by Rex

Top new tracks: Bob Mould, The Roots, Little Dragon, How To Dress Well + the oh so Fresh & Onlys

April 10, 2014 in Dance, Electronic, Electropop, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Synthpop, World Music by Rex

The Roots – “When The People Cheer” {Rap/Hip Hop}

All I can say about this new Roots single is it’s about god damn time! The Roots have been standing in Jimmy Fallon’s/Elvis Costello’s wrinkly shadows for far too long. This track is off their highly-anticipated album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin which is out next month.

Little Dragon – “Paris” {Synthpop/Dance}

You just know the words “Swedish” and “synth” turn our musical boner on, so hearing this new Little Dragon tune was definitely the highlight of our week. This is the first single off the group’s forthcoming album Nabuma Rubberband which is out on May 13th via Loma Vista.

Bob Mould – “Hey Mr. Grey” {Punk/Rock}

It was one thing finding out that the Hüsker Dü-er Bob Mould is still, you know, “around”…but to find out that he’s releasing some new music was pretty shocking in itself. Mould recently announced his brand spankin’ new album titled Beauty & Ruin, and apparently it’s being released on June 3rd via Merge.

How To Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure” {R&B/Pop}

My spring just wouldn’t feel complete without Tom Krell’s sexy r&b-atic voice oozing out my speakers, so I welcomed this new song of his with open arms. The single is off Krell’s new and highly-anticipated album What Is This Heart? which is due out on June 24th (in the U.S.) and June 23rd (internationally) via Weird World.

Vensaire – “See I’m You” {Indie Rock/World Music}

This song is less of a single and more of a worldy delight with tints of Bombay Bicycle Club mixed in with Horrors-like synths (not to mention a crapton of Asian elements as well). The “Brooklyn anti-band” is currently prepping for the release of their new concept album Perdix which was recorded by the Grammy-winner Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective).

The Fresh & Onlys – “Animal Of One” {Psych Rock}

It’s been a stale few months not hearing any new tuneage from The Fresh & Onlys, and as always, the San Francisco psych rockers delivered. This is the second single off the group’s forthcoming album House Of Spirits (with the first single being the almighty “Bells Of Paonia“), and the release will be out on June 10th via Mexican Summer.

Doss – “The Way I Feel” {Electropop/Trance} + Free download

It’s not too often that a trancy track like this one starts getting mentioned on every single indie music blog left, right and center, but after checking it out I can see why. This track is off her new self-titled debut EP which is being released on April 29th via Acéphale.

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Top new tracks: Jack White, Tori Amos, Hot Chip, Radio Moscow + Alicia Keys ft. Kendrick Lamar

April 3, 2014 in Alt-Country, Blues, Classic Rock, Disco, Funk, Indie, Indie Rock, R&B, Rap, Rock, Synthpop by Rex

Hot Chip – “Atomic Bomb” (William Onyeabor cover) {Disco/Funk}

All this Crimea/Cold War 2.0 talk has got me thinking…isn’t it about time we heard some new Hot Chip? Well turns out I wasn’t alone in that thought, because the Londoners decided to contribute a tune for the upcoming William Onyeabor Remixed release which is coming out on Record Store Day (AKA April 19th). Other artists featured on the release include The Vaccines, Caribou’s Daphni and many, many more.

Alicia Keys – “It’s On Again” ft. Kendrick Lamar {R&B/Rap}

Now that Alicia Keys has unrolled those nasty braids I can finally take her seriously without focusing on her hair all the time. Anyways, all you Spider-Man fans are probably five steps ahead of me in knowing that Ms. Keys and Mr. Lamar will be contributing this track for the new Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, but it was news to me. The soundtrack isn’t out until April 22nd, but you can pre-order it by clicking here.

Yuko – “While You Figure Things Out” {Indie Rock}

Oh, Yuko, has it really been three years since you’ve released some new tuneage? Time sure flies when you’re listening to music that isn’t Yuko… This is the first single off their accurately-titled album Long Sleeves Cause Accidents which is being released on April 7th via Unday Records.

Tori Amos – “Trouble’s Lament” {Baroque Pop}

If you follow the gingery Amos you’re probably well aware that she gets all fired up and ginger-like about Satan and God and stuff, and it looks like nothing has changed with this new tune of hers. Either way it’s pretty good for a woman who’s 50-years-old (Wait…what?) This track is the first single off her forthcoming album Unrepentant Geraldines which hits the pavement next month.

