Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 23, 2014 in Americana, Electropop, Free downloads, Funk, Garage Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Soul

A.J. and the Jiggawatts – “Get Wild” {Funk/Soul}

Now that you’re done overdosing on cheap chocolate and questioning how in the hell a day when Jesus was tortured to death would become a fun holiday for children, you can now think about more important things: Feasting on some funky soul music. This track is off the group’s self-titled, debut album which you can buy for $7 here.

Отстой –  ”Дальше только даунхилл” {Garage Rock}

OK so maybe we’re guilty of choosing this track because we like to pretend we can read Russian lettering and whatnot, but this band’s nitty-gritty garage feel is something we can totally get hung up on right now. This group is actually a one-man-band based out of St. Petersburg, and you can purchase his new three-track album for as little as $1 via Bandcamp.

Breanna Barbara Arneson – “Mirage Dreams” {Americana}

Apparently this artist recorded her new album on her iPhone (Ed. note: That’s some Jack White shit right there), and although originally the release was meant for only her friends and family she randomly started getting booked through her website because she’s awesome like that. If you dig the track you can buy it for as little as $1 on her Bandcamp page.

Malandros – “Writer’s Block” {Indie Pop/Rock} + Free download

This track was described to us as a “springtime rock submission,” and now that we’ve given it a listen we can see why. The group (consisting of three Texans and a Belgian) have just released their debut EP titled Turned Around, and on a totally kick ass and related note: They’re opening for Woods this tour. No biggie.

Suzy Blu – “Blu” {Electro/Shoegaze}

If you’re a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie, or anything else that is nothing short of mindblowing, then be sure to check this Leeds-based artist out. This track is off her brand spankin’ new EP Blu which was released on March 11th via Russian Winter Records, and you can buy the EP for as little as £2 here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 8, 2014 in Dream Pop, Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Indie Folk, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Roots, Synthpop

Who Are You Lutra Lutra?? – “The Memory Too” {Indie Folk}

I have no idea who Lutra Lutra is (OK I lied – I totally Googled that shit two seconds after hearing this track), but Who Are You Lutra Lutra?? are a Frenchy Berlin-based who self-produce their own albums and even organize their own tours. (This is about as indie as it gets, folks!) This track is off their second EP White On White which you can buy for €7 (or each track for €1.25) over at their Bandcamp page.

The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter – “Lend A Hand” {Rock}

I wouldn’t be a true-blue Josh Homme stalker Queens Of The Stone Age fan without giving this track a good mention (“Feel Good Hit Of The Summer” anyone?) This group is based out of Kansas City, and you can buy their new self-titled album for $8 (or each individual track for $1) over at their Bandcamp page.

Roladex – “Anthem For The Micro-Age” {Synthpop}

With descriptions like “Italo-disco” “Kraut-rock” and “the love child of Pet Shop Boys and Kraftwerk” it was only a matter of time before we fell for this synthpoppy duo. The group is originally from Texas but now based in Seattle, and if you want to buy their latest release (Anthems For The Micro-Age) for as little as $8 click here.

Toui Manikhouth – “Flowers In Zara” {Folk/Pop} + Free downloads

Acoustic tracks can be a hit or miss with us (just because we’re snobs like that), but the amount of talent behind a tune like this one is undeniable. Toui is based out of Hamilton, Ontario and recorded his new three-track acoustic This Service EP in his basement. If you dig his work you can download the entire release for free (or as a name-your-price download) over at his Bandcamp page.

Feather Revs – “Utero” {Psych Rock/Dream Pop}

We’re slightly guilty of checking out this track just because of all this recent Nirvana-getting-inducted-into-the-Rock-And-Roll-Hall-Of-Fame-talk, but it didn’t take long for us to fall in love with its Coldplay-mixed-in-with-U2 vibes. The group is based out of Stockholm, and if you like their work you can stream a crapton of their tracks over at their Soundcloud page.

