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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Indie-licious Tues June 17th 2014 – Katie’s NXNE Picks

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Today’s show features 100% NXNE artists!

1. Lost Something – Michael Rault
2. Adult Diversion – Alvvays
3. Avant Gardener – Courtney Barnett
4. Ode to Viceroy – Mac Demarco
5. Stay Awake – Ketamines
6. I’m No Good – King Creep
7. From Nowhere – Dan Croll
8. Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands
9. Digital Witness – St. Vincent
10. Tongues (ft. KOPPS) – Joywave
11. Pube Zone – TOBACCO
12. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
13. DEATH – Made In Heights
14. Space Throws – Delta Will
15. Boring Angel – Oneohtrix Point Never

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TGIF Playlist: June 6, 2014

I moved last weekend, so even though I put the bones of this post together a week ago, I disconnected the internet too soon and didn’t get a chance to finish, or make it live. (so many excuses…) Aaaaaanyways, here is some music that I was listening to as I packed up all my junk, then lugged it from one spot to another, as well as some new stuff for this weekend.

  • I love this band, I’m not as in love with this Tokyo Police Club album as I was with Elephant Shell or Champ, but this song is cute, upon cute, upon cute. “When you smile, you smile with all your teeth at once”… I mean most people smile with all their teeth, but I think the lyrics are adorable and for a band that usually caps their songs around 2.5/3 minutes (even though I wish they’d go longer), I’m happy to see a song that almost hits the 9 minute mark.
  • Phoenix has been releasing some great remixes, SOS In Bel Air is still my favourite, but this one by Gopher & Devin is starting to rack up the plays in my itunes. Fun fact: both bands are French.
  •  There are no lyrics in this PEELERS SELLERS song, just straight up “computer sounds” as my parents call them that make me feel like I should be doing something cool by the ocean.
  • Excited for some new Caribou, Can’t Do Without You takes a moment (around a minute and a half) for the beat to drop, kinda couldn’t help but think of this, but it’s a great song, now I only have to wait until October 7, to get the album.
  • Electro-Soul from Brooklyn band Denitia and Sene, not sure it gets more hip that that, another good song of theirs is Divided.
  • CATHEDRALS made an appearance on one of my favourite TGIF playlist back in March. They just released Want My Love and it reminds me of a smooth 90s R&B slowjam, another winning track from the band.

  • I saw Foster the People at Massey Hall and Are you What You Want to Be? stuck out, it is one of those songs that you listen to again because it’s really upbeat/catchy, but then you slowly pay attention to the lyrics, and they’re deep and interesting.
  • More Sylvan Esso love to cap off this list, this time it’s a remix

Thanks for checking out the playlist, hope you have a great weekend!

Favourite New Music: Sylvan Esso – Uncatena (live)

It’s been a while since I fell in love with a song at first listen, but  I just got  Sylvan Esso‘s album and I can already tell it will be on my end of year list. The song that hit me pretty hard was Uncatena and thanks to technology I can pretend I’m watching the band perform it live, even though I’m really in my pajamas at 5 pm, in my bed eating an organic waffle.

Parts remind me of LCD Soundsystem’s, Dance Yrself Clean, and this live version may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love that someone captured the first live performance and that they look really happy after they’ve performed it.

They band is playing NXNE, and has a show with Tune-yards, June 19th at Massey Hall, definitely check them out.

TGIF Playlist: April 18, 2014

It’s a four day weekend:

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  • I’m kicking off the list with another  song, because I’m still loving the new album, so much so that I’ll probably go see her when she performs in Toronto- tickets here
  • I just found out that Sylvan Esso is opening for Tune-Yards, and because I listen to their same three songs over and over again on Soundcloud, I’m almost tempted to get tickets for the opener instead of the headliner. Can’t wait for a full album from this band.
  • Figured it’d been a while since I put a throwback on one of these, here’s one from Soul Survivors
  • If you’re looking for explicit lyrics against a gospel chorus, then you’ve found it. I have my sister to thank for showing me this jam.
  • I’ll cap off the list with a little Washed Out, as always I hope all of you have a great weekend! See you next week with some more stuff I’ve been listening to.