Jack White – “High Ball Stepper” {Alt-Country/Rock}

The oh so minimalistic Jack White is back with a brand new solo LP which is coming out in June and being released on (you guessed it) his glorious label Third Man Records. Apparently the record will come with a 40-page art and lyric book poster, a postcard, a 7″ of demos, and even a few angry handwritten letters to his arch-nemesis Dan Auerbach…OK so maybe the last part isn’t necessarily true…

Tomas Barfod ft. Gruff Rhys – “True To You” {Synthpop}

We’ve been keeping our eyes and ears on Gruff Rhys ever since we heard the Welshman’s highly-addictive “Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru,” (although he’s probably best known as being the brains behind Super Furry Animals). This collaborative track is off the upcoming Record Store Day 7″ which will only be released in the UK and Denmark (sorry, suckers!!)

Radio Moscow – “Death Of A Queen” {Classic Rock/Blues}

It’s about time we came across some hard-hitting, badass rock & roll, and this song is about as rock & roll as it gets. This track is off the group’s fourth studio album Magical Dirt which is being released on June 17th via Alive NaturalSound Records, and if you like their work you should follow them on Facebook here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 1, 2014 in Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Gypsy, Gypsy Punk, independent bands, Instrumental, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rap by Rex

Call Me Greenhorn – “Simian Walk” {Experimental/Instrumental}

You know that feeling when you hear a song and instantly feel more badass even though you’re not remotely badass in any sense of the word? Well that’s how we felt after listening to this track. Call Me Greenhorn (but really his name is Magnus Sellergren) is based out of Sweden and he just completed his new album Space Kitty 2000 on March 24th. If you dig his work (as you should) you can buy the release for $7 over at his Bandcamp page.

Psycho Mad Sally – “Marion Sims” {Gypsy Punk/Metal}

And just when we were starting to think that Gogol Bordello was the only gypsy punk band that would ever blow our minds, this Toronto-based group went ahead and Eugene Hütz-ed us with this wicked tune. This track is off their most recent release How II Survive which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Stacey – “Calling Me” (YDID Mix) {Electronic/Pop} + Free downloads

“Stark minimalism turns to grand, ethereal atmosphere” and “lush combinations of effervescent synths” are some of the many elaborate descriptions Stacey sent us in her submission e-mail, but all you have to do is listen to this track for two seconds to understand what she’s talking about. This tune is a remix of a track off her debut EP, and if you like her on Facebook you can download the release for free.

Daisy Victoria – “Macbeth To My Lady” {Garage Rock} + Free download

It’s a rare find to come across a female-fronted garage rock group, let alone a good female-fronted garage rock group, so obviously we’re going to give Miss Daisy a shout-out. This track is off her debut EP Heart Full Of Beef which you can buy as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page or download the track for free in the player below.

Sunny Gang – “1:35″ {Punk/Rap}

Speaking of rare finds…this here is the first punky-rap band we’ve ever covered at RMD which makes Sunny Gangs extra, extra special in our eyes. The group is based out of Newark, and this is the first single off their forthcoming EP (which also happens to be the first music video they’ve ever released as well). If you like their work make sure you follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on their future releases.

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Top new tracks: The Black Keys, De La Soul, Chrissie Hynde + Andrew Bird covers The New Pornographers

March 27, 2014 in Disco, Folk, Free downloads, Hip Hop, House, Indie, Pop, Rap, Rock by Rex

A.C. Newman – “Be Not So Fearful” (Bill Fay cover) {Pop/Rock}

If you’ve ever doubted that The New Pornographers’ frontman A.C. Newman is as cool as A.C. Slater then this track will certainly change your mind. Not to mention that all you zombie geeks (I know you’re out there…) will appreciate that this song will be featured on the new Walking Dead soundtrack as well as other tracks from Sharon Van Etten and Portugal, The Man.

To listen to the song click here.

De La Soul – “Vocabulary Spills” {Rap/Hip Hop} + Free downloads

Holy John, Paul and George there’s a new De La Soul track bouncing around the interwebs and naturally every music nerd is buzzing about it. The song is off their forthcoming release Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. which was released a free download (!!!) yesterday on the group’s official website.

The Black Keys – “Fever” {Rock}

The Black Keys will be dropping their highly-anticipated new album Turn Blue on May 13th, and I’m expecting some full-blown, angst-from-divorce-inspired lyrics on the record now that vocalist Dan Auerbach is done bickering with his ex about who gets Bob Dylan’s hair. This is the first single off the album which was produced by Auerbach and Patrick Carney (not so surprising) as well as Danger Mouse (very surprising).

Chrissie Hynde – “Dark Sunglasses” {Pop/Rock}

It’s news to me that Chrissie Hynde AKA the Pretenders frontwoman AKA Dee Dee Dum Dum’s doppelganger will be releasing her debut solo album on June 9th, but after finding out more info about the release it’s clear that she means business. The album (titled Stockholm) will apparently feature Neil Young as well as John McEnroe, and it was recorded with Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling at the famed Ingrid Studios.

