100-Mile Music Diet: *NEW* Music from The Dirty Nil, Northern Primitive, and First Rate People

The Dirty Nil

Have you heard the new Dirty Nil 7″ Zombie Eyed? You haven’t? Sheesh.

It’s free to download for the next month, so consider this an extra Christmas present to yourself. And if you’re like me, you’ll want to listen at gut-wrenching volumes while swinging a foaming beer bottle around. Zombie Eyed is a messy pile of notes, slurring together like a drunken lover trying to get in your pants.

“You’re a swine.” It doesn’t get any blunter than that.

Oh, and check out the B-side by Northern PrimitivePositive Bondar. It’s an echo of thoughts which are never quite articulated on the tip of your tongue. It’s the rubbing of last night’s mistakes back into your eyelids.

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First Rate People

Ok, so you must’ve heard the new First Rate People single by now. You Won’t Get This Joke At Allright? No? Have you been living under a rock, pressed up against millipedes?

An instant fusion of euro hit, understated acoustics, smashing synth, and a mixed bag of other guilty pleasures, it’s like an adorable puppy bouncing around after a balloon. Since this is their first release since Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art came out in 2011, I am incredibly relieved they have found the resources to put out another record. When such a lovely band with incredible talent keeps making music, the world keeps spinning properly.

Experienced well beyond her years, the beautiful voice of Anna Horvath perches on top of light dance music and pulsing chords like a little blackbird clicking its claws.

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Goofy, layered vocals characterize Toronto’s Singapore

I love man meat.

Toronto three-piece Singapore may be newbies to the local music scene, but their goofy, genre-bending rock is sure to become a hit soon. Self-described as “sour summer creepiness”, Singapore stuff layers of vocals over inherent lyrical flamboyance to create staple songs that are unoffensively catchy.

Recommended if you like Zeus, Miniature Tigers and irrespressible optimism. It’s the kind of music you should program for your alarm clock so that you don’t wake up angry at everyone.

Brian ElderSingapore

Brian Elder is a dirty little funk song à la Beck circa Midnite Vultures (1999). This song mixes ample swearing with lighthearted oohs-and-ahhs, giving it an impish juxposition.

Vampire TeethSingapore

Vampire Teeth is a trip down the lazy river with a tall glass of lemonade. It’s seeing the skyline of a city from your seat on the train as you clack into the station. With simple guitar hooks and a swishy, casual drumbeat, it’s the perfect song for head-bobbing.

You can catch them tonight for free (Tues Aug 8, 2011 @ 10:50pm) at The Horseshoe Tavern where they’ll be playing songs from their brand new debut EP Do Re Mi Fa Q, available for free download on their Tumblr.

Pleasant folk-pop from Toronto’s Little City

You could not pay me to eat that sandwich.

Looking for some local folk-pop to brighten up your day? The local forecast may call for gloomy days for the rest of the week, but that doesn’t mean that you have to listen to gross, moody music.

Toronto’s own Little City have been working on their tans and fans this summer after releasing their new EP The Going and The Gone. Unfailingly upbeat and curiously positive for Torontonians, if you’re keen on dipping your feet in country music that doesn’t sound like country music, this is the band for you. The first three tracks on The Going and The Gone are a touch conventional, but skip ahead to This in Remembrance and Lincoln Learning French for an aural delight. If you like Mount Moriah, Forest City Lovers or Family of the Year, you’ll probably like Little City.

If you’d like to catch them in concert, they’re playing tomorrow night (Wed Aug 9, 2011) at Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor St. W., Toronto) with The Elwins, Belgrave, Odessa Steps Sequence and Young Feathers. Tickets are $7.

100-Mile Music Diet: With Hidden Noise’s Married To The Sea

Grabbling elements of delicate high-hat tapping, echoey harmonics, and palm-muted guitars, Charlie Berger of Toronto’s light-and-airy shoegazey With Hidden Noise offers up a Canadian take on dreamy, homemade ambient-pop with Married To The Sea. Recorded in Berger’s apartment, Married To The Sea draws its inspiration from slowcore disciples Low and 50’s pop baroquists The Beach Boys and The Zombies.

Interspersed between the album’s dreamier tracks are a few acoustic guitar tracks with a conventional backbone. Unfortunately, drastically different tonalities between tracks serve to distract the listener from the attention-grabbing hooks of Salt Waltz and Don’t You Know. With Hidden Noise might have benefitted more by creating a condensed EP rather than a full album.

There are a few too many variegated musical ideas for solid album cohesion, but my interest has certainly been piqued. I’ll continue to follow With Hidden Noise‘s progress as Berger navigates his way through the tricky process of finding his niche.

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Download the rest of the album here.