Indie-licious Tues Feb 18th 2014

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1. Experimental Fiction – The Danks
2. Followay – Record/Start
3. Turn Around – Howlin’ Hoffman
4. You Know – Canto
5. Energy – Grand Splendid
6. Rosy – Invasions
7. Aurora (ft. Esta) – Elaquent
8. Breathing Lessons – edapollo
9. Miasma Sky – Baths
10. Bonne Voyage – Harley Alexander
11. Blowout Beach – Jettison Tape
12. Will You Space Tonight – Jargon Party
13. Talk – The Backhomes
14. Mature Themes – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
15. There’s A Secret To Your Pleasure – Slim Twig

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Recorded For Japan & other charitable music compilations

North American news stations have a nasty habit of picking up a story about a devastating natural disaster, blasting the public with updates for about a week or two, then promptly dropping it to cover more important news. (What would I do without prompt updates on the whereabouts of Sarah Palin’s hairdresser or the fluxuations of Kim Kardashian’s ass size? Die, probably.)

However, back at the locations of tragedies, victims don’t just disappear when we flip to TLC to catch a rerun of Cake Boss. It’s really sad that our attention span for global tragedy is so shortsighted.

Remember the Japanese Tsunami on March 11th, 2011?
The earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, 2010?
The BP oil spill on April 20th, 2010?

Yeah, they’re still cleaning up after those.

So imagine my happiness to discover that a few of my favourite artists have pieced together a benefit cd called Recorded for Japan. It’s chock-filled with psychedelic guitar licks, silky keyboard pulses and funky drumbeats. Proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross. Keep your ear out for contributions by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Chairlift, Kurt Vile, and R. Stevie Moore (feat. members of MGMT) in the sampler below.

Various Artists – Recorded For Japan – Visual Player from RECORDED FOR JAPAN on Vimeo.

If you’re looking for another awesome cd that supports relief efforts in Japan, the Morning Benders put out an incredible benefit EP called Japan Echo this year. Click here to buy it; you won’t regret it.

Another amazing compilation that supports a worthy cause is 2009’s Dark Was The Night, released by the Red Hot Organization in support of HIV/AIDS awareness. Produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the compilation cd features amazing covers and collaborations by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird and over two dozen other indie heavyweights.

Two of my favourite tracks off Dark Was The Night are Knotty Pine and Deep Blue Sea by Dan Rossen of Grizzly Bear, which was recorded in Rossen’s own home.

Knotty PineDavid Byrne and The Dirty Projectors:

Listening to music helps people. So the next time your mom starts shouting at you to “…shut off your Goddamned boom box and come help with the groceries!“, tell her you’re helping to save the world, one track at a time.

Indie-licious Podcast! July 19th 2011

For those of you who may have forgotten, I do a weekly radio show on CFMU on Tuesdays from 5-6pm called Indie-licious. I finished tomorrow’s show early, so check it out! I was in a bit of a goofy mood, as you will see when you listen to me speak… in a variety of character voices…

Indie-licious – July 19th 2011

Tracklist:

1. Menopause ManAriel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
2. You Will Always Bring Me FlowersShannon and the Clams
3. I’m Gonna TryShimmering Stars
4. In Tall GrassTara Jane O’Neil
5. Fog EmotionVetiver
6. Family TreeBlack Lips
7. MarriageGold Panda
8. Oh, Ivory!Light Pollution
9. Ah!Oval
10. Some WrittenMetronomy
11. Hands In The SkyHere We Go Magic
12. Midnight RunnerCut Copy
13. All Die YoungSmith Westerns
14. Flashy StormCandy Claws
15. BelongWashed Out

Coachella 2011 Playlist

The only frustrating thing about the Coachella live webcasts is that you cannot view them in Canada after the original air date. I guess they’ll just have to live on in my memory, just like Rose’s whirlwind romance aboard the Titanic.

Here’s a playlist I whipped up for the occasion! Think of it as a slice of Coachella-shaped birthday cake. A morsel to tide you over until next year.

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Or grab the individual tracks:

1. Under Cover of DarknessThe Strokes
2. Cheap and CheerfulThe Kills
3. AudienceCold War Kids
4. Better in Blue The Morning Benders
5. Jewels and GoldAngus & Julia Stone
6. L’estat (according to the widow’s maid)Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
7. HappyBest Coast
8. You Know What I meanCults
9. Lights & MusicCut Copy
10. Girl U WantFreelance Whales
11. Ce jeuYelle
12. FogNosaj Thing
13. Helena BeatFoster the People