by Rex

Top new videos: Interpol, Blood Orange, The New Pornographers, Kate Nash + A.C. Newman doing the Vogue

August 8, 2014 in Alt-Country, Alternative, Country, Electropop, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Punk, Rap, Rock, Soul by Rex

White Lung – “In Your Home” {Punk/Rock}

I don’t want it to look like I’m pissing in your cereal and telling you it’s raining, but this is pretty much the most epic video we’ve ever feasted our eyes on. Racing on human-sized horses, eyeballs dripping out of eyeballs, drummers wearing John Entwistle costumes…oh White Lung, please stop. (No actually, please don’t).

The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast” {Electropop/Rock}

Our second favourite gingery musician (after Josh Homme, of course) has dropped the solo act and returned to his beloved not-so-New Pornographers, and invites viewers to watch as general mayhem unfolds around him. A.C. Newman is so badass he can walk past riots in the streets and couples dry humping on cars and still manage to perfectly Vogue his own lyrics. That’s pretty impressive.

Christopher Owens – “Nothing More Than Everything To Me” {Country/Rock}

I’m still not entirely convinced that Christopher Owens isn’t a Kurt Cobain hologram putting on a performance during the epic Grease prom scene, but that’s besides the point. The video was directed by actor Max Minghella and the track is off Owens’ forthcoming LP A New Testament (out September 30th).

Spanish Gold – “Day Drinkin” {Alt-Country}

This video features two things that I’m scared of the most: Rihanna being called a music icon and an N’Sync Reunion creepy clowns, and creatures lurking in deep, dark mysterious waters. Nothing like a music video starring a creepy clown to get this music blogger “day drinkin'”…

Blood Orange – “High Street” ft. Skepta {Soul/Rap}

Blood Orange continues to release music videos off that album with the creepy-as-fuck cover, and that’s alright by me. The video follows Dev Hynes and the London-based rapper Skepta as they wander through the streets of London, and end up in front of a bunch of double decker buses. Yeah we don’t get it either.

Captain Baby – “Olive In The Ocean” {Indie Rock}

Have you ever had the most intense desire to slap different coloured paint all over your friend’s faces? Well luckily these guys took that genius idea and made it into a music video. Just a warning: Harmful chemicals may have been ingested/inhaled during this video-making process.

Kate Nash – “She Rules” {Electropop}

It may not be much (unless you’re into multi-coloured awesomeness), but at least you can be amazed with how well Kate Nash’s new hair matches her orange-y outfit for a few minutes of your life. At least this go around there’s no bitchfests on the beach, oh and PUPPIES!!!!

Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” {Alternative Rock}

It was news to me that Interpol was going  be releasing some new music this year, and what do you know….their music still makes me want to jump off a cliff because of its sadness. The video was co-directed by vocalist Paul Banks and Sophia Beer, and the track is the leading single off their new album El Pintor which is out in September.

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by Rex

Top 5 indie tracks of the week

July 24, 2014 in Alternative, Ambient, Electro, Experimental, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Metal, Noise Rock, Pop, Psych Pop, Rock, Tribal Pop, Tropical Pop by Rex

Candy Darling – “Money” {Pop/Rock}

If you’re a fan of The Kills then you should definitely check these guys out. Plus their lyrics are easy to remember as well…(but is it “Joe’s money?“) The group is based out of Bristol, and although this single isn’t being released officially until September 1st you can pre-order it here.

Missiles of October – “Don’t Panic” {Noise Rock/Metal}

Speaking of Empire Records…was it just me or are there some intense Gwar flashbacks going on in this track? Anywaythatwasepic, the band is based out of Brussels and you can by their new release of the same title as a name-your-price download over at their Bandcamp page.

Distant Cousin – “Floating Above Nothing” {Electro/Ambient}

Distant Cousin’s name keeps on popping up here, there and everywhere (or maybe it’s because they kept sending us e-mails to check out their tunes…but are we ever glad they did!!) Their debut EP won’t be available on iTunes or Bandcamp until later this month, but in the mean time you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter and stream their tunes for free here.

Yus – “Superbeats” {Psych Pop}

It doesn’t really drop until over halfway through the song, but we’re totally digging the tropical, New Animal vibes going on in this track. Yus’ brand-spankin’ new album Talisman was released on June 23rd, and you can buy it for as little as $3.50 here.

Killers Walk Among Us – “Bonjour Tristesse” {Alternative Rock} + Free download

This band is like a mix between Placebo (but with better vocals), The Two Koreas and Joy Division, so naturally we fell head over heels for this track. If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below, but we highly recommend you buy it via iTunes here.