Andrew Bird – “The Fake Headlines” (The New Pornographers cover) {Indie Pop/Folk}

I’m going to take this as a sign of fate that Andrew Bird decided to cover Vancouver’s beloved New Pornographers right when I’ve started re-listening to “The Electric Version,” “My Rights Versus Yours” and “Use It” on repeat. The track is off the forthcoming compilation Good People Rock which you can pre-order here, and all proceeds will go towards The Yellow Bird Project to help raise money for various charity organizations

The Afghan Whigs – “The Lottery” {Rock}

The Afghan Whigs AKA one of Sub Pop’s many darlings are back at it with their first album in 16 years, and it’s bound to become one of the most talked about releases of the year. This is the second single off the release (with the first being the epic “Algiers“) and apparently the album will drop on April 15th.

BOZA – “Bassline” (remix) {House} + Free download

With a Canadian Juno stamp of approval, DJ BOZA has been turning a lot of Canadian heads since the 80s when he was creating his own unique brand of electronic music in Toronto’s underground house scene. If you dig his work you can download this track for free in the player below, and give him some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Holy Ghost! – “Bridge & Tunnel” (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) {Disco}

DFA Records has been on fire so far this year with new releases from YACHT and The Juan Maclean, but let’s not forget about one of the label’s best releases of 2013: Holy Ghost!’s Dynamics. Although this track is off last year’s release, the duo will be including two remixes of the tune on a 12″, and this is one of the new and improved versions off the release (which you can purchase on DFA’s official website).

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Top new tracks: Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z, of Montreal, St. Vincent + Big Boi rapping about Daenerys Targaryen

March 13, 2014 in Art Rock, Dream Pop, Electronic, Electropop, Hip Hop, Indie, Instrumental, Psych Pop, Rap by Rex

Big Boi – “Mother Of Dragons” {Rap/Hip Hop}

Word on the street is that Big Boi is a big boi fan of Game Of Thrones, and that’s kind of a big boi deal in my mind (OK I’ll stop now…) Seriously though, can you imagine Big Boi curled up on a couch crying like a little bitch during The Red Wedding episode? Not that I did that or anything…Anyways, this track is off the new HBO-produced/Game Of Thrones-inspired mixtape Catch The Throne which was released on Friday, and you can find out more info about it here.

Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z – “Computerized” {Electronic/Rap}

I probably wasn’t alone in having a “say whaaaa?” moment when I first heard about Daft Punk collaborating with Jay-Z. If anything I’m ashamed I didn’t see it coming sooner (seeing that famewhores music collaborating nerds tend to team up with other famewhores music collaborating nerds). Some folks were starting to think that the tune was a fake (much like many other supposed “Daft Punk” tracks), but this one is the real deal.

St. Vincent – “Del Rio” {Art Rock/Electronic}

We’ve been so busy with our Angel Olsen, Beck, Sam Roberts (and soon-to-be Metronomy) album reviews we totally forgot that St. Vincent’s new album dropped on February 24th – shocking I know, seeing that Annie and her Wayne Coyne locks are EVERYWHERE at the moment. So listening to this new B-side of hers was a great way to prepare for my Digital Witness listening marathon (which is probably going to last at least two to three months…)

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of Montreal – “Jigsaw Puzzle” {Psych Pop}

Because Kevin Barnes is Kevin Barnes-like, it seems like every other week he’s pulling some kind of surprise out of his ass that ends up blowing me away. Apparently this tune was recorded during the making of one of our favourite albums of 2013 Lousy with Sylvianbriar, but was left off the release because let’s get real here…no album can handle THAT much awesomeness.

Dfalt – “Untitled Morning #1″ {Electronic/Instrumental}

Here’s something that’s a little different. Apparently this L.A.-based producer is in the midst of releasing a track everyday for his new track-per-day project via Daylight Curfew, and all of his songs released to date are currently streaming on his Soundcloud Page. As of today he’s on “Untitled Morning #25” so if you have some extra time on your hands definitely check that shit out.

How To Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember” {Electronic/R&B}

As if having one of the best band names ever wasn’t enough, How To Dress Well AKA Tom Krell is now releasing mysterious tracks as well as prepping for his upcoming tour (which apparently includes openers Forest Swords – kind of a big deal). No word yet as to whether this tune will be included on an upcoming album, but a music nerd can only dream.

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Fear Of Men – “Outrun Me” {Indie/Dream Pop}

It’s hard to believe that Fear Of Men’s debut album hasn’t even hit the pavement yet seeing that we’ve been such huge fans for what seems like forever now…Loom is going to be released on April 7th via Art Is Hard, and apparently the group will also be releasing a 7″ on April 7th as well. So yeah, March is going to be the longest month ever.

The Range – “Washingtons” {Electropop/Rap}

Apparently The Range AKA James Hinton has been turning a lot of heads in the last year with his wicked electronica, but this is actually the first I’ve ever heard of his project. This track, which perfectly meshes together the synthpop and rap genres (who knew synth and rap went together so well???) is off his new album Panasonic which is out March 25th via Donkey Pitch.

