Just because Spring totally sucks it doesn’t mean your music has to! Over the next few months greatness is headed to a record/itunes store nearest you, but with the plethora of EPS, 7″, 12″, soundtracks, compilations and reissues from Bright Eyes, My Bloody Valentine and just about every single Blur album, some releases get looked over.
I’ve put together a list (in order of release date) of some of the most anticipated indie rock, electronic, hip hop and R&B albums that will be released over the next few months and under each artist/album you’ll find a player with a single from the album – unless otherwise indicated. Happy listening!
Last night I had the privilege of attending the Toronto debut of Patrick Watson’s hotly anticipated ‘Adventures in Your Own Backyard’ at the Glenn Gloud Studios for CBC Music. In a time where EDM is at it’s most accessible, drowning other genres by sheer presence, the intimate performance was wholly refreshing. The sound quality and acoustics of the venue coupled by five immensely talented musicians playing their instruments skillfully was like coming up for air.
Word of mouth can still go such a long way. When you hear about a band’s energy, enthusiasm and total dedication to their live performance long before they’ve even made it to your city to play any dates, you just know you’d be missing out if you refused to heed the warning. That’s how I felt at least before seeing The Apache Relay open for Mumford & Sons back in October and I’m so glad I listened. I remember being totally blown away by how this band’s music was able to reach the vast corners of the ACC, a venue nicknamed after an airplane hanger, and seemingly swallow up nearly 20,000 people with their songs – and they were just the opening act! The band has kept themselves busy since with a vigorous touring schedule including stops at SXSW and CMW and joining Dine Alone’s artist roster to release their American Nomad EP in Canada (which is available now). I had the chance to sit down with Michael Ford Jr., Ben Ford, Mike Harris, Brett Moore, Kellen Wenrich and Aaron Early to talk about the journey they’ve taken to success, what makes their live performances so captivating and where they’ll go from here.
Happy Slacker Canadian Music Week! We’re only a day in and already the jet lag/suicidal thoughts I was having post SXSW have completely disappeared. While there have been a few bumps in the road (get well soon Childish Gambino! xo) the sun is shining, the film and comedy fest lineups are stacked and the music fest, celebrating it’s 30th b-day, is determined to slap that scowl off the faces of any negative Nelly’s out there.
Like any good festival, there is a shit ton going on. Whether you choose one of the stacked showcases presented by Dine Alone Records or Arts & Crafts, or spend some time at Young Lions Music Club’s CMW Artist Select Series feat. Shad, Brendan Canning and Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys curating, DJing, and hosting their own CMW showcases, to say you’ve got some options is an understatement. In case you missed Pink Mafia’s annual guide, you can check it out here and FYI I’ve cross-referenced the CMW social media cheat sheet to clear up any namesake confusion, so for all intents and purposes, it’s #CMF ok? Be sure to follow @pinkmafia4life all week long and their army of babes: @amapod @courtneyleeyip @KayLaser @kateswitch for live updates/photos/kisses.
Below is a little #CMF mix to throw on while you hop from venue to venue which you can download here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/or1kvakjm3nvmzh/CMW.m3u
Dear Lovers + Friends,
I am currently kickin’ it in Austin for SXSW, eating way too many tacos and washing them down with way too much beer, but I thought I’d drop you a line. Over the span of just one week I’ll have been exposed to 1,400+ bands, so I did some pre-festival homework and rounded up some of the best new artists and thought I’d share them with you.
Broncho – Try Me Out Sometime
Bleached – Think of You
Slam Dunk – Bleacher Lovin’
Friends – I’m His Girl
We Were Evergreen – Eighteen
New Cassettes – Silent Guns
Django Django – Default
Howler – Back of Your Neck
Young Buffalo – Catapilah
Housse de Racket – Chateau
Royal Canoe – Hold on to the Metal
Polica – Lay Your Cards Out
Daughter – Youth
Kimbra – Settle Down
Radiation City – The Colour of Industry
Dinosaur – Lovedrug
Eight and a Half – Scissors
Team Me – Show Me
Motopony – Wait for Me
You can download the entire mix here: http://www.mediafire.com/?hcb6cu2inhvsok7
Rest up this week, CMW is just a week away!