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Top new videos: Santigold, Liars, FKA twigs, Pink Mountaintops, Twin Peaks + a German heavy metal girl

July 4, 2014 in Alternative, Electronic, Electronica, Garage Rock, Industrial, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock by Rex

Pink Mountaintops – “Second Summer Of Love” {Garage Rock}

Never in a million years would I have thought that Stephen McBean could throw a lyrical cue card in a music video better than “The King Of Throwing A Lyrical Cue Card In A Music Video” himself Bob Dylan. I’m pretty sure Bobby D wouldn’t ride a skateboard on fire or throw random items in fire pits, though. Bobby D is too much of a snob for that.

FKA twigs – “Two Weeks” {R&B/Electronic}

I found it odd that Stereogum got their uptight, self-righteous panties in a bunch about this video, but now that I’ve seen it I totally get it: Because the folks over at Stereogum have penises, that’s why!

Santigold – “Kicking Down Doors” {Pop}

The music video for “Kicking Down Doors” is more like a mini-movie. No, really. And yes, Santigold thinks she’s special enough to do the mini-movie-scene-in-a-music-video now. Should we expect any less from an artist on the cola-themed World Cup compilation Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game. I mean, really?

Liars – “Pro Anti Anti” {Electronic/Industrial}

It’s strange to see Liars all up-close-and-personal since we’re used to seeing them hide behind a warped Whoopi Goldberg-like mask…but the melting-of-faces vibe of the video definitely ties in with the artsy-fartsy album cover. I think…

To watch the video click here.

The Shanks – “German Heavy Metal Girl” {Alternative Rock}

I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting a German heavy metal girl in the flesh, but after watching this video it’s safe to say that they’re definitely waaaaay more badass than Canadian heavy metal girls, and that’s saying a lot. (Especially Canadian heavy metal girls from the Prairies…)

False Colors – “Behind Yr Face” {Electronica/Rap}

This video is one hell of a trip and we’re still not sure what to make of it all. (Something about airplanes, the planet earth and slave work?) Let’s just all smile and nod and pretend like we know what’s going on, shall we?

Twin Peaks – “Flavor” {Rock}

The latest music video from Chicago’s Twin Peaks highlights the best of summertime in ‘Merica: Drinking beers, swimming in pools, hotboxing vans and driving off cliffs….wait…what? “Victims of the U.S.A.” indeed…

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Top new tracks: Alt-J, The Shins, Bleached, The Vaselines + Metallica wants your money again

June 29, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Blues, Electronic, Folk, House, Indie Pop, Metal, Pop, Rock by Rex

Metallica – “Lords Of Summer” {Metal/Rock}

Ruh roh…looks like Lars Ulrich needs a new swimming pool!! No word yet as to whether the track will be included on the Metallica’s forthcoming and highly-anticipated LP, but seeing that it’s listed as a “garage demo,” chances are another final studio cut of the track may be in the works.

The Vaselines – “One Lost Year” {Pop/Rock}

Kurdt’s beloved Vaselines are back with a new track which seems to be written about the year I discovered Chilean red wine…Anywho, this track is off their new LP V For Vaselines which is being released on September 29th, and the release is also said to feature Stevie Jackson of Belle & Sebastian as well as Frank Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub.

The Shins – “So Now What” {Indie Pop}

The Shins continue to be all pleasant and stuff with a track that definitely has some “where have you been all my life?” vibes. The single is off the new Wish I Was Here soundtrack which also features the likes of Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power. And because The Shins are NPR snobs you’re going to have to go here to listen to the track before listening to a short advertisement. Because of course.

Alt-J – “Hunger Of The Pine” {Alternative}

I find it very not-so-odd that I accidentally typed “Hungover On A Plane” for my first attempt at typing out this song title…but moving on. This new Alt-J tune is off their forthcoming sophomore album This Is All Yours, which is being released on September 22nd.

Manu El Chino – “Musich Machine” {Electronic/House} + Free download

We can’t help but love a song that is hard to pronounce but we try anyway because it makes us feel all cultured and stuff. (Plus the track has an LCD Soundsystem bass to boot.) Oh and the dude is from Corsica AKA a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. Swoooooon.

