilling thousands worth of champagne; ‘too bad’ I took your lunch money. I find this entertaining and unsurprising considering Kanye produced the track, though the composition itself didn’t capture me. The under-water effects made a quirky addition to otherwise typical percussive beats, though overall Lunch Money fell flat for me. 2.5

Sam: This has Yeezus stamped all over it. From those industrial synths to the altogether minimal production, it’s easy to imagine Kanye himself rapping over it. Mixing that with a few classic hip-hop beats gives it a point of difference from Yeezus but I’m stuck in two frames of mind. I like it but I feel like it’s just too close to Kanye to give it any identity. 3

Bianca: Is that it? I was expecting something really good to happen but I’ve just been left empty-handed, just like those who were denied of their lunch money. This track is like a Kanye West song without the Kanye, and what’s the point in that? 2.5

Honne- The Night

Hannah M: Rather than the sappy romance typically associated with such croony vocals, Honne’s lyrics are a little more risqué (e.g. ‘If you spend the night I’ll make it worth your while’). This makes the track way more likeable for cynics like me, and works with their cozy synths and modern RnB sound. 4

Sam: It’s definitely pleasant in a Chet Faker kind of way but I don’t know if there’s much to distinguish it from every other after-dark RnB tune out there. The vocals are on-point and the whole mood of the instrumental is perfect but I can’t help myself thinking I would’ve loved something else - a little vocal manipulation at points to spice things up, maybe. Perhaps I’m just being picky, it is a good tune. 3

Bianca: This one’s a little too slinky for my liking. I can definitely appreciate the down-tempo, brooding affair, but will be doing so from afar. 3

[soundcloud width="750" height="200"]https://soundcloud.com/hellohonne/the-night[/soundcloud]

 

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Kanye West's Albums Reimagined With Kim Kardashian

 

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When Kim Kardashian's rear end commanded the breaking of the internet, news outlets and websites worldwide abided by its instructions; they blogged, posted, reposted, rehashed and hashtagged the living daylight out of her derriere. Feeling a little left out from the party, and not wishing to look 'behind' in the news, we decided to make the gluteus maximus of this well-endowed occasion by finding a link to music, no matter how dubious it may be, to allow us to incorporate the notorious picture into the interns in some way. Looking to the Messiah of music and the #1 fan of Kimmy's tush, Kanye West, for inspiration, we decided to combine his hefty back catalogue with her hefty *ahem* back catalogue.

The College Dropout

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Late Registration

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Graduation

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808s & Heartbreak

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Watch the Throne

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Yeezus

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Yeah...we've got nothing.

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Halloween costumes for the music enthusiast

The spookiest event on the social calendar has finally arrived and time is running out for you to find the perfect Halloween outfit. Instead of going down the regular sexy bunny or vampire route, why not be creative and emulate some of the most notable musicians of 2014? Allow our handy list to inspire and guide you, allowing you to truly stand out this October 31st. 

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Sia was one of the most talked-about pop producers this year with her anthemic Chandelier making waves on an international level, thus putting the Australian singer, and her trademark blonde bob, on the map. Immortalised by the likes of Lena Dunham, Hilary Duff and Maggie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame, it seemed as though everyone was keen to go platinum in honour of the influential songstress. Follow their lead and pop into your local wig shop to get the shortest, blondest, fringiest blonde bob on offer to wear this Halloween. If you really want to pull out all the stops for this costume, go the Ziegler/Dunham route of taking on the role of Sia by picking someone to party in your place so you can stay home to finish a bag of candy corn as they pretend to be you, pretending to be Sia. How meta is that?

Pro: Blondes have more fun.

Con: If you enlist someone to party in your place à la Lena Dunham, you won't be partaking in any of the fun.

mileyMiley Cyrus is always one to make it into the headlines but her glamorous 'outfit' that premiered at the Alexander Wang after party gave TMZ writers enough icy fodder for days. Show off your Joseph Pilates-sculpted body to the whole world, with a couple of nipple pasties for a touch of modesty, and stick some of your Mum's vitamins onto cat's eye glasses for good measure. Don't use Inner Health Plus or anything like that, 'cos that shit's expensive. Enlist a party partner to pose as Miley's most infamous muscle to make your costume that much more lickable likeable.

