TGIF Playlist: June 27, 2014

I know summer JUST started, but I’m already freaked that June is nearly over and it’s not the healthiest, but I just love the warm weather and not having to wear pants all the time… I’m also pretty happy to have a good musical soundtrack for summer to back up the season change, check out some of that music below:

  • I’m sad I missed the Alvvays show at NXNE because the more I listen the more I fall in love with their music. Archie, Marry Me is so sweet, and I also love their song Adult Diversion great local music.
  • CYMBALS lyrics in The Natural World kind of make me laugh: “I don’t know enough about you, to be kind to you”.  Something tells me this band isn’t a group of friend-makers, but they sure write a great summer song.
  • More TV Girl love, perfect for a sunny day lounging in a pool while laying out on a floaty.
  • Can you go wrong with Kevin Drew? Probably not, and more local music that I’m proud to say is Canadian.
  • Mac DeMarco has this really awesome psychedelic 70s thing going on with his music, I love it.
  • Surf rock from Ireland’s Laurie Shaw you can click through the Soundcloud track to their page and download the song for free too :)
  • Capping off this week’s list with a little Tokyo Police Club, loving the lyrics:”Living in the minds of girls who would never say shit to me now. As pretty as they were in high school, I wonder if I’ll ever see them around”.

That’s it friends! Hope you all have a great long weekend :)

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!

Some Music for the World Traveller

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a downloadable playlist, so I finally fought off my laziness long enough to put some songs together and get one up on the blog— and now I feel like I’ve had a pretty productive day and it’s only noon, which is dangerous, because I may spend the rest of the afternoon watching terrible reality TV or napping with the dog to keep me in check.  It’s my day off and these are my life decisions…

Travelling has always been a pretty fun and relaxing thing for me, because you’re usually going somewhere new and exciting so it’s always worth the sore neck from awkward napping positions and germs from the recycled air, plus, making a playlist for the airport/flight just adds extra excitement to the whole process. So here are 15 songs inspired by travelling and the places that make me want to go to them, that hopefully you can enjoy next time you take off.

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Track Listing:
01 You Only Live Once - the Strokes
 02 Gangster Tripping - Fatboy Slim
 03 Archipelago - Miike Snow
 04 Leave House - Caribou
 05 Eighth Avenue - Hospitality
 06 Trip - Vacationer
 07 Canada vs. America - Broken Social Scene
 08 Mexico - The Soft Pack
09 Verona - Geographer
 08 Zimbabwe - Bob Marley 
10 Paris 2004 - Peter, Bjorn & John
11 Summer - Tiger Waves
 13 Desert Island - Architecture in Helsinki
14 The Harrowing Adventures Of - Tokyo Police Club
 15 Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand

Download: The August Playlist! 

August is one of my favourite months. Not because of the warm weather–even thought that is pretty awesome.  Not because it means a break/vacation from school–school’s for fools kids, and not because of my birthday… Gotcha — that is exactly why I love August… I know some people try to ignore their birthday, but clearly I am not that type of person (who passes up a guiltless excuse to eat cake?).  I also know I’m late with this playlist and that August is almost at its halfway mark, but better late than never I hope.

I took a nostalgic route to this months mix, as usual.  Most of the songs remind me of my month abroad.  Regardless, I hope you like the medley of Avi Buffalo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Broken Social Scene, and Talking Heads to round off the month with. Enjoy!

Track Listing:
01 Favourite Food - Tokyo Police Club
 02 Truth Sets In - Avi Buffalo
 03 The Golden Age - The Asteroid Galaxy Tour
 04 7/4 (Shoreline) - Broken Social Scene
 05 Staring at the Sun - Tv on the Radio
 06 Each Year - Ra Ra Riot
 07 Black & Blue - Miike Snow
 08 I've Got Some Friends - Akron/Family
 09 The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
 10 Thank You For Sending Me - Talking Heads
 11 Your Own Religion - TV Girl
 12 Outlaw - Triptides
 13 After Hours - We are Scientists
 14 Kid A (cover) - John Mayer
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Sasha’s Favourite Albums of 2010

The following 10 albums round out my all-time favourites to listen to over the past year in ascending order.  Enjoy, and please comment with your favourites of the year, I’m really interested since I am not able to listen to every single album that was released in 2010!

