Indie-licious Tues June 16th 2015


All the bands in today’s show are going to be performing for NXNE (June 17th-21st)


1. White Fire – Angel Olsen
2. Night Faces – Jessica Pratt
3. Into The Fields – Foxes In Fiction*
4. Cheap Suit – Noni Wo*
5. Apocalypso – DOOMSQUAD*
6. HOTFOOT – Doldrums*
7. Cannabis – Slim Twig*
8. Too Bad So Sad – Michael Rault*
9. Drawing Space – Grounders*
10. Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis*
11. Roswell – Moon King*
12. Tied Up Tied Down – TEEN


Katie’s NXNE Picks – Saturday June 20th

If you missed them, here are my NXNE favourites for Wed June 17thThursday June 18th, and Friday June 19th.


1:45pm – Old and Weird / 2:30pm – King Creep / 6:15pm – Bile Sister / 9pm – Michael Rault / 11pm – Jennifer Castle / 12am – Darlene Shrugg / 2am – DOOMSQUAD

Gonna be a megafun day at The Garrison. I’ll be running the Weird Canada table for the Sonic Boom Record Fair (12-7pm) with my buddy Kevin, so come say hi.

At 1pm, Halifax clashing pop trio Old and Weird will play their second NXNE show. Afterwards, Toronto’s bratty garage punk King Creep will usher in some insouciance. Then, Bile Sister drips freak beats all over the stage. Psych pop Michael Rault fishes with hooks. Beware. Jennifer Castle’s observational songwriting is sure to stir. Darlene Shrugg is a tasty combo of Meg Remy, Slim Twig, Carlyn Bezic and Amanda Crist. And obviously, the experimental dance tremors of DOOMSQUAD are worth buckling in for.

(The above track is by Bile Sister, released on Healing Power)

NXNE Sonic Boom Record Fair:

Underground Operations
Arts & Crafts
Dine Alone Records
Hand Drawn Dracula
Optical Sounds
Buzz Records
Pirates Blend Records
Out of Sound
Reel Cod Records
Schizophrenic Records
Heretical Objects
Ugly Pop Records
Idée Fixe Records
Daps Records
Pleasence Records
Not Unlike
Weird Canada
Royal Mountain Records

10pm – Slim Twig

Luckily, The Garrison is not too far from Horseshoe Tavern, because Max has a show two hours before he goes on stage with Darlene Shrugg at The Garrison.

9pm – Angel Olsen (St. Louis, Missouri) – cinematic Americana folk with a twist

Angel Olsen sings on a thread that resonates with my heartstrings. Her voice is a throaty throwback to 50s country sirens, and she could literally sing me an instruction manual and I would still cry. She’s amazing live, and this will honestly be the highlight of your NXNE experience. She’s playing an early set at Mod Club at 9pm, but don’t come late, because it’s already nearly sold out and you’ll want to get close.

See you guys at NXNE!

Indie-licious Tues Dec 16th 2014


1. Gelée de Vérole Extra – Mista Hope
2. Kaleidoscope (Kaytranada’s* Flip) – BADBADNOTGOOD*
3. Phonotaxis – Nick Kuepfer*
4. April 24, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia – Hazy Montagne Mystique*
5. Ride Across the Moat Of Love – Great Valley
6. Nothing Means Nothing – Michael Rault*
7. Macaw – Horse Lords
8. Pink Elephant – Guerilla Toss
9. Diner Talk – Lee Paradise*
10. Beg Waves – Ponytail
11. Mother of Pearl – Pram


Indie-licious Tues Dec 2nd 2014



1. Papers By The TV – tomorrows tulips
2. The Fly – Lace Curtains
3. Alright – Tonstartssbandht
4. Notorious – Tonkapuma*
5. Blind Owl Speaks – Natural Child
6. Traveling Strange – LABRYYYNtH
7. The Only One – Cretin Stompers
8. Want – The Felines
9. Making Breakfast – Twin Peaks
10. Silver Surfer – Watermelon*
11. DREAMING – salvia plath
12. THERE IS MIST IN THE VALLEY – Zacht Automaat*
13. holding it – william alexander
14. Still Not Sad – Michael Rault*
15. Hollywood – Jessica Pratt


Wednesday Grab Bag


I have swindled the universe into granting me a three-day work week, which, at the time of this publication, will be 50% complete.

