Tuesday Grab Bag

First of all, let’s kick things off with a brand new track from Seattle’s Belgian Fog (aka Robert Dale). He knocked my socks off with Loveless Way back in February (I’ve been addicted to that track ever since). His new one Before You Ever Talked is a narrative of misplaced expectations and placing someone on a pedestal (something I’m guilty of doing!) Robert has a stellar voice.

Before You Ever Talked – Belgian Fog (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

I am in love with this Sculpture remix by Karen Gwyer. Hackle Scam Populator originally appears on the London band’s May 13th release, Membrane Pop (out via Software).

Hackle Scam Populator (Karen Gwyer Remix)Sculpture (Bandcamp | Soundcloud)

 

Now that I’m talking about Karen Gwyer, this track of hers is rad as hell. She makes such great kaleidoscopic, bizarre electronic songs.

Free Food / One Men Striper – Karen Gwyer (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD are three dearly-loved and critically acclaimed boyz named Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen, and Alexander Sowinski. Listening to Hedron is like getting a milky spell cast on my eyelids.

Hedron – BADBADNOTGOOD (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Downtown by High Ends is the new side project from Kelowna band Yukon Blonde’s Jeffrey Innes. Beautifully simple yet it packs a punch. I read somewhere that he went to go make this record with friends, but nobody was available so he just did it himself. YOU GO, JEFFREY!

 

Doesn’t Neon Visions by North Carolina’s SMLH sound like the last slow dance at a high school dance, when the balloons are slowly deflating, the streamers are getting stuck to everyone’s feet, and the punch is warm and placid? It might be because SMLH is a real live seventeen year old.

Neon Visions – SMLH (Soundcloud | Bandcamp (free download!))

 

Skydive by London’s Astronauts. (aka Dan Carney) utilizes the perfect amount of ukelele without sounding twee. A rare feat! Reminds me a bit of Tunng in the most wonderful way.

 

Going to end this playlist on a really high, fun note with Strange (Mr. Bird remix) by Derbyshire’s Patawawa.

Strange (Mr. Bird Remix) – Patawawa (Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter)

 

Alright, that’s it for today’s Grab Bag! Catch you guys later on Indie-licious.

Canadian Music Fest 2013 – Katie’s Picks

CMF 2013 Lineup

Find the full list of artists here.

If you’re like me, and have anything whatsoever to do with the Toronto media, music, and arts scene, you’ve probably been pelted with press releases for Canadian Music Fest for the last few months. Finally, it’s March and I can peel the electronic whitesheets from my virtual windshield and attend some fine concerts.

What are my picks? Great question. Because there’s nothing that gives a pretentious twenty-something more sickeningly satisfying pleasure than telling other people what to like. These are great bands and you should definitely check them out. Or, wait until you hear them at Urban Outfitters and pretend you knew about them all along while you’re shopping for shredded Sesame Street t-shirts and pink-bleached jeans with three types of non-functional zipper. It’s really your choice.

These bands have been vetted for quality. They’re “sure things.” All that’s left is for you to go out and enjoy them.

WEDNESDAY
Yukon Blonde (Kelowna, BC)
Wed March 20 @ 8pm, The Danforth Music Hall
RIYL: The Sheepdogs, Zeus

CHVRCHES (Glasgow, Scotland)
Wed March 20 @ 10pm, Mod Club
RIYL: Purity Ring, The Knife, The Good Natured

THURSDAY
Chloe Charles (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Tattoo Rock Parlour
Sat March 23 @ 10pm, El Mocambo (Upstairs)
RIYL:  Regina Spektor, Coffee shop pleasantries

Turtle Giant (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Rancho Relaxo
RIYL: Vacationer

The Breezes (Montreal, QC)
Thurs March 21 @ 8:30pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Luscious beach rock

First Rate People (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 9pm, Annex Live
RIYL: Teenage dreams

Efterklang (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Thurs March 21, 10pm, Virgin Mobile Mod Club
RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Tunng

Raleigh Moncrief (Sacramento, California)
Thurs March 21, 11:30pm, Parts & Labour
RIYL: The sound of a thousand exploding suns

Wildlife (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 12am, The Great Hall
RIYL: Collegiate life

Javelin (Providence, NY)
Thurs March 21, 1:00am, Parts & Labour
RIYL: Bibio, TV Girl, Toro Y Moi
***KATIE’S TOP PICK FOR MAXIMUM CONCERT ENJOYMENT***

FRIDAY
Cold Specks (London, UK)
Fri March 22 @ 9:20pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: Macy Gray without the smoker’s throat

Diamond Rings (Toronto, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:00pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: The eyeshadow counter at Sephora and drum machines

Young Rival (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Smith Westerns, Black Lips, Dirty Fences

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 11pm, Bovine Sex Club
RIYL: Cracking beer bottles over your friends’ heads

SATURDAY
Cookie Duster (Toronto, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 11:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Broken Social Scene, the “original” Toronto music scene

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 2:30am, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Public urination, leftover pizza

Sharon Van Etten (Brooklyn, NY)
Sat March 23 @ 8pm, Massey Hall
RIYL: First Aid Kit

Toronto Concert Update: September, October, November

I’ve been anticipating a bumper crop of concerts in Toronto this fall, and what a harvest it’s going to be! Tune-yards, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Ra Ra Riot… my wallet’s going to be as empty and cold as my ex-boyfriend’s parents. And so, Music Between Friends presents our fall edition of the Toronto Concert Update.

