Happy 4th Birthday MBF! Katie’s favourite tracks from the last 4 years

I wanted to do something special to commemorate our fourth birthday here at Music Between Friends. From our humble beginnings in a dark, messy apartment, Music Between Friends has become more than just a music blog to me – it’s become one of the most wonderful long-term/long-distant relationships of my life.

In April 2010, Sasha had just graduated from the university we both were attending, but I still had a year to go thanks to my professor’s perfectly timed Japanese sabbatical during my thesis formation. We decided to start a music blog with two dudes who quickly made themselves scarce (hi Cary! we know you have a real life and you are a real adult now). It was pretty clear that we had no idea what we were doing based on the content of our first few posts.

I mean, come on – we were two biology undergrads who developed our writing skills on biodiversity lab reports and field notes, which doesn’t exactly translate into Pitchfork material.  But we both liked indie music and wanted a way to stay in touch. I still cringe when I think about my first post, which was pretty thin in terms of credible music journalism. I was twenty-one and not much of a writer. I can barely form sentences even now.

Lately, I’ve been using the blog as a platform to showcase my favourite undiscovered musicians and explore the Canadian music landscape (Each Other, Michael Rault, Mac Demarco, Jay Arner, Faux Fur, Women, BRAIDS, Chad VanGaalenPhèdre, Young Rival, The Dirty Nil, Richard Catwrangleur, Sheepman, and Hooded Fang are the first that come to mind)

It was wonderful to be acknowledged by HypeMachine as a Canadian blog last month and I hope to continue featuring fresh content to be aggregated there on a weekly basis. Sometimes this hobby can get a bit overwhelming (the number of emails we receive on a daily basis could make this into a part time job) and I feel bad turning down free concert tickets and interviews when we’re just too strapped for time.

There’s a niche for every blog and we may never evolve to anything more than just two girls sharing music. I’m happy to be here four years later. Here are my favourite tracks posted about in each calendar year of Music Between Friends.

2010 – The Anthem – Onra (originally posted November 2010)

2011 – STRT SRNS – Wise Blood (originally posted Feb 2011)

2011 – Lament for Morning – Raleigh Moncrief (originally posted Nov 2011)

2012 – What To SayBorn Ruffians (originally posted Sept 2012)

2013 – Harvest Moon (Neil Young Cover) – Poolside (originally posted March 2013)

2013 – Waiting – Alice Boman (originally posted June 2013)

2013 – Backpack – Petite Meller (originally posted September 2013)

2014 – Passing Out Pieces – Mac DeMarco (originally posted January 2014)

 

Anyways, that’s all I have to say for now. Here’s to the last four years, and here’s hoping that there’s four more in our future.

As always, thanks for reading! We love you very much.

– Katie

 

The Anthem – Onra

MP3: The Anthem – Onra (Extended and Unreleased version)

This song is basically the most badassed thing I’ve heard all week.

Onra is a French hip-hop beatmaster with 4 studio albums under his belt. The Anthem comes from his second album Chinoiseries, released in 2007. The term “chinoiserie” means “Chinese-esque” and refers to the Oriental inspiration of mid-to-late 17th-century European artists.

Chinoiseries was compiled from 30 Chinese and Vietnamese records brought back by Onra from a visit with his Vietnamese grandparents in 2006. As you guys know, I love songs that are born from records samples. I think I could listen to this track on repeat forever.