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An interesting moment in pop music:

...sure to spark some debate. Is she reframing disability or cashing in on her body? If she is cashing in on her body, doesn't that make her an entirely normal popstar? Besides, I'd rather see Viktoria Modesta cashing in while reframing prosthetics than Lady Gaga cashing in while not wearing pants.

2014 mix tape

2014 mix tape by h on Grooveshark

(2014 mix tape - Grooveshark)

  1. Do You Need Some? - Mind Bomb. For some reason this one bubbled up from memory and I couldn't get it out of my head.
  2. New Day - Karnivool. Saw Karnivool live, in a packed room with basically everyone belting out this song at the top of our lungs. It was a great gig and restored a lot of my energy and desire to go to gigs - those moments when *that song* comes on and everyone goes nuts.
  3. Too Many Puppies - Primus. Saw them live again in their Evening With Primus format and this track went off... but with a sobering reminder that the song has not stopped being politically relevant in all the time they've played it.
  4. Spooky Boots - Reverend Horton Heat. New RHH album is an absolute ripper.
  5. War Dance - Killing Joke. Classic punk recommended by a friend. As recommended, tracked down the original 10" version which is faster and somehow feels like the 'true' version.
  6. The Death & Resurrection Show - Killing Joke. KJ changed a tad over the years and while this isn't punk it sure is a hell of a track.
  7. Black Betty - Spiderbait. Kept playing this when I was excited about starting a new job :)
  8. Ich Bin Ein Auslander - PWEI. Because we saw them live and it was really fun :D
  9. The Same Man - Dan Sultan (not in the grooveshark playlist as it wasn't available). Blackbird was album of the year, brilliant stuff. Sad that I was sick and missed the tour gig, though!
  10. Rumble, Young Man, Rumble (feat. Dan Sultan) - Hilltop Hoods. Because it combines Dan Sultan and Hilltop Hoods ;)
  11. I’m a Ghost - Hilltop Hoods. Finally got to see the Hilltops live and it was an absolute knockout, everything I'd hoped for.
  12. Old Fitzroy - Dan Sultan. Much as I love the new album, I keep going back to this track.
  13. Under The Milky Way - The Church. This one just took my fancy a few times, including one night after a work event where I got it played by the guy singing in the pub. I was strongly reminded of it at our work Christmas party where we really did have dinner under the milky way (seriously, we were out in the mountains where it's clear enough to actually see stars).

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Walking past the past
Doors closed and greener pastures
A shrug and walk on

Rolling past the past
A life long since behind me
A smile and roll on


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around the traps

around the traps

around the traps

around the traps

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  • On Death and iPods: A Requiem | WIRED: In all likelihood we’re not just seeing the death of the iPod Classic, but the death of the dedicated portable music player. Now it’s all phones and apps. Everything is a camera. The single-use device is gone—and with it, the very notion of cool that it once carried. The iPhone is about as subversive as a bag of potato chips, and music doesn’t define anyone anymore. Soon there will be no such thing as your music library. There will be no such thing as your music. We had it all wrong! Information doesn’t want to be free, it wants to be a commodity. It wants to be packaged into apps that differ only in terms of interface and pricing models. It wants to be rented. It wants to reveal nothing too personal, because we broadcast it to Facebook [...] I miss the time when we were still defined by our music. When our music was still our music. I miss being younger, with a head full of subversive ideas; white cables snaking down my neck, stolen songs in my pocket. There will never be an app for that. Of course there will never be an app for digging through second-hand CDs at your university markets, nor digging through crates of vinyl, nor waiting by the radio for your favourite song to come on. Perhaps every major change of technology brings these feelings on. Perhaps we curate our shared playlists with the same love and attention we used to put in to dubbing a mix tape for a friend. It just doesn't quite feel that way.