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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 tracks: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Simian Mobile Disco + Jesse F. Keeler’s moustache

July 22, 2014 in Classic Rock, Electronic, Garage Pop, Garage Rock, Pop, Punk, R&B, Rock, Synthpop, Synthrock, Techno by Rex

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Fault Lines” {Classic Rock}

I find it hard to stomach any new Petty tune unless it involves a sitar or spells out G-L-O-R-I-A, but for this track I’ll make an exception. This is actually the fourth single Tommy and his Heartbreakers have released off their new album Hypnotic Eye, which is due out on July 29th.

Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″ {Synthrock}

The best dynamic duo in Canada’s musical history (true story) already fooled me once by letting me believe they met in prison (they totally didn’t), so I was hesitant to believe that this new DFA 1979 album would ever see the light of day…but here it is. This is the first single off their forthcoming album The Physical World which is being released in September, but still no word as to whether Jesse F. Keeler’s moustache will make an appearance or not…

Eugene McGuinness – “Heart Of Chrome” {Pop/Rock}

As much as I loved 2012′s “Harlequinade,” I’ve been feasting my ears on my future husband’s brand-spankin’ new album, which is certainly setting the bar high for any future Eugene release. This is the second single off Chroma which was released on July 7th via Domino.

Gateway Drugs – “Give Me Your Love” {Synthpop}

With all the blatant LIES they tell you about gateway drugs there’s one fact I can tell you for sure: This band has more cheesy 80s going on than the entire decade itself; (I think I’m in love). The group is based out of Cape Town, South Africa, and if you like their work make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Part Time Pilots – “Tally Ho Amigo” {Punk/Rock}

Pardon my bad Spanish, but why in the “infierno” didn’t I know about Part Time Pilots already? The group is from Northern Island, and this track is off their latest release of the same title which you can buy for £7 (or each individual track for £1) here.

Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You” {Electronic/R&B}

Channeling the likes of How To Dress Well, Caribou is at it again with this new leading single which is off his forthcoming album Our Love. The release isn’t out until October 7th, but in the mean time you can check out some other Caribou tuneage on Dan Snaith’s Soundcloud page.

King Tuff – “Eyes Of The Muse” {Pop/Rock}

This past year just didn’t feel right without any new high-pitched King Tuff tunes squealing back at us through our headphones, so luckily Kyle Thomas is back with a brand new album (appropriately titled Black Moon Spell). The tune has some classic major-turned-minor/Beatles-style chord progressions going on; September 23rd can’t come soon enough..

Ex Hex – “Don’t Wanna Lose” {Garage Rock/Pop}

I’m still hung up on whether Ex Hex sounds more like Thee Oh Sees or an ADHD Chrissie Hynde…but we’re loving it nonetheless. The trio was founded by the former Wild Flagger/Helium-er frontwoman), and this track is off their forthcoming release Rips.

Simian Mobile Disco – “Tangents” {Techno}

Heyyyyy what do you know, Simian Mobile Disco is back with a brand new track; (well actually it’s been listed as a music video; but let’s get real here…this ain’t no music video). This single is off their new album Whorl which is being released on September 9th via Anti-Records.

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Top new videos: Little Dragon, Lana Del Rey, Cloud Nothings + Sufjan Stevens is clearly on something

July 19, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Garage Pop, independent bands, Indie, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Pop, Punk, Soul, Synthpop by Rex

Sufjan Stevens – “Year Of The Tiger” {Electronic/Experimental}

When he’s not releasing surprisingly good Christmas albums or writing crazy awesome rap tunes, Mr. Sufjan’s releasing one of the most disturbingly messed-up videos I’ve ever watched in my entire life. Who needs drugs when you can watch music videos like this?

The Feather – “Invisible” {Indie Pop}

This music video looks more like a National Geographic documentary, and it covers the good (and the bad) of everyday life in Africa. Now that I think of it…it sure puts bitching about having a customer service representative hang up on me into perspective…Not that I filed a formal complaint to get her fired or anything….

Tiny Danza – “Killin’ It” {Pop}

With a band name that sounds like a classic Elton John song sung in a New Jersey accent, this band wowed us with their Canadian, badassery style. Apparently this Toronto-based group has been around for the past eight years, and if you like their stuff you should give them some “Like” love on Facebook.

