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All of a sudden, the home and away season has finished, the top eight are ready to roll, and just like that, our fancy turns to the finals series.

We’ve decided to celebrate this special time of year here at Presentation Night with our very own version of those big four weeks in September that we’re calling The Vinyl Series. We’ve asked four of our favourite Presentation Night alumni to join us over the next month to count down their top four albums of all time week by week, culminating in their Numero Uno in that last week of September – The Grand Vinyl.…

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (1979)


Music, like footy, is always better if I know the story that goes with it. If you walked into the MCG this Saturday having no idea who the  Swans or the Hawks were you would still be entertained by the skill and bravery of the players, but it’s the narrative that lifts it into the air. My favourite albums all have great stories that go with them. I think of albums like ‘Harvest’, ‘Hi Fi Way’ and ‘Exile on Main St’. The characters, the place and the attitude of those albums AT those times are just as important as the musical notes.…

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St Vincent – St Vincent (2014)


Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, I’d like to thank you for indulging me over these past few weeks as I’ve rambled on about some of my favourite recent releases. It seems only fair that the album to take out my ‘Grand Vinyl’ selection should be the one that has spent far more time than any other in my car stereo since it’s release earlier this year, so with that I give you the fourth album from the wonderfully talented and refreshingly unique, Annie Clark, aka St Vincent.

Once upon a time in a land called the 1980’s, there was a gigantic laboratory that dominated the landscape called ‘pop music’.…

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The Final Vinyl.

So it’s come to this: the last weekend in September.

What record do you play for the biggest game of the year?

Do I go for the classics…The Beatles, The Stones or Dylan??

Well, I’ve stuck with a somewhat modern theme and have selected Arctic Monkeys’ latest album ‘AM’ as my finalist.

A modern classic rock album from the biggest rock band in the world at the moment.

The lads from Sheffield have really stepped up their game up with ‘AM’, particularly lyrically. I love the cheeky line from ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? 

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Big Star – #1 Record (1972)


It’s been said before I’m sure, but one of the great things about owning a record player is how it slows down the speed of life. It’s a bit like driving an old car; the vinyl bench seat across the front and the column shift on the wheel, the motor must warm up properly before the journey begins. Driving this kind of vehicle takes time, patience and care. There’s a certain mood that comes with this, a calmness. It is the same with a record player. It’s not an inconvenience to sort through the vinyl albums displayed on my lounge room shelf and then carefully extricate the blackened wax from the sleeve, it’s a prayer.…

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The Clash – London Calling (1979)

London Calling

What’s it like to touch perfection?

To know that everything is in its right place, that no moment can match this one? To feel that all roads travel here to this place and time.

That for this moment, however fleeting, this is the only thing that matters .

Few rock bands have been there.

The Clash have.

“London Calling” was that moment.

4 sides of brilliant gonzo rock gumbo that broke out of punk’s straight jacket to become the greatest double album of all time.

In 1980 The Clash were more than a band, they were a creed, and it felt like they were writing the future between the grooves of every record.…

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Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (2005)


When this album dropped, it came with a huge buzz, a bit like a No.1 draft pick.

The Bloc Party boys backed it up with some absolute bangers on this album. Receiving a Round 1 Rising Star nomination for ‘Like Eating Glass’, the first track on the album.

They then went on to receive Best On Ground in Round 2 (‘Helicopter’) and Round 4 (‘Banquet’), blowing everyone away with these explosive performances.

Being the stars they are, the Bloc Party boys showed us their versatility with tracks ‘This Modern Love’ & ‘The Pioneers’.…

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Mosman Alder – Humdrum Star (2014)

Mosman Alder

Dear reader, allow me to begin by pointing out, if it hasn’t been sufficiently evident already, that this whole Vinyl Series™ business is not at all about album reviews in the usual sense (a fact worthy of some celebration).*

Rather, this is all about an opportunity to share with you some of my own favourite recent releases. Objectivity has no place here. Total Bias™ is the name of the game. So the fact that I served as producer on this very record should matter about as much as the possibility that I may be wearing Mosman Alder face paint as I type these very words (PHOTO UNAVAILABLE).…

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Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (2000) 


I remember being at an under age disco around ’97 in my hometown of Warragul and the ‘Rage Against The Machine’ song ‘Killing in the Name Of’ came on. Every kid in the scout hall shouted the words back at the speakers as one with their fists in the air. They really meant it. It was the time of grunge and teen angst. Only problem was, I didn’t have any. I liked my parents, I was happy enough at school and if I had’ve been in charge of the set list at the “Underage Rage” I probably would’ve played the hits of Van Morrison, the Beach Boys and Joe Cocker.…

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The Peep Tempel – Tales (2014)


The Peep Tempel are a three piece band from Melbourne and their second album ‘Tales’ is due out in a few weeks. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy early because a buddy of mine recorded it for them and I’ve been thrashing it in the car for the last few weeks despite the fact that it makes me feel yuck.

I’ll attempt to explain that last bit…

Reminiscent of an early Martin Amis novel (think ‘Money’ or ‘London Fields’) or one of the (two?) good Guy Ritchie films (think ‘Lock, Stock…’ or ‘Snatch’), this album is jam-packed with vile and repugnant characters who are either up to no good or are about to come to no good… and it’s impossible to look away.…

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Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)


It made no sense at all.

An avalanche of jack hammer beats. An exploding cluster of chaos samples. A river of righteous rhymes that hit like a right hook from Tyson.

Few records tip the world of its axis. Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” kicked it to the kerb and told it to find it’s own way home.

Back in 1988 Hip-Hop was still a novelty sideshow. Music’s idea of slum chic. A little exotic, a pinch of danger and a splash of street fashion.…

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