Video: GROOVIN’ THE MOO

Hey guys! You might remember that I’ve done festival reviews on here before – particularly on Groovin’ the Moo 2014. This year I attended GTM again, yay! I loved it, as usual, and talked about it all in this video. I even made a little video montage of the footage I captured at Groovin’ and talked about meeting my all time favourite band! Enjoy:

Thank you for watching!

Sarah May xxx
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March ’15 Recap ♡

Welcome to my new monthly recap series! Whaat? I’m changing up my monthly favourites posts!? Yes I am! I found they were getting a bit stale and boring to write, and frankly I found it tough coming up with enough content for each month to center an entire post about. Instead of only what I’ve been loving, I’ll also share with you my month in photos, plus what I’ve been listening to, what I’ve been watching and a full recap of what I’ve been up to! Let me know if you like the new format in the comments – I love hearing from anyone who reads what I write!


My March in Photos

Currently Listening:

Album:

Gracetown – San Cisco
San Cisco are a quirky indie pop band hailing from Western Australia who have delivered their long-awaited second album, Gracetown. Gracetown is a funky collection of many different styles, all delivered in short songs in typical San Cisco style. From their 2014 hit RUN to their witty, bubblegum pop track Too Much Time Together to more slowed down tracks like Jealousy, the wit, charm and talent of these young Australians will keep you hooked on what is by far my most listened to album of the month.

Songs:

  • Dance With Me – Short Stack
  • FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney
  • On My Way Home – Pentatonix
  • Cologne – Clean Bandit ft. Javeon & Nikki Cislyn
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Currently Watching:

TV:

  • Doctor Who (up to date)
  • Friends
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Block: Triple Threat

YouTube:

Currently Loving:

  • Pentatonix – I had the fortune of not having uni classes when they live streamed their entire concert! I need to see these guys live and meet them, I’m crossing my fingers they come back to Australia soon.
  • Going clubbing – it’s early enough in the semester that I can go out on a Friday night and not feel bad about not staying home to study. I’m definitely enjoying it while I can!
  • Hammocks – I have a hammock on my little uni balcony and it’s the best thing ever to take a mid-day (or night) nap in! It’s so relaxing being outside listening to the birds with a bit of a breeze blowing… *sighs*
  • Rainymood.com – it’s so perfect for studying when my neighbours are being noisy, and so much better than music since it isn’t as distracting.

What I’ve Been Doing:

March was the first full month of uni! I started off the month finally finding the Anatomy textbook I needed (it’s in high demand, it’s hard to find!) and dissecting cow fetuses in my practicals, before falling sick with my first cold for the year, yay! I caught up with old college friends at their new house and jetsetted back home for a weekend to surprise my boyfriend for his birthday! I had my annual neurologist appointment, marking another year of good health news. I began my plant collection for a uni assignment, which had me replacing their papers every single day (which I quickly got sick of).

I had my first pub crawl for the year with all the vet students – the theme was “If I wasn’t a vet, I would be…”! I went on a field trip to Charters Towers where we collected bulls’ sperm, collected blood and branded and castrated calves, then partied for St Patrick’s Day that night – needless to say, I was tired. I then spent a week intensely studying for an important anatomy and physiology quiz, which caused major issues (due to it being unclear/unfair etc). Then, I spent ANOTHER week studying for a not-as-important quiz on the 58 different types of worms that can infect animals, yay. I filmed, edited and uploaded my very first YouTube video, showed college spirit at the Intercollege water polo games and filmed my second video, which will go up later in the week!


What a month March has been! I hope you liked my new format of monthly recaps, let me know what you think of it 🙂

Sarah May xxx
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Top 10 Australian Artists

Top 10 Australian Artists

Australia has a thriving music industry, and recent years have uncovered huge chart toppers such as Sia and Iggy Azalea. However, there are some Aussie music gems that have remained hidden in our little country, despite their immense talent. Our homegrown Australian artists are invaluably supported by national radio station Triple J, who provide precious air-time to both established and underground national and international artists, spanning a wide variety of genres. Thanks to Triple J, many fantastic Australian artists have had an opportunity to let their music be heard.

It is through the airwaves of Triple J that I have had the opportunity to discover these amazing, all-Australian artists. You may not have heard of them, but you definitely should have by now:

1. Ball Park Music

Genre: Indie Rock/Pop
Ball Park Music are a young and energetic band from Brisbane, who have produced hit after hit throughout their three-album career. Their live shows are praised by everyone who attends, including myself! Their music is quirky, infectious and super catchy – you’d be crazy not to check them out!

