David James Young

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Last Active 11-04-12 12:35 am
Joined 01-18-07

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12.31.12 Ataventytwelve - 50 Best LPs 12.05.12 Ataventytwelve - 100 Best Songs Of 2012
07.03.12 Twentytwelvatavan02.19.12 Recording My Debut Album Today
01.21.12 Atavanest 100 Of 2011 12.16.11 Twentyelevatavan
06.28.11 Top 5 Favourite Review Criticisms06.16.11 Half A Year And Here You Are Again
03.11.11 Atavangiggin' - February 201101.30.11 Atavangiggin' - January 2011
01.04.11 Atavanhalen Vs. The World - Best Songs 01.02.11 Atavanhalen Vs. The World - Best Albums
12.27.10 Atavanhalen Vs. The World - Best Gigs 212.23.10 Atavanhalen Vs. The World - Underrated
12.22.10 Atavanhalen Vs. The World - Overrated 210.18.10 The A-Z Of Crap Music
09.07.10 Australia, Where You At?09.06.10 Favourite 2010 Songs (so Far)
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50 Gay Paris
The Skeleton's Problematic Granddaughter

Beer-swilling rock & roll of the most arse-fuckingly evil kind. One of Sydney's best exports. Killing it left right and centre.
49Tonight Alive
What Are You So Scared Of?

What a year for these guys. So proud to see how far they've come - an accomplished and exciting pop-punk debut. Chix rule, boys drool.
48The Weeknd

Darker and more ambient than House of Balloons, created a very unique atmosphere. Best new discovery of the year, this kid.
47The Strokes

Took them forever to get their shit together, but they finally did it. A solid technicolor pop offering, featuring some of their best songs.
46 Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Was expecting this to suck. Didn't. Major return to form, kicked the shit out of Beady Eye.
45Childish Gambino

Six seasons and a movie for Community. Six albums and a live DVD for Childish Gambino. Donald Glover > you.

43Polar Bear Club
Clash Battle Guilt Pride

Punk rock with an honest heart, a raspy throat and a shit-tonne of melodies. All killer. Bands like this matter.
Do Whatever You Want All the Time

Their final album, sadly. Still, what an amazing way to go out. No other band did it quite like these motherfuckers.
41 Fatty Gets a Stylist
Fatty Gets a Stylist

I've been waiting for so long for Kate Miller-Heidke to just let loose and do something completely mental. It was worth the wait.

This woman WAS pop music in 2011. You don't have to like her, but respect is more than due for her no-frills approach. Important record.
39I Exist
II: The Broken Passage

Really, when it comes down to it, it's ALL about the riffs. I Exist delivered - no bullshit, just rock & roll/stoner-metal. Horns up.
38Tyler, the Creator

Not the best hip-hop album of 2011, but probably the one that has generated the most much-needed discussion. Golf wang, nigga.
37The Streets
Computers and Blues

The final chapter in The Streets' catalogue is their best in over half a decade. Great mix of humour and simple yet powerful observations.
36 Bright Eyes
The People's Key

If this is the last we ever hear from Conor, I'm OK with that. A grandiose record that reminds you why you loved Bright Eyes to begin with.
35They Might Be Giants
Join Us

Who knew? TMBG can still kick it with the best of the bands THEY influenced. A triumphant return to "adult" music, their best in years.
34Fucked Up
David Comes to Life

Everything that a punk album isn't supposed to be made for probably the best punk album of the year. Didn't see that one coming.
33Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

It's still daggy to be a Foo Fighters fan, but at least this record meant you could use present tense to say they "ARE a great band."
32 Wanda Jackson
The Party Ain't Over

Hell no it ain't. Not while Jack White is in town. The Queen of Rockabilly reclaims the throne.
The Great Impression

Man loses entire band and girlfriend. Creates epic pop opus on own in London. As you do. What a triumph this record is.
Ethereal Surrogate Saviour

