Wow, I miss the Toronto music scene. Daniel Woodhead (not Benjamin…) and Maddy Wilde (together they are akaMoon King) bring another bad-ass tune into existence, going harder into some weird corner of shoegaze (Sunny Sundae Smile-era My Blood Valentine, perhaps) and the results are phenomenal. Fuck. (via Pitchfork)
As is not infrequent, Pitchfork is 100% correct in giving Montreal samplegaze experimentalist Grimes’ latest album, her first full-length for 4AD, Visions, the ‘coveted’ Best New Music distinction and and an 8.5/10. It is a phenomenal album: consistent, inventive, original, and astoundingly accessible. I had already been growing more and more favourable to Grimes‘ earlier work – which I first thought good but a little too ‘grimey’ and weird for casual listening, but this totally surpasses it in every way. It feels bigger, more expensive, more experimental, catchier, melodic, even danceable sometimes. Not to get carried away, “bonny bear?”-asking friends will still think it ‘s the kind of music the skinless humans in the second planet of the apes movie might listen to while having sex – but anyone who’s sympathetic to the weirder sampletastic shit that’s been pretty hot of late will likely agree with me on this one.
I first met and saw Grimes at a Rich Aucoin Tiger Bar show being put on bySnakes + Ladders, the promo company/blog of Daniel Woodhead – Moon King maestro and brother of Airick Woodhead, who’s Doldrums project is featured one of the albums best tracks, “Colour Of Moonlight (Antiochus)”. I didn’t think this skinny chick with a strange haircut would end up being a Pitchfork darling, but I was clearly very wrong. And I’m glad that I was, as it shows that we’re moving towards an increasingly experimental-friendly indiesphere, with the boundaries determining what is just ‘too weird’ to get popular being demolished by the day.
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.
Apparently the only one not upset about the death of Steve Jobs is Montreal-based experimental rocker Doldrums, who posted a new mixtape on his Soundcloud today called Dive Deep, with a little description thinger reading: “STEVE JOBS IS DEAD, WE SHOULD TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT AND OUR ENEMY’S HEAD IS CUT OFF. OUR GOAL IS 1000 MACBOOK PRO BONFIRE AT EACH LIVE PERFORMANCE OF DIVE DEEP (SEE ENDLESSDOLDRUMS.BLOGSPOT.COM FOR DETAILZ)”
Guess he’s a PC fan.
Anyfart, the mixtape includes friends and musical family members like his brother Moon King, Army Girls, Austra, Hooded Fang, Romo Roto and Guy Dallas. Below = what is so far my favourite track off it.
Our friends in Moon King have a new release on the horizon – the Theme For Moon King 7″, coming out soon on Daps Records, but which you can download for free off their bandcamp.
Daniel Woodhead – the main man behind Moon King – told me a bit about the creation of the title track: apparently, the chorus was written by his brother Airick (aka Doldrums) about Daniel Lee (frontman of Toronto indie popsters Hooded Fang), then Daniel (Woodhead) filled in the rest and got Sean Nicholas Savage to add some vocals, making it a veritable Toronto-Montreal indie rocker mass-marriage.