Pro: What better time to brush up on your twerking skills?

Con: Weather in October can be fickle and those ice cream pasties won't be providing you with too much warmth. This may illicit elicit two large scoops of fripples.

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Recreate the second most famous picture in the world, succeeded only by the Mona Lisa itself, by enlisting the help of your partner and your favourite subtle smiling, third-wheelin' friend. Word on the street is that Queen Bey got herself some Grimes-style bangs today so better get those scissors out while you're at it.

Pro: You'll be highly topical and will also get to be Queen Bey for a night.

Con:  No one can truly pull off this look other than the Queen herself. But you can at least try your best.

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If you're up for a wild night come Halloween, why not replicate the stylings of party girls Elliphant and MØ from their One More music video? Do this by donning yourself, and your BFF, in head-to-toe Adidas, teaming funky slides with a pair of socks, slapping on some Geisha-style makeup and poking a pair of chopsticks in an oriental bun. Go that extra mile and attach LED light strips to your shoes for true dedication to the project.

Pro: Looking like badass, Scandinavian bitches.

Con: May induce drinking, vomiting, kissing, peeing in streets and other types of reckless behaviour (unless you consider this a 'pro').

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There are Two Weeks to go until Halloween which means that time is running out for all the best costumes to be shipped from the US. Why not save the time, and the shipping costs, and emulate the captivating appearance and innovative stylings of London artist and producer, FKA Twigs instead? Simply head to your local chemist for a toothcomb and a jar of gel, smack on some maroon lipstick and pierce your nose septum for the full Twigs treatment.  Completely nail the 'baby hair' style currently #trending amongst future RnB producers with the handy video tutorial below.

Pro: Save wearing your heart on your sleeve by wearing it on your forehead instead.

Con: Finding a Twilight treat like Twig's current BF, Robert Pattinson, to accompany you for the night might be a bit tricky.

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If you don't know QT, it's high time you familiarise yourself with her. Born from the collaborative project of enigmatic producers and PC Music-promoters, A.G. Cook and SOPHIE, this "sparkling future pop sensation" is a fake figurehead of sorts who perfectly blends the genres of K-Pop, electrotonica, chiptune and trance, all before rolling them into a pile of sugar and glitter. Cutesy and kitsch, she's the perfect way to honour both past and future with her nods to both '90s fashion and millennial ideologies.

Pro: Reliving your holographic-wearing days of the '90s.

Con: You'll be hard-pressed finding any drunkards traipsing around Oxford St who will actually understand your costume's significance.

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Halloween is all about mystery and disguise, so what better way to fulfil this than to replicate the likeness of the enigmatic producer, SBTRKT? Instead of carving a custom mask out of wood, unless you have time for that kinda thang, we've designed a replica for your convenience, to print out, tie elastic through and place onto that face of yours. Download here.

Pro: The mask will be your key to anonymity.

Con: Good luck trying to drink out of this thing.

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London pop songstress, Lily Allen, graced our shores for this year's Splendour in the Grass, and brought along with her a plethora of outfit inspirations. With pinky purple hair, a colourful neon top and bottom combo and a Unif blotter kimono, she was a display of all things tight and bright. Emulate her style with an oriental kimono, her very own line of fake London-inspired nails and a tube of hair dye of desired colour. Also honour Sheezus's penchant for emojis with a pair of bikinis or any other suitable item of that ilk. Feel free to take cues from her SITG set design by dragging along a giant, blow-up baby's bottle for the night.

Pro: You get to show off that really great London accent that you seem to pull off really well after having a few too many.

Con: Fake nails + giant, inflatable object = tears.