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Rex Manning Day’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

January 17, 2014 in Album reviews, Alt-Country, Alternative, Americana, Classic Rock, Electronic, Electropop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Top 2013

10. Cage The Elephant – Melophobia

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Alright I’m not going to lie: There are only two songs I listened the hell out of on this album, and by “listened the hell out of” I mean played that shit on repeat; all day, erryday. I feel bad ignoring the rest of the songs on the album. Honestly, I do. But when I’m staring down at my iPod and “Halo” and “Take It Or Leave It” are sitting there and screaming “LISTEN TO MEEEEEE!!” I have a weak moment and disregard the rest of the album. But I can’t deny the fact that I’ve been listening to these songs probably hundreds of times each since I first discovered this album a couple of months back, and that deserves some proper recognition. (Not to mention that I expected the band to burn out in a fiery, one-hit-wonder haze after “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked.”) If it wasn’t for the band’s nasty habit of constructing a limp-dick chorus this album might have been higher up on the list, but either way this release proves that Cage The Elephant aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

9. Elvis Costello and The Roots – Wise Up Ghost

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I know, I’m just as shocked as you that this album made our list. Yes, The Roots are great, but I’ve been grimacing at Costello’s tunes since oh, I dunno…1995, but after listening to this album I can honestly say for sure: Costello and his Roots have officially raised the bar for future collaborative albums. Although there are a few skip-worthy tracks like the title track “Wise Up Ghost” and “Tripwire” and the tail-end tracks off the album, “Viceroy’s Row,” “Wake Me Up” and “Walk Us Uptown” make up for it. Anyways, we’ve already ranted and raved about how much we loved this album here and here, so instead of boring you to death with our Costello/Roots collaboration obsession I’ll just say this: If The Roots can act as a musical prozac for someone as old as Costello well then…hey ?uestlove, call me!

8. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

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Oh, Thee Oh Sees: Continuing to put out great release after great release, year after year. I know it’s not fair that the band has been getting quadruple the amount of coverage than any other band covered here at RMD, but I just can’t help it! The Kurt Cobain-like squeal on “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster,” the Pixies-meets-Joy Division vibe on “No Spell” and the hyperactive guitar section that mirrors some vintage Ramones on “Tunnel Time”…there are so many memorable tracks on this album that I never got sick of, which seems like a true rarity these days. But before you give this album a listen I must warn you: It may bring out the hidden ADHD in you and make you want to strip off all your clothes, run out into the street and mosh pit with random people while old people stare at you with a disapproving look and scoff in your direction. Not that it happened to me or anything…

7. of Montreal – Lousy with Sylvianbriar

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I’ve been a huge fan of of Montreal (heh) for quite some time now thanks to the epicness that is “Wraith Pinned To The Mist” and “I Was Never Young,” but I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been shying away from the band’s releases as of late because everything I’ve heard from them has just been way, way too out there for me (and that’s saying a lot considering I praise the holy Boognish). So in a classic case of “woooahhh where did that come from?” I was nearly blown off my seat the first time I listened to this album. It’s so…normal! I still can’t believe this is the same Kevin Barnes, who chose a more personal and vulnerable approach to the album, and the end result was nothing short of amazeballs. Not to mention that tracks like “Colossus,” “Belle Glade Missionaries” and “Hegira Émigré” were some of the best alt-country songs I heard all year. I shit you not.

6. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

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There’s so many things I like about this album I don’t even know where to start. From The Doors nostalgia to the continued tribalness…and most importantly, the fact that the group has our numero uno favourite female drummer and is led by a bearded hippie who I may or may not have been crushing on for the past five years because he looks like Jesus (you know how us Catholic girls can be…) But anyways…I’m begging you don’t let The Black Angels fall under the radar with the rest of the Blackie rock bands like The Black Keys or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, because this group has so much more to offer. Sure their psychedelic vibe hasn’t won over all the critics out there, but from all of us here at RMD: Flower Power on, dudes.

5. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual

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There are so many tiny little details hidden in this album, I could listen to it hundreds of thousands of times and still discover something new after each listen. From the grunting alien heard on “Full Of Fire,” the addictive riff on “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” to the palette of different drum beats and instruments on “A Tooth For An Eye,” listening to this album is more like travelling across the globe and experiencing all these new and different cultures, ideas, sounds, smells and tastes. But what I loved most about the album was its lyrics and the duo’s passion for using their music as a tool to help bring awareness to political issues that they deem important.