#10 Causers of ThisToro Y Moi
This album made for great travel music; despite whether I was driving, forcing a driver to listen to it, or on the GO/subway.  I like the tone of Chad Bundick’s voice and his lyrics are really sweet.  Watching them perform live was a bonus and only made me like the album more. Take a listen to Imprint After, Blessa, and Talamak.

Talamak – Toro y Moi

#9Eyelid MoviesPhantogram
I have a crush on these songs, because they seem so effortless and sweet but still have this funky side to them.  As Far As I Can See has a bit of a motown vibe, and When I’m Small and Mouthful of Diamonds (the most popular of the album) are upbeat and dancey.  Then it has songs like 10 000 Claps and All Dried Up that hit you in the gut when you pair their lyrics with Sarah Barthel’s voice. Yet another musical front-woman that makes me envy her talent.

When I’m Small– Phantogram

#8 Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. RagerKid Cudi
Even though this album was just released, I am constantly listening to it. I go from start to finish without skipping over songs (something I don’t do often with albums that have over 13 tracks, since I suffer from musical ADD…).  Plus, blasting these songs in my car and pretending I can rap is incredibly fun. My favourites: Mojo So Dope, We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up), MANIAC,  and REVOFEV.

REVOFEV – Kid Cudi

#7 –  Animal ShapesGeographer
I like that Geographer has this synth-y sound to its songs and how it also pops some of the ol’ cello in there.  Kites is the stand out of this trios EP, but Night Winds, Verona and Paris are just as awesome to me.  There’s something special about Michael Deni’s voice, who started up the band after the tragic death of his sister and father; it’s almost angelic. Especially when he hits those high notes.

Kites – Geographer

#6Forgiveness Rock RecordBroken Social Scene
I pretty much just wrote a love letter to Broken Social Scene in my last post so I’m not going to say why this album made my list.

Romance to the Grave – Broken Social Scene

#5 Say ItBorn Ruffians & ChampTokyo Police Club (TIE)
Trying to figure out which one of these bands I like more would be like picking a favourite sibling.  I only have one sibling, so I never have to choose in that scenario. I don’t want to choose in this one so I made them tie.  Both have adorable frontmen who write geeky romantic lyrics that make you feel like you’re reading their diaries, sorry, jooournals… and I’ve probably seen them maybe a dozen times combined? So clearly I’m a fan.

What to Say – Born Ruffians

Favourite Food
– Tokyo Police Club


#4 – This is Happening – LCD Soundsystem
I love this album.  Two of my favourites are Dance Yrself Clean and Home.  I love how they build (and build up) a song – it’s like James Murphy has it to a science. Just wait for the 2:55 mark of Dance Yrself Clean and hopefully you will get what I mean. Other songs I love: All I Want and Pow Pow.

Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem

#3SwimCaribou
Making my top three was easy, and putting them in order wasn’t all that hard either.  Swim will no doubt be several people’s favourite album of the year.  Take a listen to Odessa (a mega hit this year) off of Swim and you will understand why this band is so special.  Because you will no longer be sitting reading this post.  You will be up.  Out of your seat. Dancing.

Odessa – Caribou

#2The SuburbsArcade Fire
I must admit I was late on the Arcade Fire bandwaggon, and I don’t harness a personal love or awe of talent for its members (most likely because I’ve never seen them live). All I know is I really like the music they make. I even had a weird moment of making awkward head shakes when thinking of what to write about this album because I like it so much.  And the whole idea of urban decay and the feeling of emptiness in suburbia isn’t lost on me. My favourites from this album: Rococo, Modern Man, Ready to Start, and City With No Children, but my all time favourite was the continued version of Suburbs (insert weird and awkward head movements again from me just thinking about that song).

We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire


#1
Teen DreamBeach House
I saved the best for last (because that’s the point of these lists…). I have easily heard this album start to finish over a hundred times since it has been out. The dreamy and sad tone in Victoria Legrand’s voice, the easy listening quality of it without being boring. It’s just a solid album.  If that wasn’t enough, they also sound just as perfect live as they do on the album.


Take Care – Beach House