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Top new videos: Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, HAIM, Owen Pallett + Pacman as a sad, heartbroken alcoholic

March 6, 2014 in Ambient, Electronic, Garage Rock, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Rap, Rock by Rex

Coldplay – “Midnight” {Ambient/Electronic}

Coldplay’s video for their brand spankin’ new and surprisingly electronic single “Midnight” is shot in negative exposure-style, but that’s what happens when you marry a Negative Nancy like GOOPY Gwenyth Paltrow…The video was directed by Mary Wigmore, who is also the godmother of Chris Martin’s daughter Apple.

Owen Pallett – “The Riverbed” {Alternative Rock}

If you’ve ever thought to yourself “hmmmm I’m in the mood to watch a video of an old man doing a strange Rocky-like workout in his boxers,” well now you can. The video stars Pallett’s real-life uncle Jim Pallett as he goes on a date with an older woman wearing a tacky fur coat and red nail polish (if this is what being an old man is like then I’m so happy to not be one right now…)

Liz Lawrence – “Health & Safety” {Pop/Rock}

Now remember kids: Always remember to speed when driving on the highway, kiss dudes with ridiculously large moustaches, take more drugs than a 60s hippie, and dance like your feet are on fire. At least I think that’s what this video is trying to teach me about health and safety…

Drunken Draculas – “Some Of My Best Friends Are Vampire Hunters” {Indie/Garage Rock}

I was in a pretty shitty mood until I feasted my eyes on this highlariously horrible video, which features boogying cats, cute men sitting in bathtubs, Elvis wigs and soooo much more. This track is off the group’s new EP which was released on February 28th via Totally Wired Records.

Thick As Thieves – “Ghosts” {Pop/Rap}

After having a night of doing the horizontal tango with a hot blonde, Pacman wakes up reminiscing of happier times with the woman who broke his heart AKA Pacwoman. Pacman then tries to distract himself by going on a drinking binge and playing a game of shit baseball with his buddies, until he sees Pacwoman canoodling with some human in the park. Poor Pacman…

Kings Of Leon – “Temple” {Rock}

Off the album of the same title of what I imagine myself doing to the lead singer on a daily basis, this new single of Kings Of Leon comes with a video comprised of shots of America’s country music capital AKA Nashville (or Nashvegas to all you hipsters out there…) Plus we get a glimpse of Anthony’s new beybeh that he created with his supermodel wife. Cuteness all around.

HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind” {Pop}

I’m still trying to get my head around the fact that according to a new study, at least four U.S. states hate HAIM more than R. Kelly and Chris Brown, but not everyone in the world can be fans of sweet and delicious cheesy music videos like this one I suppose…

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Top Albums of 2013 {Part 4}

January 7, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Art Rock, Blues, Chamber Pop, Chamber Rock, Electro, Electrofunk, Electrogoth, Electronic, Electronica, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Garage Rock, Hip Hop, House, Pop, Psych Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Soul, Top 2013, Witch House, World Music by Rex

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Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir

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RIYL: The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Brooklyners have officially wowed us with this third release of theirs, which starts off with the trancey, tribal opener “Spirit In Front Of Me” before it churns through some of the best tracks we’ve heard all year like “Memory Room” and “Sticks And Stones.” If you have some extra time on your hands give this album a listen from start to finish, because hearing is believing.

To read our “Future Folklore” song review click here
To read our “Star Crawl” song review click here

!!! – Thr!!!er

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RIYL: Cut Copy, Happy Mondays

Maybe it’s because it’s been a great year for electrofunkers (yes, even Daft Punk), or maybe we were swooned by the sexy-as-hell Rolling Stones-inspired short-shorts…oh who are we kidding? What made us really fall in love with this record was this music video, and this music video alone. And once you hit the “play” button you’ll see what we mean…

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

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

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RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie

Just the fact that David Bowie sings on the album’s leading single and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy produced the album speaks volumes for itself. See what happens when eccentric musicians collaborate together? OK James Murphy, I’ll forgive you for disbanding LCD Soundsystem now;  but only because we know where you truly belong is in the co-producer’s chair.

To read our Reflektor album review click here
To read our “Reflektor” music video review click here

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

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RIYL: Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Erykah Badu

You can always count on Janelle Monáe to bring the crazy-as-fuck visuals with her music videos, but this year she brought the crazy-as-fuckness to a whole new level. With The Electric Lady dominating the R&B releases of 2013, it’s no wonder why Erykah Badu turned her back on her glittery collaboration with The Flaming Lips to work with Miss Monáe.