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When Kanye West embarked on his Yeezus tour in Australia this past September, he amazed, inspired and enraged his fans, and the greater public, with his mesmerising performances and supplementary rants and on-stage antics. His shows consisted of minimal set design and props, with one of the most captivating sights being the slew of embellished masks that Yeezus adorned throughout. While these Maison Martin Margiela-branded, 2,400 crystal-embellished masks may be a little too Haute Couture for a raucous event like Halloween, you're only a packet of Spotlight-sourced, plastic rhinestones, a glue gun and a balaclava away from emulating the Messiah himself.

Pro: Inflate your ego for the night and blame any infractions on Yeezus. However, just be sure not to offend any people with disabilities in the process.

Con: You may be mistaken for a menacing, albeit fabulous, robber.

arianagrande-halloweenMirror the look of this fiesty feline pop star with a pair of cat ears and a giant, fake, clip-in ponytail to make up for what you lack in the height department.

Pro: You'll fit in with all the other 'sexy cat' costumes on October 31.

Con: You must remain on your (more flattering) left side for the duration of the night.

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The 10 Commandments of Kanye West: Concert Review

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When Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and North West touch down in a country, there's always going to be some fanfare. While Kim has been visiting the the country's hotspots like Paramatta Westfield, Kanye has been making headlines with his powerful Yeezus tour. Despite the rants and reportedly telling disabled people to stand up, Kanye's tour has been met with adoration. With Kanye in mind as the modern messiah, we analysed his 10 commandments while devouring his Sydney show.

I

The audience was incredibly responsive on Saturday night, whether it be from a single note in Runaway or the slight mention of Kim & North . The night before, he ranted about people not standing up, but on Saturday the crowd both started and ended the evening standing up, of their own accord, albeit a little more sweaty. Energy permeated the whole room with punters yelling to the hook in Gold Digger or calling back, "can't a young nigger get money any more?" on Cold. It felt like a room of his biggest fans and of course, when he replaced a lyric in Good Life to say "It feel like Sydney", everyone went batshit cray.

II

Kanye is an exhibitionist - an artist who's made a career on being larger than life. His last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, brought with it a live show with dancers, cranes and pyrotechnics, however, with Yeezus there has been a remarkable shift in attitude. The Yeezus tour was formed on the pretense that less is more. All he was accompanied by were two large screens and a few smoke machines; it was up to him to create the energy by aggressively rapping and stirring the crowd. Visually, it looked stunning, placing real Kanye as a mere ant against the god-like projections.

III

Kanye’s rants and general big headedness would have people believe that he’s self-centred but his setlist says a very different thing. He showed appreciation for his entire catalogue and formed a setlist that pleased the crowd and also pleased him. He only chose four cuts from Yeezus, spending much of the time churning out hits like Good Life, Jesus Walks and All Of The Lights. Much of his onstage energy seemed to be induced by the crowd’s energy and a greatest hits set that recognised what the crowd wanted was his greatest strength. And by the way, they all sounded incredible, from the hearty Rihanna hook of All of the Lights to that stomping brass sample of Touch The Sky.

IV

Throughout the night, Kanye paid homage  to his past inspirations, The Rolling Stones, U2 and his favourite artist of all time, James Brown. “I had the opportunity to open up for U2 on my second album”, he said, bringing up a particularly topical point, given the release of U2's iTunes-infiltrating album. Despite having an ego larger than Darling Harbour, West has always been able to admit the brilliance of others, offering praise to rappers like Jay Z and Lil Wayne. Even when Pusha T came out in Runaway, he gracefully shared both the stage and the spotlight.

