Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 11, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Synthpop

Korean Drama – “Jimmy” {Punk/Garage Rock}

This one-minute-long track is more badass than any punk song we’ve ever covered here at RMD, and if this is what Korean drama actually sounds like then Kim Jong-un better watch his 100% backed-up ass yo!! (J-Jimmy?) Their forthcoming cassette release Reply 1994 isn’t due out until May, but in the mean time you can follow them on Twitter here.

Costado – “Capricorn One” {Shoegaze/Psych Rock}

It’s been a little slow on the shoegaze front so far in 2014 (actually it’s been more like slower than molasses in January kind-of-slow…) so as soon as we hear a good shoegazey tune we jump all over that shit. This group is based out of New York, and you can check out the rest of their work over at their Bandcamp page.

Luha – “Lullaby” {Electronic/Dream Pop}

With a sound that crosses between Radiohead and The Cranberries and vocals similar to that of CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, it’s safe to say that Luha has all the ingredients any music blogger could hope for when it comes to independent submissions. And because this chicka deserves waaay more Facebook “likes” than 95, you can follow her on Facebook here.

Film/Noir – “Sirens” {Synthpop/Dream Pop} + Free download

This London-based artist is only 19 years old, so the fact that he managed to create such a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world electronic tune is pretty impressive for someone at such a ripe young age. His new EP isn’t going to be released until this summer, but if you’re as impatient as I am you download this track for free in the player below.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We’re getting some pretty wicked Passion Pit vibes from this track, which is the first single off the Gothenburg-based group’s forthcoming EP. Plus they recently recorded some tunes in a 19th century inn as well as in a cabin on Sweden’s West Coast archipelago which makes them extra badass. If you like this tune you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

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Guest post: 10 Canadian Artists Who Are Cooler Than Justin Bieber

March 5, 2014 in Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Indie, Noise Rock, Psych Pop, R&B, Rock, Synthpop, Synthrock

This article was written by Jason Schellhardt, a writer for the ticket search engine, Rukkus.com.

When asked to name a Canadian musician, most Americans immediately think of Justin Bieber–sometimes Nickelback or Celine Dion. That is a pretty bum rap for a country that has given us plenty of much cooler bands to celebrate. In case you have not heard, Bieber is quickly wearing out his welcome in the U.S. In honor of his 20th birthday, here are 10 Canadian artists who are way cooler than the Biebs.

1. Arcade Fire

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Because, duh. Forget Canada for a minute, this might be the biggest indie band in the world. Arcade Fire has won Grammys and rocked sold out festivals and arenas across the globe. Despite the band’s overwhelming success, Win Butler has never been caught pissing in a mop bucket or egging his neighbor’s house.

2. Grimes

Why she is cooler than Bieber: This indie-pop/electronic icon hails from Vancouver, and is one of the most buzzed-about artists in recent memory. Her unique blend of hip-hop, electronic and pop elements is unprecedented and accessible to a wide range of listeners. In December, Grimes got the ultimate co-sign, inking a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Bieber’s coolest hip-hop endorsement is Lil’ Twist. Advantage: Grimes.

3. Mac DeMarco

Why he is cooler than Bieber: This dude just exudes coolness. In a relative short amount of time, DeMarco has made a reputation based on his raunchy, raucous live shows. His guitar-heavy indie jams have drawn praise from all over the internets, and DeMarco is reportedly working on new material with Tyler, the Creator. The Edmonton native still uses a guitar he bought for 30 Canadian dollars. That’s pretty punk-rock.

4. Chromeo

Why they are cooler than Bieber: At first glance, Chromeo’s suave ‘lady’s men’ persona may seem like schtick, but these guys have the grooves to back it up. The band’s forthcoming album, White Women, is one of the most anticipated releases of 2014. Sure, Bieber can pull chicks with ease, but P-Thugg and Dave One do it with a lot more style.

5. Purity Ring

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Sonically, Purity Ring is probably the most direct competitor to Bieber on this list– though, the competition is not so close. The Edmonton-based duo writes beautiful pop tracks–with substance –and reside at the top of one of the most relevant scenes in music right now. The electro-pop market has become crowded, but few bands have found more success there than Purity Ring.

6. Metric

Why they are cooler than Bieber: This Toronto-based band has been around almost as long as Bieber has been alive. Metric is one of the first bands to start dabbling in the indie dance-rock arena. With a livewire frontwoman like Emily Haines, it is hard to avoid the Yeah Yeah Yeahs comparison here.