Austra – “Hulluu” {Electronic/Experimental}

What in the “Knife-meets-The-Grudge” kind of hellish music video is this? Am I supposed to laugh? Am I laughing with them or at them? So many questions…but what else do you expect from the Witch House Queen Katie Stelmanis…

Hospitality – “I Miss Your Bones” {Indie Pop/Rock}

This feel-good music video documents the typical trials and tribulations of a teenage girl: Learning how to braid your hair via YouTube, dance-offs in the front yard, wanting to be part of the “cool” club…Hold up…selfie time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #love

Cloud Nothings – “Psychic Trauma” {Garage Pop/Punk}

The name of the song is fitting, only because this video gives you a glimpse of what it’s living inside the head of someone who’s suffered from some serious, serious trauma. It’s like living life through the eyes of Syd Barrett…

Rob Drabkin – “Don’t Worry About Me” {Alt-Folk}

This video will give you a bad case of the saddy-sad-sads, so I highly recommend you listen to a pick-me-up kind-of-tune after watching this one; (“Message In A Bottle,” perhaps?). Dat fro tho…

Little Dragon – “Pretty Girls” {Synthpop/Soul}

You can always count on Little Dragon to bring the storyline-in-a-music-video up just a tad (we’re talking spoken dialogue, zombies, the works). The video was directed by Nabil, and the track is off their mega-release Nabuma Rubberband.

Lana Del Rey – “Shades Of Cool” {Pop/Jazz}

I still can’t get over the irony in this song title now that Lana Del Rey wants to be all cool-emo and like, totally dead like Kurt Cobain now dude in a not-so-subtle druggie kind of way. The video gives off some classic vintage Lana vibes, not to mention a few Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-like shots thrown into the mix as well.

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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…

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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 5 indie tracks of the week

June 30, 2014 in Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Instrumental, Noise Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk by Rex

Echo Cosmic – “Perfect” {Psych Rock} + Free download

We found this track intriguing in a heroin-y, Lou Reed kind-of-way, and it’s definitely unlike any other submission we’ve received here at RMD. The band is based out of San Francisco/London, and this track is off their new record Heavy Mellow which is being released on July 20th.

Kings Of Edelgran – “The Gate” {Indie Folk} + Free downloads

Kings Of Edelgran (or Kings of Leon for the extremely dyslexic) are based out of Belgium, and their influences include Bon Iver, Volcano Choir and even Sigur Rós (no surprise there). This track is off their new EP Kor Isen which was released back in April, and you can download it for free by heading on over to their Bandcamp page.

Basketball Shorts – “A Lot Of Things” {Pop/Punk} + Free download

Instead of thinking about sexy men in tiny, tight shorts whenever I see the words “basketball shorts,” now I’ll be thinking about this Austin-based band (and I’m still not sure whether I’m happy about that…). The tune is off the upcoming Basketball Shorts/Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party split release which is out on July 2nd via Fleeting Youth Records.

Slow Show – “It Doesn’t Attract” (ft. Amanda Thieme) {Indie Pop} + Free download

Get those happy pants suspendered and ready, because if this song doesn’t lift your shitty mood then I don’t know what will. The band is based out of Stockholm (we’ve already given them some RMD love here), and if you like the song you can download it for free in the player below.

бичкрафт – “майти найт дикс”  {Noise Rock/Instrumental}

We may not know how to pronounce their band name gracefully, and we have no idea what the song title means, but music has the power to break down any language barrier…right? The group is based out of Kiev, Ukraine, and you can buy their music as a name-your-price download here.

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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 new videos: OK Go, Coldplay, Trampled By Turtles, England In 1819 + four dudes on a porch, posing

June 28, 2014 in Alt-Bluegrass, Alt-Folk, Bluegrass, Electro, Electropop, Folk, New Wave, Pop, Rock, Synthpop by Rex

Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars” {Electropop}

I never really had a thing for Chris Martin after he married GOOPY Gwenyth Paltrow and named his first-born Apple, but now that I’ve watched this video…um….yeah…it sure is nice to see Chris Martin so smiley and happily divorced isn’t it?

Cylvia – “Cylvia” {Pop/Rock}

This video is kind of hilariously entertaining in a creepy, Theon Greyjoy kind of way (oh and wiping blood off black high heels is officially my new personal term of badassery). The group is based out of Los Angeles and you can check out the rest of their tuneage here.

OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall” {Electropop}

OK here we go again with another unforgettable OK Go video as they continue to blow my mind visually in ways I didn’t think were possible. OK, OK Go, we get it. You’re so incredibly awesome and putting together a music video that must have taken months to perfect…

Exwhy – “On Our Own” {Pop/Rock}

You can always count on me to find watching four cute musicians standing on a porch and doing nothing in particular highly entertaining; (on the reals though…they sure know how to strike a pose though don’t they?) The group is based out of Atlanta, and if you have some extra time on your hands you should check out their other music video for “Tangerine” here.

