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


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


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


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


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


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


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’

Jagwar Ma

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



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

Deafhaven Sunbather

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


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


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


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


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


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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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2013 {Part 1}

June 6, 2013 in Alternative, Blues, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Top 2013

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Sports Bar – “I Was Going To Shave My Beard, But I Took A Nap Instead” {Punk/Rock}

With a song title as glorious as this one it’s hard not to fall in love with the Virginians, but their latest album Tyler Perry’s Sports Bar is packed full of a ton of other impressive tracks as well. To purchase the album as a name-your-price download click here.

Vundabar – “Holy Toledo” {Alternative Rock}

They’ve only been together for a year, but this Boston trio have already released their debut LP Antics, and are currently prepping for a 21-date tour this summer. You can purchase their new album as a name-your-price download here, but if you buy the physical album for $7 you will also receive some artwork by Fiona Amelang and a complimentary bowl of chowder. Score!

Turf War – “Born To Run Free” {Garage Rock}

We’re not going to lie…we have a slight crush on this quartet (they are from the “United States of Awesome” after all), plus all of our favourite garage rock bands are based out of Atlanta so it makes sense that we would suck up the Turf War kool-aid. To purchase their new four-track EP The Great Escape as name-your-price download click here.

Filter Free Rodeo – “Bleached!” {Alternative Rock}

Not only do these guys know how to road trip, they also know how to write some pretty wicked tunes too. This track is off their recent album Parabolabola which was released this past January, and you can purchase it for as little as $5 at their Bandcamp page.

Mincer Ray – “Franki Jo” {Rock/Blues}

Perhaps we’re slightly biased because they did pick up on our LCD Soundsystem/Empire Records reference (which always scores brownie points in our books – indie bands take note!) This track is off their new EP A Magnate’s Reach which was just released last month, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Ancient River – “All My Friends” {Psych Rock}

It may not be LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends,” but with a classic 60s vibe that sounds similar to the almighty Brian Jonestown Massacre you can’t really go wrong. Plus the band has a 24-hour streaming radio station on their website, how cool is that? To purchase the track for as little as $1 or their new album Let It Live as a name-your-price download click here.

Built By Animals – “The Shmizz” {Pop/Rock}

Listening to this song will make you feel like you popped more than a few happy pills, so if you’re having a shitty day then you best be clicking that play button pronto. This song is off their new four-track release The Legend of the Lakebird, which you can buy as a name-your-price download at their Bandcamp page.

Union Cinema – “Can’t Get Rid Of” {Synthrock}

The only way I can describe their music to a first-time listener is that they sound like an ADHD-version of The Smiths high on synth. The band is based out Lima Peru, and if you like this synthy song you can purchase it for $0.99 via iTunes here.

Wooly Mammoth – “Gold” {Pop/Rock}

Any band from a town that has a name with the words “wood” and stock” in it is bound to be good, so ever since we first covered this track it’s been stuck in our heads ever since. To purchase their new album North Shore as a name-your-price download click here.

The Backhomes – “You Gotta Move” {Psych Rock}

Seeing that we praise the holy ground that The Black Angels walk on, we became instant fans of this band as soon as we heard this track. (But turns out they’re from our home island AKA Vancouver Island which makes them extra, extra special). You can purchase this track as a name-your-price download by clicking here, or you buy their new album for as little as $7 by clicking here.

The Gorgeous Hands – “Desperate Mainstream” {Pop/Rock}

Musical fact: When a band is founded by a pair (or trio) of siblings they’re bound to have a good musical chemistry, and this band is no exception. Their latest album Tender was just released last month, and to purchase it for as little as $10 head on over to their Bandcamp page.

This Is Water – “Apollo Rolled So Low” {Indie Rock}

I’m still not entirely sure how this band managed to cram several different genres into one song, because no genre goes uncovered in this track. The song is off their three-track Yellow EP which was released this past February, and you can purchase it as a name-your-price download over at their Bandcamp page.

Predator/Prey – “A Skulk Of Foxes” {Psych Rock} + Free download

It might be a bit on the slower side for our liking, but the guitar section of this song is so mind-boggling we just had to share it. If you love the track as much as we do then make sure you get that free download in the player below.

Me, You And Thomas – “Eventually” {Alternative Rock}

This group is one of our favourite up-and-coming bands out of the UK, and it’s all because of this one track. The structure, the melody, the vocals, the arrangement…everything about it is impressive as fuck. So on that note, if you like the tune you should head on over to their Facebook page and give them some well-deserved “Like” love.

Nightseeker – “Garden Of Evil” {Rock}

Listening to this song will make you nostalgic for the early 2000s when Wolfmother and The Darkness were making rock & roll cool again. Now those times have come and gone but at least you have this track to keep you satisfied.

