Sasha’s Song of the Summer: Lowell’s, The Bells, Gets a Music Video

First off, I’m back Katie!!! Put down that cheap cheese and let’s make you a real sandwich while watching the new Lowell music video for The Bells!

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy of a mood this song puts me in whenever I hear it. It’s so catchy (how can you not want to shout out “Where’d the beat go” with her??), and the lyrics are very sweet:

When you gonna call me, I can never tell, I want to hear the ding ding dong, I want to hear the bells

Everyone can relate to the moment you meet someone you think is cute and you’re just waiting for them to make the tiniest move that lets you know they think you are equally as cute and that’s what this song reminds me of. Check out the new video below:

It has all the elements that would have made my teenage self happy: a female lead, high school football game theme, marching bands, roller derby, group choreography etc., but there is still a lot of power and edge, mostly thanks to the baseball bat she’s carrying around, that makes my 20-something self still find it interesting.

Hope you like it as much as I do and have a great long weekend :)

TGIF Playlist: July 4, 2014

Another playlist where the order doesn’t even matter because all the songs are awesome, take a listen below:

  • Obsessed with this Lykke Li, No Rest For the Wicked remix with A$AP Rocky, makes me a little less depressed than the original.
  • Lowell’s The Bells has hands down become my summer jam. I Love You Money is just as upbeat and awesome as Bells, it also uses the crap out of a clap track, which I love. To me, it’s a girl power/feminist filled pop song, insert *raise the roof* emoji.
  • New Zealander Yumi Zouma‘s The Brae is a current favourite, it has really airy vocals, kind of an 80s, Breakfast Club vibe. 
  • I know i mentioned Adult Diversion last week and it’s all over Indie88, but I’m just in a big Alvvays kick right now.

That’s all friends, hope you all have a great weekend and for those in ‘Merica hope you have a great 4th of July!

 

Indie-licious Tues Mar 18th 2014

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1. Ode to Viceroy – Mac DeMarco
2. The Echo – Wild Honey
3. Cloud 69 – Lowell
4. Gather Around – The Allergies
5. Waiting For The Summer – The Pandamonium
6. Martian Man – Lora Logic
7. Sweet Discontent – Tuff Love
8. Too Tired – Meat Market
9. Looking For A Fight – Bleached
10. Ball & Chain (Dave Newfeld Version) – The Cruelty Party
11. Little Fang – Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
12. No Waves – FIDLAR
13. teeshirt – Quaker Parents
14. I Wanna Be Forgotten – Bass Drum Of Death
15. One Million Lovers – The Growlers
16. Baby You Were There – TV Girl
17. Somersault – Jettison Tape
18. Milk Crisis – The Go! Team
19. Careless – The Delphines

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TGIF Playlist: March 14, 2014

I think this is one TGIF Playlist, where I liked all the songs so much I didn’t know what order to put them in… If this is the only problem I ever have in my life, I’ll be golden. Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy a song or two on this bad boy.

  • The singing in the intro alone gets me, then CATHEDRALS breaks into what reminds me of an electronic version of the intro to Where Is My Mind? by The Pixies
  • You know a song is good when we both post about it. LOWELL is banging out some hits, their other release Cloud 69 is also super catchy, great Toronto music.
  • Another Converse, three artists, one song collaboration. Wasn’t sure how this threesome would do, but they included a children’s choir… so you can’t lose.
  • If you haven’t checked out the Arcade Fire, Suburbs cover Mr. Little Jeans did, please do…
  • New Little Dragon *raises the roof*
  • This was on my February Soundcloud playlist, but that month went by so quick I didn’t post it, #noregrets though because here it is! Another remix where I think I like the remix more than the original.

Katie’s Weekly Addictions

I AM TOTALLY WIPED OUT TODAY.

Yesterday, I biked from my lovely little squat in Parkdale to my friend Cam’s digs in Riverdale so he could help me repair my brakes. Such a handy man! We were still spent from Long Winter hijinks on Friday, but he made us fancy milky coffees from a shining steel contraption that looked expensive and efficient. After we were done greasing up his parquet and tightening my brakes, we went to East Chinatown for some questionable pho. I ordered a neon green honeydew melon milkshake that tasted like no fruit which has ever been found in nature.

Fully nourished, I called up Tad to see if he needed help moving the mountains of LPs, zines, cassettes, books, instruments (that organ was a monster), sewing machines, projectors, telescopes, old man sweaters, and vintage kitchenware. Cam and I biked over to the house they’ve lived in for 8 years and started packing with the guys until Neil had to leave to perform with Freelove Fenner, Bile Sister, and Dilly Dally at the Oz.

I had really wanted to see Neil play (listen to Gay here!) and also catch Alvvays at Silver Dollar, but that didn’t end up happening. I’ll have to catch them later. By the time I biked from East to West again, everyone was already well into their sets, so Sasha and I met up with some old friends at Odd Seoul.

I woke up to find out that we are now a blog on Hype Machine. I’m excited to be tagged as a “female blogger” and “lo-fi” by the first content aggregator that helped me to explore new bands at the beginning of my music listenership. Although sometimes I find it’s easier to just follow my favourite bands on Twitter & Soundcloud to learn about new releases, Hype Machine is still useful for finding tracks that are rising on the blog charts and especially good for year-end posts that would be too Shockwave-heavy to load on their own.

Anyways, I’m killing time for the next few hours before I help the guys dig out their new burrow, so I thought I’d make a quick post to share some of the tracks I’ve been obssessed with this week.

First, this older TOBACCO + AIR remix was a related song to his new track Eruption (Gonna Get My Hair Cut At The End Of The Summer), from the upcoming album Ultima II Massage, which will be released on May 13, 2014 on GhostlyEruption is classic TOBACCO – forceful yet goofy, sloppy but controlled, scattered but pulsing. The reason I love this AIR remix so much is because it’s fluttery, light, and shuffling. Incredibly playful and filled with controlled exuberance. I dig.

I caught a partial set of Toronto surf-pop, female-fronted Alvvays at February’s Long Winter and really wanted to check them out again last night. Unfortunately for me, I tend to overcommit to way too many things. Hopefully they play a few more shows this spring and summer.

Toronto singer-songwriter Lowell was recently signed to Arts & Crafts and she’s been on my to-watch list for the last two weeks. Her new EP I Killed Sara V. just came out on Feb 25th, so you should definitely check it out.

Finally, I’ve been crazy about this super chilled out electronic track from Ekoplekz‘s new album Unfidelity, which is out on March 10th, 2014 via Planet Mu. I love that Nick Edwards, the man behind Ekoplekz, is 44 and has a real-person job. It just goes to show that you can do anything you want to creatively, at any age, and still make something amazing. New content creation isn’t just for the young.

Alright, I could post more, but I am in dire need of an Americano. I’ve been writing this entire post with my jaw hanging open and my eyes half shut. Happy Sunday!