Favourite Canadian songs of 2015

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A lot happened this year. I booked my first show. I started a new job. I made 33 episodes of Indie-licious. I wrote 24 pieces for Weird Canada.

No one really asked for this list, but then I got carried away and now here we are. Songs are roughly sorted into clusters that sound nice together. Support your local community!

Michael Ondaatje’s World – Germaphobes

 

Fit For Her – Blonde Elvis 

 

(but) i need you – Kurt Inder

 

Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room

 

Full Moon – Pee Wee

 

Shy Boy – Nakedchillen

 

Tact of Animals & I Don’t See It – Quaker Parents

 

NOVO SARAJEVO – Gretchen

 

More Like You – Novel

 

Mechanical Rhythm – Painted Fruits

 

Textiles On Mainstreet – Slim Twig

 

Sailin’ On (Bad Brains cover) – Haolin Munk

 

See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight

 

Jasz – New Fries

 

Senators – No Spectrum

 

tiergarten – Sarah Davachi

 

 2 – Jonathan Scherk

 

Désorganism – French Pretzel

 

mar mar mar – Guidewire

 

The Trouble – Fantasy Blondes

 

jxpg – The Passenger

 

Buschbabies – JOYFULTALK

 

NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE

Bed Bath and Beyond – Fresh Flesh

 

Haagen Baadz – Bile Sister

 

Damn That Valley – U.S. Girls

 

TIVOLI – Phèdre 

 

HELL Demo A – Lee Paradise

 

HOTFOOT – Doldrums

 

Night of the Assassins (Les Rallizes Dénudés) – Zacht Automaat

 

Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (feat. Damian Abraham) – Fresh Snow

 

In Silence – The Acorn

 

LOSING GROUND – Special Costello

 

A Better Deal – Merival

 

Again – Faith Healer

 

Tooth Hound Sand (AIA) – Sivani

 

won’t – boyhood

 

Attention Seeker – Etiquette

 

Thailand – Hush Pup

 

SOFTEN / SOFTER – Prison Hair

 

Test of Faith – JFM

 

every fucking day – Shaun Weadick

 

Threnody – Myriam Gendron

 

guardian force – Brandon DeVries

 

Waist of the Sea – Blunt Chunks

 

Human Garbage – Vulva Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca’s Room (New Waterford, Nova Scotia)

Rebecca’s Room is a project from New Waterford, Nova Scotia (kind of close to Sydney) by Andrew Gillis and Blaine Mills with additional ladyvocals from Rebecca Ratchford & cutie anon. mothbits, plus Blair Lucas from Walrus and Glen Bourgeois.

They are simply a treat – lo-fi, dreamy, lazy bedroom pop that feels just like dipping your fingers into a cold summer lake and swirling them around.


Rights Of Spring is a righteous summer jam. #1 primo stuff, guaranteed. Straight up proof that double-layering the exact same melody between male-female vocalists is a tried-n-true pop hook.


See you there is also a deelite. Super playful, simple, with some interesting, vaguely alarming feedback that loops around in the end.


I bet you’re hooked now, right? Excellent kick drum in Juxtaposed – the whole beat just screams with a closed mouth.


One more, for the boys. That’s you starts with a suspended chord that immediately resolves into perfection. This is the kind of song you put on in the late afternoon, when the sun is just peeking through the curtains and bathing everything in canary gold.

Indie-licious Tues June 2nd 2015

*Canadian

1. ℸ⚭ᵰî¢*΅ – TELOZKOPE*
2. B:/ Start Up – Blank Banshee*
3. Cumulus Fractus – Eco Virtual
4. NakuPlacid – TELOZKOPE*
5. Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never
6. Naturalement – Conga Radio
7. Crime Watch (Hallucinogenic Re-Dub) – L.G. Rivales
8. Long Black – Velvet Season & The Hearts Of Gold
9. Lady Pain (Jay Arner Remix) – Renny Wilson*
10. Juxtaposed Positions – Rebecca’s Room*
11. Sweet Marie – Él Yoshida*
12. Sparta – Jennifer Castle*
13. Into the light – STÅL
14. My Baby Don’t Understand Me – Natalie Prass
15. How Could You Babe – Tobias Jesso Jr.*

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Internet explorations in Vaporwave, with obligatory pop near the end.

Indie-licious Tues May 26th 2015

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*Canadian

1. 庭 { d r i b b l e } – TELOZKOPE*
2. Loops – Doldrums*
3. Light Upon Feet – The Cyrillic Typewriter*
4. See The Lord, He’s A Dog, In A Cage – Razor Midnight*
5. moon march – the passenger*
6. I Know – Braille
7. Rights of Spring – Rebecca’s Room*
8. Body Breathing – Royal Turqouise*
9. girl hat – Kurt Inder*
10. Knife Dream (Devon Henderson Remix) – Valery Gore*
11. If She Were – Él Yoshida*
12. Don’t Stop (Suzanne Kraft Remix) – Knightlife
13. Timekeeper – Conga Radio*
14. Please Be Bad To Me – Jex Opolis*
15. G.F. (Harrison Drum Edit) – Yacht Club*

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