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.


***GO TO THIS****

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.

Indie-licious Tues Nov 4th 2014

*Canadian

1. Glow – Foxes in Fiction*
2. The White Balloon – Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler
3. The Brae – Yumi Zouma
4. Cave – Los Angeles Police Department
5. June – Olivia Kaplan
6. Drum – Hiss Golden Messenger
7. tell me – dd elle
8. Jesso Testa – OOIOO
9. Party on a Floating Cake – Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa
10. Maze – William Alexander
11. Tusk Vegas – MOVIE
12. Icarus – Meanwhile
13. safe ground – BEA
14. Seesaw – Club Kuru
15. So Close – Tom Misch & Carmody

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Tuesday Grab Bag

Are you ready to mellow?

New York’s Gingerly’s make 80’s-inspired indie-pop with a splash of shoegaze. Their debut 7″ Jumprope EP is out today (July 8th) via Shelflife.

Summer Cramps Gingerlys –  Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

 

Speaking of shoegaze, Halifax’s Kestrels just released a new EP The Moon is Shining Our Way on July 1st via Sonic Unyon. They’re doing a limited run of 300 vinyl (half black, half blue).

The Moon is Shining Our Way – Kestrels Facebook

 

Toronto’s Foxes in Fiction sound a bit like taking a Beach House album and playing it quietly on mono on a lonely deserted subway platform. Shadow’s Song is the first single off their upcoming 7-track 12″ Ontario Gothic out Sept 22nd via Orchid Tapes (his own label). Warren Hildebrand writes:

Ontario Gothic is an album comprised of seven songs dealing with individual instances of loss, grief and the process of healing over the five years following my younger brother’s death in 2008 and how I navigated life in the wake of that tragedy. It was recorded in Toronto and New York between fall 2011 and spring 2014.

The track features Owen Pallett on violin, and Hildebrand will be opening for Pallett on his fall US tour. The limited edition (500 copy) pre-order features 250 translucent coke-bottle green / opaque doublemint green vinyl pressed together and 250 translucent sea blue / opaque cyan blue vinyl pressed together. Lovely!

Shadow’s Song – Foxes in Fiction – Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

 

Soft vocals, folksy guitar, quiet drums. Birmingham’s Dead Crow Pirates reminds me a lot of Tunng.

Without Her – Dead Crow Pirates – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Paris’s MOODOÏD make fantastic psych-pop akin to Foxygen. I really like the music video for Je suis la montagne, originally released on their self-titled EP on Sept 1st 2013, and will be included on their upcoming album Le monde MÖO (August 1st via Entreprise).

Je suis la montagne – MOODOÏD – SoundcloudFacebook | Twitter

 

Simple pop songs can be effective! San Diego’s Inspired & the Sleep just released a new track on June 25th.

Pool Guard – Inspired & the Sleep – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

I love this Tom Misch and Carmody duet off their new collaborative EP, coming out sometime in July. Did I mention that Tom Misch is only 18?

Release You – Tom Misch and Carmody 

Carmody Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Tom Misch – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

I’m predisposed to enjoy anything produced by the weird art-pop scene from Halifax since I am forever in love with Each Other and Long Long Long. This track comes from the Sled Island compilation album, which is 100% solid. I’ll be playing a lot of the tracks off the comp for my next episode of Indie-licious.  It also appears on their 2014 Tour Cassette, found here on Bandcamp.

Protégé – Heaven For Real – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Flashing Lights Have Ended Now

Foxes in Fiction- Flashing Lights Have Ended Now

This song makes me wish I was hanging out on the beach with my sister in sunny California but it comes from (currently) sunny Toronto.  Foxes in Fiction is the solo project of Warren Hildebrand, you can download a bunch of his stuff off his blog, including this mixtape that I am currently listening to.  Enjoy!