Indie-licious Tues Nov 18th 2014

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1. Paisley and Pastel – Freelove Fenner*
2. Deckard – Mysteries
3. City Full of (W)holes (Pt. II) – Mean Wind*
4. Somebody’s Talking – The Preatures
5. I Got The Moves – Habibi
6. Icarus – Meanwhile
7. Turn Your Love Around – TOPS*
8. Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up – Yumi Zouma
9. Annie – Mac Demarco*
10. 1001 Decisions – Woo
11. Caitlin And Peter And George Harrison – Sheer Agony*
12. Like That – White Fence
13. Back, Baby – Jessica Pratt
14. Nature – Jennifer Castle*
15. Black Bough – New Bums

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Indie-licious Tues Oct 7th 2014

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*Canadian

1. If I’m Unworthy – Blake Mills
2. Let’s Get Electric – Cheap Talk (4:28)
3. Mad Lover – Ingrid R.* (7:07)
4. Red Rain – Midnight Magic (11:37)
5. Over And Out – Flyte (15:57)
6. When We Are Apart – Magistrates (19:09)
7. She’s So Bad – TOPS* (22:32)
8. Ice Cream Sandwiches – Moss Lime* (26:07)
9. All Things Break Through – Freelove Fenner* (29:19)
10. Ghost Twin – Blood Sister (31:48)
11. Nothin but luv 4 u – the marlees* (34:51)
12. Who’s Waiting? – Happy Dagger (35:44)
13. Someday – Swim Lessons (40:19)
14. The Rain That Never Came – Apache Sun (43:11)
15. Spanway Hits – Flake Music (45:39)
16. Carriages – Li Xi (48:38)
17. The Wheel – SOHN (50:35)
18. Metric – Phosphene (54:27)

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Favourite tracks from Plastic Factory Records freshly-released compilation

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Montreal label Plastic Factory just released their first compilation album today and it’s awesome.

My favourite tracks upon first listen are Nightmare by Andy Boay, Those Who Wait by Sheer Agony, OK OK OK by Hand Cream and Shopping by Special Noise.

Nightmare – Andy Boay (New York) Bandcamp |  Facebook | Twitter

I knew the compilation would be a winner the instant this track came on. It reminds me a lot of DADA by PEELERS SELLERS, the project of Belgian composer and arranger Olivier Désir. I love that wheezing echo flitting between left and right speakers combined with that triple-layered harmony separated by thirds and sixths.

 

 

Those Who Wait – Sheer Agony (Montreal) Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

Montreal guitar-pop trio Sheer Agony have been recording since 2010 and caught my eye in 2012 with She’s An Artist off their first label release, a ST 7″ on Fixture Records. “Her mother, her father, they help her out but they probably shouldn’t bother.

 

Their selection for the compilation reveals how much their sound has evolved – a lot more depth/texture and dipping into psychedelic territory. The vocals in Those Who Wait almost remind me of A.C. Newman’s.

 

OK OK OK – Hand Cream (Montreal) Bandcamp | Facebook

This interview by Jesse Locke for Noisey should give you a primer on what this Montreal-based, Halifax-bred band is all about. Drummer Christian Simmons also plays with Each Other and Sheer Agony, which accounts for some overlap in musicality. All of the best music is coming out of Montreal & Halifax right now, thanks to how closely these two communities are entwined.

 

Shopping –  Special Noise (Montreal) Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

From the beginning of this track, which starts with a gross growl, and the lite shrieks of “Ready!” The swishy drums (is that a triangle?!), resolved chords, and fiercely sung vocals make this a truly endearing track.

 

You can buy the 2-LP vinyl for only $25 bucks here, which is a total steal for how amazing this comp is. If you’re living in the digital age, you can stream and/or purchase the album on Bandcamp.

Indie-licious Tues July 29th 2014

 

1. Eyes Of The Muse – King Tuff
2. Into The Night – Malka
3. Boat – The Tallest Tree
4. Growing Old – Southern Boutique
5. Left To Wonder – Lyla Foy
6. Little Notes – Tiny Ruins
7. Waiting – Ought
8.In The Sound – Freelove Fenner
9. Doin It Right (Sean Nicholas Savage Cover) – Brave Radar
10. Fizzical Lime – Sheer Agony
11. Hung Up – Quaker Parents
12. Year of Patience – Mega Bog
13. Web Of Man – Pet Sun
14. Teenager – Black Honey
15. So What – Avi Buffalo
16. Accolades – Jon McKiel

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This week in Toronto concerts

If you’re like me, you’ll notice that local concert listings come in ebb and flows. Some weeks, there won’t be much going on, whereas other weeks leave me lacking any clean clothes and groceries, tending to dead houseplants, and applying girl goo on my permanent undereye circles (lack of sleep? or my inability to remove mascara?).