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Top Tracks of 2013 {Part 1}

May 31, 2013 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Classic Rock, Dream Pop, Electropop, Free downloads, Garage Pop, Garage Rock, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rap, Rock, Top 2013

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Screaming Females – “Poison Arrow” {Garage Rock}

It was love at first sight as soon as we saw this video, but as time went on we realized that the track is equally (if not more) awesome. If the rest of their Chalk Tape EP sounded like this then we would have told the EP all of our dirty little secrets before making sweet passionate love to it until the wee hours of the morning. Is that wrong?

Generationals – “Put A Light On” {Pop/Rock}

Maybe it’s because of the band’s impressive xylophone-ing skills, but listening to this song will make you feel like a two-year-old child again. Not to mention that the track also got some remixing love from one of our favourite British Columbia-based artists Teen Daze (AKA Matt Halverson), which made us fall in love with the track even more.

Shannon and The Clams – “Rip Van Winkle” {Classic Rock} + Free download

Did Shannon and her Clams secretly travel through time with Jay-Z or something? Because this track sounds so late 1950s/early 1960s-ish we’re still finding it hard to believe that it was recorded in 2013. If you like the track (as you should) you can download it for free here.

Computer Magic – “A Million Years” {Electropop}

We were a little worried about Danz’s poppy direction that she seemed to be going in last year, but this track restored our faith in the 24-year-old Brooklynite DJ. We’ve already ranted and raved about how much we love Computer Magic here and here, so instead of repeating ourselves we’ll keep it short and just tell you to check out her discography pronto.

Zeus – “Vasoline” (Stone Temple Pilots cover) {Psych Rock} + Free download

Clearly the remaining members of STP didn’t get the memo that Zeus’ cover of their 1994 hit was amazeballs, because if they did they probably would have hired Zeus’ vocalist to replace Scott Weiland instead of Chester Bennington (<— big mistake).

Best Coast – “Fear Of My Identity” {Pop/Rock}

It may not feature Bethany Cosentino’s special feline friend Snacks the Cat (who is best heard on the band’s recent cover of the Roy Orbison track “Crying”) but that doesn’t mean it’s any less awesome; (OK we’re lying, his musical debut was pretty much the best thing ever).

Jay-Z – “Open Letter” {Rap/Hip Hop}

With all the hoopla surrounding its controversial lyrics, it’s easy to forget just how great this track really is. But let’s be honest…is there such a thing as a bad Jay-Z track? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Ducktails – “Letter Of Intent” {Dream Pop}

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this melodically addictive track eventually grew on us after a couple of listens. Although the group is led by Matthew Mondanile AKA the guitarist of Real Estate, Jessa Farkas’ vocals help the track stand out from the rest on the band’s impressive new record The Flower Lane.

Cold War Kids – “Loner Phase” {Alternative Rock}

There were so many awesome tracks off Dear Miss Lonelyhearts it was hard to pick just one (although “Lost That Easy” was a close second). If you haven’t read Rex’s review of the band’s new album you can do so here.

Jonny Pierce – “I Didn’t Realise” {Electronic}

Technically this track was released in late 2012, but it’s off Jonny-boy’s 2013 album so cut us some slack yo. Pierce is one of the founding members of The Drums, and this track marks his first solo effort since he co-founded the band back in 2008.

Mesita – “XYXY” {Indie Rock}

We love love loved everything about The Coyote (it did make our Top Albums of 2012 list after all), so we couldn’t wait to get our greedy little hands on the band’s new XYXY EP. We’re digging the new experimental direction James Cooley seems to be going down with his new release, so if you have some time you should head on over to Mesita’s Bandcamp page and check it out for yourself.

CocoRosie – “After the Afterlife” {Alternative Pop}

This song has been a guilty pleasure of ours over the past couple of weeks, and although we’re not really a fan of this type of music the song eventually won us over. It definitely has some mean Metric/Emily Haines vibes going on (which would probably explain why we love it so much).

Casual Sex – “Soft School” {Garage Pop}

This track broke our Casual Sex cherry (sorry, had to…), but apparently the band has been making wicked tunes like this since 2011. If you like the song as much as we do then we highly recommend you give them some “Like” love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Iron and Wine – “New Mexico’s No Breeze” {Pop/Folk}

As much as we hated Ghost On Ghost this was definitely one of the best tracks off the album thanks to the ridiculously catchy chorus, and once we heard it it was stuck in our head for days. You can read Rex’s review of the album here, but we’re warning you now…it’s not pretty.

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Top Albums of 2013 {Part 1}

May 27, 2013 in Alternative, Dance, Disco, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Funk, Hardcore, Noise Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Top 2013, Tribal, Tribal Rock

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The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

Black Angels Indigo Meadow

RIYL: The Doors, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Velvet Underground

Everyone’s been hating on the Austin Psych Fest founders-of-a-band by calling this album too “flower power-y”, but we’re telling you now all those haters are cray cray! Indigo Meadow is the band’s most cohesive release to date (think: First Impressions of Earth) and shouldn’t be overlooked by any music nerd.