Jenny Gillespie – “Child Of The Universe” {Alt-Folk}

If you want to feel like this but don’t want to feel like this, then definitely give this song a listen; (but we’re warning you now…the tune certainly has a case of the Sharon-Van-Etten-sads with a slight Celtic tinge). Gillespie is based out of San Francisco, and this track is off her new album Chamma which was released on June 3rd on her own label Narooma Records

Bleached – “For The Feel” {Surf Punk}

Fuck whoever the crappy contenders are for writing the official 2014 summer song, because “For The Feel” is where it’s at. The song is off the band’s new EP which is due out on July 22nd (digitally) as well as September 16th (on vinyl).

Darrin Bradbury – “A Life Spent Pissing In The Wind” {Folk/Americana}

And just when we thought it couldn’t get better than “Swordfish,” Darrin goes ahead and croons “I’m just looking for a place to die…” (Tear). This track is off his new release Death In My Left Ear which he wrote in between two legs of a whopping 35-day tour, and you can buy the release as a name-your-price download here.


Hailer – “Cold Outside” {Pop/Rock}

This song was probably-more-than-likely not written in the past two weeks because it’s been hotter than a sweaty nutsack where I’m living; (then again the band is from Australia so….). If you like their work you can follow the band on Twitter here.

Jonny Debt – “Purple Heart” {Rock/Blues}

Not only is this song pretty damn awesome, it also has a touching story behind it as well. Apparently Jonny wrote the first part of this song for his high school girlfriend before it sat on a shelf collecting dust for years, and then after getting back together with her he decided to finish it off. If you like this track you can by it for as little as $1 over at his Bandcamp page.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

June 28, 2014 in Alternative, Ambient, Electronic, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Indie Pop, Instrumental, Pop, Shoegaze, Ska, Surf Rock by Rex

Ex-Pet – “You Are You Are” {Indie Pop}

Listening to this track was like swigging down a refreshing can of shit-eating grins, glittery poo and rainbows, and we couldn’t help but fall in love with its deliciously raw/New Pornographers vibe. Ex-Pet is actually a solo project led by Greg Nissan, and you can buy his new debut album Green Accent for $5 here.

Chemists/化学者 – “Heirloom Luna” {Electronic/Ambient}

We’ve already given Chemists/whatever-those-symbols-mean some love here, so as soon as we read that he was releasing some new material we just had to give him some more blog love; (and there’s more where that came from…) This track is off his new release Vision In Furs which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Men of North Country – Game of Thrones theme (live) {Ska/Surf Rock}

Yes, you read the title right; and yes, this is probably one of the most epic submissions we’ve received yet; so if I were you I would press that play button right meow; If you like what you hear you can listen to some of their other tunes on Soundcloud, but make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Shadowpeak – “Falling Down” {Shoegaze/Grunge}

This track is alternatively rock-ish in a haunting kind of way; and turns out the group previously supported the Belgian band Believo, and their influences include My Bloody Valentine (because obviously). The group is based out of Holland and you can buy their new 6-track self-titled EP here.

The Vaporettos – “Fortress” {Alternative Rock}

Not only does this track have some yummy synth, it also sounds oh so Libertines and early/good Arctic Monkeys…plus they’re from Vancouver and they’re self-described as “post-punk and psych rock with UK mod culture.” (I think I’m in love…) This track is off their new self-titled EP which you can buy for $5 here.

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Top Albums of 2014 {Part 2}

June 17, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Dream Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Garage Rock, Indie Rock, Industrial, Pop, Post-rock, Psych Folk, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Shoegaze, Soul, Surf Pop, Surf Rock, Top 2014, Tropical Pop, World Music by Rex

{PART 1}

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness


Burn You Fire For No Witness came out of nowhere for us, and although Angel Olsen’s name has been floating around the interwebs for the past few years, we are proud to say this album broke our Angel Olsen cherry. There’s some songs that sound like Patsy-Cline-meets-Nirvana, while others sound like a younger, just-as-intense version of Sharon Van Etten; so if you’ve only dabbled around in one or two songs off the release then be sure to dabble around in the rest.

To read our Burn Your Fire For No Witness album review click here.
To read our “Hi-Five” single review click here

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days


We couldn’t even begin to try and wipe our DeMarco-like shit-eating grin off our face the first time we heard this record, and although it may be a little hard to stomach at first (think Ween crossed with Paul McCartney) this album will almost certainly grow on you…if you let it.

To read our Salad Days album review click here.
To read our “Brother” single review click here

Liars – Mess


Don’t be fooled by what looks like a cheerful/colourful Whoopi Goldberg-like hairdo, because what lies beyond the mask is a disturbing, intensely tribal and angst-ridden album that is creepy as fuck; (is this what acid sounds like?) The album may have its low points, but I’m not about to point them out because I’m afraid that warped Whoopi is going to attack me in my sleep when I don’t have my big-girl PJs on.

