Sunday jam – Kid Atlaas, Ghadimi, Chrome Sparks & Naomi Pilgrim

I’m feelin’ sassy tonight! It could be the wine. It’s probably the wine.

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Elegant and slinky hip hop from Kid Atlaas’s upcoming October 29th release Fragments. Brand new single from Ghadimi. A great track from Chrome Sparks’s album Sparks EP released this past spring. This wicked banger by Naomi Pilgrim with bitter verses and sweet choruses.

More wine!

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Indie-licious Tues July 30th 2013

1. Emma – PONCTUATION
2. Cindy+Me – Caged Animals
3. News – tUnE-yArDs
4. Relapse – Twin Wave
5. Happiness (ft. Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo) – Eluvium
6. Capsules – Cliffs
7. A Dancing Shell – Wild Nothing
8. Fantasy – Juveniles
9. All You’re Waiting For – Classixx
10. Still Sleeping (ft. Steffaloo) – Chrome Sparks
11. Young Love – Sun Kil Moon
12. Bodies – Mazes

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It’s my 25th birthday. Here are my favourite 25 songs of 2013!

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In no particular order, here are my favourite 25 tracks from 2013. You may have heard some of them on my radio show or seen them featured on the blog. These songs make me so happy to belong to the musical community of the Y generation – such wonderfully multi-faceted, dynamic, creative, hardworking individuals who deserve so much credit for what they’ve accomplished with limited resources and heavy competition. It’s so easy to sit back and press play and make a judgement call about a track without thinking about the hours of songwriting, recording, mixing, merchandising, marketing, social media maintenance, negotiations, legalities, and frugalities associated with the entire process. I’m guilty of doing that all the time. Judging art is a by-product of cultural over-saturation – there’s so much creative content available on the internet that music consumers are required to flip through files quickly as per our taste preferences to see what we want to sink our teeth into. Sometimes great tracks can pass you by.

It’s incredible to think that the music we listen to at vulnerable moments translates into an immeasurable, significant impact on the person you grow up to become. Thank god for cool roommates, good friends, and weird boyfriends who turned me onto new bands when I was in the midst of post-teenage angst and university study sessions. All of these tracks are all a part of me – they’re my birthday gift to you, dear reader. If you find a new favourite track, that will make me the happiest birthday girl in the world.

1. Ode To Subterrania by Hooded Fang (May 2013 / Full Time Hobby / Toronto) Twitter

 

2. Holy Fool by O Emperor (June 2013 / Self-Released / Waterford) Twitter

 

3. I Want What’s Best by Outfit (May 2013 / Double Denim Records / Liverpool) Twitter

 

4. Put a Light On by Generationals (April 2013 / Polyvinyl Records / Louisiana) Twitter

 

5. Stars by Javelin (March 2013 / Luaka Bop / Brooklyn) Twitter

 

6. Marijuana by Chrome Sparks (March 2013 / Self-Released / Brooklyn) Twitter

 

7. Two Prongs by Lion Bark (June 2013 / Self-Released / Brighton) Twitter

 

8. Pennie Lane by The BB Guns (May 2013 / Marineville Records / Toronto) Twitter

 

9. Waiting by Alice Boman (May 2013 / Adrian Recordings / Malmö) Facebook

 

10. Flashed Junk Mind by Milky Chance (April 2013 / Lichtdicht Records / Germany) Facebook

 

11. Painful Like by Austra (May 2013 / Paper Bag Records / Toronto) Twitter

 

12. Shout It Out by Mikal Cronin (May 2013 / Merge Records / San Francisco) Twitter

 

13. Pretty Boy by Young Galaxy (April 2013 / Paper Bag Records / Vancouver) Twitter

 

14. Thousand Year Old Child by Pure X (May 2013 / Acéphale / Austin) Twitter

 

15. Emma by Ponctuation (March 2013 / Bonsound / Québec) Bandcamp

 

16. Demon Dance by Surfer Blood (March 2013 / Warner Bros Records / West Palm Beach) Twitter

 

17. A Dancing Shell by Wild Nothing (May 2013 / Captured Tracks / Blacksburg) Twitter

 

18. Bros by Wolf Alice (May 2013 / Chess Club Records / North London) Twitter

 

19. Dropla by Youth Lagoon (January 2013 / Fat Possum / Boise) Twitter

 

20. Cut To Black by Lemâitre (April 2013 / Substellar / Olso) Twitter

 

21. Berlin Lovers by Still Corners (February 2013 / Subpop / London) Twitter

 

22. Kemosabe by Everything Everything (January 2013 / RCA Victor / Manchester) Twitter

 

23. Lucky Ones by Wynter Gordon (January 2013 / The Flying Unicorn / Los Angeles) Twitter

 

24. Varsity by Smith Westerns (March 2013 / Mom+Pop / Chicago) Twitter

 

25. In A Dream by High Highs (January 2013 / Fine Time / Sydney) Twitter

Perfect pair: “Higher (Flume Remix)” by Ta-ku and “Marijuana” by Chrome Sparks

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Higher (Flume Remix)Ta-ku (Perth)

The first time I listened to this track – and I mean really listened – I was hurtling down Mont Tremblant with a snowboard strapped to my toes, white earbuds jammed under a thick black toque and an even thicker helmet. Day three of a soggy and exhausting trip, and I had given up on trying to keep up with my friends. Still a beginner with raw joints and tender bruises, I had fallen on my tailbone and popped back up so many times, it had lost its significance. I decided to master toes and turns, or “The Dance” as my friends from Nantes called it. Calves burning, snow blindness sparkling wickedly into my unshielded eyes, I strained and struggled and suddenly this song came on, and everything fell into place. I spun like a little corkscrew and turned like a champ. After three days of falling, I was doing The Dance and nothing could stop me.


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MarijuanaChrome Sparks (Brooklyn)

When I got to the bottom, it was time to unbuckle my straps and shed my woolen trappings. I drank in this song like it was written specifically for me – like I actually deserved every bit of how it made me feel. Like a boss. I stuffed myself into the back of a tiny car with bits of vacationing equipment poking into my back and lay quietly for eight hours while these two tracks echoed around me.

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