Atoms for Peace – AMOK


RIYL: Radiohead, Ultraista

Maybe it was Thom Yorke’s impressive interpretive dancing skills, but we fell in love with this album as soon as we laid our ears on (and all over) it. It’s really no different than any of Radiohead’s later albums, but all of the songs on the album blend together perfectly from one track to the next, and it’s a great listen from start to finish.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

Unknown Mortal Orchestra II

RIYL: Prince, Tame Impala, Ween

We’re still reeling over UMO’s 2011 album (it did have this epic song after all), so getting some new material from the psych rock gods was a great way to ring in the start of 2013. If you want to see another video off the album which may or may not include some puppet masturbation (yeah, it totally does) we highly recommend you watch the “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” video here.

CHVRCHES – Recover


RIYL: Purity Ring, The xx, Niki and the Dove

Purity Ring best be prepared to hand over their electropop crowns, because the Glasgow-based duo have officially dominated the electropoppy scene these past few months. Just because it’s an EP doesn’t mean it can’t top any of the other albums that have been released this past year, and the track ‘Recover” alone deserves recognition in itself.

My Bloody Valentine – m b v

my bloody valentine m b v

RIYL: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Yo La Tengo

We were half expecting this album to be shitty just because it took the band so god damn long to release it, but after reading all the reviews we thought we’d give it a shot…and we were highly impressed. Now we can see why so many fans were desperate to get their hands on it (and ended up crashing the band’s website as a result).

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories


RIYL: The Chemical Brothers, LCD Soundsystem

You know, and I know, and the person to the left of you knows that any top 2013 album list just wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Random Access Memories. With over 20 million YouTube hits for the first single alone, I think it’s safe to say that the French robots will be living comfortably in their robot houses for the rest of their robot lives.

To read Rex’s Random Access Memories album review click here.

Tyler, The Creator – Wolf

Tyler The Creator Wolf

RIYL: Earl Sweatshirt, Das Racist

Glorious album covers aside, this dude has become a massive name in the rap community ever since the release of his 2009 album Bastard…and he’s only 22-years-old. But with the release of Wolf the rapper’s fame has catapulted even more, plus he managed to recruit a bunch of big-wigs on the album like Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu and many more.

Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze

RIYL: Lou Reed, The War On Drugs

Yes, Kurt Vile is very much still around and very much still making great music. This new album of his contains some of the best work we’ve heard from him in a long,long time: Some tracks are more Cohen-y and Dylan-y than Springsteen-y (too much?) and are some of the most raw and personal tracks we’ve heard from the Phillie superstar yet.

Local Natives – Hummingbird

Local Natives Hummingbird

RIYL: Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Two Door Cinema Club

Once Hummingbird was released to the masses it became clear that the time had come for Two Door Cinema Club to shuffle on over and let some other band take over the indie rock scene for a change. The album is slightly heavier/intense than what we’re used to hearing from the band, and with a little help from The National’s Aaron Desnner you can’t really go wrong.

MS MR – Secondhand Rapture

MS MR Secondhand Rapture

RIYL: Florence + The Machine, Bat For Lashes, Phantogram

Everytime a single and/or video was released off Secondhand Rapture it caused a huge uproar in the music blogosphere, and after listening to the album we can now see why. Plus the band’s female vocalist Lizzy Plapinger has rainbow-coloured hair and smurf-like features, what’s not to love?

Foals – Holy Fire


RIYL: The Maccabees, Klaxons, Bloc Party

Usually we try to avoid bands that are getting a ton of airplay on the radio, but Oxford’s Foals are one of the rare groups who deserve all the mainstream attention. Not to mention that with hit singles like “Inhaler” and “My Number,” there was no point in even trying to escape from the Foal’s wrath this year.

Savages – Silence Yourself


RIYL: Joy Division, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills

Taking post-punk to a whole new level, the latest album from London’s Savages was praised by both fans and critics alike. Plus all-female bands are usually pretty badass, so we were sold on the group before we even heard the epic track that is “Shut Up.”

James Blake – Overgrown

James Blake Overgrown

RIYL: D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, The xx

Living in the UK it was hard not to feel the ripple effect coming from Overgrown these past few months. As a matter of fact, his sophomore album has become such a huge thing it might even surpass the hype of his 2011 debut album (and that’s saying a lot).

Pissed Jeans – Honeys

Pissed Jeans Honeys

RIYL: Black Flag, Fucked Up

With a Sub Pop stamp of approval, these hardcore/noise rockers deserved all the credit they got this year because of this release. We could go on and on about how awesome this album is but really it would all be a lie because it boiled down to one reason, and one reason only: This music video – DUH!

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City

RIYL: Ra Ra Riot, Tokyo Police Club

The pioneers of the indie rock movement are back, so naturally fans were all a-flutter this past spring when the band started releasing tunes off their new album. But in the end it doesn’t really matter how good or bad the album is, because all Ezra Koenig had to do is bat his luscious long eyelashes for me to be sold on the release.

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