7. Death From Above 1979

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Musically, Death From Above 1979 is the antithesis of Justin Bieber. The duo of Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger have created a surprisingly danceable, yet super-heavy strain of thrash rock that has made fans out of metalheads and EDM kids alike. The band is reportedly working on a new album, which would be its first release since 2005.

8. The Weeknd

Why he is cooler than Bieber: The frequent Drake-collaborator is at the forefront of the PBR&B movement and he boasts the finest falsetto this side of Prince. This dude can hit high-notes that Bieber hasn’t seen since he turned 16. Also, The Weeknd’s mysterious vibe and absence from the public eye is something that Bieber should consider trying.

9. METZ

Why they are cooler than Bieber: Apparently Toronto is a hotbed for super heavy, scrappy artists. METZ is a three-piece, no-nonsense noise rock band that has managed to make major waves with only one full-length release. This band was one of the most talked-about acts at last year’s SXSW, and they certainly have a bright future ahead on them.

10. Majical Cloudz

Why they are cooler than Bieber: This synthpop duo has been recording for a few years, but really its stride in 2012 with its Turns Turns Turns EP. Majical Cloudz makes very moody, atmospheric music that tends to make Devon Welsh’s lyrics the focal point of most tracks. While recording his early EPs, Welsh collaborated often with Grimes. Here’s hoping Majical Cloudz finds similar success.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 3, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Disco, Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Funk, independent bands, Indie

The Two Koreas – “Can Explain” {Alternative Rock}

The fact that I’m sitting in a pile of my own piss might have already given it away that our numero uno favourite Canadian band has FINALLY released the EP they were hinting at when we interviewed them a couple of years back, and to say we’re excited is an understatement. To buy their LP Winner EP for as little as $4 (or each track for $1) click here.

Sam Sniper – “Something To Say” {Americana/Rock}

This vocalist sounds just like Adam Duritz from Counting Crows (minus the nasty dreadlocks/singing about how he wants to be Bob Dylan and buy himself a grey guitar, of course) and his voice swooned us within seconds of pressing that play button. The band is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the release of their album on vinyl this summer, so if you want to help some brothers out click here.

Ang Low – “Voodoo Woman” {Experimental/Electronic}

This Afrobeat/world music-ish song is as trippy as Ween’s “Voodoo Lady,” and that’s saying a lot. Low is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and this wicked song is off his brand spankin’ new and debut EP (which hits the pavement on March 31st via Luv Luv Luv Records).

Uaxyacac - ”Double Seeker” {Experimental/Electronic}

A tribal, belly-dancing kind of beat, a Liars/Grimes vibe and enough layers and textures to make you feel as if you’ve floated onto another planet for a few minutes…have I given it away that this group is Quebecois yet? This track is off their Double Seeker album which was released in December, and you can buy it for $5 here.

Few Friends – “You I’m Moving To” {Disco/Funk} + Free downloads

Who needs “a few friends” when you can listen to funkalicious tunes like this? This is actually only the second song the band has released to date, so if that impressed you as much as it impressed me you can download the song for free in the player below and give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

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Top new videos: Thurston Moore, Twin Shadow, Dum Dum Girls + Bend Sinister surrounded by taxidermy

February 20, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Indie, Pop, Rock, Sunshine Pop

Kevin Drew – “Good Sex” {Pop/Rock} (NSFW)

Despite the fact that we’ve been listening to Kevin Drew’s music for years, this is actually the first time we’ve seen him in a music video. But instead of trying not to focus on all the shots of couples foreplaying all we could think was “yup, Kevin Drew seems like the kind of guy who would have good sex.” Don’t judge because my attention span goes to the gutter whenever a bearded guy singing about “good sex” is on my screen…

Bleached – “Guy Like You” {Sunshine Pop}

Flower pedals swirling around in the sun, kitty kats kuddling and kissing (sorry, I had a Kardashian moment) and random shots of insane mosh pits and drunks laying down on the sidewalk. Way to not confuse the hell out of me, Bleached.

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

Now don’t go thinking that I’m only covering this band because their name is Tree; I’m covering this band because one of the band member’s middle name is Tree, and that’s pretty badass if you ask me. Plus the music video is more like a short film that features a lot of (you guessed it) TREES! And a dude hallucinating an animated rabbit, of course.