To read our “Q.U.E.E.N.” music video review click here

Dr. Dog – B-Room

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RIYL: The Band, The Beatles

It was love at first listen as soon as we heard “The Truth”, and although we have a nasty habit of skipping through sappy slow songs, this one helped hook us in within the first 30 seconds of the album…but our listening love didn’t stop there. There’s one great track after another, each with its own unique vibe and hook; not that it’s too much of a surprise though considering Dr. Dog’s massive discography is littered with solid album after solid album.

HAIM – Days Are Gone

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RIYL: Feist, Paramore, Fleetwood Mac

We’ve been getting drips and drabs of HAIM since as far back as November of last year, and it seemed like everywhere we turned HAIM’s long luscious hippie locks were waving at us. This record was the perfect buffer for us while we wait for Stealing Sheep’s next record, and like ‘em or  love ‘em Days Are Gone certainly deserves its place on any end-of-year list.

To read our song review of HAIM’s “Edge” click here

David Bowie – The Next Day

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RIYL: The Kinks, LCD Soundsystem

If the music of 2013 was a popularity high school contest, David Bowie, James Murphy and Arcade Fire would have been the “cool kids” this year. We may not have been the hugest fans of the album, but The Next Day pushed a wave and ripple effect in the music community, and lived up to Bowie’s knack for tailoring to the weird, eccentric and oddball target audience.

To read our “Love is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich mix by James Murphy) song review click here
To read our”Valentine’s Day” song review click here
To read our The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” music video review click here

Austra – Olympia

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RIYL: Grimes, The Knife, Bjork

Set up like a broadway musical and starting with the “what-the-fuck-was-that” opener that immediately draws the listener in, this album is all over the map musically. The listener is taken on an electropop (“Forgive Me” and “Home”) before finishing with the mysterious “I Don’t Care (I’m A Man)” and “Hurt Me Now.”

To read our Olympia album review click here.
To read our “Home” music video review click here.
To read our “Home” song review click here.

Belle and Sebastian – The Third Eye Centre

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RIYL: Iron and Wine, of Montreal

Belle and Sebastian have always had a specific kind of sound that isn’t well received by everyone, but with a palette of different instruments scattered all throughout this record, it was hard not to be mesmerized by the rarities release. From psychedelic rock to alternative folk and world music, this album is so musically diverse we don’t even know where to start, but to dumb it down in laymen’s terms The Third Eye Centre is basically a poppier version of Arcade Fire’s Funeral or Neon Bible.

To read our review of the “Your Cover’s Blown” music video click here

Action Bronson – Saab Stories

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RIYL: Ghostface Killah, Das Racist

Once we took our feminist hats off and got over the atrocious album cover, we came to appreciate what all the Saab Stories fuss was about, just for shock value’s sake alone (these are Miley times we’re living in, after all). It proves that sometimes EPs can provide just as much punch as a full-length, and it’s easy to see why all my fellow music bloggers were ranting and raving about it.

To read our review of “Morey Boogie Boards” click here

Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

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RIYL: New Order, Holy Ghost!, Chromatics, Happy Mondays

Out of all the electropop releases of the year, Cut Copy’s Free Your Mind stood out from the rest for us in 2013 (yes, even after seeing !!!’s sexy short-shorts). But this album is filled with so much more than just electropop sounds and proves that Cut Copy are more than just an electropop band; but motivational speakers for electronic-loving hippies (in a nutshell).

To read our Free Your Mind album review click here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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RIYL: Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane

All the haters must be smoking crack (or not smoking enough, in the eyes of Toronto mayor Rob Ford that is) because this album is some of the best Americana we’ve heard all year. With a specific, narrow and cohesive focus, yet bordering on everything from classic rock, psychedelic rock and soul, Edward Sharpe and his Magnetic Zeros have brought fresh eyes to an older sound yet again.

No Age – An Object

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RIYL: Joy Division, Eric’s Trip, Black Flag

With the Sub Pop stamp of approval, No Age have torpedoed their way onto the top of the 2013 punk charts with this record, but don’t let the “punk” label fool you. The album features everything from nitty, gritty garage rock to surprisingly melodic and catchy rock, and even a little tribal and electronic action on “An Impression.” Oh and you can stream the album in full for free below. (Thanks, Sub Pop!)

The Weeknd – Kiss Land

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RIYL: Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean

His voice and vibe may be drenched in R&B, but it was the electronic backbone of this record that made us fall in love with it. From the electronic/experimental track “Adaptation” to Drake’s cameo on “Live For,” it’s clear why so many peeps consider Kiss Land to be 2013′s response to last year’s channel ORANGE. Plus he’s from Toronto, so we may or may not have some kind of Canadian bias about the album.

To read our review of The Weeknd’s “Live For” music video click here
To read our “Kiss Land” song review click here

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

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RIYL: Prince, Frank Ocean

Blood Orange’s outstanding new record Cupid Deluxe was perhaps overshadowed by its interesting cover…but Cupid works in mysterious ways like. With its November release the album just barely cut this year’s end-of-year-lists, but there’s no denying Blood Orange’s place in 2013 considering he was busy remixing everyone from Friends to Drake (love that shit).

