Happy New Year!

2013 is just hours away and I’ve been trying to come up with a top album list for 2012* these past few days, but I gave up because I just haven’t given enough albums the time and devotion it takes to name them “best of” so INSTEAD, I went the song route, because that is a safer place for me.  SO, to christen the end of the year I’ve decided to bundle 12 of my favourites song and basically make myself a personal 2012 soundtrack that I hope you can enjoy as much as I have. Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!

* If I were to give you three albums that I enjoy every second of whenever I put them on I would go with: 1-Channel Orange (worth the hype– times a bajillion) 2-Happy to You and 3-Coexist.  


Track Listing

01 Reunion - The xx
02 Money Trees (feat. Jay Rock) - Kendrick Lamar
03 Velvet Elvis - Alex Winston
04 Rosie Oh - Animal Collective
05 Vase - Miike Snow
06 Radio - Lana Del Rey
07 Argonauts - Hospitality
08 Half Gate - Grizzly Bear
09 Disparate Youth - Santigold
10 Ugly Needs - Miniature Tigers
11 Undone - Luke Lalonde
12 Crack Rock - Frank Ocean


Music for your Victoria Day Long Weekend

These tracks aren’t all particularly new, but who wants to listen to cutting edge indie when you can blare your pre-loved jams at the cottage and break out in a flash mob of karaoke with your friends and/or family.  Here is a break down of some of the music I will be bringing up North this weekend:

OMC  – How Bizarre
This is my face whenever this song comes on.
This is my face when I’m annoyed with WordPress because the quirky song I want to post can’t be uploaded straight from my iTunes and I have to use a youtube version…

TanlinesReal Life
Tanlines is from Brooklyn, but this song sounds more “tropical island” than “New York City” to me

Santigold This Isn’t Our Parade
I couldn’t find a better version of this song (sorry) hopefully it will motivate you to buy the album to get the full effect because it’s worth it

Makes me want to sit back in a Muskoka chair. 

Arcade Fire Month of May
Because it’s the May 2-4 long weekend — get it?

Animal CollectiveWhat Would You Want? Sky
Preparing myself for the new album.

That’s about it. I’m going to save the rest for an actual downloadable playlist since it’s been a while since I made one of those.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Who’s Playing in Your Concert Bucket List?

Let’s just get one thing cleared up – I don’t have any immediate plans to remove myself, nor am I suffering from a debilitating disease.

I’ve always been one for making silly little lists – my notebooks are filled with vacation packing, outfit sketches, lists of worst boyfriends in asscending order (pun). One of my ongoing lists is my Concert Bucket List.

In case you haven’t seen Jack Nicolson & Morgan Freeman’s geriatric comedy, The Bucket List, let me outline the concept:

Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

Except replace ‘terminally ill men’ with TOTALLY RAD BABE, ‘cancer ward’ with TORONTO, and ‘to-dos’ with CONCERTS, and that’s my Concert Bucket List in a nutshell.

“Hey Katie, which bands do you want to see and why?” So kind of you to ask!

1. Animal Collective

Two words: booopg gaaarhj. Because that’s what my brain turns to when I listen to Animal Collective. When I put on Peacebone from Strawberry Jam (2007), my bones start to vibrate like a tuning fork. My heart melts into a pool of tribal honey from My Girls from Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009). I actually spent a month adapting a cover of Bluish for a female voice and guitar (and let me tell you, the lesbian overtones become that much more evident).

Although I’m usually a fairly normal person (false), I’d be that girl at the concert wearing an animal mask and candy necklaces arranged over my girlie bits. So please, Animal Collective. Come to a venue near me. I have high hopes that you will, ever since you released these two teaser tracks, Honeycomb and Gotham on your website Sunday night!

2. Radiohead

Call me teenaged, but Radiohead totally gets me, you guys! I’ve wanted to see them translate my liquid feelings into harmonic dischord ever since my first obligatory freshman break-up, when I spent many wintry evenings paralysed on my dorm room floor, dripping wet and staring into the snow-purpled sky. Now I get to see them at Downsview Park on June 16th with Caribou! Dreams do come true, you guys. DREAMS COME TRUE.

3. Owen Pallett

Ever since I discovered Final Fantasy – or rather, Final Fantasy discovered me – I have made every effort to see this perfect human being in every iteration. I’ve seen him in Hamilton at the Lincoln Alexander Centre (perfection), for his Heartland release party, and with Basia Bulat & the girls of Obijou raising money for the Newman Boys fundraiser last month.