The Notwist – “Kong” {Alternative Rock}

I was secretly hoping that because this song is called “Kong” there would be some kind of King Kong reference in the video, and the video certainly delivered. Lucky thing the dude can swim like a graceful ballerina to safety until…well I don’t want to spoil it for you, but let’s just say there may or may not be a water monster involved. OK well I guess I did kind of spoil it for you just then…

Bend Sinister – “Teacher” {Pop/Rock}

This music video stars not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Jesus-looking Canadian fellows, as well as an organ synth and PUPPIES!!! I’m in Canadian heaven!! Plus the band manages to perform effortlessly in a house filled with taxidermied animals like elk, bears, eagles, you name it. If this doesn’t scream “Canada” then I don’t know what does…

Thurston Moore – “Heavenmetal” {Alternative Rock}

If the name Thurston Moore rings a bell it means that A. You’re familiar with Sonic Youth and B. You’re awesome. In the span of only two minutes this new music video covers all sorts of trippy symbolism like women drawing hearts in mirrors, women slicing up each other’s hands, a typewriter on fire and tarot cards….BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN??

SLEEP SLEEP – “Gospel” {Indie Rock}

Forget about relying on mainstream media to make you so fearful you can’t even step a foot outside your house, because this video covers everything from atomic bombs, homes blowing up, people running for safety as bombs go off in their neighbourhood, and even a cute little boy running around in a cowboy hat. Yup, all-around scary stuff.

Twin Shadow – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” ft. Samantha Urbani (The Smiths cover) {Pop}

What’s more awesome than Twin Shadow collaborating with the Friends-y Samantha Urbani to cover a classic Smiths song? You’re right, nothing’s more awesome than that. But this music video comes pretty damn close thanks to the camera being perched on the hood of Twin Shadow’s car.

Dum Dum Girls – “Too True To Be Good” {Alternative Rock}

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Dum Dum Girls’ new album Too True, but at least they’re packing the visual punches for the album’s singles. The video features a ton of gothic, double exposure images of bleeding flowers, not to mention that Dee Dee is sporting some pretty badass shades as well. All around a good watch for any Dum Dum fan.

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Top new tracks: Brody Dalle, Klaxons, Todd Terje, Pink Mountaintops + Karen O teams up with Ezra Koenig

February 11, 2014 in Dance, Disco, Dream Pop, Electrofunk, Electrogoth, Electronic, Funk, Garage Rock, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Rock

Brody Dalle – “Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy” {Alternative Rock/Punk}

After ditching both the Rancid rip-off project The Distillers and the QOTSA rip-off project Spinnerette, Josh Homme’s baby mama shocked everyone when she announced she was going solo in 2014. Apparently “Meet The Foetus” features Shirley Manson on vocals, which is ironic seeing that the Garbage frontwoman contributed back-up vocals for QOTSA’s Lullabies To Paralyze album and all…And for the record: I’m totally not jealous that Brody is banging Josh Homme. Not. At. All.

Pink Mountaintops – “North Hollywood Microwaves” {Garage Rock}

Steve McBean’s Pink Mountaintops just revealed their first new song in five long years, and turns out “North Hollywood Microwaves” deserves just as much love as the microwave responsible for heating up greasy food when you’re hungover and incapable of moving ten feet in either direction. (Yes the song is THAT good). The song is off their new album Get Back which is being released on April 29th (in the U.S.) and April 28th (in Europe).

Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite” {Electronic/Disco}

We’re going to be all over any new Todd Terje tune like Putin is all over murdering Sochi’s forcibly abandoned stray dogs, but with a track and video like this and a scruffy face like that can you really blame us? It’s not as disco-y as we would have hoped, but the tune has enough synth bassline to make Jesse F. Keeler proud. Oh and P.S. don’t forget Terje’s new album It’s Album Time comes out in April.

Crissi Cochrane – “And Still We Move” {Pop/Jazz}

Our inner 90s teenager still has faith in Windsor’s music scene because of the epicness known as The Tea Party (no, not the political organization silly…) but now our faith in the Ontario city has officially been restored thanks to this sultry songstress. This track is off her new album Little Sway which you can buy for $9.90 via iTunes here.

Trust – “Capitol” {Electrogoth}

If you’ve already been turned off by Trust’s dark and mysterious vocals when we covered another one of their singles last month, then this track probably won’t win you over either, but for us fans…it’s glorious. We’re officially counting down the days until March 4th when Joyland officially drops, just so it can help us get through these next few months waiting to hear about a new Austra album.

To listen to the song click here.

Klaxons – “Children Of The Sun” {Alternative Pop}

Klaxons are churning out single after single as of late, only this one is slightly different than the one we covered last week. I don’t know what’s in the water where the Klaxons are living because this track is pretty mindblowing in an “out there” kind-of-way. Now we’re really curious as to what to expect from their new album.