The best heavy rock record Australia has produced since 2005, at the very least. A whole new bar has been set.
29 Royal Headache
Royal Headache

The best band in Australia you've never heard. Motown goes punk, washes together in fuzzed-out euphoria. Essential listening.
28To the North

Unique and melodic post-hardcore/skramz from Australia. Powerful and engaging. Great stuff happening in Oz music this year.
27Frenzal Rhomb
Smoko at the Pet Food Factory

Frenzal back to doing what they do best - being smartarses in 2 minutes or less. Quality in quantity.
26TV on the Radio
Nine Types of Light

Further proof that this band has not ever and will not ever set a foot wrong. R.I.P. Gerard Smith.
25Dan Mangan
Oh Fortune

Surely one of the greatest singer-songwriters in the world today. No-one quite paints a picture like Dan. Another beautiful album.
24Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys

Less guitars, more ambience, still more solid Death Cab. Always got love for this band.
23Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math

Nope, it's not Mean Everything to Nothing. The quicker you accept that, the quicker you can grow to love this in its own respect.
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights

Passionate and agressive in a headfirst collision of emotion and subtleties. Remarkable.
If Not Now, When?

Easily the most underrated album of the year. Their best in a decade got swept under the rug by most fans. Unfair.
20Touche Amore
Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me

It takes twenty minutes to listen to and days to wrap your head around. Hits like a fucking truck. This is the real deal.
Collapse Into Now

So, this is how we say goodbye. The band's best record of the 21st century - and, sadly, their last ever. What a way to bow out.
Gloss Drop

They may be a 3-legged dog without Tyondai, but they've still got a nasty fucking bite. A whirlwind of sound and ideas. Exciting everytime.

Music for twentysomethings to make sense of the world to. A complete improvement over their first record - and that was great.
16 Iron and Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean

Sam Beam finds love in freak-outs, walls of sound and inventive arrangements. A mainstream pop smash in another universe.
15Title Fight

Another band unleashing a hugely ambitious debut, demanding repeat listens for their huge choruses and tight musicianship. Shred, more like.
14 Little Scout
Take Your Light

Twirling indie-pop beauty. I couldn't gush more about this band if I tried. Honeyed vocals and lush arrangements. ANOTHER killer debut.
13Seeker Lover Keeper
Seeker Lover Keeper

So, three of Australia's best singer-songwriters walk into a bar... SLK was somewhat of a happy accident. Beauty in strange places.
12An Horse

An album of distances, confusion and heart-on-sleeve honesty. I needed an album exactly like this. I still do.
11 The Wonder Years
Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing

Unquestionably the greatest working pop-punk band in the world right now. An immense, bold venture into both new and familiar territory. A+.
10Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Whether it's the first thing you hear in the morning or the last thing you hear at night, this was an amazing soundtrack to the year.
Chopped and Screwed

A delightful experiment from one of the most intelligent and engaging musicians the world has to offer in Mica Levi. Nobody quite like her.
Take Care

An exhausting hour-plus journey that is worth every damn second. As of right now, Drizzy is untouchable. Best and brightest.
7Jay-Z and Kanye West
Watch the Throne

No-one knows what this album means, but it's PROVOCATIVE! Gets the people GOING!
6City and Colour
Little Hell

From the ashes of Alexisonfire came this sweet dollop of Americana-flavoured folk rock. Oh Dallas, the things you do to my heart.
5Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones

Whenever you are at your absolute worst, someone like Frank reminds you you're not alone. Ever. FTHC for life.
4The Weeknd
House of Balloons

I don't know where the fuck this record came from. But I want to go there and make many, many babies.
Making Mirrors

The transition from the underground is complete, and Wally de Backer is now the biggest star in the country. Totally deserved, mind you.
2 Jen Buxton
Don't Change Your Plans

This album inspired me in every way possible. I wanted to be a better person, musician and songwriter because of it. Must-hear.
1La Dispute

Opinions were definitely split over the qualities of this record, but for me it was never a question. An experience like no other in 2011.
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