To read our song review of Blood Orange’s remix of Friends’ “That Way” click here.
To read our song review of Blood Orange’s remix of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” click here

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Top Albums of 2013 {Part 3}

January 6, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Blues, Classic Pop, Classic Rock, Dream Pop, Electrofunk, Electronic, Electropop, Free downloads, Funk, Hip Hop, Industrial, Jazz, Metal, New Wave, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock, Soul, Top 2013, Tribal, Tribal Pop, Tribal Rock, Trip Hop, Uncategorized by Rex

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Cage The Elephant – Melophobia

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RIYL: The Stone Roses, Weezer

Melophobia is everything Arctic Monkeys’ AM shoulda-coulda-woulda been if them Monkeys weren’t too busy ripping off the rock gods to notice that they were ripping off the rock gods, but I digress. If you didn’t like Cage The Elephant the first time around you may not get your mind changed just yet; but let’s get real here: “Take It Or Leave It” alone could possibly surpass The Strokes’ “Take It Or Leave It,”  (which is saying a lot coming from us).

Frankie Rose – Herein Wild

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RIYL: Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, Joy Division

Frankie is one of those rare artists who never fails to disappointment no matter what album or project she’s working on. Her sound is unique yet reliable and familiar, and technically it’s no different than her 2012 album Interstellar, but anything remotely similar to that kind of awesomeness is bound to be mindblowing.

To read our review of Frankie Rose’s cover of The Damned’s “Street Of Dreams” click here
To read our review of Frankie Rose’s “Sorrow” click here

Beyoncé - Beyoncé

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RIYL: Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige

It shocked the shade out of us when we found out that Beyoncé released a new visual album with zero promo or teasers beforehand at all, and honestly…it’s pure genius! With all the Artpop/shit/Random Access Memories album promos being shoved down our throats all year, this album is proof that Jay-Z’s wife The Big B. doesn’t even need all that Artpop-like hoopla thankyouverymuch.

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

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RIYL: Prince, Depeche Mode, Marilyn Manson

We can all collectively sigh in relief now that Trent Reznor put How To Destroy Angels_ on the backburner to work on some fresh, new NIN. (Okay well maybe his side project wasn’t that bad, but nothing beats new NIN, especially new/good NIN).

To read our Hesitation Marks review click here.
To read our review of “Copy of A” click here

To read our review of the “Come Back Haunted” music video click here

White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

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RIYL: The Black Keys, The Raconteurs, The White Stripes

White Denim sounds so much like the The Raconteurs we can’t help but wonder if Jack White is being all sneaky-sneaky on us (as always) and releasing music under a secretive name (sometimes not always). The album is kind of all over the place – almost jazz-like, but mixing that together with a blues/rock foundation makes the album stand out for the rest of the blues/rock releases of the past year.

To read our review of White Denim’s “Pretty Green” click here.

Camera Obscura – Desire Lines

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RIYL: Stars, The xx

Camera Obscura have earned a massive, massive following over the years, (similar to that of their Canadian twinsies Stars), and this album certainly helped catapult their cult-like fame even more. The album is packed full of happy, feel-good-lucky tunes that warmed our cold Canadian hearts, and for that reason alone deserves recognition in itself.

To read our review of “Troublemaker” click here.
To read our review of “Fifth In Line to the Throne” click here.  

Jagwar Ma – Howlin’

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RIYL: Kasabian, Django Django, Beta Band

“Come Save Me” was the first track to break our Jagwar Ma cherry, and we became so obsessed with the tune we thought we’d give the rest of the album a listen…and are we ever glad we did. There are a couple of poppish songs similar to the leading track (like “That Loneliness”) but there’s also a few experimental, tribal tracks hidden in the mix as well (e.g. “What Love” and “The Throw”).

Elvis Costello And The Roots – Wise Up Ghost

elviscostellowiseupghost RIYL: The Roots, Van Morrison

Costello has been collaborating with The Roots AKA Jimmy Fallon’s “backing band” for quite some time, but working together for a new Costello record brought the art of genius collaborations to a whole new level. Without The Roots, Wise Up Ghost could have easily been another snore-inducing adult contemporary album we’ve been hearing all too much of from Costello as of late, but throw a little ?uestlove funk into the mix and you’ve got yourself a winner.

To read our Wise Up Ghost review click here.
To read our review of Elvis Costello & The Roots’ song “Walk Us Uptown” click here

MGMT – MGMT

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RIYL: of Montreal, The Flaming Lips, Empire Of The Sun

We were half expecting MGMT to go down in a fiery, 2004 neon-lit haze, and although a lot of people seem to be on the fence about it we were actually surprised at how much we enjoyed the record. It doesn’t sway too much away from MGMT’s usual electropop formula, but we have to give credit where credit is due: They haven’t lost their neon touch.