V

When Kanye released his difficult fourth album, 808s and Heartbreak, everyone scoffed at his use of auto-tune, yet on Yeezus, he used auto-tune from Hold My Liquor to Blood on the Leaves and no one flinched. His commitment to auto-tune seems to have paid off and in concert it's actually quite emotionally affecting. He extended Runaway into a 10 minute-plus epic, ad-linking with auto-tuned vocals that sounded more Maxwell than T-Pain. Auto-tune seems to be one of the few ways that Kanye shows fragility. When he sang ,"all things are possible", it created one of the more delicate moments of the night.

viKanye has always held his mother, Donda West, who tragically passed away in 2007, in high regard. On his last tour for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he finished every set on his knees to Hey Mama, in one of the hugest, most humble moments of his career. On the Yeezus tour, he's dropped Hey Mama from the set but her presence is no less felt. He called her his greatest influence alongside U2 and the Rolling Stones, to which everyone in the crowd cheered.

VII

Kanye's rants weren't extremely aggressive in Sydney but he said a few poignant things. "I take my responsibility very seriously", he remarked at one point, referring to the way people are influenced by him. With it, he thanked those who stood by him through his artistic detours (808s and Heartbreak) and noted that he takes his audience’s opinion on board, whilst at times it may not seem like it. Although Yeezus was not the most radio-friendly album, the tour was crafted by a Kanye that was there to stir the audience into complete anarchy.

VIII

One of the highlights of the night came with Yeezus standout, Blood On The Leaves. Returning for an encore, the Nina Simone sample bellowed through the arena before Kanye emerged with auto-tune fragility. For those who didn’t know the song, it would’ve lulled them into a false sense of security. When the TNGHT sample dropped, the entire arena shook. Kanye threw himself around within an inch of his life, the lights strobed in anarchy and the bass absolutely tore a hole in the roof. It was a valiant, triumphant moment that even beat set-closer, Niggas In Paris. 

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It may seem hard to believe, but arena-tours can often swallow performers. If you don't have the stage presence or the audience on your side, it doesn't matter how many dancers you throw on, you've already lost. Standing against two large screens, Kanye looked like a mere man against a huge projection of himself, but he was by far the biggest person there. The reason? He was committed from the beginning to the end. If it didn't feel right he'd start the song again, as he did on Runaway and Blood On The Leaves, and if the huge crowd was dipping, he'd let out a primal scream. From the minute he entered the stage to the thundering finale Black Skinhead, he was like a boxer attempting to knock-out the air around him. The music was loud, real loud. Songs like New Slaves and Power threatened to belittle him but his menacing confidence meant he always won, stealing the limelight by just having himself- one body- on the stage.

XKanye did a talk at SXSW where he said that if he's going to work with something, he wants it to be the best. That's why he waxes lyrical about Apple, works with Jay Z and married Kim K- he believes they're the best. Incidentally, he also believe he's the best and while it's easy to take it as reckless arrogance, none of Kanye's music would work if he didn't believe he was the best. At the height of his popularity, he released an album like Yeezus, which is an industrial and, at times, difficult record, yet live, he has an audience of 15,000+ rapping along with him to New Slaves. "Don't get too caught up in the hate," he says at one point in the show and while at many times in his career he has, tonight he seems at peace. His last Australian tour was perfect, glued together by a pristine white set and flawless dancers. Yeezus is nothing like that. At times it's gritty, raw and imperfect, yet Kanye wholeheartedly believes in it and as such, so does the crowd.

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The power of satirical music videos

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This week saw an unlikely pairing between 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and innovative mega-producer Diplo, to create this year’s hottest new music comedy reel Dick Graze. While at first, it may appear to be the rapid decline of music production as we know it, this awkwardly playful music video represents quite the opposite.

‘Dick Graze’ joins a long line of successful satirical videos to be released in the last decade, alongside Psy’s ‘Gangman Style’ to anything and everything by Weird Al Yankovic. But what makes them so successful? Believe it or not, satirical video clips are not always easy to spot. While some are created just for laughs, many have gained their notoriety and viral internet success by addressing important, and often untouched messages about society in a playful and digestible manner. Her are some of the best and worst satirical music videos produced over the last 10-years which have captured the hearts of YouTubers around the world.

