Indie-licious Tues July 21st 2015

no talking, just listening

*Canadian

1. Beyond The Neon Lights – Raleigh Moncrief
2. Great Headless Blank – Makeunder
3. Shy – T H O M A S*
4. HAWAII – Ainslie Wills
5. Cowboy Guilt – TORRES
6. Want You Back – Nite Jewel
7. A Different Street – FUNKTIONSLUST
8. Halfway Zen – Jerry Paper
9. Suburban Nights – Sean Nicholas Savage*
10. The Magic Place – Julianna Barwick
11. 5ft7 – Tonstartssbandht*
12. Loud Mouths – Wise Blood
13. Prophets – River Tiber*
14. Kind Words – Gretchen*
15. Nobody – Renny Wilson*
16. Seven – Vinnie Who
17. Old Dream – Paul Bergmann

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Happy 4th Birthday MBF! Katie’s favourite tracks from the last 4 years

I wanted to do something special to commemorate our fourth birthday here at Music Between Friends. From our humble beginnings in a dark, messy apartment, Music Between Friends has become more than just a music blog to me – it’s become one of the most wonderful long-term/long-distant relationships of my life.

In April 2010, Sasha had just graduated from the university we both were attending, but I still had a year to go thanks to my professor’s perfectly timed Japanese sabbatical during my thesis formation. We decided to start a music blog with two dudes who quickly made themselves scarce (hi Cary! we know you have a real life and you are a real adult now). It was pretty clear that we had no idea what we were doing based on the content of our first few posts.

I mean, come on – we were two biology undergrads who developed our writing skills on biodiversity lab reports and field notes, which doesn’t exactly translate into Pitchfork material.  But we both liked indie music and wanted a way to stay in touch. I still cringe when I think about my first post, which was pretty thin in terms of credible music journalism. I was twenty-one and not much of a writer. I can barely form sentences even now.

Lately, I’ve been using the blog as a platform to showcase my favourite undiscovered musicians and explore the Canadian music landscape (Each Other, Michael Rault, Mac Demarco, Jay Arner, Faux Fur, Women, BRAIDS, Chad VanGaalenPhèdre, Young Rival, The Dirty Nil, Richard Catwrangleur, Sheepman, and Hooded Fang are the first that come to mind)

It was wonderful to be acknowledged by HypeMachine as a Canadian blog last month and I hope to continue featuring fresh content to be aggregated there on a weekly basis. Sometimes this hobby can get a bit overwhelming (the number of emails we receive on a daily basis could make this into a part time job) and I feel bad turning down free concert tickets and interviews when we’re just too strapped for time.

There’s a niche for every blog and we may never evolve to anything more than just two girls sharing music. I’m happy to be here four years later. Here are my favourite tracks posted about in each calendar year of Music Between Friends.

2010 – The Anthem – Onra (originally posted November 2010)

2011 – STRT SRNS – Wise Blood (originally posted Feb 2011)

2011 – Lament for Morning – Raleigh Moncrief (originally posted Nov 2011)

2012 – What To SayBorn Ruffians (originally posted Sept 2012)

2013 – Harvest Moon (Neil Young Cover) – Poolside (originally posted March 2013)

2013 – Waiting – Alice Boman (originally posted June 2013)

2013 – Backpack – Petite Meller (originally posted September 2013)

2014 – Passing Out Pieces – Mac DeMarco (originally posted January 2014)

 

Anyways, that’s all I have to say for now. Here’s to the last four years, and here’s hoping that there’s four more in our future.

As always, thanks for reading! We love you very much.

– Katie

 

Another TGIF Playlist: Music for the Long Weekend!

Here is what I’ll be listening to this long weekend, after I wake up at noon and shove my face with costco sized portions of mini-eggs.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

GenerationalsU Say It 2

A really upbeat and sweet song– good album too, and you can download the band’s free EP, Medium Rarities here if you want to hear more.

Miike Snow feat. Lykke LiBlack Tin Box

Miike Snow’s new album Happy to You, is a must purchase/listen for me.  It like the perfect medley of music/songs for the summer– I haven’t been bored with it yet since I got it and if I were introducing someone to the album for the first time I’d probably get them to listen to: Vase, Paddling Out, and Archipelago next.

Sleigh Bells You Lost Me

My favourite on this album is You Lost Me, but I wasn’t able to find a hostable version of it– you can download it from this link and take a listen, though.  This album was a little less bad ass then Treats in my opinion, but still a really good follow-up to grab if you liked their first.

HospitalityBetty Wang

I try to be an adult, and not giggle after reading the name of this song out loud, but I’ll forever be an adult-child and I’m okay with that. This is another newer album I’ve been listening to a lot and really like. Another favourite on the album (Katie played it on her show before) is Friends of Friends:

Hot SugarThe Seagull

Warning: this is instrumental — but you can check out the entire album from the player– more music to add to my Summer Jam 2012 mix.

Wise Blood to all the girls who have trusted me


One of the strangest videos, just saying.

I’ve also been listening to a lot of Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys since seeing them at the ACC — not usually my favourite concert venue– but we had GA tickets and had spots so close to the stage I could have backhandedly brushed Dan Auerbach’s beard if I wanted to.   One of the best concerts I’ve been to in a while, so the afterglow hasn’t worn off and both bands have been in heavy rotation.  Click HERE and HERE for my favourites to listen to right now from each band.

Goodbye Summer! A playlist by indie-licious and Music Between Friends

What a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer – by listening to great music. My friends have been at me to put together a playlist, so finally I buckled down and slapped together a few of my favourite tracks from the summer of 2011.

In this one, you’ll find brand new releases from Neon Indian, Ducktails, and Extra Happy Ghost, noisy tracks from Wise Blood, Nikkiya and Tobacco, soothing jams from Digits and Beirut and “Hey, I heard that in Urban Outfitters” tracks from Bombay Bicycle Club, Lykke Li, and Black Lips.

Grab it before it’s gone :)

Track Listing
01 Changes - Digits
02 2 All The Girls Who Have Trusted Me - Wise Blood
03 Teenage Girls - Bad Sports
04 Mercy, Mercy - Extra Happy Ghost
05 When I Was High - Nikkiya
06 Six Royal Vipers - Tobacco
07 Kelly - When Saints Go Machine
08 Love Out Of Lust - Lykke Li
09 East Harlem - Beirut
10 Art Vandelay - Ducktails
11 What Would I Want? Sky - Animal Collective
12 Modern Art - Black Lips
13 I Wanna Do It - Sonny and the Sunsets
14 Polish Girl - Neon Indian
15 Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
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Get Stroked- Stereogum Pays Tribute to This is It with a Collection of Covers

Stereogum has released an album of covers to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Is This It.  You can download the compilation here with covers from bands like Peter, Bjorn & John, Wise Blood, and The Morning Benders.  Is This It is an album that holds a lot of nostalgia for me.  I remember the first time I heard Hard to Explain and pressing record after the intro, not even caring that I was cutting into the mixed tape already in the boombox. Even though the covers don’t compare to my sentiment with the originals, this is still a fun listen for me.

Track Listing

01 Peter Bjorn And John – “Is This It”
02 Chelsea Wolfe – “The Modern Age”
03 Frankie Rose – “Soma”
04 Real Estate – “Barely Legal”
05 Wise Blood – “Someday”
06 Austra – “Alone, Together”
07 the morning benders – “Last Night”
08 Owen Pallett – “Hard To Explain”
09 Heems – “New York City Cops”
10 Deradoorian – “Trying Your Luck”
11 Computer Magic – “Take It Or Leave It”