Favourite Canadian songs of 2015

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A lot happened this year. I booked my first show. I started a new job. I made 33 episodes of Indie-licious. I wrote 24 pieces for Weird Canada.

No one really asked for this list, but then I got carried away and now here we are. Songs are roughly sorted into clusters that sound nice together. Support your local community!

Michael Ondaatje’s World – Germaphobes

 

Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis 

 

(but) i need you – Kurt Inder

 

Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room

 

Full Moon – Pee Wee

 

Shy Boy – Nakedchillen

 

Tact of Animals & I Don’t See It – Quaker Parents

 

NOVO SARAJEVO – Gretchen

 

More Like You – Novel

 

Mechanical Rhythm – Painted Fruits

 

Textiles On Mainstreet – Slim Twig

 

Sailin’ On (Bad Brains cover) – Haolin Munk

 

See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight

 

Jasz – New Fries

 

Senators – No Spectrum

 

tiergarten – Sarah Davachi

 

 2 – Jonathan Scherk

 

Désorganism – French Pretzel

 

mar mar mar – Guidewire

 

The Trouble – Fantasy Blondes

 

jxpg – The Passenger

 

Buschbabies – JOYFULTALK

 

NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE

Bed Bath and Beyond – Fresh Flesh

 

Haagen Baadz – Bile Sister

 

Damn That Valley – U.S. Girls

 

TIVOLI – Phèdre 

 

HELL Demo A – Lee Paradise

 

HOTFOOT – Doldrums

 

Night of the Assassins (Les Rallizes Dénudés) – Zacht Automaat

 

Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (feat. Damian Abraham) – Fresh Snow

 

In Silence – The Acorn

 

LOSING GROUND – Special Costello

 

A Better Deal – Merival

 

Again – Faith Healer

 

Tooth Hound Sand (AIA) – Sivani

 

won’t – boyhood

 

Attention Seeker – Etiquette

 

Thailand – Hush Pup

 

SOFTEN / SOFTER – Prison Hair

 

Test of Faith – JFM

 

every fucking day – Shaun Weadick

 

Threnody – Myriam Gendron

 

guardian force – Brandon DeVries

 

Waist of the Sea – Blunt Chunks

 

Human Garbage – Vulva Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indie-licious Tues Dec 8th 2015

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*Canadian

1. Taiga – Scott Hardware*
2. Influence – The Acorn*
3. Video Hostage – Doldrums*
4. Makeshift Altar – Low Leaf
5. // LIVER DONOR // – ORGAN//DONOR
6. A1. Swilk200 – Eccinaccea*
7. Sine Die, Sane Corpore – James Pants
8. DARK WEB 001 – Giant Claw
9. i magika – sisterseed
10. Etcetera – Mndsgn
11. Double Dippin’ – Man Made Hill*
12. 天使 – kyonpalm
13. Waterfront Epiphany – Dialect*
14. TIVOLI – Phèdre*

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Indie-licious Tues Nov 3rd 2015

1. Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House – Yo La Tengo
2. This Too Shall Pass – 10,000 Horses*
3. Pendulum – Bernard Fevre
4. Funeral for Lightning – Doldrums*
5. The Switch Up – VIRTUAL FLANNEL*
6. Strange Obsessions – Protex
7. Fire – Lizzy Mercier Descloux
8. Passion Flower – Haruomi Hosono
9. Trans-Universal Express – Tom Furse
10. Positions – JFM*
11. Bermuda – Lovefingers
12. Rear Problem – Hiatus Cliolieu
13. Formula One – Guy Boyer and Jean-Yves Guihal
14. Cloud Chips – Takako Minekawa
15. Hepatits – Haruomi Hosono
16. Love Trip – Takako Mamiya

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Indie-licious Tues June 16th 2015

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All the bands in today’s show are going to be performing for NXNE (June 17th-21st)

*Canadian

1. White Fire – Angel Olsen
2. Night Faces – Jessica Pratt
3. Into The Fields – Foxes In Fiction*
4. Cheap Suit – Noni Wo*
5. Apocalypso – DOOMSQUAD*
6. HOTFOOT – Doldrums*
7. Cannabis – Slim Twig*
8. Too Bad So Sad – Michael Rault*
9. Drawing Space – Grounders*
10. Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis*
11. Roswell – Moon King*
12. Tied Up Tied Down – TEEN

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Katie’s NXNE Picks – Friday June 19th

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If you missed them, here are my NXNE favourites for Wed June 17th and Thursday June 18th.

In terms of sheer volume of acts, Friday is pretty sparse compared to Wednesday and Thursday. However, there are some really great gems; Smiling Buddha and Lee’s Palace would make for two amazing standalone concerts if you want to stay put.

☯ FRIDAY JUNE 19th ☯

9pm – Foxes In Fiction (Brooklyn) dreamscape, abstract / 11pm – Doldrums (Toronto) experimental dance, manic pop

Ex-Ontario resident Warren Hildebrand got Owen Pallett to play violin on this album. It’s a dreamy, ambient trek into memory and mourning. I’ve been loving Doldrums new album The Air Conditioned Nightmare, which is a dance hall lobotomy. Check them both out at Lee’s Palace.

(PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR BRAIN SHREDDED A TINY BIT IF YOU JUST PLAYED THAT FOXES IN FICTION TRACK)


11pm – DIANA (Toronto) – electronic, indie pop

I really wish that someone had thought to put Doldrums and DIANA on the same bill, as there’s a really great Doldrums remix of one of their songs, which I will post below. Instead, they’re playing Adelaide Hall, which would still be a really great place to hear them.


10:15pm – Fat As Fuck (Toronto) – instrumental, brain melt

Toronto’s Fat As Fuck are playing 159 Manning, which is great, because it’s probably going to destroy that house.


2am – AMERICAN WRESTLERS (St. Louis, Missouri) – sprightly bedroom pop

Gary McClure’s project sound like an Americanized version of Phoenix, and that’s not a bad thing. They’ll be playing Horseshoe Tavern at 2am if you’re up for a late night dance party.


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9:45pm Homebody (Denver) – avante-pop / 1am – Chastity Belt (Seattle) – feminist punk with pop undercurrents / 1:45am – Old and Weird (Halifax) – avante-pop / 3am – DJ Garbage Body (SHE RULES)

Denver’s Homebody put out an awesome album this month via Heretical Objects, and they make great no-wave art pop. Seattle’s Chastity Belt make throaty, thoughtful art punk. Halifax’s Old and Weird are a fan favourite, bringing bizarre, clashing, confusing elements to avante-pop. Stick around for DJ Garbage Body because Julie Reich (Bile Sister) is a fucking rad babe.


Alright chickens, I should probably peel my skin from the couch and make something useful of myself.