Psy - Gangnam Style

If someone had told you two years ago, that a music video about a South-Korean man dancing like a horse to a song called Gangman Style would be one of the biggest viral successes of 2012 - would you believe them? Would you believe that a K-Pop could take centre stage at Australia's Future Music Festival in 2013 for  6minutes and get away with it?

Park Jaesang, the mastermind behind Psy (short for psycho) and unlikely poster boy for South Korea's youth-obsessed, vacuous pop music scene created overnight stardom in a K-Pop entertainment industry, where many have failed many times before. American Rapper T-Pain was retweeted 2,400 times when he wrote, "Words cannot describe how amazing this video is," while The Wall Street Journal voted it as one of its "5 Must-See" response videos. However, beneath the catchy dance beat and hilarious dance moves this relatively ancient 34-year old pop sensation has perpetuated a subversive message about wealth, class and value in contemporary South Korean society. What might appear to be one of the most ridiculous music videos we have ever laid our eyes on, is actually a big deal in South Korean society - a far cry from the usual cookie cutter lollipop K-Pop music they are used to.

Chainsmokers - #Selfie

Given the nod of approval by dance-music king Pete Tong, Selfie has been the surprise success story of 2014 in dance music industry and in clubs around the globe. Treading the fine line between stupid and smart, and satire or reality, the New York-based duo have caught onto a narcissistic truth we all face everyday. Their first big studio single, 'Selfie' holds a mirror up to our Generation Y society (literally), with their hyperbolic reference to the current club scene of the 'me me me' tech generation. While we don't want to admit there is a great deal in truth in the monologue of the track, the playful, tongue in cheek demeanour of the song is utterly infectious. It's got my viral tick of approval!

 The Lonely Island - I’m On A Boat

Trying not to give too much away in their song title, The Lonely Island's 'I'm On A Boat' parodies many of the ridiculous clichés found in rap songs and videos. Exessive wealth, gold-plated grills, drinking, bitchez and swearing, plus some glorious Auto-Tune provided none other than the man T-Pain himself. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, the mischievous threesome who have also bought you Dick in a box with Justin Timberlake, and this year's infamous EDM dance parody When will the bass drop have racked up over 84million hits on YouTube with I'm on a boat.

This video is clearly just for laughs, poking fun at the music industry and all its excessiveness. However, what may surprise you is that this SNL Digital Short proved to be successful far beyond the cyber-world, picking a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Grammy Awards as well as a glowing review from Rolling Stone, who said it is "one of the strongest Saturday Night Live hip-hop hits since Eddie Murphy was funny."

 

Ylvis - The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)

Little words can be used to describe how and why this song has become so successful, but it has - 450million views successful. Running in the same vein of Rebecca Black's Friday, Norwegian duo, Ylvis' The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) is so ridiculous it makes sense. The video, which involves people dressed up as animals dancing around in the woods while Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker croon “dog goes woof/ cat goes meow/ bird goes tweet/ mouse goes squeak". It is utterly maddening, and in essence does not really give back much to society - except to make us laugh at its absurdity. Hats off to these two jesters for making us weirdly question, "what does a fox really say?"

Weird Al Yankovic - 'White & Nerdy'

At the ripe age old of 54 and with a career which has spanned over two-thirds of his life, Weird Al Yankovic is showing now signs of slowing down. Perfecting the satirical cover song, this curly haired viral wiz released his 13th studio album in 2014, Mandatory Fun. Yankovic's biggest hit to date, the 2009 White and Nerdy, an obvious parody of Ridin' by Chamillionaire and Kravzie Bone, is deliriously funny and quick-witted - truly committing to the cause of nerd culture and the awkwardness of society. To add to his backlog of satirical genius, he has also produced covers of Offspring (Pretty Fly For a Rabbi), Michael Jackson (Eat it) Nirvana (Smells like Nirvana) - deservedly crowing him the king of the satire.

