T-R-¡-☾-K-S // T-R-E-▲-✞-S Halloween mixtape

Hey there friends, it’s H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N

I’m sure you’ll agree that THIS IS THE SPOOKIEST SONG IN THE WORLD!!!!!!

But in case you’re feeling greedy, here’s a grab bag of thirteen treats, from soft folk to glitchy electronic to brassy experimental to sloppy punk. All stuffed into a jack-o’-lantern to pick over the next few weeks until even the licorice track has a few plays. My personal faves of this mix are Deerhoof, Timber Timbre, St. Vincent, and Devendra Banhart.

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1. Full Moon – Efterklang
2. Pumpkin Seeds – Devendra Banhart
3. Surgeon – St. Vincent
4. Lonely Owl – Gold Panda
5. Full Moon In My Soul – Robyn Hitchcock
6. Kill Your Co-Workers – Flying Lotus
7. There’s That Grin – Deerhoof
8. Priscilla – Slim Twig
9. Friendly Ghost – Harlem
10. Pumpkin – Male Bonding
11. That Old Black Hole – Dr. Dog
12. You Lookin’ Twice – Nurses
13. Magic Arrow – Timber Timbre

Instant Classics

Every single one of these songs is amazing, as are the artists who have written them. I cannot understate how awesome these songs are – you’ll just have to take my word for it.

What are you waiting for? You need more classic anthems for dancing around in a t-shirt and underwear. This playlist will change your life. Download it.

First Midnight City by M83 hits all the sweet spots of liquid nostalgia. Then, Body Language’s Falling Out slips into bed while a slick funk jam plays in the background. Milagres’s Here To Stay makes you wish you were a better man. Fleeced by Arms takes you back to the days of smoking cigarettes behind the portable. Generationals’s Ten-Twenty-Ten is your best friend dancing on a table, dragging you up there. Ice Cream by Battles is your goofy brother, throwing leaves in your face. Life Fantastic by Man Man is Movember all year long. Best Night by The War On Drugs is watching the windows fog in the backseat. Neat Little Rows by Elbow is wiping the blood off your nose after a back alley fight. The Dodos’s Black Night is the love song you wished he wrote about you. The Seagull by Hot Sugar is a lullaby trapped inside a broken television set. Deerhoof’s No One Asked To Dance is the ransom note for a princess trapped in a castilla. Sea Of Bees’s Marmalade is the cassette you stole from your older cousin’s car. And Little Red’s Rock It is nothing but classic.

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1. Midnight City – M83
2. Falling Out – Body Language
3. Here To Stay – Milagres
4. Fleeced – Arms
5. Ten-Twenty-Ten – Generationals
6. Ice Cream – Battles
7. Life Fantastic – Man Man
8. Best Night – The War On Drugs
9. Neat Little Rows – Elbow
10. Black Night – The Dodos
11. The Seagull – Hot Sugar
12. No One Asked To Dance – Deerhoof
13. Marmalade – Sea of Bees
14. Rock It – Little Red

Joel Plaskett & Best of the NXNE Line-up

Today, I have a few reasons to shake the dust off my two typing fingers.

First, Joel Plaskett is playing a free outdoor concert tonight that you should probably go to. I’ll be working at the merch table, so feel free to stop by and say hi!

Pheromone’s Beast and MapleMusic Recordings’ Joel Plaskett are opening The Luminato Festival with a free show on Friday June 10th (that’s tonight!) @ 8 PM.
The concert will take place in David Pecaut Square, conveniently located in the heart of the Entertainment District.

As a matter of fact, as I’m writing this, Joel Plaskett is saying “Hi!” to all of my co-workers. Yeah, he’s here in my office (if you will all care to remember, I work at MapleMusic) signing records to be later sold on our website.

Second, let’s talk about NXNE!

Here are a few of the concerts that I’ll be checking out at the upcoming Toronto NXNE Festival. Yet another job perk is that I get my NXNE wristband for frizzle. Check out the schedule yourself and make your own dream NXNE skedge! (that’s phonetic/abbreviation talk for schedule. But really, it sounds like something you’d find inside your underwear after a frightening experience).

    Thursday June 16th, 2011

    Snowblink @ The Music Gallery, 7pm
    The Dodos @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 9pm
    Deerhoof @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 10pm

    Friday June 17th, 2011

    Dirty Beaches @ Lee’s, 10pm
    Dum Dum Girls @ Lee’s, 10pm
    Cults @ Lee’s, 10pm

    Saturday June 18th, 2011

    Whale Tooth @ The Rivoli, 2pm
    Slow Hand Motem @ Wrong Bar, 9pm
    BRAIDS @ The Great Hall, 11pm
    Chad Vangaalen @ The Great Hall, 12am
    Grimes @ The Great Hall, 1am

Well, I’m off to go meet Joel Plaskett. Job perk!

Toronto Concert Update! Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov 2010

Image by Francis Chung

AUGUST

BIG VENUE

    MGMT @ Kool Haus
    Aug 5, 2010
    Sold Out! (Scalp?)

    Arcade Fire @ Olympic Island
    Aug 14, 2010
    $56.00

MEDIUM VENUE

    Chromeo @ Phoenix
    Aug 3, 2010
    $31.00

    Blitzen Trapper @ Opera House
    Aug 3, 2010
    $15.50

SMALL VENUE

    Diamond Rings @ Lower Ossington Theatre
    Aug 1, 2010
    $10.00

    Javelin @ Wrong Bar
    Aug 11, 2010
    $12.50

    Forest City Lovers and Gentleman Reg @ The Great Hall
    Aug 12, 2010
    $12.00

SEPTEMBER

BIG VENUE

    Vampire Weekend @ Molson Ampitheatre
    Sept 7, 2010
    $48.75

    The xx @ Massey Hall
    Sept 22, 2010
    $34-54

MEDIUM VENUE

    Ratatat @ Sound Academy
    Sept 8, 2010
    $21.50

    Dirty Projectors @ Opera House
    Sep 15, 2010
    $30.25

    School of Seven Bells @ Mod Club
    Sept 15, 2010
    $20.00

    Rogue Wave @ Opera House
    Sept 24, 2010
    $19.50

    Foals @ Lee’s
    Sept 27, 2010
    $15.00

SMALL VENUE

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ El Mocambo
    Sept 4, 2010
    $12.00

OCTOBER

LARGE VENUE

    Belle & Sebastian @ Massey Hall
    Oct 12, 2010
    $50-68

MEDIUM VENUE

    Deerhoof @ Lee’s
    Oct 3, 2010
    $15.50

    Temper Trap @ Phoenix
    Oct 5, 2010
    $22.50

    Miike Snow @ Kool Haus
    Oct 10, 2010
    $26.00

    Dr. Dog @ Phoenix
    Oct 16, 2010
    $20.50

NOVEMBER

SMALL VENUE

    Tunng @ Rivoli
    Nov 16, 2010
    $13.50