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

No Comments 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.

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….

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’.

Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Line of Best Fit- Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada 6

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
UK blog The Line of Best Fit has been releasing a Canadian Christmas compilation for the past few years. This year is edition 6 and features 16 amazing tracks including exclusives by Jim Bryson, The Acorn and Fresh Snow. Check out or download the entire compilation below!

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Motel Raphaël – London

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Motel Raphaël is a young indie-folk-pop band from Montreal, led by Clara Legault, Emily Skahan and Maya Malkin. “London” is a delightful work of three-part harmony and there’s a rootsy edge to the poppy tune. Oh, and you gotta love the fur-covered phone.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Listen, Music

[Listen] Esther Grey – No Good

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
esther grey

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. The song has a garage rock riff and an alt rockabilly vibe. Then there’s the weird ass distorted falsetto vocals… Sigh. I give in. Anyway, “No Good” is Esther Grey’s contribution to the Guelph music scene compilation ‘Missed Connections: Compilation 1′ which I am eagerly digging into.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Experimental, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Warmer – Howling With Coyotes

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Kingston’s Warmer keeps things weird this Tuesday with “Howling With Coyotes”, a trippy jam. And, yes, we get to howl with the coyotes. Cool.

Alternative, Canadian, Chillwave, Electronic, Listen, Music

[Listen] Chocolat – Tss Tss

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Chocolat’s “Tss Tss” features a bottom-heavy bass line and a catchy synth loop, which combine for a great groove. Tasty Tuesday fare.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Kubla Khan – Who Cares

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
kubla khan

Vancouver’s Kubla Khan starts off Weird Tuesday with a song from their album ‘Pincushion Man’. George Harrison-style psychedelia with a warble in the voice reminiscent of Tiny Tim. Check out the album cover art — that’ll give you an idea of what you are in for.

Listen, Music, World Music

Music Alliance Pact December 2014

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Tiana Feng

Heyo, it’s time for another edition of Music Alliance Pact!

Right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 17-track compilation through Dropbox here. Continue Reading

Canadian, Instrumental, Jazz, Listen, Music

[Listen] Diane Roblin and Reconnect – Fasten Your Seatbelt

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dinae roblin

Hmm, it’s turning out to be a cool and sophisticated morning here at RTT. Toronto’s Diane Roblin leads her band, Reconnect, on the piano and electric piano. The highly talented group offer up a smooth blend of jazz-fusion and funk.

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