What am I listening to this week? Three tracks signifying the death of summer, because I’m nothing if not a huge buzzkill.

First, my friends in NASA Valley, Matt Aldred, Michael Rault, and Jay Anderson, released a two-track album last week called Prosopagnosia. Dribbling with garage psych-pop goodness, both tracks are equally fantastic, so I will post both of them to tickle your ear hairs. Catch them at Handlebar with MARS and GITAR on August 21st (Facebook RSVP).


Indian Summer and Waves Happy Dagger (Portland) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

I love how thick Indian Summer sounds – it almost feels like I can wrap my arms around it. The synth hits in the middle really puncture the density of the guitars. Waves is a total lush dreamscape.


Summer’s Gone – Silver Ships (Austin) Twitter

Austin’s Silver Ships (aka Chazz Bessette) will be releasing his debut EP Songs From A Room That Never Moves on September 30th. The organ in this track reminds me a bit of a goofy serial soap opera.


Crux Of Cool – SMLH (North Carolina) Soundcloud | Facebook | Bandcamp

SMLH (aka Sam Higgins, a 17-year old with buckets of talent) recently released some “fake” songs with a 4-track while his reel-to-reel is resting in peace (for now). I really like the weird drumbeat in this song, which kind of sounds like dragging a tub across the road.


Sleeps Well On Knives – Eyelid Kid (Nowhereville, United States) Soundcloud

Who is this band? Where are they from? Research indicates Southern California, but they don’t have any social media presence and they’ve only released two tracks – this one, and Time Travel, three months ago. The band makes self-described existential psych-pop, but I think it’s a bit too polished to be classified as psych. To creep further, check out their interview with Stereogum’s James Rettig on July 31st.


Riverstone and Summer End– Nienvox (Yekaterinburg) SoundcloudFacebook

Sleek and lo-fi warm nu jazz dreams mixed with a little bit of psych flute (of course, how can I resist?). Russian musician Nienvox (aka Alexander Efimov) just released his new EP The Airwalker via Fuselab on August 4th.


I am a Man – The Parrots (Madrid) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

The Parrots are a garage-surf trio from Madrid with just enough jangle to guarantee a good time. This one comes from their new 7″ Loving you is Hard via Bachelor Records on August 8th (fellow labelmates include Black Lips and Smith Westerns).


Icarus – Silver Firs (Bern) Facebook | Bandcamp | Label Homepage

Summer vibes! This one comes from their EP #2 out August 8th. This one should be certain to please any fans of Pompeii by Bastille who are physically sick of that song from hearing it played too many times while walking by an Aldo shoe store.


Out Of Touch – HANAH (Brooklyn) Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Liquid vocals over a quietly twitching guitar and dreamy clav dropping notes like candies. Her first single, and I’m looking forward to more.


Oblivion Aimee deBeer (New York) Soundcloud | Facebook

Speaking of electronic minimalism, New York’s Aimee deBeer is a charming newcomer. She’ll be releasing her debut EP  Strange Fiction this fall, featuring Oblivion.


Crowns – TAPES (Knoxville)

Another mysterious one! Electronic producer TAPES originally started releasing his music anonymously to avoid spamming his friends’ Facebook walls. According to this Okayfuture interview with Lily Vanilli, his favourite Dragonball Z character is Vegeta because “he’s hard”. Check out his new album Finding, full stream via Okayfuture.


That’s all for now, folks. Here’s hoping we have some sweltering weather to enjoy dripping ice cream, sticky jelly sandals, stained rompers, rolled-up short sleeves, and missed connections.

– Katie