Indie-licious Tues May 26th 2015

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*Canadian

1. 庭 { d r i b b l e } – TELOZKOPE*
2. Loops – Doldrums*
3. Light Upon Feet – The Cyrillic Typewriter*
4. See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight*
5. moon march – the passenger*
6. I Know – Braille
7. Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room*
8. Body Breathing – Royal Turqouise*
9. girl hat – Kurt Inder*
10. Knife Dream (Devon Henderson Remix) – Valery Gore*
11. If She Were – Él Yoshida*
12. Don’t Stop (Suzanne Kraft Remix) – Knightlife
13. Timekeeper – Conga Radio*
14. Please Be Bad To Me – Jex Opolis*
15. G.F. (Harrison Drum Edit) – Yacht Club*

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Liebster Award: Who’s a friend? What’s a music? Get to know MBF

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Erin, who does Kicking It Whole School with my homegirl Sasha, tossed me a nomination for the Liebster Award, which helps slackers discover new blogs as the pasta overflows on the stovetop (or whatever adults cook these days).

Once someone is nominated, they have to:

  • Acknowledge who nominated them (I DID THIS ALREADY, SO I AM A GOOD PERSON, RIGHT????)
  • Answer their eleven questions (CAN I GET A SNACK FIRST??)
  • Share 11 facts about themselves (Oversharing is a Millennial’s favourite party trick)
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and give them 11 questions of our own to answer (Not even sure I know 11 people IRL, but I’ll try)

Also, I think this thing might be for food bloggers, but since my monitor is obscured by food smears and I type from a couch whose threadcount is 1000 crumbs, I’m basically a food blogger. Or human garbage.

1) Why did you start a blog?

For profit

2) What motivates you to keep blogging?

The promise of profit

3) What do you always keep in your freezer?

Profit

4) What is your go-to food in stressful situations?

Vegetables (mostly cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and carrots) and five cent candy from 7/11. I’m a paradox, and deeply confused inside.

5) What is your dream job?

Freelance audio producer! I’m basically already doing this!

I would love to compose music for television, film, and radio. I studied classical piano in university, and I’m a halfway-decent composer. I’d love to fall into this career by connecting with people working on small, independent projects, and building from there.

When I’m older (>15 years from now), I’d love to do a Masters in Animal Physiology and start freelancing as a science journalist.

6) Where are you in five years?

Debt free. Living in Philadelphia or Montreal, then bouncing around to another cool city. Maybe my hair will finally grow out.

7) Which recipe/food do you google the most?

Donuts and ice cream. They’re tasty and they look like pastel buttholes and poops.

8) What do you look for in a food blog?

Recipes for lazy incompetents.

9) What makes you interested in other blogs? (Pictures, text etc.. )

Music Between Friends endorses no one*

*please read Music Between Friends

10) What mood are you in right now?

I’m in the dark. I’m all alone. I’m a bit hungry. I’m hunched over my glowing laptop. So, pretty normal tbh

11) How will you end your current day? (Take a bath, sing etc.)

By falling asleep on the couch after watching a pirated episode of Mad Men, just before reminding myself that I should clean my apartment and book a dentist appointment (maybe). I might go see a few bands at Ratio tonight (Jealousy Mountain Duo, Petra Glynt, Not The Wind, Not The Flag, and Zaum), in which case, cover me in chip crumbs before all of the above.

11 Random Facts

1) I am slightly allergic to most food, but I ignore this because I am a butthead
2) I write and volunteer for Weird Canada
3) I’m going to start making looped drone music this summer
4) I am terrifyingly friendly in real life
5) I secretly read beauty blogs but often neglect to shower for days
6) I have a uniform: high-waisted mom jeans, a half-bun, bright pink or purple lipstick, and a voluminous boys tee
7) I think I might be a hipster
8) I love trolling spam emails

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9) I’m bored by this list
10) I wonder how much ice cream makers cost
11) hmm

✻ Magic Spring Mix ✾ for Sasha & Erin ❁

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A few weeks ago, Music Between Friends celebrated (or rather, ignored) our fifth birthday. In my experience, most small-time blogs wither and die after the 5-7 year mark. In our case, it’s really just been a cocktail of perky stubbornness and misty-eyed optimism that’s been keeping us going through the years. I have a dream for the future, though. Starting this summer, I’ve decided to start booking experimental & alternative shows in Toronto. Rather than passively observing the live music scene, I’ve decided it might be more fun to start booking shows for bands who may be less likely to get booked in the current Toronto climate – not because they are any less valuable, talented, inventive, weird, ect. – but perhaps they haven’t broken into the small & supportive (dare I say sheltered?) scene. Perhaps these bands feel like “outsiders” within a community of outsiders. And obviously, the main reason is because I’ve been itching to see certain bands perform, and this is the easiest and most rewarding way to make that happen. If you’re a local or touring weirdo making music, drop me a line at musicbtwfriends@gmail.com.