Other favourites: She Only Loves Me When I’m There, iFly, Sad Rude Future Dude, Surrender, Fence Sitter

2. San Cisco

Genre: Indie Pop
San Cisco have been quiet in the music scene for the last couple of years, until this year when they released their new single RUN. With only one album under their belt and another on the way, San Cisco are still pretty established in the Australian music industry, with their single Awkward placing number 7 in the 2011 Triple J Hottest 100, following up with further Hottest 100 entries every year following.

Other favourites: RUN, Fred Astaire, Wild Things, Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover)

3. Hilltop Hoods

Genre: Hip Hop
Hilltop Hoods are easily Australia’s most popular hip hop group, with four albums peaking at number one on the ARIA charts, including two top-ten singles and one top five single. Hilltop Hoods have successfully broken through from purely Triple J airplay to being played on mainstream radio stations with the ongoing success of recent single Cosby Sweater.

Other favourites: I Love It (ft. Sia), Nosebleed Section, I Won’t Let You Down, Chase That Feeling

4. Chet Faker

Genre: Electronica
Chet Faker is taking over the Australian music industry in 2014, with his debut album Built on Glass peaking at number 1 on Australian charts and its three subsequent singles peaking in the top ten of the Australian indie charts. He cleaned up at the 2014 ARIAS, winning five of the nine awards he was nominated for, including Best Independent Release and Best Male Artist. Chet Faker is one to watch!

Other favourites: 1998, Gold, Drop The Game (with Flume), No Diggity

5. Sheppard

Genre: Indie Pop
Sheppard are a relatively new group consisting of siblings Amy, George and Emma Sheppard, and their three other band mates. Sheppard managed to break into mainstream radio play early in their career, with their single Let Me Down Easy. Their debut album, Bombs Away, peaked at number two, spawning 4x platinum single Geronimo. They recently won Best Group at the 2014 ARIA awards, on top of a truckload of nominations.

Other favourites: Let Me Down Easy, Smile, Hold My Tongue, Something’s Missing

6. The Jungle Giants

Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
The Jungle Giants are from Brisbane who released their debut album in 2013. They have supported big acts like Two Door Cinema Club and appeared at festivals including Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, and Groovin’ The Moo. Their music is super infectious and is well worth a listen!

Other favourites: Skin to BoneCome and Be Alone With Me, Mr Polite, Domesticated Man

7. Art Vs Science

Genre: Electronic/Dance
Art vs Science are known as one of Australia’s best live acts, who have a slightly crazy and very energetic stage presence. Their 2011 debut album was widely praised and won an ARIA award for Best Independent Release, and their newest EP has released some great music too. Their eclectic style of music is easily recognizable as an Art vs Science track nearly instantly!

Other favourites: Create/Destroy, Magic Fountain, Creature of the Night, A.I.M Fire!

8. Megan Washington

Genre: Indie Pop/Alternative
Megan Washington (also known as Washington) is one of the most incredible female artists Australia has to offer. Over her three-album career, her music is honest and transparent – and her live performances solidify that. Megan Washington began her music career performing jazz music, but her transition to a more Indie Pop/Alternative sound is complete.

Other favourites: Sunday Best, Rich Kids, Limitless, Begin Again

9. Vance Joy

Genre: Indie Folk
Vance Joy is perhaps one of the most popular indie artists in Australia right now. Ever since the release of single Riptide, which was voted the best song of the year in the Triple J Hottest 100 poll, Vance Joy has been adored by girls nationwide and has been greeted with great success with his debut album Dream Your Life Away. Vance is only new to the music scene, but is sure to stick around for a while.

Other favourites: Mess Is Mine, First Time

10. Flume

Genre: Electronic
Flume has had a huge influence on the Australian music scene, with his 2012 debut album peaking at number one and landing him four wins and another four nominations at the 2013 ARIA awards, including Best Male Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist. He also had four songs in the Triple J Hottest 100 in a single year, and is part of the side project What So Not.

Other favourites: Hyperparadise (Hermitude Remix), Tennis Court (Lorde Remix), On Top, Sleepless


I hope you enjoyed some of the great talent that Australia has to offer! Sometimes the best music isn’t what’s playing on mainstream media all the time, so be adventurous and discover some new music!

Until next time,
Sarah May xxx
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