What I’m listening to this week: Linda Smith, Shivering Window, & Vehicle Blues

Greetings Earthlings. This is a radar message from your favourite post-teen deadbeat, Toronto Female Blogger.

I hate “blogger” as a descriptor, because it carries so many unsavoury connotations: e.g. someone pays me for targeted ad space // I have e-partnerships with e-assholes supplying readers with knockoff fast fashion sourced from questionable third world factories // I am desperately hoping that readers will want to mimic my lifestyle choices // I’m a millenial asshat.

In fact, I am probably just a regular asshat. I like hats; they are the head equivalent of dabbing a napkin to soak up the grease of an off-brand microwave oven pizza.

The two girls who “run” Music Between Friends haven’t been posting much in the last few months, probably because I went back to school for radio, and Sasha has a Real Girl Job that she is very good at. The benefit to this is that my weekly podcasts sound a lot better when I can actually find the time to record them in the studio. In fact, the sensitivity is so markedly different between my apartment and the booth that I have to be very careful about farting on air, because the mics definitely pick that up.

One thing that’s hard to swallow: dry vitamins. Another thing: making zero dollars when you’re used to a bi-monthly paycheque.

Since finding out that William Alexander released Girls Basketball on cassette via Juniper Tree, I’ve been debating whether I should buy a 5-cassette sampler from the label. Problem is, I only really like 3 of the cassettes on their current release list enough to buy them. The shipping for one cassette alone is $12, whereas five is $30, so it’s a substantial difference.

When you have no money but lots of residual and deep-seated capitalistic desires, your little brain gets wrapped up in these non-problems like mine does. I want all the cassettes! I want all the LPs from Wyrd Distro! But seriously, someone please buy me those Heaven For Real & Quaker Parents singles from Craft Single and also that Monomyth album (please and cheese!). I’ll be good (ish).

Here are a few of the artists I like off the Juniper Tree cassette roster:

Inner Exo - Shivering Window | Facebook

This track is a serious jam session. It reminds me of the kind of “I Don’t Give A Fuck” shoegaze pioneered by Guided By Voices back in 1994 on Bee Thousand. I can imagine making out to this song. And if I buy this cassette, my dream could become a reality!

 

Sprayed Our Names At Every Station Vehicle Blues | Facebook

Ugh, check out that amazing tonal bend at 1:21. Doesn’t it make your knees go weak? If it doesn’t, I am genuinely surprised. Let me take you out for brunch and we can talk about it.

 

All the Stars that Never Were – Linda Smith

Ahh, Linda Smith. Four Track Queen. This song reminds me of sitting in your crush’s bedroom while listening to early acoustic versions of Radiohead songs. Obviously, in this scenario, your crush is a megababe singer-songwriter from the 60s.

 

Alright, I am tired!! At least I tried to write something, right?

Indie-licious Tues Oct 28th 2014

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(ABOVE ARTWORK BY THE AMAZING JULIA DICKENS!!! SHE IS FROM TORONTO AND VERY COOL AND I LIKE HER A LOT)

*Canadian

1. Half Steady – Ólöf Arnalds
2. By Heart – Dråpe
3. Endeavor – LOVELOVELOVE
4. doggy paddle (bogart the sorghum) – Cloud Becomes Your Hand
5. She He See Feel – Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa
6. Goddamn, I Miss You – Olivia Kaplan
7. Names of Stars – Weyes Blood
8. Crazy Lust – Pure X
9. Lines of Latitude (ft. Frankie Rose) – Small Black
10. Way To Be Loved – TOPS*
11. Mr. Wonderful – Saint Pepsi
12. Bassically – Tei Shi

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The Meanest Boys from Long Beach

I was reading Texture Magazine this morning surrounded by a pile of used Kleenexes and empty teacups. For the last six days, I’ve had an unbearably stupid sinus infection which has rendered me useless for human interaction, so I’ve been sequestered in my apartment, eating pistachios, pickles, & pomegranates. I like eating in alliterations and in colour patterns when I’m sick, because it’s not like my taste buds can function on a sophisticated level when they have a layer of mucous smeared on them. So why not have fun with it?

