Indie-licious Tues Nov 26th 2013

Source: Drug-Child

Source: Drug-Child

1. I’m Not Dancing – Tirzah & Micachu
2. Shutterbug Swing Tree – The White Panda
3. Be Above It – Tame Impala
4. Mesmerize – Temples
5. Cardiac Arrest – Bad Suns
6. Youth – Simian Ghost
7. Mississippi – The Griswolds
8. I Couldn’t Be Your Friend – Tegan and Sara
9. I Can’t Handle Change – ROAR
10. Beloved – Say Lou Lou
11. Cannibal – Marika Hackman
12. Swing Lo Magellan (Dirty Projectors Cover) – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
13. A Little Longer – moves
14. Fall In Love Too Fast – GRiZ
15. Kaleidascope – Belgian Waffles

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Body Work (featuring Tegan and Sara) – Morgan Page #musicvideomonday

Whenever I listen to a music collaboration, I like to play a little game. I try to measure the amount of time spent listening to the “main artist” (the one who’s putting out the track on their record/the one whose name appears first) versus how much we hear the featured artist.

It’s a little bit different with electronic artists and producers, since technically, a lot of them don’t even sing. They just stick to crafting warpey surrealistic sounds and pouncing beats. Body Work follows the typical electronic DJ trope wherein a popular indie/pop artist sings overtop a pre-mixed track.

In the video for Body Work by Morgan PageTegan and Sara, the music industry’s most cherished lesbian twins, are dressed like Rosie the Riveter, stacking sheets in a dimly lit basement. They don’t look quite disenfranchised enough for this kind of work.

Then, some total hawties (male and female) take over the basement and start working out BIG TIME.  Too bad they’re lifting too fast to actually work their muscle groups. Idiots.

Then come the special FX:

WHO WANTS TO COME TO MY LIGHT SABER PARTY!!! YOU GUYS!!! IT’S GONNA BE OUT OF THIS WORLD

As far as workout videos go, nothing will ever compare to Eric Prydz‘s salacious Call On Me. That video is one thong shy of an American Apparel billboard.

I give this one a 7/10.

Totally NSFW:

(as one Youtuber aptly quipped, 99% porn, 1% music)

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Polaris Prize 2010 Short List Announced June 6!

Yesterday, the 2010 Polaris Music Prize Short List was announced. The Polaris Music Prize is a non-profit organization that annually honours and recognizes creative, diverse Canadian musicians regardless of genre, professional affiliation, or sales history and is judged by a panel of over 200 music journalists, radio broadcasters, music bloggers, and show programmers from radio stations and publications across Canada.

I first heard about the Polaris prize after Owen Pallett won it in 2006 for his album He Poos Clouds, which features the songs The Arctic Circle, Song Song Song, and This Lamb Sells Condos. Another one of my personal favourite bands, Caribou, won it in 2008 for his album Andorra. My favourite tracks on that album include Melody Day, Desiree, and After Hours.

This year, both Caribou and Owen are nominated again – Caribou for Swim, and Owen Pallett for Heartland. I think that both are fantastic albums, but I feel much more strongly about Heartland – I’ve seen him perform in concert twice this year already, and intend on going several more times. Owen Pallett is a fantastic, gifted musician and Heartland makes me think and feel things things that are as close to being drugged as I’ll probably ever get.

The winner of the Polaris prize gets $20,000 for releasing the best album of the year. If I had to make my own Short List, it would include Broken Social Scene, Caribou, The New Pornographers, Owen Pallett, Yukon Blonde, and Zeus.

So here’s the official short list – you’ll notice that it features some pretty big names and some small ones too but everything’s newly released. The Gala and Winner Announcement take place September 20, 2010.

THE BESNARD LAKES,
The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
(Montréal, QC)

OWEN PALLETT,
Heartland
(Toronto, ON)

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE,
Forgiveness Rock Record
(Toronto, ON)

RADIO RADIO,
Belmundo Regal
(Grosse Coque, NS, Moncton, NB, Pointe-à-l’église, NS)

CARIBOU,
Swim
(Dundas, ON)

THE SADIES,
Darker Circles
(Toronto, ON)

KARKWA,
Les Chemins De Verre
(Montréal, QC)

SHAD,
TSOL
(London, ON)

DAN MANGAN,
Nice, Nice, Very Nice
(Vancouver, BC)

TEGAN AND SARA,
Sainthood
(Vancouver, BC & Montréal, QC) Read More

I’m really excited to think of some of my favourite artists getting recognized with this huge honour! The fact that the Polaris Prize doesn’t discriminate between genres is fantastic.

Video Smackdown: Tegan and Sara’s Alligator [Original] VS [Passion Pit]

Although I’m not a regular, heavy-handed fan of Calgary sister-act Tegan and Sara, I do have strong appreciation for their track Alligator, which came out in October 2009 on the album Sainthood released from the label Sire. Recently, I was schmoozing around the internet and I saw two versions of their music video; one for the original track, and one for the Passion Pit Remix. I have to say, I like them both! Side note: how many times can you remix a song before you get tired of interpretations? The running tally of remixes of Alligator by popular indie acts is nearing (if not surpassing) 20.

THE ORIGINAL

The original looks like a whacked-out version of a Gap commercial where all of the dancers are facing the wrong way and wearing the clothes on the wrong parts of their body. Fantastic, obviously.

THE PASSION PIT REMIX

I just cannot get the colourful images of the song’s lyrics (circa this video) out of my brain. This video is what inspired the post. So yeah, I think I like this video too.