Pink Mafia is 100% committed to bringing you the very best in new music and the most exclusive interviews, but what we really live for are those months between March and September when we get so close we can taste the sweat to bring you in-depth festival coverage.
While our own gem of a country has its fair share of renowned festivals, PinkMafia is looking to broaden your horizons and help guide you to the awesomeness that awaits you in this big, beautiful world. Our festival guide will help you find the very best in rock, hip hop, electronic and even metal, whether you wish to stay local, cross the boarder, or skip across the pond.
Since it’s still early in the year most festivals have only released a few headliners (like The Stone Roses who are trying to break the record for most festivals headlined in a single year) to bait potential goers. No problem! Check out the previous line-ups to gauge if they typically book artists you’re in to. I would also highly recommend adding Festival Outlook (via Consequence of Sound) to your “favourites” for the most exclusive breaking news and updates on the World Wide Web.
Can you believe it’s already February? I don’t buy into what the spawn of Wiarton’s shawdow predicts, but as an ode to the titular Bill Murray movie, I’ve rounded up the best music from January to help update your playlists and keep you from feeling like you’re waking up to “I Got You Babe” every morning.
When you immerse yourself in the the ever-buzzing world of music, your skepticism towards buzzed about artists greatly increases – especially when those artists appear on late-night TV and tank. When a truly talented, deserving artist is making music that should be heard however, I can’t help but gush. Ben Caplan is one of those artists.
This year I had the absolute pleasure of attending Young Lions Music Club’s ‘Best of 2011′ annual mixtape party. The concept was simple enough to follow: put together a list of your favourite songs released in 2011, decorate a bunch of copies and then trade them with other music lovers. Unfortunately for me, the decorative element turned out to be way more intense than just exchanging your everyday jewel case. Mixtapes were presented in the form of everything from helium balloons, Christmas crackers and old novels to origami pianos and a game of Guess Who. All those in attendance also had impeccable taste in music, but what I may have lacked in presentation department I think I compensated for in content. I wanted to steer clear of the heavy hitters I knew would make multiple appearances (Bon Iver, Girls, M83, James Blake) and select songs by artists that have been considered ‘break outs’ of 2011.
If you’re a music enthusiast like me, you’ve been working on your “Best of 2011″ lists since last December and for the past few weeks have been faced with the daunting task of creating a snapshot that will represent an entire year of incredibly good music. If you have a life on the other hand, you wait for everyone else to release their lists and reap the benefits; and reap you shall. Over the next few weeks, it is my pleasure to share with you the lists I’ve been prepping of the best artists, songs and albums of 2011.
To kick off list-o-mania, I thought I’d start with my favourite Canadian artists that have released a seven-inch, EP or album this year. These artists may not have made it to the top of the taste-maker’s list with Destroyer, Fucked Up or Austra, but they are definitely on their way up there and deserve honorable mention.
In case you missed it, after a 9 year “break” those little nuggets of info we all adored are back! In October Pop Up Video returned in all it’s glory with all new videos chalked full of trivia and witty/inappropriate commentary. The news didn’t initially spark that same excitement I once had watching music videos, but after recalling some of my favourite Pop Ups (Spice Girls anyone?), learning rap and hip hop would now be included and seeing the hilarious treatment applied to some of my favourite artists, I was hooked once again! Plus as an added bonus there is a DIY Pop Up video feature on the VH1 site which allows you to choose from hundreds of videos, add your own tidbits of info and presto! A Pop Up Video to call your own (which you can share on Facebook/Twitter, naturally).
Rekindle your love of Pop Up Video with the latest videos that have been floating around by Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, and The Strokes.