Bound 2 - Kanye West

Kanye West is one artist who does not shy away from excess and controversy and Bound 2 is no exception. This masterpiece, featuring a wingless Pegasus, landscape time-lapses to rival any David Attenborough documentary and of course - a 15-year teenage boy's dream - a topless Kim Kardashian, has been met with consequent criticism and ridicule in its release in November last year. Namely the parody re-imaging of the video created by James Franco and Seth Rogen.

Is it, or is it not meant to be a joke? Directed by British fashion photographer Nick Knight, the video is an Americana0influenced wet dream fantasy, practically breaking the internet, leaving many fans confused and shocked. Under the guise of a seamlessly outdated tacky video, this brilliant wizardry of satire, is a sarcastic portrait of media consumption and the fizzling idea of the American Dream.

In true Kanye style, he stated:

“I wanted to take white trash t-shirts and make it into a video. I wanted it to look as phony as possible. I wanted the clouds to go in one direction, the mountains to go in another, the horses to go over there. I wanted to show that this is the Hunger Games. This is the type of imagery that’s being presented to all of us, the only difference is there’s a black dude in the middle of it…”

- Kanye West |Breakfast Club 105.1

 

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Auto-Tune: A Short History

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As if we were touched by a musical angel overnight, the original vocals for Britney Spears' demo track 'Alien', from her 2013 album Britney Jean, were leaked to the cyber world. Here we find her stripped naked (metaphorically I would hope), and left without the trusty safety blanket of Auto-Tune.

Let's just say it was not her finest effort, and to celebrate this momentous occasion we have decided to take a short trip down memory lane and visit some our favourite moments in pitch correction music's history.

Auto-Tune; This is your life..... 

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The Humble Beginnings

Cher 'Believe' (1998)

Cher's late-nineties comeback to music and the worldwide gay community was marked with the release of her, warped, robotic vocal effect single 'Believe'. At this time, no one had seriously considered the use of Antares' Auto-Tune pitch correction software as a recording "special effect," however Cher says that when she heard the sound she demanded it be left in the recording. Good life decision Cher. While this track was incredibly successful it was also polarising as it represented the 'sound of the future,' or, as some may call it, the "Cher effect."

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The Millennium

Daft Punk 'One More Time' (2000)

Who better to ring in the new millennium than French helmeted-duo Daft Punk, with their Auto-Tune anthem 'One More Time'. After already using vocorder-distored vocals in their timeless hit 'Around the World' they turned to the blessed Auto-Tune with the addition of singer Ramanthony. Despite being met with some harsh criticism as to their use of technology, 'One More Time' peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in 2000, and is one of the duo's few charting songs in the US, reaching 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 - likening the criticisms to those levelled in the early days of synthesisers in pop music. 

Synths, pfffft. Who uses them in the music industry now?

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The Serial Offender

Kanye West '808s and Heartbreak' (2008)

Some artists do it with a song, others make an album of it. Kanye West is a serial Auto-Tuner. His 2008 album release, 808s and Heartbreak, has stylised voice manipulation plastered all over it. In classic Kanye style he used it without a reason or excuse, with tracks like 'Heartless' and 'Love Lock down' repping Auto-Tune like there is no tomorrow. Instead of leaning on the vocal manipulator as a crutch for some of his arguably shaky singing, Kanye harnesses technology as an instrument and if you hate it - he doesn't care. He is Kanye West and he's the best.

CLICK HERE to see Kanye's latest Auto-Tuned rant at Wireless Festival!

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The Good 

Bon Iver 'Woods' (2008)

It may no means requires a high level of production for indie icon and Auto-Tune enthusiast Bon Iver to create a beautiful atmospheric song, rich crafty pitch shifting goodness. All Justin Vernon's fine voice needs is to be run through a phase-vocoder and repeat the same paragraph of lyrics 11 times, before concluding with a final momentous built up tension. For indie noobs, this song is most commonly known as the  sample in Kanye "Serial Auto-Tuner" West's track 'Lost in the World.'

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The Bad

Rebecca Black 'Friday' (2011)

I am speechless. No words can be used to describe this piece of utter lyrical genius.

