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!

 

Afternoon slow burn

Got a case of the Mondays? Here’s an older Young Empires track that was featured on Parisian music label Kitsuné’s Maison 10 compilation from 2010. Always awesome to see a local band with excellent collaborations.

I haven’t listened to much from Portland’s Blouse, but I like what I’ve heard so far. I’m not surprised, because they’re on Sub Pop, and I could eat their artist roster for breakfast and experience optimized nourished and contentment.

For something more uplifting, check out Blouse’s 2011 track Shadow. Happy Monday!