Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Classic Rock, Instrumental, Listen, Music

[Listen] Fresh Snow – Blood in the Sun

No Comments 25 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
fresh snow

“Blood In The Sun” by Fresh Snow — now there’s two contrasting images for you. Speaking of contrasts, the track starts off as a quiet, ambient number but then erupts partway through in a blare of noise rock guitars. It’s all rhythmic and melodic, however, making for another great instrumental from the Toronto indie quartet.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Elephant Stone – Knock You From Yr Mountain

No Comments 24 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Elephant Stone channels the Stone Roses in the excellent psych-rock track “Knock You From Yr Mountain”, which is understandable given that they take their name from a Stone Roses song. The video is fittingly trippy and baffling. The song also sports the best bass line this year. Groovy.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Dear Rouge – Best look lately

No Comments 24 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The video to Dear Rouge’s single “Best Look Lately” has singer Danielle McTaggart in the make-up chair being ‘done over’ in several iconic looks. Thank goodness for time lapse photography or else we’d be here all day…

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Stella Ella Ola – Peter Sellers

No Comments 23 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Stella Ella Ola, which includes members of Hollerado, gives us a poppy and giddy reminder of what summer was like. That’s not fair, guys.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Pop, Watch

[Watch] The Bandicoots – Just After Dark

No Comments 21 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Hamilton’s The Bandicoots drop their debut single “Just After Dark”, a bouncy, stutter-beat indie rock number. The accompanying video with its homemade shadow puppet show is equally fun.

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

[Listen] Tough Lovers – Mouthful of Blood

No Comments 20 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tough lovers

Vancouver’s Tough Lovers have one foot in ’70’s rock and the other foot in contemporary indie, and since 2010 they’ve consistently been offering up well-crafted, thoughtful songs. Now I am hearing rumblings that it all may be coming to an end. Say it isn’t so!

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] The Dying Arts – Snake in the Grass

No Comments 16 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dying arts

Indie garage rockers The Dying Arts treat us to a Arctic Monkeys-style number. “Snake in the Grass” is from their self-titled EP.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Roots

[Listen] Bend the River – Assassins

No Comments 16 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
bend the river

“Assassins” is from Bend the River’s sophomore album ‘So Long Joan Fontaine’. The album title has me scratching my head but the music is just fine — rootsy folk-rock with one foot in the ’70’s and the other planted smack in the middle of 21st century indie. This track may sound vaguely like The Band but there is something very contemporary in its structure and lyrics.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Covers, Electronic, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Mimico – Fate Screen/Fresh Snow – Mony, Mony (7″ split)

No Comments 15 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
mimico

Here’s a cool 7″ split for you. One side you’ve got a Mimico’s “Fate Screen” a total ’80’s throwback with a motorik beat, steely synths and a goth-like vocal delivery. Other side is an instrumental version of “Mony, Mony” by Fresh Snow. When you’ve a rhythm this groovy who needs words? (actually, it’s “Mony, Mony”, so who needs words anyway?)

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Watch] Poor Traits – Black and White

No Comments 13 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
poor traits

The band Poor Traits has just released their debut album ‘Minor Setbacks’, a collection of emotional, hard-driving indie rock numbers guided by front-woman Alex Badger. “Black and White” is a mid-tempo song that simmers along until it finally boils over in a burst of guitar at the end. The video depicts a man who wakes up on a beach, unable to remember how he got there. Disturbingly, you just know he’s done something very bad.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Electronic, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Mother Mother – Get Out the Way

No Comments 06 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan Lyric video of the synth-heavy Mother Mother single "Get Out The Way" from their new album. The video has b/w footage of wild animals in the background and neon light letters in the foreground letting you know what the dude is singing.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] Stan Simon and the Hotel Bible – the Desert Line

No Comments 05 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
hotel bible

Stan Simon and the Hotel Bible features members of Neon Windbreaker, Weaves and the Holy Gasp. The raw, rootsy rock song “The Desert Line” was recorded in Toronto but you’d swear it was baked out on the desert floor somewhere.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Spoon River – In the Parking Lots of the Swamp Museum

No Comments 03 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A cheesy-as-hell video from Vancouver psych rockers Spoon River. “In the Parking Lots of the Swamp Museum” has the band chasing a swamp monster that has stolen a baby. OK.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Hearing Trees – Room for You

No Comments 02 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
hearing trees

Sinister-edged driving indie folk-rock from Winnipeg’s Hearing Trees. Great song, plus the best album cover art I’ve seen all year. What’s not to like?

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies – Cherry Red

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
cherry red

The latest single from the Deep Sea Gypsies. This time out they bring in some late ’60’s British blues and a touch of early ’70’s country rock. The guitars are smokin’ as usual.

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