Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hush Pup - "Swimming"

Just got a compilation of Victoria B.C. bands called FOURTEENforFOURTEEN: Indie Victoria 2014 and while I've been hip to the sounds of the island thanks to sister-station CFUV, there were still a few discoveries on this compilation - chief among them is the Cocteau Twins-inspired act, Hush Pup. The featured track, "Swimming" comes from Waterwings (below) so start with that one and then take a listen to the rest of this blissful little release. And if you're part of the cassette revival, Shake! will apparently be releasing this one in the not-too-distant future.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Quiet Dawn - "New Dawn" ft. Oddisee

Whatever happened to records coming out on Tuesdays?

Regardless, this drops today so after you stream it here, go pick it up. Chances are if you read this blog the mention of either Oddissee or First Word Records will be enough to sway you. Quiet Dawn's a Parisian producer, which means Oddissee's behind the mic and not the boards on this one.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Anthony Pirog - "The Great Northern"

It's on me for not having followed Cuneiform Records on Soundcloud up til now. Otherwise I would have discovered one of my favourite new songs a lot sooner. The fine folks at the label sent over a batch of new records this week and I've been sifting through them (and playing a few on my radio show). Totally got stuck on Palo Colorado Dream from DC guitarist Anthony Pirog and "The Great Northern" in particular. Turns out Cuneiform posted this 3 months ago. Don't sleep on it as long as I did!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wild Beasts - "Palace"

 This video is almost as peculiar as Hayden Thorpe's vocals. Don't sleep on Present Tense. Another lovely album from Wild Beasts.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jordan Klassen - "Falling (HAIM cover)"

THIS is exactly what a b-side should be. If you're going to release a new single - as Klassen will be doing with "Firing Squad" on Nevado in November - why not use the flip-side for something fun? Klassen is like a lounge version of James Blake on this HAIM cover; chill yet smooth.  Love it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Viet Cong - "Continental Shelf"

No surprise that after releasing a cassette EP simply titled Cassette, Viet Cong are set to release their debut LP on Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar in January of 2015 and have named it *pause for effect* Viet Cong. As unsurprising as that news, it's equally unsurprising that the first single released from said LP is one noisy, insistent and very good song, "Continental Shelf."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Black Opera - "Beginning of the End (ft. Georgia Anne Muldrow)"

Man, Georgia Anne Muldrow is just KILLING it of late. Her new record oLIGARCHY sUCKS! dropped recently and it is a serious headphone trip that rewards repeat listens and will soundtrack your sleepless nights for weeks to come.

Then what to my wandering ears should appear, but a post from Mello Music Group in my Soundcloud stream from upcoming act The Black Opera, produced by Tall Black Guy (!) and featuring the inestimable Ms. Muldrow (!!). This is a venn diagram with enough overlap it's just a circle.