The Horrors – Luminous


Maybe it’s because we were waiting, waiting and (yup, more waiting) for what seemed like forever to hear this album, but we pounced all over this shit as soon as it hit the pavement. The album is a little gothic here, a tad experimentally electro here, and it even has a slight Brit Pop edge over yonder, but overall I found the release very familiar (almost too familiar…) with their wicked 2011 album Skying, but you don’t see me complaining…much.

Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow


It’s inspiring to know that badassery can sometimes never age, change or dim-down, and the Black Lips are living proof of that awesome fact. From a little hillbilly on “Drive-By Buddy,” a tad poppy on “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” and all awesome-like on “Dog Years,” no genre goes untouched under this rainbow.

To read our Underneath The Rainbow album review click here.
To read our “Boys In The Wood” music video review click here

Beck – Morning Phase


Beck has always been the champion of everything/anything alternative, but this album follows a more mellow, acoustic-ed down version from what we’re used to hearing from Becky boy. (So yeah, don’t go expecting any “Devil’s Haircut” on this one). We gave this album a mediocre review only because of the snooze-fest going on throughout it, but everyone else was slobbering all over it so…maybe it’s just me?

To read our Morning Phase album review click here.
To read our “Waking Light” single review click here

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want


So technically this album was released in late 2013, but as any fan knows about the struggles this band has had to endure this past year, the release date kept on getting pushed further and further back. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, but now that the album is here we can honestly say the wait was well worth it, so prepare yourselves to get lathered up in some classic Motown vibes.

To read our “Retreat!” music video review click here.
To read our “Retreat!” single review click here.

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow


This release is less of an album and more like a variety of different cultures jammed into one record, and the worldly delight on tracks like “Feel” and “Come To” made us return to the album again, and again. It hasn’t spawned too many singles or videos yet, but don’t let that deter you…because if you’re a hardcore BBC fan (as if there’s any other type of BBC fan…) you won’t be left disappointed.

To read our So Long, See You Tomorrow album review click here

Real Estate – Atlas


Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Flower Lane fan just as much as the next Ducktail groupie, but I couldn’t help but dive right into this album. It’s pleasant, familiar and soft around the edges (like a furry little puppy) and has a ton of subtle guitarwork that often goes overlooked on the critic front. There’s a slight bend in the alt-country direction here and there, but overall the band continues to raise the bar in the dreamy poppy-rock genre.

To read our “Crime” music video review click here.

Mogwai – Rave Tapes


The first track we heard off the album was the almighty “Simon Ferocious,” so naturally the bar was set really, really, really, really high (like a bird flying in the sky…and if you watched the video you’ll get what we’re rambling on about). There’s some dark and deep electro all throughout this album that’s intensely hypnotizing, so much so that it doesn’t need any fancy frills to back it up; (you know…like, vocals?)

To read our “Simon Ferocious” music video review click here.

Coldplay – Ghost Stories


One would think that the album following the divorce of Chris Martin and GOOP-y Gwenyth Paltrow would sound more along the lines of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but Martin has gone all dark, introspective and electro on us…and we’re totally loving it right now. You see folks: Sometimes divorce can be a good thing! In the music world, that is.

To read our “Midnight” music video review click here
To read our “Atlas” single review click here

Wild Beasts – Present Tense


If you have an acquired taste for the likes of Joy Division, Xiu Xiu and How To Dress Well, then let us proudly introduce Wild Beast’s new album to you. After giving it a listen we can definitely see what the fuss is all about thanks to the spaced-out vocals you can just get lost in…(AKA Volcano Choir-lke). If more tracks sounded like “A Simple Beautiful Truth” we probably would have liked the album more, but hey, not every song can be equally as epic.

To read our single review of “A Simple Beautiful Truth” click here.
To read our “Wanderlust” music video review click here

Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy


It’s been a good year for Sammy (although not so much for his beloved Habs…) and this album goes to show why Sammy pinned the “Band” to the end of his name these past couple of albums. The release is reminiscent of Chemical City and Love At The End Of The World, and waaaay more intense than Collider, so for that fact alone we give Sammy a double “A” for being “astonishingly awesome.”