Call me crazy, but carving pumpkins, staying up past your bedtime, eating too much candy and drinking pumpkin beer/spiked apple cider while dressed as your favourite ghost, ghoul or goblin is like, an insurmountable amount of holiday fun. On the other hand, listening to John Carpenter’s Halloween theme or Monster Mash on repeat is not.
Enter New Wave revivalists and the rising popularity of goth-infused anything and we’re left with tons of options to bring Halloween playlists into the twenty-tens. Whether you are going out to paint the town a bloody red or slaying in, this collection of songs will ressurect any gathering. Happy haunting!
AUSTRA :: The Beast
Austra – The Beast by pipedreamin
TRUST :: Candy Walls
Trust – Candy Walls by sacredbones
CHELSEA WOLFE :: Mer
Chelsea Wolfe – Mer by One Thirty BPM
CRYSTAL CASTLES :: Baptism
Crystal Castles – Baptism by Jrparado
CRAFT SPELLS :: The Fog Rose High
The Fog Rose High by Craft Spells by goincase
I BREAK HORSES :: Load Your Eyes (Star Slinger Remix)
I Break Horses – Load Your Eyes (Star Slinger Load Your 808 Remix) by Bella Union
BURIAL :: Stolen Dog
Burial – Stolen Dog by ListenBeforeYouBuy
ZOLA JESUS :: Vessel
Zola Jesus – Vessel by sacredbones
PURITY RING :: Belispeak
Belispeak by PURITY RING
MEMORY TAPES :: Offers
Memory Tapes – Offers by gulsah turgut
CHARLI XCX :: Nuclear Seasons
CharliXCX – Nuclear Seasons by charlixcx
GRIMES :: Beast Infection (Cumbia Remix)
GRIMES – BEAST INFECTION (Cumbia Remix) by NOIA (projects)
HOW TO DRESS WELL :: Suicide Dream 2 (holy other remix)
How To Dress Well – Suicide Dream 2 (Holy Other’s Effervescent Mix) by HOLY OTHER
ATELECINE :: 4am
aTelecine – 4AM by P 3 N D V ? N Y C
FEVER RAY :: The Wolf
Fever Ray – The Wolf by Andrew Diego
SALEM :: King Night
KING NIGHT by SALEM official
MASSIVE ATTACK VS. BURIAL :: Paradise Circus
Massive Attack vs Burial – Paradise Circus (Radio Rip) by Behind Color Bars
Words by Kate Masewich
If you live in the city there is a good chance you know The Darcys. Perhaps you’ve heard their creatively calculated music or been captivated by one of their performances, but you likely know The Darcys because of that not-so-tiny bump in the road which derailed the momentum they had built since their 2007 debut.
To give you the VH1 Behind the Music version, on the heels of completing their follow up album (this same follow up album) to be debuted during a Canadian Music Week showcase in 2010, their singer just up and left leaving the remaining members with two options: 1) give up their musical aspirations or 2) rise from the proverbial ashes like a phoenix. They chose the latter.
On October 25th The Darcys will release their long awaited and hotly anticipated self-titled LP. The first single ‘Shaking Down the Old Bones’ is the perfect pallet cleanser to preface an album from a band looking to put the past behind them. In signing with Arts & Crafts (Feist, Dan Mangan), who have helped them iron out the kinks of the previous recordings, they are proudly deeming The Darcys worth hearing – a modest omission.
An album well worth the wait, old fans and new will appreciate their complicated background and the music that has emerged from it. Classic 80s shoegaze elements are intricately woven into their musical tapestry of new technology and creativity that places them favorably on the line of distinction between mimicking and celebrating a genera. Themes and lyrics are clear and concise, however it’s the cinematic arrangements and ethereal soundscapes that are the foreground on The Darcys. This is an album that will leave listeners eager and unwilling to wait even a year for a follow up.
Stand-out tracks: Shaking Down the Old Bones, Des Animaux
Words by Kate Masewich