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’.

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
motel raphael

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.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Interviews, Music, Pop

Interview: Gina Loes, Lead Singer/Guitarist for The Ruffled Feathers

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


MB:  How long has The Ruffled Feathers been together?

GL:  We’ve been making music together going on six years now. It’s always been a collaborative efforts. Multiple songwriters. It’s about bringing to life each other’s music, which might not have a life of its own if not for the band. I find that when I’m learning someone else’s song I’m continually challenged, which helps me grow as a musician and helps us all grow together.” Continue Reading

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.

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