4. Jagwar Ma – Howlin’

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I was already listening to “Come Save Me” on repeat for a few months before I immersed myself in Howlin’, but the first time I heard/watched “The Throw” music video something just clicked. Maybe it was the slow motion sexiness, or the vocal range that is so out of this world it’s hard to believe that it comes from a human, but suddenly we “got” Jagwar Ma. It’s weird because if you were to listen to any of these songs individually you wouldn’t even think they were by the same band. The album covers every musical corner and quirk that I love (from tribal and experimental to electronic and poppy rock), and just listening to “What Love” changed the way I listened to how a song can be created just because there are so many different elements, layers and designs going on that you will never get bored listening to it.

3. Austra – Olympia

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Olympia is a release that marks a considerable change in the band’s musical style, with Austra switching from dark, gloomy witch house to danceable, electropop tunes (but still with the trademark Stelmanis edge, because of course). Even Austra’s primary songwriter Katie Stelmanis (AKA Mozart-in-Bloom) claims she wrote the album differently than she wrote Austra’s past albums by focusing more on the structure of the song instead of its “vibe.” There are still some typical Austra and experimental operatic-like tunes like “What We Done?” and “I Don’t Care (I’m A Man)” although the true gems are found in tracks like “Forgive Me” and “Painful Like.” But what I liked best about this album is that it proves that Austra is constantly evolving and changing, so instead of becoming stale fans are forced to grow along with them.

2. Wampire – Curiosity

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This album is packed full of so many different vibes (the psychedelic “Magic Lights” or the Americana-ish “The Hearse”) as well as punches (the keyboards on “Snacks” and the sexiness on “Trains”) it’s hard not to be intrigued by it all. (Oh who am I kidding? The powerful, glowing yellow eyes are what really drew me into the album…) But the organ sounds are what truly sold us on the record, and are so vampire-y is the band actually from Transylvania (or Transylwania? Hard to be sure…) The album as a whole is like a rock essay that’s constructed meticulously, with each song flowing into the next and providing a cohesive structure for the listener to get comfortable with. Let’s just hope that the band doesn’t get a case of the sophomore blues, because Curiosity is going to be pretty hard to beat.

1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

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I’ll be the first to admit of the Arcade Fire-overload these past few years, and I was ready to shit all over this album once it was released. But given the fact that LCD Soundsystem has officially risen from the grave through Reflektor, I don’t give a flying fuck what people think of Arcade Fire and this new album; they have officially redeemed themselves in the eyes of RMD. Yes, they’ve received more mainstream attention than Lady Gaga and Nickelback combined (OK that might be a slight overstatement), but there’s no denying that Reflektor is to Arcade Fire like what OK Computer was to Radiohead. Well maybe James Murphy being producer has something to do with it…Oh and one more thing: Don’t judge the album by its singles. The end.

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Top Tracks of 2013 {Part 3}

January 9, 2014 in Alternative, Ambient, Big Band, Electro, Electronic, Gypsy, Gypsy Punk, Jazz, New Rag, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Surf Rock, Top 2013, Tribal, Tribal Rock

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Vampire Weekend – “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke cover) {Pop}

I always feel guilty and ashamed whenever I listen to (and like) Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” but we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that Vampire Weekend have released their own version of the hit song. If Vampire Weekend likes it that means it’s OK for us to like it too, right?

N’to – “After Laughter” {Electronic/Ambient}

We came across N’to by accident (and what a lovely accident it turned out to be), and ever since we discovered him we’ve spent hours upon hours sifting through his tunes on his YouTube account. But after careful consideration we thought we’d share this track with you, just because “The Sand Dealer” was released in 2012 (boooo-urns).

The National – “I Should Live In Salt” {Alternative Rock}

We’re not going to lie, this song will make you feel all dark, sad and depressed, but feeling sad can be awesome! Well when you listen to this song it can be, at least….We’ve already ranted and raved about how much we loved The National’s most recent album Trouble Will Find Me here, but this track stood out from the rest for us on the record.

