First listen: New Caribou single “Can’t Do Without You”

Sasha and I love Caribou.

A lot.

I really mean it. It’s probably a mix of university hometown pride and adoration for great slow-burning dance tracks that subliminally call our names.

Dan Snaith just dropped the first single off his new album Our Love (out Oct 7th on Merge) yesterday, and dare I say – it’s a bit too nice. I don’t want to fall asleep during a Caribou track. I want it to evolve, morph, and surprise me. Can’t Do Without You doesn’t really challenge the listener in the fresh ways that Andorra (2007) and Swim (2010) did. I’m hoping that the rest of Our Love is slightly more dynamic, because I would hate for Caribou’s most influential period to be behind us.

We all remember when Snaith took a bit of a breather to explore pure, explosive dance tracks under Daphni (Jiaolong, 2012), so I was hoping that he would be veering back into experimental territory on his next bout of recording. Fingers crossed!

Indie-licious Tues Apr 1st 2014 + Delta Will Ticket Giveaway

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happy April Fool’s Day, ya’ll

1. Oh Cecilia – Born Ruffians
2. We Are The Rain – Flyte
3. Vocal Chords – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
4. Talk Is Cheap – Chet Faker
5. One Half – Julianna Barwick
6. To Lose – Oceaán
7. It All Glows – Delta Will
8. Heartless – Sean Nicholas Savage
9. Love Me If You Find The Time – Fatch.
10. Never Love – Lxury
11. Tamb Beat – RED
12. Curtains?! – Timber Timbre
13. Cadillac Desert – William Tyler
14. Holy Ghost – Delta Will
15. Delorean Dynamite – Todd Terje


Retweet w/ hashtag #DeltaWillYouShowMeAGoodTime or email to win 2 tickets (plus 2 EPs and 2 drink tickets) to see Delta Will at Baltimore House on Thursday April 3rd (Facebook RSVP). Contest closes Wed Apr 2nd 6pm EST!



Watch (and throw up): Young Rival’s optical illusion video for Black Is Good

Black Is Good is one of my favourite songs from Young Rival’s 2012 album Stay Young. It reminds me of nights spent loitering on Hamilton streetcorners breathing in damp autumn air with my best friend sitting on the cold curb beside me. I didn’t have as many wrinkles then, but I certainly give fewer fucks now.

I’ve seen Young Rival perform live many times and they will always remain one of my favourite local bands. The sound quality (both live and recorded) that they produce is consistently high, and their energy on stage is palpable. Yesterday, they released a video that employs a random dot autostereogram generated to produce the illusion of depth perception when viewed with a relaxed, unfocused gaze.

The band explains:

This is where it gets technical. To make your own autostereogram, one must first create a thing called a “depth map” which is a 2D representation of 3D depth information. We collected real-time depth data of Young Rival performing the song using an X-Box Kinect hooked up to a computer. The computer was running software called RGBD toolkit, designed for capturing the depth information from the Kinect using its built-in infrared system. Once we had our depth information, we unpacked it into image sequences and edited these sequences as if they were regular video. The only difference in the editing process was that depth was represented by luminosity. For fun, you can view the black and white depth-map version HERE. With much trial and error, we then ran the data through an algorithm which took each frame of depth information, converted it into a random dot stereogram image, and repacked it into the final video. Lastly, there was one more colour pass at the end, and voila.

Personally, it made me feel pleasantly nauseated. But that could have easily been the coffee and two cake pops I had for dinner. I am an adult.

Watch it fullscreen if you dare. And please, do yourself a favour and check out the equally entertaining video for Better Things To Do because it features rad Hamilton artists.

The Dirty Nil’s Summer Mixtape + New Video for Zombie Eyed

The Dirty Nil Summer Mixtape

I’m a slut for the music of The Dirty Nil – I’ll share it with everyone and listen with my pants down. They just released a short summer mixtape (4 covers of The Misfits, Iggy Pop, Guided By Voices, and Merle Haggard). I’m particularly fond of their version of Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried.

But the mixtape dies with the last warm breath of summer, so catch it while you can.

Also, check out the new video for Zombie Eyed below, released from their 7″ split with Northern Primitive on January 7th.

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Supercrawl: The Day After

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From Left: Felt Ball Necklace (Citizen Kid), Colour Swatches (Hansen and Lubbers), Seed Paper (CBC Hamilton), Gold necklace by Sew a Song, Flower studs by primrose, leather clutch by Erin Templeton (all from White Elephant), In Fine Feather Postcard (HCA), The Ten Spot Coupon, CBC Hamilton Postcard, Downtown Bike Hounds, Works of Lesley Cordero, Print by Group of 7 Billion. AGH World Film Festival

As expected, Supercrawl was amazing. Here’s a breakdown of what I saw, did, and ate.

1. Owen PallettMP3: Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
2. Born Ruffians

3. Young Rival

4. Great Lake Swimmers

5. Turbo Street Funk (my personal favourite)

1. Homegrown Hamilton
2. My Thai
3. Willy Dog
4. Cake & Loaf (courtesy of CBC Hamilton)
5. Hamilton Farmer’s Market
6. The Ship

1. Walked until my calves resembled Jane Fonda’s
2. Promoted MBF and Indie-licious on the air w/ Jamie and Gunner, live broadcasting 93.3 CFMU out of Homegrown Hamilton
3. Admired art I can’t afford
4. Petted some kittens waiting for Forever Homes
5. Almost stepped in horse manure
6. Watched in awe as a man called “One-Eyed Ron” ran his fingers through another man’s thick ponytail while breathing heavily through a harmonica… until the cops took him back to the Portuguese Men’s Centre. Note: all of this took place three feet from Great Lake Swimmers street performance, and Ron liberally praised himself for doing such a great job of accompanying the band.
7. Shivered off about 10,000 kCal worth of street meat as the temperature plummeted down to 9 degrees Celsius.

Thanks for the lovely time Hamilton! I’ll be sure to come back again and again, because there’s nothing better than supporting a community that has put you through four years of education and left you with a smile on your face.