Indie-licious Tues June 2nd 2015

*Canadian

1. ℸ⚭ᵰî¢*΅ – TELOZKOPE*
2. B:/ Start Up – Blank Banshee*
3. Cumulus Fractus – Eco Virtual
4. NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE*
5. Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never
6. Naturalement – Conga Radio
7. Crime Watch (Hallucinogenic Re-Dub) – L.G. Rivales
8. Long Black – Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold
9. Lady Pain (Jay Arner Remix) – Renny Wilson*
10. Juxtaposed Positions – Rebecca’s Room*
11. Sweet Marie – Él Yoshida*
12. Sparta – Jennifer Castle*
13. Into the light – STÅL
14. My Baby Don’t Understand Me – Natalie Prass
15. How Could You Babe – Tobias Jesso Jr.*

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Internet explorations in Vaporwave, with obligatory pop near the end.

Indie-licious Tues Nov 25th 2014

*Canadian

1. Every Golden Future – Grime Kings*
2. Huff – Sun Araw
3. Market – Eola
4. Shopping – Special Noise*
5. Cool Ship II – Energy Slime*
6. Spaced Out – Jay Arner*
7. Peachy Beach – Old and Weird*
8. Carina Botto – Tredici Bacci
9. Outer East – Horse Lords
10. Passin’ Me By (The Pharcyde cover) – haolin munk
11. Who Was I – Renny Wilson*

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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)

 

Happy Birthday To Me (MBF® Canadian music Treatzzza Pizza)

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I’m 26 years old today. AM I MATURE YET??????**

 

**No

 

My mom gave birth to me when she was 27. That’s one year from now. To put it in perspective, the other night, I ate an entire box of pizza and washed it down with a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (the perfect grapefruit draught for summer). The only thing I am close to becoming pregnant with is most of a red velvet birthday cake decorated to look like my boyfriend’s face. Yes, I will upload a picture of us eating him. Yes, The Edible Woman is one of my favourite books.

Here are some cool tunes by Canadian bands to celebrate my b-day.

 

Love Solo – Heaven For Real (Halifax) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Ash Mound – Each Other (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Rough Palms – Faux Fur (Calgary) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Wasteland – Hooded Fang (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Don’t Remind Me – Jay Arner (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

THERE IS MIST IN THE VALLEY – Zacht Automaat (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook

 

Leap Years – Sunny Pompeii (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Landform II (Shield)Herons Wake (Ottawa) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Dead Things PT II – Skye Wallace (Vancouver) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Cannons – Little Scream (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

OKAY BYE NOW I HAVE TO GO MAKE MY BOYFRIEND’S HEAD CAKE

 

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Musicians I love (and my own creative existential crisis)

Lately I’ve been struggling with creative inspiration.

I’ve been late to reply to emails, shoddy at fulfilling writing commitments, sluggish to decide on music submissions, and absent on my own podcast. I haven’t written a song in months, my journal pages have been blank since January, my mixed media project is 75% complete, and I have a stack of unread library books by the front door. The other day, I couldn’t decide on a movie so I just watched an hour and a half worth of trailers, most of which were from the 80’s and 90’s (I came this close to watching Working Girl).

Basically, I feel mentally bankrupt and the only thing that I can muster up the energy to do is put on my blank, anonymous artist’s glaze and sketch strangers on the subway. At least in crowded café and clustered streetcars, I feel like no one is expecting anything, no one is judging, no one is watching with a critical eye.  I am finally free in an outlet all my own.

As many of you know, Sasha and I celebrated our blog’s fourth birthday this month, and with that came the realization that with much potential comes missed opportunity. I was reviewing past posts and wondering, “Could you have tried harder here? Could you have written more, explored this discography in greater depth? Could you have done a custom illustration for this feature? Could you have agreed to that interview?” A more ambitious version of myself is kicking the sandwich out of my current’s self’s hands.

Sometimes I wonder how other bloggers & journos do it. How does one wrap 1000+ neat words into a pithy post complete with a pleasantly drôle yet incisive b&w sketch? I feel like I need to learn Adobe Illustrator and a billion other complex design programs (as well as five coding languages) just to stay relevant.

What can I offer at the party? A side-scrolling verbal wrap-up of current events? A dumb and erratic dance sequence? Crumbs on my tits?

At this point, I’m looking for something to inject me with a sense of purpose. But for now, since this is a music blog, I want to clean out the inbox. That’s mainly the point of these Grab Bag Posts – it’s my effort to stay on top of things (failing miserably). One day, I will find the right balance of posting exactly what I want and honouring our obligation to undiscovered musicians. I am searching for it every day.

Sometimes I consider yanking down our blog email address, but then I wouldn’t have met the absolutely LOVELY GEMS of First Rate People, Delta Will, Walrus, Sheepman, High Diner, The Planes, The Blank Tapes, Ketamines, Jay Arner, Faux Fur, Michael Rault, The Dirty Nil, Yoofs, Lost On Purpose, Adam Torres, plus people like Leaning Trees RecordsGraveyard Orbit, Mike of My Boy The Riot Girl, Jason of Astral Travelling, ect.

So this post goes out all of you who have connected with me as a human idiot, or with Music Between Friends. I think of all the genuinely cool people that I’ve had the chance to meet, and I am glad.

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