To read our Lo-Fantasy album review click here

{PART 1}


by Rex

Top Albums of 2014 {Part 1}

June 9, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Americana, Blues, Disco, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Garage Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Psych Folk, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Soul, Top 2014 by Rex

{PART 2}

St. Vincent  – Digital Witness



It seemed like everywhere we turned St. Vincent’s glorious purple-hazed, Wayne Coyne-like locks were waving back at us, and now that we’ve given the album a listen we highly recommend that you give her hair a wave back. The album has a complex arrangement of a variety of instruments (or what sounds like instruments…) and from the title track to the wicked opener “Rattlesnake,” it’s clear that 2014 will always be remembered as the year of St. Vincent.

To read our “Del Rio” single review click here.
To read our “Digital Witness” music video review click here

Quilt – Held In Splendor


Held In Splendor has a classic case of “Don’t Judge An Album By Its Singles,” because the gems on this release go well beyond “Tie Up The Tides” and “Arctic Shark;” (although those tracks definitely deserve a nod as well…) There’s some classic 60s, hippie-dippie shit spread out all up, in, under and throughout the album, so if CSNY is your thing then definitely check this record out.

To read our “Arctic Shark” single review click here
To read our “Arctic Shark” music video review click here

The Black Keys – Turn Blue


C’mon. We all know this album was going to make this list so let’s get it over and done with shall we? The duo has been churning out new singles faster than Jack White can churn out hate-ridden e-mails about Dan Auerbach, after all. In case you haven’t figured it out by their not-so-obvious (as in totally obvious) album cover, The Black Keys are all like, trippy now and stuff; but there is an avoidance of redundancy. Slightly. At least they’re not ripping Jacky-boy off…right?

To read our “Fever” single review click here

The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin


For two years in a row now The Roots have made our top end-of-year album lists (with the first being 2013’s collaborative album with Elvis Costello Wise Up Ghost), but with a sexy-as-hell drummer like ?uestlove what do you expect? Hopefully the second half of 2014 leads to a lot more singles/mindfucking videos off this album, because each and every track is pretty damn impressive.

To read our “Understand” music video review click here.
To read our “When The People Cheer” single review click here

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots


There’s nothing sadder than watching one of your favourite rock stars age (Bob Dylan anyone?) but at least Albarn is aging the right way and not letting his never-ending creativity go to waste. But let’s get one thing straight: If you’re looking for Blur you’re not going to find it here, because Brit Pop is DEAD man; and Albarn has moved on from not-so-subtlety writing about heroin to penning a song about a Tanzanian elephant…but I think I’m still following…

To read our “Mr. Tembo” music video review click here
To read our “Everyday Robots” music video review click here

Pink Mountaintops – Get Back


You didn’t thing we were going to let a Vancity gem like this one slip through the cracks did you? On the reals though…I’m pretty sure it’s biologically impossible for Stephen McBean (yes, that’s his real name) to release something bad, and there’s no such thing as a bad Pink Mountaintops album. Really. There’s variety and flavour, emotion riddled with nostalgia, not to mention tinges of alt-country on “Through All The Worry” and synth on “Wheels” – what’s not to love?

To read our “North Hollywood Microwaves” single review click here

Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love


One thing’s for sure is Paolo knows how to pen/sing some wicked soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooul music. And in typical Paolo style you can put the album on from start to finish and be entertained throughout. From the finger-snappin tune “Let Me Down Easy” or the more mellow “Diana,” the ebb and flows of this record aren’t just limited to fast or slow songs, but emotional variety and complexity.

To read our Caustic Love album review click here.

Wye Oak – Shriek


We already knew that we loved us some Wye Oak, but sweet baby Jesus the song “Glory” is amazeballs; (quite possibly the best we’ve heard from the band yet…) And even though we hate jazz with a fiery passion there is some crazy, experimental jazz here there and all over the place, and believe it or not, we L-O-V-E-D it. And whilst still tying back to the band’s roots, they even manage to throw a little #TBT to Elton John circa 1970s into the mix. Where the hell did that come from?

To read our single review of “The Tower” click here

Thee Oh Sees – Drop


It may only be a measly nine tracks (which isn’t enough for us diehards as we lick our wounds about this supposed hiatus), but as usual, the band always knows how to speed things up, slow things down, and then come toppling down all over the floor in the most not-so-graceful fashion. From the bluesy backdrop underneath some delicious psychedelica on “Put Some Reverb On My Brother” (AKA the new “Stay Gold, Pony Boy”), the addictive riffs, the freaky vocals…oh Thee Oh Sees, you had me at the first “La-la-la La-la-la-la-la” on “Penetrating Eye.”

