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)

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

2013 – Waiting – Alice 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

 

Indie-licious Tues Apr 1st 2014 + Delta Will Ticket Giveaway

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happy April Fool’s Day, ya’ll

1. Oh Cecilia – Born Ruffians
2. We Are The Rain – Flyte
3. Vocal Chords – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
4. Talk Is Cheap – Chet Faker
5. One Half – Julianna Barwick
6. To Lose – Oceaán
7. It All Glows – Delta Will
8. Heartless – Sean Nicholas Savage
9. Love Me If You Find The Time – Fatch.
10. Never Love – Lxury
11. Tamb Beat – RED
12. Curtains?! – Timber Timbre
13. Cadillac Desert – William Tyler
14. Holy Ghost – Delta Will
15. Delorean Dynamite – Todd Terje

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TGIF Playlist: March 28, 2014

I was pretty much listening to the same stuff over and over again last week, which is awesome for me (it’s actually one of my favourite things) but I don’t think posting the same songs every day really works for the blog so I scrapped last weeks TGIF playlist.

I’m back today though, mostly with new releases from bands you probably already know: Lykke Li, Born Ruffians, Black Keys, St. Vincent, etc. so take a listen below for those and have a great weekend!

  • Am I the only one picking up a street-vibe from the Born Ruffians? Because I’m not mad at it. and even though Oh Cecilia is being released as a bonus track, I think it would have been a stand out on their last album had it made the cut.
  • This Jarbird song may be the only ‘new band’ feature on this week’s list, I’ve only spotted the one song on their Soundcloud page, but I can’t wait to hear more.
  • The original track is a beautiful slow-jam, but I wanted to switch it up with a remix. If you’re looking for music that reminds you a little of Sade, or a female vocalist equivalent of a Bon Iver with less heartbreak, definitely check out more of Rhye’s music.  Bonus points for half the band being Canadian,
  • I think this may be my favourite new release by St. Vincent right now.
  • I like Black Keys best when they’re a bit more gritty, so I wasn’t blown away with this song, but take a listen if you haven’t already. Maybe I was misled by the album teaser for Turn Blue because it was a little psychedelic and dark and weird, so I’ll wait to see what else they have to release. Not sure if this was maybe a safe choice single?

That’s all I’ve got! If you’re looking for round up of all the songs I’ve been listening to this month, click through for my March 2014 playlist.

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TGIF Playlist: March 14, 2014

I think this is one TGIF Playlist, where I liked all the songs so much I didn’t know what order to put them in… If this is the only problem I ever have in my life, I’ll be golden. Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy a song or two on this bad boy.

  • The singing in the intro alone gets me, then CATHEDRALS breaks into what reminds me of an electronic version of the intro to Where Is My Mind? by The Pixies
  • You know a song is good when we both post about it. LOWELL is banging out some hits, their other release Cloud 69 is also super catchy, great Toronto music.
  • Another Converse, three artists, one song collaboration. Wasn’t sure how this threesome would do, but they included a children’s choir… so you can’t lose.
  • If you haven’t checked out the Arcade Fire, Suburbs cover Mr. Little Jeans did, please do…
  • New Little Dragon *raises the roof*
  • This was on my February Soundcloud playlist, but that month went by so quick I didn’t post it, #noregrets though because here it is! Another remix where I think I like the remix more than the original.

Happy Valentine’s Day From Music Between Friends!

Katie and I were trying to think of cool things to do with the blog this year, so YouTube videos? Sure, why not?

So, here we are each talking about the handful of songs we think/hope will satisfy whatever mood you are in this Valentine’s Day:

Sasha’s Songs:

Metronomy – The Look
The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You
Miniature Tigers – Ugly Needs
Solange – Losing You
Gorillaz (feat. Little Dragon) – To Binge
Luke Lalonde – Undone
Born Ruffians – Red Elephant
Morrissey – I Don’t Mind if You Forget Me

Katie’s Songs:

Tv Girl – If You Want It
Broncho – Can’t Get past the lips
Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home
Angel Olsen – creator, destroyer
Hall & Oates – She’s Gone

Download our Valentine’s day playlist or stream below:

Feel free to subscribe to the channel if you want to see more, or leave a comment of what you’d want us to talk about next. If we get a warm enough response I think we’ll try another… maybe with a fancier set-up (we used my MacBook for this one) but it was a fun experiment, hopefully you like the music and thanks for taking the time to visit our blog :)