Thursday, September 29, 2011


Sorry for the crappy non-updates recently… I have just been crazy busy. I promise that I will be back with regular updates really really soon; for now, here’s what I’ve been listening to:

I am pretty sure that this is my favourite song of the year so far: Active Child featuring How To Dress Well: "Playing House"

Night Birds: The Other Side Of Darkness
Only shit... so digging this album—80s hardcore, surf punk... FANTASTIC!

Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory—volume 2 of the Portal 2 soundtrack is out... and the entire thing is FREE!!!!

Attack The Block—great movie and a even greater soundtrack by Basement Jaxx:

Sushi Island—a shit load of free chiptune music including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Re​-​Bit... so awesome!

New Zola Jesus album, Conatus:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

from up the poppy hill

Watched a lovely animated film called Kokuriko-zaka kara (From up on Poppy Hill) at TIFF yesterday. The film felt like a classic Studio Ghibli production with very realistic, genuine and emotional plot + characters—very similar to Whisper of the Heart, Ocean Waves and Only Yesterday.

An added bonus, like so many Ghibli films in the past, Kokuriko-zaka kara had an unforgettable soundtrack! Aoi Teshima, who provided the theme song for Tales from Earthsea, sung the songs for this film. Listen to the theme song for Kokuriko-zaka kara below:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

we will go far into the sea

Last week, I posted two videos of Yellow Ostrich performing "Mary" (which is one of my favourite songs of the year so far!)

Here's another one from the band—watch "WHALE", Yellow Ostrich's first video from their debut full-length The Mistress, out now on Barsuk Records and Afternoon Records.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

active child + how to dress well = ftw!

"Playing House" by Active Child featuring How To Dress Well!

Active Child album, You Are All I See is out now on Vagrant Records.

Active Child is in Toronto Tonight, more dates below:

9/14 Toronto @ Garrison
9/15 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
9/16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
9/17 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
9/19 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
9/20 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
9/21 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
9/23 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
9/24 Vancouver @ Electric Owl
9/25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
9/28 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
9/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
10/13 Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves
10/15 Bergen, Norway @ Perfect Sounds Festival
10/16 London, England @ Binnacle Festival, Old Blue Last
10/19 London, England @ St. Pancras Church

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

song of the moment

Los Campesinos! have posted a brand new song + video entitled "By Your Hand". It is the opening track to the band's forth album Hello Sadness, out on November 14. Go here for pre-order info.

Los Campesinos!: By Your Hand

Sunday, September 11, 2011

caves: homeward bound

Caves are a three-piece band from Bristol, UK and their new album, Homeward Bound is a wickedly fast, loud and catchy pop punk record! But what I love the most is its DIY and aggressively raw sound—it makes the 33mins of music intimate and honest—you feel like you are listening to the band live. Homeward Bound is one of the most exciting and energetic records of the year!

Same Way Back

Taking On The World

Homeward Bound [wicked-cool song]

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Monday, September 05, 2011

Sunday, September 04, 2011

take you in my coffee

Sundials/Caves recently released a split 7"!!! You can stream/download "Viking Funeral"—the new Sundials track off the split here. The 7" is only $4 and you can get it at Kiss of Death.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

the front bottoms freebies!

The Front Bottoms' S/T debut is coming out in 5 days (September 6) through Bar/None Records. Here's a list of free downloads and streams to get you psyched for the album:

Watch the brand new video for "Swimming Pool" over at APTV

Free download of "Maps" and "The Beers" [wicked-cool song] at

Property of Zack has an exclusive stream of "Looking Like You Just Woke Up"

Stream "Mountain" at