Hydrogen Sea & Imaginary Family – “All That Keeps Us” {Dream Pop}

We weren’t too surprised when we read that these two acts wrote this song together during one random night in Brussels, only because Brussels is a magical city like that. This track is off the Unday Records’ first compilation titled Music For Undays which also features new tunes from Trixie Whitley, Yuko, Flying Horseman and many more.

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes – “Sun Goes Out” {Pop/Rock}

Daniel Ellsworth and his Great Lakes have been making the rounds on the interwebs since 2010, but now they’re prepping for the release of their sophomore album Kid Tiger which is out on March 4th. This track was engineered by the Grammy Award-winning Vance Powell who previously worked with Kings Of Leon, Jack White and The Whigs).

Karen O & Ezra Koenig – “The Moon Song” {Pop/Rock}

It’s a very special day indeed when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman decides to release a song with her fellow New Yorker/Vampire Weekend vocalist as a single, which is off the new movie soundtrack for Owen Pallett’s Her (starring Joaquin Phoenix). You may remember the original version of the song we covered last September, but with a little Ezra touch this version may possibly surpass the awesomeness of the original, and that’s saying a lot.

To listen to the song click here.

Drift Static – “I Say, You Say” {Electronic/Funk}

Berlin’s Drift Static has been remixing everyone from Of Monsters and Men to Fatboy Slim, but now he’s focusing on releasing his own original tunes to the masses. Just this one track alone covers the dubstep, funk, electronic and hip hop genres, and after listening to it we can’t help but look forward to hearing what the future has in store for Mr. Drift Static.

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Top new tracks: Tokyo Police Club, Drive-By Truckers, Broken Bells + Kevin Drew sings about good sex

January 22, 2014 in Alternative, Americana, Art Rock, Classic Rock, Disco, Electrogoth, Experimental, Garage Rock, Indie, Nu Disco, Pop, Punk, Rock, Southern Rock, Sunshine Pop, Synthpop

Tennis – “100 Lovers” {Sunshine Pop}

Ain’t no polar vortex gonna bring this duo down! This track is exactly what we needed to hear on a cold, miserable January day (where my East Coasters at??) and just like any other Tennis song, this one acts like an instant anti-depressant. This is yet another track off their new EP Small Sound which you can buy for $4.99 here.

Drive-By Truckers – “Pauline Hawkins” {Southern Rock}

Listening to the Drive-By Truckers always brings out the redneck that is hidden deep down within the depths of my soul, and this track is no different. This song first debuted on Rolling Stone earlier this month, and is off their 10th LP English Oceans which is due out on March 4th via ATO.

Tokyo Police Club – “Hot Tonight” {Pop/Rock}

As any non-Canadian will tell you, Tokyo Police Club are kind of a big deal in Canada (just because every non-Canadian I’ve ever met has never heard of them). This track is waaaay poppier than what we’re used to hearing from the band, so now we’re curious as to what else we’ll be hearing off their new album Forcefield (which is out on March 25th in the US/Canada and March 24th in the UK).

The Coathangers – “Follow Me” {Garage Rock/Punk}

Yes, I only decided to check out this track just for the sheer fact that their name is “The Coathangers” – so sue me. (No, please don’t). Either way I’m glad I did end up checking this track out, because turns out they’re one of the most badass all-female punk groups I’ve ever come across in my life. Plus their new album is called Suck My Shirt – it doesn’t get more badass than this people.

Kevin Drew – “Good Sex” {Pop/Rock}

What’s better than good sex? Being a Broken Social Scene fan and finding out that Kevin Drew is releasing his sophomore album this year. (And no, that isn’t an over exaggeration). This song is off his new LP Darlings which is being released on March 18th via one of our numero uno favourite record labels Arts & Crafts.

Trust – “Rescue, Mister” {Electrogoth/Synthpop}

Trust (AKA Austra’s sideproject-that-couldn’t-possibly-compete-with-Austra-but-still-comes-pretty-damn-close) has a brand spankin’ new track that is dark, mysterious and deliciously synthy – everything we’ve grown to love about the band since we first heard their impressive debut album TRST back in 2012. Their new LP Joyland is being released on March 4th, so mark those electrogoth calendars!

Broken Bells – “After The Disco” {Nu Disco/Pop}

Get those cheesy synth hats on and ready, because there’s so much happy-go-lucky synth going on in this tune it’s hard to keep track of it all. In case you didn’t know, Broken Bells is the baby of James Mercer from Danger Mouse and the Shins, and they’ll be putting on their new album of the same title on February 4th.