There’s been a lot of local buzz around Chandra lately and I haven’t bought into the hype yet (Toronto music scene, plz don’t strike me dead). Throughout my life, I have always been unable to navigate the cool table; I don’t really understand popular fringe subcultures until it is already embarrassingly late. I think this is because I was weaned on Disney for too long.

Anyways, Texture Magazine did a piece on Chandra before her much-celebrated show at Double Double Land last week with Bile Sister, Sexy Merlin and New Chance, so I thought it would be a good idea to read it. I didn’t go to the show last week because I was too busy cultivating millions of cold viruses to spread around my social network.

The Chandra piece was pretty good, but I still feel lukewarm about her music, and it’s not because I’m a post-punk hater (give me post-punk garage rock and I’m happy as a clam). I think it’s because, like so many other influential artists – e.g. Kate Bush, you have to arrive at her music at a very specific time within your own life in order to appreciate her fluency.

I was scrolling down Texture Magazine when I stopped on a video by Casina777 embedded in a piece detailing local artist/cool human Alicia Nauta‘s musical picks. Aping The Rolling Stones’s Beast Of Burden, it’s basically everything I look for in a YouTube video.

From here, I spiralled down the Internet hole of watching Casina777 videos, including one that was cryptically-entitled “Maze.”

If you’re reading this at work, you probably shouldn’t play this video unless you want your bosses to think you have a warped CGI fetish. The description box said the music was by William Alexander from Long Beach, and Google magic pointed me towards his musical project The Meanest Boys. Maze was released on Girls Basketball via Juniper Tree Songs eight months ago. I’m thinking of buying a 5-cassette sampler from Juniper Tree Songs just to save money on shipping to Canada, so I’ll let you guys know once it arrives (I’ll take a picture and do a review of what I get).

Anyways, here’s Maze – it’s totally amazing. Psychedelic without being slow-paced. Kind of frenetic but also cohesive at the same time.

Really glad I stumbled upon The Meanest Boys today, because I love lo-fi pop with strange samples. I listened to Strangest Things, self-released October 11th 2011, all the way through without stopping. I’m now working my way through his 2010 album, Cheer Up Friend. Finding out that he loves Avey Tare makes a ton of sense.

Here are my favourite tracks.

Facebook | Bandcamp (The Meanest Boys) | Bandcamp (William Alexander) | Soundcloud

I’m going to take a shower and pick up a record I ordered in from Rotate This now.

C U L8R

Indie-licious Tues Oct 21st 2014

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*Canadian

1. All In The Value – HONNE
2. Indecision – Shura
3. Memories – DRÅPE
4. Paranoid Jungle – Midnight Magic
5. Jersey – Labrador City
6. Bluets – Suno Deko
7. Daylight In The Shade – Peirson Ross*
8. Be Honest – Kate Davis
9. All Alone – Lyla Foy
10. Pauses of the Night – LUKA*
11. Window Of Time – Absolutely Free*
12. Catch My Breath – BELIEFS*
13. Nothing To Say – WISH*

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Indie-licious Tues Oct 7th 2014

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*Canadian

1. If I’m Unworthy – Blake Mills
2. Let’s Get Electric – Cheap Talk (4:28)
3. Mad Lover – Ingrid R.* (7:07)
4. Red Rain – Midnight Magic (11:37)
5. Over And Out – Flyte (15:57)
6. When We Are Apart – Magistrates (19:09)
7. She’s So Bad – TOPS* (22:32)
8. Ice Cream Sandwiches – Moss Lime* (26:07)
9. All Things Break Through – Freelove Fenner* (29:19)
10. Ghost Twin – Blood Sister (31:48)
11. Nothin but luv 4 u – the marlees* (34:51)
12. Who’s Waiting? – Happy Dagger (35:44)
13. Someday – Swim Lessons (40:19)
14. The Rain That Never Came – Apache Sun (43:11)
15. Spanway Hits – Flake Music (45:39)
16. Carriages – Li Xi (48:38)
17. The Wheel – SOHN (50:35)
18. Metric – Phosphene (54:27)

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