TGIF Playlist: April 18, 2014

It’s a four day weekend:


  • I’m kicking off the list with another  song, because I’m still loving the new album, so much so that I’ll probably go see her when she performs in Toronto- tickets here
  • I just found out that Sylvan Esso is opening for Tune-Yards, and because I listen to their same three songs over and over again on Soundcloud, I’m almost tempted to get tickets for the opener instead of the headliner. Can’t wait for a full album from this band.
  • Figured it’d been a while since I put a throwback on one of these, here’s one from Soul Survivors
  • If you’re looking for explicit lyrics against a gospel chorus, then you’ve found it. I have my sister to thank for showing me this jam.
  • I’ll cap off the list with a little Washed Out, as always I hope all of you have a great weekend! See you next week with some more stuff I’ve been listening to.



TGIF Playlist: April 11, 2014 (Late, by a lot)

Katie did a great post for our 4th anniversary (check it out below) so I wanted to copy her with a similar post, but part way through I realized I’m a way more distracted blogger when I couldn’t get past my 2010 stuff because there was too much nostalgia and too many dead links. Unwatched episodes of Real Housewives may have also had a hand in my laziness…

So, I didn’t get that together in time, but I’d still like to take a second to thank all our readers for visiting the blog and sharing your music with us over these years. I can’t believe this much time has passed, the whole experience was an experiment, one that I’m really happy we rolled with and it’s just cool to see how we’ve grown. I mean, I used to play Hype Machine in the background as I studied during undergrad, didn’t think the blog would be listed there, ever. So consider this a virtual high five (because I’m not a big hugger) to you, our readers, appreciate the support :)

On that note, I hope you enjoy these tracks and they help you kick off your weekend (NOTE: I was also late publishing this post… so I hope everyone already had a great weekend and that this playlist makes the work week more enjoyable)

  • Merrill Garbus can shout it out, sing it slow and it all sounds cool to me. This is a great mellow single from Tune-Yards (check out the other single, Water Fountain here). I feel like a lot of cool ideas and sounds go into their music, but the band makes it all fit really well together, and as someone who plays no musical instruments, that really impresses me. The new album Nikki Nack comes out May 5 so I can’t wait to hear more.
  • Songs like this, The Derevolutions track make me antsy for summer. I’m just done with wearing coats and pants.
  • I got No Mythologies to Follow because I love the Spice Girl’s cover  did (listen to it here), and even though that song isn’t on the album, I think it’s a great debut, the lyrics in the chorus of this song are really sweet, personal favourite being: Someday the wave’s gonna show me the way to the sand. If someone knows where I can find a cute graphic with that text on Pinterest, feel free to leave it in the comments below so I can add it to my board of inspirational quotes. 
  • Infectious pop music.
  • I was obsessed with the Future Islands single Balance (listen here), way back when, so now whenever the band releases a song/album, I’m chasing the feeling I got when I first listened to that track, which is impossible, but this song comes close.

Indie-licious Tues April 15th 2014

1. Foreva – Goodbye Chanel
2. Love Me Only – dd elle
3. Kobe – Yeo
4. Bloodsucker – Mozes and the Firstborn
5. Suns Out Guns Out – Concord America
6. Same As Me – Street Joy
7. I See More – Ages and Ages
8. Shut Up – Posse
9. Des Tropiques (Island Demo) – Holy Models
10. Wait And See – Monogem
11. Caught in Time, So Far Away – You’ll Never Get To Heaven
12. Jupiter Flight – Dreamsploitation
13. Quils – Jon McKiel
14. Miranda – Angel Olsen
15. Daisy Eyes – I Know Leopard


Happy 4th Birthday MBF! Katie’s favourite tracks from the last 4 years

I wanted to do something special to commemorate our fourth birthday here at Music Between Friends. From our humble beginnings in a dark, messy apartment, Music Between Friends has become more than just a music blog to me – it’s become one of the most wonderful long-term/long-distant relationships of my life.

In April 2010, Sasha had just graduated from the university we both were attending, but I still had a year to go thanks to my professor’s perfectly timed Japanese sabbatical during my thesis formation. We decided to start a music blog with two dudes who quickly made themselves scarce (hi Cary! we know you have a real life and you are a real adult now). It was pretty clear that we had no idea what we were doing based on the content of our first few posts.

I mean, come on – we were two biology undergrads who developed our writing skills on biodiversity lab reports and field notes, which doesn’t exactly translate into Pitchfork material.  But we both liked indie music and wanted a way to stay in touch. I still cringe when I think about my first post, which was pretty thin in terms of credible music journalism. I was twenty-one and not much of a writer. I can barely form sentences even now.

Lately, I’ve been using the blog as a platform to showcase my favourite undiscovered musicians and explore the Canadian music landscape (Each Other, Michael Rault, Mac Demarco, Jay Arner, Faux Fur, Women, BRAIDS, Chad VanGaalenPhèdre, Young Rival, The Dirty Nil, Richard Catwrangleur, Sheepman, and Hooded Fang are the first that come to mind)

It was wonderful to be acknowledged by HypeMachine as a Canadian blog last month and I hope to continue featuring fresh content to be aggregated there on a weekly basis. Sometimes this hobby can get a bit overwhelming (the number of emails we receive on a daily basis could make this into a part time job) and I feel bad turning down free concert tickets and interviews when we’re just too strapped for time.

There’s a niche for every blog and we may never evolve to anything more than just two girls sharing music. I’m happy to be here four years later. Here are my favourite tracks posted about in each calendar year of Music Between Friends.

2010 - The Anthem - Onra (originally posted November 2010)

2011 – STRT SRNS - Wise Blood (originally posted Feb 2011)

2011 - Lament for Morning Raleigh Moncrief (originally posted Nov 2011)

2012 - What To SayBorn Ruffians (originally posted Sept 2012)

2013Harvest Moon (Neil Young Cover)Poolside (originally posted March 2013)

2013WaitingAlice Boman (originally posted June 2013)

2013 - Backpack - Petite Meller (originally posted September 2013)

2014 - Passing Out Pieces Mac DeMarco (originally posted January 2014)


Anyways, that’s all I have to say for now. Here’s to the last four years, and here’s hoping that there’s four more in our future.

As always, thanks for reading! We love you very much.

- Katie


Walter Martin – Sing To Me feat. Karen O


If you’re interested in a yodelling, Fraulein Maria version of the Moldy Peaches song from Juno, this Walter Martin (once member and co-writer in The Walkmen) song may fit the bill. The lyrics are the cutest and so is the artwork they released to go with the song (see above).  I feel like it’s an adult lullaby, I’m not sure if that’s a thing, but I’m rolling with it, hope you like it too.