SEPTEMBER

Peter Bjorn & John @ Lee’s, 19+
Fri Sept 2, 2011 and Sat Sept 3, 2011 – $20.00

Harlan Pepper @ Rivoli, 19+
Thurs Sept 8, 2011 – $10.00

Said The Whale @ Mod Club, All Ages
Thurs Sept 8, 2011 – $16.00

Empire of the Sun @ Echo Beach, All Ages
Tues Sept 13, 2011 – $41.00

Kid CuDi @ Molson Amphitheatre, All Ages
Thurs Sept 15, 2011 – $29.50-55.00

Olivia Tremor Control @ Lee’s, 19+
Fri Sept 16, 2011 – $18.50

Vivian Girls @ The Shop, 19+
Fri Sept 16, 2011 – $15.00

Mother Mother @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Sat Sept 17, 2011 – $26.50

Two Door Cinema Club @ Kool Haus, All Ages
Sat Sept 17, 2011 – $21.00

Toro Y Moi @ Opera House, 19+
Sun Sept 18, 2011 – $20.00

Starfucker @ Lee’s, 19+
Tues Sept 20, 2011 – $13.50

The Shins @ Phoenix, 19+
Thurs Sept 22, 2011 – $31.00

Tahiti 80 @ Horseshoe, 19+
Thurs Sept 22, 2011 – $13.50

Kid Sister @ Wrongbar, 19+
Sat Sept 24, 2011 – $15.00

Tune-Yards @ Lee’s, 19+
Mon Sept 26, 2011 – $16.50

Girls @ Mod Club, 19+
Tues Sept 27, 2011 – $16.50

Mates of State @ Phoenix, 19+
Wed Sept 28, 2011 – $16.00

Ohbijou @ Trinity St. Paul’s, All Ages
Fri Sept 30, 2011 – $20.00

OCTOBER

Foster The People @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Sat Oct 1, 2011 – SOLD OUT

Naked and Famous @ Phoenix, 19+
Thurs Oct 6, 2011 – $21.00

Ra Ra Riot @ Lee’s, 19+
Thurs Oct 6, 2011 – $17.50

Portishead @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Mon Oct 10, 2011 – $59.50

Drums @ Mod Club, 19+
Tues Oct 11, 2011 – $16.00

Braids @ Horseshoe, 19+
Fri Oct 14, 2011 – $12.00

Yukon Blonde @ Lee’s, 19+
Fri Oct 14, 2011 – $11.50

Iron & Wine @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Sat Oct 15, 2011 – $28.50

Dum Dum Girls w/ Crocodiles and Colleen Green @ Lee’s, 19+
Sun Oct 16, 2011 – $17.50

Neon Indian @ Lee’s, 19+
Tues Oct 18, 2011 – $15.00

GIVERS w/ Lord Huron @ Wrongbar, 19+
Wed Oct 26, 2011 – $13.00

Friendly Fires @ Phoenix, 19+
Sun Oct 23, 2011 – $21.00

Metronomy @ Mod Club, 19+
Wed Oct 26, 2011 – $16.00

Death From Above 1979 @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Thurs Oct 27, 2011 and Fri October 28, 2011 – $36.00

Chad Vangaalen @ Mod Club, 19+
Fri Oct 28, 2011 – $20.00

Blitzen Trapper w/ Dawes @ Opera House, 19+
Thurs Oct 30, 2011 – $18.50

NOVEMBER

Holy Ghost @ Hoxton, 19+
Tues Nov 1, 2011 – $17.00

Chromeo @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Wed Nov 2, 2011 – $31.50

Lykke Li @ Sound Academy, All Ages
Tues Nov 15, 2011 – $31.50

Radio Dept @ Mod Club, 19+
Thurs Nov 17, 2011 – $15.00

Elliott Brood @ Phoenix, 19+
Fri Nov 18, 2011 – $20.00

The Kooks @ Sound Academy, All Ages/19+ Area
Wed Nov 23, 2011 – $25.00-35.00

Timber Timbre @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, All Ages
Sat Nov 26, 2011 – $27.50

Jay-Z & Kanye West @ Air Canada Centre, All Ages
Wed Nov 23, 2011 and Thurs Nov 24, 2011 – $59.50-250.00

That’s it for now, friends. Enjoy the concerts and make sure to grab a band tee for me.

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.