Update from Down Under!


So I’ve been in Australia for two weeks now, and somehow I still managed to make my post on time. Looking at you Derek… Ok enough with that, let’s get to the hot tracks!


Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

I fell in love with this Lou Reed-like talk singer Courtney Barnett after shazamming her song in a bag shop whilst shopping for a bag for my trip to Australia. It was only a coincidence she happened to be from Melbourne. Check it out.


Tijuana Panthers – Boardwalk

I think I like this video more than I like the song; although the song is pretty sweet! The chorus reminds me of Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers (the song from Ghost), but with a faster tempo, and some garage rock influence. Click here if you don’t feel like watching a six minute video they made for a two minute song.


Only Real – Cadillac Girl

A laid back song made by an equally laid back dude. Only Real is a 20 year old snap back wearing Londoner who makes his surf rock rap music by himself in his bedroom. Summer’s not here yet but it sure feels like it!


Bonus Hot Track:

The Beards – You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man

The Beards are an Australian group of guys (who all have beards of course) who only sing songs about having beards. Considering I am usually rockin’ a beard myself, this song really speaks to me.


Updating this blog from my iPad was a painful experience. Seriously WordPress, get your shit together.


Hashtag We’ve Got This

A Good Friday to you all. Growing up Catholic-ish, there wasn’t much music on this particular day, but what are customs for if not for outgrowing? Music is sort of what we do here at HTF. If it’s Friday, then it’s time for Hot Tracks*. Besides, I’d like to think that Little Baby Jesus wouldn’t frown upon such things. In fact, if we are to believe the chronicle of all things holy, Welcome to Hereafter, J.C. might appreciate music as well.

*There is a growing myth that when the concept for this blog was floated, Derek was always on board, but he was momentarily distracted when the name was selected. Contrary to popular belief, Derek is acutely aware of the word following Hot Tracks.

RILO KILEY – Silver Lining (2007)

What starts as an upbeat, poppy tune with a guitar riff that sounds just different enough from the one from Supersonic, by Oasis (or its ripoff in My Sweet Lord, by George Harrison), is actually a bit of a dark and twisty song. Just listen to the words. And the grass it was a-ticking / And the sun was on the rise / I never felt so wicked / As when I willed our love to die. Not exactly the same as Pharrell telling us that happiness is like a room without a roof.


CAT POWER – Sea of Love (2000)

This cover is my favourite version of the song by Phil Phillips (who, I think we can agree, had an amazing name*). The equally well-named Cat Power (a.k.a. Chan Marshall) goes for a soft, ethereal vibe on this one, strumming the chords. Even your average Pontius Pilate would be moved by this tune.

*Although, if someone’s itching to fact-check me on this, his given name was Phil Baptiste.


FRANK TURNER – Four Simple Words (2013)

It’s the hardest of today’s tracks, although you wouldn’t know it at all from the beginning. The pairing of a tinkling piano and Turner’s unique delivery wouldn’t sound out of place in a musical. Then things warm up after 50 seconds, before kicking into a completely different gear. It should leave you pumped by the end.


Enjoy your long weekend, if you get the days off, and a happy Easter as well, if you celebrate the occasion.


SONGS FOR THE OUTBACK (You can listen too, Franman)

All winter I’ve been listening to nothing but my tried and trues – Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, Beatles etc. 
Now that spring is here I thought I’d start listening to some fresh new(ish) music. Here’s what I’ve been digging.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE – Coming Of Age (2014)

I really liked FTP’s first album.  In fact, their song ‘Helena Beat’ has been playing nonstop on my Ipod for a few years now. I’m thinking this song might do the same.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN – Walking On A Dream (2009)

I’m not sure how seriously I should take these guys.  Either way, this is the second time I’ve posted about them on this blog.  And this song sounds like a sexy party!


This is second time I’m posting about this band as well.  Not quite sure how to describe this song aside from catchy-as-all-get-out. It’s perfect for Kangaroo watching!

Jay – if you see a snake, I don’t want to hear about it.

DJ Dirty D