Tuesday Grab Bag

First of all, let’s kick things off with a brand new track from Seattle’s Belgian Fog (aka Robert Dale). He knocked my socks off with Loveless Way back in February (I’ve been addicted to that track ever since). His new one Before You Ever Talked is a narrative of misplaced expectations and placing someone on a pedestal (something I’m guilty of doing!) Robert has a stellar voice.

Before You Ever Talked – Belgian Fog (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

I am in love with this Sculpture remix by Karen Gwyer. Hackle Scam Populator originally appears on the London band’s May 13th release, Membrane Pop (out via Software).

Hackle Scam Populator (Karen Gwyer Remix)Sculpture (Bandcamp | Soundcloud)

 

Now that I’m talking about Karen Gwyer, this track of hers is rad as hell. She makes such great kaleidoscopic, bizarre electronic songs.

Free Food / One Men Striper – Karen Gwyer (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are three dearly-loved and critically acclaimed boyz named Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen, and Alexander Sowinski. Listening to Hedron is like getting a milky spell cast on my eyelids.

Hedron – BADBADNOTGOOD (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Downtown by High Ends is the new side project from Kelowna band Yukon Blonde’s Jeffrey Innes. Beautifully simple yet it packs a punch. I read somewhere that he went to go make this record with friends, but nobody was available so he just did it himself. YOU GO, JEFFREY!

 

Doesn’t Neon Visions by North Carolina’s SMLH sound like the last slow dance at a high school dance, when the balloons are slowly deflating, the streamers are getting stuck to everyone’s feet, and the punch is warm and placid? It might be because SMLH is a real live seventeen year old.

Neon Visions – SMLH (Soundcloud | Bandcamp (free download!))

 

Skydive by London’s Astronauts. (aka Dan Carney) utilizes the perfect amount of ukelele without sounding twee. A rare feat! Reminds me a bit of Tunng in the most wonderful way.

 

Going to end this playlist on a really high, fun note with Strange (Mr. Bird remix) by Derbyshire’s Patawawa.

Strange (Mr. Bird Remix) – Patawawa (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Alright, that’s it for today’s Grab Bag! Catch you guys later on Indie-licious.

Katie’s TGIF Playlist: May 23rd 2014

I just ate a metric ton of veggie chips and I’m feelin’ FINE ya’ll. This weekend, Chad VanGaalen is playing Lee’s Palace on Saturday night, All Toronto’s Parties is taking over Kensington on Saturday, and I bought a bag of instant-chocolate cookie mix for dinner. A boy is coming over to hang out tonight (rare! exclusive!) and I have clean socks (rare! exclusive!).

Since I love Sasha’s TGIFs, I decided to make my own. Imitation is the sincerest form of ripping off your friend’s hard work and originality.

Manhattan’s Ludwig Persik just makes damn catchy music. Willow comes off his debut 2012 EP. I want to do aerobics to this drumbeat, with a lot of uppercuts, grapevines, and spandex wedgies.

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Portland’s Wampire create dreamy psych pop confectioneries with off-kilter twists. Trains comes off their May 2013 album Curiosity (stream on their Bandcamp here).

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Toronto/Edmonton psych-pop musician Michael Rault is releasing a splashy new EP just in time for NXNE. Lost Something has one of the snappiest basslines you’ll hear all week. If this track doesn’t turn into your weekend earworm, I would seriously reconsider your life choices.

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Los Angeles’s The Sometimes Island‘s Amen combines classic 90s dance elements (that keyboard!) with warm vocal layers that loop in and out of each other. Delightful!

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London’s Post-Ape track Limbs In The Dark paints some pretty sinister imagery, and the weird bloops make me think of being trapped in a haunted bubble factory. The bubbles also have the ability to tear apart your body limb from limb. IT COULD HAPPEN.

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Caen’s Gomina make rhythmic keyboard-driven rock a little akin to Metronomy with a splash of light, So-Cal vocals.

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Hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend! I’m very excited to bike home tonight (I just gave my bike a light tune-up last night) and work on tightening my rear brakes while those cookies bake in my toaster oven. If anyone decides to go to Chad or ATP II, I’ll be at one of them, so try and spot me!

 

London’s Flyte does silly green screen right in “We Are The Rain”

Flyte are a goofy London indie band who just dropped a catchy 7″ on paradYse and finished touring with Bombay Bicycle ClubWe Are The Rain is a ready-made funky ballad with a silly music video to boot. Check it out! Super fun and relaxed indie music.

We Are The Rain – Flyte – Twitter | Facebook | Youtube