This week, there’s plenty to do! So please, stock up on Doritos from your local 7/11 so that you don’t end up impulse-buying Sweet Chili Heat. Gross!

 

MONDAY 

The Wytches & Pet Sun @ The Drake (CLASSIC PSYCHEDELIC VIBES)

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Facebook RSVP Tickets $11.50.

THE WYTCHES Glum but cheeky Brighton surf rock.

 

PET SUN Hamilton fuzz-psych darlings. This should tingle.

 

THURSDAY

Jay Arner & Ketamines @ Milk Glass (VANCOUVER QT-PIE ALERT!)

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JAY ARNER Finally, I get to see Jay Arner! Somebody pinch me. He’s touring all around Canada right now, so make sure to check his schedule.

KETAMINES Everyone knows how much I love these garagepop fuckers, but rather than waxing poetic for the zillionth time, just press play. I forced Paul to become my friend (hi Paul) so that stalking him would be more convenient (I’m in your house, are those curtains new?)

 

BRAVE RADAR A similar vibe to Freelove Fenner, but with male vocals!

 

Also featuring JEANS, members of New Fries and Weaves.

 

THURSDAY – SUNDAY

INCLINEΔDECLINE 2014 (GUELPH ROAD TRIP!) 

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Facebook RSVP Weekend pass $42

This lineup is insane !!

THE SOUPCANS // DOOMSQUAD // JAY ARNER // HSY // PETRA GLYNT // THE KETAMINES // TV FREAKS // NOT THE WIND NOT THE FLAG // ZONES // ANAMAI // DILLY DALLY // THE BEVERLEYS // NOAH23 // I SMELL BLOOD // TEEN TITS WILD WIVES // STÜKA // WOLFCOW // VCR // BLACK BARON // NEW ZEBRA KID // MASS HORNS // GASOLINE GATHERS HANDS, GATHERS FRIENDS // ESCHATON // BILE SISTER // POOLBOY // BADMINTON RACQUET // BABY LABOUR // BOAR // FOAM // eSEm

Running from Thursday through Sunday at various locations in Guelph, you can snag yourself a weekend pass for CHEAP – only $42 – seriously!! You probably won’t even know that money’s missing. Grab tickets here. Way more venue/lineup details are available on the Facebook page.

 

FRIDAY

Ought & Freelove Fenner @ Silver Dollar (MONTREAL DOES IT RIGHT)

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Facebook RSVP Tickets $10 (available online here)

OUGHT Montreal post-punk heaped with charm and affability.

 

FREELOVE FENNER Montreal minimalist, breezy psych pop. If you haven’t seen them before, (like me!) come belatedly celebrate their first big release in November, Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner (listen here).

 

BLONDE ELVIS Toronto playful guitar-pop that harkens back to the drumbeat and flutes of 70s psych.

 

WISH- Members of Toronto’s Beliefs, Milk Lines and Decades. Delectable, well-crafted indie rock that straddles well-known hooks with a sense of experimentation.

 

 

SATURDAY

Man Finds Fire Summer Sesh @ Geary Lane (***COOL NEW VENUE!***)
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Let’s give a warm welcome to this cool new space at 360 Geary Lane, near the corner of Dupont & Dufferin. Music by Bile Sister, Mimico, and a k u a, art by Petra Glynt. Get drunk with Kensington Brewing Company, wake up with Detour Coffee kewt mobile coffee truck. PWYC! ($10 is a good idea for all the HQ musicianship). 12-6pm.

BILE SISTER Experimental Toronto-based avant-pop for fans of Petra Glynt.

 

MIMICO Dark post-apocalyptic Toronto kraut-sych.

 

A K U A  Sexy and slinky dark R&B from Toronto.

 

 

Alright everyone, have fun and use protection ;) (good footwear at a concert is a MUST)