Friday, February 17, 2006

Counterfeit Week 8

Quite an eclectic playlist this week, which was fun, but the show lacked a certain spark due to the lovely Elle being away this week. Never fear, she'll be back this coming week, but with the departure of Amanda, who will be enjoying a lovely week in Sydney.

So we were the show that was to welcome Valentines Day for 2006, and although none of us in the studio really think to much of the day at all, we did a mix tape of love, and for the more cynical amongst you, hate. So it was Nick Cave and The Postal Service VS The Walkman and Joy Division. 'I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles
in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they're perfectly aligned' VS 'You've got a nerve to be asking a favor, you've got a nerve to be calling my number I know we've been through this before'. OR 'I don't believe in the existance of angels but looking at you I wonder if that's true' VS 'Why is the bedroom so cold, turned away on your side'. Which one do you side on??

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Thanks again to Greer and Michael for keeping my company in the studio. I had a blast guys.

Playlist for Monday February 13th:
Radiohead - Everything in its Right Place
The Strokes - You Only Live Once
Built to Spill - Center of the Universe
Shout out Louds - I Wish I was Dead part 2
Bluebottle Kiss - Women are an Army
Cat Power - The Greatest
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues (live)
The Velvet Underground - Rock n Roll
Children Collide - Frozen Armies
The Modern Lovers - Road Runner
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Relative Ways
Daft Punk - Robot Rock
The Avalanches - Electricity
LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk is Playing at my House
The Futureheads - Hounds of Love (Phones remix)
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
Nick Cave - Into My Arms
The Walkmen - The Rat
Joy Division - Love will Tear us Apart
Les Savy Fav - Hold Onto Your Genre
At The Drive In - Pattern Against User
Sleater-Kinney - Entertain

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Counterfeit Week 7

This week's show really began last Tuesday, when we gracefully stepped into the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel and gasped for breath as we saw Caleb Followill, singer of Southern USA rockers Kings of Leon stride past us (although Amanda missed this moment as her bladder begged her to go to the toilet). After overcoming this excitement (and disappointment) we caught an elevator up to the 32nd floor and waited patiently to interview Nathan Followill, drummer of the band. Our hearts were pounding by the time we were introduced to the man himself, all dolled up in tattered jeans, a white wife beater, thongs and perfectly painted black toenails. And to our surprise the hairy King looked damn fine, might we even say quite hot. So we proceeded to ask him our questions in front of a window overlooking Melbourne as Nathan tried to fight off the effects of marijuana...

And so we featured this interview on Monday night. We were very proud of this interview, and even though it was quite flippant and we were hoping for more in depth answers other than rubber duckies in bath tubs, we enjoyed ourselves so much both in the studio and as it took place in the Hyatt. If you missed the interview, which of course most of you would have missed at least part of it due to the crap state of the syn studios deciding to play the backup music as it failed to recognise we were playing an interview and thus the music of Faker drowned out Nathan's slang, then you can watch us tonight on SYN TV, channel 31 at 5pm. Don't miss it! (He's really hot!).

Once we overcame one of the biggest moments of our lives we decided to feature a mix tape of songs that you play to pump yourself up before going out on a night on the town. Quite a contrast to last week's morning after tape, but that was the point. We hear the likes of Le Tigre, Tom Vek, Franz and The Kinks, the latter of which sends Elle into a frenzy.

Playlist for February 6th:
Kings of Leon - Red Morning Light
The Rakes - Retreat (Phones remix)
Elastica - Connection
David Bowie - Fashion
Modest Mouse - Broke
Gerling - Death to the Apple Girls
The Cure - The Thirteenth
My Disco - 113 / In the Benelux
Blur - Girls and Boys
Joy Division - Shadow Play
Cars - Shake it Up
Kings of Leon - King of the Rodeo
Kings of Leon - The Bucket
Low - California
The Strokes - NYC Cops
Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Franz Ferdinand - Michael
The Kinks - All Day and All Night
Tom Vek - I Aint Saying my Goodbyes
Kings of Leon - Wasted Time
Weezer - This is Such a Pity
Okkervil River - All the Latest Toughs
Cut Copy - Bright Neon payphone

Monday, February 06, 2006

Counterfeit Week 6

Last Monday's show aired on the threshold of what proved to be a very busy, very exciting and very expensive week of gigs and interviews. It was perhaps ironic, in view of this, that we named the Counterfeit Mixed Tape "The Morning After Tape" in honour of the post Big Day Out come down. As well as playing many of the best artists of the festival, our mixed tape featured tracks reflecting the moods of the very burnt and disheveled. That aside, our activites post Big Day Out hardly be termed as a "come down". But more of that a little later ;)

Week Six also featured an interview with one of my musical icons, Carl Barat, formally of the Libertines. Before I go any further and melt into a hyperbolic puddle describing my love and awe for Mister Barat, I must convey the utmost gratitude to Amanda for putting up with me during the stressful question preparation. I do admit that during this time, I reduced Amanda to a teary-eyed exasperated mess even in the mere theme contemplation session. I admit, I do feel a little silly in retrospect. But then I listen to Up The Bracket and wonder why I didn't freak out more.

ten minutes with a likely lad. how would you react?

Despite these stresses, our interview with Carl Barat was among the most enjoyable we've recorded so far. But I don't know if I'm just saying that because I had been reduced into a hyperbolic puddle of gush. In our few moments with Carl, we explored his method of songwriting with and without Pete Doherty, "getting so hammered DJing it would take 4 days out of his working week" and his first mixed tape for a girl, which featured Erasure! Hands off everyone. He's mine!

Playlist for January 30th
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance with you than Talk with you
Cut Copy - Time Stands Still
Richard Ashcroft - Break the Night with Colour
Bloc Party - Like Eating Glass
Fischerspooner - Emerge
Soulwax - NY Excuse
The Strokes - Reptilia
Iggy Pop and The Stooges - I Wanna be your Dog
Adam Green - What a Waster (Libertines Cover)
David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things
The Libertines - Don't Look Back into the Sun
The Jam - This is the Modern World
The Clash - Remote Control
The Libertines - France (Demo)
The White Stripes - My Doorbell
The Cribs - Hey Scenesters!
The Go! Team - Huddle Formation
Iron and Wine - Such Great Heights (Postal Service Cover)
The Beatles - I'm Only Sleeping
Manitoba - Bijoux
Sleater Kinney - Wilderness
The Magic Numbers - Crazy in Love (Beyonky Cover)
Kings of Leon - Taper Jean Girl (Live)

Be sure to listen in tonight to this week's show where Amanda and I will be airing our interview with Nathan Followill, drummer from Big Day Out headliners, the Kings of Leon. To prove this really happened and we are not making it up, the footage of the interview will be aired on Thursday SYN TV, 5pm on Channel 31. We must thank Ally Murphy, Andrew McDonald, Sony and our own tripod girl Greer for organising this and generally helping us so much! All this AND documenting our rollercoaster week, be sure to tune in!