England In 1819 – “Pine” {Synthpop}

What’s more confusing than figuring out what in the hell happened in England in 1819 is figuring out how these cheerleaders didn’t suffocate from all that fog…but I digress. The video tells a touching story of a smitten nerd with an infatuation with harps one girl in particular, and it definitely gives a tug at the ol’ heartstrings…

Hello Phones – “Hey You” {Electro/New Wave}

Why hello there, Hello Phones (it just never gets old…or does it?). This video was everything we hoped any new Hello Phones video would be like; with lightning bolts, horizontally-striped outfits, what looks like a cheetah sweatshirt….Yeah, it’s safe to say that this video is a visual delight.

Trampled By Turtles – “Are You Behind The Shining Star?” {Alt-Bluegrass}

This video has some nice stop-motion action going on, not to mention a ton of floating blue stars, exploding bubbles of colour and even banjos…who knew being Trampled By Turtles could be so awesome? If you digs it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

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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 Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

June 19, 2014 in Alt-Country, Classic Rock, Electro, Electronic, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Rock, Soul, Sunshine Pop, Synthpop, Top 2014 by Rex

Tennis – “Cured Of Youth” {Sunshine Pop}

Tennis could release a track about a steaming pile of poo we’d still be all over that shit (well not in the literal sense or anything…), and even though this track is off their 2013 release we couldn’t help but sneak a little Tennis in here; (it was officially released as a single in 2014 after all…) This track is off their Small Sound EP which you can purchase here.

Sisyphus – “Rhythm of Devotion” {Electronic/Hip Hop}

Now that we’ve gotten over our “no, their band name isn’t symphillus” moment, we fully immersed ourselves in this hippity hop-y single; (and the fact that Sufjan Stevens is involved with the project may have had a little something to do with it). The band also features the likes of Son Lux and rapper Serengeti.

Shark Week – “Go West” {Alt-Country/Indie Rock}

We all have that one friend who is totally and utterly obsessed with sharks, so the next time your friend goes on an on and on about shark statistics or their Richard Dreyfuss obsession, put on this track to distract them for a few minutes; (every little bit helps right?) The group is based out of Toronto/Oshawa, Ontario, and if you can digs it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Django Django – “Porpoise Song” (Monkees cover) {Psych/Classic Rock}

Django Django always had a classic Beatles/Tame Impala kind of vibe going on, so them covering The Monkees made a whole lotta sense in our eyes. The track was released as a single on marbled vinyl 7″ for this year’s Record Store Day.

Eugene McGuinness – “Godiva” {Pop/Rock}

We wouldn’t be a true-blue Eugene stalker (true story) without drooling all over this video that has “O” faces galore, but turns out the track is almost as epic as 2012′s “Harlequinade.” Almost. Apparently his forthcoming album Chroma is described as “a direct, stripped-back guitar album,” and it’s being released on July 7th via Domino.

Slates – “Taiga” {Punk/Rock}

Given that Slates is from one of the coldest cities in Canada (AKA Edmonton) it’s not too surprising that this video of theirs oozes Canadia (the snow, the AC/DC poster hanging up in the window, etc. etc.) The single is off their album of the same title which was released back in February, and you can stream it in full here.

Bipolar Sunshine – “Team” (Lorde cover) {Indie Pop} + Free download

Not only did we just discover a band with one of the most epic names ever, we also discovered a pretty impressive Lorde cover that’s available as a free download (#Winningx3). And in case you didn’t know already, the group is led by Adio Marchant (of KiD BRiTiSH), and you can watch the video for their most recent single (“Where Did The Love Go”) here.

Frank Ocean ft. Diplo & The Clash – “Hero” {Soul/Electronic} + Free download

Frank Ocean is one of those artists who knows how to grasp an emotion perfectly, and this track is proof Franky boy’s voice can suit any genre. If you like the tune as much as we do make sure you snag that free download in the player below.

Black Bananas – “Physical Emotions” {Synthpop}

My love for this track goes well beyond the video (80s-like synth, dudes jumping out of boomboxes and doing the robot…need I say more?) The single is off their brand spankin’ new album Electric Brick Wall which was released on June 24th via Drag City.

SLEEP SLEEP – “Take The Money & Run” {Electropop/Rock}

We’re still not entirely sure what this video is about (but the technological sci-fi vibes seem to suit the track perfectly…) The track is off their latest release Gospel which was released back in April, and you can buy it for €7.99 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

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