Katie posted about the new GIRLS album back in July and now you can preview it in its entirety. Head over to The Hype Machine to listen to Father, Son, Holy Ghost before it is released on September 13th.
I’ve been anticipating a bumper crop of concerts in Toronto this fall, and what a harvest it’s going to be! Tune-yards, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Ra Ra Riot… my wallet’s going to be as empty and cold as my ex-boyfriend’s parents. And so, Music Between Friends presents our fall edition of the Toronto Concert Update.
Peter Bjorn & John @ Lee’s, 19+
Fri Sept 2, 2011 and Sat Sept 3, 2011 – $20.00
Harlan Pepper @ Rivoli, 19+
Thurs Sept 8, 2011 – $10.00
Said The Whale @ Mod Club, All Ages
Thurs Sept 8, 2011 – $16.00
Empire of the Sun @ Echo Beach, All Ages
Tues Sept 13, 2011 – $41.00
Kid CuDi @ Molson Amphitheatre, All Ages
Thurs Sept 15, 2011 – $29.50-55.00
Olivia Tremor Control @ Lee’s, 19+
Fri Sept 16, 2011 – $18.50
Vivian Girls @ The Shop, 19+
Fri Sept 16, 2011 – $15.00
Mother Mother @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Sat Sept 17, 2011 – $26.50
Two Door Cinema Club @ Kool Haus, All Ages
Sat Sept 17, 2011 – $21.00
Toro Y Moi @ Opera House, 19+
Sun Sept 18, 2011 – $20.00
Starfucker @ Lee’s, 19+
Tues Sept 20, 2011 – $13.50
The Shins @ Phoenix, 19+
Thurs Sept 22, 2011 – $31.00
Tahiti 80 @ Horseshoe, 19+
Thurs Sept 22, 2011 – $13.50
Kid Sister @ Wrongbar, 19+
Sat Sept 24, 2011 – $15.00
Tune-Yards @ Lee’s, 19+
Mon Sept 26, 2011 – $16.50
Girls @ Mod Club, 19+
Tues Sept 27, 2011 – $16.50
Mates of State @ Phoenix, 19+
Wed Sept 28, 2011 – $16.00
Ohbijou @ Trinity St. Paul’s, All Ages
Fri Sept 30, 2011 – $20.00
Foster The People @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Sat Oct 1, 2011 – SOLD OUT
Naked and Famous @ Phoenix, 19+
Thurs Oct 6, 2011 – $21.00
Ra Ra Riot @ Lee’s, 19+
Thurs Oct 6, 2011 – $17.50
Portishead @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Mon Oct 10, 2011 – $59.50
Drums @ Mod Club, 19+
Tues Oct 11, 2011 – $16.00
Braids @ Horseshoe, 19+
Fri Oct 14, 2011 – $12.00
Yukon Blonde @ Lee’s, 19+
Fri Oct 14, 2011 – $11.50
Iron & Wine @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Sat Oct 15, 2011 – $28.50
Dum Dum Girls w/ Crocodiles and Colleen Green @ Lee’s, 19+
Sun Oct 16, 2011 – $17.50
Neon Indian @ Lee’s, 19+
Tues Oct 18, 2011 – $15.00
GIVERS w/ Lord Huron @ Wrongbar, 19+
Wed Oct 26, 2011 – $13.00
Friendly Fires @ Phoenix, 19+
Sun Oct 23, 2011 – $21.00
Metronomy @ Mod Club, 19+
Wed Oct 26, 2011 – $16.00
Death From Above 1979 @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Thurs Oct 27, 2011 and Fri October 28, 2011 – $36.00
Chad Vangaalen @ Mod Club, 19+
Fri Oct 28, 2011 – $20.00
Blitzen Trapper w/ Dawes @ Opera House, 19+
Thurs Oct 30, 2011 – $18.50
Holy Ghost @ Hoxton, 19+
Tues Nov 1, 2011 – $17.00
Chromeo @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Wed Nov 2, 2011 – $31.50
Lykke Li @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Tues Nov 15, 2011 – $31.50
Radio Dept @ Mod Club, 19+
Thurs Nov 17, 2011 – $15.00
Elliott Brood @ Phoenix, 19+
Fri Nov 18, 2011 – $20.00
The Kooks @ Sound Academy, All Ages/19+ Area
Wed Nov 23, 2011 – $25.00-35.00
Timber Timbre @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, All Ages
Sat Nov 26, 2011 – $27.50
Jay-Z & Kanye West @ Air Canada Centre, All Ages
Wed Nov 23, 2011 and Thurs Nov 24, 2011 – $59.50-250.00
That’s it for now, friends. Enjoy the concerts and make sure to grab a band tee for me.
Exactly two years after the release of their debut album, Album, and one year after the release of Broken Dreams Club EP, San Francisco’s Girls have announced the release of their third album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost.
To me, Album carried the sound of teenagers messing around on guitars, sprawled out on the worn-out couch in the darkened garage. Broken Dreams Club sounded like the painful spring break spent mourning over unrequited love under the cabana. In my head, Father, Son, Holy Ghost is the confessionary of a post-collegiate idlewild who’s wisened-up to the perils of heartbreak.
Based on the track listing, this will be a fully-fleshed out album that explores a variety of bodily functions (Vomit; Die) and controversial topics (Magic). There’s even a track called Jamie Marie (Album contained a track called Lauren Marie). This only confirms my suspicions that nearly every North American female has been saddled with that middle name, including myself.