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The One You Have Been Waiting For

Britney Spears 'Alien' Demo (2013)

It's Britney Bitch.

What was allegedly said to be a 2013 warm-up tape of the Las Vegas Starlet in Residence, this very raw demo leaves us all feeling that little bit better about our own karaoke voices.

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And of course…The Virals

One Direction 'Story of My Life' (2014)

For those who do not call themselves One Direction fans *cue crying, screaming girls, fainting and a like*, be prepared to instantly fall in love with the superstar heartthrobs. The concept is quite simple, Shred Videos. Videos which craftily remove the audio of some of the world's biggest music acts and replace them with a ridiculous, yet convincing, auto-tuned version of their song. The end result is a hilariously butchered piece of viral brilliance. You're welcome:

 

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11 Firsts of Big Day Out

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Here at theinterns, what underpins everything we do is an unwavering desire emphasise the “new” in “new music.” So, with yesterday’s sad revelation that The Big Day Out Festival will not be returning to our shores come 2015, having debuted in 1992 with newer-than-new band, Nirvana as a headliner (that's right, before Nirvana were even a thang), we decided to take a moment to reflect on the many personal cherries we popped as frequent visitors to the iconic festival responsible for instilling a love of all things music (and otherwise) in us for over 20 years.

The first time we experienced an on stage Iggy-orgy.

During their first visit to Australian shores, Iggy and The Stooges invited a countless number of semi-clad young punters on stage to dance with them during submissive-anthem-for-the-masses, I Wanna Be Your Dog.

The first time everyone ignored that flag ban.

Nothing to see here. 

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The first time Marilyn Manson showed us just how many uses The Bible really has.

Including acting as a kleenex for when you’re dressed as Hitler and feel like a cheeky rub and tug.

The first time we actually raged Against The Machine.

If we learnt one thing during 2008’s Big Day Out Festival it was this: A sure fire way to instill anarchy and pandaemonium in a 46-000 strong crowd is to follow Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name of, with riot-inducing equal, Bulls on Parade. People really don’t like that combination. 

The first time Eminem turned down six million Aussie dollars. Well, probably not the first time.  

Along with Blink 182 and Prince, Eminem turned down a hefty sum of money to headline the long standing festival during 2012. As a result, festival organisers sought help from who else but Yeezus. Which led to the following... 

The first time Kanye went all prophet on our ass.

During Kanye’s 2012 performance, crowds were treated to a 7-minute vocal break down at the end of Lost In The World in which he, unsurprisingly, lamented his exclusion from the fashion world and a 10 minute story of a Friday night date gone wrong. 

He also managed to irriate second headliner Soundgarden that year. Kanye decided to perform a loud soundcheck during Soundgarden's show with Chris Cornell later responding, "“Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back.” In response, Kanye went on stage 45 minutes late. 

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The first time Bjork cancelled, assaulted photographer

One of the bigger cancellations in Big Day Out's history was Bjork's pull-out of the Sydney show due to "swelling vocal chords". A few days earlier she had already run into trouble when she tore a photographers shirt apart at the airport in Auckland. Shen then fell to the ground. She hasn't returned to Australia since 🙁

The first time we were introduced to Silverchair

In 1995, three long-haired, grungey teenagers were added to the bill. Like Nirvana, the trio typified the raw, rock n' roll atmosphere of early Big Day Out's. That year, they would go onto release Frogstomp which headed straight for number one in Australia and reached the top ten in the USA. The year before, Tomorrow, had already topped charts around the world and so, this was somewhat of a premature victory lap.

The first time Big Day Out buggered up its second Sydney show.

Yep, it happened twice. In 2012, no doubt, elated with the joy of securing Kanye as a headliner, festival organiser put on another Sydney show. In 2011, with Muse at the helm, both Sydney shows had sold out in record time. Organisers had hoped the same would happen in 2012. Unfortunately, not. Weeks before the event the BDO had to introduce a 'bring a friend' policy for the second show, essentially giving tickets away for free.  In 2014, having not learnt from previous mistakes, organisers attempted it again and then promptly cancelled it before it got to the point of a 'bring a friend' policy. Phew.