Crystal Stilts – “Star Crawl” {Psych Rock}

We’ve been a fan of the Frankie Rose/Dum Dum Girls/Crystal Stilts/Vivian Girls clique for a couple of years now, so obviously we’re going to be all about any new/great Crystal Stilts tune. “Star Crawl” was one of the shining stars (heh) of their latest album Nature Noir, but if you have some time check the rest of the release out because the greatness doesn’t just stop here.

The Polyphonic Spree – “Popular by Design” {Electro/Rock}

This song may have been one of the most-played tracks on our iPod this past year, but it was the video that first caught our attention. If the rest of Yes, It’s True was as good as this song it also would have made one of our end-of-year lists, but unfortunately/fortunately this was the only song off the record that really spoke to us.

La Vida Boheme – “Le Vider Meher” {Indie Rock}

We were instant fans of Tokyo Police Club/Vampire Weekend resemblance, so we thought we’d dig this song for a few days…But days became weeks and weeks became months, and now here we are. We may not understand a word they’re saying because we haven’t finished our ridiculously long/complicated/impossible Spanish course yet, but this band could be singing about refrigerators and Toronto politics for all we care.

Widowspeak – “Locusts” {Tribal/Psych Rock}

We love us some Widowsleep. (They are the lovechild of Frankie Rose and The Black Angels after all…) So it’s great to see that the duo hasn’t stopped the tribal train going for their 2013 EP The Swamps; but with Molly Hamilton’s echoing vocals it’s hard to really go wrong.

Gogol Bordello – “Dig Deep Enough” {Gypsy Punk}

We”ll be the first to admit that Pura Vida Conspiracy didn’t blow our minds as much as Voi-La Intruder (because let’s be honest, that’s a lot of blowing). But this tune was probably one of the most gypsy-sounding tracks on the mostly Latin-influenced album, not to mention that it proves that Eugene still knows how to craft some badass mosh music.

Cold Beat – “Worms” {Surf Rock}

It’s been pretty cold on the surf rock front this past year (besides Beach Fossils, of course). but it’s always refreshing to see a band we’ve never heard of master one of our favourite genres. Plus the video made its debut on our most beloved Gorilla Vs. Bear, so we had an instant bias.

Sleepy Sun – “11:32″{Psych Rock}

Here’s yet another San Fran band to make our end-of-year lists (what are you guys smoking over there??). Up until the release of this track/video back in October we had no idea who Sleepy Sun was, let alone how great they were, so hearing this track for the first time was a double dose of greatness.

Albert Hammond Jr. – “St. Justice” {Pop/Rock}

Albert’s debut solo EP Yours To Keep was great. and by great we mean totally-genius-and-what-the-hell-was-Julian-thinking-when-he-turned-these-tracks down great. So we were relieved to see that Albert seemed to have kicked the can on the drug front and moved on to releasing some wicked new material.

Beck – “I Won’t Be Long” {Alternative Rock}

Oh, Beck, why must you keep on seducing us so? Is there any song of yours that isn’t good? Given that we’re still addicted to that song he wrote for a video game late last year (AKA “Cities“) we needed a new Beck tune to latch on to for the time being.

The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band – “Loneliness” {Big Band/Jazz}

Out of all the jazzy submissions we receive on a regular basis, not one song has yet to turn our heads like this one; and for that reason along this song has become one of our personal favourite indie submissions we’ve heard this year. OK so the Stealing Sheep connection may or may not have something to do with it, but whatevs.

Yukon Blonde – “Six Dead Tigers” {Pop/Rock}

Yukon Blonde are often overlooked when it comes to British Columbian music ever since Japanadroids exploded onto the scene, but they’ve been gaining a pretty loyal following since forming back in 2005. Being the proud British Columbian that we are, we’ve been creepily keeping our eyes on Yukon Blonde for a few years now…But what do you expect? They’re sexy as hell!

