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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Toronto Concert Update – April, May, June, July, Aug 2011

All this talk about concerts has whet my appetite for another round of Toronto Concert Update! Put on your pumped up kicks, come down from the mountain, and stick up for yourself son, because there’s a great concert season ahead of us.

Conversely, if you’d like to read one concert-goer’s rant about the inflating price of concert tickets, read Your Favourite Band Has a New Price Tag by Shot From Guns.

PS: Born Ruffians are playing tonight, so check them out first.

PPS: The starry owl poster is from TV On The Radio’s 2009 tour with Dirty Projectors. Isn’t it rad?

APRIL

    Born Ruffians @ Opera House, All Ages
    Sat April 16, 2011
    $15.00
    TV On The Radio @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Mon April 18, 2011
    $28.00
    Jamaica @ The Drake Hotel, 19+
    Tues April 19, 2011
    $13.25
    Beach Fossils @ The Shop, 19+
    Wed April 20, 2011
    $12.00
    The Acorn @ Horseshoe, 19+
    Thurs April 28, 2011
    $10.00

MAY

    Tame Impala @ Phoenix, 19+
    Sun May 1, 2011
    $20.00
    Low @ Mod Club, 19+
    Mon May 2, 2011
    $16.50
    Yacht @ Lee’s, 19+
    Mon May 2, 2011
    $16.00
    Of Montreal @ Phoenix, 19+
    Tues May 3, 2011
    $28.00
    Surfer Blood @ Lee’s, 19+
    Tues May 3, 2011
    $26.50
    Yelle @ Opera House, 19+
    Wed May 4, 2011
    $21.50
    Peter Bjorn & John @ Lee’s, 19+
    Fri May 6, 2011
    $20.00
    Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Thurs May 12, 2011
    $26.50
    Sleigh Bells @ Sound Academy, 19+
    Tues May 17, 2011
    $21.50
    Arctic Monkeys @ Kool Haus, All Ages
    Sat May 21, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Lykke Li @ Phoenix, All Ages
    Sun May 22, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Lissie @ Phoenix, All Ages
    Sat May 28, 2011
    $24.00
    Friendly Fires @ Phoenix, 19+
    Mon May 30, 2011
    $26.00

JUNE

    Aloe Blacc @ Wrongbar, 19+
    Sun June 5, 2011
    $20.00
    Thao & Mirah @ Lee’s, 19+
    Sun June 5, 2011
    $16.00
    Yeasayer @ Phoenix, 19+
    Tues June 7, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Junior Boys w/Caribou (DJ Set) @ Phoenix, 19+
    Thurs June 9, 2011
    $18.50
    Chiddy Bang @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Fri June 10, 2011
    $20.00
    Okkervil River @ Phoenix, 19+
    Fri June 10, 2011
    $24.38
    Architecture in Helsinki @ Mod Club, 19+
    Sat June 11, 2011
    $20.00
    Antlers @ Mod Club, 19+
    Tues June 14, 2011
    $17.50
    Foster the People @ Mod Club, 19+
    Sat June 18, 2011
    SOLD OUT

JULY

    Broken Social Scene w/ Weezer, Hey Rosetta!, Tragically Hip @ Downsview Park, All Ages
    Fri July 1, 2011
    $71.15
    The Black Keys @ Molson Amphitheater, All Ages
    Thurs July 7, 2011
    $42.25-64.75
    Girl Talk @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Sat July 9, 2011
    $31.50
    Fleet Foxes @ Massey Hall,
    Thurs July 14, 2011
    $48.39-58.39
    Deerhoof & The Dodos @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Sat July 16, 2011
    $20.00
    Death Cab For Cutie @ The Molson Amphitheater, All Ages
    Fri July 29, 2011
    $53.50

AUGUST

    Owen Pallett w/ Beirut @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Tues Aug 2, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Owen Pallett w/ Beirut @ The Phoenix, 19+
    Thurs Aug 4, 2011
    $40.00
    The Pains of Being Pure At Heart @ Opera House, 19+
    Tues Aug 2, 2011
    $20.63
    Bon Iver @ Sound Academy, All Ages
    Mon Aug 8, 2011
    SOLD OUT
    Naked and Famous @ Lee’s, 19+
    Tues Aug 9, 2011
    $15.00
    Jeff Mangum @ Trinity St. Paul’s, All Ages
    Sat Aug 13, 2011
    SOLD OUT

Septovember 2010 Playlist

I have FINALLY finished a playlist, and I made it extra long to compensate for the delay.  Hopefully you will enjoy the mash-up of older and new-ish songs as well as some of my musical throwbacks to the summer and California.

TRACK LISTING

01 Yesterday Never Tomorrows - The Stills
02 Le Ferrassie - Tokyo Police Club
03 Danse Cave - Still Life Still
04 Rich - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
05 Spitting Venom - Modest Mouse
06 Green Eyes - Wavves
07 In the Water - Beat Connection
08 CP2Low feat. Ludacris - Woodhands
09 Another Mother To Mother You - Metronomy
10 Bearfight - Ten Kens
11 I Remember - Yeasayer
12 One Life Stand - Hot Chip
13 Santa Ana Winds - Cold War Kids
14 There's So Many Colours - Akron/Family
15 The Suburbs (con't) - Arcade Fire
16 Saint Simon - The Shins
 17 The Mountain - Heartless Bastards
18 Hot Like Fire (cover) - The xx
19 Slow Kids - Cheeky Cheeky and The Nosebleeds
20 The Maid Needs a Maid - Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton
21 The Pilgrim - Sam Roberts
22 Tonight - TV on the Radio
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Indie-licious 93.3 FM Sampler

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m the host of a weekly radio show called Indie-licious on CFMU 93.3. As a special treat, and since I have absolutely nothing to do on this long bus ride home, I’ve decided to post the links to as many free mp3s from my show playlist as I can cram into this blog post! Think of it as my apology for neglecting SFLN of late.

