Posts Tagged ‘toronto’

Nailbiter

October 30th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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The man who seems to have a hand in everything cool coming out of Toronto these days, Josh Korody (Beliefs, Wish), got his hands on some modular synth stuff and now there is more cool music in the world. See Nailbiter.

Taste

September 18th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Taste is a new band from Toronto’s Ewan Kay. I’ve know Kay since about 2007. He’s a good dude. He’s also a member of another great Toronto band, Moon King. Kay’s latest project shares some of that band’s fluorescent dream-pop aesthetic, but feels more grounded in comparison with Moon King‘s aery swirl.

The band is playing the Silver Dollar on Friday, September 25th, with a pretty stacked bill of comrades.

Records From Canada // Album (Hooded Fang)

August 18th, 2015 | Features | 0 Comments

Hooded-Fang-AlbumNamed after the beloved children’s books by Can-Lit legend Mordecai Richler, Hooded Fang is one of Toronto’s most underrated bands. Led by the inexhaustible Daniel Lee aka Lee Paradise (Phedre, Daps Records), Hooded Fang have been around for  years. Their discography includes three great full-length albums and an EP. My favourite release from their discography is their 2010 album Album (or self-titled…it’s not entirely clear…).

Album is a phenomenal collection of indie pop songs. The compositions are tight, the lyrics mature and insightful (if not overtly sophisticated) and the arrangements colorful and playful. There are wonderful horn and string flourishes throughout and the vocal trade-off from song to song between Lee’s baritone and Lorna Wright‘s coo is a classic indie-rock move that no one ever gets tired of. But there’s also a tinge of melancholy that runs through everything, making Album feel like the Sunday dawn closing out a great summer weekend.

Hooded Fang‘s later albums are no slouches either. It may very well be that the only reason I like Album the most is because it’s the one I’ve spent the most time with. Honestly, I didn’t even hear about the second and third album when they came out, but only some time after the release of each. Lee and his Daps crew sometimes seem to work like that. They just make great music. You’ll hear about it sooner or later.

Joseph Landau

August 16th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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My Thornhill, Ontario broseph Joseph Landau put out new EP of idiosyncratic folk back in June. I had been meaning to give it a listen for a while, but when I bumped into him on the streets of Toronto this weekend, I knew it was truly time.

HSY

July 26th, 2015 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Our friends at Toronto’s excellent Buzz Records are finally putting out HSY‘s first full length, Bask, on September 11th. I remember when I gave the noise punks one of their first shows back in the day, playing a punk and hardcore themed all ages show at Kapisanan in Kensington Market. I think they were only a two piece then and they still spelled it Hussy. That was before they got too cool for constant vowels and double letters. Good times, good times…