Indie-licious Tues Mar 31st 2015

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1. Everything Goes With It – Early Ghost
2. Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens
3. Rocketship – The Unicorns*
4. One By One – Deep Sea Diver
5. Teenage Talk – St. Vincent
6. Secondhand Sunburn – The Garment District
7. Until The World Lets Me Go – Faith Healer
8. Alright – R.L. Kelly
9. Dad – Skyline – Olde Feelings – Tonstartssbandht*
10. Bamboo – Hinds
11. Man On The Coast – Seatraffic
12. Closer – Weaves*
13. I Just Came To Dance – Old and Weird*

Indie Christmas Tunes

It’s only a week until Christmas, and since I’ve neglected the blog a little bit lately I thought I would share a playlist I’m compiling with some not-as-traditional music for you to enjoy. I’ve been a bit of  slacker so we will see if I can kick myself into gear and post a top 2013 songs/albums for everyone :).   Happy Holidays!

ALSO, if you’re looking for more holiday playlists, Brian Gossett still makes my favourites, check them out here.

Recorded For Japan & other charitable music compilations

North American news stations have a nasty habit of picking up a story about a devastating natural disaster, blasting the public with updates for about a week or two, then promptly dropping it to cover more important news. (What would I do without prompt updates on the whereabouts of Sarah Palin’s hairdresser or the fluxuations of Kim Kardashian’s ass size? Die, probably.)

However, back at the locations of tragedies, victims don’t just disappear when we flip to TLC to catch a rerun of Cake Boss. It’s really sad that our attention span for global tragedy is so shortsighted.

Remember the Japanese Tsunami on March 11th, 2011?
The earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, 2010?
The BP oil spill on April 20th, 2010?

Yeah, they’re still cleaning up after those.

So imagine my happiness to discover that a few of my favourite artists have pieced together a benefit cd called Recorded for Japan. It’s chock-filled with psychedelic guitar licks, silky keyboard pulses and funky drumbeats. Proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross. Keep your ear out for contributions by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Chairlift, Kurt Vile, and R. Stevie Moore (feat. members of MGMT) in the sampler below.

Various Artists – Recorded For Japan – Visual Player from RECORDED FOR JAPAN on Vimeo.

If you’re looking for another awesome cd that supports relief efforts in Japan, the Morning Benders put out an incredible benefit EP called Japan Echo this year. Click here to buy it; you won’t regret it.

Another amazing compilation that supports a worthy cause is 2009’s Dark Was The Night, released by the Red Hot Organization in support of HIV/AIDS awareness. Produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, the compilation cd features amazing covers and collaborations by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird and over two dozen other indie heavyweights.

Two of my favourite tracks off Dark Was The Night are Knotty Pine and Deep Blue Sea by Dan Rossen of Grizzly Bear, which was recorded in Rossen’s own home.

Knotty PineDavid Byrne and The Dirty Projectors:

Listening to music helps people. So the next time your mom starts shouting at you to “…shut off your Goddamned boom box and come help with the groceries!“, tell her you’re helping to save the world, one track at a time.

A Rapture-ific Playlist

As far as apocalypses go, The Rapture has been pretty sneaky. So sneaky in fact, that if I didn’t know better, I’d swear nothing was happening at all.

I spent most of my time lying on the grass outside with my golden retriever, contemplating how pretty the sky was. As the sun travelled further west and my feet remained firmly planted on the ground, I went inside to do some research. My highly credible sources informed me that the dying stuff won’t even happen until October 21st, 2011. I’m sure that the flames bursting out of the earth will make a lovely addition to the fall foliage.

Something tells me that there won’t be any good music up there in Heaven. Maybe it’s because all of the music I’ve ever heard in church has made me want to kill myself. So while there’s still time, here are some great songs to put you in a Salvation-y mood.

MP3: Ocean Breathes Salty by Modest Mouse

With lyrics like:

You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye
When the earth folded in on itself
And said “Good luck, for your sake I hope heaven and hell
Are really there, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
You wasted life, why wouldn’t you waste death?

    this Modest Mouse track from 2004’s Good news for People Who Love Bad News is the perfect grumpy pre-Rapture reflection piece.

    MP3: Willow TreeChad Vangaalen

    Despite its perky little banjo, soulful oohs and yeahs, and mellow clarinet, this song has rather murky lyrics.

    When I die, I’ll hang my head beside the willow tree.
    When I’m dead is when I’ll be free.
    Light it on fire.
    You can use the kerosene.

      Lovely, nonetheless.

        Awful Bliss is my favourite Guided By Voices song. The weather today was so beautiful that I would’ve been totally fine with being Rapture’d. Short and sweet, much like our deaths will likely be, this song makes me think of all of the best things in life: acoustic guitars, basic harmonies, and fighting with your loved ones (“I’m hitting you because I love you!”)

        MP3:The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal LakeSufjan Stevens

        Much like The Palm Sunday Tornado in this instrumental track from Sufjan Steven’s 2006 Illinoise-outtake album The Avalanche, the Rapture will wipe away all of the loosest, flimsiest articles of civilization (read: “believers”), leaving only the well-built stuff behind. The eerie feeling that I get from listening to The Palm Sunday Tornado also makes me think it would make a great post-apocalypic, picking-through-the-rubble, searching for the bodies of your loved ones kind of song.

        There are still four hours left for us to die (Eastern Standard Time). So just in case we all perish in a gorgeous sea of flames, it’s been nice knowin’ ya!

        spring jamz (sufjan, gold panda, wax stag, neverever)

        This perfectly breezy spring weather has completely convinced me to abandon all pretense of work. It didn’t even have to put together a well-formulated argument, it just went “Katie, I’m here! And I brought Vitamin D!” (‘My Favourite! How did you know?‘)

        It’s nice outside. And I mean nice.

        Here are four super-smooth jams (smooth as peanut butta) that’ll help you blow away winter and usher in spring.

        It's his favourite season.

        Impossible (D.V.S. Remix) – Sufjan Stevens

        I Suppose I Should Say Thanks Or Some ShitGold Panda

        Folk Rock (Bibio Remix)- Wax Stag

        Blue GenesNeverever