According to the band, the album was recorded in the basement of an office building with a variety of “tube and transistor based recording” devices. The lineup was also tweaked with the addition of drummer Darren Weiss and guitarist John Anderson to join Christopher Owens and Chet White.
Music Between Friends will be sure to release the album’s single as soon as it comes out!
1. Honey Bunny
4. Saying I Love You
5. My Ma
7. Just A Song
10. Love Like A River
11. Jamie Marie
I’m just going to start off by saying that if you’re reading this at work, stop.
This post is NSFW. All of these songs have content that might get you in trouble.
I’ve always been able to get away with cussing. I think it’s my cutesy, girlish voice; it seems to be able to soften even the Professor McGonagalliest of hearts. Growing up, it was always my sister whose diet consisted of a steady supply of Dove soap (hurray for double standards!). I’ve been trying to cut back on swearing, and have instead practiced a range of dirty looks that are much more immature and hilarious.
Just found out about this band after creating the online ticket sales for them at the Sled Island Music Festival. Every time I see another female crying for a really lame reason, I find myself thinking “fuck her tears!“. SO WHAT IF YOUR COOKIES DIDN’T TURN OUT. MAKE ANOTHER BATCH. PUT IN A TAMPON.
- MP3: Shave My Pussy – Chad Vangaalen
Oh Chad Vangaalen; you know exactly what it’s like to be a modern girl. As a tween who snuck old copies of Cosmopolitan out of her older friends’ bedrooms, I can attest that many a girl places her self-worth in the tidiness of her hedges.
According to Girls, all you need to be a Big Bad Mean Motherfucker:
- Short jean shorts
- Ice cream cone
No mention of actual mothers, but I guess they just gravitate toward you when you have a dripping vanilla cone and frayed denim shorts hanging off your bony hipster ass.
I always find myself singing this with a bunch of my whitest, nerdiest friends. Makes me feel +1 cool. Makes me look +1 lame.
Thinking of other songs with swears? Leave a comment and help me build my library!
It’s so cold here in Southern Ontario! Don’t let the Southern part fool you; we can get chilled with the best of them. Music Between Friends proudly presents Summer In Winter, a playlist heavy with surf-rock, spiritual awakening, and grunge.
First up is Wasting Our Time by James Leroy, a funk-punk track with a motowny guitar line and a hyperactive tambourine. After that comes Starfield, by PS I Love You, an anthem for grungy astronauts. Then, Slime by Sleeping Bag headbangy and handclappy. The Calendar by The Dø will completely win you over by oozing its French-Finnish charm. Then, One Day by Sharon Van Etten reminds us of a female version of Girls. We follow it up accordingly with Substance by Girls. After that, Smith Westerns make grungy garage music even cooler with My Heart. Can you handle strong, strange voices? Because here come Kiss Me Like You Mean It by The Magnetic Fields and Graceland by The Tallest Man On Earth. Kurt Vile riffs on some great ideas in I Know I Got Religion. A splash of Deerhunter in Revival ties everything back to the heavy surf-rock theme of this playlist. Little Scream sweetens the pot with Heron and the Fox and Basia Bulat caps it off with Sparrow. Sharon Van Etten pops back in with Love More. Anonymous psychadelic-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra strike us dead with drug-addled Thought Ballune. Fans of The National will take pleasure in the sweet, meandering piano line combined with drowsy vocals take us home in Lord Knows by Dirty Beaches.
1. Wasting Our Time – James Leroy
2. Starfield – PS I Love You
3. Slime – Sleeping Bag
4. The Calendar – The Dø
5. One Day – Sharon Van Etten
6. Substance – Girls
7. My Heart – Smith Westerns
8. Kiss Me Like You Mean It – The Magnetic Fields
9. Graceland (Paul Simon Cover) – The Tallest Man On Earth
10. I Know I Got Religion – Kurt Vile
11. Revival – Deerhunter
12. Heron and the Fox – Little Scream
13. Sparrow – Basia Bulat
14. Love More – Sharon Van Etten
15. Thought Ballune – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
16. Lord Knows Best – Dirty Beaches
Last fall, I fell in love with California’s Girls. Self-described as “gothic tropical” (they’re definitely a grungy Beach Boys re-incarnate) the band has very fittingly released a new album, Broken Dreams Club EP (2010), with a stand-out song that sounds as bright and jangly as freshly-squeezed guava juice. Thee Oh So Protective One sways like a palm tree dancing to mariachis.
Another great track off the EP is Alright. It has the pseudo-tough, subtly-danceable vibe that drew me to Girls in the first place.
Earlier this year, I was pawing through the CFMU music library for new cds to check out when I spotted the self-titled album of unsigned Seattle band Central Services. It’s Not My Day (Hey, Hey) is one of the most delightfully gentle, persuasive, indie-rock ballads I’ve ever heard. It remains my favourite song on that album and I look forward to when they put out a new record in the future. Check out Hey Hey here.
And now for something COMPLETELY different. Nova Scotia’s Wintersleep reminds me of a modern-day R.E.M. whenever I listen to lead singer Paul Murphy’s echoey, twangy vocals. Echolocation caught my attention because it transported me to high school days of listening to Death Cab for Cutie. Echolocation, from Wintersleep‘s album New Inheritors (2010), instantly reminded me of Death Cab for Cutie’s Stable Song from Plans (2005). I’d link you to Stable Song too, except I find it to be incredibly whiny. However, I do like Echolocation, because it feels like the perfect song for a mild Canadian winter: rainy, cloudy, and reminiscent of better days.