Indie-licious Tues Sept 10th 2013

1. Let Go (feat. Kele & MNDR) – RAC
2. Play It Right – Sylvan Esso
3. Peach – Emily Reo
4. Good Year – The Danger Bees
5. You Can’t Be My Girl – Darwin Deez
6. Helium Eggs – Incan Abraham
7. Tall Tall Shadow – Basia Bulat
8. Matchstick Murder – Tristen
9. Bayonet – Lost on Purpose
10. Money Maker – Fort York
11. We Are Together – Planet Of Sound
12. Being Loved – The Fadeout
13. Crazy Bird – Wild Child
14. Wolf Girl – Simian Ghost
15. Orchids – Monster Rally


Darwin Deez, who taught you biology?

Nobody did. I taught myself. I was my best student.

MP3: DNADarwin Deez

Somewhere in New York, a grade nine biology teacher is sobbing into his inadequate grading rubrics.

You’d think that with a name like Darwin Deez, the band would know a little bit more about the natural world. But after listening to DNA, the band’s single from their brand new self-titled album, it’s pretty clear that they didn’t retain a whole lot from Bio 101.

Using The Scientific Method, I have come up with a few possible hypotheses:

1.) The science department’s budget was vicious slashed to increase funding for new gym mats.

2.) Darwin was flipping through brochures for online degree programs in Sciencetific Technologism while penning lyrics.

3.) Creationism became a huge hit after a particularly stimulating PTA meeting, and words like “DNA”, “molecules”, and “evolution” became banned – and therefore “cool”, like Ray Bans™.

Anyone with a fundamental grasp of basic biology should be rolling their eyes at these lyrical gems:

“And when we talk it’s not the same but i already lost the gene for feeling pain”

“The gene for feeling pain” is formally known as the DREAM gene and was first discovered by researchers at The University of Toronto in 2002. It also happens to be a key regulator of learning and memory. Without the DREAM gene, murine subjects (that’s a fancy word for mice) experience a decrease in pain sensitivity and an increase in learning capacity.

Long story short? Having lost the gene for feeling pain, Darwin Deez should have quickly learned how to craft better lyrics.

And what about this:

    “But when I call you are never home and I am down to six or seven chromosomes”

Sure, karyotypic anomalies are usually inherited (think Trisomy 21, Klinefelter’s Syndrome, or Triple X Syndrome), but they can also be created de novo during a process known as Mosaicism. However, I’m somewhat skeptical of the claim that one’s chromosomal count could decrease by being put through to Voicemail. Would definitely need to conduct a double-blind study just to be sure, though.

    “But you don’t care or understand how it feels to be a single double strand”

I’m assuming he’s referring to chromatids here, which are the single halves of duplicated chromosomes. I’m pretty sure they can’t feel, since this is what they’re made of:

    “All these molecules don’t make me who I am, you did.”

This is a blatant lie. If humans were actually made up of everything around them, I would be 40% cotton and 20% ham sandwich.

The song is catchy, I’ll give it that. But catchy melodies do not wordsmithery make (Lovelace; paraphrased to suit my needs). Now, I implore thee – go out and get yourself the new Darwin Deez album Darwin Deez (May 23rd, 2011) so that the band can afford to buy themselves a textbook.

Indie-licious 93.3 FM Sampler

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m the host of a weekly radio show called Indie-licious on CFMU 93.3. As a special treat, and since I have absolutely nothing to do on this long bus ride home, I’ve decided to post the links to as many free mp3s from my show playlist as I can cram into this blog post! Think of it as my apology for neglecting SFLN of late.

Less Unless – Civil Civic
I couldn’t be happier to start my show off with this great track this week. It sounds like a less Ratatat-y version of Ratatat. Very stoked to check out more of this band, and I really liked where it got fuzzy, messy, and hectic in the middle. Wasn’t expecting that the first time I listened to it.
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On the beach, lookin' all badass

Friday Night in Butch Heaven – T H O M A S
T H O M A S sports a sweet mustache and even sweeter tunes. When I think of Butch Heaven, I definitely don’t think of funky guitar riffs and a crooning male voice. This track could be straight out of the playlist for a 70’s dentist’s waiting room, if that waiting room were TOTALLY AWESOME. Unfortunately, I can’t include any mp3s of Thomas for the blog, because he has yet to become widely known yet. However, if you like what you hear, and you know me, I will lovingly give you a digital copy.

Check out Thomas’s Myspace!


