Archive for October, 2011

Toronto’s Loveless

October 31st, 2011 | The Mix | 4 Comments

In honour of the 20th anniversary of My Bloody Valentine‘s masterpiece album Loveless, we, the indie-rockers of Toronto, would like to show our gratitude with this covers compilation. You can download it for free off soundcloud, but please support the original artists who created the masterpiece by heading over to your local record store and purchasing the album on vinyl. It’s totally worth it.

All of Toronto is also welcome to come to the all-ages 20th anniversary celebration party we’ll be putting on at the Toronto Underground Cinema this Friday (November 4th).

Selebrities

October 29th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

I had never considered that it might be possible to pull off a genuinely cool, affecting version of the camp classic “Monster Mash”, but somehow Brooklyn new-wavers Selebrities have done just that. Wow. (Via Gorilla Vs. Bear)

Selebrities – Monster Mash (Bobby “Boris” Pickett Cover)

Awesome Album Covers

October 27th, 2011 | Features | 1 Comment

ALL HAIL KING DISCO BALL!

Supreme Dicks

October 25th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

There was a period of time where I scrounged the internet trying to find something as precious and intimate as the early Sebadoh albums. I wish I’d found the work of Supreme Dicks, most of which was released between 1993-1996 and is now being reissued by one of my favourite lablels, Jagjuguwar, in a four-disc collection. (Via Altered Zones)

Supreme Dicks – Jack O Lantern

Have You Heard The New…Guided By Voices?

October 25th, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments

Guided By Voices – The Unsinkable Fats Domino

Shit, I haven’t really been posting much music by new unknown bands lately, but I’ve just been really busy and haven’t heard anything that’s made me all that excited. However, I am excited about the new Guided By Voices album coming out on January 1st, Let’s Go Eat The Factory. The first single dropped today on the internets and it’s pretty cool. It’ll be out on a 7″ with B-side “We Won’t Apologize” on November 22nd.

Firstly – this is what you expect, and what you want. It’s short, it’s catchy, it lyrics probably mean nothing, and it fucking rocks. I want like 13 more of these, yes please (20 is too many though, seriously). Is the song actually an ode to the legendary “Blueberry Hill” rocker? I doubt it. Pollard probably just thought his name sounded funny.

It would appear that Robert Pollard‘s second act rennaisance is continuing in full-swing with no signs of stopping. And this is coming from someone who was 6 the last time the “classic lineup” was in action.

What did you think of the song? What do you think the album will be like? Let me know in the comments section or over Facebook or Twitter.

Have You Heard The New…Gauntlet Hair Album?

October 23rd, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments

Gauntlet Hair – Mop It Up

Denver indie-rockers Gauntlet Hair FINALLY dropped their debut album. It’s been like two years since people started talking about those guys after they posted like three good songs on their Myspace and finally they’ve put out an album. Took them a while.

Anyways. The album is pretty good. It’s no masterpiece, but I didn’t anyone was expecting one from Gauntlet Hair. What it is is a strong collection of songs that sound really cool. That’s Gauntlet Hair‘s strong suite – their asthetic. Those Cocteau Twins guitars and the electronic drums being raped by Craig Nice are one hell of a killer combo – it’s as if they were trying to be the worlds most rock-ish dream-pop band. So dream-rock. It’s cool.

As the album goes along, the songs start to blend into one another, you kind of get lost somewhere in the reverb and chorus-pedal-induced haze. But it’s never less than enjoyable and even when you’re losing track of things, they’re still interesting and pretty. So as someone who was really anxious to hear the album, I’d say they met my expectations – but only just.

What did you think of the album? Let me know in the comments section or over Facebook or Twitter.

Awesome Album Covers

October 20th, 2011 | Features | 0 Comments

I live in a world of rainbows and lollipops!

First Rate People

October 18th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

It’s been a bit frustrating to wait so long for Toronto-based First Rate People to put out new stuff – since they released their It’s Never Not Happening EP last year, they’ve only put out about two new songs. True, individual members have been releasing EP’s and such (much of which can be found on member Liam Sanagan’s community-oriented tumblr, Bedroomer) but it’s good to see that today they finally dropped put a something of a new release online. Admittedly it is just a compilation of three new songs (two of which were released in the last while) and two remixes, but hey, better than nothing, right?

First Rate People – Summer Job

Illustration: Jennifer Illett

Nomadic Firs

October 17th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

When did indie rockers stop singing about social responsibility and civil concerns? Really, it’s been in and out of fashion for a long time. Back in 2004/2005 it was very fashionable: The Arcade Fire were telling us to wake up, Wolf Parade were warning us about global warming, Broken Social Scene were all like, “IT’S ALL GONNA BREAK!” Even Stars was pissed at Bush for lying about death and The Stills were singing about Lola and stars and stripes. Now I feel like all that’s left is Handsome Furs touring around the world and calling governments on their shit. Glad to hear other indie rockers finally get in on the ball withKnoxville’s Nomadic Firs‘ “I’m A 99″, a song inspired by the Occupy Wallstreet movement. (Via Get Off The Coast)

Girls Names

October 16th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

It’s been a bit of a shitty weekend. I’m feeling pretty pissed off and on the verge of defeat, so some new Slumberland Records stuff is definitely fitting the bill…the bill of my heart :( Girls Names are from Belfast and make cute, mopey, poppy tunes. So yeah…I’m feeling them right now. (Via Pitchfork)

Girls Names – Black Saturday

Photo: Leon Diaper