As we wake up, blinking and trembling, to a new year, we thought it was time to look back at 2016 and the media we loved.
Some great Aussie albums and songs have come out recently! Along with, um, less recent albums that we’ve only lately discovered! Open up your earholes and have a listen.
We were doing this on Sundays, then we got distracted, but now it’s Thursday afternoon and I can’t get this stupid* song out of my head.
* It’s not stupid! It’s a fine piece of dark electronica that’s just begging to be used for a Doctor/Master vid**.
** I’d successfully deleted “The End of Time” from my memory until this song turned up, and you know? It’s almost worth it.
Previously on No Award: 53 important life lessons from Australian music of the ’90s
Look, the 90s weren’t all hypercolour and flower hats. We took some terrible things to heart in the 90s, too.
Blaq Carrie is one of my favourite women of Oz hip hop, and this has been my jam for a few months. She dropped a new mixtape last month; it’s pretty great.
A new thing here at No Award: we’re taking it in turns to share some top Australian music on a Sunday afternoon.
(My contributions will be mostly hip hop by women, because back when Iggy Azalea was relevant, I started putting together a post about great women rappers of Australia. That was a few years ago, and I’ve gone from only having a few names in mind, to having too much music to choose from.)
Sunday 7 February, morning (Australian time): Beyoncé drops a new single and video, the proudly black, history-and-politics-steeped “Formation”.
“Formation” is steeped in culture and history that is not ours, and most of the links below are part of conversations that are not aimed at us. But they help to set “Formation” in context for us foreigners, to whom the work is nonetheless being marketed.
Peter Combe has prepared a generation of Australians for Our Climate Dystopia.
Climate change is happening, and we are ready.
Is it any wonder Gen Y is so tuned into climate change? We know what’s going on; we’ve always known. The sun is hot and over long; overgrazing is damaging the local ecology, which is leading to erosion and further ecological damage.
Join Official Potato Moya and Steph on an indepth analysis of Peter Combe’s influence on Australians of the 80s and 90s.
Ms Mariah Carey has been dating a man who is beneath her for some time now. (Not for the first time! Probs not for the last! Spoilers: most men are unworthy of Mariah.)
Last week No Award encountered the rumour that she had left her own place to move into his subpar mansion. Although Mariah has since denied these claims, it took us to a great place: the idea of Mariah moving into the Lodge.