Less Unless – Civil Civic
I couldn’t be happier to start my show off with this great track this week. It sounds like a less Ratatat-y version of Ratatat. Very stoked to check out more of this band, and I really liked where it got fuzzy, messy, and hectic in the middle. Wasn’t expecting that the first time I listened to it.
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On the beach, lookin' all badass

Friday Night in Butch Heaven – T H O M A S
T H O M A S sports a sweet mustache and even sweeter tunes. When I think of Butch Heaven, I definitely don’t think of funky guitar riffs and a crooning male voice. This track could be straight out of the playlist for a 70’s dentist’s waiting room, if that waiting room were TOTALLY AWESOME. Unfortunately, I can’t include any mp3s of Thomas for the blog, because he has yet to become widely known yet. However, if you like what you hear, and you know me, I will lovingly give you a digital copy.

Check out Thomas’s Myspace!

S E L F H E L P

Ambergris – Snowblink
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Daniela from Snowblink (she signed my cd!). Although I found that Snowblink were much better live (as in, put me in a trance live), this track is still really pretty. The cool thing about Snowblink is that during their live show, Daniela has a guitar with antlers, a headset, and gives the audience a long, frayed rope with dozens of bells. Huge bells, tiny bells, pretty ones, and creepy ones – all for the front-row audience to use at the right time. Some audience members were a bit too enthusiastic at some points, but overall, it was a fantastic use of audience participation that made me envious that I wasn’t sitting in the front row. This is one band that I would definitely see again live. Ambergris is delicate, breezy, and strong at the same time. CBC Radio 3 describes it as surf folk. Check out the CBC Radio 3 page for Snowblink and stream Ambergris!

Wouldn't it be nice to be in the mountains, fighting over a guitar?

Radar Detector – Darwin Deez
Darwin Deez is a Hipster. Darwin Deez makes great music. I’ve heard he can be off-key live, but this track is so fantastic that I just don’t give a damn. Kind of like an indie-electric version of Motion City Soundtrack without the alcohol addiction. Excited to get the rest of this album and dance away this dreadfully cold May weather.

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http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Darwin_Deez/track/Radar_Detector

A Real-Life Hipster

I Wanna Be Like You – Morning Benders
It should be mandatory for every up-and-coming indie-band to cover Disney songs as part of breaking into the scene. Think about how awesome it would have been if MGMT covered Kiss the Girl? If Vampire Weekend covered Just Can’t Wait to Be King? If Animal Collective covered The Circle of Life? Genius.
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Collector – Here We Go Magic
This song might be my favourite of today’s show. It’s got a wonderful, strong, pulsing beat to it, really catchy vocals, and it’s perfect for driving around to. I really wanna get my paws on the Secretly Canadian Spring Sampler 2010 as soon as I can because it has a few bands I’ve been curious about, as well as some I’m already in love with.
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Baby Boomer – Monsters of Folk
Monsters of Folk is a SUPERGROUP! Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, M. Ward, and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. This song has the exactly perfect combination of country-folk and rock which doesn’t sound twangy or tangy, just head bobbingly awesome.
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Told You Once – Apples in Stereo
I’ll always remember the Apples in Stereo as being the first band I had to HUNT for the cd for. This was before I had a credit card, so I wasn’t accustomed to purchasing online, and I was on a hunt in every HMV in the area code for New Magnetic Wonder. I finally found it in an HMV in Toronto and I’ve cherished it ever since. I’m very excited to see what else, other than Told You Once, is on their new album Travellers in Space and Time. Pitchfork gave it a 7.3, in case you’re curious.

ROCK ON, BALDY!

DLZ – TV On The Radio
My first few encounters with TV On The Radio were not exactly positive. However, playing and listening to this song is my final attempt to make peace with this band. I think it’s JUST harsh enough for me to like, and was perfectly moody enough for the bad weather we had this afternoon.
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New Theory – Washed Out
I’ve played Washed Out on my show before, but now’s the time to continue checking them out, now that I’ve also discovered Toro Y Moi and gotten more into Neon Indian. Washed Out definitely falls into the category of spacey, hazy, somewhat drugged summer music that has been shockingly popular with the under-30 set recently.
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I love this photo. Her hair is sexy.

Intervales Theme – Javelin
Found this band from the music blog The Life Signs Project, which, much like our beloved SONGSFROMLASTNIGHT, is a warm-and-fuzzy collaborative music blog between friends separated by their residence in far-flung cities. Now, going back to Javelin – I can’t get enough of this band, especially the NSFW-song STD Fury.
Intervales Theme is much safer for PG13 ears – it’s sweet – a groove that reminds me of an old-school cop chase scene.

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Just Impolite – Plushgun
Another song borrowed from The Life Signs Project. I did end up cutting it off with a minute and a half left, because it’s just TOO poppy to go on for so long. I think this was the sugariest I’ve ever gotten in a radio show before. I’m not sure I’ll reveal that much of my secret (embarrassing) taste again any time soon.
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Moonsoon – Delorean
I found this band while on iTunes one day. It was one of those winding “See What Others Have Bought” times when you just keep clicking on related artists until you find one that really piques your interest. I personally think that Delorean really sounds like Passion Pit (in a great way). My friend Maria did remark that they did sound a bit too technoey in some over their other tracks, which I am inclined to agree with. So as far as their album Subiza goes, I think it’s rather hit and miss.

WELL. That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post!