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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

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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

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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 Indie Pop Tracks of 2013 {Part 2}

December 19, 2013 in Ambient, Art Pop, Classic Pop, Dream Pop, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Garage Pop, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Shoegaze, Top 2013

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Chronic City – “Key Biscayne” ft. Henri Joel {Dream Pop} + Free download

This dynamic dream pop due is based out of Vienna, and apparently they’ve been collaborating with everyone from French indie pop singers to church organists and even tigers! (Really, it’s true). If you like this song you can download it for free by heading on over to their official website.

Hits Of Ocean – “Cereal” {Experimental/Art Pop}

This song is all over the place it’s hard to make sense of it all, but that’s why we love it, oh so much. If you dig this tune as much as we do we highly recommend you stream the rest of their new album It’s Pretty Bright Out There for free here, or buy it for as little as $7 (or each individual track for $1) here.

Cajsa Siik – “The Fix” {Electropop}

Don’t let her unpronounceable name deter you, because this Swedish popster is not one to be missed. Cajsa is based out of Stockholm, and this single was officially released on November 12th via the independent digital label 100 Songs. If you like the tune you can buy it for $1.47 via iTunes here.

Choses Sauvages – “Violence” {Electropop}

Normally we’re not the type to condone violence, but this track proves that sometimes violence can be OK…when it comes to music, that is. Plus this group is from Montreal, and if you follow this blog at all you’re probably well aware that we’re convinced that anything Quebecois musicians touch turns to pure gold. If you dig this track you can download it as a name-your-price download here.

High Safari – “Waves On Waves” {Surf Pop} + Free downloads

Let’s see here…we like safaris, we like waves, and we like free music…so this track was pretty much a recipe for awesomeness. This duo is based out of London, and if you dig their work you can download some of their tracks for free over at their Soundcloud page, but make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

Goodman – “Dawdling” {Pop/Rock}

We’ve been keeping our eye on Goodman for awhile now, just because his vocal style reminds us of our hero Julian motherfucking Casablancas. (Not only that, he’s the first artist here at RMD to make our top end-of-year lists two years in a row as well.) This single was released back in March, and you can buy it for as little as $1 over at his Bandcamp page.

Meeka Kates – “Thinking About You” {Pop/Folk} + Free downloads

We’re not the hugest fans of John Mayer, but there’s so many elements and pleasantries going on here it’s safe to say that this track is better than any Mayer song we’ve heard in our lifetime (which isn’t saying a lot, I know…) If you like the song make sure you download it in the player below, or download his entire Junior EP for free via Bandcamp too.

Jazz Mills – “Pop Song” {Classic Pop}

Hailing from Texas, this “lolly pop” songstress sounds so classy it’s hard to believe this track was released in 2013 and not 1964. If you can digs her classic vibe be sure to stream the rest of her self-titled album in full for free via Soundcloud here, and check out her music video for “Little Baby” here.

Easter Island – “Dinosaur” {Dream Pop/Shoegaze}

This dreamy, hazey tune will make you feel as if your’e floating into another dimension while you’re listening to it, so make sure your feet are planted firmly on the ground before you press that play button. The group is based out of Athens, Georgia, and if you like this track you can buy their new two-track EP for as little as $2 here.

Foreign Television – “Longlights” {Dream Pop/Ambient}

2013 was a great year for dream pop (Beach Fossils, Washed Out, Empress Of…need we say more?) and this artist is no exception. Foreign Television is actually a one-man band led by Francis Allen who is originally from Wales but is now based in Moscow, and you can buy his new album Youthless as a name-your-price download here.

Ghost Lake – “I Thought You Were My Friend” {Indie Pop/Folk}

If you’re not familiar with Ghost Lake, then you probably didn’t read our coverage on his wicked track “Late Spring Morning Sunlight,” which we played on repeat throughout the whole spring/summer seasons of 2012. So as soon as we saw that the Swede was releasing some new pop-happy tunes we got all over that shit. If you like the track you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Hippy – “Cat Resort” {Garage Pop}

Hippy’s new album Almost Live blew us off our feet with its awesomeness, and has been one of our numero uno favourite indie records to come out of 2013 thus far. You can purchase their new album as a name-your-price download here, but make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Swords – “All The Boys” {Electropop}