To read our review of MGMT’s “Alien Days” click here

Deafheaven – Sunbather

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RIYL: Ash Borer, Vaura Metal

Don’t be fooled by its pinkish exterior, because Sunbather was hands-down one of the most badass metal releases of the year, and its tracks have been circulating around the music blogverse ever since it was released back in June. Oh and PS you can download their single “Dream House” for free in the player below.

Paul McCartney – NEW

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RIYL: The Wings, The Beatles, Mark Ronson

Sure, Sir Paul may or may not have used five young producers as a crutch for this record (OK, he totally did) but it was a total genius move on his part. Some tracks were a little ho-hum, but other tracks like “On My Way To Work” and “Alligator” prove that Paul has still got what it takes, and will hopefully remind this younger generation who the real genius was behind Sgt. Pepper’s.

To read our album review of NEW click here.
To read our song review of “New” click here

Cults – Static

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RIYL: The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Beach House

It seemed like everywhere we turned Cults’ glittery GIF album cover was shimmering back at us, and because we easily get mesmerized by SPARKLES!! we eventually gave into the hoopla and checked this album out. The release is clearly 2013′s answer to Beach House’s Bloom, and although the high-pitched vocals can be hard to stomach, if you can put up with Grimes for three minutes you can put up with anything.

To read our review of Cults’ track “High Road” click here
To read our review of the music video for “High Road” click here

Kanye West – Yeezus

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RIYL: Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Timbaland

Profound hatred and annoyances aside, there’s no denying Yeezus‘ place on any end-of-year list. In a typical “FUCK YOU” move on Kanye’s behalf, the album was recorded in Paris and shockingly starts off with some Eurostyle electronic drones; and as much as we like to make fun of the guy for all the vomit that pour out of his mouth, “hurry up with my damn croissants” is the new “It’s Britney, bitch.”

London Grammar – If You Wait

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RIYL: Florence and the Machine, The xx

London Grammar is one of those bands that immediately grab your attention as soon as you hear them, and 2013 just wouldn’t have been complete without Hannah Reid’s deep, booming voice groaning in the distance. Just listening to the album will make you feel as if you’re falling down a well of sadness, darkness and depression…so yeah…it’s a great listen!

To read our review on London Grammar’s “Strong” music video click here.

Volcano Choir – Repave

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RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Tom Waits

We could care less about the hipster stamp Bon Iver has been getting, because Volcano Choir is no Bon Iver (OK well maybe a little bit thanks to Justin Vernon…but anyways). Repave has helped Volcano Choir become a band that is best listened to by album instead of by individual song, and we have to give credit to an exquisitely-crafted experimental record that made us feel as if we were being transported to another planet.

To read our review of the “Byegone” music video click here

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Top new videos: Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Death Grips, Kylesa + a woman giving birth to a band

November 21, 2013 in Alternative, Experimental, Indie, Metal, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, R&B, Rap, Rock by Rex

Queens of the Stone Age -”The Vampyre of Time and Memory” {Alternative Rock}

I’d be ten times more impressed with this “interactive” video if Josh Homme and I were being interactive with eachother on a personal, intimate level, but after seeing what his hands actually look like I’m starting to question my nine-year-long schoolgirl crush on the dude. If you don’t have a laptop that’s a piece of shit like mine then you can check out the interactive-style video here.

Hello Beautiful – “Bad Like That” (NSFW) {Rock/Rap}

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself: “Hmmm…I wonder what a guitar coming out of a vagina would look like?” Well now you can say that you know. This group is based out of Toronto (because only a Canadian group can come up with an epic music video like this), and apparently they share the same birth mother as a pussycat and a handful of confetti – who would’ve thunk?

SZA – “Ice Moon” {Alternative Pop/R&B}

Americans are all like “look at the pretty forest! Is this what heaven looks like?” But Canadians be like “that looks like my backyard, buddy.” Okay so maybe our forests don’t have pretty pink balloons in them, but they still have talking bears and glittery cougars and whatnot.

Phoenix – “Chloroform” {Pop/Rock}

If you are smarter than me (AKA 99.99% of the world’s population), then you probably already knew that the famous director Sofia Coppola is married to Phoenix’s vocalist Thomas Mars. So imagine my surprise when I first read that not only did Coppola direct this video, she’s also been busy procreating with the Phoenixman since 2011. And because Phoenix are the Coppola-humping snobs that they are, the only way you can watch the video (for now) is by clicking right here.

Death Grips – “You Might Think He Loves You For Your Money But I Know What He Really Loves You For, It’s Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat”{Experimental Rap}

Is it wrong to be so entertained from watching a grown man cry like a little schoolgirl? Because all this music video consists of is Stefan Burnett wiping away onion-induced tears and laughing like a crazy person. After watching it I still can’t decide on whether he needs to seek professional help or get locked up in the loonie bin, but either way this video definitely has some One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest vibes going on….