To read our “Penetrating Eye” single review click here

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband


Nabuma Rubberband has been hands-down one of the most notable R&B releases of the year (so far), so if that kind of music is your thing like a chicken wing then I highly recommend you spread some sauce all over this shit and munch it all down. Little Dragon’s name was popping up here, there and everywhere these past few months and have been releasing single after single, video after video…so their effort deserves at least a bit of RMD recognition (which I hear is more valuable than gold, FYI…)

To read our single review of “Paris” click here.
To read our “Klapp Klapp” single review click here

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else


Cloud Nothings have always stuck out like an awesome thumb to us, only because most bands that follow the poppy punk train sound like a pile of steaming poo…but not these guys! So whenever we read about a new album, track or Dylan Baldi crossing the street, our interest is going to piqued. Not to mention that Attack On Memory made our top end-of-year-list in 2012 as well. No big deal.

To read our “I’m Not Part Of Me” music video review click here.
To read our “I’m Not Part Of Me” single review click here

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time


Just when we thought things couldn’t get weirder than a meth addict stringing himself up with Christmas lights, we went ahead and listened to this album. It’s all over the place and experimentally delicious, which is the album’s purpose (I guess…) and there’s some classic Terje disco, jazz, and even some damn flamenco thrown into the mix. But despite its raving reviews it kind of fell flat for us…nevertheless the production was high-quality and it ends with “Inspector Norse.” A cherry on top indeed.

To read our “Delorean Dynamite” single review click here

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There


We have no shame in hiding our Van Etten obsession (and if you’re judging me right now that means you haven’t listened to this), but this album has everything you would expect from Sharon: Intensity. Depth. Yearning. Heartache. Anger. You name it. Although Angel Olsen was the songstress that had our undivided attention for the first half of the year, it’s time for Olsen to shuffle those cowboy boots on over and let Sharon into the limelight again.

Metronomy – Love Letters


Metronomy are true Devonians in how they pen a good album, and there isn’t one musical corner left untouched on this release. From classic pop to intense electronica, it’s the kind of album where you could listen to all of the songs and never realize they were by the same artist, let alone off the same album. Oh yeah, and “Boy Racers” is amazing. The end.

To read our Love Letters album review click here
To read our “Love Letters” music video review click here.
To read our “I’m Aquarius” single review click here.  

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream


We may have found it a bit on the snooze-worthy side and it certainly doesn’t match up to the epicness that is Slave Ambient, but there’s no denying that Adam Granduciel is still churning on The War on Drugs Americana gravy train and we’re all about that shit right now. His Phillie brother Kurt Vile may have had 2013 under his thumb with Smoke Ring For My Halo, but hopefully the second half of 2014 sees a string of more singles/videos from Granduciel’s 2014 release.

To read our “Red Eyes” music video review click here

{PART 2}

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Top Indie Pop Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

June 4, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Classic Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Pop, Psych Pop, Rock, Synthpop, Top 2014 by Rex

Heart-Sick Groans – “Black Hair Typography” {Experimental Pop/Folk}

I’ve seen a lot of crazy videos during my joke-of-a-career as a mediocre music blogger, but on a level of Nikolai Fraiture to Ozzy Osbourne this video is definitely a Phil Spector. This track is off their EP of the same title which was released in April, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

The Rebel Light – “Be My Baby” (Ronettes cover) {Classic Pop} + Free download

Speaking of Phil Spector and crazy rock stars…The Rebel Light have decided to cover the same song Brian Wilson used to play hundreds of times a day when he was high on acid; (yes, the song is/was that good). If you like the tune you can download it for free in the player below.

Blue Cast Catalyst – “Agree Machines” {Psych Pop/Electronic}

While the Habs spent the first half of the year dreaming of winning the NHL Playoffs, this New York-based band was cooking up something good. So good in fact, that it ended up spitting out song lyrics in colourful, attention-grabbing text. True story. Their new LP Socrates Sculpture isn’t hitting the pavement until June 17th, but in the mean time you can follow the band on Facebook here.

Tree – “Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Whole” ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn {Chillwave/Pop}

If you’re the kind of person who hates it when songs get stuck in your head for days at a time, then take my advice and don’t ever listen to “Electric Avenue” or this track; (actually, listen to this track because it’s catchy as hell, but “Electric Avenue” stands.) If you like this track as much as we do you can buy it for $0.99 via iTunes.

Darkness Falls – “Hazy” {Alternative Pop}

Besides the fact that this track has a haunting melody that can hook you instantly, the video is also packed full of all of my favourite things: Doggies, chicken (well, not in food form..) and old men dancing! Seriously, dem senior citizens sure know how to rock a sexy line dance don’t they? This track is off their EP of the same title which you can buy for €2.99 via iTunes.