St. Vincent – “Digital Witness” {Experimental/Art Rock}

We’re ashamed to admit that we didn’t discover St. Vincent until her collaboration with Talking Heads’ frontman David Byrne, and we’re so obsessed with the collaborative album we still can’t imagine Ms. Clark without a bony jaw as seen on the Love This Giant album cover. There’s a lot of depth and texture going on this track which is way, way out there even for St. Vincent standards; it’s no wonder why Byrne wanted to collaborate with her.

ceo – “Wonderland” {Indie Rock}

We can’t explain why we like this song as much as we do. Maybe it’s the Vampire Weekend elements, or perhaps it’s even the not-so-subtle classic elements with all sorts of different instruments getting thrown into the mix. Either way it’s a musically delightful and stimulating track, and now we can see why so many indie music bloggers have been buzzing about it.

The Men – “Pearly Gates” {Classic Rock}

We’re not too sure what to make of this track, which makes us even more excited for The Men’s upcoming album just because now we don’t know what to expect. (The Men are tricky like that…Alright boys, you have our attention!) This is the first single off their forthcoming album Tomorrow’s Hits which is out on March 4th via Sacred Bones.

Hospitality – “Rockets & Jets” {Alternative Rock/Electronic}

This track slacks a bit on the production side which is not what we’re used to hearing from the band, but Amber Papini’s pleasant voice smooths it all over (as always). And just when you think you have the song figured out, halfway through it goes into full-on Metric-mode, which overall makes for a pleasurable listening experience. The band’s new album Trouble is out next week via Merge Records.

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Top Albums of 2013 {Part 4}

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

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Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir

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

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

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

!!! – Thr!!!er

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RIYL: Cut Copy, Happy Mondays

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

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

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

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RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie

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

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

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

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RIYL: Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Erykah Badu

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

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

Dr. Dog – B-Room

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RIYL: The Band, The Beatles

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

HAIM – Days Are Gone

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RIYL: Feist, Paramore, Fleetwood Mac

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

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

David Bowie – The Next Day

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RIYL: The Kinks, LCD Soundsystem

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

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

Austra – Olympia

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RIYL: Grimes, The Knife, Bjork

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

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

Belle and Sebastian – The Third Eye Centre

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RIYL: Iron and Wine, of Montreal

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

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

Action Bronson – Saab Stories

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RIYL: Ghostface Killah, Das Racist

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

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

Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

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

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

To read our Free Your Mind album review click here

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

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RIYL: Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane

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

No Age – An Object

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

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

The Weeknd – Kiss Land

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RIYL: Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean

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

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

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

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RIYL: Prince, Frank Ocean

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

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

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Top Indie Electronic Tracks of 2013 {Part 2}

December 17, 2013 in Ambient, Chillwave, Disco, Electronica, Experimental, Free downloads, House, Jazz, Reggae, Synthpop, Synthrock, Techno, Top 2013, Trip Hop, Tropical Pop

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Neonfaith – “Darkest Light” {Electropop} + Free downloads

Fact: Whenever the word “neon” is included an electronic act’s name you just know they’re going to be packing some hard-hitting electro punches (Neon Indian, anyone?) The group is based out of Jamaica/New York City, and if you like their work you should take advantage of all those free downloads on their Soundcloud page.

Slack Armada – “Your Majesty” {Ambient/Experimental}

Sometimes we can get a little (OK..REALLY) overwhelmed with the number of submissions we receive on a daily basis, but little did we know that this little gem was hidden amongst the bunch of e-mails we had to spend hours and hours and hours sifting through. This track is off the Chicago-based artist’s new four-track EP which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Cappa Regime – “After The Disco” {Disco/House} + Free downloads

This trio of DJs consisting Jake Kasheta, Shane Sherzai, and Rob “Electric” Enea have been turning a lot of heads in the electronic musicverse, and word is on the street that they plan on releasing collaborations with none other than Del The Funky Homosapien (yes, Del The Funky  Homosapien) and Moe Green. If you like their tuneage you can download a crapton of their tracks for free here.

Panic Girl – “Breathe On” {Electronica/Trip Hop}

From her white-painted face to the Portishead-ish trip hop drumbeat, we love love loved everything about this track, not to mention that the creepy-as-fuck video suited the subtle, chilled out beat perfectly; (dem drums tho….). This single is off her wicked new record Lowlands, and we highly recommend that you dish out some of you hard-earned cash and buy it for €9.90 here.

Dane Gill – “Happy Place” {Electronic/Reggae}

What do you get when you mix together chilled out reggae with some electronic backbeats? Well besides a can of a whole lotta awesomeness you also get this track, of course! This track is off his latest release (appropriately titled My Name Isn’t Skrillex) and you can buy it for $7.45 here.