The Dodos – “Transformer” {Indie Rock}

What’s more entertaining than watching a Death Grips member bawling his eyes out? Watching a cartoon character pick his own boogers and mush them all into one massive booger-y ball, of course! There’s also a bunch of other entertaining stuff going on in the video too like men falling from the sky and a gang of umbrella-heads dancing with a dead dog…oh who am I kidding, I still can’t get over that massive booger ball.

Kylesa – “Low Tide” {Psych Rock/Metal}

When it comes to judging music videos according to the band’s genre, metal bands are pretty up there for providing an immense amount of entertainment in their music videos. It may not be sweet, innocent little children screamcore-ing, but at least this video takes you on a mesmerizing, cartoonish joyride.

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Top Halloween Tracks of 2013 {Part 1}

October 28, 2013 in Alternative, Ambient, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Instrumental, Metal, Pop, Rap, Rock, Rockabilly, Ska, Surf Punk by Rex

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The Reigning Monarchs – “Black Sweater Massacre” {Rockabilly/Surf Punk}

Everyone knows that rockabilly and Halloween go together like peas and carrots (and if you didn’t know that then you haven’t heard of Vancouver’s very own Big John Bates) but this band takes “Halloweenabilly” to a whole new level. The band was formed by author/comedian Greg Behrendt and Mike Eisenstein from Letters to Cleo, and you can buy this track for as little as $1 here.

Those Damn Bloodsuckers – “Nights Without Ghouls” {Ambient/Instrumental} + Free download

We’ve always associated “those damn bloodsuckers” with mosquitoes and Justin Bieber fans, but now it will forever remind us of this Pennsylvania-based group. Seriously though, this track should be the new American Horror Story opener. (Have you seen the creepy album cover? Enough said). If you dig the song make sure you snag its free download in the player below.

SkeletonWitch – “I Am of Death (Hell Has Arrived)” {Metal}

Holy shitballs there is a whole lotta metal going on in this track; no wonder Stereogum’s been slobbering their corporate saliva all over these guys, because we don’t think our eardrums will ever be the same again. The track is off their new album Serpents Unleashed which is being released tomorrow.

The Bats Pajamas – “Haunted BBQ” {Garage Rock} + Free downloads

Even if we went to a BBQ that was packed full of ghouls, goblins, witches and zombies you would still see us in the corner of the yard wolfing down ribs and burgers instead of running for our lives, but hey, that’s just us. This track is off the Toronto-based band’s new EP Just Ripe which you can download for free here.

Kease – “Goosebumps” {Rap/Freestyle}

It’s not everyday we come across a Halloweenie rap song, so when we do we’re all over that shit. This rapper is based out of Paris, Texas, and if you dig his style you can give him some “Like” love on Facebook here and subscribe to his YouTube channel here.

The Planes – “Dead and Bored” {Pop/Rock}

Planes can be pretty scary (especially when you’re on a plane with this crazy biatch) but these are the kinds of Planes that can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside (even when they’re singing about being dead and bored!). This track is off the group’s brand new release Echo Forever/Forever Echo which you can purchase for $8 (or each individual track for $1) here.

Bearstronaut – “Where I’ll Die” {Synthpop}

We understand that sometimes our cheesy synthpop addiction gets a little out of control, and can at times seem pretty scary…Well be prepared to be scared out of your skulls because this track is cheesy as hell. You didn’t expect us to let a gem like this slip through our hands did you? This song was released as a single last month, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Sterling Fox – “Ghost” {Folk/Pop}

Don’t be fooled by the track’s upbeat sound because this video is is packed full of singing skulls, dogs howling in the moonlight, and even some impressive skeletal graveyard boogying. The group is based out of New York City, and if you dig this track make sure you purchase it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here

The Inverted – “Devil’s Daughter” {Rock} + Free downloads

Just because Florida is all about sunshine and happy days doesn’t mean they don’t know how to write a song about pain, anger and Satan’s daughter. This is the band’s debut single which is off their new four-track EP of the same title, and you can download all their tracks for free over at their Soundcloud page.

Cardiochaos – “In The Head I Kill” {Electropop}

This track submission was described as a “sanguinary disco night trip trough a Viennese no-mans land to fill the city with the ghost of Halloween anticipation,” so to say that we were intrigued before even listening to the track is an understatement. The band is based out of Vienna, and you can stream a crapton of their tracks for free over at their Soundcloud page.

Posole – “Death March” {Alternative Rock/Ska}

Who would’ve thunk that a “Mariachi surf rock band” would end up on a top Halloween tracks list, but we’re always full of surprises over here at RMD. This track is off the San Francisco-based group’s new album no justice which you can purchase for $5 via Bandcamp.

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