Ambergris – Snowblink
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Daniela from Snowblink (she signed my cd!). Although I found that Snowblink were much better live (as in, put me in a trance live), this track is still really pretty. The cool thing about Snowblink is that during their live show, Daniela has a guitar with antlers, a headset, and gives the audience a long, frayed rope with dozens of bells. Huge bells, tiny bells, pretty ones, and creepy ones – all for the front-row audience to use at the right time. Some audience members were a bit too enthusiastic at some points, but overall, it was a fantastic use of audience participation that made me envious that I wasn’t sitting in the front row. This is one band that I would definitely see again live. Ambergris is delicate, breezy, and strong at the same time. CBC Radio 3 describes it as surf folk. Check out the CBC Radio 3 page for Snowblink and stream Ambergris!

Wouldn't it be nice to be in the mountains, fighting over a guitar?

Radar Detector – Darwin Deez
Darwin Deez is a Hipster. Darwin Deez makes great music. I’ve heard he can be off-key live, but this track is so fantastic that I just don’t give a damn. Kind of like an indie-electric version of Motion City Soundtrack without the alcohol addiction. Excited to get the rest of this album and dance away this dreadfully cold May weather.

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A Real-Life Hipster

I Wanna Be Like You – Morning Benders
It should be mandatory for every up-and-coming indie-band to cover Disney songs as part of breaking into the scene. Think about how awesome it would have been if MGMT covered Kiss the Girl? If Vampire Weekend covered Just Can’t Wait to Be King? If Animal Collective covered The Circle of Life? Genius.
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Collector – Here We Go Magic
This song might be my favourite of today’s show. It’s got a wonderful, strong, pulsing beat to it, really catchy vocals, and it’s perfect for driving around to. I really wanna get my paws on the Secretly Canadian Spring Sampler 2010 as soon as I can because it has a few bands I’ve been curious about, as well as some I’m already in love with.
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Baby Boomer – Monsters of Folk
Monsters of Folk is a SUPERGROUP! Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, M. Ward, and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. This song has the exactly perfect combination of country-folk and rock which doesn’t sound twangy or tangy, just head bobbingly awesome.
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Told You Once – Apples in Stereo
I’ll always remember the Apples in Stereo as being the first band I had to HUNT for the cd for. This was before I had a credit card, so I wasn’t accustomed to purchasing online, and I was on a hunt in every HMV in the area code for New Magnetic Wonder. I finally found it in an HMV in Toronto and I’ve cherished it ever since. I’m very excited to see what else, other than Told You Once, is on their new album Travellers in Space and Time. Pitchfork gave it a 7.3, in case you’re curious.


DLZ – TV On The Radio
My first few encounters with TV On The Radio were not exactly positive. However, playing and listening to this song is my final attempt to make peace with this band. I think it’s JUST harsh enough for me to like, and was perfectly moody enough for the bad weather we had this afternoon.
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New Theory – Washed Out
I’ve played Washed Out on my show before, but now’s the time to continue checking them out, now that I’ve also discovered Toro Y Moi and gotten more into Neon Indian. Washed Out definitely falls into the category of spacey, hazy, somewhat drugged summer music that has been shockingly popular with the under-30 set recently.
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I love this photo. Her hair is sexy.

Intervales Theme – Javelin
Found this band from the music blog The Life Signs Project, which, much like our beloved SONGSFROMLASTNIGHT, is a warm-and-fuzzy collaborative music blog between friends separated by their residence in far-flung cities. Now, going back to Javelin – I can’t get enough of this band, especially the NSFW-song STD Fury.
Intervales Theme is much safer for PG13 ears – it’s sweet – a groove that reminds me of an old-school cop chase scene.

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Just Impolite – Plushgun
Another song borrowed from The Life Signs Project. I did end up cutting it off with a minute and a half left, because it’s just TOO poppy to go on for so long. I think this was the sugariest I’ve ever gotten in a radio show before. I’m not sure I’ll reveal that much of my secret (embarrassing) taste again any time soon.
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Moonsoon – Delorean
I found this band while on iTunes one day. It was one of those winding “See What Others Have Bought” times when you just keep clicking on related artists until you find one that really piques your interest. I personally think that Delorean really sounds like Passion Pit (in a great way). My friend Maria did remark that they did sound a bit too technoey in some over their other tracks, which I am inclined to agree with. So as far as their album Subiza goes, I think it’s rather hit and miss.

WELL. That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post!