Ambisonic – “Manitou” {Electronica/Synthpop}

With creepy Wampire-like synths layered on top of piano chords, hypnotic drumbeats and vintage bass foot pedals (drooooool….) what’s not to love? This dynamic duo is based out of Toronto, and you can buy their tracks for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here, or stream a ton of their songs for free over at their Soundcloud page.

COINS – “On Your Lips” ft. DOLLS {Electropop/Dubstep}

Normally we’re not a fan of overly popalicious tunes, but with this track’s dubstep backbone (not to mention its memorable lyrics…) we ended up giving this track a second chance, and are we ever glad we did (sweet baby Jesus are we ever…) This track was released as a single back in September, and you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

xSDTRK – “powDer” {Chillwave}

This is one of those tracks that will stick with you once you listen to it for the first time, and its melody can get trapped in your head for days if you’re not careful. (And where is he from? Montreal, duh!) If you dig his work make sure you give him some “Like” love on Facebook and check out the rest of his tunes on Soundcloud too.

PolyEmory – “HydraFauna” (Boerd remix) {Electronica/Ambient} + Free download

Because PolyEmory is all mysteriously anonymous and whatnot, all we know about him/her is that he/she knows how to craft a tune you can just get lost in (oh and the band was founded in the year 1750 too…) If you like this tune then make sure you check out the rest of his/her tracks via Soundcloud here.

Hello Phones – “The One” {Synthpop}

We’ve already covered Hello Phones in one of our Top 5 Indie Tracks of the Week posts, but we loved them so much we just had to give it another shout-out (“Hello, Hello Phones? The synthpop genre called and they wanted us to tell you to never stop making music, like ever.”) This track is off their new album Future City which you can buy for $7 here.

Ozaka – “Go By” {Electronic/House} + Free downloads

This upbeat, pick-me-up kind-of-song made us want to put on !!!’s Rolling Stones-inspired short-shorts and boogie on down, just because we’re hardcore electro nerds like that. Ozaka is based out of Cologne, Germany, and if you like his work you can download two of his tracks for free over at his Bandcamp page.

Dorine Levy – “There For Me” {Electropop}

This tune starts off all poppy-like, but then morphs and builds into this electronica extravanza that’s so awesome it will make you want to put on a panda hat and randomly dance around a bonfire on a beach (oh, wait…) Dorine is based out of Montreal/Tel Aviv, and you can buy her new album Underwater for $9.99 via iTunes here.

Naapo – “Fall Out” {Techno/House} + Free downloads

Listening to this song made us feel like we just chugged a glass of happiness and swigged it down with a few Prozacs, but that’s what shiny, happy Australian music is all about! Naapo is based out of Melbourne and he’s only 24-years-old, so if you want to give this dude all the credit he deserves then give him some “Like” love on Facebook and check out the rest of his tunes via Soundcloud.

Diesel Kass – “Au Noir” {Electronic/Trip Hop} + Free downloads

We don’t understand a word she’s singing (only because we didn’t pay attention in French class as a youngin’) but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this track for all it’s worth. (Plus only the Frenchies know how to create the most chilled-out music known to mankind). If you have some time on your hands be sure to check out the rest of their wicked tracks on Soundcloud and take advantage of those free downloads.

The National Pool – “Better” {Chillwave/Tropical}

This is the kind of song that gets better and better after a few listens, plus it’s got a wicked tropical/Afro beat (à la Reflektor) that made us love the tune even more. The group is based out of Nashville/Baltimore, and if you like this tune as much as we do you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

 

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Top Indie Americana/Folk Tracks of 2013 {Part 3}

December 16, 2013 in Alt-Blues, Alt-Country, Alt-Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Industrial, Psych Folk, Rock, Rockabilly, Roots, Southern Rock, Top 2013, Traditional Country

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Scott Rudd – “Bullshit Love” {Folk} + Free download

Maybe it’s the lo-fi drums or the chorus of people yelling “BULLSHIT!!!!” but this song got stuck in our head for weeks after we covered it in one of our Top Indie Tracks of the Week posts. If you dig the song as much as we do then you can download it for free in the player below, or buy his new album Lonely Life for $8 here.

Mimi Oz – “To the Ocean” {Psych Folk}

On the one hand this track contains so many harmonies, sounds and vibes (think: Empress Of), yet at the same time the song is delightfully simplistic and understated…now that ladies and gents is what we like to call a “mindfolk.” This track is off the Toronto-based songstress’ latest album Three of Swords which was released this past April, and you can buy the album as a name-your-price download (or the track for $1) over at her Bandcamp page.

The Modern Folk – “Hey” {Psych Folk/Rock} + Free downloads

This group is giving us some mean Paul Simon/Bruce Springsteen vibes, but mixing it together with a whole lotta dirty, raw and lo-fi Americana folky-rock helps makes this track extra, extra special. This song is off the Portland-based group’s latest album American Cave which was released in October, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

Blue & Gold – “Ghost Man” {Blues/Rock}

If the sound of Alison Mosshart’s voice makes you see sunshine, lollipops and rainbows then be sure to check this group out. The quartet is based out of Brooklyn, and if you dig their vibe you can buy this track for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here (but make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too).

Charles Warren Orchestra – “Get Out My Way Child” {Blues/Rock} + Free download

If listening to The Black Keys puts a little pep in your step, then you best be preparing yourself before you hit that play button. This group is based out of New York City/New Jersey, and if you like the song you can download it for free in the player below, and check out the rest of their Church of Charles EP over at their Soundcloud page.

The Schomberg Fair – “Fire in the Dark” {Alt-Country/Psych Rock} + Free downloads

It’s a very rare occasion when an artist successfully combines psychedelic rock with a driven, country twang, but this band manages to pull it off perfectly. If you like the song you can download it for free in the player blow, or you can take advantage of the ton of other free downloads that are available on their Soundcloud page.

Liam Gale & The Ponytails – “Of Letters Lost” {Country/Folk} + Free downloads

An Americana growl, a melody with a hook, a hyperactive acoustic strum…there’s so much going on in this track we don’t even know where to start. The group is based out of Sydney, Australia, and you can download it for free in the player below or check out some of their other free tunes here

Joyce Island – “Dry These Eyes” {Traditional Country}

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much we love us some Patsy Cline, but thanks to Best Coast’s new album and this Vancouver-based artist, our Patsy love has been revitalized in 2013. This single was released on her Bandcamp page in April, and you can download it for as little as $1 here.

Colin Easthope – “Scenic Route” {Folk} + Free download

The latest album from this talented British Columbian was produced by our buddy Blocktreat, and any friend of Blocktreat deserves a good nod in our books (not that we’re biased or anything…) This track is the first single off his new record Timothy Lake which you can stream in full over at his Soundcloud page.

Old Baby – “Into The Earth” {Blues/Rock}

It doesn’t take a lot to impress us when it comes to music videos as psychedelically delicious as this one, but the fact that this song contains one of the catchiest blues riffs known to mankind took the “Into The Earth” listening/viewing experience to a whole new level. This track is off their new album Love Hangover which was released via Karate Body Records, and you can buy it for $7 here.

Reichenbach Falls – “Risky” {Alt-Folk/Rock}

We’ve had a soft spot for Reichenbach Falls ever since we covered them in our Top Indie Tracks of the Week post a couple of months back, so as soon as we heard they were releasing some new tunes we just had to give them a listen. You can buy their new album Reports Of Snow for £6 over at their Bandcamp page (or this track for as little as £1 here).

Contron – “Oh Florida (Flawda Livin Abridged)” {Indie Folk}

Once you take off your grammar police hat and open up your mind to an overwhelming amount of lo-fi and raw folky vibes, you’ll come to appreciate this artist for all he’s worth. This track is off his new and appropriately titled unreleased/rarities/B-sides album Drugmusic 2013 (Theme Music For Dying Alone), and you can buy it for as little as $1 here.

Joe Lewis-Brown – “July” {Folk} + Free downloads

Here at RMD we love us some banjo, and luckily this track is packed full of it. Joe is based out of Southampton, England, and if you dig this tune you can download his new Heal EP in full for free via Bandcamp (but make sure you give him some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too).

Arc & Stones – “Silence” {Blues/Rock}

This track may start off as a classic sounding blues song, but then it morphs into some kind of grunge/90s alt-rock vibe (à la Incubus) and totally blew us away. The group is based out of Brooklyn, and you can stream the rest of their tunes off their new self-titled EP for free over at their Bandcamp page.

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Top Indie Americana/Folk Tracks of 2013 {Part 2}

December 12, 2013 in Alt-Folk, Americana, Blues, Country, Experimental, Folk, Gypsy, independent bands, Indie, Psych Folk, Rock, Top 2013, Uncategorized

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Stoll Vaughan – “Troubles” {Americana/Rock}

If you’re a fan of The Boss AKA Bruce Springsteen and mesmerized by his perfect, round tush (who isn’t?) then check this artist out. Vaughn is based out of Los Angeles, and you can stream his new album The Weatherman in full for free over at his Soundcloud page.

Vessel – “White Trash” {Blues/Rock}

Normally good music and white trash don’t go hand-in-hand, but this is one of the rare cases when they actually do. This track is off the New Zealanders’ latest album Friday Drive which was released this past summer, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download over at their Bandcamp page.

Ezra Vine – “Celeste” {Indie Folk}

Here’s yet another New Zealander to pin to our end-of-year lists, and with a deep bass drum, haunting melodies, and a vibe that gives us some early Tapes ‘n Tapes nostalgia, we couldn’t find any reason not to like this track. If you like the song as much as we do you can buy it via iTunes for as little as $1.29 here.

Miwa Gemini – “Goodnight Trail” {Gypsy Folk}

The half European in us can’t help but love a good polka tune, so if you’re a fan of Gogol Bordello and/or accordions then give this track a listen. The group is based out of both Brooklyn/Los Angeles (because they’re gypsies like that), and if you dig this track you can buy it for as little as $1 here.

Velma Grove – “Caroline” {Alt-Folk}

These Melbourne-based folkers sounds strikingly similar to our boy Bobby D (only with layers of trumpets, banjos, and a helluva lot of other awesomeness thrown into the mix). This tune is off their latest album Older which was released in July, and you can buy this track for as little as $1 here.

Mitski – “Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart” {Psych Folk}

Like a nice warm glass of Joni Mitchell, this New York-based artist with jaw-dropping vocals just released her impressive new album Retired From Sad, New Career in Business this past summer. You can buy the album as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page, or purchase this track individually here.

Christopher Cape – “Divorcee” {Folk/Rock}

This Ontarian is more than “just another deadbeat with a guitar,” (as he so claims); he’s also the writer of some of the most powerful and influential folktastic tracks we’ve been sent so far this year. This song is off his latest album The Biggest Lie, and you can purchase this track for as little as $1 here.

Mount Rushmore Safari – “John Wayne” {Country/Rock}

We always knew John Wayne was pretty badass, but this track/video takes his badassery to a whole new level. This video was directed by Mikael Reidar in Cophenhagen, Denmark, and if you dig this song make sure you give the band some “Like” love on Facebook and listen to the rest of their tunes for free here.

Saint Jude – “Laurelie” {Country/Soul}

It’s a well-known fact that Australians are the masters of the electropop genre, but this band/track is proof that Aussies are fully capable of mastering the country and soul music genres as well. This track is off their latest album Saint Jude II which was released in October, and you can buy it for $10 over at their Bandcamp page.

The Dirty Streets – “Stay Thirsty” {Blues/Rock} + Free download

It takes a lot of talent to write a badass blues song, but to sound sexy while doing it takes an extra special amount of talent. This trio is based out of Memphis, Tennessee, and they just released their new album Blades Of Grass via Alive Naturalsound Records a couple of months back. Oh and P.S. you can stream the album in its entirety for free here.

D & M – “Dirty Love” {Alt-Country/Rock}

Influenced by rocking and rolling, driving motorcycles and “picking up babes,” these Philadelphians describe their unique sound as blues-infused alternative pop, and they have been turning a lot of heads since forming back in 2009. You can buy this track for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here, but if you dig their work make sure you give them some “Like” love while you’re at it too.

Blank Realm – “Falling Down The Stairs” {Americana/Experimental Rock} + Free download

The hardcore Tom Petty/Traveling Wilburys fan in us fell in love with this track as soon as we heard it, and was hands-down one of the best Americana tunes we’ve received over the past year. You can download the track for free in the player below, or pre-order their forthcoming album Grassed Inn for $8.99 via iTunes here.

Wooden Saints – “Alpha Bravo Charlie Disco” {Folk/Pop}

Hailing from Amsterdam, this band surprisingly consists of ten different members (so it’s safe to say that their awesomeness is multiplied by tenfold). This track was released as a single in September, and if you can digs it you best be following them on Twitter and give them some “Like” love on Facebook too.

Lizabett Russo – “Tonight” {Folk/Soul}

We already covered this track in one of our many Top Indie Tracks of The Week posts, but seeing that a great tune that combines folk/soul elements is such a rare commodity these days we just had to mention it again. This song is off her three-track The Traveller’s Song EP which you can purchase for £4.50 here.

The Strumbellas – “In This Life” {Folk/Rock}

We’ve been keeping our eyes and ears on this Toronto-based group ever since the release of their Juno-nominated debut album My Father And The Hunter last year, so we were pretty stoked to see that they released some new tuneage in 2013. Their new album (We Still Move On Dance Floors) was released in October, and you can buy it for $8.91 via iTunes here.

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