This Irish trio (consisting of Diane Anglim, Ian Frawls and Jarlath Canning) first formed back in 2010, but have been causing a stir in the Irish underground scene ever since the release of their debut album Lions & Gold. You can buy the album for €8.99 via iTunes (or each individual track for €0.99), but their tunes are also available on CD Baby and Google Play as well.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

November 12, 2013 in Big Band, Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Hardcore, independent bands, Indie, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Surf Rock

The Provincial Archive – “Common Cards” {Pop/Rock} + Free download

Every Autumn we go through a mad Tokyo Police Club phase (best heard here and here), so any song that reminds us of the almighty Canadian indie rock champions wins a nod in our books. (Plus the band just wrapped up their European tour, and as any independent Canadian band will tell you, that’s kind of a big deal.) To download this track for free head on over to their official website.

The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band – “Loneliness” {Big Band/Jazz}

Not only was this Liverpudlian group formed by Lucianna Mercer of Stealing Sheep, they are also self-described as a “raggle taggle bunch of musicians” who make “brass and drum heavy mobile disco grooves” (AKA their sound is pretty damn impressive). You can pre-order their upcoming two-track release for £1.50 here, or stream a crapton of their songs for free here

Camedor – “Wild Shine” {Psych Rock}

It’s quite rare for us to get a Mexican submission, let alone an awesome Mexican submission, so we were all about Camedor as soon as this track graced our Canadian eardrums. The group just released their debut album Wild Shine on November 1st and it’s available for purchase at $9.90 via iTunes.

Vegatron – “Goathorn” {Heavy Rock/Metal}

This band has only been around for 15 months, and they’ve already released a full-length album and opened for The Impossibles at Fun Fun Fun Fest, not to mention that the members have a ton of experience playing with their previous projects (At All Cost, L.A.X. and Southbound Drive, just to name a few). Their new album Awakening is being released today; to stay up to date on its release details check out their Facebook page.

People Like Us – “A Million Reasons” {Electronic/Rock}

This trancey tune has hints of progressive and experimental rock, electronic beats and even a dash of rap, and is off the Toronto-based group’s debut self-titled album which was just released on November 5th. You can buy the album for $6.99 via iTunes here, but if you dig their vibe makes sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

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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

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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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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

September 4, 2013 in Chillwave, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, independent bands, Indie, Rock, Shoegaze, Surf Pop, Uncategorized

SideFields – “The Night is Ours” {Shoegaze/Surf Pop}

Just because we’re Canadian and our summer was over two months ago (no joke) doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy listening to some summery surf pop. This trio formed in Tel Aviv, Israel back in 2002, but have since relocated to London. If you dig their vibe then head on over to their Facebook page and give them some “Like” love.

Brahma Blue – “Soul Rabble” {Experimental Rock}

Okay so maybe we’re slightly biased for covering this artist because they’re from our home island (okay, more like reeeeally biased), but this track has some mean early RHCP vibes going on (à la ”My Aeroplane”) so we had to give it a shout-out. This track is off their new split concept album ORANGES/OPHIUCHUS, which is available as a name-your-price download here.

Crystal Coast – “Luv_Lust” {Electronic/Chillwave}

This Tennessee/Georgia-based duo have been making music for weirdos, by weirdos since forming via the Internet in 2012, and they just released their second EP this summer (which features a glorious cover of a human-tiger attempting to curl up in a fetal position…we think). The EP is available to purchase for as little as $3 over at their Bandcamp page.

Popular Culture – “Dandelion” {Electropop/Experimental}

This organic musical project is led by Henry Mowgli, whose mission is to “[create] a contemporary outlook on archaic ideas.” <— cool. He’s already worked with producer Kyle Ellison (Butthole Surfers, Meat Puppets, Pariah) and his debut album Episode was recorded and mastered by Bob Ludwig (David Bowie, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead). To purchase Episode for $9 click here.

The Electric Mess – “The Girl With the Exploding Dress” {Classic Rock}

Listening to this track will make you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to the 1960s (and we’re a sucker for that kinda shit); so sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. The band is based out of New York City and this track is off their second album Falling Off the Face of the Earth which you can purchase for $10 at their official website.