Walrus – “Banger” {Psych Pop/Garage Rock}

Nova Scotia may be best known as being the home to the first Canadian Big Brother winner (OK well maybe from my point of view…) but if this group keeps up the good tuneage it will forever be known as the home of the almighty Walrus. This track is off their split cassette Chief Thundercloud/Walrus which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

CANOPIES – “Getting Older” {Psych/Synthpop} + Free downloads

This is the kind of song that belongs on every/any playlist; right in between Tame Impala and Cut Copy (if good music is your thing, that is…) If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below, and they also have some other free downloads available over at their Soundcloud page.

Grand Cousin – “Oxygen” {Pop/Rock}

Here’s yet another ridiculously catchy tune to add to your snobby music collection (hey, we’re all music snobs over here at RMD right?) If you like their work you can check out the rest of their tunes over at their Soundcloud page, but while you’re at it make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

Borrowed Beams of Light – “Drawing Blanks” {Pop/Rock}

With a black-and-white music video and an impressive whistle that will leave you with a shit-eating grin on your face from start to finish (you’ve been forewarned…) this poppy track definitely stood out to us during the first half of 2014. The group is based out of Virginia, and you can buy their new album for $10 via Bandcamp.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We covered this track back in March but kept returning to it time and time again (dat chorus tho…) You can buy the track for $0.99 via iTunes here, but while you’re at it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram too.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 3}

May 28, 2014 in Alternative, Experimental, Fuzz Rock, Garage Rock, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Tribal, Tribal Rock by Rex

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Yelephants – “Five Tulips” {Indie/Garage Rock} + Free downloads

We wouldn’t be true-blue Empire Records nerds without giving a shout-out to a band with a wicked name, but luckily our love for this group goes well beyond the “Yelephant.” (Their album is called You Look Divorced. That is all.) They’re based out of New Orleans, and you can download their new album in its entirety for free over at their Bandcamp page.

Yassou Benedict – “In Fits In Dreams” {Pop/Rock}

Besides getting an immense craving for Eggs Benedict, discovering this Cat Power-y artist was the highlight of our March; (oh yeah, and the video is amazeballs too). You can buy their new album for as little as $5 here, but if you join their mailing list you might even get yourself some “goodies,” whatever that means…

The Lunar Effect – “Getting To Grips With You” {Grunge/Rock}

Has Kurt Cobain been Tupac-dead and living in England this whole time? On the reals though, this is the most Nirvana-like group we’ve come across yet (AKA they’re pretty damn awesome). If you like this song you can buy it for £1 here or download their entire album for £4 here.

Calliope – “Casino” {Garage Rock}

We didn’t find it too surprising that Calliope recorded their latest LP Orbis in a remote cabin in the northern woods of Wisconsin, only because any Canadian redneck can tell you that magical things can happen in the woods; (like whatever goes down in Austra’s crazy music videos, for instance…) If you like their work you should give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Janitors – “Homecoming Queer (Ain’t That A Man)” {Fuzz/Garage Rock}

We first covered this song back in March, but after the Eurovision Song Contest it got stuck in our head again (for whatever reason…) and are we ever glad it did. If you like the track you can buy it for as little as $1 here, but if you have some extra time be sure to check out the rest of their impressive discography via their Bandcamp page.

Black Flowers Café – “Be” {Alternative Rock}

A trance-y rhythm guitar section, a riff that will win you over immediately…and the fact that they’re cute Italians may have helped a teensy bit…This track is one-half of their intelligently titled album Be/Polar (with the other half being “Polar,” obviously) and you can buy it for as little as €2 here.

Moths & Locusts – “Slumper” {Psych/Tribal Rock}

Moths always seem to have a weird habit of flying directly IN MY FACE, and luckily this band had the same effect otherwise I never would have discovered this track. The band is based out of Vancouver Island (Hollaaaaa) and you can stream a crapton of their past releases via Bandcamp here.

Klozapin – “Perception” {Experimental/Psych Rock}

Their vibe is definitely out there and certainly not for anyone who can’t handle their brain cells being swirled around for a few minutes, but we’re all about overdosing on Klozapin’s “tasty noise rock shake” right about meow. The group is based out of Oneonta, New York and you can download the song as a name-your-price download here.

Vensaire – “Tel Aviv” {Indie Rock/Pop}

Let’s see here…we’re borderline obsessed with Widowspeak’s “Fir Coat,” “True Believer, ” “Locusts,” “Gun Shy“…(you get our drift…) so it seems only fitting that we fell in love with this track as well. This Brooklyn “anti-band” consists of Alex LaLiberte, Widowspeak’s Robert Earl Thomas, the famed club DJ Hunter Hawes, drummer Alex Jacobs and Lanlady’s Renata Zeiguer, and this track is off their debut album Perdix which you can buy for $10 here.

