Archive for August, 2011

DoublePlusGood

August 31st, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

DoublePlusGood is a drums/keys duo from Portland, Oregon that makes some cool, aery tunes. Supposedly they recorded in an old factory and the reverb was so awesome they didn’t need to add any to the drums or vocals in the production process.

Sea Pinks

August 31st, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 1 Comment

Belfast band Sea Pinks makes lo-fi psych pop. There’s a whole story behind it. Whatever. Music.

Sea Pinks – Fountain Tesserae

The Grapefruit Colour

August 30th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

In Toronto, when you hear about all-ages rock shows you usually imagine awful screamo-fests populated by punked up youngsters being ripped off by some large, soulless organization mining the bands’ friends and family for a bit of disposable income. It’s pretty unfortunate, considering there are no shortage of great young bands in this city making awesome indie rock: that much I’ve learned since we started our (sort of) monthly Soundz of the Youth all-ages indie rock series.

One of my favourite bands (that I found over Craigslist!) we’ve had is The Grapefruit Colour – a guitar-drums duo that plays smart, sharp melodic indie rock/pop. I insisted that they get a bandcamp up pronto and thankfully they’ve heeded my advice. Below is one of the songs off their excellent demos EP.

The Grapefruit Colour – I Need Some Ice

LUM

August 29th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Our good friend Liam Sanagan (best known as a member of Toronto indie-poppers First Rate People, who operates solo as LUM) has released a new version of the song “I Am Alone” (previously released as a demo on the Boys Choir Demo) along with a video to accompany it. It’s pretty cool, got a bit of a bounce to it now.

LUM – I Am Alone

Have You Heard The New…Atlas Sound?

August 28th, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments

Atlas Sound – Terra Incognito

I’m a pretty big Deerhunter/Atlas Sound fan so I was psyched to find out that Bradford Cox will be releasing a new album called Parallax (sounds like a Pokemon, right? It’s actually: “the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, e.g., through the viewfinder andthe lens of a camera.” -Dictionary on my Mac) on November 8th. Has it leaked yet? Anyone? Oh, well. It will. Soon. In the meantime, here are thoughts on the first track, “Terra Igcognita” (ooooh, Latin…).

Marc: Truth is the song’s a little boring. Just a little. At least as a single. I mean, sure, it’s cool, Cox is always pretty cool and interesting, but last time around we got “Walkabout”, which was more like a fucking knockabout, and then he followed that with “Shelia” a bit later, which was also really cool. Sure, in between were those tracks on the album there were all kinds of chillz little acoustic creepers that tied everything together nicely, but that’s not what gets people (like me, at least) psyched for an album.

Also, it sounds very, very clean. Cleaner than what’s come before, for sure. Not necessarily a bad thing. It’s cool.

The album? How bad could it be? Cox and crew have pretty much been pumping out awesome release after awesome release for the last couple years, I see no reason to think that they’d stop now. Even if this first track is a little boring, maybe when it’s grouped up with a bunch of other cool tracks and given some context it’ll work better. I’m sure it probably will.

Also, the little “bum bum bum” part at the end is kind of neat.

Photo: Mick Rock