It’s so cold here in Southern Ontario! Don’t let the Southern part fool you; we can get chilled with the best of them. Music Between Friends proudly presents Summer In Winter, a playlist heavy with surf-rock, spiritual awakening, and grunge.
First up is Wasting Our Time by James Leroy, a funk-punk track with a motowny guitar line and a hyperactive tambourine. After that comes Starfield, by PS I Love You, an anthem for grungy astronauts. Then, Slime by Sleeping Bag headbangy and handclappy. The Calendar by The Dø will completely win you over by oozing its French-Finnish charm. Then, One Day by Sharon Van Etten reminds us of a female version of Girls. We follow it up accordingly with Substance by Girls. After that, Smith Westerns make grungy garage music even cooler with My Heart. Can you handle strong, strange voices? Because here come Kiss Me Like You Mean It by The Magnetic Fields and Graceland by The Tallest Man On Earth. Kurt Vile riffs on some great ideas in I Know I Got Religion. A splash of Deerhunter in Revival ties everything back to the heavy surf-rock theme of this playlist. Little Scream sweetens the pot with Heron and the Fox and Basia Bulat caps it off with Sparrow. Sharon Van Etten pops back in with Love More. Anonymous psychadelic-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra strike us dead with drug-addled Thought Ballune. Fans of The National will take pleasure in the sweet, meandering piano line combined with drowsy vocals take us home in Lord Knows by Dirty Beaches.
1. Wasting Our Time – James Leroy
2. Starfield – PS I Love You
3. Slime – Sleeping Bag
4. The Calendar – The Dø
5. One Day – Sharon Van Etten
6. Substance – Girls
7. My Heart – Smith Westerns
8. Kiss Me Like You Mean It – The Magnetic Fields
9. Graceland (Paul Simon Cover) – The Tallest Man On Earth
10. I Know I Got Religion – Kurt Vile
11. Revival – Deerhunter
12. Heron and the Fox – Little Scream
13. Sparrow – Basia Bulat
14. Love More – Sharon Van Etten
15. Thought Ballune – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
16. Lord Knows Best – Dirty Beaches
It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and one thing I’m thankful for is the lovely music that I get to hear every week by DJ-ing at CFMU 93.3. The volume of new releases I’m met with every week means that I’m bound to hear something wonderful even when I don’t try to find anything. All of the tracks on MBF’s Playlist Fall Favourites were featured on my show (Tues. Oct 5). And since I can’t stop playing them all over and over again, I thought you’d like to hear them too.
Where I’m Going by Australian electropop band Cut Copy is a sneaky-deaky sliver of their upcoming 2011 album! I love the off-kilter rhythm in that song; it reminds me of the beat in Gary Glitter‘s Rock and Roll. Scandal at the Parkade by Toronto’s own Owen Pallett is from the utterly charming 4-track EP A Swedish Love Story (said to be a tribute to all of the Swede artists Pallett has found inspiration in).
I’m not normally an overwhelming Metric fan, but this Cosmonaut Grechko version of Collect Call starts out sweet and has me hopping around in no time. I’ve always been curious about Felix da Housecat but this is my first foray into his music. I have to say – I’m a fan! I was feeling soulful (and destitute) when I put Aloe Blacc’sI need a dollar into Fall Favourites.
The rest of the tracks on this playlist are all magical and I know that I’m not going to get tired of them anytime soon.
1. Collect Call (Cosmonaut Grechko Version) – Metric
2. We All Wanna Be Prince – Felix da Housecat
3. I Need a Dollar – Aloe Blacc
4. Where I’m Going – Cut Copy
5. Scandal at the Parkade – Owen Pallett
6. He Would Have Laughed – Deerhunter
7. Passed Out – White Apple Tree
8. Numbers Don’t Lie – The Mynabirds
9. I Don’t Believe You – The Thermals
10. Fast Lane – Husky Rescue