In fact, I once broke up with someone shortly after he failed to get showered & dressed in time for us to pick up our Guest List tickets for Owen Pallett’s performance on CBC Radio’s Q. Unforgivable. Plus, he smelled better than me.

4. Passion Pit

If I could be called dark, untilled humus as a music listener in my early twenties, Passion Pit planted the seed of musical excitement in me.

And they just happen to be on the lineup for Osheaga 2012, along with The Shins, Black Lips, Justice, MGMT, Yeasayer, Bombay Bicycle Club, and about a dozen other boner-worthy artists. You betcha I got a ticket, and it’s totally hanging out with my other concert tickets for Beirut and Tallest Man On Earth, and tUnE-yArDs. Making sweet ticket love.

5. Phoenix

I’m the kind of Phoenix fan whose love runs so deep, I actually own copies of Alphabetical (2004) and It’s Never Been Like That (2007). I love them so much that I could be in the middle of trying on skinny khakis that give me a camel toe more appropriate for the sand dunes of Rub’ al Khali, but if Phoenix came on over those little aluminum speakers, I’d be shaking my junk so hard the cellulite would fall out.
    Unlike the others, I don’t have any upcoming plans to see Phoenix, mostly because I missed them when they came around in 2009, and they haven’t put out anything new since Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. I would still trade my left nut to see them. And by that I mean cashews, because they are worth their weight in gold and tickets.
      So share your Concert Bucket Lists with me guys! I’d love to know what bands turn your crank!

        Goodbye Summer! A playlist by indie-licious and Music Between Friends

        What a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer – by listening to great music. My friends have been at me to put together a playlist, so finally I buckled down and slapped together a few of my favourite tracks from the summer of 2011.

        In this one, you’ll find brand new releases from Neon Indian, Ducktails, and Extra Happy Ghost, noisy tracks from Wise Blood, Nikkiya and Tobacco, soothing jams from Digits and Beirut and “Hey, I heard that in Urban Outfitters” tracks from Bombay Bicycle Club, Lykke Li, and Black Lips.

        Grab it before it’s gone :)

        Track Listing
        01 Changes - Digits
        02 2 All The Girls Who Have Trusted Me - Wise Blood
        03 Teenage Girls - Bad Sports
        04 Mercy, Mercy - Extra Happy Ghost
        05 When I Was High - Nikkiya
        06 Six Royal Vipers - Tobacco
        07 Kelly - When Saints Go Machine
        08 Love Out Of Lust - Lykke Li
        09 East Harlem - Beirut
        10 Art Vandelay - Ducktails
        11 What Would I Want? Sky - Animal Collective
        12 Modern Art - Black Lips
        13 I Wanna Do It - Sonny and the Sunsets
        14 Polish Girl - Neon Indian
        15 Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
        Download playlist

        Bring me to the beach, Fergus & Geronimo

        Credit: Aloha Friday

        Watching all of those half-nude youngsters prance around Coachella made the situation here in Southern Ontario seem colder and bleaker.

        So cold...

        So, I brought this tune up from storage so that we could dust them off and enjoy a bit of warmth. And who knows warmth better than Texans? Fergus & Geronimo is a duo from Denton, Texas (yeah, I had to Google Maps it too). They’ve only been together for three years, but they’ve got a pretty solid thing going. Plus, they must be the only two musicians in the indie music scene that don’t cite Animal Collective as an influence.

        From One Thirty Bpm:

        The new Panda Bear record, do you think it is going to be good?

        AS: I actually have no idea what that is.

        Animal Collective?

        AS: I’ve heard of them!
        JK: Is the new Animal Collective record gonna be any good? I have no idea. Honestly, a few years ago I finally got around to listening to Animal Collective and I wasn’t feeling it and I haven’t really gone back since.
        AS: You picked the two wrong dudes to ask about that band.

        This track is from their summer 2010 album Never Satisfied. However, I’m quite confident that this song will leave you satisfied.

        You’ll be quenched.



        You want more? ‘Cause I’ve got a thesaurus at the ready and I’m here all night, baby. Wordplay is so sexy.

        Turning BlueFergus & Geronimo

        RIYL: Ducktails, Tame Impala, Cloud Nothings, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing