Canadian, Pop, Psychedelic, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Tango Lima – Mr. Santa Man

No Comments 21 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Tango Lima’s take on Christmas. If this spells good old-fashioned yuletide to you then you probably need therapy.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] Femme Accident – Under Your Spell

No Comments 20 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Montreal’s Femme Accident play 90s-inspired shoegaze, but with jangly guitars and synths. Their lyrics are usually dark though, in true shoegaze fashion.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Fashionism – Smash the State (with your face) (EP)

No Comments 20 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

You just know that an EP with a title like “Smash the State With Your Face” has got to be boisterous fun, and Vancouver’s Fashionism do not disappoint. The tunes are first and foremost powerpop, but the band throws in some trashy glam and a punk edge. It’s for pogoing in a good mood.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Nicholas Krgovich – The Backlot

No Comments 20 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Nicholas Krgovich devotes an entire album to the topic of LA, particularly Hollywood. The production on these soft pop numbers is impeccable, but it’s Krgovich’s slight indie bent that really keeps things interesting.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Pink Mountaintops – Sleeping With An Angel

No Comments 19 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

It doesn’t seem quite right to call Pink Mountaintops a side project for Stephen McBean when it is far more active than the prorogued Black Mountain. After releasing the oft brilliant (and oft not-so-brilliant) ‘Get Back’ earlier this year, the PMs are back with a new 7″. “Asleep With an Angel” is something of a throwback tune but has a definite modern indie vibe.

Ambient music, Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Dorval and Devereau – Heavy Hands

No Comments 19 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dorval Devereaux

A Canada/US collaboration between Crystal Dorval (White Poppy) of Vancouver and Beau Devereaux (Samantha Glass) of Madison, WI, and the creative synergy is in high gear as they churn out some gorgeous ambient, experimental dream pop.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Del Bel- My Solitude

1 Comment 19 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Del Bel’s new track “My Solitude” is eerie, chilling and unafraid to showcase Lisa Conway’s crooning vocals.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Remix

[Listen/Download] Blue Hawaii- Agor Edits

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
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To celebrate the end of 2014, the year of many worldwide adventures, Blue Hawaii dropped the “Agor Edits” mixtape. The mixtape has a slightly different vibe than anything on Untogether but not totally upbeat enough to resemble a live set.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Notta Comet – Success With Houseplants (LP)

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
notta comet

Notta Comet are three very clever dudes from Montreal who have a penchant for both math rock and Frank Zappa weirdness. Their template is to lay down an alt rock riff, loop it, do some free-form jamming and then add some absurdist lyrics over top. It’s a formula that serves them well as they address topics such as religion, politics, social mores and the like. Their vocal style tends to vary from very Zappa-like (“Wino Threat”) to ’90s slacker (“Subways”), and from Bowie-like glam (“Facism”) to punk (“Somebody Oughta Burn Down Ray Kurzweil’s House”).

The Good: “Don’t Upset My God”. Starts with a David Byrne-ish burst of sarcastic ranting and ends with a gently flowing guitar-driven instrumental.
The Bad: The strictures of math rock can get annoying if you listen to it for prolonged periods. At times, such as in “Colonial Authorities”, the band loosens up a bit and the music is more fluid. But otherwise, limit your intake to a maybe a couple of tracks at a time.
The Upshot: A great band and great music, but they tend to be driven to a creative frenzy (“Flower Song”, for example, is pretty hard to take). But there’s melody and lyrical ingenuity at work, so it’s worth taking the time to let this grow on you.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Watch

[Watch] Language Arts – Old Familiar

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

‘Wonderkind’ came out back in the Spring but Kristen Cudmore and co. have waited this long to put out the video to “Old Familiar”. If your family is from Canada then this will be ‘old familiar’ as we witness some vintage family home movie footage. This is essentially gentle indie folk, but Cudmore’s quirkiness and the band’s jazz/classical breeding keeps things interesting.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Watch

[Watch] KOLD – Searching the Ice Fields of Melancholopolis

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

For this project Gregg Morrison (Digital Winter) quite fittingly goes by the name KOLD. According to the video write-up: “Armed with only a synthesizer and an analog recording device in a run down work camp, forty cold and sleepless nights were spent in a tiny room under darkness, creating sounds of feelings that yearn to be expressed through words for anyone that could listen.” Brrr. The film footage, however, looks more like the surface of Mars.

Blues, Canadian, Classical, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies – Rock and Roll Queen

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
deep sea gypsies

Part Two of a Thursday morning ’70s double shot. This time it’s RTT favourites the Deep Sea Gypsies with a psych-tinged blues rocker, featuring a good old-fashioned guitar solo.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen] Darlene Shrugg – Freedom Comes in a Plastic Card

No Comments 18 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
Darlene Shrug

First Slim Twig’s 2012 album ‘Hound at the Hem’ gets renewed interest with a US re-release and now he’s teamed up with some fellow Toronto scene heavyweights to form Darlene Shrugg. Their kick-off single “Freedom Comes in a Plastic Card” is a reverb-heavy nod to ’70s trash-glam. Take a walk on the wild side….

Art rock, Canadian, Chillwave, Pop, Watch

[Watch] TIO – Lips Like Wine

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A dreamy, hypnotic synth-pop number from newcomers TIO (who are from TO, naturally). The video to “Lips Like Wine” features inspired B/W footage with a sprinkling of coloured highlights. Dream pop perfection.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Queen Bee and the Buzzkills – White on White

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
queen bee

You’ve gotta love a band that calls itself Queen Bee and the Buzzkills. The Abbotsford, BC band call their style ‘alternative dance music’ but I think I’ll just stick with the term ‘punk’.

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