It’s been a quiet year here. For the last eight months I’ve been in school “studying” radio broadcasting at a college that doesn’t even deserve to be named here. Sasha started an amazingly wholesome healthy living blog Kicking It Whole School with our lovely friend (and soul-sister) Erin. Seriously, check out their Instagram, it’s goddamned aspirational. Sasha and Erin are truly rad women, and I am so excited for them to begin this project and can’t wait to see where it goes. If you want the scoop and feel like being a creep on two gorgeous women, check out their cute Liebster Award post from March.

You wouldn’t believe the sheer volume of junky marketing & PR emails we get on a daily basis. It’s reaching 30 per day at this point, and only 10% are actually from Canadian bands. I have given up trying to be everything to everyone, and just because someone’s found us on Hypemachine doesn’t mean we’re that kind of blog. We’ll never be an Earmilk, or a Gorilla VS. Bear. We’re just a small, two-person (sometimes one-person) Canadian music blog, and that’s perfectly fine by me.

Here’s what I’m trying to get at. While performing our deep email cleanse, I’ve earmarked some things for Sasha & Erin, so here they are, tossed into a delicious MAGIC SPRING MIX.

Lots of love for Tokyo’s Boys Age and their album Forbidden Summer.

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I’ve played Montreal’s James Irwin on Indie-licious before, and I enjoy how mellow and slow-paced this track is. It’s from his new album Unreal, and he’ll be playing in Toronto on June 19 at Handlebar for NXNE (favourite bar!).

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Toronto’s Collette Andrea plucks gentle, soft folk out of one of the dirtiest, loudest cities in Canada. Good on ya, girl!

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More folk, this time from Holiday Oscar.

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I’m looking forward to Newcastle’s Jake Houlsby’s (previously Suntrapp) new EP, Yannina, which is coming out on June 8th.

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Sweet, right? Baltimore’s Reindeer make hazy bedroom pop and this one’s from You Look Smashing EP, released in January.

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Montreal’s Fleece swirl psychedelia and 90s grunge into a low-key but utterly catchy track. This one’s from Scavenger, released in January.

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I didn’t immediately fall under their spell, but after a few listens, I’ve been charmed by Toronto’s Doldrums. This one comes from their April 7th release, The Air Conditioned Nightmare. It sounds a bit like Thom Yorke trapped in a laser rave.

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There’s just something utterly 90s-infectious about this track from New York’s Kopps. It’s silly, but then again, isn’t all pop music?

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Love this track from Toronto’s B É N É D i C T E – it’s lucious, sensual, and playful. Just wait until it picks up, and you’ll see what I mean.

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They hooked me. They hooked me good. Oakland eco-pop Trails and Ways alternate between synth and dreampop with ease.

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Philly’s Frontyards dropped this choice album People That Look Like Their Pets, back in March and I highly recommend checking it out. It’s gr8.

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Halifax’s Harley Alexander have just released some new stuff, and it’s a lot more full-bodied. If ya love dad-jamz, this is the track for you.

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Oh boy, this new album from Montreal via Victoria’s The Backhomes is just perfect. Gritty psych that pushes forward. It just came out 6 days ago, and you should listen to the whole damn thing.

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And that’s all for now.

Indie-licious Tues May 12th 2015

*Canadian

1. Red Corvette – Brave Radar*
2. The Tact of Animals & I Don’t See It – Quaker Parents*
3. Tuggeranong – Kings Quest*
4. You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son (Wolf Parade Cover) – Astral Swans*
5. Tiptoe Slowtrain – Gibberish
6. Shiver – Bears and Children*
7. oranges – Kurt Inder*
8. Blow Away – Doldrums*
9. Won’t be a thing to become – Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld*
10. Twisted Rope – The Cyrillic Typewriter*
11. TOTAL WIRRE – WILTED WOMAN
12. Mississipippi – Karen Gwyer

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Indie-licious Tues Apr 28th 2015 ✙ Canadian Women ⚢

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This episode is 100% Canadian, 100% women (a few exceptions where men are in the band too!)

1. Canonized – Faith Healer
2. Outside – TOPS
3. After Tonight (it will never be night) – Energy Slime
4. Wasted Crochet – Bile Sister
5. Orphans Howling In The Wild – Tenderness
6. Space Diemonds – Fresh Flesh
7. Calabria 2014 – Moss Lime
8. The Surge – Castle If
9. Karmic Mechanic – Phèdre
10. Sour Paradise – Petra Glynt
11. Strange Attraction – D I A N A
12. Work From Home – U.S. Girls
13. Somebody – Nancy Pants
14. Apophenia – Tasseomancy
15. Neverride – Jennifer Castle
16. Wholesome – LOOM
17. Messages – Isla Craig

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