So long and thanks for all the sets, Nicole Foote leaves triple j

Monday, 22 March, 2010

The triple j dance music shows The Club, and Mix-Up, are going to be a whole lot different from now on, with the departure of the long time host of both shows, Nicole Foote.

Foote, who has been presenting the shows since 1999, is moving to Darwin where she will continue her radio and DJ-ing work.

Her final Club and Mix-Up shows, which went out last weekend, can be streamed for the next week or so.

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Back to the (distant) past with triple j’s hottest 100 of all time

Monday, 13 July, 2009

First up, fantastic, as I called back in May, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” topped the second triple j Hottest 100 of all time… once again.

Regardless though I enjoyed listening into the countdown and thought the decision to stagger it was a good one, as it was easier to block off periods of time to listen in over several days as opposed to needing to stay near the radio all day, as is the case for the annual countdowns.

One thing that struck me, and many others I’m sure, was the age of some of the songs charting on the Hottest 100. For a station whose target demographic is (primarily) listeners aged 18 to 25, a large chunk of the music predated the mid 1980s.

I’d put this down to a couple of things though. First up there are a fair few triple j listeners who are outside (that is, older than) the primary 18 to 25 year old listener base.

Even among the 18 to 25s though there still would have been a number of votes for 1970s and earlier music, as many of today’s target listeners would have grown up hearing their parents playing the likes of Hendrix, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, etc, etc, etc.

I’d also like to think that music listeners born after 1985 though would still be on the lookout for quality music recorded before they were born, (in the same way the people born before 1985 are on the lookout for quality music recorded after 1985) and the countdown certainly reflects this thought.

Anyway check out the full list here and listen to streams of the countdown (listed about halfway down the right-hand column) which will be online until 20 July.

Oh, and yes, viva la grunge revival!

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Five tips for writing a Hottest 100 number one song

Friday, 30 January, 2009

Writing a Triple J Hottest 100 number one song: while your mileage may vary with some tips, making the title more memorable by including it in the chorus is definitely a recipe for success; since 1989 13 songs that do so have reached the top spot:

Songwriters love featuring the song title in the chorus hook, as it makes the song much easier to remember. Simply reading the title in print brings the song to mind, which translates to a stronger response from voters. The Cranberries’ Zombie features a chorus of nothing more than the song’s title being yelped by singer Dolores O’Riordan, Bernard Fanning’s Wish You Well is more polite, ending the chorus with the song title in a manner that almost insists that the listener sing along. In fact, no less than thirteen previous Hottest 100 winners sung the title in the chorus, ranging from the subtle (Powderfinger – My Happiness and Alex Lloyd – Amazing) to the sledgehammer (Dennis Leary – Asshole). Even the dark horses of 2006, Augie March, open the chorus of One Crowded Hour with the title lyric.

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Triple J Hottest 100 Of All Time July 2009

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

During the Australia Day countdown of the Hottest 100 of 2008, Triple J’s music director Richard Kingsmill announced the next Hottest 100 Of All Time poll will take place in July.

Unlike annual Hottest 100 countdowns, where only music released during the current year can be voted for, the field will be wide open for the “all time” 100. The last such countdown was in 1998, and saw Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” top the poll.

As Kingsmill said however, “there’s been a bit of a chance in the landscape”, as you’d expect after almost 11 years, so it will be interesting to see the all time choices of Triple J listeners this time around.

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Counting down the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2008

Monday, 26 January, 2009

In time honoured Australia Day tradition, the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown gets under way this morning, Australia wide, from 10am EDT.

If you’re in Sydney and want to make a day of it, head along to Parramatta Park, where the Triple J crew will broadcasting the show, or simply throw your own Hottest 100 party.

Also follow the action on Twitter via @JJJhottest100 or with the tags #hottest100 and #triplej.

Update: Dukes of Windsor – It’s a War, came in at number 100… anyone know what was at number 101?!

Update #2: Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire” takes out the number one spot for 2008! I’ll post a link to the full Hottest 100 listing as soon it becomes available.

Update #3: full list of the Hottest 100 for 2008 (minus the popup box).

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Triple J Hottest 100 2008

Tuesday, 30 December, 2008

Voting has opened for this year’s Triple J Hottest 100, regarded as “one of the largest public music polls in the world”.

The countdown of 2008′s top songs, as voted by Triple J listeners takes place, as usual, on Australia Day Monday 26 January 2009. It’s a cool sort of way to spend what is considered the (very) end of the summer holiday period in Australia.

Update: updated Hottest 100 info here.

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Transmissions

Saturday, 24 May, 2003

Stoked. I’m totally stoked, yo ya hear, phunky dudes and dudettes.

Whose up for an all nighter? Mix Up on Triple J carries Transmissions, an eight hour global dance party based at the Sydney Olympic Stadium! 25,000 eager beavers going off, a few casualities, my good self included, but what else is new?

It’s eight hours of hard core, hard ass dance – well wikkid!

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