The first time headliner Neil Young cleared the mainstage

In 2009, Neil Young came as a confusing addition as headliner to the Big Day Out. While most that stayed, were enamoured with his predictably brilliant set, most of the youngsters had fled the arena, leaving one of the sparsest headliner crowds in memory. Where did they all head to? The Prodigy in the Boiler Room which in Sydney, at least, was closed, with thousands of people having to crowd around a screen outside. Still, they looked satisfied.

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The first time you went to the Big Day Out

All jokes aside, the Big Day Out will for many of you be etched in your mind as one of the first festivals you ever went to. No doubt you have memories of downing UDLs before the gate, passing out from heat exhaustion and experiencing the immense euphoria induced by seeing your favourite band on the mainstage. Over two decades, the Big Day Out has become a staple in many punters diaries, consistently churning out larger line-ups than many of the other festivals. Believe it or not, come Australia day, you may just wish you were singing along to the Hottest 100 live at the Big Day Out.

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Throwaway Thursday

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Microsoft Word is on the street that we've got heaps of goodies to give away to all our devoted readers. Read below for all theinterns-exclusive* content!

WATCH: Zane Lowe interviews Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin, without a doubt, is one of the most legendary producers in the world. He’s been behind records by Adele, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and er...Shakira. His most recent masterpiece is Kanye West’s Yeezus which he talks about in this interview with Radio 1 host Zane Lowe. On Yeezus he says, “I thought it was coming out in a year. Kanye said five to six weeks, and I said 'Really?”. He also talks about Shakira saying, “She's so successful because she's competing with all these manufactured pop artists, and she’s not a manufactured pop artist.” Lowe is a formidable interviewer and leads a career spanning chat with the bearded maestro. Rubin is an utterly fascinated mind.

LISTEN: Dillon Francis live at EDC

The funnyman of EDM continues to tear through festivals this summer, with his light-hearted yet heavy-beat set. If at all you’re feeling flat, nestle into this live set and be taken away to EDM heaven as Francis drops cuts by everyone from Major Lazer to Lil Jon. It’s a shame we can’t see the DJ’s pizza-shooting antics but hearing KCI and Jojo close out the set with All My Life should be enough to tell you that he’s as unpredictable as ever.

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DOWNLOAD: Zola Jesus- Dangerous Days

The master of dark arts, Zola Jesus is giving away the first single from her new album Taiga. Jesus has always been known for being a dark songstress but it seems she’s embraced a more melodic, pop side on Dangerous Days. Taking cues from her work with French producer M83, the new single maintains the brooding synths from Conatus and adds a throbbing beat for a hands-in-the-air chorus, the likes of which we haven’t seen done in such an explicit way before.

Head over to her website and sign away your email for the free track.

LISTEN: LUCIANBLOMKAMP - Help Me Out

This latest track from young Melbourne producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP is an electrical-charged slow burner. It may seem mellow to begin with but Give Help Me Out a run in its entirety; the steady bass and sexy sax solo really top it off.  We can picture this number during the early hours in a club but for the moment our headphones will have to do.

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LISTEN: Sonder - Feel Me

Get transported to the sun-drenched, glistening...UK? London-based Sonder's shimmery Feel Me is packed with the hope of good times and, according to the Deep House producer, 'sunny vibes'- very unlike the English Summer  you'd imagine. Can't afford a trip to the European Summer? This free download will have to do.

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WATCH: Record shopping with Seekae

As much as you’d like to shop with Seekae chances are you won’t be anytime soon. Factmag have taken the Aussie, Future Classic-signees and taken them record shopping while they chat about their forthcoming album, The Worry. What do they pick up? Actress, el-p and a few more that you’ll have to watch to find out.

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