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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indie-licious Tues Jan 27th 2015

*Canadian

1. Sea Creatures – Soak
2. Yesterdays – Only Real
3. Pacify – Jackson Scott
4. Mas Sol – Public Health
5. Happy – Nancy Pants*
6. Feeler – Sigh Down One*
7. Days – Beach Youth
8. Late Risers – Surf Rock is Dead
9. Nettles – Romantic States
10. Beginning of the End – Astral Swans*
11. SAFE PASSAGE i. Jiabai Cluster ii. Luna Moth Dances Toward Flame iii. Spem Reduxit – Special Costello*
12. Losing Ground – Special Costello*
13. Some Alcohol – Joel Jerome
14. Better Man – Baby Blue
15. Being With You – Pisces

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New Release: Special Costello’s Cold Light

Halifax’s Special Costello just released a 2-track album of glammy devotional synth pop that immediately struck a chord with me. Jeremy Costello has released quite a few singles worth savouring (including a few on Craft Singles) but I was immediately charmed by this one because of its sensitive subject matter.

As someone who was diagnosed with anxiety (& bonus issues) when I was a pretty young kid, I respect and support Jeremy 100% for releasing these tracks to help self-heal and recover from this bad patch. Mental illness is like a really terrible compound fracture. After you break your bones into a million different places, you can always tell when it’s going to rain and you ache all over again when it does.

The lyrics Losing Ground are particularly poignant and I would recommend reading them here if you feel like passing along some psychic love to another human being.

“This is a document of my struggle with depression. In an attempt to come to terms with this invisible handicap I’ve taken to openly talking about it to make sure people know that it’s a part of my life. It’s hard to understand for people without it, and there’s nothing to be done even if it’s understood. Therefore depressives live in a constant internal struggle, trying to keep ahead of their limited motivation. This song comes from a defeated moment, where everything seems unattainable, or too difficult to achieve. For me these moments are rare and therefore I am lucky. I want to live my life, handicap or not. My art is a way I can deal with depression productively. Dig it or don’t, I’ve gotten what I want out of it already.”

To anyone who feels like they need extra love, guidance, a listening ear, or help in finding out where to go – Toronto Crisis Help Line. You are not alone, friend.

Katie’s Daily NXNE 2014 Picks (this is a huge post)

 

Check out this handy Google map I created for all the venues in my concert picks.


 

THURSDAY

FUTURE ISLANDS (Baltimore emotionally-charged 80s synth) – VICE ISLAND – 830pm

 

HORSE LORDS (Baltimore experimental kraut) – Adelaide Hall – 9pm

 

JOYWAVE (Rochester experimental beats) – Drake Underground – 9pm

 

TOBACCO (Pittsburg Gary Glitter on acid) – Massey Hall – 9pm

 

TUNE-YARDS (New York Haitian playful experimental) – Massey Hall – 10pm

 

SYLVAN ESSO (Durham electronic pop) – Drake Underground – 10pm

 

HOLYCHILD (Los Angeles brat pop) – Tattoo Rock Parlour – 11pm

Can’t catch them at NXNE? They’re coming back to Toronto on July 6th at Danforth Music Hall.

YOU’LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN (London, ON pop dreamscapes) – Silver Dollar – 11pm

 

MIMICO (Toronto proggy psych) – Baltic Ave – 12am

 

SHANNON & THE CLAMS (Oakland garage surf) – Lee’s Palace – 12am

 

MADE IN HEIGHTS (New York filth pop) – Hoxton – 1am

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