Tuesday Grab Bag

Sasha’s on vacation getting tan and eating brie & nectarine sandwiches. Meanwhile, I’m here in Canada crying into a hunk of Treselle mozzarella cheese from No Frills.

Related: why the heck is it so cold right now? Autumn, you’re acting like that one friend who shows up early to the party while I’m still in my underwear making onion dip. Go to the convenience store or something!!

Anyways, since it’s just me and my tears, here’s a Grab Bag. The first song is about shivering in the freezing cold. SASHA COME BACK 2 ME.

Warm On A Cold Night – HONNE (London) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter


Time Machine – Palace Winter (Copenhagen / Melbourne) Soundcloud | Facebook

Palace Winter is a collaboration between Caspar Hesselager of My Heart The Brave/Rumour Said Fire and Carl Coleman of Sink Ships. They met when Carl opened for Caspar’s band during a tour in Denmark in 2013. I love how warm and welcoming this track feels, building momentum through layers.


Houses – Fantastic Fantastic () Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

This track reminds me a little of Kangaroo Court by Capital Cities (which is also hella catchy and in the same key signature). Fantastic Fantastic is a UK summer pop duo.


Actually, while we’re at it, can we just take a moment to listen to Kangaroo Court? I love that song so much.


Kangaroo Court – Capital Cities (Los Angeles) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

I love putting this song on my running playlists (LOL “running”; haven’t done that in a few weeks) because it’s got a really good tempo for warmups and cooldowns.


Garden GraysWildcat! Wildcat! (Los Angeles) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

This song has a great clav entry, and reminds me of Sasha because it’s so upbeat and positive, with a great surprising key signature change.


Let’s slow it down for a second with a new track from Broads from their latest EP, Care & Handling, which came out on July 25th.

Sloe Foresting – Broads (Norwich) Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Nothing lovelier than ambient folk music to slow down your heartbeat.


Tattoo – Raindeer (Baltimore) Soundcloud | Facebook  | Twitter

Reminds me a bit of Little Fang by Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks or perhaps early MGMT.


Statement – Dissolve (San Francisco) Soundcloud | Facebook

A bit of shoegaze from San Fran with sweet female vocals!


Take Me Back – Paperwhite (Brooklyn) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Paperwhite reminds me a lot of Chairlift, another great synthpop male-female duo from Brooklyn. Comprised of Katie and Ben Marshall, Paperwhite should appeal to fans of girl-fronted romantic dreampop.


Just Once – Shura (London) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

This girl can write a love ballad with lyrics like Lykke Li. This track has been my jam all week, mostly because I’ve been in a grumpy mood and taking it out on my poor lil’ Love Interest. He’s such a sweetheart and I’m an evil hag. SORRY BB.


That’s all for now! If you or a friend wants to submit music to Music Between Friends, drop us a line at musicbtwfriends [at] gmail.com

Indie-licious Tues Oct 1st 2013

FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER!! SO EXCITED FOR HALLOWEEN AND FALL AND ORANGE EVERYTHING (I ate Scooby Doo alphaghetti, orange juice, and carrots for dinner)

1. Nepal – San Cisco
2. Magic – The Sound of Arrows
3. Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
4. Shuffle a Dream – Little Dragon
5. Synrise – Goose
6. Sidewalk Safari – Chairlift
7. Backpack – Petite Meller
8. The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down 2 – The J. Arthur Keenes Band
9. Wild Young Hearts – Noisettes
10. Mystery Girl – The BB Guns
11. Stuck In The Middle – The Elwins
12. Black Water – Criminal Hygiene
13. Singles Don’t $ell – Teenanger
14. Pull Shapes – The Pipettes
15. Money – Lady
16. Man Like That – Gin Wigmore
17. Do-Wah-Doo – Kate Nash


Indie-licious Tues August 13th 2013

1. High School Lover – Cayucas
2. Met Before – Chairlift
3. Little Numbers – Boy
4. For Her – YOOFS
5. Mummy Jets – Pretty & Nice
6. Oooh (They’re Inside Me) – Thee AHs
7. Default – Django Django
8. Default – Atoms For Peace
9. Carried Away – Canary
10. Recovering – Disaster In The Universe
11. Break The Walls – Fitz and The Tantrums
12. Roll With The Punches – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
13. The Year I Cut The Cable – Late Cambrian
14. We Are Faster Than You – FM Belfast
15. Ocean’s Deep – Born Ruffians
16. Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart – Mitski


Indie-licious Tues August 6th 2013

1. Tomorrow is Yesterday – Field Mouse
2. I Belong In Your Arms – Chairlift
3. Hits Me Like A Rock – CSS
4. Same Mum – BRAIDS
5. The Reflection Of You – Bear In Heaven
6. Hell Yes – Marnie Stern
7. Cover Your Tracks – Young Galaxy
8. Don’tneedya – Oberhofer
9. Tosta Mista – Hooded Fang
10. She Smokes In Bed – TV Girl
11. Penal Colony – Women
12. Confidence – The Dodos
13. Pendulum – Pure Bathing Culture
14. Still New – Smith Westerns
15. Adventures in Solitude – The New Pornographers


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.