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Top new tracks: Nine Inch Nails, Frightened Rabbit, Toro Y Moi, WHY? + Blood Orange covers Drake

August 16, 2013 in Alternative, Americana, Art Rock, Blues, Electronic, Electropop, Folk, Industrial, New Wave, Pop, Psych Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Rock

Toro Y Moi – “Slough” {Alternative Pop}

Any track Toro Y Moi releases is pure gold, especially when it comes with a featured image of Ricky Gervais’ smiling face staring back at you. If the song sounds familiar it probably means that A) you’re a fan of the British version of The Office and B) You have great taste in comedic television. We’re pretty sure that David Brent would approve as well…

Blood Orange – “Hold On, We’re Going Home” {Pop}

Hopefully Blood Orange AKA Dev Hynes has some good cray-cray repellent, because his version of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is so impressive he may have to turn down Amanda Bynes asking him to murder her…well, you can take a “stab” at what we’re trying to say by reading this.

WHY? – “Murmurer” {Indie Rock}

If you’re one of the supposedly many crazed WHY? fans who have been internet-stalking the band, then internet-stalk no more! Word is that as soon as WHY? heard about their beloved stalkers, they decided to return-stalk their fans and write up an EP which contains lyrics based on all the information their fans have been sniffing around for. This is one of the tracks off their new Golden Tickets EP which drops on September 17th.

Frightened Rabbit – “Default Blues” {Psych Folk}

Out of all the Frightened Rabbit tracks that have graced our delicate eardrums over the past few years, this one has got to be the best we’ve heard from the band yet (and that’s saying a lot). It’s a tad more psychedelic than what we’re used to hearing from the Scots, but mix it together with Scott Hutchison’s rustic vocals and the band’s folk/rock formula, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Frankie Rose – “Sorrow” {New Wave}

This is the first we’ve heard of a new Frankie Rose album, and given that we’re still reeling over the wickness that was her 2012 album Interstellar, hearing some new material from the Vivian Girl/Dum Dum Girl/Crystal Stilt put a little pep in our step. This is the first single off her name album Herein Wild, which is due out September 24th (in North America) and October 8th (in the UK/Europe).

Nine Inch Nails – “Copy of A” {Electronic/Industrial}

Well folks, September 3rd is creeping up closer and closer; and you know what that means…the day will soon come when us NIN fans will be able to get our greedy little hands on some new and good Trent Reznor material (but let’s be honest, any new Trent Reznor material is good Trent Reznor material). The track is off the band’s eighth studio album Hesitation Marks.

Delorean – “Destitute Time” {Electropop}

This brand-spankin’ new track from the musically-gifted Spaniards sounds like a mixture of all of our favourite bands crammed into one song (Neon Indian, Ra Ra Riot, Eight Bit Tiger, etc. etc.) This is the second single off the group’s forthcoming record Apar, which is due out September 10th.

The Darcys – “The River” {Art Rock/Industrial}

It’s been three years in the making, but the day for the new Darcys’ album Warring to hit the pavement is nearly here, and September 17th can’t come soon enough. The album will be the final installment in a trilogy of albums released via the mega Canadian label Arts & Crafts, and apparently the songs on the release are inspired by “studio opuses” of the 1970s.

White Denim – “Pretty Green” {Blues/Rock}

This new White Denim track sounds a little less garage and more Black Keys-ish (almost too Black Keys-ish) than what we’re using to hearing from the band, but given our excitement for their new record we’re going to put our unfounded opinions on hold…for now. Their new album Corsicana Lemonade (which was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy) is out on October 29th via Downtown Records.

Crystal Stilts – “Future Folklore” {Americana/Psych Rock}

With Stooges-like piano notes, a rifftastic guitar section and Brad Hargett’s mono-groan, Crystal Stilts are coming back with full force with “Future Folklore,” which is off their brand new album Nature Noir. This is actually the second single off the album (with the first being “Star Crawl“), and the record is being released September 17th via Sacred Bones.

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