[V] – “Numbers” {Indie Rock} + Free download

We love us some homemade, lo-fi recordings, and this track is living proof that you don’t to spend like a Kardtrashian to come up with something timeless and unforgettable. We already covered this track earlier this year, so in case you missed out on the memo you can download the track for free in the player below.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 2}

May 27, 2014 in Alternative, Classic Rock, Free downloads, Garage Rock, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Pop, Post-Punk, Psychedelic Rock, Shoegaze, Surf Rock, Tribal Rock by Rex

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Black Linen – “The Face” {Classic Rock}

This track is perhaps overshadowed by its epic video which is definitely/totally NSFW (unless your work consists of certain acts that I won’t type out as we’ll end up in some perv’s search engine…) The duo are two ex-members of the garage band The Booze as well as the UK-based Joe Lean and The Jing Jang John (Ed. note: Awesome) and you can check out the rest of their tuneage via Soundcloud here.

The Library Is On Fire – “Sleeping Out Loud” {Indie Rock}

So let me get this straight: The Library Is On Fire’s music is so awesome that the founder thought it was more important to think about a band name than to save burning people in a library? Yup, I can believe it. If you have some extra time on your hands (we know you do…) then we highly recommend you check out the rest of his new release Halycon And Surrounding Areas in full over at his Soundcloud page because each and every track is pretty mindblowing.

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Soonar – “All Made Of Parts” {Alternative Rock/Shoegaze} + Free downloads

OK so *maybe* it was the video that originally sold us on this tune (don’t blame us because we find guys running around in boxer shorts highly entertaining!) but on the reals though…this here is a riff to fire Dave Mustaine for. The group is based out of Holland, and if you like this track you can buy it as a name-your-price download here, but while you’re at it take advantage of the free downloads over at their Bandcamp page.

GGGHOST TOWNNN – “My Shark Is Gonna Eat Yours” {Garage/Surf Rock}

They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m all about this group right now; (they have a 13 minute song called “Some Asshole Stole My Phone At Ty Segall” – what do you expect??) This track is off their latest release Shocktopussy which is available on some lovely pink cassette tapes for as little as £3 (or you can buy as a digital album for £10 here).

Billy Moon – “Video Girls” {Pop/Rock}

Apparently this artist’s new musical venture is doing a lot better than his previous groups because his past bandmates were “more interested in being personal trainers than being in a band. Less squats, more rock.” (Couldn’t have said it better myself, boo). If you like this tune you can buy it for $1 here.

Le Rug – “Harold Camping” {Alternative/Post-Punk} + Free download

With a track that brings out our inner ADHD, this group immediately caught our attention thanks their Karen O tendencies and an EP called Cut Off Your Dick And Turn Into Slime; (that’s right, Cut Off Your Dick And Turn Into Slime). If you like this track you can download it for free here or pre-order their forthcoming album Press Start (The Collection) for $5 here.

Passenger Peru – “Dirt Nap” {Alternative/Psych Rock} + Free download

We just can’t get enough of being in, up and all around this track (oh “Dirt Nap,” will you marry me?) and if this track doesn’t get the duo some big-wig attention then I don’t know what will. You can take advantage of its free download in the player below, but we highly recommend you buy their new self-titled album for $5 here.

Cheri Cheri Jaguar – “Walk/Don’t Walk” {Post-Punk}

The fact that they opened for Beach Fossils and Wampire in Paris speaks volumes of earbleeding proportions, but this track was enough to sell us on the band alone. The tune is off their latest album Collapsing Vapor which was released in April, and you can buy it for as little as €4 over at their Bandcamp page.

Rasputin’s Secret Police – “Zoe” {Alternative Rock/Grunge} + Free download

Apparently Rasputin’s Secret Police are kind of a big deal in Philadelphia and are so badass they actually recorded their music on a Tascam 8-track digital recorder above a fishing and hunting retailer. (True story). You can download this track for free, but we’re totally peer pressuring you to buy it as a name-your-price download here.

The Trouble Starts – “Faulkner” {Alternative Rock}

Count on a group from Seattle to craft a deep and profoundly intense track that will stick with you for days after listening to it (cloudy, depressing skies can be a good thing sometimes…) If you like this track you can buy it for as little as $1 here or buy their latest album West for $5 here.

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