Saturday, February 26, 2011

this is a love song

Started listening to this band called Chapel Club the other day. They recently released their debut, Palace... reminds me a little of The Maccabees and The National... good stuff.

Monday, February 21, 2011

iceage: new brigade

Holy shit, I cannot stop listening to Iceage's debut, New Brigade. There are just far too many reasons why New Brigade is absolutely brilliant. If you ever wonder what Hüsker Dü music with Ian Curtis-like vocal sound like, this is it. I just love the explosively noisy, raw, and carefree sound—really reminds me of old punk music. I know it is probably too early to judge since I only started listening to New Brigade about a month ago, but I honestly believe that this is one of the best albums I’ve heard in the last 5 years! With the release of this masterpiece, I predict 2011 is going to be a huge year for Iceage ( least I hope)!

visit Iceage's MySpace here
buy New Brigade here or here (US)

Friday, February 18, 2011

great surprise this morning...

Radiohead's latest album, The King Of Limbs (which was scheduled to become available for download tomorrow) is now out! Go here to get your digital copy of the album/pre-order a physical copy.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

song of the moment

Watch this scenic video for Sing Fang’s song "Because of Blood", off his forthcoming album, Summer Echoes, out of March 15.

Monday, February 14, 2011

today's valentine's day...

For those that are NOT celebrating, here's Bright Eyes' "A Perfect Sonnet":

...and for those that ARE celebrating, here's Bright Eyes' "First Day of My Life":

who are the suburbs?

Woke up this morning still in disbelieve that Arcade Fire won a Grammy(!?)... and album of the year for that matter! Not that I think highly of the Grammys, but it's still pretty cool that a little band from Montreal, Quebec is recognized by a mainstream award show! Let’s celebrate by looking at these beautiful Neon Bible tour posters from Burlesque of North America:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

esben and the witch: violet cries

I am a big believer in 'seasonal albums'—there are just certain albums that are absolutely perfect during certain times of the year—Timber Timbre’s S/T=winter while A New Chance by The Tough Allianc=summer. At the moment, my choice album for my snowy/freezing morning walks to work is Esben And The Witch’s Violet Cries. On one hand, Violet Cries reminds me of Mount Eerie’s Wind's Poem or Scott Walker’s The Drift for its ghostlike atmosphere; you can really get lost or feel isolated and lethargic in the mysteriousness of each track. On the other hand, it obtains that dark 'pop' beats and hauntingly beautiful vocals of Zola Jesus/Bat For Lashes/Portishead. Violet Cries is certainly an unique and very refreshing album. It is one that gets better with each listen. Out of the 20+ albums I’ve heard so far in this young year, it is definitely one that stood out.

visit Esben And The Witch MySpace here
buy Violet Cries here

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

choose your own adventure

The Streets’ final album Computers and Blues came out yesterday. In celebration, an interactive film has been released also by the same title—Computers and Blues—this is pretty cool... very much like a choose your own adventure book, but in video format. Begin your journey below!

Monday, February 07, 2011

song of the moment

Oh man, only a week away from the release of PJ Harvey's Let England Shake! I am so stoked for this record, can't wait to hear it! Check out the video for "The Words That Maketh Murder" below.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

joyce manor: joyce manor

My first recommendation/first great album of 2011 is Joyce Manor’s S/T debut. I am enjoying this record tremendously for its mid-90s punk sound—namely Jawbreaker and The Promise Ring. The album is mostly fast, youthful, energetic and catchy as hell, very comparable to In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's by Let’s Wrestle. There is not one bad song in Joyce Manor; in fact, it is an almost flawless record... I only say almost because clocking at just under 20 minutes, it is/feels way too short... can’t wait to hear more music from this band!

Leather Jacket [wicked-cool song]

visit Joyce Manor's MySpace here
buy Joyce Manor here
download the band's demo EP Constant Headache for free here

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

snow day/new comic books day!

There is about 10 cm of show on the streets of Toronto this morning and it is still snowing! Kind of a perfect day for the release of the special horizontal winter issue of Sweet Tooth #18... can't wait to read this one after work! Below is the cover and go to Jeff Lemire's blog for a preview!